Subject: Raildate 9th January 2015
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 09/01/2015, 16:17
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Neil's Signalbox Project

Gresley Society Trust statue appeal

Pay less - split ticketing

Click on the link, put your cursor on the far left side of the first photo, left click and drag your mouse from left to right and it will be become a photo of the same location and view today - drag it back to the left and you are back in 1944.  Scroll down for more of the same (there are a number of photos).
Open University Innovation On The Rails 1986
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

English Heritage's nine ‘lost’ Railway stations

Freedom of Information release on demand and capacity on the West Coast, Midland and East Coast Main Lines

Andrew Cook's last video of 2014 - a morning at the SRPS Bo'ness Diesel Gala

How the Tube was built, using picks, ponies, shovels - and a lot of elbow grease

Crossrail: Tunnelling beneath London

The InterCity 125 and its high-speed replacement
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Saughtree railway station bed & breakfast

Women in Rail: How WWI created rare career opportunities for women
(Spotter: John McCorriston)

An early signalwoman at Morebath Junction

New schematic maps of UK and European rail networks
(Spotter: David Bickell)

Aerial footage of L92 hauling trains on the South Devon Railway, January 2015
Dreamland Scenic Railway Restoration, Margate - Part 4
Oldest flying jet returns to the USA
The Mystery of the Lost Clipper
Aviation Archives
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

30th Anniversary of Summit tunnel derailment and fire
Forth Bridge visitor centres to open by 2017
Seven-Twelve ex-Yarmouth (BBC documentary from 1978)
Restoration of Newry & Bessbrook tram
Irish Railways review of 2014
Changing ships wakes could affect global warming
Norwegian shipping certification company
Centenary of Newport Docks
Historic photos of Salzburg Airport
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Campaign to restore the Mumbles Railway

Details of all steam railways in the United Kingdom and Ireland
BBC iPlayer - Steam Railways
Missing from the above: "The Little Train to Lynton" in two parts
LNER A4 4464 Bittern at Lincoln Central, Bittern Farewell Tour, 30th December
Great Central Railway 30th December
Garratt 6029, restored to service by the Australian Railway Historical Society, 3rd September 2014
Pilentum's world of model railways - more than 80 films and 3,900 photos about European layouts
A tight squeeze for a coach!
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Pathetic Motorways - unusual motorways, includes ones not built or unfinished



Reading train viaduct scheme completed

Travel chaos as Heathrow Express hits metal trolley left by Network Rail engineers

London Bridge Christmas works timelapse 20-27 December 2014

London Bridge overcrowding: More delays expected

Costain/Skanska JV to construct Paddington station link tunnel

Dutch rail company NS denies British railway cross subsidy claims

West Coast Main Line open-access bid rejected

New plan to secure rail services for the North

Trainline stock market flotation

Hitachi ships first IEP train to Britain

Ice on railway in Hampshire causes delays and cancellations

Train filled with passengers derailed in a tunnel after ice falls from ventilation shaft

Dawlish storms rail line 'threatened by cliff homes'

'Fatal' Penzance level crossing is permanently closed

Rail fare increase sparks demo at Burton railway station

How safety became an important message on railway

Northampton railway station to open on 12 January

Birmingham New Street traveller falls in front of train

Passengers delayed after flooding closes railway line

Major Leek development gets green light after councillors U-turn

ScotRail trains suspended as Scotland battered by 140mph winds

Councillor calls for Borders railway halt at Heriot

Edinburgh-Glasgow trains face summer of disruption

Wales' first 'Super Express' train to be tested this year

Swanage Railway reconnection dream realised thanks to law firm who secured lease

Clifton Rocks Railway recreates 120-year-old sign

Barry Island Railway wedding

Year of celebration in 2015 for the Talyllyn Railway

Ffestiniog Railway workshops set for major upgrade

Obituary: Allan Garraway MBE, railway preservationist, manager and engineer

Passenger figures on the rise for Iarnród Éireann

More Regio 2N trains ordered

French railway gears up to install Wi-Fi on trains

Alstom to maintain Swedish commuter trains

Alstom and Bombardier challenge NS Sprinter order

NS starts closing stations to all but smart card users

Elon Musk's hyperloop is actually making progress

CN Locomotive blows a turbo

Queensland Rail celebrates 150 years with steam train journeys between Brisbane and Cairns

