Subject: Raildate 19th April 2013
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 19/04/2013, 16:33
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Civil Engineers Wagons Volume 3 – Later British Rail: 1978-1994
by David Larkin

The first five Kestrel Railway Books volumes by David Larkin looked at the revenue-earning wagon fleet operated by British Railways and its immediate successor, British Rail.  This volume is the third of three looking at the substantial fleet of specially-designed wagons that were used for track maintenance, and covers a significant change to the wagon fleet from 1978 to 1994.

Concurrent with British Rail freight operations generally, there was a positive move towards fully-fitted trains on all regions of the system.  On working ballast trains, this could be accommodated by using the vacuum-braked examples of suitable designs, and the early years of the period saw the gradual elimination of unfitted stock, either through withdrawal or by the application of automatic braking systems.  To get Civil Engineers materials to the various depots, air-braked stock was either built new, transferred from the revenue-earning fleet or, eventually, rebuilt from existing stock.

Finally, the on-track plant fleet became more standardised and a new concept of "virtual quarries" was introduced, where ballast was stockpiled at specified yards and reloaded into hopper wagons or other types at those locations, rather than at actual quarries, such as Meldon.

Softback: 96 pages with 185 photographs
273 x 215mm
Price: £15.00
Post-free from the publisher


We've met this guy before... here he is again...
French pacific under overhaul - Le Pacific Vapeur Club - Locomotive 231 G 558
Railways in the Movies
Lots more railroad/railway links available from here
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Manchester Guided Tours - including monthly guided tours of Manchester Central station

Colour-Rail is making several hundred previously withdrawn slides available again for a limited period this summer.  There are also many already withdrawn stock remainders and some secondhand slides available at bargain prices.  Request details by email: colourrail(at)  The number of images available as prints and downloads on the colour-rail website now exceeds 40,000 items and around 400 are added each month.
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Coronation Scot - the truth!
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Has third rail had its day?
Tourism development for closed underground station
Tunnelling under New York
Building the UAE Ethiad railway
National Network map – Welsh version
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Last year, Jameson's Whiskey filmed a TV ad on a stretch of the Sibiu-Agnita Railway near the village of Cornatel, about 20km east of Sibiu.  The "Friends of the Mocanita" volunteer group benefitted from the filming by having several kilometres of track cleared and repaired by professionals.  The advert is now on YouTube
Some background to the filming
(Spotter: Laurie Webb, our Romania Correspondent)

17 London Underground Maps You Never Knew You Needed
Lockheed EC-121 Super Constellation coming home to Yanks Air Museum
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)



South West Trains spends £40m on fleet upgrade

Cloud art unveiled at St Pancras International station

New concourse at Birmingham New Street

Derby railway station £2.2m facelift completed

Work on Staffordshire rail 'bottleneck' begins

Alternative train route now being trialled after Scunthorpe line landslip

HS2 Euston station total rebuild plan scrapped

HS2 villagers fight for compensation

New Glazing for Newcastle Central.

New roof for Manchester Victoria

Bridge Bash in Northamptonshire

Initial RAIB report on Athelney LC fatality

Stobart rail school visits

Last Scottish railwayman from the steam age retires

Scotland’s rail stations to be given 2014 revamp

Borders to Edinburgh rail line: Workers begin digging route

Designs for new Cardiff area stations

Stolen statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel in Neyland is replaced

NIR future plans

National Railway Museum counts down to Mallard 75th anniversary

Baginton's Electric Railway Museum opens in May

Stainmore Railway Company needs £40,000 to build workshop

First two locos delivered for UAE Etihad railway

Helsinki Metro extension design contract awarded

European Loan for Warsaw metro extension

Poland train crash: 16 killed as trains collide 'after human error'

First Californian bullet train construction bid is below state estimate

China's high-speed trains attract frustrated fliers

Two dead as nine coaches derail in Tamil Nadu

End of the road as bus driver Eric calls it a day after an incredible 47 years

Leicester's £5m bus lane project to start

Bus named after Titanic survivor

Campaign to save 1930s bus shelter in Caversham

Aylesbury canal blocked by collapsing lock wall

Hampshire ferry operator to replace its ageing ships

Why build a ship tunnel?

