Subject: Raildate 15th August 2014
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 15/08/2014, 16:21
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BR Parcels and Passenger-Rated Stock Volume 1: Full Brakes, Parcels & Miscellaneous Vans and
Car-carrying Vehicles
by David Larkin

The first five Kestrel Railway Books volumes by David Larkin looked at the revenue-earning
wagon fleet operated by British Railways and its successor, British Rail.  These were followed
by a series of three books looking at the specially-designed wagons that were used for track
maintenance, and we now see the first of two volumes covering parcels and passenger-rated
All parcels trains required a vehicle in which the guard travelled, and there was usually space
for a parcels-related load as well.  This volume looks at the various designs operated during
the BR period, and to these are added the vans without guard’s accommodation, known as parcels
and miscellaneous vans, and the covered carriage trucks. These latter vehicles had end doors to
allow vehicles to be loaded, but could also be used as normal parcels vans.
Volume 2 will cover livestock vehicles, such as the horse boxes and special cattle vans, and
perishable-traffic vehicles for fish, fruit and milk.

Softback: 96 pages with 175 photographs
273 x 215mm
Price: £15.00

Cumberland & Westmorland Railway Pictorial, 1948-1968
by Brian J. Dickson

This pictorial review shows the changing railway scene in the counties of Cumberland and
Westmorland, together with the North Lonsdale district of Lancashire, from Nationalisation
until the end of main-line steam in 1968. It contains well-captioned photographs laid out in
date order to show the progression from almost exclusive steam working to its total decline
during this brief period of just over 20 years.
Two major trunk routes passed through the area – the Settle and Carlisle line built by the
Midland Railway and the London & North Western Railway’s route over Shap. In addition, there
were many picturesque Lake District and coastal routes such as the Cockermouth, Keswick and
Penrith Railway, the line between Carlisle, Maryport, Workington and Whitehaven and the
electrified Morecambe and Heysham line.
Containing a large number of excellent photographs from Britain’s foremost railway
photographers, and showing both the locomotives and the stunning landscape through which they
operated, this book charts the transition of motive power from Nationalisation to the “Fifteen
Guinea Special” in August 1968.

Softback: 96 pages with over 186 photographs
273 x 215mm

Both titles available now from Kestrel Railway Books


As is customary, some links after the Editor's holiday...
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Forney Museum of Transportation
Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad Company
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Bayard Depot Museum, Nebraska
South Dakota State Railroad Museum
1880 Train - Hill City to Keystone, South Dakota

Commuting map of the UK

Great Central Railway, 9th August
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

New Bridges, lift, launch or build on site?
Historic tunnel collapse in Swinton
Narrow gauge challenge
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

The trouble with trying to make trains go faster
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

This is landlocked Kyrgyzstan's train to the coast!

Did WW1 start the race for air superiority?



Bombardier's Derby battery train is a UK first

Great Western Main Line electrification begins

Man in tree leads Southeastern trains to halt service

Bridge slide at Rochester on nitrogen

Lorry crashes through level-crossing barriers in Bloxwich

Henley-in-Arden station £2m revamp due to finish

Ernest Sykes: Railway man VC winner recalled

Northern Rail withdraws off peak tickets

RAIB report on wheelchairs/ pushchairs rolling off platforms

Open access operator approved by Network Rail

£1m revamp for Morpeth railway station

Child rescued after pushchair rolls on to Tube tracks

Prince Charles’s model tube station

Parts of Scotland affected by ex-hurricane Bertha

£30m railway project misses sports dates

Borders Railway structures

Trainspotting signal box earns protected status

Five extra trains between Fishguard and Carmarthen

GWR Steam Railmotor on Southall-Brentford branch

Shottle railway station reopens to passengers

NYMR at Whitby

Llangollen Railway's new Corwen extension has first test runs

£17m EU funds for refurbishment of Belfast-Dublin railway

Woman dies after falling in front of Dublin train

Swiss train derailed in landslide

A ride in history on Blue Comet

Universal Orlando marks 1 million riders on Hogwarts Express

Construction work to start on new line in Saudi Arabia

Transnet (South Africa) receives funding guarantee for General Electric diesel locos

New Midland Metro trams to enter service on 5th September

Blind man claims 200mph speed record

Tank lifted from the bottom of the Barents Sea

Ferguson shipbuilder in Port Glasgow goes into administration

Panama Canal marks 100th anniversary
What does the next century hold for the Panama Canal?

