Subject: Raildate 13th September 2013
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 13/09/2013, 17:04
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Rails to Ashbourne by Howard Sprenger

Passing through the beautiful scenery on the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire to Buxton,
the London & North Western Railway’s picturesque line from Ashbourne has long been a favourite
of railway historians and photographers.  Along its route, it served remote communities, often
isolated by winter snowfalls, and industry in the form of limestone quarries that seem to be
eating away north-west Derbyshire to leave a permanent blizzard-white panorama.  If the
attraction of the scenery were not enough to generate interest in the line, it also had the
distinction of being partly aligned on the northern half of the famous Cromford and High Peak

At its southern end, it made an end-on junction with a line from Uttoxeter built by a different
railway company, the North Staffordshire Railway – a line that has tended to be overlooked in
other published works.  This book redresses the balance by viewing the line from Uttoxeter to
Buxton as a whole.

The two lines were quite different in character.  The earlier line from Uttoxeter was very much
rooted in the railway mania of the mid-19th century.  The later one from Buxton  was a
comparatively recent addition, built after the railway network of Great Britain had been
largely completed.  This was a period of consolidation when the sometimes highly-speculative
schemes of fifty years earlier had given way to strategic routes that filled in some of the
last-remaining gaps on the railway map.  Where the earlier line was built by navvies using only
the most basic tools and equipment, the later line had the benefit of half a century of
railway-building expertise.  In historical terms, the line from Uttoxeter to Ashbourne is more
contemporary with the original Cromford and High Peak Railway than the extension to Buxton,
which largely superseded it.

Softback, 176 pages with 16 pages of colour photographs
Over 300 illustrations (colour and black & white)
273 x 215mm
ISBN: 978-1-905505-29-6
Price: £19.95


British Pathe footage of the aftermath of the Ais Gill railway disaster from September 1913
(Spotter: Adrian Hirst)

A(nother) recent exploration of Manchester Mayfield
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

A significant portion of the Ybbstalbahn line in  Austria is under threat from a proposal for a
cycle track.  If you are not in favour of a cycle track replacing an operational narrow-gauge
railway, please consider signing the petition at
Just click on "Unterschreiben" and fill in the boxes
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Facebook page for the Masbury Station Appeal

Readers' big infrastructure projects

In pictures: The David Mellor designs that defined the street

Some interesting pictures of the Australian railway scene from Tim Arnot

Photos from WW1 reveal the backbreaking and often dangerous work taken on by British women
during the Great War

Videos of Costa Concordia - apparently 16th September is the date for the start of the
parbuckling to right the wreck
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Science yo! What inventors were thinking way back then...



HS2 high-speed rail benefits dwindle as costs soar - MPs

HS2 to boost UK economy 'by £15bn a year' says report

HS2 'could boost East Midlands business' by billions

Q&A: High-speed rail 2

Cannock Bridge repaired after vehicle hit leaves it 'significantly weakened'

Delays on West Anglia after cow hit

Initial report into Carlton oil train derailment in august

Firefighters use 'hidden' Birmingham New Street tunnels

Thousands welcome Mallard to Grantham, Lincolnshire

60163 Tornado visits Bluebell Railway

Steam at Purbeck mining museum

Port of Par saddle tanks visit Bristol Harbour railway

Campaigners steam ahead in plea to save historic bridge

Huge infestation of millipedes suspected of causing Australian train crash

China moves in to rebuild Kenya’s lunatic line

All aboard the first private train to Iran

World's fastest train reaches 310mph in trials

Guernsey bus drivers pay talks delayed by fog

James Bond's submarine Lotus Esprit car auctioned

Google Street View car in 'accident'

Formula E to use Qualcomm technologies in electric cars

Wreck of the Astrid is salvaged in Kinsale, Co Cork

Herm communications 'cut off by cruise ships'

Freight company increases sailings

Airline announces expansion at East Midlands Airport

Easyjet to take over FlyBe Gatwick-Newquay service

Last RAF Leuchars Airshow takes to skies

Fishermen haul in Spitfire part off Sark coast

Proposal for Severnside regional hub airport

Fourteen hurt as Thai plane skids off runway in Bangkok

Airbus A330 slides off runway at Bangkok

Hovercraft receives mechanical engineers award

US pilot forced to end Atlantic cluster balloon flight

Virgin spaceship passes technical milestone

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



14/09/13  BBC Radio 4 2000-2100
         "Archive on 4: Bombing Berlin"

