Subject: Raildate 5th August 2011
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 05/08/2011, 13:52
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"The Hidden Railways of Portsmouth and Gosport" by Dave Marden

This book looks at the lines around Portsmouth Harbour that were operated mainly by the
Admiralty and the Military, far from the public gaze.  These secretive systems were often
obscured by high walls, and most glimpses would have been through closely-guarded gates, with
the occasional sight of a train joining the main line.  This book brings together data,
illustrations and potted histories to give an insight into the locations and operation of these
concealed railways.

Of prime importance to Portsmouth is the naval dockyard which was home to over fifty
locomotives over the years, but other associated facilities included the Naval Armament Depots
at Gosport, the Gunnery School at HMS Excellent on Whale Island and the Army's presence at
Hilsea Ordnance Depot - all of which are included.

Several large-scale construction projects also feature, as do railways and locomotives that do
not quite fit into the Military or Contractors categories, such as the Stokes Bay Pier and the
Lee-on-the-Solent railways.  While these were not concealed from the public eye, they are of
interest, and are appropriate to the theme of the book.  Included for completeness are the
dockyard branch lines, the industrial railway at Hilsea Gasworks, and Pounds Yard at Tipner.
Although not exactly "hidden", they were beyond public access and fit well into this volume.

Softback: 160 pages with over 175 photographs
273 x 215mm
17.95 post free from the publisher


UK railway employment records from 1833 to 1963 are now available on the
Video introduction:

A recent exploration of Devonshire Tunnel on the Somerset & Dorset:

All you'll ever want to know about rail travel around the world from "The Man in Seat 61":

Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway:

A series of photos taken between Edinburgh and Girvan:

A selection of railway slides by Andrew Bartlett of Stroud, Gloucestershire:

The very final trains will run on the Mull railway during August - Sunday to Thursday each
(Spotter: Mike Hanson)

A Bulgarian ex-BR class 87 features in this holiday brochure, showing off its number (87-004-8)
and white  BR Arrow.
(Spotter: Doug Maughan)

Canadian Railway Observations:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

New model railway ballast that is not discoloured by PVA announced by Stephen Freeman:

Brain Maguire talks about the restoration of London Transport trolleybuss No 1348:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Poynton - a Coalmining Village:
(Spotter: Neil Ferguson-Lee)

And to go with it, a history of the Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway:

The National Museum of Wales, Big Pit website - lots of information about mining (from a Welsh
perspective) and articles and magazines that can be downloaded:
(Spotter: Mike Price)



A Kiss In The Tunnel (1899):
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

View from an Engine Front, Barnstaple (1898).  Featured before but worth repeating:

As is the second part of the trip to Ilfracombe, which I think hasn't been mentioned before:

And to complete the North Devon picture, a delightful film of the Barnstaple to Ilfracombe line
in its last days:
Part 1:
Part 2:

The Settle-Carlisle Railway, 4th August 2010:
Great Central Railway "Mail by Rail" Gala, 23rd July 2011:
The Scarborough Spa Express, 26th July 2011:
The Cumbrian Mountain Express and Waverley, 30th July 2011:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)



Network Rail resignalling plans:

Derby County players to wear T-shirts for Bombardier:

Thanmeslink petition:

Gatwick Airport passengers hit by railway line flood:

London Midland unveils new 93m Snow Hill fleet:

Refurbishment of Slough station:

The next stop in London's railway renaissance:

Increased service to East Kent via HS1:

Trains for high capacity swap bodies over HS1:

RAIB report into Oxshott incident (lorry lands on train):

RAIB investigation onto automatic open level crossings:

Application from Network Rail to build "North Doncaster Chord":

Dining car axe pays off:

Scotrail fined nearly 500k after failing inspection in key areas:

Train disruption after derailment in Edinburgh:

Extra late trains for the Edinburgh festival:

Barrier call for Scotland's open level crossings:

Suggested Cambrian Line station reopening:

Path on former Sully and Lavernock railway in South Wales:

Northern Ireland safety campaign:

Isle of Wight Railway sunset specials:

Rare railway find uncovered in Sussex:

Sutton taxpayers own a steam locomotive that few have ever seen:

33035 to move to Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in early August:

D335 returns to service on the East Lancs Railway on 30th July:

Investigation into a boiler incident on the Kirklees Light Railway:

APT-P non-driving motor 49006 at Electric Railway Museum on loan from NRM:

Frustration over Sustrans at Appleby East station:

Llangollen 1960s weekend:

Loco working Regional Zug on fire Berlin Ostbahnhof:

Gautrain route opens in South Africa:

Indian railways "on-board catering mess":

Possible RATP takeover for Manchester Metrolink...?