Lancasters in first tandem flight over Lincolnshire
And Eastbourne

Airshow at Newcastle Co.Down

Pilot's artificial arm 'became detached while landing plane'
How do amputees fly planes?

UK's first A400M powers toward flight debut

Flying on the Breitling Super Constellation

BE2 biplane replica lands at Headcorn airfield

Croatian MiG-21 pilot survives two in-flight emergencies

Clifton suspension bridge closed for repairs

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



17/08/14  BBC Radio 4FM 1115-1200
         "The Reunion"  The Berlin Airlift

17/08/14  BBC2 1730-1800
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Holland to France

17/08/14  BBC2 2100-2200
         "James May's Cars of the People"  2/3

18/08/14  BBC1 South East 1930-2000
         "The Sunshine Corner Coalfields"  Story of Betteshanger Colliery

18/08/14  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  Preston and Rochdale

18/08/14  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies"  2/2 Passenger airliners

18/08/14  BBC4 2100-2200
         "Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History"  3/3

19/08/14  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  The Worth Valley

19/08/14  Channel 4 2100-2200
         "Worst Place to be a Pilot"

19/08/14  BBC4 2100-2200
         "Everyday Miracles: the Genius of Sofas, Stockings and Scanners"

20/08/14  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  West Yorkshire and Derbyshire

20/08/14  BBC4 2300-0000
         "Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain"  1/3  The Great Victorian Way

21/08/14  BBC Radio 4 1500-1530
         "Open Country"  Cheshire Salt

21/08/14  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "The Railway: First Great Western"  Fly-on-the-wall 1/8

21/08/14  BBC4 2300-0000
         "Everyday Miracles: the Genius of Sofas, Stockings and Scanners"

22/08/14  BBC Radio 4 0900-0945
         "The Reunion"  The Berlin Airlift

22/07/14  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "On the Yorkshire Buses"  East Yorkshire Motor Services 7/8

22/07/14  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "Lost at Sea: Air France 447"

23/08/14  BBC Radio 4 0607-0700
         "Open Country"  Cheshire Salt



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

15/08/14-   Dean Forest Railway: A Day Out with Thomas

16/08/14-   Midland Railex, Midland Railday Centre, Butterley

17/08/14    Bursledon Brickworks: Glad Rags and Overalls - Great War Event

17/08/14    Wimborne District Society of Model Engineers: Open Day

18/08/14    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "Railway Photographs" by David Cable
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

20/08/14-   Foxfield Railway: Teddy Bears Picnic

22/08/14    "Out and About with Booth & Fisher Buses" by Andy Firth
           Coal Aston Methodist Church, Eckington Road, Coal Aston, Dronfield, S18 3AW

22/08/14-   Southampton Maritime Festival
23/08/14    Ocean Terminal, Southampton Docks

23/08/14-   Great Central Railway: Family Fun Weekend

23/08/14-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: August Bank Holiday Open Days

23/08/14-   Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum: Late Summer Bank Holiday Blues & Twos Weekend

23/08/14-   Corris Railway: Model Railway Exhibition
25/08/14    Y Plas, Machynlleth, SY20 8ER

24/08/14    Wimborne District Society of Model Engineers: Open Day

24/08/14-   Leawood Pumping Engine Steaming Day, Cromford Canal
25/08/14    Engine in motion 1200-1700

29/08/14-   North  Norfolk Railway: Grand Autumn Steam Gala

29/08/14-   Llangollen Railway: Along Western Lines

30/08/14-   Great Central Railway: Diesel Gala

Cheers, Howard.
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