Subject: Raildate 4th October 2013
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 04/10/2013, 16:21
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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I don't think I'll be saying much more on this topic, unless something major happens again.
Having read a lot of feedback from readers, I'm satisfied that there is something in the way
that Yahoo handles the emails it sends out that is causing problems for some of you.
Ironically, the problems seem to be worse for people who use Yahoo for their email.  If you are
still receiving emails without working links, your best plan would be to go to the group's home
page on Yahoo, where you should find all the links working:


When Fotopic pulled the plug, Alan Chambers' photos went out of sight for a while, but they are
now back courtesy of Google
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Mike Morant's latest additions to his ever-increasing photographic archive

North Yorkshire Moors Railway: 40th Anniversary Gala 27th September
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

A recent exploration of the Midland Railway's Haddon Tunnel
Wilts & Berks Canal Plan for Melksham
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

New videos from Andrew Cook
The Murcia to Cartagena line in Spain (September 2013)
Lothian Buses Central Garage "Doors Open" (September 2013)

45699 climbing Wilpshire bank, 29th September
Slide show of the clear up  after an Australian cane railway LC accident in 2009
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Montreal-area railway museum tells the story of train travel in Canada
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

From our Romania correspondent - Laurie Webb
The UK Supporters group of the Sibiu-Agnita Railway recently made their annual pilgrimage to
Romania and on Saturday 21st they provided invaluable muscle power to help three Romanian
volunteers and I to replace a broken rail.  This is my video/stills compilation of the day,
which turned out to be the wettest day we've had in the area for months!  A suitable length of
rail was salvaged from a siding in Cornatel station yard and transported to the repair site
about 5kms down the line using our Trabant powered draisine and two trailers.  Once on site the
broken rail was removed and the replacement bolted in place.  After completion we tested the
repair by continuing on the draisne and trailers to Hosman where the track is currently buried
under a road crossing.  As a result of the repair we now have an uninterrupted run of 7kms
along the Hartibaciu valley from Cornatel, where the track is also buried under a road
crossing.  My rescue dog, Sunny, was with me and I think she enjoyed the ride in spite of the

The "Friends of the Mocanita" and our SARUK Supporters were told at a meeting in Cornatel that
we will no longer be charged rent for the line, which is owned by Sibiu County, on condition
that we continue to restore/maintain it.  This will be a great help for the SAR finances as the
annual rent took a sizeable amount out of our funds.  In addition, the mayors of the five
communities through which the line passes and a couple of high-ups from Sibiu County Council
are now part of a committee which is very keen to see the line operating again and are giving
the "Friends" plenty of encouragement and support.

Interesting Aviation fora
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)



Eurostar in joint bid for East Coast Main Line

Britain relaunches passenger franchising programme

Great Western franchise extended to July 2016

Richard Branson's Virgin Trains tops fares league with 210% increase in prices

How one railway line helped change the way Londoners commute

Planting on the platform

Station suggested for Manston airport

Wokingham new railway station to open in mid-October

Balcombe Tunnel repair failures 'could have been fatal'

£44m revised Wrexham to Chester rail project going ahead

Why Shrewsbury misses the train to London

Safety fears voiced over Wem level crossing upgrade

Level crossing cyclist in 'nearest miss' with train

BRB (Residuary) Ltd has been abolished

End of the line for the mile, the chain and the yard

Co-op rail freight network ‘big success’

Rail mobile internet speeds set to get faster in UK

End of the line for the mile, the chain and the yard

Rare Peterborough railway poster goes up for auction

Big plans for disused Leeds rail viaduct

Cost of abandoned Glasgow Airport Rail Link

Heritage rail line scheme on track to boost tourism

Restoration due to begin on popular SVR engine

Rail enthusiasts fulfil train driver dream at Shildon museum

Eurostar eyes London-Amsterdam HSR

East Central Railway holds photo exhibition on 160 years of Indian Railways

North Korea rail link completed

Unique estate for sale - with railway!

Nobody at controls in Chicago train crash, dozens injured

LNG fuelled locos ordered by Russian Railways

Ripley Rattlers trams centenary celebrated

1000t Bridge installed for extension to Nottingham tram network

Bristol City area bus fares reduced.