Tram proposal for Preston:

Closure of Plymouth Airport:

RBS to sell aircraft leasing and management business:

Nepal airport runway falls apart for fifth time in two months:

HLF grant for White Star Line SS Nomadic:

Recycling loco ash on the Kennet and Avon Canal:

Volunteer Lock-keepers required:

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Richard Maund, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Nick Wheat


06/08/11    Channel 4  1830-2100
           "Battle of Britain"  1969 feature film, bags of flak at 500

08/08/11    Channel 5  1930-2000
           "How Do They Do It?"  Drilling platforms and electric shavers

09/08/11    BBC4  1930-2000
           "Grand Tours of Scotland"  Rannoch Moor 4/6

09/08/11    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Youth Hostelling - the First 100 Years"

09/08/11    Channel 5  2000-2100
           "Monster Moves"  Moving an aeroplane in an aeroplane

09/08/11    BBC2  2320-0020
           "Town with Nicholas Crane"  2/4 Scarborough

10/08/11    BBC1  1930-2000
           "National Treasures Live"  Secret tunnels at Dover

10/08/11    BBC4  2230-2330
           "The Children Who Built Britain"  Children of the Industrial Revolution

11/08/11    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Town with Nicholas Crane"  3/4 Perth

12/08/11    Channel 5  2000-2100
           "Danger: Diggers at Work"  6/6 Diggers doing stuff...


All details are correct to the best of my knowledge, but no responsibility is accepted for
inaccuracies or changes.

06/08/11-   West Somerset Railway: Steam Fayre & Vintage Vehicle Rally

06/08/11-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Classic Vehicles Meet

06/08/11    Cromford Steam Rally

06/08/11-   Leawood Pumping Engine Steaming Day, Cromford Canal
07/08/11    Engine in motion 1200-1700

06/08/11-   Peak Rail: 1940s Weekend

06/08/11-   Cleveland Model Railway Club Exhibition
07/08/11    Redcar & Cleveland College, Corporation Road (A1085), Redcar
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)

07/08/11    Twyford Waterworks: Rural Crafts

07/08/11    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

07/08/11    Provincial Society Rally
           Stokes Bay, Gosport

07/08/11    Middleton Top Winding Engine, Cromford & High Peak Railway
           Engine in motion 1300-1630

13/08/11-   Plymouth Model Railway Exhibtion
14/08/11    Plymouth Guildhall, Royal Parade
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)

13/08/11-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Home Fleet Event

13/08/11-   Midland Railway Centre, Butterley: Midland Railex
14/08/11    1000-1630 both days

13/08/11-   Churnet Valley Railway: Barney Buffers & Friends

14/08/11    Twyford Waterworks Guided Tour Day

14/08/11    Middleton Top Winding Engine, Cromford & High Peak Rly
           Engine in motion 1300-1630

16/08/11    Isle of Wight Bus Museum Running Day

16/08/11    Peak Railway Association (Chesterfield Branch) Slideshow
           New Inn, 229 Mansfield Road, Hasland, Chesterfield, S41 0JJ
           Trams, Trains, Trolleys and Trivia, Frank Greaves

17/08/11    Churnet Valley Railway: Barney Buffers & Friends
           Also: Pirates of Consall bay

19/08/11-   Dean Forest Railway: Day Out With Thomas

20/08/11    Manchester Victoria signalling school layout operating day
           National Railway Museum, York

20/08/11-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Tractor Meet

20/08/11-   Churnet Valley Railway: Barney Buffers & Friends

21/08/11    Twyford Waterworks Guided Tour Day

21/08/11    Middleton Top Winding Engine, Cromford & High Peak Rly
           Engine in motion 1300-1630

Cheers, Howard.
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