Subject: Raildate 4th January 2013
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 04/01/2013, 17:45
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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

A happy New Year to all our readers!


Steaming around Britain's Railways

"Engines Must Not Enter The Potato Siding" now available on iPlayer
And many other old favourites on the BBC Railway Site
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

And more BBC video resources
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

H Class climbing out of Horsted Keynes caught by a police helicopter of with its thermal
imaging camera
(Spotter: David Chappell)

A recent exploration of the LNWR "Heads of the Valleys" line Clydach Twin Tunnels
And one of the LNWR Wapping tunnel, Liverpool
And one of the LNWR Crown Street tunnel, Liverpool
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

The Barrowmore Model Railway Group increases its range of prototype data
Electrification proposals 1931 style - the Weir Report of 1931, "Report of The Committee on
Main Line Railway Electrification"
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

NS at Haarlem
(Spotter: Andrew Cook)

Snow clearance, Canadian style.
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Convair Propliners in South Africa
A huge collection of old aircraft-related newsreels
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

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no further...



Most overcrowded train services: Figures reveal top 10

Cowley Bridge Junction reopened

Freight train derailment near Barrow on Soar

Man dies after car struck by freight train at Yarnton level crossing

Signalling failure on GWML

London King's Cross: Station's changes over 160 years

Contracts agreed for resignalling work

London Midland compensation for driver shortages

New Southern stock

The ten most crowded trains on the national network

Crossrail dig unearths forgotten London

InterCity 125 designer Kenneth Grange knighted

Fears raised about older trains brought back into service on c2c line

RAIB investigations:
Fatal level crossing accident at Beech Hill
ECML broken rails
Fatal level crossing accident, Bestwood, Nottingham
"Near miss" at Ufton Nerfet level crossing
Passenger injury at Charing Cross
Staff fatality at Saxilby

Delay to lift of structure for Haymarket station

Services confirmed for Conon Bridge railway station

The restaurant at the end of the universe gets into wedding mode

Why Cardiff needs a Crossrail transport network

Steam train takes to London Underground in test run

BBC South Today report on the Brighton Belle being restored at Barrow Hill

High-tech mission to find out if Derbyshire rail tunnel is world's oldest

Award for G&WR

Llangollen steam railway's Corwen extension delayed

Centenary celebrations for National Railway Museum's signalling simulator

Talyllyn steam railway in Gwynedd asks for cash from volunteers

Railway enthusiasts keep steam engine tradition alive

Mudslide derails BNSF train near Everett

Train hopping: Why do hobos risk their lives to ride the rails?

China launches longest high-speed train line

Rare footage of African railway on show at North-East museum

Edinburgh Trams: Full speed test carried out

Bus used as an ambulance

Bus Vannin strike ended.

Isle of Man Steam Railway provided school trains

Bloodhound diary: Making tracks in 2013

Lands End Airport waterlogged

Welsh Government to purchase Cardiff Airport

Supply flights to the Shetland Isles

Pensioners restore rare WWII bomber

Enthusiasts come within inches of death after aircraft comes down short of the runway

Despite warnings, ageing fire-fighting aircraft still flying - and crashing

vast graveyard in Russia where 9,000 planes have been left to rust away

China’s new military transport plane exposed

Public tour drained Foxton Locks in Leicestershire

No cruise programme for MV Balmoral in 2013

New owner for "Thomas"

CalMac plans world’s first hydrogen fuel ferry

QE2 sold as scrap to Chinese for £20m

Costa Concordia Salvage

Dyffryn House to open to public from Easter 2013

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



05/01/13    Channel 5 1500-1730
           "The Dam Busters"  1954 feature film

06/01/13    BBC2 1645-1730

06/01/13    BBC2 2200-2300
           "Speed Dreams: the Fastest Place on Earth"  Bonneville, Utah

07/01/13    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  New series, 1/5 High Wycombe to Stratford

07/01/13    BBC1 South West 1930-2000
           "Inside Out"  Repairing the Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash

07/01/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Somerset

07/01/13    BBC4 2000-2030
           "Art Deco Icons"  Claridge's Hotel

08/01/13    BBC Radio 4 1530-1600
           "Lives in a Landscape"  Commuting on the Caledonian Sleeper

08/01/13    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  2/5 Birmingham to Stafford

08/01/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Swindon to Penzance

09/01/13    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  3/5 Stoke to Winsford

09/01/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Cornwall

09/01/13    BBC2 2130-2230
           "World's Most Dangerous Roads"  3/3 Bolivia

10/01/13    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  4/5 Dudley to Bridgnorth

10/01/13    BBC4 2200-2250
           "Metroland"  Classic John Betjeman film from 1973

10/01/13    BBC4 2250-2350
           "The Golden Age of Trams - a Streetcar Named Desire"

11/01/13    BBC2 1830-1900
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  5/5 Welshpool to Aberystwyth

11/01/13    BBC1 South 1930-2000
           "Sea City"  Documentary about the port of Southampton 1/3



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

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 Raildate subscribers!
           1930 for a 1945 start

07/01/13    Peak Railway Association, Sheffield Branch
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           Dore to Sheffield Nunnery Quadrupling: 1890-1904
           A digital presentation by Ian Howard
           1930 for a 1945 start, for a requested £3 donation on the door

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

18/01/13-   London Model Engineering Exhibition
20/01/12    Alexandra Palace, London
           1000-1700 each day

21/01/13    Friends of Cromford Canal - Talk
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           The A1 Steam Locomotive by Alexa Scott
           Starts: 1930, admission: £2.00

Cheers, Howard.
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