Subject: Raildate 7th September 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 07/09/2012, 20:22
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Pictures of Staffordshire Canals
(Spotter: Mike Price)

Helensburgh signal box fire in 1971
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Shetland Bus Stops
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

SBB marshalling yard layout and services
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)



West Coast Main Line First Group deal put on hold

Signal box: End of the line for 'much-loved' building?

English Heritage report on listing signalboxes

Refurbishment of the Royal Albert Bridge

Tree on the Line at Sutton Coldfield

Consultation on Thatcham LC changes

Train windscreen smashed at Ferryhill

Police attend incident at Pokesdown Station

West Coast Franchise award judicial review

Resignalling to save money

Stourbridge Jn/Kidderminster resignalling

Africa Express train embarks on tour of Britain

Engineers work overnight to clear blocked rail line after landslip

Train disruption after man dies on Borth to Llandre line


RAIB report into train on washed-out track formation at Knockmore

Poster to mark war effort

Sir Keith Park returns to service

Severn Valley Railway in £3m shares sale bid

Weekend will be electric dream at Warwickshire museum

Weardale Railway platform built on wrong side of the tracks

Museum bosses investigate £25,000 payments to top curator’s husband

LUL change power supply contract


Pressure for upgrading ofAustralian Infrastructure

Loco orders for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

Private operator allowed into Europa bus station in Belfast

Fire damaged MSC container ship
(The dangerous goods manifest is chilling reading - follow link in article.)

Isles of Scilly transport links

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire canal restoration

Wey and Arun canal open for boats

Connah's Quay docks: Dee festival marks regeneration bid

Airbus details Smarter Skies vision for planes in 2050

Lufthansa cancels flights as crew stage third strike

Microlight crash at Freshwater

Daibetic formation flying

Thunder City Lightning crash report linked from this discussion (large file)

Butterley Foundry new history book

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth, Nick Wheat



09/09/12    BBC2 1915-2000
           "Richard Hammond's Crash Course"  Logging machines

09/09/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "The Thirties in Colour"  Adventures in the Americas

10/09/12    BBC4 1930-2030
           "Plastic - How it Works"

10/09/12    BBC2 2200-2230
           "James May's Things You Need to Know"  Engineering

11/09/12    BBC4 1930-2030
           "Indian Hill Railways"  1/3 Himalayan Railway

11/09/12    BBC4 2100-2200
           "Grand Prix: the Killer Years"

12/09/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Leicestershire

13/09/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "World's Scariest Plane Landings"  1/4

13/09/12    BBC4 2100-2200
           "The InterCity 125: the Age of the Train"

13/09/12    BBC2 2350-0020
           "James May's Things You Need to Know"  Speed

14/09/12    Channel 5 2000-2030
           "Eddie Stobart Trucks and Trailers"  New series 1/8



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

07/09/12-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Steam Gala & Real Ale Festival

07/09/12-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Maunsell Gala

08/09/12    South Devon Railway: Living History Day
           Marking the running of the last goods train from Totnes Quay to Ashburton
           Remember the Ashburton branch as it was in 1962

08/09/12    Sheffield Railwayana Auctions
           The Gateway Centre, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby

08/09/12-   Romsey Signal Box Heritage Open Days
09/09/12    Admission free (donations welcome!)
           1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey, SO51 8JA
           Car park in old school grounds

08/09/12-   The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group
09/09/12    Oldwood Pits Coal Mine Heritage Open Day near Yate

08/09/12-   Gauge 0 Guild Convention - GUILDEX 2012
09/09/12    Telford International Exhibition Centre, St Quentin Gate, Telford, TF3 4JH
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
           Members: £5, Non-members: £12 (admits purchaser, partner and 2xunder 16)
           15 Layouts in 7mm scale, 128 traders, 15 demonstrators, Guild stands
           Wheelchair accessible, catering provided by the centre
           Membership hotline: 0845 603 6213

08/09/12-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Model Railway Exhibition

08/09/12-   West Somerset Railway: CAMRA Real Ale Festival

08/09/12-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Wirksworth Festival Open Days

09/09/12    The Lavender Line: Riley’s Miniature Railway
           Evelina Children’s Hospital Charity Day

09/09/12    Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: Bus Rally Day

14/09/12    West Somerset Railway: Exmoor Mystery Tour

15/09/12    West Somerset Railway: Summer Evenings at the Seaside
           West Somerset Railway: Fish & Chip Specials

15/09/12    Railway Exhibition - "Making Tracks"
           Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin, SG5 1QG
           Adminission: £3, children under 11 free
           S0ands from Network Rail featuring the new flyover), First Capital Connect,
           Letchworth Model Railway Club + layout, Hitchin Historical Society, RCTS,
           St Albans South Signal Box and the Midland Railway Society
           No parking at church but car parks nearer to the town centre
           Church is a short walk from the station

15/09/12-   Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Day Out With Thomas

16/09/12    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Ventnor West Day

17/09/12    Friends of Cromford Canal - Talk
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           Saint Pancras by Nigel Lowey
           Starts: 1930

19/09/12    Friends of Welwyn Hatfield Museums
           Focolare Centre for Unity, Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6JG
           St Albans South Signal Box - a talk by Anthony Furse
           Starts 2030
           Admission: £5.00
           Tickets from Mill Green Museum and Mill, Hatfield, Herts, AL9 5PD

21/09/12    Newbury and District Transport Group
           Bayer House, Strawberry Hill, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 1JA
           James Freeman
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

21/09/12    West Somerset Railway: Exmoor Mystery Tour
           West Somerset Railway: Cheese & Cider Lunch
           West Somerset Railway: Steam & Cream Specials

22/09/12-   Nene Valley Railway: Steam Gala

22/09/12-   Churnet Valley Railway: Diesel Gala

22/09/12-   Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre: Model Rail Live 2012
23/09/12    Campbell Drive, S43 2PR Staveley, Sheffield, United Kingdom
           1000-1700 both days

23/09/12    Bursledon Brickworks: Big American Wing-Ding

Cheers, Howard.
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