Subject: Raildate 11th November 2011
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 11/11/2011, 18:42
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Raildater Laurie Webb lives in Romania, and sends news of a restoration project he is involved

I am an expat Brit living in Romania running a small bed & breakfast in central Transilvania.
For the last 16 months I have worked as a volunteer member of a small group restoring the
narrow gauge (76cm) Sibiu-Agnita Railway, which finally closed as recently as 2001.  Originally
known as the Sighisoara-Sibiu Railway with a total length of 110km plus a 13km branch, it was
opened throughout in 1910.  The Sighisoara to Agnita section closed in 1965 due to operational
difficulties over steep gradients and sharp curves, and the track was lifted to make way for a
new road.

Most of the track and infrastructure survives between Agnita and the outskirts of Sibiu along
with four passenger carriages, one of which was partially restored and craned back onto the
track to be hauled by a loaned 0-8-0T locomotive for the centenary celebrations in September
2010.  This event was well attended and included a dozen or so visitors from UK heritage
railways; it resulted in the SAR UK Supporters Group being formed earlier this year.  SARUK
have provided valuable advice, raised funds for restoration, publicised the project in
"Heritage Railway" and "Narrow Gauge News", and a small group made a return visit in September

More information on the SAR can be found at:

The SARUK Supporters Group (linked from the main SAR website) is:

A video of a carriage being lifted out of the builder's yard where four carriages were stored,
placed on the track and then being propelled back to Agnita station can be seen at:


Rick Eborall's photos of GWR 57XX 0-6-0PT 7752/L94 at Stratford Upon Avon during its test runs
on 10th November:

A trio of Sentinel links...
Sentinel raiway engines:
Sentinel steam railcars:
Sentinel lorries:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

From the early days of the internet, Mark Dewell has maintained a record of all heritage
railways.  His website can now be found at:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

"We're getting there" - an Open Space programme about Peak Rail broadcast on BBC2 around 1985:

The Class 37 Loco Group:

Old photographs of Lee Moor including the tramway:

Butterley Engineering Site: English Heritage Desk-Based Assessment:

The British Brick Society:



HS2: Good case for high-speed rail link, say MPs

EU 'would not prevent' government Thameslink rethink

Network Rail builds icy weather trains for South East

Freightliner Southampton - Cleveland contract service for Asda

Reading resignalling contract awarded

Railway cable thefts reach epidemic proportions

Railway workers to learn German

Lion sighting reports disrupt rail service

Tesco grows rail distribution services

Arriva in Grand Central Railway take-over

Euston train services stopped by power supply problems

ScotRail's Bishopbriggs & Lenzie stations go 'Smart'

Scotland urged to begin work for high-speed rail link

Ex-minister: 170m rail franchise led to overcrowding

Arriva Trains Wales deal 'needs radical overhaul'

Bus-rail link between Ebbw Vale and Newport returns

Oxford swing Bridge to be restored

Ribble Steam railway set to expand

Flying Scotsman ride for flame in Olympic torch relay

London 2012: Olympic flame heading for Snowdon summit

Fire damages Snowdon Mountain Railway office (no connection with previous item!)

Automatic operation on Paris Metro Line 1

CSX sells route to SunRail commuter service in Florida

Queensland Rail coal haulage contract

Man crushed by garden model train at his Wilmcote home

Hornby boosted by strong sales in Europe

Jerusalem Tramway

London 2012: Torch on canal and tram in Black Country

Cooking oil to power buses in Gwynedd

Waverley steamer kept sailing by Euromillions winner

MoD flight suspension after Red Arrows ejector seat death

The Spitfire guns firing after 70 years buried in peat

Flybe plane passengers 'saw wheel fall off'

Supermarine Swift for sale

25th Anniversary of Chinook helicopter crash off Shetlands

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps, Mike Price


12/11/11    BBC2  1900-2000
           "Dam Busters: the Race to Smash the German Dams"  A fresh look

12/11/11    BBC2  2000-2100
           "Come Fly With Me (The Story of Pan Am)"  Documentary

12/11/11    BBC4  2000-2100
           "Wellington Bomber"  How one was built in 24 hours

13/11/11    BBC1 1825-1925
           "Countryfile"  Visits the Derwent Valley and Cromford Canal

13/11/11    BBC4 1900-2000
           "The Story of British Pathe"

13/11/11    BBC2 2000-2100
           "How to Build... A Super Jumbo Wing"

13/11/11    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Spitfire Women"  The Air Transport Auxilliary

14/11/11    BBC2 2350-0050
           "How to Build... A Super Jumbo Wing"

16/11/11    BBC2  2320-0020
           "Come Fly With Me (The Story of Pan Am)"  Documentary


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

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

12/11/11    Midland Railway Society Members' Meeting
           The Chatsworth Room, Chesterfield Hotel, Chesterfield (opposite station)
           An illustrated talk on building the tunnels of the Dore & Chinley line
           By Ted Hancock
           Guests and non-members welcome

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

19/11/11-   Warley National Model Railway Exhibition
20/11/11    NEC Birmingham

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:

28/11/11    Cromford Canal: High Peak or Leawood Rail Aqueduct reopening
           Meet at Wharf Shed, High Peak Junction (Cromford Goods) at 0930
           Free parking available at Lea Bridge car park (High Peak Junction) until 1130

01/12/11    Rob Foxon Film Show
           Palace Theatre, Newark - 7.30pm

02/12/11-   West Somerset Railway: Dunster by Candlelight

03/12/11    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Wirksworth Christmas Extravaganza

03/12/11-   Swanage Railway: Santa Specials

03/12/11-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Santa Specials

03/12/11-   West Somerset Railway: Santa Specials

04/12/11    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
           Car park in old school grounds

04/12/11    Peak Rail: Santa and Steam Specials

Cheers, Howard.
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