Subject: Raildate 27th February 2015
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 27/02/2015, 16:55
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Advance notice of trips through Pinnock tunnel (Par-Fowey branch) on 26th April - advance booking recommended - full details here

And advance notice of the DRS Open Day at Kingmoor Depot, Carlisle on 18th July - advance booking recommended - full details here
(Spotter: Philip Godfrey)

Mike Wilcock's video of 50007 & 50017 at Cardiff to collect failed 56087, 22nd February

Permanent Way Junction renewal - LMS Film Unit
How to repair a steam locomotive - LMS Film Unit
Steam Locomotives: Power To Order - 1942 educational documentary
37 links to various US railway locomotive whistles
'Perpetual Motion' The Avro Shackleton
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Rerailing 37273, 28th April 1991
(Spotter: John Simmonds)

Photos of East Lancs Winter Gala, 21st/22nd February
"The Signalman" by Charles Dickens
JingPeng Pass March 2003
Detroit Michigan Central station
Storage of surplus aircraft
The buses you choose because of their music
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Website finds cheaper tickets by splitting a journey into legs while travelling on same train
(Spotter: Jim O'Brien)

The first paper photographs on display at Tate Britain



RMT plans rail privatisation demos

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Freightliner

Network Rail orders fifth ballast cleaner

Great Western electrification scheme 'one year behind schedule'

East Sussex Coast Re-Signalling Project, including removal of Hampden Park signal box

Debris from damaged bridge delays train on B&H

Chiltern Railways to build a new depot on the site on Banbury loco shed.

Trains to gridlock Spalding over next five Saturdays

Nottingham–Lincoln service improvements from May 2015

Wrexham to Birmingham peak-time service to be retained

Persistent newts put the brake on a Transport Secretary's rail showpiece
Cost of removing newts at Ilkeston station site amounts to £74,120

Ref stops play at South Yorkshire game – to watch steam train go by!

New northern rail franchises 'must scrap Pacers trains'

Northern and TransPennine franchise improvements

Let the train take more of the strain

More commuters, fewer seats for squeezed ScotRail

Holyrood calls for high-speed rail in Scotland

Investigation after railway worker shot with air rifle

Tree damages windscreen on Inverness-Edinburgh train

Plan to upgrade Inverness railway station

Last chance to save rail services say SAYLSA

Job cuts on Translink

Severn Valley Railway hunts founding plaque

Isle of Man Steam Railway stations to lose their staff

SNCF to increase fines for ticket dodgers

Iron Rhine reopening back on the table

Freightliner leases electro diesels for Polish operation

Collision between trains between Zurich and Schaffhausen

Successful first 16,156-mile round trip on world's longest railway

Hitachi wins race for Finmeccanica rail assets

British consortium to support Saudi N-S Railway

California train derails after collision with truck

National Express optimistic about North America growth

Indian railways given $137bn boost in budget

Eddie Redmayne couples up for Thomas the Tank Engine movie

Auschwitz display at model railway centre dubbed 'bizarre' by visitors

Plans for more 24-hour trains are unveiled in London
Expanded all-night tube plans are pre-election stunt, say rail unions

SNP open to more Scottish tram line projects

Poole harbour bridge stuck closed to road traffic

Bus fire in Stirling

Campaign against bus operators ring a bell for many

Queensferry Crossing ‘making drivers slow down’

Gas Street Basin fish rescue delayed by leaking canal dams

Fish removed for repairs to Caen Hill lock gates

Fish delays repairs to Birmingham canal leak

New high speed ferry service proposed from Weymouth

Cowes chain ferry: passenger toll approved

Oil leak from container ship stranded in Highlands

Red Arrows reveal new union jack-inspired design

Newark Air Museum: £500,000 expansion plans approved

Restoring fun to aviation at Belfast International

Win for passengers after flight delay ruling

Prestwick involvement was flight of fancy

Air France flight diverts to UK so pilot can 'rest'

South West Airlines ground uninspected planes

The "Ghost Rider" B-52 rises from the grave to ride again

Intercepted Russian bomber was carrying a nuclear missile over the Channel

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



01/03/15  BBC2 1900-2000
         "The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway"  Story of Crossrail 2/3

01/03/15  Yesterday 2100-2200
         "Timeshift: The Joy of (Train) Sets - the Model Railway Story

01/03/15  Yesterday 2200-2300
         "Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways"

02/03/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Spain (2)

03/03/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Italy (1)

