Subject: Raildate 14th February 2014
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 14/02/2014, 18:06
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Not a lot more to report this week, but the cuts have been reported in Heritage Railway
magazine, with most of the emphasis being on the voluntary redundancy of the Head of Knowledge
and Collections, Helen Ashby.


175 years of Derby's railways

Welsh Signal Box Heaven

1930s & 1950s colour photos (rail and bus)
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

"The Seafire"
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Old train photos fascinate readers
Martyn Nutland's website
Shipsnostalgia TV - The best in Shipping Videos
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Carscapes: How the motor car reshaped England

The urban explorers of the ex-USSR



Aerial view of flooded rail line

How do you fix the Dawlish problem?

Time-lapse video reveals Dawlish rail work

Archive photos show Dawlish railway's stormy past

National campaign to spend HS2 rail cash to repair South Devon line

Three-hour rail journeys for Plymouth are a priority

Network Rail chooses Dawlish alternative route

Network Rail denies Dawlish plan

Dawlish rail alternative: Brentor home sale fears

Trains between Reading and London delayed by flooding

Taunton to Bridgwater railway line remains under water

Yeovil to Exeter line reopens after landslip at Crewkerne

Trains running to Exeter again

Delays of up to 30 minutes as tree falls onto tracks at Hamble

First Capital Connect trains evacuated after balloon hits cables

Crewe Station evacuated after high winds blow off part of roof

West Coast closed north of Preston as storm swept in

HS2 Toton station could see the relocation of up to 600 jobs

Councils battle between themselves over HS2 station

George and Robert Stephenson railway bridges listed

‘Electric railway line is a threat to safety’

Passenger hit by train at Winchester

Lockerley Railway bridge closed for repairs

RAIB report into Moorgate line piling incident

RAIB report into fatality at Newark Northgate

East Midlands train passengers face delays despite track upgrade

Last train to run on Oxford to Bicester line before revamp

Hull railway electrification: Government 'very interested' in plan

Gateshead's Dunston Staithes could be opened to public

Keeping up to speed with Borders rail work timetable

Porthmadog (mainline) station damaged by high winds

Green light for Powys rail crossings closure

Machynlleth to Barmouth Cambrian rail service reopens

Cambrian rail line improvement report handed to minister

West Somerset Railway could be sold to private operator

HRA award for Purbeck Clay mining museum

Strathspey Steam Railway use crane for new bridge

French Alps: Rock derails Nice to Digne-les-Bains train

Glacier Express in collision with snow blower

Transport disruption in Japan due to snow

Lac-Megantic victims aim to sue Ottawa for allegedly failing to sanction railway

Tanzania rail plan depends on bosses

Tube strike: Unions suspend strike after reaching deal

Operator chosen for Cairngorms funicular railway

Re-arranging exhibits at Crich

Video from 1937 shows Shirley Temple inaugurating LA street car line

Nottingham electric bus fleet to be expanded

15ft-deep hole appears on M2 in Kent

Wey and Arun canal lock restoration

Caen Hill locks work shuts Kennet and Avon Canal section

Panama Canal work stops in $1.6bn row

Titanic 'smaller than people think'

HMS Alliance opens as £7m project is ready to go

Gatwick runway plans: Lowfield Heath 'ghost village' remembered

BA yet to decide on fate of 747 damaged in Johannesburg

Singapore Airshow:
Can China dominate aircraft manufacturing?
Airbus A350 goes on public display
The fight for eyeballs in mid-air

Virgin to stop Hong Kong-Sydney route

RAF spy plane Sentinel maps southern England floods

RAF pauses Voyager operations after in-flight incident

Scunthorpe Spitfire hunter returns to Burma for fresh search

Spitfire moved from Manchester to RAF museum Hendon

Simulation proves the "Spruce Goose" could have flown

Airbus fuselage moved by road from St Athans to Kemble

Algeria mourns dozens killed in military plane crash

UK to spend £2.5bn on F-35 fighters

Weaving modern cloth with Victorian looms

Veterans gather for Colossus 70th anniversary

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



15/02/14  Channel 4 1905-2000
         "The Restoration Man"  Converting a pumping station into a home

15/02/14  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Walking Through History"  2/3 Northumbria

16/02/14  Channel 4 2100-2200
         "Bunkers, Brutalism & Bloody-mindedness: Concrete Poetry"  Architecture 1/2

19/02/14  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "The Restoration Man"  Converting a church into a home

20/02/14  BBC4 2030-2100
         "Britain on Film"  Country living

20/02/14  BBC4 2100-2200
         "The Brits Who Built the Modern World"  2/3 The 1980s

20/02/14  BBC4 2200-2300
         "The Man Who Fought the Planners"  Profile of Ian Nairn

21/02/14  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "World's Fastest Train"  France's AGV



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

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

15/02/14-   Ribble Steam Railway: Industrial Steam Gala

17/02/14    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Library, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "The Wirksworth Branch" by Howard Sprenger
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

17/02/14    The Victorian Society
           Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1
           Starts 1830
           "The North Midland Railway" by Robert Thorne

17/02/14    Friends of Cromford Canal - Talk
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           The Great Wall of Butterley by Tim Castledine
           Starts: 1930, admission: £2.00

18/02/14    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Half Term Operating Days

18/02/14-   Great Central Railway: Villains and Superheroes

20/02/14    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Half Term Operating Days

20/02/14    Public meeting to discuss the campaign to reopen the
           Carmarthen-Lampeter-Aberystwyth Railway
           The Victoria Hall, Bryn Road, Lampeter, SA48 7EE
           Starts 1800
           All welcome, refreshments available

21/02/14    Aln Valley Railway Society
           Costello Centre, Baliffgate, Alnwick
           "Aln Valley Railway - The story so far" by Roger Jermy
           Admission: £1.50 (minimum or + donation) to include tea/coffee and biscuits
           Proceeds will go to the Alnwick Parkinsons support group

22/02/14    Kidderminster Railway Museum: Illustrated talk
           Station Approach, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster, Worcs, DY10 1QX
           Research Avenues of the Great Western Railway with Mike Fenton

22/02/14    Mickleover Model Railway Group: Trains-Only Swap Meet
           Mickleover Community Centre, Uttoxeter Rd, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 0DA
           1030-1430, admission: £1.00
           Free parking, refreshments

22/02/14-   Solent Model Railway Group - Eurotrak - Eastleigh Model Railway Show
23/02/14    Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh, SO50 9NL

22/02/14-   Great Central Railway: Mixed Traffic Weekend

27/02/14    Mickleover Model Railway Group: Film Show
           Royal British Legion, Poppyfields Drive, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 9GB
           Preserved Steam on Video
           Starts 1930, admission: £3.00
           Free parking, refreshments

01/03/14    Monmouthshire Railway Society
           Rhiwderin Community Centre, Newport, NP10 8RJ
           Railway book sale (mostly second-hand)
           Starts at 1100

01/03/14-   Romsey & District Railway Modellers Society Exhibition
02/03/14    Crosfield Hall, Broadwater Road, Romsey, SO51 8GL
           1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

02/03/14    Dean Forest Railway: You say what you pay

Cheers, Howard.
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