Subject: Raildate 20th July 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 20/07/2012, 16:51
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Railway bridges of the World
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

A very early cops and robbers film - from 1903!  Three minutes in, the burglar escapes by
train.  The film was shot on the Midland Railway in the Sheffield area.
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

A selection of steam hauled trains recorded in various locations in and around the Bath area in
Midland Railway Centre: 1960s Gala 14th July
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Recent explorations:
LNWR Micklehurst Loop - Stalybridge New/East (Cocker Hill) Tunnel, July 2012
Glasgow Botanic Gardens station, July 2012
Wye Valley Railway - Tidenham Tunnel, June 2012
Severn Bridge Tunnel, June 2012
Shrubhill Tram Depot, Edinburgh, August 2011
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

Australian Rail Track Corporation
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Daimler Roadliner Yahoo group - collating information and personal reminiscences on the Daimler
Roadliner bus and coach chassis



Rail network to see 'biggest investment' since the Victorians

9bn railway investment unveiled

Midlands line 'to be electrified'

FirstGroup vies with Virgin in west coast rail bidding war

500m Heathrow link to cut times on Great Western line

Heathrow Express traffic increase during M4 closure

New railway could be ready by 2017

Nottingham to London trains affected by 100m works

Strikes planned by East Midlands Trains' drivers

Ilkeston railway station campaign gets government boost

HSTs fit for use until 2035

Fatal level crossing accident at Downham Market

RAIB investigation into derailment of freight train at Shrewsbury

Disabled access problems during the Olympics

Olympics security poster 'gibberish' to Arabic speakers

12m Paisley electrification confirmed

Two Scotrail trains hit landslips following heavy rain

Railway electrification of Valley Lines announced

Train derails after hitting cows at Welsh Hook, Pembrokeshire

RAIB investigation into Letterston Junction derailment

HLF grant for Isle of Wight Railway new building & centre

No planned weekend engineering works on LUL until September

Snake charmers aid bridge repaint

Metrolink T68 trams to be withdrawn

Crich Tramway Village restores Edwardian tram

Bombardier win order for Moscow Metro

London bus workers accept Olympics bonus offer

Middlesborough Bus station refurbishment

Speed limits: 40mph plan for country roads

Thomas Newcomen steam engine replica unveiled in Dudley

Lego Rolls-Royce engine to inspire next generation of engineers

UK's new F-35 fighter plane

'Lightning Lab' tests aim to make modern planes safer

Cable car spanning London's River Thames opens to public

Friends of Cromford Canal launch appeal to bring 1930s trip-boat back

Control of Kennet and Avon canal transferred from British Waterways

First cargo ship Maimi-Havana for 50 years

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



22/07/12    BBC Radio 4 1945-2000
           "The 8.51 to Brighton"  Drama - 1/3 Along the line

22/07/12    BBC2 2000-2100
           "Engineering Giants"  2/3 A North Sea gas rig is stripped-down

22/07/12    BBC4 1900-2000
           "London: a Tale of Two Cities with Dan Cruickshank"

22/07/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "The Bridges that Built London with Dan Cruickshank"

22/07/12    ITV1 2220-2315
           "Bomber Command"  Documentary about the last survivors

23/07/12    BBC Radio 4 1345-1400
           "Unbuilt Britain"  An unfinished cathedral in Liverpool

23/07/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Sandwich to Folkstone

23/07/12    BBC2 1900-2000
           "Coast"  The mysteries of the isles

23/07/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Megastructures: London's Olympic Stadium"

24/07/12    BBC Radio 4 1345-1400
           "Unbuilt Britain"  An pyramid planned for Primrose Hill

24/07/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Hythe to Hastings

24/07/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Talking Landscapes"  The Yorkshire Dales

24/07/12    BBC2 2000-2100
           "Coast"  Life beyond the edge

24/07/12    BBC4 2100-2200
           "The Secret Life of the Motorway"  1/3

24/07/12    BBC4 2200-2300
           "Ford's Dagenham Dream"  Remembering the car plant

25/07/12    BBC Radio 4 1345-1400
           "Unbuilt Britain"  An elevated street in Edinburgh

25/07/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Scotland

25/07/12    BBC2 1900-2000
           "Coast"  The hidden history of harbours

25/07/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "The Joy of Motoring"  History of motoring

25/07/12    BBC2 2350-0050
           "The Bridges that Built London with Dan Cruickshank"

26/07/12    BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
           "Crossing Continents"  Spain's unused Don Quijote Airport

26/07/12    BBC Radio 4 1345-1400
           "Unbuilt Britain"  A Whitehall palace for James I

26/07/12    BBC2 1900-2000
           "Coast"  Perils from the seas

26/07/12    BBC2 2355-0055
           "Engineering Giants"  2/3 A North Sea gas rig is stripped-down

27/07/12    BBC Radio 4 1345-1400
           "Unbuilt Britain"  Oban's McCaig Tower

27/07/12    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Dumbartonshire

27/07/12    BBC2 1900-2000
           "Coast"  The Irish Sea



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

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

20/07/12-   Churnet Valley Railway: Rail Ale Trail

21/07/12    Northampton & District Model Railway Club Exhibition
           Weston Favell Academy, Booth Lane South, Northampton, NN3 3EZ

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

25/07/12-   Manx Heritage Transport Festival 2012

28/07/12    West Somerset Railway: Summer Evenings at the Seaside

28/07/12    West Somerset Railway: Fish & Chip Specials

28/07/12-   Llangollen Railway: 1960s Weekend

29/07/12    West Somerset Railway: Toy & Train Collectors Fair

29/07/12    Middleton Top Engine House Open Day

04/08/12-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Victorian Weekend

04/08/12-   Great Bush Railway Gala & Model Railway Exhibition
05/08/12    Tinkers Park, East Sussex

04/08/12-   West Somerset Railway: Steam Fayre & Vintage Vehicle Rally

04/08/12-   Peak Rail: 1940s Weekend

04/08/12-   Leawood Pumping Station Open Day

05/08/12    Twyford Waterworks: The Edwardian Waterworks Open Day

05/08/12    Romsey Signal Box Open Day (followed by AGM at 1530)
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey, SO51 8JA
           Car park in old school grounds

05/08/12    The Lavender Line: Goods Train Days

05/08/12    Middleton Top Engine House Open Day

Cheers, Howard.
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