Subject: Raildate 31st January 2014
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 31/01/2014, 16:55
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Following on from last week's article about the withdrawal of support from the NRM for York
University's Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, Raildate understands that the
NRM is shutting down its workshop on 14th February.  If this is the case, one wonders how it
will be able maintain its collection - presumably this will be achieved by contracting out to
private companies.  How that can be cheaper than doing it yourself, is anyone's guess.  Having
found nothing about this on the Internet, the Editor would be pleased to receive any

More certain is this from Paul Kirkman, Director of the NRM:

"As many of you are aware, as part of the current programme of cuts and cost savings, we have
to make changes to the hours and ways in which Search Engine operates.  From 17 March 2014,
Search Engine will be open to the public 4 days a week, from Wednesday to Saturday.

"These are decisions that have not been taken lightly.  Everyone involved in the service has
worked extremely hard to make Search Engine the world class research facility that it is but,
unfortunately, economic necessity means that we can no longer afford to have a library and
archive service open 7 days a week.  However, the essential mission of Search Engine – to
provide top quality access to the NRM’s archive and library collections – has not changed."


Why the National Railway Museum is the perfect day out
Submarine cable map.  (Filey to Vladivostok??)
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Great Central Railway: Winter Gala 25th January
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express 25/1/2014
Early Days of "Rail Blue"
Rail Accident Investigation Branch vacancies
Robert Wynn transport procession 1963
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

When the Great War ambulance train visited Blackpool
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

An ePetition which aims to persuade the Highways Agency (Historical Railways Estate) not to
fill Queensbury Tunnel with concrete as part of their impending remedial works.  There is a
proposal to create a foot and cycle link between Halifax and Bradford via the tunnel.

A Point of View: The ethics of the driverless car

Colin Furze: Inside the mind of an inventor

World War One: How did 12 million letters a week reach soldiers?



Anti-HS2 campaign dismisses rail college idea as 'spin'

Great Anglia rail users delayed as tree falls on line

Britain's worst railway station named as Birmingham New Street

Britain’s railways emerge from long economic depression

Lincoln High Street crossing to get footbridge

Fallen trees delay trains on Great Eastern mainline

Thameslink Class 700 stock displayed

RAIB report into engineering train collision at Kitchen Hill, 12 January 2014

Satisfied customers drop at trains firm

Cost of Glasgow to Edinburgh rail upgrade soars

Refurbishment of Ibrox station completed

Pye Corner, Newport, railway station plans revealed

Mail Rail: What is it like on the 'secret' Tube?

Delay attribution costs for Tyne & Wear Metro

Cheerleaders see off Eisenhower and Canada as Railway Museum bids Mallard farewell

Fifty years of Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust

Work set to start on Strathspey steam railway line bridge

Isle of Man Railway new diesel loco failure

Hornby train sales hit by supply problems

Staff suffer Carbon Monoxide poisoning in Channel Tunnel

SNCF to expand Eurostar terminal in Lille

Former Canadian Pacific houses for sale in British Columbia

Florida East Coast orders 24 GE locomotives

Dundee tram used as a summerhouse

'Guided busway' the answer to linking Swansea, Newport and Cardiff

Used tyres create road for flooded Somerset streets

Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird heard in public after 50 years

Barnsley man's rare Morris vintage car restored to glory

Adult-sized 'Little Tikes' takes to the road

Whitchurch bridge repairs delayed

Erewash Canal repair work costs £50,000

Pillings Lock marina could close because of owner's debts

Condor Ferries services hit by adverse weather

Kingswear Castle paddle steamer sails through its safety check

Ship collides with Stornoway pier

Time-lapse shows cruise ship being lengthened by 30 metres

Southampton Western Docks receives new cranes

Dambusters squadron: Flying with RAF 617 pilot

Report on aircraft crash at Cork in 2011

Rescue helicopter ditched off Rio

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



01/02/14  BBC Radio 4 0607-0630
         "Open Country: Adlestrop"  Celebrating 100 years of the famous poem
         The station sign is now installed in the bus shelter

01/02/14  Channel 4 1900-2000
         "Speed with Guy Martin"  Breaking speed records  4/4

02/02/14  BBC1 1900-2000
         "Countryfile"  Visits the Severn Valley Railway

02/02/14  BBC2 2200-2300
         "The Route Masters: Running London's Roads"

03/02/14  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  1/2 Madrid to Gibralter

03/02/14  BBC1 South East 1930-2000
         "Inside Out"  Future plans for the regions road and rail networks

03/02/14  BBC4 1930-2000
         "The Boats That Built Britain"  The Matthew

04/02/14  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  2/2 Madrid to Gibralter

