Subject: Raildate 28th October 2011
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 28/10/2011, 19:00
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Civil Engineers Wagons Volume 1 - British Railways: 1948-1967 by by David Larkin

The five previous Kestrel Railway Books volumes by David Larkin looked at the revenue-earning
wagon fleet operated by British Railways and its immediate successor, British Rail.  This
volume is the first of three looking at the substantial fleet of specially-designed wagons that
were used for track maintenance.  The fleet included open wagons to take fresh materials to
site, ballast hopper wagons that could be discharged on site, flat wagons to convey new rails
and carry old rails away for scrapping, and specialized brake vans to distribute ballast and
take gangs of men to remote locations.

Most of the wagon types seen in this volume were either built for the "Big Four" railways
before 1948, or were derived from them; all are fully covered.  Towards the end of the period,
former revenue-earning wagons were transferred into the Civil Engineers fleet, and these are
also included in this volume.  Finally, there is an examination of the telegraphic code names
used to identify the genuine Civil Engineers wagons throughout the period, the reasons why they
were necessary, and the original allocations of these wagons.

There is quite an overlap throughout the three volumes in this series, but this volume
concentrates on the period from 1948 to 1967 - a very labour-intensive period, with little
being achieved towards the mechanization that will be fully covered in subsequent volumes.

Softback: 96 pages with 147 photographs
273 x 215mm
Price: 14.00 post free from the publisher

Chard and Ilminster feature in new book on railway history:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)


Rick Eborall's pictures of a photo charter at the Great Central Railway with 34007 on 19th

Graham Turner's photos of 33035's passenger debut on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, 22nd

Photos of Trevor Watkins' Yosemite Valley Railroad in N gauge:

The La Mure Railway is suffering badly after two rock falls last year.  Details (in French) are
here together with a petition form:

East Lancs Autumn Gala 22nd October:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The Titfield Thunderbolt - behind the scenes:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Blaster Bates - Avoiding The Railway
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Cit du Train, Mulhouse:

Cit de l'Automobile, Mulhouse:

A source of home-made model trees:

Stuart Bell's Buses Around the World:

New Forest WWII history project given 551,000 lottery money

Want to see pictures of your local TV mast (or someone else's for that matter)?
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)



Basingstoke ticket error sees 1,500 passengers overcharged

Extra peak hour seats from December timetable

Heart of Wessex designated to be a "community line"

CCTV of train crash with farmer's trailer left on line

Repairs to Norfolk swing bridges

Grayrigg crash: Woman called for dying mother

Grayrigg crash: Black box shows how train jack-knifed

Greater Anglia franchise awarded

Oyster Card area extended on East Anglia suburban routes

East Midlands Trains launch 'Derbyshire Day Out' ticket for Londoners

East Midlands Trains invests in new collection-only ticket machines

DRS container service from Teesport

Virgin train cleaners on West Coast Mainline to strike

Girl dies at Liverpool railway station fall

Tube bosses 'plan to cut 1,500 jobs and ticket offices

Speedy Taff Trail cyclists in Cardiff told 'slow down'

East Anglian Railway Museum unveils 1.2m redevelopment plans

Flying Scotsman saviour Tony Marchington dies

Crewe Heritage centre lease sell-off decision

Farewell 150 tour of the West Midlands

Barbie maker Mattel to buy Thomas the Tank Engine owner

Inside twice-homeless billionaire's private train car

Improvements to Kirk Yard, Chicago

Could a Russia-US rail tunnel be built?

SBB/Stadler reveal "hybrid" loco

Etihad Railway (UAE) to order GM locos

Spanish consortium to build Saudi high speed route

Volunteers work to restore Lichfield canal stretch
An earlier news item involving the same strecth of canal

Old brewery chimney sold on e-bay

Roof knocked off bus in Bristol

Overnight sleeper bus service

Tamar road bridge reaches its half century

Proposed Menai Straights ferry service

Catalina stuck at Lough Erne awaiting repairs

First Boeing 787 commercial flight completed

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Pearce, Glynn Waite, Nick Wheat


29/10/11    BBC Radio 4  0607-0630
           "Open Country"  Aircraft wrecks in the Peak District

29/10/11    BBC1 South/South East  1710-1740
           "The Road to Nowhere"  The 25th birthday of the M25

29/10/11    BBC2  1840-1940
           "Operation Jericho"  Documentary about a 1944 Mosquito mission

29/10/11    BBC2  2040-2140
           "Code-Breakers: Bletchley Park's Lost Heroes"

30/10/11    BBC4  1900-2000
           "The Story of British Pathe"  1/4 The Birth of the News

01/11/11    BBC4  2030-2100
           "Blackpool on Film"  Archive film

01/11/11    BBC2  2100-2200
           "The Most Courageous Raid of World War 2"  The Cockleshell Heroes

03/11/11    BBC Radio 4  1500-1527
           "Open Country"  Aircraft wrecks in the Peak District


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

29/10/11    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Hallowe'en Trains

29/10/11    Churnet Valley Railway: The Ghost Train

29/10/11    Peak Rail: Halloween Ghost Train (Evening Only)

29/10/11    Alsager Railway Association: Open Afternoon
           Clubrooms at Moorhouse Avenue, Alsager, ST7 2DQ
           1200-1700, admission 1
           Their 0 Gauge layout, Hassell Harbour Bridge, will be operating
           Visitors are welcome to bring their own stock

29/10/11-   Leawood Pumping Engine, Cromford Canal
30/10/11    World Heritage Site Discovery Days
           Engine in motion 1200-1700 (Sat), 1100-1600 (Sun)

30/10/11    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Wizard Week

31/10/11    Rob Foxon Film Show
           Corn Market Hall, Kettering - 7.30pm

05/11/11-   Wight Model Railway Group Model Railway Exhibition
06/11/11    Medina Leisure Centre, Fairlee Road, Newport, IoW, PO30 2DX

05/11/11-   Peak Rail: World War II Winter Camp

06/11/11    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

07/11/11    Rob Foxon Film Show
           The Rothley Centre, Rothley, Leicestershire - 7.30pm

07/11/11    Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch) Slideshow
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield S3 8GG
           Along Cheshire Lines - Then & Now, Ken Grainger

12/11/11    Manchester Victoria signalling school layout operating day
           National Railway Museum, York

12/11/11-   Hull Model Railway Show
13/11/11    Costello Athletics Stadium, Anlaby Park Road, Hull, HU4 6XY
           1000-1700 both days
           Adult: 4, Child: 1
           18 layouts in scales ranging from 0 to T

13/11/11    Rob Foxon Film Show
           Phoenix Square, Leicester - 2.30pm

Cheers, Howard.
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