Subject: Raildate 4th May 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 04/05/2012, 16:44
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The Southern Counties Railway Society:

"The Ladykillers" (Ealing Studios, 1955) - locations then and now:
and here:
The film was featured on the cover of the January 1961 issue of Model Railway News:
This is from the editorial for that issue by Roy Dock: "Our cover picture this month is
connected with an unusual tale.  Some years ago, in the July of 1955 to be exact, two V2s were
seconded for special working on Sundays over a number of weeks.  Hauling short trains of 10-ton
steel wagons they would work the incline on the goods branch connecting with the main between
Copenhagen and Gas Works outside Kings Cross.  Amid excessive air pollution - deliberate and
the reason will become obvious - the purpose of the operations was executed; dead bodies were
dropped into the empty wagons.  These nefarious deeds were enacted with the full approval of
the railway.  The events described were in connection with the making of the film 'The Lady
Killers' and Philip J Kelley recorded several scenes during the production.  From one
photograph came the idea for the cover painting by Richard Southgate.  We know, we know - the
working is enough to give a signalman a blight of bell code boogie."
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

A recent exploration of the Great Central Railway Chesterfield tunnel:
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

A GWR Castle at speed - 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe racing alongside the M5

Life and times of a rural railway:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

I've featured Joe Peralta's idiosyncratic bike-ride reports before, but it's been a while since
there was anything new from him.  However, here is a new report of his ride across Washington
state from Ellensburg, near the Columbia River, to Seattle using the Milwaukee Road and the
Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern grades.  I'm pleased to say it's up to his usual excellent
standard, and makes you want to saddle up and follow in his tracks!

V 200 033, Giessen-Stockheim-Buedingen, 29th April
(Spotter: Nick Wheat who was there)

Petition to bring back the Jacksdale & Codnor Park iron bridge:
History of the bridge here:



Two taken to hospital after train derails at Retford

Cable theft on railway lines in the East Midlands falls by 30%

RAIB investigation into dangerous occurrence at Lindridge Farm

Bristol Temple Meads transformation at heart of enterprise zone

Hull man jailed for leaving car on railway in police pursuit

EMT drivers strike

Another class 70 fire, this time between Bramley and Basingstoke on 25th April
(70001 failed on 1st May at Worting Jn - so common now that it didn't reach the media!)

First glimpse at 5m light rail network

Rebuilding Connaught tunnels for Crossrail

New Traffic at Northfleet

Fuel for thought

Olympic tube congestion locations

Train passengers paid 'tiny fraction' of compensatory money

Highland Chieftain train stopped in its tracks by landslide

Inverness and Aviemore rail line reopens after landslip

Northern Ireland Railway's farewell to old trains

Steaming ahead with heritage railway dream

It's full steam ahead for new rail link-up (Churnet Valley)
But it suffers a setback almost immediately
(I do wish sub-editors would try to be a bit more original with their headlines!)

ETRMS progress

Italy's Ferrari of the railways gets off to a flying start

Man dies after peeing on 'L' tracks in Evanston

CSX profits

Railway funding in Ohio

Snow clearing and gas in Russia

HMS Ocean squeezes through Thames Barrier

London 2012: Olympic security exercise on board HMS Ocean

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer to build Titanic II

Memorial garden to open in memory of last Titanic survivor Millvina Dean

Preservation of Concorde "AF" at Filton

RAF Typhoon jets arrive in London to test Olympic security

BMI Baby to be grounded by BA owner IAG

George Best Belfast City Airport hopes to replace BMI Baby

Boeing 727 deliberately crashed in desert for TV

'Jetman' Yves Rossy flies in formation with jets

One World Trade Center becomes New York's tallest building

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



05/05/12    BBC Radio 4 0900-1030
           "Saturday Live"  With a look at the Paris Metro

05/05/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "African Railway"  The Tazara Railroad

06/05/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Shock and Awe: the Story of Electricity"  2/3

07/05/12    BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
           "100 Years of the Royal Flying Corps"  Celebrating the centenary

07/05/12    BBC4 1900-2000
           "How to Build a Cathedral"  A medieval one

08/05/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Brighton & Godstone

08/05/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Dirty Great Machines"  2/4 Bucket-wheel excavators

08/05/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "The Story of British Pathe"  2/4 World War 2

09/05/12    BBC2 2000-2100
           "Lucy Worsley: Antiques Uncovered"  With 'a life-sized train set'

09/05/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Waterloo to Canary Wharf

09/05/12    BBC4 2100-2200
           "Metalworks!"  2/3 The Golden Age of Silver with Dan Cruickshank

11/05/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Dirty Great Machines"  3/4 Drill ships and pipeline-layers



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

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
07/05/12    Come along to the Pullman Buffet this May Bank Holiday weekend

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

11/05/12-   Scottish Transport and Industry Collections and Knowledge network
12/05/12    Newcomen and Beyond: A Celebration of 300 Years of Steam
           Dundee Art Gallery and Museum, Albert Square, Meadowside, Dundee

11/05/12-   Swanage Railway: Diesel Gala & Dorset Beer Festival

12/05/12    Didcot Railway Centre: 'Steam Aid' charity event

12/05/12    Stafford Railwayana Auctions

12/05/12-   Derby 2012 Model Railway Exhibition
13/05/12    Moorways Sports Centre, Derby, DE24 9HY

13/05/12    Bursledon Brickworks: Cars, Cars, Cars... & A Few Celebrations

13/05/12    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Antiques Fayre

13/05/12    Basingstoke Festival of Transport

13/05/12    Snibston Transport Festival
           Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3LN

14/05/12    North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society (NEDIAS)
           St Thomas Church Centre, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, S40 3AW
           Talk: "The Cromford and High Peak Railway" by Andy Pollock
           Starts 1930

18/05/12    Newbury and District Transport Group
           Bayer House, Strawberry Hill, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 1JA
           David Brace will talk about his occupation as a tour operator
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

18/05/12    West Somerset Railway: Exmoor Mystery Tour

19/05/12    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

19/05/12    West Somerset Railway: Art Train Day

19/05/12    Railway & Canal Historical Society, East Midlands Branch: Heritage Day
           Trent 150: Trent Station 1862-1968
           18.00 for the day

19/05/12-   AEC 100th Anniversary, Milestones, Basingstoke

Cheers, Howard.
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