Subject: Raildate 5th October 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 05/10/2012, 16:57
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GWR steam railmotor on the Looe branch - booking now open

A recent exploration of the Clifton Rocks Railway
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

Derbyshire County Council are asking for votes for sites for Commemorative Blue Plaques.  The Cromford Canal and Sir Nigel Gresley both feature - you can vote for up to six.

A rail journey fit for a king: Paris commuter train has carriages transformed to resemble rooms from the Palace of Versailles
(Spotter: Maurice Hopper)

Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala 21st September
North Yorkshire Moors Railway Autumn Gala 28th September
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

David Othen, who was responsible for uploading the video of Dominion of Canada arriving at Halifax last week, has now added a 30-minute video of both A4s being taken to the quayside and being loaded onto Atlantic Conveyor.  Moveright International, Ceres Corporation, Atlantic Container Lines and Mills Heavy Haulage have all donated their services to make the shipment of the locomotives possible.

And the A4s arrive back in the UK (see also "In the News")



West Coast Main Line deal with FirstGroup scrapped

MPs 'to quiz minister about scrapped rail deal'

West Coast Main Line franchise process a 'fiasco' says Branson

West Coast Main Line: Brown calls for urgent talks on scrapped deal

What future for railways after West Coast reversal?

Bombardier contract review demanded by MPs

Demonstration train on Portshead branch

Discussion on renationalisation after WCML bidding

The public want railways renationalised – what are we waiting for?

Motocross rider dies on rail line near Coventry

London Midland staff shortages cancel trains

Collapse of Crossrail conveyor system at Westbourne Park

Work on Plumstead Crossrail tunnel

Bronze Age transport route 'found during Crossrail dig'

More trains planned for Redditch to Birmingham line

Wedding train on Harwich branch

King's Cross artefacts shouldn't be simply sold off to the highest bidder

Man comes within inches of being hit by 140mph train at level crossing

HS2 rail line could be re-routed to Heathrow

Taking the train to celebrate National Poetry Day

Campaign launched by Samaritans and Network Rail aimed at reducing suicides

A4s 60008 & 60010 land at Liverpool

Wensleydale Railway reveals £250,000 plan to extend line

Sale of SVR shares

Founder of Bluebell Railway dies

Report on Swanage Railway gala

MHR awards in Alton in Bloom

50027 enters service on Mid-Hants Railway

Public transport 'Scottish Oyster Card' announced

Derailment on Strathspey Railway

Carmarthenshire train crash: Oswald Davies guilty plea

Le Shuttle wins Best Train Company Award for the second year running

Derailment recovery near Wien Westbahnhof

DB Channel Tunnel stock

Class 3BR-1486 boiler running repair appeal

Sri Lanka Railways to relocate National Railway Museum to hill country

Is the Hornby express about to hit the buffers?

1.4m ride resorts new trams

RH Transport (Oxfordshire) closes at short notice

Highways Agency seeks views on M25 speed change

Spring petrol sales decline despite lower forecourt prices

Electric cars 'pose environmental threat'

Failures of Poole lifting Bridge

Bloodhound land speed rocket test at Newquay

How Bloodhound supersonic car's hybrid engine works

Bloodhound boss Noble marks fatal Loch Ness speed bid

Canal clearance to see horse-drawn boat trips dredged from the past

Emergency appeal launched for Trent & Mersey Canal breach

Brittany Ferries dispute resolved

Cunard's Queen Victoria undergoes dry dock repairs

RAF Nimrod on display at Cosford museum

Coventry aviation museum to move to Newquay

Plane crash in Nepal

Smart weather radar aims to help planes ride the storms

Derby museum trust awarded £1.39m from Arts Council

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



06/10/12    Channel 5 1955-2220
           "Battle of Britain"  1969 movie

07/10/12    BBC4 1900-1930
           "Julia Bradbury's Canal Walks"  The Llangollen Canal

07/10/12    BBC2 2000-2100
           "Built in Britain"  1/2 includes a look at Crossrail

08/10/12    BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
           "Cheaper than Walking"  The story of microcars

08/10/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Classic Car Rescue"  3/6 MGB

08/10/12    BBC4 2100-2200
           "Magnificent Machines - the Golden Age of the British Sports Car"

08/10/12    BBC4 2200-2300
           "Ford's Dagenham Dream"

