Subject: Raildate 16th November 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 16/11/2012, 16:35
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London’s Dock Railways Part 1 – The Isle of Dogs and Tilbury
by Dave Marden

The railways in and around London's docks were arteries to the national railway system at a
time when all heavy goods were moved by rail.  As well as freight, the Port of London moved
vast numbers of people by train around its domain – not just ships’ passengers but also dock
workers, who were transported from their city dwellings to a host of dockside locations.  This
book describes the dawn of the major rail-served docks, and traces the evolution of the capital’s
quayside railways and their locomotives from the days of the early dock companies through to
what became the Port of London Authority’s huge undertaking.

Over two volumes, we see the growth of the dock company railways from simple sidings to a vast
network under the Port of London Authority, together with full histories of over 100
locomotives that worked the various quays and sheds.  Part 1 looks at the systems operating in
and around the Isle of Dogs at the Millwall and India Docks, and includes various other railway
wharves in the area.  Also featured is Tilbury Docks which, although remote, were closely
associated through company ownership and became part of the PLA network.  Part 2 will chronicle
the Royal Docks and their associated tracks.

The absorbing story of these industrial lines and locomotives is traced from their humble
origins to what became one of the largest private railways in the country, but which are now
nothing more than a memory that serves to remind us of one of the foremost periods in Britain’s
industrial history.

Softback: 120 pages with approximately 120 photographs and maps
273 x 215mm



Steaming around Britain's railways in sound and pictures

Free Cassini Historical Map of your chosen area available from
(while stocks last, available until 31st December 2012, you pay postage)
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Lotschberg base tunnel
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

The salvage of the MT Betelgeuse (1979)
Costa Concordia Wreck Removal Detailed On New Website
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Triumph Spitfire engine rebuild doesn’t look so hard

A turbo-engined tractor

War Memorials Online - update details of any war memorials you are aware of



London Midland drivers shortage (and rates of pay)

Network Rail CIO takes top IT award

Commuting journey times in London

Branston rail footbridge to be removed after complaints

Nuneaton North Chord officially opened

Chiltern Railways train services hit by cable theft

Hydrex rail plant sold by Network rail

£3.3m revamp at Peterborough railway station

Lorry stuck under Plymouth rail bridge disrupts trains

West Coast Main Line Pendolino trains get a 2 million-mile service

First Group freezes dividends in view of WCML franchise bid problems

Third-class trains: how bad could they be?

'Mindless' couple push baby in pram over railway tracks

RAIB report on SPAD at Stafford.

Georgia Varley train fall death: Guard jailed for manslaughter

RAIB report into possession irregularity near Dunblane

Reward offered over Angus train derailment

ScotRail to use 130 extra carriages for Edinburgh’s 80,000 sports fans

Scottish Borders project to be handled by Network Rail

High-speed rail plan for Glasgow to Edinburgh line

Paisley Canal electrification works extended

Cable theft on Paisley Canal line

RAIB report into engineering possession irregularity near Dunblane

Extra trains for Wales rugby and Cardiff football matches

Welsh station upgrades

‘Nepotism’ inquiry uncovers failings at railway museum

Heritage loco exchange at Haven Street

Porthmadog's Princess steam loco departs Ffestiniog rail line

London Underground drivers balloted for strike action

Consultation for Northern Line extension

Undefeated - the toughest bridge in the world (unbelievable!)

Myanmar train blaze leaves 25 dead, 100 injured

Texas train hits veteran parade truck, killing four

Suspicious fire at Workshops Rail Museum in Brisbane

New trains for Nairobi

Real time train tracking app in India

Hurricane Sandy clean up operations

Tram stop at Edinburgh airport unveiled

Edinburgh Trams on course for opening in Summer 2014

Sao Paulo monorail design unveiled

Kowloon Motor Bus order placed with Wrights of Ballymena

Strike action on First Devon and Cornwall buses

M5 engineering works closure

New road bridge for Evesham

Car manufacturing returns to London

Magna Transit seat factory closure follows Ford announcement

Plan to increase lorry speed limit

Bomber Boys time capsule: 'You will always be my hero'

