Subject: Raildate 15th March 2013
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 15/03/2013, 17:30
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Keith Waldie's videos, taken on 9th March, of an empty coal train leaving Cockenzie power
station in East Lothian for the last time.  The power station is due to close at the end of the

Matisa Track laying and renewal train - the video (fascinating!)
Transmongolian and Transsiberian train trip
Cleaning up a derailment in Brazil - goes wrong!
Go Karts on Railroad Tracks (wonderful!)
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Tamar Belle, Bere Ferrers
Brighton Atlantic project
Snow ploughing in New Zealand
Southampton Docks workings in 1958:
MegaStructures Loco rebuild ( 50 minutes.)
(Spotters: Neil Kearns, Richard Courage, Nick Bartlett)

WW2 Bombers - 1943 colour footage documentary filmed and produced during the war
WW2 aircraft wrecks on video
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

King Alfred Buses - Running Day 2013

Forgotten photographs chart the progress of industry at castings company in Derby
Exhibition shows Ley's Malleable Castings' history in Derby
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

In pictures: Bygone images of Stanton Ironworks

Liverpool's lost Williamson tunnels unearthed



HS2 ruling 'a victory' despite unlawful compensation move

Train companies in £40m legal action against the Government

Train operators urged to curb 'excessive' announcements

Special announcement for mobile phone user

'Persecution of commuters’ brings record rail taking

Snow stops Eurostar services

Drills break through into busy London rail tunnel

'Black Death pit' unearthed by Crossrail project

Thieves steal equipment used for repairing Doncaster railway landslip

Northampton Railway Station: Preparations for dig

Newcastle's Central Station set for £8m makeover

New lease of life for Brunel's Engine Shed

Portishead railway line cleared ahead of track checks

Fatality at Horley

RAIB report into near-miss at Four Lane Ends LC

Award for Caersws station group

A9 closed at Portgower due to fallen crane on railway line

Disruption due to bomb threat in South Belfast

Wife's search for husband's 'mind the gap' announcement

Final track laid for Bluebell Railway extension

Holocaust trains are jewel of collection of Greek train enthusiast, but are they real?

China to dismantle its entire railway ministry

Edinburgh trams: Politicians mark tram section handover

Edinburgh tram test rides offered to the public

Two buses crash in Salford leaving 25 people injured

Guernsey minister says bus service 'not fit for purpose'

Go North-East buses strike action called and cancelled

Restoration appeal for Avro Shackleton

Study into commercial flights to Skye

Aircraft damaged on landing at Dublin

Dreamliner battery redesign approved by FAA

Possible restoration of Grantham canal

Blue plaque for Cromford Canal

HMS Implacable, survivor of Trafalgar & WWII – Scuttled in 1949

Ferry service unable to berth at Guernsey

Ship scrapping project in Swansea

UK Seabed Resources joins deep-ocean mineral-mining rush

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



15/03/13    BBC Radio 2 2000-2200
           "Friday Night is Music Night"  Celebrating the Underground's 150th

16/03/13    BBC2 1730-1800
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Switzerland (1)

17/03/13    BBC1 2030-2200
           "The Lady Vanishes"  Railway-based drama

18/03/13    BBC2 1900-1930
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Switzerland (2)

18/03/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Dumbarton

18/03/13    BBC4 2000-2030
           "That Petrol Emotion: Motor Racing at the BBC"  1/5

18/03/13    BBC2 2100-2230
           "The Challenger"  Drama about the cause of the Challenger disaster

19/03/13    BBC2 1900-1930
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  The Low Countries

19/03/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Oban

19/03/13    BBC2 2100-2200
           "The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track"  6/6 North of the Border

20/03/13    BBC2 1900-1930
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Holland to France

20/03/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"

20/03/13    BBC2 2320-0020
           "The Railway: Keeping Britain On Track"  6/6 North of the Border

21/03/13    BBC2 1900-1930
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Germany (1)

21/03/13    BBC4 2100-2200
           "Heritage! The Battle for Britain's Past"  3/3 Broken Propylaeums

22/03/13    BBC2 1900-1930
           "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Germany (2)



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

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:

29/03/13-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Easter Open Days

29/03/13-   Isle of Man: Rush Hour on the Railways

30/03/13    Barrow Hill Roundhouse: Southern Saturday
           Five Brighton Belle cars together - first time since 1972

30/03/13-   51st York Model Railway Show
01/04/13    Knavesmire Suite, York Racecourse, YO23 1EX
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun), 1000-1630 (Mon)

31/03/13-   Leawood Pumping Engine Steaming Day, Cromford Canal
01/04/13    Engine in motion 1200-1700

Cheers, Howard.
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