08/10/12    ITV1 2235-2335
           "The Great Train Robbery"  Another retalling of the story

09/10/12    BBC2 1900-2000
           "The Story of Wales"  The Industrial Revolution

09/10/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Hythe to Hastings

10/10/12    BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
           "Lives in a Landscape"  Long-distance commuters

10/10/12    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "Eddie Stobart Trucks and Trailers"  4/8

10/10/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Ayr to Skye

10/10/12    BBC4 2200-2300
           "Magnificent Machines - the Golden Age of the British Sports Car"

11/10/12    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "Classic Car Rescue"  3/6 MGB

11/10/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Heroes of the Skies"  4/6  The Tuskegee Airmen

11/10/12    Channel 4 2100-2235
           "The Plane Crash"  What happens when it happens?

12/10/12    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "Heroes of the Skies"  3/6  Norman Jackson VC

12/10/12    Channel 5 2000-2030
           "Eddie Stobart Trucks and Trailers"  5/8



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

04/10/12-   West Somerset Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

05/10/12-   Durley Light Railway Auction Sale
06/10/12    Viewing on 5th, sale on 6th
           PDF of catalogue:

05/10/12-   Bolehill and Steeple Grange Improvement Group: Wirksworth Lead Mining Weekend
07/10/12    Celebrating 500th anniversary of the Miner’s Standard Dish
           presented to the town by Henry VIII

06/10/12-   Fareham & District MRC Exhibition
07/10/12    Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hants, PO17 5AL
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
           Adult: £5, Senior: £4, Child: £3, Family (2+2) £13
           17+ layouts booked plus trade support including Squires and
           for the first time Lord & Butler (aka Dirty Boy weathering)
           Raildater Derek Gillkerson will be exhibiting
           Historic Bus by Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust
           from Fareham railway station to Buddens Road (adjacent to venue)

06/10/12-   The Lavender Line: Vintage Transport Gala

06/10/12-   Crewe Signalling Gala
07/10/12    Crewe Heritage Centre
           Public launch of a new range of signalling simulations for the
           home PC to be sold under the brand name "Block Post Software"
           Kidderminster Railway Museum will bring their photographic archive
           Additional displays including the Signalling Record Society
           The Centre's three signal boxes (Crewe North Junction, Crewe Station A
           and Exeter West) will be open to visitors

06/10/12-   Leawood Pumping Station Open Day

07/10/12    Twyford Waterworks: Autumn Rally

07/10/12    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

07/10/12    Churnet Valley Railway: Folk Festival & Classic Cars

07/10/12    Middleton Top Engine House Open Day

12/10/12-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Steam, Oil & Smoke

13/10/12    Off the Rails hack day

13/10/12    Scale Seven West Country Group Open Day
           Mark Village Hall, Mark, Somerset TA9 4NY
           Opens 1000, free parking on-site
           Entry fee: £5

13/10/12-   Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Big 4 Weekend

13/10/12-   16th Annual Charity Wilmington Model Railway Exhibition
14/10/12    St Michael's Church Hall, Church Hill, Wilmington, Dartford, DA2 7EG
           1000-17000 both days
           Adult: £3.50, Child/OAP: £2.50, Family (2+2): £9
           In aid of Demelza House Children's Hospice, The Railway Children,
           Cherished Memories & St Michael's Youth Work

13/10/12    Romsey Signal Box Anniversary Open Weekend
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey, SO51 8JA
           Car park in old school grounds

15/10/12    Friends of Cromford Canal - Talk
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           1811 and all that: 200 years on the Cromford Canal by Hugh Potter
           Starts: 1930

17/10/12-   Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition
21/10/12    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Nr Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN

19/10/12    Newbury and District Transport Group
           Bayer House, Strawberry Hill, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 1JA
           "Industrial Steam - UK, Europe and Africa" by Neil Kearns
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

19/10/12    Derbyshire Archaeological Society Industrial Archaeology Section
           St Mary's Parish Hall, Darley Lane, Derby
           "James Brindley's School of Engineers" by Chris Lewis
           Starts 1930
           Non-members welcome

20/10/12-   National Festival of Railway Modelling
21/10/12    East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE

21/10/12    Bursledon Brickworks: Something Steamy & Ghostly Going On

21/10/12    The Lavender Line: Autumn Colours Specials

Cheers, Howard.
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