Subject: Raildate 24th February 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 24/02/2012, 18:00
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Preston station - past and present:

The Weymouth to Easton, Portland Railway Line: Then and Now:

A February 2012 exploration of the LNWR Morlais tunnel, Merthyr Tydfil:
And Abernant Tunnel:
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway - Winter Steam Gala 2012:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Interesting stuff in the Yorkshire Film Archive:
Start off with "The Port of Goole":

Film of the 1949 GE electrification:
(Spotter: Nail Kearns)

Last train to Sicily:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Regular Raildate reader, Kees Wielemaker, recommends this "silent movie" that was made in 2011,
on the occasion of the opening of the next stretch of the RTM Ouddorp preserved narrow gauge
(3ft 6 in) railway, to Scharendijke.  Although the captions are in Dutch, the movie can be well
There is more information on the RTM line here (English language version available):

Supersonic Flight - Sonic Booms explained:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)



Travel threat to rail jobs 'unfair'

Great Western franchise bidders "misinformed"

DRS staff train for Sellafield workers

Station cleaners strike at St Pancras

Heathrow Express strike announced

Crossrail work at Paddington

TfL aspiration to operate all London Suburban services

Redevelopment of London Bridge and removal of "Brighton" overall roof

Go-Ahead rail arm gathers pace

Resignalling in East Kent

Ore Tunnel rebuilding work

Improvements to RRV trailer safety

Councils ask Treasury for Northern Hub commitment

Lingfield footpath crossing closed

The Chiltern Railways (Bicester to Oxford improvements)

Foxton Level Crossings to be improved

New life begins for an icon of Victorian age

BP to pay for Norden level crossing

SVR engineering blockade completed

Aln Valley Railway lease signed

Behind the scenes at Middleton Light Railway

Second railway platform build underway at Bursledon Brickworks

Rail network north of Perth 'not fit for purpose'

Deliver our diesel but only by road, says ScotRail

Transport minister visits the Borders Railway site

'Not a hope in hell' for on-time Borders Railway

Taxis hit by Waverley ban over terror attack fears

Dispute at West Scotland Signalling Control Centre
(With a photo of Kings Cross - First Capital Connect)

Britannia Bridge 'urban explorer' photographers given warning

Pont Briwet demolition plans approved by Snowdonia National Park

Van driver hurt as train and van collide in Powys

Level Crossing collision near Talerddig

Train collides with large metal sheet in Severn Tunnel

750k needed for new loco on the Isle of Man

Fame at last for rail handbook

Train complaint letter from 1912 recalls 'sparks in face danger'

The romance of a railway home

Second UK-Poland intermodal service to start

Swiss Railway centenaries this year,5702151

No plans to franchise New South Wales railway operations

Rio Tinto's driverless trains set for WA

Union Pacific fined for pollution incidents

Argentina train crash in Buenos Aires 'kills dozens'

Security exercise on London Underground

Tyne & Wear Metro ticket machines upgraded

Metro tram network to return to Birmingham city centre

Snow costs Crich Tramway Village and museum 30,000

Snow gates for Woodhead pass

Toll increase on Clifton Suspension Bridge

Staffordshire chooses steam narrowboat for Jubilee Pageant

CALMAC service alterations.

Condor ferries moved from Weymouth to Poole

Cobh - The other Titanic town

Olympic airspace restrictions

Ryan Air services to be reduced at Edinburgh

Air Australia grounded

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



25/02/12    BBC2 1720-1750
           "Coast"  The Irish Sea

25/02/12    BBC4 1900-1930
           "Decisive Weapons"  The P-51 Mustang fighter

25/02/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Decisive Weapons"  The Harrier jump-jet

26/02/12    BBC2 1730-1800
           "Coast"  Brittany

26/02/12    BBC1 1900-2000
           "Countryfile"  Includes a look at mining in Cornwall

27/02/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Settle to Carlisle

27/02/12    BBC2 2100-2200
           "The Tube"  Continuing documentary about London Underground 2/6

28/02/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Apollo 13: the True Story"

28/02/12    BBC4 2100-2200
           "How to Build... a Nuclear Submarine"

29/02/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Windermere to Kendal

29/02/12    BBC4 2200-2230
           "Britain's Best Drives"  4/6  The Lake District

01/03/12    BBC Radio 4 1500-1530
           "Ramblings"  The 80th anniversary of the Kinder mass trespass

02/03/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  New series 1/8



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

24/02/12-   Model-Rail Scotland
25/02/12    Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow

25/02/12    Association of Larger Scale Railway Modellers Scale "0" Rail
           Bolton School Arts & Conference Centre, Chorley New Road, BL1 4PA

25/02/12-   Solent Model Railway Group: Eurotrack
26/02/12    Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh
           Raildater Derek Gillkerson will be exhibiting New Stanton Lees -
           Extended by 4ft this year

03/03/12    Stafford Railway Collectors Fair
           GEC, St Leonard's Avenue, Stafford, ST17 4LX

03/03/12-   Romsey Railway Modellers Society Exhibition
04/03/12    Crosfield Hall, Romsey, SO51 8GL

03/03/12-   Romsey Signal Box Open Days
04/03/12    In conjunction with Romsey Railway Modellers Society
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey, SO51 8JA
           Car park in old school grounds

10/03/12    Northampton Model Railway Show
           Malcolm Arnold Academy, Trinty Ave, Northampton, NN2 6JW

10/03/12-   Macclesfield Model Railway Exhibition
11/03/12    Tytherington High School, Manchester Road, Macclesfield, SK10 2EE

Cheers, Howard.
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