Subject: Raildate 3rd February 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 03/02/2012, 17:28
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Pictures of Stanier Black 5 with Outside Stephenson link motion on the Cauldon Lowe branch on
the Churnet Valley Railway on 26th January.

A January 2012 exploration of Birkenhead's Monks Ferry tunnel
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

The Rutland Railway Museum is about to be relaunched as "Rocks by Rail: the living ironstone

The Class 5AT Advanced Technology Steam Locomotive Project is still alive:

The major part of the overhaul of the Titfield Thunderbolt's website has now been completed:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Nederlandse Spoorwegen - the main Netherlands railway operator - has put up some 360-degree
photos, showing the 19th Century railway station waiting rooms designed for the exclusive use
of the Dutch Royal Family.

This is a fascinating, short film called "The German". Particularly the incredible four minute
footage of a desperate Spitfire vs. ME-109 duel.  You feel like you are there! Amazing computer
work blended in with real photography.  Also an interesting factual story that many of us may
not have known.  History is rarely 'over'.  Now sit back and strap on your parachute harness...
it is the Summer of 1940 over the skies of England.  Listen to the perfect 'purr' of the Rolls
Royce Merlin...
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

A swarm of nano quadrotors - move over Red Arrows!



Train derails on West Coast main line at Bletchley

Rail group calls for reopening of small stations

NetworkRail to form "alliances" with TOCs

Parkway station has seen 120% rise in users since 2009

Let's show the world that our trains are the best of British

"High-speed rail link will be a huge white elephant"

Crossrail outlines new approach to refurbishing the Connaught Tunnel

Bristol rail depot scheme given planning approval

Disabled people encouraged to increase train use

Reading Cow Lane bridge rebuilt - time-lapse video

Lineside fire near Ipswich

Christmas bridgeworks at Royston

Draining Dove Holes Tunnel

Battersea Bridge 6 replacement

Paignton railway level crossing closure angers traders

Girl, 15, killed at Bishop's Stortford railway crossing

Network Rail admits safety breaches over girls' deaths

Woman falls under train at Barnsley

Panicked rail passengers force 'hijacked' train to stop

RAIB report into passenger train derailment near East Langton

RAIB investigation into an incident near Littleport, Cambridgeshire

Six streaks reunited: Eisenhower and Dominion are coming home

Plea for funds to restore train at Rutland Railway Museum in Cottesmore

Locomotive steams back to town after 87 years on the Isle of Wight

Severn Valley Railway celebrates 150th anniversary

GWR heritage railway embankment repairs begin

Waverley Steps: Walk this way for Edinburgh's new rail gateway

Minister says Montrose railway station improvement work starts this month

Campaigners press case for new stations

Alford Railway history to be told

Man fined 800 for letting boy, 5, open rail crossing near Talybont, Gwynedd

London 2012 Olympics: Do we love the Jubilee Line?

Faivley Transport group to acquire USofA air brake manufacturer

Invensys win Turkish ETRMS contract

Railway improvements in Wellington NZ

Modernisation of Paris Metro Line 1

Southampton's 'oldest film' reshot in city centre

Bluestar in Hampshire introduce cashless bus tickets

Cuts to Welsh bus service grants

Road closures begin at Canford Bottom roundabout

Poole Harbour bridge to open in February

Falmouth unions say dredging good for jobs

BBC hosts gathering of Titanic descendants in Southampton

Costa Concordia wreck: Search of cruise ship abandoned

Costa Concordia salvage to take 10 months

Rare glimpse of drained 18th Century Bingley Five Rise Locks

Row over 300,000 bill to dredge Cromford canal

Solution found for A380 wing cracks

Spanair collapses, stranding 20,000 people

How 1896 Tylorstown pit disaster prompted safety change

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum awarded 1.5m in grants

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



03/02/12    BBC2 2030-2100
           "Mastermind"  Includes "Yorkshire's Lost Railways"

05/02/12    BBC2 2335-0035
           "Bomber Boys"  The Story of Bomber Command in WW2

06/02/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Britain's Heritage Heroes"  Saving Britain's heritage - 1/15

06/02/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Climbing Great Buildings"  Lloyds Building

07/02/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Britain's Heritage Heroes"  Saving Britain's heritage - 2/15

07/02/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Climbing Great Buildings"  Imperial War Museum North

08/02/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Britain's Heritage Heroes"  Saving Britain's heritage - 3/15

08/02/12    BBC4 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Liverpool to Eccles

08/02/12    BBC4 2200-2230
           "Britain's Best Drives"  1/6  North Yorkshire Moors

09/02/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Britain's Heritage Heroes"  Saving Britain's heritage - 4/15

10/02/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Britain's Heritage Heroes"  Saving Britain's heritage - 5/15



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

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

16/02/12    Aln Valley Railway Society
           Barter Books, Alnwick Railway Station, Alnwick
           Slide show: 'Carlisle: Railway Border City: 1980s to the present day'
           by Gordon Hall
           1900 for a 1930 start

17/02/12    Newbury and District Transport Group
           Bayer House, Strawberry Hill, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 1JA
           "Rails Around Snowdon" by Max Wilkinson
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

17/02/12    Launceston Railway Circle
           Dingley Hall, Castle Street, Launceston, PL15 8BA
           Photographic Competition- lots of entries wanted!
           Meetings begin at 1930

18/02/12    Solent Railwayana Auctions
           Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hampshire, PO17 5AL
           Viewing: 0800, Start: 1000

18/02/12    American Model RailRoad Group, Gosport: Public Running Meet & Mini Exhibition
           St Mary's Church Parish Centre, Green Road, Alverstoke, Gosport PO12 2ET
           Opens at 1030
           Adult: 1 adults, Child: 50p

18/02/12    Small & Delightful Railway Group: Narrow Gauge South West
           Whitstone School, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5PF
           20th anniversary exhibiton - double usual size (40-50 layouts)

Cheers, Howard.
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