Subject: Raildate 14th February 2013
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 14/02/2013, 21:37
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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One of the pleasures of doing Raildate for the best part of 25 years is the people I've met along the way.  One such was John Hillmer of Wilmslow, Cheshire, who was a photographer and author of several books (many with Paul Shannon) about the railways of north-west England and north Wales.  It was therefore with great sadness that I learned of his death a week ago due to an accident from which he did not recover.  RIP John.


A Point of View: Grand Central, the world's loveliest station
Listen to the 10-minute broadcast here

Archive film of the Derby Friargate line

Have you ever wanted to drive a class 40?  Well now you can at the East Lancs Railway care of the Class 40 Preservation Society.
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Australian Trains:
Steam trains in the hills - Puffing Billy Railway
Garratt steam locomotive in the hills - Puffing Billy Railway
Steam train struggles on 1 in 48 grade
Round trip by steam - Echuca Weekender 2001
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Sleeper replacement - the American way
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Antilles Seaplanes
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Interactive map that shows every German bomb dropped on London during the Blitz
(Spotter: Martin Allen)

Steam Traction World - manufacturers of fully machined, large scale traction engine models in kit form
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

And finally, if the snow is getting you down, try building one of these
(Spotter: Terry Bye)



Disruption to rail services in the Doncaster area - Stainforth

Portsmouth's Northern Road bridge closed for five months

Building starts on footbridge at Alton railway station

Signalman stuck in a toilet: Network Rail apologies

Fears of overcrowding on West Country branch lines

LOROL fleet to be extended to 5 cars

Object thrown at freight train at Pontyclun

RAIB investigation into derailment at Liverpool Street, 23rd January

Life extension work to Chelsea River Bridge

Route for proposed Crossrail 2

Counting the cost of the high-speed rail link

Railcare win contract for class 165/166 refurbishment

Borders Rail: Works starts on historic link

Edinburgh city bypass: Rail tunnel plan unveiled

Conon Bridge platform reopened ahead of A9 bridge work

Bluebell Railway extension opening date announced

Swanage Railway claim 1.47 million grant

Whitby businesses and railway share 3.4m seaside grant

Metrolink from Manchester to Droylsden opens following delays

National Express win German regional service franchise through Koln

Australian Gold Coast light rail project

Investment in Helsinki

Floods damage Bundaberg Railway Museum collection

Oxford Bus employee retires after 65 years

Connex buses leaving Channel Islands

M27 Weekend closure

Perranporth airfield for sale

Unscheduled landing of a Chinook helicopter at Rowsley

Delays to Boeing 787 deliveries

New routes proposed from Bristol by BMI

First female fighter ace - who was the White Rose of Stalingrad?

Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris interview uncovered

Airbus wing ship checks under way in Holyhead

Samuel Plimsoll: Commemoration for the 'sailor's friend'

Repairs to canal tunnel under Dudley

Tryweryn: Building the Capel Celyn memorial in 1967

Museum curators appeal for old-fashioned models to feature in exhibition

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps, Alan Rushworth, Nick Wheat



17/02/13    BBC4 1900-2000
           "The Story of British Path"  WW2

18/02/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Snowdonia

18/02/13    BBC4 2000-2030
           "Decisive Weapons"  The P-51 Mustang

18/02/13    BBC4 2030-2100
           "Britain on Film"  'Look at Life' documentaries

19/02/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Newcastle

19/02/13    BBC2 2100-2200
           "The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track"  2/6 Summer Madness

19/02/13    BBC4 2310-0010
           "The Joy of (Train) Sets"

20/02/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Durham

20/02/13    BBC2 2320-0020
           "Genius of Invention"  4/4 Visual Image

21/02/13    BBC2 2100-2200
           "Murder on the Victorian Railway"  Drama documentary

21/02/13    BBC2 2320-0020
           "The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track"  2/6 Summer Madness

22/02/13    BBC2 2030-2100
           "Sea City"  Documentary about the port of Southampton 2/3



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

16/02/13    Solent Railwayana Auctions
           Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hampshire, PO17 5AL
           Viewing: 0800, Start: 1000

16/02/13    Tonbridge MRC Exhibition
           The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1SF
           1000-1700; Adult: 5, Child (10-16): 1, under 10: free
           Around 25 layouts with trade support and demonstrations
           Raildater Roy Wood will be attending with Crichel

16/02/13-   Cromford Continental Model Railway Show
17/02/13    Cromford Community Centre, Market Place, Cromford, DE4 3RE
           Free admission, 1030-1600 both days
           8 layouts, 6 Society Stands

16/02/13-   South Devon Railway: Winter Gala & Ale Festival
24/02/13    Featuring GWR steam railmotor No 93
           Details & timetables at

18/02/13    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Library, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start, finish 2155
           The rise and fall of The Strathallan Collection (old aircraft)
           by Dick Richardson
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

18/02/13    Friends of Cromford Canal - Talk
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           The Derby Canal by Doug Flack and Chris Madge
           Starts: 1930, admission: 2.00

22/02/13    Derbyshire Archaeological Society Industrial Archaeology Section
           St Mary's Parish Hall, Darley Lane, Derby
           "Coal Mining in the Dalley - Belper" by Mike Allan
           Starts 1930
           Non-members welcome

22/02/13-   Model Rail Scotland
24/02/13    Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow
           1100-1800 (Fri), 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)

23/02/13    German Railway Society: Bring and Buy Sale
           St Davids Church Hall, Shenley Green, Shenley Lane, Birmingham, B29 4HH

23/02/13    Durham Locomotive Preservation Group: Swapmeet
           Rosa Street School, Rosa Street, Spennymoor, Co Durham, DL16 7NA
           Diecast models, kits, scenic materials, tools, equipment, model railways

23/02/13-   Solent Model Railway Group: Eastleigh Model Railway Show - Eurotrack 2013
24/02/13    Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh, SO50 9NL
           1000-1700 (Sat), 0930-1630 (Sun)
           Raildater Derek Gillkerson will be attending with Boden-Am-See

23/02/13-   Nene Valley Railway: Winter Gala

23/02/13-   Churnet Valley Railway: Winter Steam Gala

23/02/13-   East Lancashire Railway: Steam Weekend & Transport Collectors Fair

02/03/13    Stafford Railway Collectors' Fair
           St Leonard's Hall, St Leonard's Avenue, Stafford

02/03/13-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Diesel Locomotive Weekend

02/03/13-   Northern Modelling Exhibition
03/03/13    Event City, Manchester, M17 8AS

03/03/13    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

Cheers, Howard.
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