03/03/15  BBC4 2000-2030
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Italy (2)

04/03/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Germany (1)

05/03/15  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "The Classic Car Show"  5/13

06/03/15  ITV 2000-2030
         "Barging Around Britain with John Sergeant"  4/8 Caledonian



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

27/02/15    Great Central Railway: Crompton Bash

27/02/15    Oxford House Industrial History Society (Risca)
           Risca Colliers Institute, Oxford House Adult Ed Centre, Grove Road, Risca, NP11 6GN
           Members' contributions
           1900 for 1915, meetings finish by 2130
           Friends and visitors welcome: admission £2

27/02/15-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Winter Steam Gala

02/03/15    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           The Underhill Centre, St John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
           “Industrial Archaeology in Polar Regions” by Angela & Nigel Smith
           Starts at 1945

02/03/15    Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch)
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           “The Greater Sheffield Area Transport Scene” by Roy Wilson
           Starts at 1930
           For a requested £3 donation on the door, all welcome

04/03/15    The Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley, LE7 7PR
           “Railways Remembered” a film show by Rob Foxon
           Starts 1930

06/03/15    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           AGM and Members' Evening
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           At each meeting we ask for a donation of £2 from non-members and £1 from members
           A free cup of tea or coffee will be available during the interval, and a large
           selection of new and second hand books will be on sale

06/03/15    Oxford House Industrial History Society (Risca)
           Risca Colliers Institute, Oxford House Adult Ed Centre, Grove Road, Risca, NP11 6GN
           "The British Family Car in the 1950s" by David Woodliffe
           1900 for 1915, meetings finish by 2130
           Friends and visitors welcome: admission £2

06/03/15-   North Norfolk Railway: Spring Steam Up

06/03/15-   6880 Betton Grange Society: Steel, Steam & Stars IV at the Llangollen Railway

06/03/15-   North Yorkshire Moors Railway: 50th Anniversary Closure of the Line

07/03/15    Gauge 0 Guild: Spring Show 2015 - Kettering
           Kettering Leisure Village, Thurston Drive, Kettering, NN15 6GN

07/03/15-   Romsey and District Railway Modellers Society Exhibition
08/03/15    Crosfield Hall, Broadwater Road, Romsey, SO51 8GL

07/03/15-   Romsey Signal Box opening
08/03/15    In association with the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Andover-Redbridge line
           Admission free (donations welcome!)
           off Latham Road, Romsey, SO51 7DB
           Parking available at the Nightingale Surgery near the top of Greatwell Drive

07/03/15-   East Lancashire Railway: Spring Diesel Gala

10/03/15    Great Western Society (Bristol Group)
           Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
           "The Unknown Warrior – A Patriot Reborn" by Richard Sant
           1930 for 1945
           There is no admission charge, but a donation of at least £2 is appreciated

10/03/15    North West Film Archive
           The Forum, 28 Duke Street, Barrow, Cumbria, LA14 1HH
           "Furness on Film" films featuring life around Barrow in the past century
           Starts 1930

11/03/15    Swiss Railways Society (London Branch)
           The Model Railway Club, Keen House, 4 Calshot Street, London, N1 9AT
           (Penton Rise stop on bus routes 30, 73, 205 & 476)
           "Narrow Gauge in Northern Switzerland" an illustrated talk by Nick Britton
           Meetings start 19:00, refreshments available
           Non-members very welcome (£3.50 donation requested)

11/03/15    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           "Steam on the Main Line in 2014" by  Karl Jauncey and Dave Richards
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

12/03/15    Monmouthshire Railway Society
           Lecture Theatre A10, City Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP
           "Out and About - Looking Back" by Hugh Gould
           Starts at 1900 prompt, admission for non-members is £3 and for members, £2

13/03/15    Oxford House Industrial History Society (Risca)
           Risca Colliers Institute, Oxford House Adult Ed Centre, Grove Road, Risca, NP11 6GN
           Members' contributions
           1900 for 1915, meetings finish by 2130
           Friends and visitors welcome: admission £2

13/03/15-   6880 Betton Grange Society: Steel, Steam & Stars IV at the Llangollen Railway

14/03/15-   The Midlands Garden Rail Show
15/03/15    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Nr Leamington Spa, CV31 1 XN

15/03/15    Rocks by Rail: Remembering Stanton Ironworks
           Ashwell Road, Cottesmore,  Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7BX

Cheers, Howard.
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