Subject: Raildate 13th March 2015
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 13/03/2015, 16:49
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BR Parcels and Passenger-Rated Stock Volume 2: Horse Boxes, Special Cattle Vans and Vehicles for Fish, Fruit & Milk Traffic
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 now we see the second of two volumes covering parcels and passenger-rated stock.

This volume looks at the various livestock vehicles, such as the horse boxes and special cattle vans, and perishable-traffic vehicles for fish, fruit and milk.  It also looks at how this traffic was carried, whether by parcels train, block trains of one commodity or a single vehicle attached to a passenger train.

Softback: 96 pages with 181 photographs
273 x 215mm
Price: £15.00


Snibston Colliery Railway - the standard gauge line expects to operate public rides on 31st March; 2nd, 6th, 9th April; 4th, 26th, 28th May; and 16th, 23rd, 28th, 30th July before closure of Snibston Discovery Centre with effect from 1st August 2015.  Before travelling, visitors are advised phone to check.
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway: Winter Steam Gala 27th February
North Norfolk Railway: Steam Gala 8th March
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Matheran Light Railway photographs

Signalling diagrams
NYMR 7th March
Pinzgauer Bahn Photocharter (Near Zell am See in Austria)
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Aerial views of burning passenger liner Antilles aground on a Caribbean reef in 1971
B-17 “Champaign Lady” restoration - video update
Drone films snowy Russian airplane museum
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

What do you do with an old ocean liner?



Patrick McLoughlin: paper tickets will be phased out by 2020

Interview: Leave Britain's railways alone, Branson tells Labour

ROC and Role

More rolling stock needed as passenger growth rises again

HS2: Heathrow spur plans dropped by transport minister

Coming down the tracks: chaos for railway passengers

First new high-speed train arrives in Southampton
InterCity 125 v Hitachi: What are the UK's new trains like?

Crossrail enters final leg of mammoth tunnelling programme

Bedlam Cemetery being removed to build Crossrail Liverpool St ticket hall

Kemps Farm footpath(near Balcombe) crossing replaced by footbridge

RAIB report into HST hitting demolished bridge parapet on Berks & Hants

Virgin East Coast – The song remains the same

Portishead railway station location chosen

Police called to remove sheep from Tarka line

Fresh collapse fears for Dawlish railway sea wall

Bicester Town station rebranded as Bicester Village

Chiltern rail line reopens after 350,000 tonne landslip

Ilkeston Station rebuilt 50 years after Beeching cuts

Derby's Garrandale Group secures £15m Bombardier contracts

Train service hopes to compete with budget airlines

Bigger role for conductors at Northern

First class 319 duties operated between Liverpool and Manchester

Fare dodger who forged his own fake first class train tickets at home using a computer

First proposes London-Edinburgh open-access

New Glasgow ScotRail trains design unveiled

Scottish force to police railways

ScotRail staff to wear body cameras in crackdown

Borders Railway to aid tourism

Huge demand to see Railway Man’s photos

Three-year north-south 'Y Gerallt Cymro' express train deal

Plans to reopen Wales’ longest tunnel receive major boost

Translink: No buses or trains on Friday because of strike

Somerset councillor David Huxtable censured over conduct in railway bid process

4472 overhaul NRM latest briefing

Dutch train services are worse so far this year

Railways Ministry approves Rs2400Cr FDI in Bihar locomotive projects

Railway museum fire engulfs carriage

Oil Train derailment in Northern Ontario

Underground Strike over drugs and alcohol testing

Woman 'dragged' under Tube train at Clapham South station
Union 'warned of Tube crowding before woman fell under train'

French rail strike to hit RER B and local trains

Four platforms at Manchester Airport

Anger at ‘Comatose’ Trams inquiry over delays

Paris prankster rides Vélib on Metro rails

Avenio tram arrives in Munich

Shed model railway could be a record breaker

Bus company closed by insurance increase

Western Greyhound buses cease trading

Possible staff and service cuts at Bus Eireann

One Weird Soviet Car

Middlesbrough Transporter bridge to reopen

Caledonian canal closed due to flood damage (not an April Fool!)

