Subject: Raildate 5th December 2014
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 05/12/2014, 16:19
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Victorian arches cleared as London Bridge station undergoes renovation
(Spotter: Barry Emmott, who tells me that his great grand-uncle started his umbrella business here more than 100 years ago!)

Helicopter ride: Brighton to St Pancras
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Footage of the final train to run on the Sidmouth to Sidmouth Junction line in 1967

Chasewater Stuff's Railway and Canal Blog

Four Seasons Of Steam: 61 Steam Locos In Action!
Bristol Performance Improvements Route (Route learning, Bath-Bristol)
A Perfect Misunderstanding (Network Rail) - a film about preventing SPADs based on a real event in 2006
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Virgin Trains Christmas #Traindeer Video
Just the ticket: the joy of England’s railway stations
UK National Grid Status
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

The Mainline Steam Heritage Trust of New Zealand
The news page notes that Kiwirail has served the Mainline Steam Heritage Trust notice to vacate their main depot in central Auckland by April 2015.  They need to raise a considerable amount of money to build a new facility to house all the locomotives and the workshop equipment, or else everything will be scrapped.  Donations are invited - imagine if this were to happen in the UK!
Richard Dean, visited in 2012, and a mainline steam tour went past as they were driving north from Auckland - they chased it to Helensbrough, and made a quick video

India's railways: Celebrating the country's narrow-gauge lines
Eurotrash Automotive Hall of Shame - British Leyland - The Entire British Car Industry
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Ordnance Survey of Ireland - Historic maps,714831,735297,7,9
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Trap door reveals Liverpool church 'time capsule'

Furness Hidden Heritage

What happened to England's abandoned mansions?



Rail fares to rise by 2.2% next year

UK rail stations getting busier, figures suggest

HS2 East Midlands hub: Breaston option 'rejected in 2012'

HS2 opponents call for Leicestershire's Ivanhoe line to reopen

Going underground: Latest photos from Crossrail project under London

Denmark Hill station shut after fire underneath train

Gatwick Airport railway station revamp backed with £60m

“Astronaut” travelling on Thameslink

GE Main line upgrade - "will not disrupt commuters"

Temporary reprieve for Victorian railway station

Dartmoor rail line to be considered by Government as alternative route to Dawlish

Waitrose lorry wedged under Colchester railway bridge

Northampton Station: MP Brian Binley writes to Network Rail chief

Derby's Friar Gate bridge needs £1m facelift (we know... when's it going to get it???)
Friar Gate bridge, Derby - a dedicated blog to this structure and its maker, Andrew Handyside

Cable theft in Manchester

Autumn Statement: New trains for northern rail routes

Northern Pacers to be retired

New rail terminal to be opened at Teesport

RAIB investigation into freight train derailment at Ashburys

RAIB report into fallen signal at Newbury

Borders to Edinburgh railway: Sleeper injury halts rail route work

Future Wales and Borders rail service will be on a not-for-profit basis, minister indicates

Plan to dig out and re-open Wales' longest railway tunnel

Carriage that carried Churchill on his final journey restored to former glory

Class 68 to star at Mid Norfolk Railway gala

First train to use commissioned Alton signalling

Severn Valley LNER restored coach

World class railway museum could come to Leicester if fresh £10m lottery bid succeeds

French train travel rattled by ticket inspector strike

Railways set to privatise clean-up at 50 major stations

H5 Shinkansen begins testing

Utrecht light rail contracts awarded

Roads funding: £15bn to be spent on schemes for England

Sheffield to Manchester £6bn road tunnel 'plan' announced

Changes to payment methods for Dartford crossing

New motorway services planned for M42

Sutton firm gets classic Peel 50 back on the road again

Brough Superior sold for record price

Autumn Statement: Stagecoach bus chief in devolution warning

Costa Concordia: Captain Schettino tried to 'impress'

Australia commissions helicopter carrier Canberra

Development of Carlisle airport

MH17 wreckage en route to the Netherlands

Huge biplane airliner may fly again – the Handley Page HP42

Ten veteran airliner types still in service

Europe to press ahead with Ariane 6 rocket

Bursledon Windmill reopens after £94,000 revamp

Point of Ayr Colliery headgear returns as memorial

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



05/12/14  Film 4 1655-1915
         "Von Ryan's Express"

06/12/14  BBC2 1730-1800
         "Restoring Britain's Heritage"  Devon and Cornwall

06/12/14  Channel 4 1900-2000
         "Inside Rolls Royce"  Behind the scenes at the car makers

08/12/14  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  Hythe to Hastings

08/12/14  BBC4 2000-2100
         "London: a Tale of Two Cities with Dan Cruickshank"

08/12/14  BBC2 2320-0020
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  La Coruna to Lisbon

09/12/14  BBC2 1900-2000
         "James May's Cars of the People"  1/3

09/12/14  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  South-west Scotland

10/12/14  BBC2 1900-2000
         "James May's Cars of the People"  2/3

10/12/14  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  Dumbarton

10/12/14  BBC2 2100-2200
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Lyon to Marseille

11/12/14  BBC2 1900-2000
         "James May's Cars of the People"  3/3

11/12/14  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "The Railway: First Great Western"  Fly on the track - new series 2/4



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

05/12/14    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           "Mostly Narrow Gauge - an Evening of Sound Cine" by Terry Nicholls
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome

07/12/14    Model Railway and Toy Collectors Table Top Sale
           The Old Schoolroom, The Kingsley Hall, 17 Atlantic Way, Westward Ho!
           Free admission, light refreshments

09/12/14    Great Western Society (Bristol Group)
           Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
           "Martin's Miscellany Again - incorporating the famous quiz" by Martin Baker
           1930 for 1945
           There is no admission charge, but a donation of at least £2 is appreciated

10/12/14    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           "Rails through the Tongwynlais Gap - an historical perspective" by Jeff Morgan
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

15/12/14    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           Members Photographs
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

16/12/14    RCTS Cheltenham
           Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham GL50 2SY
           "Taking the Broad Gauge to Great Western, Ramblings around Sri Lanka" by Stewart Blencowe
           Starts at 1930
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £3.50 is requested

19/12/14    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           Christmas Buffet & Quiz set by Branch President Arthur Turner
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome

21/12/14    Leicester Film Archive, Phoenix, Middleton Street, LE7 7PR
           “Bygone Leicester Picture Show” a film show by Rob Foxon
           1130 and 1430

Cheers, Howard.
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