Subject: Raildate 14th December 2012
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 14/12/2012, 15:37
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

RAILDATE - your free weekly guide to what's happening, what's new and what's on

This will be the last Raildate before the Christmas break and includes your three-week TV and
Radio guide!

Raildate returns on or around 4th January 2013 (it might run a day late!)

A merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all our readers!


Severn Valley Railway: Santa Specials - 9th December
100 Years of British Buses & Trolley Buses
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Railway photographs from the NRM

Shunting at the Aln Valley - their newly laid first bit of track gets some use
A cornucopia of old American photographs with a lot of railway content
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Pictures show how long-lost locos would look if they were still running along their old routes
A nice anachronism (and some interesting comments to boot...)
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Trespass on USA railways
Doctor Beeching's silver lining
Train Planning vacancy
Graduates opportunities for Crossrail
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

The Spyflight website
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)



Outer London rail orbital opens for passengers

London Overground: East to south London in three minutes

TfL investment plans

Bombardier wins £106m contract

Rayne station rail museum is on track thanks to enthusiasts

First glimpse of New Street’s bright future

Bridge plan for Stone's Whitebridge Lane level crossing

Hourly train service between Ipswich and Lowestoft after £4m works

RAIB report into fatal footpath accident near Bishops Stortford

RAIB annual report for 2011

London Midland warned by PM over cancellations

CrossCountry Trains workers to stage 24-hour strike

Rail fare increase prompts East Midlands protest

South East protests held over rail fare increases

West Coast Rail fiasco bill could grow, admits DfT

Passenger numbers 'blow apart' case for HS2 train line

Stobart using rail freight (for Tesco contract)

ScotRail workers to strike on Christmas Eve

Borders to Edinburgh rail route main contractor agreed

Scotrail express trains to get free wi-fi

Kintore railway station to be reopened to travellers after 50 years

ScotRail 'protected from West Coast fallout'

Below-inflation Scottish off-peak rail fare pledge

Great Central Railway plans museum in Leicester

Consultancy to examine 4472 restoration

Santa’s storm Frankfurt Central

Light Rail proposals for Ottawa

Railway bridge collapse in New Jersey

Cass Scenic Railroad workers charged in thefts

Amtrak/CSX track access agreement

One of the best railway stations in the world (Kuala Lumpur)

New stops on Manchester Metrolink

New York railway repair costs from storm damage

Casablanca Tram route opens

Preston Bus Station should be demolished, says council boss

WWII fighter to be raised from Lake Michigan

Delta and Virgin Atlantic outline initial partnership plans

Bombardier wins order for 40 CRJ900 jets

Largest container ship visit to Southampton

Ship fire in Ipswich Docks

Rebuilding of Kings Norton Lock

Matlock Bath pavilion sold for £1 to community group

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Jim O'Brien, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth



17/12/12    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "North Pole Ice Airport"  2/3

17/12/12    BBC1 South 1930-2000
           "Inside Out"  The closure of Ford's Southampton Transit plant

17/12/12    BBC1 West 1930-2000
           "Inside Out"  The history of Filton airfield

17/12/12    BBC4 2000-2030
           "Britain by Bike"  The Welsh Borders

17/12/12    BBC4 2100-2200
           "The Golden Age of Steam Railways"  2/2 Rescuing narrow gauge railways

17/12/12    BBC4 2200-2300
           "Magnificent Machines: the Golden Age of the British Sports Car"

18/12/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Jet!  When Britain Ruled the Skies"  1/2

19/12/12    BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
           "Train Hopping in the USA"

19/12/12    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Jet!  When Britain Ruled the Skies"  2/2

19/12/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "Building the Panama Canal"  Doubling its capacity

19/12/12    Channel 5 2100-2200
           "Chris Tarrant's Extreme Railway Journeys"  The Konkan Railway, India

19/12/12    BBC4 2200-2300
           "The Golden Age of Steam Railways"  2/2 Rescuing narrow gauge railways

20/12/12    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "Chris Tarrant's Extreme Railway Journeys"  The Konkan Railway, India

21/12/12    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "North Pole Ice Airport"  3/3

23/12/12    BBC2 2130-2230
           "James May's Toy Stories: Flight Club"  Model aeroplanes

25/12/12    BBC2 1825-1930
           "50 Years of Bond Cars: a Top Gear Special"  Not the 3-wheelers, I think

26/12/12    BBC4 1900-2000
           "The Two Thousand Year Old Computer"  Fascinating

27/12/12    BBC2 2000-2100
           "Racing Legends"  1/3 Stirling Moss

27/12/12    BBC2 2100-2200
           "World's Most Dangerous Roads"  1/3 Madagascar (Mad! A gas car?)

28/12/12    BBC2 2000-2100
           "Racing Legends"  2/3 Colin McRae

28/12/12    BBC2 2100-2200
           "World's Most Dangerous Roads"  2/3 Georgia

30/12/12    BBC2 1900-2000
           "James May's Toy Stories: Flight Club"  Model aeroplanes

31/12/12    BBC2 1630-1730
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  1/5 London to Monte Carlo

31/12/12    BBC4 1900-2000
           "The Bridges That Built London with Dan Cruickshank

01/01/13    BBC2 1535-1630
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  2/5 Austria

01/01/13    BBC2 1700-1800
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  3/5 Germany

01/01/13    Channel 5 1740-2000
           "The Dambusters"  1954 feature film

03/01/13    BBC2 1700-1800
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  4/5 Switzerland

03/01/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Britain on Film: Brits at Play"  Archive cine film

04/01/13    BBC2 1700-1800
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  5/5 The Low Countries



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

15/12/12    West Somerset Railway: Murder Mystery

15/12/12    Sheffield Railwayana Auctions
           The Gateway Centre, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby

21/12/12    Newbury and District Transport Group
           Bayer House, Strawberry Hill, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 1JA
           My Life With Trains, part 2 by David Canning
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

26/12/12    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Mince Pie Specials

26/12/12    Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway: Boxing Day Specials

26/12/12-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Mince Pie Specials

28/12/12    Peak Rail Sheffield Branch
           The Library Theatre (by The Crucible), Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
           “Railways Remembered” a film show by Rob Foxon
           Starts 1930 (doors 1900)

29/12/12-   West Somerset Railway: Winter Steam Festival

29/12/12-   Churnet Valley Railway: Mince Pie Specials

29/12/12-   Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: New Year's Running

01/01/13    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: New Year "Hangover"  Specials

01/01/13    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: New Year Trains and Fizz

01/01/12    Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway: New Year's Day Specials

02/01/13    Wensleydale Railway: Diesel Running Day

05/01/13-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Winter Steam Uop

07/01/13    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           Underhill Centre, St John's Church, St John's Road, Hedge End
           The Wirksworth Branch - the history of a Derbyshire branch line
           by Raildate editor, Howard Sprenger
           It would be nice to meet any subscribers!
           Starts 1945

16/01/13    Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History Research Workshop
           National Railway Museum/University of York
           In the Edmondson Room, NRM - Railway Towns
           Mark Haydock (University of Central Lancashire):
           The influence of railways on rapid town formation in East Lancs after 1848
           Nitin Sinha (IRS&TH):
           Skill formation and work culture in an Indian railway town of Jamalpur, 1860s-1940s
           All welcome, refreshments served

Cheers, Howard.
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