Noise complaints at RAF Brize Norton

EU aviation emission trading suspended

WWII artefacts found at 1941 plane crash site in Richmond

Iberia job cuts & restructuring

Proposed KLM service from Manston

Manx2 service cuts

Aer Lingus pensions dispute and industrial action

Citation in fast overrun at Sao Paulo Congohas downtown airport

Vintage air care failures in Queensland

New lock gates installed at Welshpool

Contract awarded for new cranes at Southampton Container port

Petition over Wightlink axed island night sailings

Brittany Ferries fears fuel switch could close routes

Condor Ferries to return to Weymouth from July 2013

Strangford Ferry service financial losses

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



17/11/12    BBC4 1900-2000
           "Metalworks!"  1/3  The golden age of silver

17/11/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Shock and Awe: the Story of Electricity"  2/3  The age of invention

18/11/12    BBC2 1715-1730
           "Coast"  Falmouth to Land's End

18/11/12    BBC4 1900-2000
           "The Last Days of Steam"  Why BR kept building steam locos

18/11/12    Channel 4 2000-2100
           "How Britain Worked"  5/6 A Brixham trawler restored

18/11/12    BBC4 2100-2215
           "From the Sea to the Land: Britain's Coast on Film"

20/11/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Liverpool

20/11/12    BBC4 2000-2030
           "Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury"  2/4  Birmingham

20/11/12    Channel 4 2000-2100
           "George Clarke's Amazing Spaces"

20/11/12    BBC4 2030-2100
           "Britain on Film"  Getting down to business

21/11/12    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  The north-west

21/11/12    BBC1 2000-2100
           "Supersized Earth"  Huge engineering projects around the globe

21/11/12    BBC4 2000-2030
           "Britain's Best Drive"  6/6 The Trossachs

21/11/12    BBC2 2320-0020
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  2/5 Hungary to Austria

21/11/12    ITV1 2335-0030
           "The Great Train Robbery"  How the job was done

22/11/12    BBC2 2100-2200
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  3/5 Berlin to the Rhine

22/11/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Shock and Awe: the Story of Electricity"  3/3  Revelations & Revolutions



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

16/11/12    Newbury and District Transport Group
           Bayer House, Strawberry Hill, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 1JA
           "Newbury and District Motor Services" by Paul Lacey
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

17/11/12    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

17/11/12-   Alsager Railway Association 2012 Exhibition
18/11/12    Victoria Oakley Centre, West Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2PZ

18/11/12    East Kent Railway: 40 Shilling Special
           To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Kent coalmine

19/11/12    Friends of Cromford Canal - Talk
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           Sir Arthur Heywood's Duffield Bank Railway by Pat Morriss
           Starts: 1930, admission: £2.00

19/11/12    Archive film show presented by Rob Foxon
           Central Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
           Railways Remembered: Freight trains from wagon load to Freightliner
           Starts 1930
           Licensed bar, railway books, films & videos for sale

21/11/12    Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History Research Workshop
           National Railway Museum/University of York
           In the Gibb Theatre, NRM - Tom Rolt as Biographer and Preservationist
           Adrian Vaughan:
           The creation of a legend: a criticism of Rolt's biography of I.K Brunel
           George Revill (Open University):
           Tom Rolt’s High Horse, ecological visions & the origins of railway preservation
           All welcome, refreshments served

23/11/12    Derbyshire Archaeological Society Industrial Archaeology Section
           St Mary's Parish Hall, Darley Lane, Derby
           "Westhouses - A Midland Railway Village" by Dudley Fowkes
           Starts 1930
           Non-members welcome

25/11/12    Bursledon Brickworks: Winter Festival

01/12/12    West Somerset Railway: Carol Trains

05/12/12    Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History Research Workshop
           National Railway Museum/University of York
           In the Edmondson Room, NRM
           Early-20th-Century Railway Identities in Britain and France
           Matt Thompson (Ironbridge George Museum):
           A "perpetual neo-pastoral May": the interior geography of the GWR, 1929-1941
           Natalia Starostina (Young Harris College, USA)
           On railway advertising in interwar France
           All welcome, refreshments served

07/12/12-   West Somerset Railway: Dunster by Candlelight

Santa Specials only from here on...

24/11/12-   Great Central Railway: Santa Specials

25/11/12    Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway: Santa Specials

01/12/12-   West Somerset Railway: Santa Trains

01/12/12-   Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: Santa Specials

01/12/12-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Santa Specials

01/12/12-   Great Central Railway: Santa Specials

01/12/12-   Churnet Valley Railway: Santa & Steam

01/12/12-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Santa Specials

01/12/12-   Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway: Santa Specials

01/12/12-   Wensleydale Railway: Santa Specials

02/12/12    Peak Rail: Santa and Steam Specials

05/12/12    Churnet Valley Railway: Santa & Steam

Cheers, Howard.
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