Subject: Raildate 22nd February 2013
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 22/02/2013, 17:11
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Locomotive Testing on Britain’s Railways 1901-1968 - A non-technical overview
by Dave Peel

The years 1901-68 cover the heyday of locomotive testing from the advent of the first
dynamometer car through to the end of BR’s activities in this area.  In 1948, BR inherited the
revamped Swindon test plant together with the three dynamometer cars from 1901 (GWR), 1906
(NER) and 1913 (L&YR) around which testing had revolved for decades.  With the Rugby testing
station soon to be opened, and replacements for two of the three old dynamometer cars already
in the pipeline, the following years were to become the busiest and most interesting testing
years of all.  Most of the book relates to this period, but it also includes a selection of the
work done previously by each of the three old cars, as an essential historical background to
the BR period.

By the end of the 1960s, locomotive testing as such, had ceased and the “Test Cars”, as they
were now called, were centralised at Derby and were no longer under Regional control.  The cars
themselves were re-equipped to include the ability to measure the dynamic movement of the
(diesel or electric) locomotive and particularly, the new rolling stock.  This could involve
measuring the rolling resistance of Freightliner wagons, the rough riding of bogies, or the
measurement of pressure changes in tunnels when two trains pass at speed – “tests” far removed
from those undertaken in earlier years.

The title’s subsidiary wording, “A non-technical overview”, should come as relief to those who
have seen any of the bulletins issued by BR, which were full of technical terms, calculations,
and pages and pages of graphs.  Previously, the subject has been dealt in a piecemeal fashion
or as a technical exercise, but this book aims to present a more complete picture of what was
happening nationwide, together with a little of the history behind it.

Softback: 80 pages with 45 photographs
273 x 215mm
ISBN: 978-1-905505-31-9
Price: £12.95 post free from the publisher:


Great Central Railway, 16th February
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

A Fred Ivey film of the London Underground 150 steam train
Carry on Camping!
The Friends of Glendon and Rushton Station have a Facebook page
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Rebuilding Milverton Viaduct
Rebuilding London Bridge station for Thameslink
High speed for Scotland
High Speed 2 progress and legal stages
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

New trailers from the Media Archive of Central England

Mississippi Rails

A recent exploration of East Norton Tunnel, Leicestershire (GNR & LNWR Joint)
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

A fine collection of maps:



Major delays on London and Peterborough East Coast line

Spoil heap continues to move onto Doncaster railway line

Soil mechanics of Stainforth slip

HS2: Planners used out of date maps

Harecastle tunnel offered for sale by the government

Network Rail facing £30million fine as performance levels deteriorate further

Station ticket machines 'are confusing and poor value'

Easter railway chaos as trains to shut down at same time as Midland Metro

Trial in Moreton on Lugg LC accident

Llandudno station upgrade starts

ScotRail conductor faces trial, accused of assaulting man with ticket machine

Oban-Glasgow train services to double from May 2014

Owners write off derailed locomotive due to costs

Ladybank railway station on track to become transport hub

New lease of life for Invergarry station

Coleraine-Londonderry/Derry to reopen 24 March

Isle of Man Steam Railway "Caledonia" restored

India joins the superlative club, we now have the world's highest rail bridge

World War II shells disrupt Japan bullet trains

RAIB report into accident at Sandilands tram stop, Croydon

RAIB investigation into electrical fire on Tyne & Wear Metro car

Call for free introductory Edinburgh trams service

Rolling stock announced for Ottawa light rail project

Cambridge 'guided busway' crash leaves three injured

Colour coded buses in Maidenhead

Ashok Leyland to open research centre in Warwickshire

First Group sell Worcestershire operation

Arriva ordered to give free bus trips by traffic commissioner

First group bus order for 2013

Electric cars will become common sight, says Transport Secretary

Conserving Imperial War Museum Spitfire

Change of battery type for Airbus 350

Donetsk plane crash survivors describe ‘nightmare’

Nigeria risks more air disasters with no maintenance hangar

Dreamliner customers turn to 30-year-old planes for fleet

Pilot toils to restore rare antique airmail plane

Dredging at Port of Southampton

London Gateway container port

Fire on board Carnival Line ship

Blue Star Line building Titanic II, maiden voyage to New York scheduled for 2016

How much bigger can container ships get?

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



24/02/13    BBC4 1900-2000
           "The Story of British Pathe"

24/02/13    Channel 5 1905-2055
           "Mosquito Squadron"  WW2 adventure film (1968)

24/02/13    Channel 4 2000-2100
           "A Great British Air Disaster"  Story of the DH Comet

24/02/13    Channel 4 2100-2200
           "Madness in the Desert: The Paris to Dakar Rally

25/02/13    BBC1 South West 1930-2000
           "Inside Out"  The future of South Crofty mine

25/02/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Yorkshire

25/02/13    BBC4 2000-2030
           "Decisive Weapons"  The Harrier jump-jet

26/02/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Still Yorkshire I think!

26/02/13    BBC2 2100-2200
           "The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track"  3/6 Standing room only

26/02/13    BBC2 2335-0035
           "Murder on the Victorian Railway"  Drama documentary

27/02/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Leicestershire

27/02/13    BBC2 2320-0020
           "The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track"  3/6 Standing room only

28/02/13    BBC2 2100-2200
           "The Sea King: Britain's Flying Past"

29/02/13    BBC2 1900-1930

29/02/13    BBC2 2030-2100
           "Sea City"  Documentary about the port of Southampton 3/3



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

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-   Romsey & District Railway Modellers Society Exhibition
03/03/13    Crosfield Hall, Broadwater Road, Romsey, SO51 8GL
           1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

02/03/13-   Romsey Signal Box Open Day
03/03/13    Admission free (donations welcome!)
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey, SO51 8JA
           Car park in old school grounds

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

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

04/03/13    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           Underhill Centre, St John's Church, St John's Road, Hedge End
           Liverpool Crown Street to Liege Guillemins - how did we get there?
           by Bill Fawcett
           Starts 1945

04/03/13    Peak Railway Association, Sheffield Branch
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           “British Transport Films”, a film show by Nick Wheat
           1930 for a 1945 start, for a requested £3 donation on the door

06/03/13    Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History Research Workshop
           National Railway Museum/University of York
           In the Edmondson Room, NRM - North-west Canals as Carriers & Businesses
           Peter Maw (Northumbria University):
           What was carried on Britain’s canals? Evidence from Manchester during the
industrial revolution
           Grahame Boyes (Railway and Canal Historical Society):
           The business of running a canal: evidence from the Peak Forest Canal
           All welcome, refreshments served

08/03/13-   North Norfolk Railway: The Standards Gala (Part 1)

Cheers, Howard.
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