Subject: Raildate 3rd January 2014
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 03/01/2014, 16:23
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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The allure of abandoned Tube stations

Recent explorations of the South Wales Mineral Railway's Gyfylchi (aka Tonmawr aka Pelena)
And of the GCR's Catesby tunnel
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

New videos from Andrew Cook
Abington and Beattock Summit 30 November 2013
A short visit to the SRPS Diesel Gala at Bo'ness, 28th December

Sussex Live train information (CCF with additions)
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Barry Coward's video record of 2013
BBC Somerset Special - The Beeching Cuts (available until Tuesday 7th January)
Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

General Repair - an LMS documentary from 1938
Steam in trouble - 2857 fails on the SVR
View from a model DMU (the first of several)
Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway 28th December
German model locomotives with sound and steam
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

How we enacted our own version of 'Dambusters' from train loo and aimed for bull's-eye on the
The Cornwall Railway Society
Look at Life - Down In The Dumps 1965
Top ten abandoned places
Freeman Field Recovery Team Facebook group
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)



HS2 "breaches the human rights of residents along the route"

Rail fare rise of 2.8% comes into effect

Q&A: Rail fare rises

Crossrail spoil contract extended with GBRf

Public support for Crossrail2

Richard Rogers attacks Crossrail station designs

Loan provided for Crossrail rolling stock

Testing starts for first DRS class 68

Ministers pay train firms to do away with premium seats

Thameslink train hits roof at London's Blackfriars station

Plans for 'cycle utopia' above London's rail lines

South West Trains passengers face further disruption

Landslip near Stonehouse

Peterborough railway station closed to complete £43m upgrade

All-change for Crewe

Late-night Virgin train passengers 'can't get off' at Nuneaton

Derby's London Road bridge to be demolished

Youngsters urged not to gamble with their lives on Derbyshire train tracks

Call to celebrate 175 years of Derby's rail industries

Ryde Esplanade Tunnel flooded (again)

Storm damage on military line on Sarson Lane

Cardiff City FC fan rescues child from under train

Pont Briwet to be closed to trains until 2015

Power lines parallel to Pont Briwet removed

National recognition for heritage railway scheme

44871 & 45407 travelling home for Christmas

Landslip blocks South Devon Railway

Isle of Wight Steam Railway train hit by falling tree

Landslip blocks Bluebell railway

WSR future "looks secure"

Tributes paid to "Father of the Railway" and his wife

Corwen trains due to return in 2014 after 49-year wait

Author Mike is steaming along

Test trains start running in the Gotthard base Tunnel

South African Railways order Vossloh electro diesels

87022 on fire in Bulgaria

Huge fire after US oil train derails in North Dakota

26 die in sleep as fire breaks out on train from Bangalore

Full steam ahead for Derby's Markeaton Park model trains

First Dubai tram delivered

Bus accident in Kennington

Bus de-roofed at Norbiton

New buses ordered by Southern Vectis

Fiat shares surge after deal to buy remaining Chrysler stake

Ford reveals solar-powered car with sun-tracking technology

Panama Canal builders threaten halt to expansion

North Sea DFDS ferry fire: Man charged with arson

Gateshead's Dunston Staithes to be restored

Antarctic rescue of Akademik Shokalskiy ship completed

AgustaWestland workers 'hurt' as India axes helicopter deal

Welsh Battle of Atlantic flying boat is raised from the deep with help from its last pilot

Channel Islands Air Search aircraft to be replaced after accident

Glasgow-Isle of Man service to resume

FlyBe to close East Midlands & Cardiff-Paris services and Cardiff-Glasgow service

Power cuts at Gatwick cause major delays and cancellations on Christmas eve

Airports Commission reveals expansion shortlist

Yvonne Pope Sintes: Britain's first female airline pilot

McDonnell Douglas DC-10 makes last passenger flight

Peak District sinkhole appears in Foolow, Derbyshire

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



04/01/14  BBC2 1730-1830
         "James May's Toy Stories: the Motorcycle Diary"

04/01/14  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Speed with Guy Martin"  Breaking speed records  1/4

05/01/14  Channel 4 1900-2000
         "Shipping Wars"  How your goods get to you

05/01/14  BBC4 1900-1930
         "Britain by Bike"  The Highlands

05/01/14  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Speed with Guy Martin"  Breaking speed records  2/4

06/01/14  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  New series 1/20 Manchester to Birkenhead

06/01/14  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "Huge Hovercraft: Monster Moves"

06/01/14  BBC2 2130-2230
         "PQ17: an Arctic Convoy Disaster"  Jeremy Clarkson tells the story

07/01/14  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  New series 2/20 Southport to Leyland

08/01/14  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  New series 3/20 Preston to Rochdale

08/01/14  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "The Restoration Man"  Renovating a Staffordshire flint mill

09/01/14  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  New series 4/20 Haworth to Huddersfield

10/01/14  BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
         "The Welsh M1"  A trip along the A470

10/01/14  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  New series 5/20 Honley to Chesterfield



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

03/01/14    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           "Swindon Works, The Collett Years" by RCTS Branch Chairman Brian Arman
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome

03/01/14    Oxford House Industrial History Society
           Oxford House Adult Education Centre, Grove Road, Risca, NP11 6GN
           An evening of railway and canal films by Owen H Prosser
           1900 for a 1915 start (meetings finish by 2130)
           Friends and visitors are welcome to attend: admission £2.00

06/01/14    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           Underhill Centre, St John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
           “Rails to Ripley and Midland Railway connections to the Butterley Company”
           by Howard Sprenger
           1930 for a 1945 start

06/01/14    Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch)
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           "On Parallel Lines" by Ken Horan
           The rundown of BR steam - digitised black-and-white pictures from 1965/66
           Starts at 1930
           For a requested £3 donation on the door, all welcome to

08/01/14    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           "20 years of Railway Video in Wales" by Mike Wilcock
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome
           A donation of £1.00 (members) or £2.00 (non-members) is requested

10/01/14    Railway Club of Wales
           Dyfatty Community Centre, Chapel Street, off High Street, Swansea, SA1 1NB
           “Swansea‘s Railways in Wartime“, by Alan Williams
           There is a donation box at all meetings (but no compulsion to put anything in it)
           Starts at 1930 (meetings finish by 2130)

13/01/14    North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           St Thomas’s Church Centre, Chatsworth Road, Brampton, Chesterfield, S40 3AW
           “Amber Mill” by Richard Patilla
           Starts 1930, £2 admission for non-members

13/01/14    Peak Rail Sheffield Branch
           The Library Theatre (by The Crucible), Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
           “Railways Remembered, End of Year Special” a film show by Rob Foxon
           1900 for a 1930 start
           £6 on the door or £5.75 in advance

14/01/14    Monmouthshire Railway Society
           Lecture Theatre A10, Newport Riverside City Campus
           "Brunel's Neyland terminus" by Martin Davis
           Starts at 1915 prompt

17/01/14-   London Model Engineering Exhibition
18/01/14    Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY

20/01/14    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start, finish 2150
           "Life of a Coachman" by Mervyn Annetts
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome
           1930-2200 (approx) - doors open 1900

Cheers, Howard.
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