Subject: Raildate 6th July 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 06/07/2012, 17:26
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Civil Engineers Wagons Volume 2 - Early British Rail: 1968-1977
by David Larkin

The first five Kestrel Railway Books volumes by David Larkin looked at the revenue-earning
wagon fleet operated by British Railways and its immediate successor, British Rail.  This
volume is the second of three looking at the substantial fleet of specially-designed wagons
that were used for track maintenance, and focuses on the many forms of early mechanized
on-track plant, such as ballast cleaners, cranes and track relaying units, all of which were
hauled to site.  It also covers the self-propelled machines that preceded or followed the
ballast trains, such as track recorders, tampers, liners and consolidators.

As for the wagons themselves, only three new types were introduced in this period, all bogie
ballast hoppers, but there was a mass repainting of the existing fleet and the introduction of
TOPS codes.  The book includes build details, the telegraphic code names used to identify the
Civil Engineers wagons throughout the period and details of the number series for each type.

There is quite an overlap throughout the three volumes in this series, but this volume
concentrates on the period from 1968 to 1977 - a very different period from the previous twenty
years.  Local gangs disappeared and were replaced by mobile gangs that arrived by road
transport.  Although cranes had always been in use by the Civil Engineers, and some early
tamping machines had been tried out, there was no push towards mechanization until the late
1950s, when track relaying units began to appear.  These were followed in the 1960s by ballast
cleaners and tamping machines.  All these are fully covered in this volume.

Softback: 96 pages with 188 photographs
273 x 215mm
Price: 15.00



Waverley Route - opening run at Whitrope

Railway Codes and other data - website has relocated
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

On board a real-life 'ghost train'
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

An exploration of Wolverton Works
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

Rick Eborall's photos of the Princess on the Shakespeare Express
Also some of his collections taken in 2004

Southern Railway Films
Great Central Railway O4 Farewell 24th June
Middleton Railway: 200 Years of Steam 23rd June
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Mark Langley - transport artist
(Spotter: Ted Millward)


Letter from Romania

On 23rd June the "Friends of the SAR" volunteers group took delivery of a motorized trolley to
complement the unpowered trolley we had received a few months earlier.  Both trolleys were
constructed for us by a father and son from Arad who are very enthusiastic about the
Sibiu-Agnita Railway restoration project.  They used an old Trabant 2-cylinder, two-stroke
engine with chain drive to both axles through a three-speed-plus-reverse gearbox which gives a
top speed of about 50kph, well above the 20kph line limit in force when the railway was in use
for passenger and freight trains.

First video (14 minutes) was made on 23rd June and is of our first run on the trolley from
Agnita station to a point about 3km west of the station where our progress was halted by
displaced rails due to the fishplates, rail chairs and sleeper bolts having been stolen by
local gypsies.
YouTube link
(Reminiscent of "Muriel" in the early days of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway ...Ed)

Second video filmed on 30th June (2 minutes) shows the motorized trolley coupled to the trailer
trolley for the first time and carrying 11 people!  It also shows how we turn the motorized
trolley which I couldn't video on the first trip because I had to take one corner for the
turning operation.
YouTube link

Laurie Webb



Coventry-Nuneaton upgrade

Blueprint for investment in Anglia Route

New concrete sleeper factory to be built in Doncaster by Network Rail

Handling the London Waterloo rush hour on Twitter

Extra Southern Trains for Olympic period

Labour backs calls to return railway network to public control

HS1 Channel link leaves 4.8bn debt, says MPs

HS2: Waterman backs high speed London to Midlands rail

RAIB investigation into train departed with doors open at Warren Street

RAIB report into final drive failure on a Pacer dmu

Five men jailed for Rugby rail thefts worth 1.5m

East and west coast lines reopen

Derailment at Currour plus ECML & WCML closed by flash floods

Derailment of 6E45 North Blyth-Fort William at Tulloch

ScotRail's coasting trains plan 'will save fuel'

Rail journey times to be cut between Glasgow and Edinburgh

Dundee railway station plans submitted

New Conon Bridge railway station 'could open by 2013'

Expansion of railway in north-east Scotland back on track

Train driver Geraint Llewellyn takes safety message to schools after near-miss

Dereham train crash bill could cost thousands of pounds

New railtour operator

Boy, 4, bids to buy real train

EMD locomotive construction moves out of Australia

VIA RAIL Canada to cut 200 jobs

Melbourne Trams

Italian Job inspires artist to hang bus off De La Warr Pavilion

M6 Toll coach stopped by armed police

Canterbury couple turn bus into a new home

Elvaston Steam rally cancelled

New rail/road 'inland port' to boost East Midlands economy?

