Subject: Raildate 4th November 2011
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 04/11/2011, 16:37
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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The Clifton Rocks Railway:

A recent exploration of Severn Bridge Tunnel
There are 13 excellent pics of the tunnel here:
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

Rick Eborall's photos of CR No 828 on the Severn Valley Railway on 31st October:

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway on Flickr:

The Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society plans to build a replica of the LMS Ivatt-designed diesel

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways Phase 5 - "to finish the job":

Infrastructure changes at Gerrards Cross from Guy Gorton, who kept us up to date with the
'Tesco Tunnel' saga over the years:
(Via Richard Buckby)

The facebook group, Railways of Berwick and the Eastern Borders, has extended its remit to
include the Blyth & Tyne line:
(Via George Moffat)

Majorca Railway Booklist:

The North Western Pacific Railroad Historical Society archive movies, filmed between 1941 and

An industrial narrow gauge line that adds a whole new meaning to the terms "secondary track"
and "restricted speed":
Flooding in Thailand doesn't stop the trains
(Spotter: Mike Morant)

A model of Buxton and the rounding area in France:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The Isle of Wight Bus Museum;



Ian Faletto withdraws train 'trolley sacking' case

Minister snubs key rail summit for back gardens planning row

Todmorden Curve 8.8m reinstatement approved

Row over new footbridge at Bearstead

Grayrigg train crash: Faulty points caused woman's death

Police helicopter pilot averts level crossing accident

Spy Trains to catch cable thieves

End of London Midland Class 150 railtour

Pendolino units to be strengthened

Solar Panels for rebuilt Blackfriars station

South Wales electrification preview

Court case over Level Crossing accident near Kidwelly

Inveramsay Bridge options go on display in Inverurie

Trains to be prioritised in severe winter weather

Watercress Line gets Kings Cross 'Harry Potter' bridge

Full steam ahead for Railfest 2012

Imberhorne Cutting appeal

Possible reopeing of the line between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Trawsfynydd

An earlier report about "pedal power" on the same line

'Thomas the tank' railway Talyllyn's engineers' award

Indian Railways to revamp on train catering

Algeria Metro opened

Driven loco by a spare part bungle

Basel tram derailment (in German)

The historical characters on our banknotes

Swansea - Cork ferry service cancelled

LOT Boeing 767 emergency landing at Warsaw

Singapore 777-300ER slides off Munich runway

Plane crashes in Vancouver street

QANTAS strikes

Stephen Fry on Qantas flight grounded by engine issues

BMI sold by Lufthansa to British Airways owner IAG

Low cost Singapore airline

Retirement planned for RNAS Sea King Helicopters

Wartime Hanger to be refurbished at Gloucester (Staverton) Airport

Excavating tunnels from World War I

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Brian Hall, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Price


05/11/11    BBC2  2030-2130
           "The Most Courageous Raid of World War 2"  The Cockleshell Heroes

06/11/11    BBC2  2000-2100
           "Coast"  The Irish Sea

08/11/11    BBC4  2000-2100
           "The Golden Age of Canals"  Post-WW2

08/11/11    BBC2  2100-2200
           "Dam Busters: the Race to Smash the German Dams"  A fresh look

09/11/11    BBC4  1335-0035
           "A303: Highway to the Sun"  A story of the road

10/11/11    Channel 5  2000-2100
           "Bomber Boys: Revealed"  Bomber Command in WW2

10/11/11    Channel 4  2100-2200
           "Brunel's Last Launch: a Time Team Special"  Great Eastern's launch site


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

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

05/11/11-   Alsager Railway Association Model Railway Exhibition
06/11/11    Alsager Civic Centre, Alsager, ST7 2AE
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

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

15/11/11    Peak Railway Association (Chesterfield Branch) Filmshow
           New Inn, 229 Mansfield Road, Hasland, Chesterfield, S41 0JJ
           Classic Film Night, Mick Hayes

21/11/11    Friends of Cromford Canal - Talk
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville NG16 5NN
           "The High Peak Trail" by Andy Pollock
           Starts: 1930

21/11/11    Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch) Filmshow
           The Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
           Flying Scotsman & The East Coast Main Line, Rob Foxon
           Starts 1930 (doors 1900)
           Tickets: 6.50 (6.00 concessions) on the door.

26/11/11    The "Thames-Ecclesbourne Express" from Wirksworth to London
           Dep Wirksworth 0715, Idridgehay 0733, arr Duffield transfer to main line
           Dep Duffield 0807, arr St Pancras 1006
           Dep St Pancras 1825, arr Duffield 2025, arr Idridgehay 2042, arr Wirksworth 2100
           Fare: 58, with reductions for children and railcard holders (41)
           Tickets by phone: 01629 823076
           Book online at:

Cheers, Howard.
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