Subject: Raildate 1st May 2015
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 01/05/2015, 16:14
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The Railway Infrastructure of Scotland
by Brian J. Dickson

This book is a compendium of the building styles that could be seen throughout the Scottish railway network.  It does not cover the large city centre stations of Edinburgh and Glasgow, but shows the wide variety of construction methods used across the country.  For example, the beautifully constructed masonry building of the Highland Railway’s Moy station contrasts with the well-balanced wooden stations at Cullen and Portsoy on the ex-GNoSR.  Similarly, eccentric examples such as the “Swiss Chalet” style of the West Highland Railway can be seen alongside the lavish Caledonian stations at Stirling and Wemyss Bay.

Included throughout are examples of the signal boxes constructed by the five pre-grouping companies.  The illustrations range from the smallest wooden examples, such as Lairg, to the large elevated example at Dyce.  More ornate signal boxes were constructed by the Caley, whose “house style” could be seen in the smallest and largest examples from that company.  Also covered are examples of locomotive depots, which varied greatly in style from the neat, one-road wooden shed at Dornoch, to the impressive stone-built examples at Ayr, Aviemore and Kyle of Lochalsh.

For railway modellers this book offers a wealth of previously unpublished material showing the detail and ephemera required by them to enhance or even inspire a model layout, but the book will appeal to anyone with an interest in railway architecture, and that of Scotland in particular.

Softback: 120 pages with over 226 photographs
273 x 215mm
ISBN: 978-1-905505-37-1
£16.95 post free from the publisher, Kestrel Railway Books


Five of the best mini European rail adventures

The Hemyock Branch
18000 on test - the video
High speed coupling!
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

How Marylebone was nearly closed
Wildlife havens on abandoned railway lines
Great Cockrow Railway signalling
New Albula Tunnel construction webcam
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

The ghost trains haunting Britain’s rail network
How Britain went from a nation that pioneered railways to having a system that is £33 billion in debt
'I lost both my legs under a train - then the rail company sued me!'
The Southern Railway USA class
The Bulleid Q1 Class
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

NYMR Pickering railway station

The people who race mobility scooters



May Day weekend: Network Rail warns ‘check before you travel’

Changing the signals on Britain's railways

Government 'played down' railfreight benefits

Ironbridge exhibition revisits 'Victorian HS2'

Clapham Junction and Victoria train services resume

RAIB report into derailment at Paddington May 2014

DOO Incident at West Wickham

Green Park railway station approved for Reading

Oxford Parkway station and Marylebone service to open 26 October

Birmingham New Street station: 31 escalators need repairs

Loughborough congestion fears over railway bridge work

RAIB report on freight train derailment at Ashburys

It’s slow speed ahead for Borders rail commuters

Borders Railway could yet be a success

Play marks centenary of Quintinshill rail disaster

CGI of new electric trains between London and Swansea

Eurotunnel sets shuttle record

Avignon–Carpentras line reopens

Milan unveiling for Europe’s fastest train

Rotterdam station closed to all but travel card holders

Dutch railway group NS suspends two over Limburg concession leak

Denmark approves Fehmarn Belt fixed link construction

Freight Train derailment near Lausanne

Mixed gauge derailment at Landquart in Switzerland

New multiple units ordered for Tobu Railway (Japan)

Engine rams railway platform

Tears as Our Boys Train from Canberra Railway Museum proves too real

TfL boss apologises for expletive-ridden description of commuter train services

TfL to adopt SENTINEL system for on track staff

DLR strike ballot

Proposals sought for London Underground ghost station

First test train on Amsterdam North-South Line

RAIB report into tram derailment at Mitcham December

Ministerial support for bus crews in Eire

Irish bus strike

Cunard 175th anniversary exhibition in Southampton

Mayflower cruise ship terminal reopens after £6m revamp

Spanish ferry evacuated after fire

Dornier purchase to help Alderney, says Guernsey minister

Two Jetstar A320s grounded after foam incident

American Airlines planes grounded by iPad app error

Turkish A320 sustained wing and engine damage during go-around

MH17 search mission ends, more coffins to be flown home

Avro Shackleton WR963 - Return to Flight

East Pit resort plan 'approved' but ministers could override decision

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



03/05/15  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "For the Love of Cars"  3/8 Peugeot 205

