Subject: Raildate 30th December 2011
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 30/12/2011, 17:20
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Happy New Year!


The Newbury and District Transport Group welcomes non-members to its meetings, which are held
on the third Friday of each month.  Admission is free, as is car parking, although donations
are welcome towards expenses.  There is a raffle and refreshments - all are welcome - just turn
up.  Meetings run from 7.30 to 10.00pm (approx) - doors open from 7.00pm.  The venue is Bayer
House, Strawberry Hill, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 1JA.  The group is always looking for
speakers on any transport subject, and although they cannot pay accommodation, reasonable
travel expenses will be met.
(Via David Canning

Thanks to George Moffat for details of four ex-Norwegian Cargonet Bi8 Bo-Bos that have been
imported to replace the indigenous GEC locos at Lackenby works.  On 20th December, at about
0800, the four locomotives were towed from Teesport to SSI UK Lackenby works, topped and tailed
by GEC shunters.  Some GECs will be retained for PW and light shunting duties, but the others
have been cannibalised, and will be melted down on site.  The Bo-Bos will be used on the main
line hauling "Torpedoes" from the Redcar blast furnace to the Lackenby continuous caster, and
are painted in Cargonet's all-over yellow livery with red cabs with a "1" and "2" to identify
each end.  The numbers of the first four are: 8.712, 8.716, 8.719 and 8.720, and George advises
that another six are due to arrive shortly.  Details of the locos are available here:

Railway Magazine reports that the Weymouth quay rails are to be infilled with a removable
compound.  Dorset County Council proposes to use a mixture of sand and tar, capped with sealant
at a cost of 35,000.  The work, approved by Network Rail following complaints from cyclists,
will see the rails disappear for just under a mile between the platform ramp of Quay station
and Westham Road.  Lines in the Quay station and the non-tramway sections will remain
untouched.  NR has told the council that it will propose permanent closure of the mothballed
branch towards the end of 2012.  Its first attempt in 2010 was objected to by Freightliner.
The last train ran over the tramway in 1999.

A recent video of Whittingham station, Northumberland:
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

More of Rick Eborall's photos of Severn Valley Railway Santa Specials:

And video taken of the SVR Santa Specials:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Lots of trains, buses, planes and ships on Donald Stirling's entertaining SmugMug website:

David Kitching's home page includes canals, railways, industrial history and industrial
archaeology of Chechire, and railway photos from around the world, with a section devoted to
Chinese railways:

Julian Hunt Local History - covers Buckinghamshire, Worcestershire, Wales and Yorkshire with
some industirlal archaeology and transport-related items:

Llanastr, B&MR, the story of a Brecon and Methyr layout in Scalefour:



Bombardier handed 188m Southern contract

The hunt for Britain's ghost trains

Train-switching technology 'poses hacking threat'

Network Rail's east Kent signalling project to complete

Skegness railway station revamp nears end

New Street station fully reopens after bridge work

York railway station bottleneck solved by 9.5m operation

Wind delays Doncaster East Coast Main Line road bridge work

New bridge for Tees railway users

Extra carriages for South West Trains rail services

Scrap metal raids: Police seize tonnes of rail cable

Metal thefts tackled with North East ID scheme

Ticket inspector stabbed on C2C train from Southend to London

In pictures: Graffiti artists brighten railway bridges

Old railway drawings given to Bath Record Office

Railway stations to improve access with 9.5m funding

Sleeper saved - now for the Chieftain

Network Rail sued over Caithness crossing crash

Demand to close 'high risk' rail crossing

Bridging the years when steam was king

Calls to restore Cultra Railway Station to former glory

Train and lorry collide on level crossing near Whitland

Whitland train crash: Buses replace trains west of Carmarthen

Whitland train crash: Arrested lorry driver bailed

Whitland train crash: Passenger films reaction on mobile

Railway line between Derry and Bellarena reopens after ship hits jetty

Weardale Railway discontinues community rail service

Coventry railway museum gets top accolade

Train-hopping couple buried alive under coal

China bullet train crash 'caused by design flaws'

Swansea bus crash: Pedestrian dies of injuries

Free Christmas Day buses in Keighley to stop drink-driving

Chesterfield Canal project creates new mooring station in Staveley

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



30/12/11    BBC2 2245-0025
           "Transsiberian"  Thriller set on the Trans-Siberian Express (2008)

02/01/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  New series starts in Great Yarmouth

02/01/12    BBC4 1900-1930
           "Railway Walks"  Julia Bradbury walks the Monsal Trail

02/01/12    BBC4 1930-2030
           "Indian Hill Railways"  1/3 The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

02/01/12    BBC4 2330-0030
           "Indian Hill Railways"  1/3 The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

03/01/12    Channel 5 1800-1855
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks, Trailers and Tinsel"  Christmas special

03/01/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  2/25 Darsham to Felixstowe

03/01/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Climbing Great Buildings"  Durham Cathedral

03/01/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "The Golden Age of Liners"  1/3

04/01/12    Channel 5 1800-1855
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  Series 2 - 6/8

04/01/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  3/25 Sudbury to Southend

04/01/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Climbing Great Buildings"  Lincoln Cathedral

04/01/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "The Great British Outdoors"  Carry on camping...

04/01/12    BBC4 2100-2200
           "Time Shift: The Smoking Years"  A history of tobacco use

05/01/12    Channel 5 1800-1855
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  Series 2 - 7/8

05/01/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  4/25 Epping to Hackney

05/01/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Climbing Great Buildings"  Caernarfon Castle

06/01/12    Channel 5 1800-1855
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  Series 2 - 84/8

06/01/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  4/25 Fenchurch to Embankment



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

30/01/12-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway Steam Up

01/01/12    Friends of King Alfred Buses Winchester Running Day

01/01/12    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: New Year Trains and Fizz

01/01/12-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: New Year "Hangover" Specials

06/01/12    Burton upon Trent and District Engineering Society: tALK
           Burton & South Derbys College, Lichfield Street, Burton, DE14 3RL
           "Tilting Trains - more or less" by David Greenway CEng, FIMechE
           Starts 1930

07/01/12    Marlow, Maidenhead and District Model Railway Club Exhibition
           Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Maidenhead

07/01/12-   Orpington & District MRS Model Railway Exhibition
08/01/12    Pratts Bottom Village Hall, Norsted Lane, Pratts Bottom, Orpington, Kent
           1000-1700 both days

14/01/12    Bridport and District MRS Model Railway Exhibition
           Beaminister Town Hall, Fleet Street, Beaminister, Dorset, DT8 3EF

14/01/12    Gorleston-on-Sea Model Railway Exhibition
           Cliff Park Junior School, Orde Avenue, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth

14/01/12    Railway/Bus Collectors Fair
           Pudsey Civic Hall, Leeds

14/01/12-   Bognor Regis MRC Model Railway Exhibition
15/01/12    Felpham Community College, Felpham Way, Bognor Regis, PO22 8EL
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

14/01/12-   St Albans Model Railway Exhibition
15/01/12    The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans
           1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)

16/01/12    Friends of Cromford Canal - Talk
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           The trade on the Cromford Canal before the Railway Age by Philip Riden
           Starts: 1930

Cheers, Howard.
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