Subject: Raildate 18th May 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 18/05/2012, 17:06
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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The Preserved Railway Stock Search aims to locate and identify all the locomotives and rolling
stock still extant in the UK, including private and industrial sites and everything from
main-line steam to grounded van bodies.  You can search the current database here:

A recent exploration of the Great Northern Railway warehouse at Derby:

Great Western Railway Autotrailer No 169:

The Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust at Midsomer Norton:
A selection of videos:
North Yorkshire Moors Railway: spring Gala 12th May:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The Army helps the Aln Valley Railway:
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

The Cooma Monaro Railway, New South Wales:

The San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society

The Model Tree Shop:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)



Views of a Changing Railway: Edward Hopper - Railwayman from 1925 to 1968
by Maurice Hopper

Covering a wide sweep of the railway story in the twentieth century, this book chronicles an
insider's view of the changing scene.  Joining the Southern Railway in 1925 as a junior clerk,
Edward Hopper left the railway in 1968 from the position of Training Officer at the 222
Marylebone Road headquarters.  He was a railwayman through and through, being involved with and
committed to all aspects of railway life.  He was especially concerned to bring about a
reshaping of the railway through the development of its staff and good decision-making.

The story illuminates a neglected part of the railway: the way it trained, informed and
consulted with its staff, often with approaches that were advanced for their time.  This
changing process is illustrated both by the example of his early career as well as the later
responsibility he had for the education and training of railwaymen.  At times this story may
offer new insights for the more traditional reader of railway history.

Chris Green (formerly of Inter City and Virgin Trains) says the book "paints a fascinating
picture of the contrasting life in a private and nationalised industry, with pithy examples
from the time, but above all because it traces the life of one senior manager at a time of huge
change and shows just how much a determined individual can achieve in a large organisation.
Edward Hopper was one of those modest men whose achievements were in danger of being forgotten
by history.  I commend his family for preventing this from happening and for ensuring that both
his achievements and his memory will live on.  I commend their book as an excellent and
worthwhile read."

ISBN 978-0-7552-1439-6
E-book: 4.95, traditional book: 14.95
Printed copies may also be ordered at any good book shop



Merseyrail trains to be replaced

Manchester prepares bid for rail franchise control

RAIB investigation into fatal accident near Mansfield

Crewe Works update

East Midlands Trains sees sixth strike day

RMT may join ASLEF/EMT dispute

SWT extra rolling stock as viewed by Surrey CC
(The transferred stock will come from Southern routes - in Surrey!)

SWT to take over 456 units

Diamond Jubilee livery on c2c

Diamond Jubilee livery on FGW

Blackadder star helps staff learn train announcements

Optimism at St Andrews rail link feasibility study

Publicity for Scotrail sleeper services

Station upgrade is just the ticket

Scottish Cup final: Hibs and Hearts fans to travel on same trains

Fishguard and Goodwick train station officially reopens after 48 years

Railway crime falls in Wales

Scrap thieves target Downpatrick & County Down

Runaway Northern Line Tube train: Charges brought

Quarry Hunslet Hugh Napier restored

Corfe Castle's new railway signal box opens

The No 925 Cheltenham chugs back on to the rails after 50 years as Britain's rarest steam train
returns to service
(There's just too much wrong with that headline, as the comments after the article attest!)

Weardale Railway accountant denies 36k fraud

The bungalow that's built around a 130-year-old railway carriage

Restored Porthmadog steam train back on track

The train that connected the West to Berlin

Is it cheaper to put Greek train passengers in taxis?

Indian Railways abandons TV channel

First tram-train gets go-ahead for Sheffield to Rotherham

New Nottingham tram design

Coventry's vintage buses on display at museum

Jersey vintage bus route to occupation war tunnels

London 2012: Olympic torch relay sponsors' vehicles unveiled

American racing legend Carroll Shelby dies at 89

London's new cable car tested ahead of summer opening

Connected sky: Surfing the web above the clouds

Hornet moth returns to Manchester - Ringway

World War II fighter found in Egyptian desert

For sale: Vickers Supermarine Spitfire F.18 with Rolls Royce Griffon engine!__spitfire-griff
Us lesser mortals can just watch (and listen to!) the video

Royal Navy 'Top Gun' pilots train to fly US fighters

Ditched Super Puma 'suffered main gearbox oil leak'

Beached ship scrapped at Rhyl

New aircraft carrier section begins move to Scotland

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps



19/05/12    Channel 4 1805-2145
           "Titanic"  James Cameron's 1997 feature film

20/05/12    BBC2 2100-2200
           "Coast"  New series 2/6  The Scillies, Devon, South Wales

21/05/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Julia Bradbury's Canal Walks"  2/4 The Worcester & Birmingham Canal

21/05/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Timewatch: The Last Day of World War One"

22/05/12    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "Dirty Great Machines"  4/4 Mining and tunnelling

22/05/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Norfolk

22/05/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "The Story of British Pathe"  4/4

23/05/12    BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
           "Lives in a Landscape"  Return of steelmaking to Redcar

23/05/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Ledbury to Holyhead

24/05/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Munro: Mountain Man"  Nick Crane on the 3000-footers

25/05/12    BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
           "Mapping Britain's Underworld"  Mapping our pipes, cables and sewers

25/05/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Mega Builders: The Floating Bridge"  5-lane floating bridge in Canada



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

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

19/05/12-   Severn Valley Railway: 1862 - A Victorian Experience

22/05/12    Railway Industry Memorial
           British Transport Pensioners Federation dedication of memorial to railway staff
           National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR
  Memorial Arboretum

25/05/12-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Bodmin Branch 125 Gala

25/05/12-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway:Heritage Diesel Weekend

26/05/12    West Somerset Railway: Come and See Peppa Pig
           West Somerset Railway: Summer Evenings at the Seaside
           West Somerset Railway: Murder Mystery

26/05/12-   Welsh Mines Preservation Trust: Heritage Weekend
27/05/12    Ystrad Einion Mine, Ceredigion
           Free car park at Dyfi Furnace:

27/05/12    Portsmouth "Back to the '70s & '80s" Bus Running Day

27/05/12    Aldershot & District Centenary Bus Running Day

27/05/12    Final departures from Cheltenham COach Station
           Free coach rides and static display

02/06/12    West Somerset Railway: Fish & Chip Specials

02/06/12-   Leawood Pumping Station Open Day

02/06/12-   Middleton Top Engine House Open Day

02/06/12-   Crofton Beam Engines in steam

02/06/12-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Wirksworth Carnival and Jubilee Open Days

02/06/12-   National Railway Museum: Rail Festival
10/06/12    National Railway Museum, York
           Hoping to be Britain's largest railway event

03/06/12    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

03/06/12    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Festival of Transport

03/06/12    Andover Bus Running Day

03/06/12    Clacton Bus Rally
           Clacton Factory Outlet

03/06/12    Harrington Gathering, Amberley

Cheers, Howard.
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