P&O marks 175 years with seven-ship Southampton line-up

Vertical ship marks 50 years at sea

Isle of Lewis ferry out of use

New mooring rules on Kennet and Avon Canal

Final report into 2009 Air France plane crash expected

Clean-up begins after Brazilian Mirage flyby goes awry

NATS guide to flying near the Olympic sites

Fatal crash of vintage plain at Old Warden airfield

Passenger allowed on wrong flight

Waddington Air show

Tornado jet crash: Wreckage located on seabed

The UK's longest zip wire slide is to open in Galloway

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



08/07/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "How to Go Faster and Influence People: the Gordon Murray F1 Story"

08/07/12    BBC2 2100-2200
           "World's Most Dangerous Worlds"  Siberia

09/07/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Talking Landscapes: The Weald"  The sublime Aubrey Manning

09/07/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Timeshift: The Men Who Built the Liners"  The Clyde shipyards

10/07/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Time to Remember"  Early 20th century leisure

10/07/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Timeshift: The Golden Age of Liners"

10/07/12    BBC4 2250-2350
           "The Deadliest Crash: the Le Mans 1955 Disaster"

10/07/12    BBC4 2350-0050
           "How to Go Faster and Influence People: the Gordon Murray F1 Story"

11/07/12    BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
           "Old Photographs Fever - the Search for China's Pictured Past"

11/07/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Time to Remember"  War and peace

11/07/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Building the London Underground"

11/07/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Timeshift: The Last Days of the Liners"

11/07/12    BBC2 2100-2200
           "The Secret History of Our Streets"  6/6 Arnold Circus

11/07/12    BBC4 2300-0000
           "Timeshift: The Last Days of the Liners"

13/07/12    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "Building the London Underground"



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

07/07/12    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Midnight Train to Smallbrook

07/07/12    Train Collectors Society Sandy Exhibition
           Sandy Upper School, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1BL

07/07/12-   The Lavender Line: Diesel Gala

07/07/12-   West Somerset Railway: Day Out With Thomas

08/07/12    Twyford Waterworks: Miniature Steam Power Open Day

13/07/12    West Somerset Railway: Exmoor Mystery Tour

13/07/12    West Somerset Railway: Cheese & Cider Lunch

13/07/12    West Somerset Railway: Steam & Cream Specials

14/07/12-   Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre: Railway Gala Weekend

14/07/12-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Island Motor Show

15/07/12    Bursledon Brickworks: A Day Out With The Victorians

20/07/12    Newbury and District Transport Group
           Bayer House, Strawberry Hill, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 1JA
           "India Railways" by Geoff Warren
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

20/07/12    West Somerset Railway: Exmoor Mystery Tour

21/07/12    Snibston Discovery Museum: All-day event
           180th Anniversary of the 1832 Leicester and Swannington Railway
           The First Operational Steam Railway in the Midlands
           Illustrated talks on the building and operation of the Railway
           Followed by a site visit to Swannington Incline
           Tickets 5 from Snibston, tel: 01530 278444

21/07/12-   Crofton Beam Engines in steam

21/07/12-   CAMRAIL 2012
22/07/12    A light railway and branch line model miscellany
           St Margaret's Hall, Bradford-on-Avon
           Proceeds to The Railway Children charity
           Organised by Simon Castens of The Titfield Thunderbolt

21/07/12-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Classic Transport Weekend

21/07/12-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Day Out With Thomas

22/07/12    Middleton Top Engine House Open Day

Cheers, Howard.
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