15/09/13  BBC1 1900-2000
         "Countryfile"  At the Great Dorset Steam Fair

16/09/13  BBC4 2000-2100
         "The Two Thousand Year Old Computer"

17/09/13  BBC4 2030-2100
         "Britain on Film"  7/10 The Home Front

17/09/13  BBC4 2200-2300
         "The Bridges That Built London with Dan Cruickshank"

19/09/13  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "The Railway: First Great Western"  Fly-on-the-wall series - 4/12

20/09/13  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "Monster Moves"  Moving a Canberra from Coventry to Newquay



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

14/09/13-   Romsey Signal Box Heritage Open Days
15/09/13    Admission free (donations welcome!)
           ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey, SO51 8JA
           Car park in old school grounds

14/09/13-   South Devon Railway: Heritage Transport Gala & Behind the Scenes

14/09/13-   Epping Ongar Railway: Diesel Gala

14/09/13-   Nene Valley Railway: Steam Gala

14/09/13-   Manchester expoEM North
15/09/13    George H Carnall Leisure Centre, Kingsway Park, Davyhulme, M41 7FJ

16/09/13    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start, finish 2150
           Proposed restoration of part of the DN&S by Rex O'Hara
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

16/09/13    Friends of Cromford Canal - Talk
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           Fame Within 5 miles of Alfreton by Ray Sunderland
           Starts: 1930, admission: £2.00

20/09/13-   Great Central Railway: Beer Festival

20/09/13-   Severn Valley Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

21/09/13    Dean Forest Railway: Ales on the Rails

21/09/13    Mid-Hants Railway: Open Day

21/09/13    Alan Keef Ltd: Works Open Day
           Lea Line, Nr Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7LQ

21/09/13-   Kent & East Sussex Railway: Return to Robertsbridge Gala

21/09/13-   Didcot Railway Centre: All in a Day's Work - The WWII Years

21/09/13-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Diesel Locomotive Weekend

21/09/13-   Peak Rail: Mixed Traffic Weekend

21/09/13-   Model Rail Live
22/09/13    Newark Showground

21/09/13-   Ribble Steam Railway: Steam Gala

22/09/13    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum: Blitz at The Brickworks
           Coal Park Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW

28/09/13    West Somerset Railway: Fish & Chip and Ale Train Special

28/09/13    Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Autumn Diesel Day

28/09/13    Friends of Cromford Canal: The Beeston Big Band Concert
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           Entrance: £6 per person

28/09/13-   Scaleforum 2013
29/09/13    Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Stadium Approach, Mandeville Rd, Aylesbury, HP21 9PP
           Layouts: Allt-y-Graban Road, Black Gill, Dubbieside, Elcot Road, Halifax King X,
           London Road, Nottingham Goods, Simington, Stoke by Nayland, West End, Obbeker
           Test track provided by Risborough and District Model Railway Club
           Demonstrations and Help desks
           Modelling the pre-Grouping period, Using Templot, Modelling the diesel and electric
           period, Soldering, Getting started in P4, Track construction, Modelling in P87,
           Layout wiring, Loco construction and loco problem solving clinic, Resin casting'
           Designing and making interlocking lever frames
           Lecture "Earning a living" by Jim Summers - how the prototype railway worked
           Visiting Societies: MERG, DEMU, LNWR Society, Broad Gauge Society
           Traders: A large range of traders will be found in the main hall and the remainder
           on the first floor
           Members: £5.00, Non-members £8.00 (ticket valid on both days)
           Partners and accompanied children free.

28/09/13-   Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Jazz and Real Ale

28/09/13-   The Battlefield Line: Heavy Horses (Delivering the Goods)

28/09/13-   Great Central Railway (Nottingham): Autumn Diesel Gala

28/09/13-   Barrow Hill Roundhouse: Barrow Hill Live!
29/09/13    Celebrating 160 years of Doncaster Works

28/09/13-   East Lancashire Railway: Autumn Diesel Gala

Cheers, Howard.
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