Subject: Raildate 16th March 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 16/03/2012, 18:04
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

RAILDATE - your free weekly guide to what's happening, what's new and what's on

Raildate will take a break over Easter.  NEXT WEEK'S issue will therefore be the last for a
couple of weeks.


Paul Bartlett has been busy extending his Zenfolio site:

"Swindon's Other Railway" - the Midland & South Western Junction Railway:

Railway photographic site (owned by a XC driver):
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Photos of the Helston branch:

The story of Keep Calm and Carry On (Barter Books is a great bookshop!)
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

North Norfolk Railway Spring Steam Gala 11th March 2012:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

How brass model locomotives are made.  (Note that there are 7 "pages" of photos in groups of 20
per page.  Click on a photo to read the caption and then click on the "Next" link to get to the
next group or page of photos):

A reminder that David and Marion Canning produce a monthly online magazine in PDF format called
"Translines", which contains lots of information and news about all forms of transport in the
wider Newbury area.  David is happy to send this to Raildate readers - just let him know if you
would like to receive copies (note that it's a large file, so is probably not suitable for
anyone still on dial-up):

SNCF Mikado 141.R.1244 on the Steam Adventure Tours Mikado-Schnellzug special:
(Spotter: Mike Morant)

Air Force 1:
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)



Kings Cross Concourse ready to open

Two time-lapses of work on Kings Cross

And a tour of the inside

Rail travel sets new record

Network Rail fined 1m over girls' level crossing deaths

Crossrail tunnel boring machines

New Thameslink bogies unveiled

Time-lapse video of coach refurbishment

Preparations for the Olympics

RAIB Investigation into fatality near Bishops Stortford

Campaigners on HS2 protest walks in Warwickshire

South West Trains delayed after train breaks down

'Blinding' explosion as Hampshire train hits parked bike

Longer trains are set to enter service with Virgin Trains

Rebranding Heathrow Express

Heathrow Express dispute

Town goes to war with brewery that called time on historic path

Miles of rail line could be re-opened

Bigger station plea for Borders Railway

National Museum of Scotland - See Scotland by Train exhibition

Road diversion along Kyle of Lochalsh line

Locomotives of Scotland to appear on stamps

'Horrible' rail carriages blasted by MSP

Highland Council wants Dounreay 'exotics' moved by rail

Sewta says south Wales rail electrification will boost jobs

Reopening station the next stop for rail project

Severn Valley Railway's Bridgnorth station faces 2m restoration

RAIB report into Kirklees Light Railway boiler incident

Virgin Media wins London Underground wi-fi contract

London Underground performance

Le train de La Mure ne circule plus

Trans European Network Rail - scope of rail interoperability

40 years of Inter-Rail

India increase rail fares in attempt to revamp system

Embankment collapse on Chinese high speed line

Glasgow Airport aims to revive rail link plan

Bolton's 48m bus station plans approved

Unions cancel protest at Southampton's Titanic museum

Gatwick Airport power cut leaves luggage grounded

GKN 'planning to buy Volvo's aerospace unit'

Rough landing at Ronaldsway

Delta Airlines plane slides off a runway in Georgia

Repairs required to Poole Twin Sails bridge

Daw Mill Colliery may close

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



18/03/12    Channel 4 2000-2100
           "The Falklands' Most Daring Raid"  The Vulcan's finest hour

19/03/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Britain's First Photo Album"  Francis Frith: Newport-Gloucester

19/03/12    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "Stansted: the Inside Story"  Documentary series 3/6

19/03/12    BBC2 2100-2200
           "The Tube"  Continuing documentary about London Underground 5/6

20/03/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Britain's First Photo Album"  Francis Frith: Liverpool-Blackpool

20/03/12    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  3/8

20/03/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Swindon-Penzance

20/03/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "The Secret D-Day Disaster: Revealed"

20/03/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Bombay Railway"  Pressure

20/03/12    BBC4 2330-0030
           "Britain Through a Lens: the Documentary Film Mob"  1930s/40s

21/03/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Britain's First Photo Album"  Francis Frith: Stirling-Falkirk

22/03/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Britain's First Photo Album"  Francis Frith: Hartlepool-Whitby

22/03/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Inside the Titanic"  Drama documentary

22/03/12    BBC4 2100-2200
           "Sex and Sensibility: the Allure of Art Nouveau"  1/3 - Paris

22/03/12    BBC2 2320-0020
           "The Tube"  Continuing documentary about London Underground 5/6

23/03/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Britain's First Photo Album"  Francis Frith: Chesterfield-Eyam

23/03/12    BBC2 1900-1930
           "Coast"  Holland

23/03/12    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "The Secret D-Day Disaster: Revealed"

23/03/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  New series 4/8



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

16/03/12    Newbury and District Transport Group
           Bayer House, Strawberry Hill, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 1JA
           "The History of Buses around Reading" by Dave Hall
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

16/03/12    Launceston Railway Circle
           Dingley Hall, Castle Street, Launceston, PL15 8BA
           Annual General Meeting - details tbd
           Meetings begin at 1930

17/03/12-   West Somerset Railway: Spring Gala

17/03/12-   Midlands Garden Rail Show
18/03/12    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, CV31 1 XN

17/03/12-   Rushton Historical Transport Society and
18/03/12    Rushton, Higham & Wellingborough Railway
           Event to mark the 25th anniversary of the station being saved

17/03/12-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Diesel Locomotive Weekend
18/03/12    Also second-hand book sale in the Museum Coach at Wirksworth Station
           Hundreds of books on a variety of subjects including Great Britain,
           travel, gardening, wildlife, art, anthropology, archaeology, war and
           science as well as a good range of fiction
           1000-1600 each day

22/03/12-   West Somerset Railway: Spring Gala

23/03/12-   Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line: Great Spring Gala

24/03/12-   London Festival of Railway Modelling
25/03/12    Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY

30/03/12-   Mid-Norfolk Railway: English Electric Extravaganza

01/04/12    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

Cheers, Howard.
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