On board the world's biggest ship
MSC Oscar calls at Felixstowe

New  P&O Cruise ship Britannia
Britannia named by HM Queen

Ship grounded near Corpach

Titanic Quarter plans to open Belfast exhibition centre

Solar Impulse plane begins epic global flight

Small plane skids off Blackpool Airport runway

BA to retrofit newer A320s with sharklet wing-tips

Airbus unveils first higher-weight A330-300

Qantas’s first 747-400 makes final flight

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



15/03/15  BBC4 1940-1945
         "London to Brighton in Four Minutes: Side by Side"

15/03/15  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Great Canal Journeys"  The Oxford Canal

15/03/15  Yesterday 2100-2200
         "Great Railway Journeys"  Double-bill

15/03/15  Yesterday 2200-2300
         "The Flying Scotsman: a Rail Romance"

16/03/15  BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
         "Voices from Our Industrial Past: Women"

16/03/15  BBC1 South 1930-2000
         "Inside Out"  Features the Brighton Belle

16/03/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Bohemia and Bavaria (1)

16/03/15  BBC4 2000-2100
         "India's Frontier Railways"  1/3  The Maitree Express

17/03/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Bohemia and Bavaria (2)

17/03/15  BBC4 2100-2200
         "The Lady Who Flew Africa: the Aviatrix"

18/03/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Russia (1)

19/03/15  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "The Classic Car Show"  7/13

19/03/15  ITV 2030-2100
         "Double Decker Driving School"  Learning to drive a London bus 1/6

19/03/15  BBC4 2100-2200
         "India's Frontier Railways"  2/3  The Last Train in Nepal

20/03/15  ITV 2000-2030
         "Barging Around Britain with John Sergeant"  6/8 Kennet & Avon



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

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

16/03/15    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "Hants, Wilts and Dorset - Railways and Buses, 1965-1969" by GP Warren
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

16/03/15    Friends of the Cromford Canal: Stanton Gone but Not Forgotten
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           Stephen Flinders offers an illustrated talk on the history of Stanton Ironworks
           Starts 1930

17/03/15    RCTS Cheltenham
           Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham GL50 2SY
           "The Oakwood Story" by Andrew Kennedy
           Starts at 1930
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £3.50 is requested

19/03/15    Rolls Royce Pavilion, Moor Lane, Derby, DE24 9HY
           “Railways Remembered” a film show by Rob Foxon
           Starts 1930

20/03/15    Oxford House Industrial History Society (Risca)
           Risca Colliers Institute, Oxford House Adult Ed Centre, Grove Road, Risca, NP11 6GN
           "Developing the Past: Llancaiach Fawr" by Diane Walker
           1900 for 1915, meetings finish by 2130
           Friends and visitors welcome: admission £2

20/03/15-   Severn Valley Railway: Spring Steam Gala

21/03/15-   Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Diesel Gala

21/03/15-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Mixed Traction Weekend

23/03/15    Corn Market Hall, London Road, Kettering, NN15 7QA
           “Railways Remembered” a film show by Rob Foxon
           Starts 1930

26/03/15    Barry and Penarth Railway Society
           Penarth Conservative Club, 15 Stanwell Road, Penarth, South Glamorgan, CF64 2EZ
           "Steam Behind the Iron Curtain" by Derek Robinson
           Starts 1930

26/03/15-   West Somerset Railway: Spring Steam Gala - Steam in South Wales

27/03/15    Oxford House Industrial History Society (Risca)
           Risca Colliers Institute, Oxford House Adult Ed Centre, Grove Road, Risca, NP11 6GN
           "Panama Canal: History, Present and Future" by Geoff Williams
           1900 for 1915, meetings finish by 2130
           Friends and visitors welcome: admission £2

28/03/15-   London Festival of Railway Modelling
29/03/15    Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY

28/03/15-   Great Central Railway: Diesel Gala

Cheers, Howard.
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