04/05/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Britain's Best Drives"  The Lake District

04/05/15  ITV 2255-2355
         "Slow Train through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones"  3/5

05/05/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Britain's Best Drives"  The North Yorkshire Moors

05/05/15  BBC4 2000-2200
         "All Aboard! The Canal Trip"  A trip along the Kennet & Avon

06/05/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Britain's Best Drives"  North Wales

07/05/15  BBC4 2335-0035
         "Caravans: A British Love Affair"

08/05/15  ITV 2100-2200
         "Slow Train through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones"  5/5



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

01/05/15    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           "Go Great Western – Just the Ticket from Paddington" with Michael Wyatt
           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

01/05/15    Oxford House Industrial History Society (Risca)
           Risca Colliers Institute, Oxford House Adult Ed Centre, Grove Road, Risca, NP11 6GN
           1900 for 1915, meetings finish by 2130
           Friends and visitors welcome: admission £2

01/05/15-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Spring Steam Gala

01/05/15-   Ffestiniog Railway: 150 Years Of Passenger Trains

02/05/15-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: IoW Real Ale Festival

02/05/15-   Didcot Railway Centre: Steam Gala Celebrating the Closure of Didcot Shed

02/05/15-   Great Central Railway: Bank Holiday Special

02/05/15-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Rocks and Rails Weekend

02/05/15-   Midland Railway, Butterley: Vintage Train Weekend

03/05/15    Twyford Waterworks, Hants: Spring Rally

03/05/15-   Friends of King Alfred Buses Running Days

03/05/15-   Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Steam Gala & Model Railway Exhibition

04/05/15    Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch)
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           “Doug Copley’s Lineside Images” and “The David Odd Collection”
           Starts at 1930
           For a requested £3 donation on the door, all welcome

05/05/15    Worcester Locomotive Society/SLS Midlands Area
           Barbourne Ex-Serviceman's Club, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED
           "Pre-nationalization Locomotives in Colour" by Bob Bemand
           (Note: change of subject)
           Starts at 2000

07/05/15    Swanage Railway: Diesel Gala & Dorset Beer Festival Preview Day

07/05/15    The Palace Theatre, Appleton gate, Newark, NG24 1JY
           “Railways Remembered - Railways in Wartime” a film show by Rob Foxon
           Starts 1930

08/05/15-   Swanage Railway: Diesel Gala & Dorset Beer Festival

09/05/15    Stephenson Locomotive Society, Kidderminster Branch
           Kidderminster Railway Museum, Kidderminster, DY10 1QX
           "Pre-Nationalisation Locomotives in colour - a selection of slides"
           by Bob Bemand, SLS Chairman
           Starts 1400

09/05/15-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: VE Jubilee Celebration

09/05/15-   Llangollen Railway: Teddy Bear's Picnic

11/05/15    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           The Underhill Centre, St John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
           “Forgotten Wrecks of WW1” by Stephen Fisher
           Starts at 1945

12/05/15    Great Western Society (Bristol Group)
           Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
           "The 4709 Project" by Richard Croucher
           1930 for 1945
           There is no admission charge, but a donation of at least £2 is appreciated

13/05/15    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)
           "Swiss Classic Trains" – an illustrated talk by Paul Hagger
           Meetings start 1900, refreshments available
           Non-members very welcome - £3.50 donation requested

13/05/15    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           "The Waverley Route" by Ken Falconer
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

14/05/15    Monmouthshire Railway Society
           Lecture Theatre A10, City Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP
           "Brunel in South Wales, Part 1" by Steve Jones
           Starts at 1900 prompt, admission for non-members is £3 and for members, £2

16/05/15    Leighton Buzzard Railway: Beer Festival

16/05/15    Great Central Railway: Real Ale on the Move!

16/05/15    Llangollen Railway: Steam & Jazz Train

16/05/15-   Gloucester Warwickshire Railway: Steam & Real Ale Weekend

16/05/15-   Great Central Railway: Classic & Vintage Vehicle Festival

16/05/15-   Peak Rail: Spring Shunter Gala

17/05/15    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: IoW Festival of Transport

17/05/15    Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum: Spring Running Day

17/05/15    Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Watercress Festival

Cheers, Howard.
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