Subject: Raildate 27th January 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 27/01/2012, 17:47
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Open Train Times site - select a station and a time and day.  If you go to 'Settings' and click
on 'Advanced' it will show you passing times, train reporting number and maximum speed, etc.
It works for freight trains too. (try TOTONC next Tuesday at 15.00 for instance).  Click on the
'i' for passing times.
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Killamarsh Heritage Society, which is hoping to restore Killamarsh Central station, now has its
own website.

The Cob is being widened at the Porthmadog end over the winter months to allow the building of
separate platforms for Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland trains.  The work is being recorded on
video and posted to YouTube.  Day 1 is here - follow the links to see further progress.
(Spotter: Michael Prince)

A January 2012 exploration of the unfinished GWR Pontardawe tunnel.
And one of Pencader Tunnel, Carmarthenshire.
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

A recent exploration of Wolverton Carriage Works.
(Spotter: Nigel Callaghan)

"Picturing Britain" - Adil Ray explores British life through the lens of some of the country's
photographers.  Urban explorers creep through tunnels and drains, scale cooling towers and
climb into abandoned buildings to get into parts of the country that are off-limits.  Adil
joins Li as he photographs a derelict military site, clambering through nettles and decaying
buildings to document a hidden side of Britain.  Although unusually Li has permission to
photograph, Adil is still on his guard, tiptoeing through the crumbling ruins and jumping at
every sound.  (Programme should be available for at least a week.)

Moving History - a guide to the UK's twelve public sector moving image archives.
(Spotter: Mike Price)

An animation (with voice over) reconstructing the history and process of a late-19th century
metal mine at Ystrad Einion.

Rick Eborall's photos of a TPO charter with "Oliver Cromwell" on 18th January.
Daytime shots:
Night-time shots:

East Lancashire Railway 21st January
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

An online biography of Thomas Green, one-time Station Master at Winchfield, LSWR.  If there
doesn't appear to be very much on the page... page down!


Swiss railway roundup by Neil Kearns

Harzer Schmalspurbahn  Web cams (and weather reports)

SBB real time travel information

Rhaetian Railway goods services

There's been a lot of snow at Realp, Furka-Bughstreche Bahn.  Some interesting pictures on:

Also, snow clearance in previous years on:

Rhb train stuck in snow (links to Swiss Railway modelling forum in German).  On Saturday
morning the RhB trains didn't get to Disentis (and MGB had ceased service even earlier, due to
danger of avalanches).  Train 1223, 06:15 from Disentis, the second train over the line, was
stuck in snow.  The driver has posted some pictures he took:

He said that the few passengers were brought to the nearby level crossing where a taxi could
fetch them.  He returned to Landquart at 19:00 instead of 09:00.  That's working with a
mountain railway!  (And no, he didn't go to the secretary of the union to ask for better
working conditions - he was simply impressed by the force of nature.



Brockenhurst level-crossing - woman drives along tracks

Level crossing accident on Newquay branch

HS2 could release capacity on WCML

Clearance of old Great Central route in Nottingham starts

Staffordshire Police encouraged to use buses and trains

Man sentenced for throwing man at train in Shrewsbury

Police release CCTV after 8ft high graffiti is daubed on Derby station

Software for gauge clearance calculations

Signalling technology developments

West Coast Franchise proposals

Suggested improvements at Ely North Jn (Returning to pre 1990 layout)

Train ticket from Carlisle to London could cost more than flight to New York

Thousands expected to attend Railfest 2012 at York's National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum to repatriate A4s from US and Canada

Drainage work at Swanage station

ScotRail still guilty of keeping travellers in dark over delays

Possible viewing platform on Forth Rail bridge

Boost for sustainable transport in Scotland

School train on Kyle line during road blockage

Kilted haggis puts station on red alert

HS2 - Scottish view

3.8m project to bring Perth railway station into the 21st century

Whitland level crossing collision train delays

'Trainspotter' faces terror charges over Ballykinlar pictures

CP investments

On heritage run, world's oldest locomotive puts up a better show

$24 Million upgrade of Melbourne tram depot

Trent Barton blames rising costs for bus fare increases

Silk Mill museum in Derby may be thrown lifeline

Welcome for first boat on new stretch of canal

Hybrid powered boats in Hong Kong

Fuel removal from Costa Concordia

RAF Northolt may be sold by MoD to raise funds

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



28/01/12    BBC4 2335-0035
           "Airline: The Story of Pan-Am"

29/01/12    BBC4 1900-2000
           "Timeshift: The Last Days of the Liners"

30/01/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  21/25 Bray to Dublin

31/01/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  22/25 Enfield to Drogheda

31/01/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Climbing Great Buildings"  The Liver Building

01/02/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  23/25 Dundalk to Portadown

01/02/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Climbing Great Buildings"  Coventry Cathedral

01/02/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "High Flyers: How Britain Took to the Air"  The '20s and '30s

02/02/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  24/25 Belfast to Whitehead

02/02/12    Channel 4 2200-2305
           "Confessions from the Underground"  Lifting the lid on the tube

03/02/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  25/25 Ballymoney to Londonderry



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

28/01/12-   Southampton Model Railway Society Exhibition
29/01/12    Barton Peveril College Eastleigh

04/02/12-   Alton Model Railway Group: FebEx 2012
05/02/12    Eggars School, Alton
           Raildater Derek Gillkerson will be exhibiting Zwiesboden

04/02/12-   Stafford Model Railway Exhibition
05/02/12    County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD

05/02/12    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey, SO51 8JA
           Car park in old school grounds

11/02/12    Newbury Model Railway Club Exhibition
           St Bartholomew's School, Andover Road, Newbury

11/02/12-   Festival of British Railway Modelling
12/02/12    Doncaster Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, Doncaster, DN2 6BB

Cheers, Howard.
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