Subject: Raildate 20th April 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 20/04/2012, 17:13
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Welcome back!


Three Rivers Rail Partnership is a group of local authorities, local people and the rail
industry, working to promote train and local bus services between Salisbury, Romsey,
Southampton and Eastleigh:

A walking blog by Kenny Mackins, which includes some railway walks:

"Lets Go To London" - Chiltern Mainline's remake of the classic 1962 BTF film:
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Farewell to the Sheffield-Manchester electrics (1970) video:

Bittern Charter, Severn Valley Railway, 26th March:
Barrow Hill "The Fab 4 Gala" 13th April:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

A recent exploration of Yelverton station & tunnel, Devon:
And the Vale of Neath Railway's Pen-cae-drain tunnel:
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

Looking for details about a particular private owner wagon?  The Lightmoor Press website is
home to an index of references in books to private owner railway wagons and tankers by company
name compiled by Joe Greaves.  Each company is listed by an abbreviation of the book's author
and its page number.  Coal Merchants who ran wagons are also included.

United States National Train Day:

The Grand Canyon Railway:

The Railyard at Santa Fe:

The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, Albuquerque:

The ABQ Trolley Co - open-air trolley with Albuquerque's only guided city tour company:

Yosemite Valley Garden Railroad:

Majorca Railways Newsletter - a better link than the one given previously:

Who would not want to own this...?

The Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour, Silverton, Colorado:

Engine house and outbuildings for sale at Wheal Rose, Cornwall

Or buy a whole gold mine in Arizona

Pleaseley Colliery industrial heritage site:

Russells Truck & Travel Center on Route 66:



Lightning strike disrupts trains in and out of London

Grayrigg crash: Network Rail fined 4m over death

RAIB report into engineering train defect at Blatchbridge Jn

RAIB investigation into run away incident at Bradford Interchange

RAIB report track worker struck by train at North Kent East Jn.

New Ilkeston station would create 150,000 train journeys and increase trade

A27 bridge in Romsey closed for gauge enhancement

Frinton-on-Sea gates preserved

Freightliner train fire near Micheldever (70018)

Delays rebuilding Cosford station

Rebuilding of Wellingborough station

Ministers consider moving Oxford train station

Fare increase planned for Translink

Hagley footbridge restored

Lightning strike near Victoria (Chatham Lines)

Tynemouth's wonderful welcome is back on the rails

The French come over here, they make our high-speed trains run on time...

Privatised railways 'inefficient'

14m plan to transform Dundee railway station

11m upgrade shuts Dalmarnock station for 5 months

Railway stations to receive 1m investment for Commonwealth Games

En-suite cabins and airline-style seats considered for Caledonian sleepers

Rockfall road set for full reopening

The Borders Railway by Colin MacDonald, Network Rail: Meeting of 12th April

Woman rescued from disused railway tunnel at Bangor Teifi, near Llandysul

The Worx looking to expand railway upgrade employment initiative in South Wales

Princess Elizabeth whistle to start jubilee flotilla

A new class of train pulls up

G&WR to reopen by August

Germany train crash: Three die in Offenbach collision

DHL to use rail transport for containers

Shunting accident in Switzerland

Free travel proposed in Talinn

California bullet train plan approved by state rail agency

South African National Railway and Steam Museum revived

London Underground workers to strike for 72 hours

Brompton Road Tube ghost station resurrection plans announced

Blackpool tramway reopening

Work on extension of Nottingham tram system

New trams for Washington DC

Audi buys Italian motorcycle firm Ducati

Spitfires buried in Burma during war to be returned to UK

Air Canada flight lands safely after engine shutdown during flight (with the editor on board!)

'Pilot fatigue' caused Air Canada jet dive

RyanAir forced landing at Frankfurt

Sea Vixen collapsed landing gear closed Hurn Airport

British Airways - Olympic livery

Shuttle Discovery retires with Washington flypast

Discovery's final journey

Shuttle over DC: 'I have flown the shuttle piggy-back'

Chesterfield Canal Trust thrilled with waterside funding announcement

Royal barge Gloriana to be launched on Thames in London

Thames spritsail barge restored

Titanic - Southampton Remembers:
(Two days left to watch)

Never Again - A lament for the Titanic
(Two days left to listen)

Titanic Memorial cruise

Derbyshire private collection honours Titanic

SS Nomadic restoration

Port expansion on Gulf region

Abandoned Glasgow mines could provide 40% of city heat

Goldmine in Dolgellau, Gwynedd, could be worth 125m

And finally...
Rubber chicken flies into solar radiation storm
(Nothing to do with railways but a great headline - thanks Richard!)

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



24/04/12    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers"  Series 3 8/8

24/04/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Cromford

24/04/12    BBC4 2350-0115
           "Storyville: The Real Great Escape"  Stalag Luft III, March 1944

25/04/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Birmingham

26/04/12    BBC4 0110-0210
           "Between the Lines - Railways in Fiction and Film"

26/04/12    BBC Radio 4 1500-1527
           "Open Country"  The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

26/04/12    BBC Radio 4 2030-2100
           "In Business"  The decline of the Lancashire cotton industry

27/04/12    BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
           "The Pathfinder"  Profile of Air Vice-Marshall Donald Bennet

27/04/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Dirty Great Machines"  1/4 Tunnel boring machines

28/04/12    BBC Radio 4 0605-0630
           "Open Country"  The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal



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

20/04/12    Newbury and District Transport Group
           Bayer House, Strawberry Hill, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 1JA
           "Trains, Ships, Buses and Balloons" by Terry and Justin Foulger
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

20/04/12    Launceston Railway Circle
           Dingley Hall, Castle Street, Launceston, PL15 8BA
           "Salute to the GW and SR" by Simon Foote
           Meetings begin at 1930

20/04/12-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Spring Steam Spectacular

27/04/12    Arkwright Society: Phillip Whitehead Memorial Lecture
           University of Derby
           Guest Speaker: Sir Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust
           "Heritage Conservation in a period of Austerity"
           Starts 1900
           Free admission plus refreshments after

28/04/12    Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Spring Diesel Day

28/04/12-   Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Ltd: Spring Diesel Gala

29/04/12    Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust Railway Funding Day
           Bursledon Brickworks

29/04/12    Cobham Bus & Coach Gathering

05/05/12-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Real Ale Festival

05/05/12-   Kent & East Sussex Railway: Gala Weekend

05/05/12-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Steaming Thru' the 40s

05/05/12-   Didcot Railway Cantre: Steam Gala

05/05/12-   Crofton Beam Engines in steam

05/05/12-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: May Bank Holiday Open Days

06/05/12    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

06/05/12    Twyford Waterworks: Spring Rally Open Day

06/05/12-   Quainton Steam & Miniature Enthusiast Weekend

06/05/12-   Middleton Top Engine House Open Day

06/05/12-   Leawood Pumping Station Open Day

07/05/12    Quainton Steam & Miniature Enthusiast Weekend

Cheers, Howard.
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