Subject: Raildate 22nd March 2013
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 22/03/2013, 17:12
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RAILDATE - your free weekly guide to what's happening, what's new and what's on

Next week's Raildate will be the last before the Easter break


A bit of humour from Armstrong and Miller

Saturday Night Out - the Longmoor Train Crash

North Norfolk Railway: Standards Steam Gala 9th March
Battlefield Spring Gala 16th March
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

A short illustrated report of a recent trip to Mallorca - all four of the Soller line's
1929-built, wooden bodied motor coaches were in traffic
80% discount off Rails for Mac OS - now £1.49 but for a limited time only
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

More "Go Karts on Rails", this time three videos by Laurie Webb of a motorized trolley running
on the Sibiu-Agnita Railway last year, powered by a two-cylinder two stroke Trabant engine.
The trolley can carry four adults plus driver, and can also be coupled to a trailer trolley
with seats for a further four adults (six if they are slim!).
First test run of solo motorized trolley
Second run
A run with Laurie's friends Pilu and family, from Sighisoara, and Dan and family from Cluj
(Spotter: Laurie Webb, our Romania Correspondent)

Can you get closer to your destination than a budget airline?
Swiss Railways timetable graphs
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Lots of videos of streamlined trains (and a lot of music)
Photos of Jowetts at the Bradford Museums & Galleries website
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

The registration number plate archive for UK vehicles

Goodbye Television Centre



Wires down, Hanslope Jn

Funds raised for refurbishment of Wakefield Kirkgate

Parts of electric locomotive 26501 found in a pub garden

Cowley Bridge Jn works

First Great Western to cut 'tosh' announcements on board

All change in Reading this Easter

Woman and child hit and killed by train in London

South West Trains apprentices reach training milestone

Level crossing crash: One dead as train hits car

Boffins solve problem which prevents intercity trains stopping in Cradley Heath

Closure of bridge in Derby will lead to a year of disruption for drivers

450 miles of Scots railway ‘dodged Beeching axe’

Anger as ScotRail snubs BBC Railway documentary

Easter signals changes for Glasgow rail network

Pont Briwet bridge (Harlech/Penrhyn) replacement started

Ulster steam railway museum in £2.5m boost

Grant for RPSI developments

The Queen visits Baker Street station

London Underground posters at the Transport Museum

Refurbishment starts at two Tyne & Wear metro stations

RAF Benson team complete Comic Relief steam engine pull

Belgian train museum had a hard time getting on track

Darjeeling toy train may lose its heritage tag

Japan deploys two new bullet trains

Former tram sheds for sale

New bus station for Mansfield

£1 bid for Preston bus station rejected

Headline tour! The New York Post tourist bus that lifts the lid on the city's gossip

The electric car with an extra kick

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal stretch reopens after £1.2m work

Cargo ship stranded near Farne Islands

Poole-Cherbourg ferry service reinstated

Titanic band leader's violin is authentic, say experts

Return To Steam Appeal On 60th Anniversary Of Maid of the Loch

Celebration of Dambusters anniversary in Lincolnshire

Stoke-on-Trent's Spitfire needs some TLC...

New Easy Jet routes from Edinburgh

Helicopter crash in Berlin

South African Air Force criticised for carving up Shackleton

Boeing details 787 battery redesign, rebuts safety claims

Plane crashes in Florida car park

100mph zip line opens at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda

New look Derbyshire Record Office now open

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



24/03/13    BBC4 1900-2000
           "Bombay Railway"  1/2 Pressure

24/03/13    BBC Radio 4 1330-1400
           "Hun/Lauda"  The story of their rivalry

24/03/13    BBC4 2000-2100
           "Bombay Railway"  2/2 Dreams

24/03/13    BBC4 2100-2130
           "That Petrol Emotion: Motor Racing at the BBC"  1/5

25/03/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Lochailort

25/03/13    Channel 5 2000-2100
           "World's Fastest Train"  The AGV - successor to the TGV

25/03/13    BBC4 2030-2100
           "That Petrol Emotion: Motor Racing at the BBC"  2/5

25/03/13    BBC4 2215-2310
           "John Portman: a Life in Building"  A high-rise architect

26/03/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Liverpool

27/03/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Manchester to Bury

28/03/13    BBC4 2100-2200
           "Ian Hislop Goes off the Rails"  The impact of Beeching

29/03/13    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "World's Fastest Train"  The AGV - successor to the TGV



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

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

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

24/03/13    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum: Easter Fun Day
           Coal Park Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW

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    Twyford Waterworks: Guided Tour Day
           Hazeley Road, Twyford, Hampshire, SO21 1QA

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

01/04/13    Brijan Tours Charity Open Day
           Visiting preserved and operational buses, stalls, refreshments
           Free sightseeing tours, free bus to and from Eastleigh Bus Station

07/04/13    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

07/04/13    Bus & Coach Preservation Spring Fair and Running Day
           Havant Leisure Centre, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AY

08/04/13    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           Underhill Centre, St John's Church, St John's Road, Hedge End
           Kings Theatre, Southsea by Ron Hasker
           Starts 1945

08/04/13    RCTS Sheffield Branch
           St Matthews Church Rooms, Carver Street, Sheffield S1 4FS
           Penistone, Nottingham Victoria and Derby Friargate by Mike Eggenton
           Images form the 1940s onwards
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           A donation of £1.00 (members) or £2.00 (non-members) is requested

11/04/13    Carnegie Publishing: Talk and Book Launch
           The Silk Mill, Derby
           "Britain's Industrial Revolution" by Dr Barrie Trinder
           1900-2100 (arr 1830)
           Admission by ticket only (£5.00)
           Tickets: 01524 840111

Cheers, Howard.
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