Subject: Raildate 8th March 2013
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 08/03/2013, 16:26
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RAILDATE - your free weekly guide to what's happening, what's new and what's on


Newbury and District Transport Group are looking for guest speakers on any transport theme for
their 2014 season.  If you would like to offer your services, please write to me and I'll
forward your email to them.

Mike Morant has been busy updating his photo pages on Smugmug

Nigel Bird's book catalogue 79 is now available

Barry Coward has compiled a "then and now" video of Manchester Trams
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

The GCR's new website
The Stereophonics new video filmed at Loughborough Great Central
Churnet Valley Railway Spring Gala 24th February
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Britain's 10 most scenic rail journeys - in pictures
Britain's railways: fifty years after Beeching, this is still the age of the train
Visit Wales 30 second commercial, which starts with the Welsh Highland Railway
(Spotter: Jim O'Brien)

A recent exploration of Highgate High Level station
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

A facebook page that aims to reunite owners with their old cars - Motors Reunited
The top five most luxurious trains in the world
Zoggavia's propliner and jetliner collection
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Keeping Britain’s paddle steamers afloat
Bournemouth Trolleybuses (with empty roads and old cars)
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)



Baby born on train at West Malling (2F64 1818 Victoria-Ashford via Maidstone East)

Wires Down Hanslope Jn

Franchising programme restarted

Great Western franchise: Rail firms start legal action

Tarka Line engineering works

Copper theft gang caught at Long Marston

Stafford area alliance for route improvement

Proposals to improve Ely North Jn, effectively returning to pre 1982 track layout

Shropshire resignalling delayed.

RMT response to Shrewsbury-Crewe resignalling

Hatfield Colliery slip

Passengers angered by decision not to sack train operator

Ilkeston station: Derbyshire County Council agrees funds

First class journeys on UK trains hit 10-year high

Damage to Campbell Road, Eastleigh, railway bridge

Newbury bridge to be rebuilt

Didcot A power station to close later this month ending coal trains from Avonmouth/Portbury

Crossrail rolling stock to be publically funded

Crossrail Tunnelling

Plaque for Sir Nigel Gresley railway pioneer unveiled

Railway Queen is subject of exhibition

Borders Railway ‘will be ready by September 2015’

Borders rail link could cut 530,000 road trips

50 years on from Beeching, North York Moors Railway is world's busiest heritage line

Report advising on the approach to completing the restoration of Flying Scotsman
NRM statement on the report

Bluebell Railway extension

Elsecar heritage railway to re-open this month

New operator sought for Cairngorm Mountain ski centre

The original Mind the Gap returns

Victoria Line service improvement

Runaway Tube train: Operators fined £300,000

Angola to revive Luanda Port’s freight trains this month

New Paris area suburban stock delivered

Final contract awarded for Californian “Gold Line” extension

Freight (trip working) derailment near Zurich

Freight collision & derailment at Basel (traversing hydraulic jacks in use)

Derailment near Bern

Seltrac control to be used for new Vancouver “skytrain” route

Dispute between Bombardier and DB over Berlin S bahn stock

Birkenhead Tramway re-opens

Return of trams could get Aberdeen back on track

Skoda to supply trams for Konya light rail system

10,000 buses to be bought for Indian cities

Sutton Bridge to remain open despite Unison strike

Former pilot recycles planes at airport base

Pilot fell asleep on London to Los Angeles flight

Taking to the skies on RAF's new transport plane

New jumbo transport jet completes more tests

Southend Airshow cancelled by council economies

Ryanair threatens cuts to Stanstead services

Dozens feared dead in DR Congo plane crash

Butterley tunnel gets Scheduled Ancient Monument status

SS United States the Turkish years: what might have been

102-Year-Old tall ship visits St George’s

Daw Mill: Hundreds of jobs go at fire-hit mine

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



09/03/13    BBC2 2250-2350
           "Ford's Dagenham Dream"  The rise and fall of the car factory

10/03/13    BBC2 2100-2200
           "Toughest Place to be a... Taxi Driver"

11/03/13    BBC2 1900-1930
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  France

11/03/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  The Channel Tunnel

12/03/13    BBC2 1900-1930
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Southern France

12/03/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Hythe to Hastings

12/03/13    BBC2 2100-2200
           "The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track"  5/6 Railway on my doorstep

12/03/13    BBC4 2330-0030
           "Heritage! The Battle for Britain's Past"  1/3 protecting monuments

13/03/13    BBC2 1900-1930
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Hungary and Austria (1)

13/03/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Prestwick

13/03/13    BBC2 2320-0020
           "The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track"  5/6 Railway on my doorstep

14/03/13    BBC2 1900-1930
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Hungary and Austria (2)

14/03/13    BBC4 2100-2200
           "Heritage! The Battle for Britain's Past"  2/3 protecting monuments

15/03/13    BBC2 1900-1930
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Germany



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

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

11/03/13    The Science Museum, London
           "50 years of Beeching"
           Why were some voices in Government so keen to close down the railways?
           How did railways fight back and flourish again?
           How can investment transform the railways in the future?
           Join Michael Palin, Lord Adonis (Former Transport Secretary), David Higgins
           (Chief Executive, Network Rail), Lord Faulkner (Co-author of 'Holding the Line'
           a political history of the railways), Lindsay Durham (Head of Strategy,
           Tickets: £5
           To book:

15/03/13    Derbyshire Archaeological Society Industrial Archaeology Section
           St Mary's Parish Hall, Darley Lane, Derby
           "Clay Cross Tunnel - Plans and Reality" by Philip Cousins
           Starts 1930
           Non-members welcome, but note that the Society AGM will be held beforehand

16/03/13-   The Midlands Garden Rail Show
17/03/13    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN

16/03/13-   North Norfolk Railway: The Standards Gala (Part 2)

16/03/13-   West Somerset Railway: Spring Gala (Part 1)

18/03/13    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Library, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start, finish 2155
           Travelling with a Grandad pass by Steve Wimbush
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

18/03/13    Friends of Cromford Canal - Talk
           The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire
           The Butterley Company 1790-2009, the rise and fall of an industrial superstar
           by Gwilyn Roberts CBE, past President of the Institute of Civil Engineers
           Starts: 1930, admission: £3.00

21/03/13-   West Somerset Railway: Spring Gala (Part 2)

22/03/12-   Severn Valley Railway: Spring Gala

27/03/13    National Railway Museum, York
           "Back on Track"
           What impact did Beeching have on communities up and down the country?
           How are they developing the services they kept and reopening what was lost?
           Join novelist Andrew Martin and Keith Brown MSP (Transport Minister in Scottish
           Government), Rob Warnes (Planning and Performance Director, Northern Rail),
           Alan Whitehouse (BBC transport correspondent (chair)), Prof Paul Salveson (Writer,
           academic and rail campaigner), Lord Faulkner (Co-author of 'Holding the Line' a
           political history of the railways)
           Tickets: free, but booking is required
           To Book:

Cheers, Howard.
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