Final section of track laid for Nottingham tram extension

Kimberley tram plan study gets council backing

Driverless trains ordered for Istanbul Metro

Beijing opens 60km of new metro lines

Atlanta Streetcar inaugurated

Calls for Itchen Bridge toll relief during roadworks

£1.5m Pontcysyllte Aquaduct plan to attract more tourists

3,000 tonnes of water pumped from stricken Solent vessel

The world's biggest ship - for 53 days

Fatal light aircraft near Popham

RAF Church Fenton to reopen as civilian airfield

Loganair  aircraft blown off runway at Stornoway

Fly Be suspends Inverness-London service

Wheels up landing at Nairobi airport

Campaign launched to save threatened Shackleton aircraft

RAF Museum Cosford fighter planes cleaned at height

USAF to pull out of airbases at Mildenhall, Alconbury and Molesworth

US DoD confirms two F-35 squadrons will be based in UK

Records of south Wales miners to be saved and digitised

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



11/01/15  BBC4 1900-2000
         "Architects of the Devine: the First Gothic Age"

11/01/15  BBC4 2100-2200
         "Dan Cruickshank and the Family That Built Gothic Britain"  The Scotts

12/01/15  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  London

13/01/15  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  London

13/01/15  ITV 2100-2200
         "The Wonder of Britain"  2/5 Our industrial story

14/01/15  BBC2 0815-0900
         "Oxford Street Revealed"  A look at Oxford Circus tube station (signed)

14/01/15  BBC2 0900-1000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Spain and Portugal (signed)

14/01/15  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  London

14/01/15  BBC4 2200-2300
         "Caravans: a British Love Affair"

15/01/15  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  London

15/01/15  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Timeshift: The Golden Age of the Tram - A Streetcar Named Desire"

15/01/15  BBC4 2200-2300
         "Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession"  2/3

16/01/15  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  London



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

13/01/15    Great Western Society (Bristol Group)
           Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG.
           "Steam Recreations - Steam in the Landscape" by Don Bishop
           1930 for 1945
           There is no admission charge, but a donation of at least £2 is appreciated

14/01/15    Chesterfield Canal Trust
           The Red Lion, Church Street, Brimington, nr Chesterfield, S43 1JG
           "From Dream to Steam - the Tornado Story" by Alexa Stott
           Starts at 2000
           Admission free

14/01/15    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           AGM + "South Wales and Bristol through the Decades (late 1960s-1980s)"
           by Phil Bidwell
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

15/01/15    Monmouthshire Railway Society
           Lecture Theatre A10, City Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP
           "Five Decades of MRS Railtours Part One 1963 -1978" by David Matthew and John Livsey
           Starts at 1900 prompt, admission for non-members is £3 and for members, £2

16/01/15-   London Model Engineering Exhibition
18/01/14    Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY
           1000-1700 (Fri, Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

17/01/15-   East Lancashire Railway: Winter Gala

19/01/15    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           21st anniversary of first meeting
           "The Claverton Pumping Station, its History and Renovation" by George Eycott
           Plus extra events and special guests
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

19/01/15    RCTS, Weston Flavell Parish Hall, Booth Lane South, Weston Flavell, NN3 3EP
           “Railways Remembered - LMS (WCML)” a film show by Rob Foxon
           Starts 1400

20/01/15    RCTS Cheltenham
           Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham GL50 2SY
           "A Pot Pourri from Six Decades" by David Walker
           Starts at 1930
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £3.50 is requested

25/01/15    Gauge 0 Guild: Bristol show
           UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Filton Road, Bristol, BS34 8QZ

Cheers, Howard.
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