World’s most beautiful shipwreck – Canadian schooner Sweepstakes

Airbus Broughton 'eyesore' boiler house to be demolished

Converted BAe 146s cleared for RAF operations

Bali jet lands in sea after overshooting runway

Airbus seat width changes

Landing aborted at Prestwick due to deer near runway

American Airways shut down by booking computer fault

Junkyard genius's crazy nutcracker

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



20/04/13    BBC4 2000-2100
           "The Golden Age of Steam Railways"  1/2 Rescuing NG railways

21/04/13    BBC2 1800-1900
           "Coast"  3/6  Joy of the Coast

21/04/13    BBC4 2300-2330
           "That Petrol Emotion: Motor Racing at the BBC"  5/5

22/04/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Bath and Bristol

22/04/13    BBC4 2000-2030
           "Ian Hislop Goes Off the Rails"

23/04/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  Cheddar

24/04/13    BBC4 1930-2000
           "Great British Railway Journeys"  South Devon

24/04/13    BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
           "The Big Ditch - How the Panama Canal Changed the World"

24/04/13    BBC2 2000-2100
           "Coast"  4/6  Rivers and seas collide

25/04/13    BBC4 2030-2100
           "Brushing Up on British... Bridges"  A comedy documentary...?

26/04/13    Channel 5 1900-2000
           "Air Crash: Heathrow Emergency"  BA flight 38's crash in 2008



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

20/04/13-   Whitwell & Reepham Station: 1940s Weekend

26/04/13-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Diesel Gala

26/04/13-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Diesel Gala

27/04/13    Friends of King Alfred Buses
           40th Anniversary of the end of King Alfred Motor Services
           Display of vehicles in Winchester Cattle Market car park
           Free services over ex-King Alfred routes in evening

28/04/13    Pinnock Tunnel Trip: Par-Fowey-Par
           Trips through the privately-owned tunnel on the Fowey Land Train
           The tunnel is used as a road by Imerys to take their china clay lorries
           to the docks at Fowey and access is usually impossible
           First trip: 1400, barbecue from 1300
           Adult: £5, Child: £2.50

01/05/13    Belper Historical Society
           St John’s Heritage Centre, The Butts, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1HX
           A talk: The Belper and Morley Park and other railways
           Starts 1930

01/05/13    Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History Research Workshop
           National Railway Museum/University of York
           In the Edmondson Room, NRM - (Sub)urban Public Transport
           Lynne Baxter, Carolyn Hunter and Abigail Schoneboom (York Management School):
           Shifting space: memory and movement in commuting
           Craig Horner (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Nick Richardson:
           On the Buses: deregulation in the 1980s - dogma or inspiration?
           All welcome, refreshments served

04/05/13-   Didcot Railway Centre: Steam Gala

04/05/13-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: May Bank Holiday Steam Weekend

04/05/13-   Great Central Railway (Nottingham): Closing the Gap Gala

04/05/13-   Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway: Branch Line Weekend

05/05/13    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

05/05/13    Twyford Waterworks: Spring Rally Open Day
           Hazeley Road, Twyford, Hampshire, SO21 1QA

05/05/13-   Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Spring Steam Gala

05/05/13-   Leawood Pumping Engine Steaming Day, Cromford Canal
06/05/13    Engine in motion 1200-1700

06/05/13    Peak Railway Association, Sheffield Branch
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           “Sheffield to Cleethorpes”, a slideshow by Howard Turner
           1930 for a 1945 start, for a requested £3 donation on the door

09/05/13    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Steam

10/05/13-   Swanage Railway: Diesel Gala and Beer Festival

Cheers, Howard.
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