04/02/14  BBC4 1930-2000
         "The Boats That Built Britain"  The Pickle

05/02/14  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  1/2 Turin to Venice

05/02/14  BBC4 1930-2000
         "The Boats That Built Britain"  The Phoenix

06/02/14  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  2/2 Turin to Venice

06/02/14  BBC4 2030-2100
         "London on Film"  Archive footage of the suburbs

07/02/14  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  1/2 Dresden to Kiel

07/02/14  BBC1 South East 1930-2000
         "The End of the Pier Show"  Rebuilding Hastings Pier



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

Until       Great Western Railway in Art - Bath and the Great Western Railway
02/02/14    Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
           Brunel’s Great Western Railway opened in sections from 1838, transforming
           southern England and making travel quicker and easier.  It broadened the
           horizons of the whole of society.  This exhibition looks at the GWR's
           engineering marvels and its impact on Bath.
           Tickets £2.50

01/02/14    The Great Central Railway and its Bridge to the Future Appeal
           An illustrated presentation by Tom Ingall
           Royal Air Force Association, Asfordby Road, Melton Mowbray
           Starts 2000, doors and bar open at 1930
           Admission £4.00 (raising funds for both the Bridge Appeal and the RAFA)
           Further information: 01664 850769

01/02/14-   Alton Model Railway Group: FEBEX2014
02/02/14    Eggars School, Alton, GU34 4EQ
           1030-1700 both days
           Raildater, Derek Gillkerson, will be attending with Boden-am-See and
           Coniston Junction

03/02/14    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           Underhill Centre, St John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
           “PATHH - Providing Access to Hampshire Heritage”
           by Stephen Fisher
           1930 for a 1945 start

03/02/14    Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch)
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           "The Ashover Light Railway" by Richard Booth
           Starts at 1930
           For a requested £3 donation on the door, all welcome

04/02/14    Monmouthshire Railway Society
           Lecture Theatre A10, Newport Riverside City Campus
           A selection of video films shown on A10's big screen
           Starts at 1915 prompt

05/02/14    Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, York
           Research Workshop - Business Histories of UK Tramways
           "The British electric tram: basket case or barometer?" by Ian Souter
           "Management and competitive advantage in the public transport industry: York
           Corporation tramways, ca 1909-1934" by Kevin Tennent (York Management School)
           All welcome, refreshments served
           Scheduled to take place in the Edmondson Room, Search Engine (NRM), but might
           move to the Flying Scotsman (formerly Gibb) lecture theatre
           NRM car-parking charges apply (free disabled parking is available near the
           public entrances
           This workshop is financed by the National Railway Museum

07/02/14    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           "Post-War Years in the St Pancras District from steam to diesel"
           Arthur Turner recounts his time in the St Pancras District
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome

08/02/14    Newbury Model Railway Exhibition
           St Batholomew’s School, Andover Road, Newbury, RG14 6JP

08/02/14-   Barrow Hill Roundhouse: East Coast Giants

10/02/14    North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           St Thomas’s Church Centre, Chatsworth Road, Brampton, Chesterfield, S40 3AW
           “The Butterley Gangroad Project” by Trevor Griffin
           Starts 1930, £2 admission for non-members

11/02/14    Great Western Society (Bristol Group)
           Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
           The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting
           "Recreating the Golden Age of the Great Western Railway" by Jon Trott
           1930 for 1945
           There is no admission charge, but a donation of at least £2 is appreciated
           Non-members most welcome

12/02/14    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           "Freedom of Wales 1962" by Nigel Wassell
           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

13/02/14    Oceans visitor support and information centre
           13 High Street, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 2DF
           "Death on the Ocean Wave" - a lecture by Mary South
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900) in the QE2 Suite
           £5 to include refreshments, book signing and the lecture

14/02/14    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)

15/02/14    Warminster & District Model Railway Group Model Railway and Transport Exhibition
           Warminster Leisure Centre, Woodcock Road, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 9DQ
           Adult: £5.00, Concessions: £4.00, Child: £2.00, Family: £12.00

15/02/14    Welsh Railways Research Circle
           St Asaph Room, St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1AH
           "Llanelly Railway - Conflict & Strife" by Mike Denman
           (Author of "The Llanelly Railway and Dock Company", etc)
           Starts 1400
           Non-members are welcome to join the meetings but please contact the Indoor
           Meetings Coordinator so they are aware of likely numbers

15/02/14    Midland Railway Society
           Hallmark Inn, Derby, DE1 2SL
           “St Pancras in Two World Wars" by Roydon Stock
           Starts at 1330

Cheers, Howard.
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