Subject: Raildate 8th November 2013
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 08/11/2013, 17:40
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London’s Dock Railways Part 2 – The Royal Docks, North Woolwich and Silvertown
by Dave Marden

The railways in and around London’s docks were arteries to the national railway system at a
time when all heavy goods were moved by rail.  As well as freight, the Port of London moved
vast numbers of people by train around its domain – not just ships’ passengers but also dock
workers, who were transported from their city dwellings to a host of dockside locations.  This
book describes the dawn of the major rail-served docks, and traces the evolution of the capital’s
quayside railways and their locomotives from the days of the early dock companies through to
what became the Port of London Authority’s huge undertaking.

Over two volumes, we see the growth of the dock company railways from simple sidings to a vast
network under the Port of London Authority, together with full histories of over 100 locos that
worked the various quays and sheds.  London’s Dock Railways Part 1 looked at the systems
operating in and around the Isle of Dogs at the Millwall and India Docks, and included various
other railway wharves in the area.  Part 2 chronicles the Royal Docks and their associated
tracks, primarily the Victoria, Albert and King George V Docks, and also includes other
associated and industrial railways in the vicinity.

The absorbing story of these industrial lines and locomotives is traced from their humble
origins to what became one of the largest private railways in the country, but which are now
nothing more than a memory that serves to remind us of one of the foremost periods in Britain’s
industrial history.

Softback: 136 pages with over 150 photographs and maps
273 x 215mm
Post free from the publisher, Kestrel Railway Books:



Four Class 31s go to Cauldon (1994)
Leek to Uttoxeter in video
(Spotter: David Moore)

New England Steam Corporation
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Remember those holiday traffic jams...?
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)



Government report says upgrading existing network would be better value than HS2

HS2 benefits 'essentially made up', economists tell MPs

Lies at the heart of case for HS2

HS2 minister issues correction over departmental budget

Is the passion for HS2 just about big boys and their toys?

Why the South West needs HS2 plans to hit the buffers

Trans-Pennine Woodhead rail tunnels to be sealed

Train disruption as Manchester to Preston line electrified

'Misused' Lincoln High Street crossing plans submitted

Member of staff suffers serious electrical burns at Stafford

Refurbished 321 unit

Work starts building Hitachi factory

Train failure at Tonbridge

Train fire at South Croydon (0920 Gatwick Apt - Victoria)

Green Party 'calling time' on privatised railways in West Country

First Great Western train cleaners stage third strike

There's a trainspotter inside every man

ScotRail franchise shortlist named

Invitation to Tender for Scotrail and Anglo-Scottish Sleepers

Privatisation of Translink ruled out

New engine makes Isle of Man heritage railways 'faster'

Call to redevelop Derby warehouses destroyed in fire

19th century station left untouched since its closure goes up for sale

Uncertain future for Darlington's railway museum

Great locomotives of the past are lit up at the National Railway Museum

Ken White painting is toast of rail museum

Bodmin and Wenford steam train line secures 35-year lease

Henley in Arden footbridge to be donated to G&WR

New Eurostar units ( Class 374) under test

Civils contract awarded for Copenhagen-Ringsted line upgrade

Cross border service in Geneva

1903 steam engine back on track in Shimla

UK scraps 'raj' era Indian railway laws

Tube sponsorship could pay for ‘huge benefits’ to underground network

Birmingham Midland Metro's £127m extension work starts

Heating from Glasgow underground

New Streetcar "Boat" to Set Sail on San Francisco's Market Street

Memphis trolley car 'a total loss' after fire

Konya Trams

Bestival coach crash: Merseypride Travel faces public inquiry

In pictures: London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Portsmouth's long shipbuilding history comes to an end

London Gateway 'super-port' welcomes first vessel

Thames Gateway time lapse film of construction

Ship overhauls at Aberdeen

Poole to Santander ferry service starts

Port of Venice to limit size of visiting cruise ships

Search-and-rescue plane crash lands on Jersey

Replacing Channel Islands Air Search 'may cost £3m'

Skydiving planes collide - all escape

Skunk Works reveals Mach 6.0 SR-72 concept

Unlikely tales from ballooning's early history

New book about copper mines is released

Spotters: Richard Buckby Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Jim O'Brien, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth



10/11/13  Channel 4 1830-2000
         "Digging the Great Escape"  Unearthing the facts

10/11/13  BBC2 2000-2100
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  New series: 3/6 Dresden to Kiel

10/11/13  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain"  3/3 A revolution in the city

11/11/13  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  Alton and Alresford

12/11/13  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  Winchester and Eastleigh

13/11/13  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  The New Forest

13/11/13  BBC4 2000-2030
         "Britain by Bike"  Wales

15/11/13  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "Stobart: Trucks, Trains and Planes"  Series 6 2/7

15/11/13  BBC2 2100-2200
         "Cold War, Hot Jets"  Britain's post-war aviation industry 2/2



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

09/11/13    Mid-Hants Railway: Walk the Line

09/11/13    Great Central Railway (Nottingham): Firework Spectacular

09/11/13-   Hull Model Railway Show 2013
10/11/13    Costello (Athletics) Stadium, Anlaby Park Road North, Hull, HU4 6XY
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

10/11/13    Great Central Railway: Remembrance Event

11/11/13    Friends of Barnsley Archives & Local Studies
           Lecture Room, Barnsley Central Library
           "The Worsborough Branch Railway"
           A slideshow presented by David Charlesworth
           Admission £2

14/11/13    Phoenix Picturehouse, Walton Street, Oxford
           Danger on Film! Railway Safety Films, 1938-today
           Presented by Mike Esbester
           Films include: Enemy No 1 (LMS, 1938), A Cautionary Tale (LNER, 1944)
           and The Finishing Line (BR, 1977)
           Free admission

16/11/13-   Solent Model Railway Group - a new model railway exhibition
17/11/13    Millbrook TA Centre, Millbrook Road West, Southampton, SO15 0AJ
           1000-1700 (Sat, 1000-1600 (Sun)

16/11/13-   Great Central Railway: Steam Enthusiasts Event

18/11/13    University of Portsmouth, Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH
           Danger on Film! Railway Safety Films, 1938-today
           Presented by Mike Esbester
           Films include: Enemy No 1 (LMS, 1938), A Cautionary Tale (LNER, 1944)
           and The Finishing Line (BR, 1977)
           Free admission but you need to register here:

18/11/13    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start, finish 2150
           Siberian Yorkshire by Ken Mumford
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

23/11/13-   Warley Model Railway Exhibition
24/11/13    NEC Birmingham

24/11/13    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum: Christmas at the Brickworks
           Coal Park Lane, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW

24/12/13    Great Central Railway (Nottingham): Christmas Eve Steam Specials

Cheers, Howard.
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