Moray bus services reduced after council funding cuts

Fire on hybrid bus in Manchester

Fall in the number of Transport for London bus journeys

Bus crashes into house in Long Eaton

Keating Bolt - fastest car in the world

Australian university produces zero emissions sports car

Cromford Canal conservation receives £76,000 grant

Duck fire on Thames

World's oldest clipper, City of Adelaide arrives at Chatham

RAF Dambusters prepare for final mission

Airbus A400 for the RAF

Bristol Aeroplane Company HQ building restored

Easy Jet licence application for Guernsey

1930s film of Inverness-Kirkwall flights remastered

United pilot suffers heart attack in flight

Plane crashes after take-off in Lagos, Nigeria

Vintage plane lands on Florida highway

Cessna plane crashes at Santa Monica airport

Derby Silk Mill museum to recruit 'citizen curators'

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



06/10/13  BBC2 1800-1830
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  Portillo in Berwick-on-Tweed

06/10/13  BBC2 2000-2100
         "The Crane Gang"  Life with a big crane  3/3

06/10/13  BBC4 2300-0000
         "Crossing England in a Punt: River of Dreams"  River Trent seen by Tom Fort

09/10/13  BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
         "The Station"  24 hours in the life of Newcastle Central

09/10/13  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Heritage! The Battle for Britain's Past"

10/10/13  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "Building America's Super Submarine"  USS Pennsylvania

10/10/13  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "The Railway: First Great Western"  Fly-on-the-wall series - 7/8

11/09/13  BBC2 1900-2000
         "Dig WW2 with Dan Snow"  A Flying Fortress in Lough Foyle



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

03/10/13-   Severn Valley Railway: Diesel Enthusiasts' Gala

03/10/13-   West Somerset Railway: Cambrian Railways Gala

03/10/13-   Great Central Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

05/10/13    Fareham and District MRC Annual Exhibition - Fareham Railex
06/10/13    The atrium of 1000 North Harbour, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN
           1000 to 1700 both days
           Up to 20 layouts (including Raildater, Dereh Gillkerson's, Zwiesboden) and full
           trade support, refreshment facilities, plenty of free parking at the site, free
           bus service from Cosham Bus Interchange to North Harbour operated by
           Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust at 30 minute intervals
           Adult: £5, Concession: £4, Child: £3, Family (2+2): £10

05/10/13-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Autumn Gala

05/10/13-   The Lavender Line: Steam & Vintage Transport Gala

05/10/13-   Great Central Railway (Nottingham): Miniature Traction Engine Rally

05/10/13-   Mickleover Model Railway Exhibition
06/10/13    Mickleover Community Centre, Uttoxeter Rd, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 0DA

05/10/13-   Leawood Pumping Engine Steaming Day, Cromford Canal
06/10/13    Engine in motion 1200-1700

05/10/13-   Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway: 125th Anniversary of opening of line

06/10/13    Twyford Waterworks: Autumn Open Day
           Hazeley Road, Twyford, Hampshire, SO21 1QA

06/10/13    Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Small Engines Gala

07/10/13    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           Underhill Centre, St John's Church, St John's Road, Hedge End
           A Cornish Industrial Square Mile by Peter Stanier
           Starts 1945

07/10/13    Peak Railway Association, Sheffield Branch
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           “Doug Copley’s Lineside Images”, films taken by the late Doug Copley
           Starts 1930 for a requested £3 donation on the door

11/10/13-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Autumn Steam Spectacular

12/10/13    Tring and District Model Railway Club: TaD-Rail 2013
           Cottesloe School Wing, nr Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire

12/10/13-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Victorian Gala

12/10/13-   Farnham & District Model Railway Exhibition
13/10/13    Connaught Leisure Centre, Tongham Road, Aldershot, GU12 4AS

12/10/13-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Annual Wirksworth Model Railway Exhibition

13/10/13    Warminster Bus Running Day

13/10/13    Great Central Railway (Nottingham): Road Transport Event

16/10/13    Dean Forest Railway: Railcar Autumn Colour Specials

17/10/13    Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition
20/10/13    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Nr Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN

19/10/13-   Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Branch Line at War, 1940s

19/10/13-   Crich Tramway Village: Models Weekend

19/10/13-   East Lancashire Railway: Autumn Steam Gala and Bus Running Day

20/10/13    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum: End of Season Steam Up & Halloween
           Coal Park Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW

20/10/13    Isle of Wight Bus Museum Running Day

20/10/13    Crich Tramway Village: Red Oktober
           A celebration of Eastern Bloc vehicles including Trabants, Wartburgs and Tatras

Cheers, Howard.
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