Subject: Raildate 4th September 2015
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 04/09/2015, 16:13
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Beckton’s Railways and Locomotives by Dave Marden

Those who lived in the era when town gas was produced in local gasworks will remember them as devilishly grim and grimy places, covered in a film of coal dust and emitting pungent odours. But, to enthusiasts of industrial railways, they were sheer heaven.  Many had their own private lines for transporting coal for the process of extracting gas from it, and some had both standard- and narrow-gauge systems.  In general, gasworks ceased production in the mid- to late-1960s, when natural gas from the North Sea began to be pumped ashore and distributed around the national network.

There can be few railway enthusiasts who have not heard of Beckton gasworks, as it was the biggest in Europe with a huge internal railway operated by numerous and distinctive cut-down locomotives running throughout both the gasworks and the adjacent products factory.  Beckton’s railways lasted for a century, during which time around a hundred locomotives came and went, working ceaselessly around the clock to provide heat and energy for London.

Beckton’s railway system and its locomotives are all covered in the book, as are details of the neighbouring outfall and sewage works that had its own railway, and saw a host of contractor’s engines that were engaged there over the years.  Beckton’s Railways and Locomotives gives a marvellous insight to this fascinating aspect of London’s industrial past.

Uniform with London’s Dock Railways Part 1 and London’s Dock Railways Part 2

Softback: 136 pages with 160 photographs and maps
ISBN: 978-1-905505-38-8
£17.95 post free from the publisher
Kestrel Railway Books


Weird workplaces: Working on a refurbished Tube train

Train travel is steaming back into its romantic past
Track to the future
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

The Severn Valley Railway 1940s Weekends - 2015
'An Afternoon Around Highley', 29th August 2015
A Visit to Dartmouth Railway 17th August 2015
The Gulflander Normanton North Queensland
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

New videos of Nottingham Trams from Martin Miller
Toton Lane
Toton Lane Low Down

Pictures from Thunder in the Glens

Philippine bomber in WWII colours
P-51 Mustang Precious Metal high-power engine run, 28th August
Ghosts of shipwrecked sailors haunt Westcountry coast
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

The Yorkshire Moors as seen from the cockpit of the last remaining Vulcan

20th-Century Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Power Generation - free download from Historic England



End of the line for Elizabeth!

'Momentous occasion' as Intercity Express factory opens

RMT warns of more Great Western industrial action
First Great Western bank holiday strike: Busy trains and cancellations

Engineering restrictions may be eased by new Network Rail units

Petition launched to restore Peak rail line

Merseytravel puts forward proposal for new trains

Liverpool city centre set for new railway station

First Hull Trains to buy new bi-mode trains

Borders Railway complete

What is the best way to mark the new Borders Railway?

Borders Railway Prospectus

Giant chocolate train made to mark Borders Railway opening

New £1.5m scheme to rejuvenate ScotRail stations

ScotRail reveals new-look trains with better seats and power sockets

Scottish boost for High Speed Rail

Sleeper train drivers perfect smoother driving

The Railway Atlas of Scotland - Two Hundred Years of History in Maps

Fundraising bid to move historic Griffithstown railway station

London Underground completes Victoria line upgrade

Tornado goes down a storm at Nene Valley Railway

New Whitby platform to capitalise on railway success

Train buffs call for enthusiast to buy £425,000 house so they can run steam train through garden

Launceston Steam Railway robbed at knifepoint

Fresh migrant breakthroughs affect Channel Tunnel

What is the world's least-busy railway?

Journo 'tests' French rail security with fake gun

Security to be beefed up at Dutch stations, on international trains

Swiss resort launches special train for Chinese tourists due to 'cultural differences'

Nottingham tram extension: New tramline 'would cost £168m'

Two passengers trapped as bus hits tree in east London

Salon Privé luxury car event opens doors to general public

Pembrokeshire toll bridge to be reviewed after complaint

Isle of Wight ferries: Scoot begins regular island service

UK must learn from Shoreham disaster
'No abnormalities' with Shoreham jet, interim report finds

MH370: Reunion wing debris 'certainly' from missing flight

Eclipse UK distributor extends Harrods special edition offer

Jet2 orders 27 737-800s

Lockheed Skunk Works designing next-gen U-2 spy plane

Historic World War II-era plane set to fly again

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth



05/09/15  Channel 4 1900-2000
         "Great Canal Journeys"  4/4  Canal du Nivernais

05/09/15  BBC4 1900-2000
         "India's Frontier Railways"  1/3  The Maitree Express

06/09/15  BBC2 1900-2000
         "The World's Busiest Railway"  2/4  India

07/09/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Russia (1)

07/09/15  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Scotland's Home Movies: Memories on Film"

08/09/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Russia (2)

08/09/15  BBC4 2000-2030
         "Canals: the Making of a Nation"  2/6  Geology

08/09/15  BBC4 2350-0050
         "Grand Prix: the Killer Years"

09/09/15  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "Super Skyscrapers: Shanghai Tower"

09/09/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Rome to Sicily (1)

09/09/15  BBC4 2000-2100
         "A303: Highway to the Sun"

09/09/15  BBC4 2100-2200
         "Timeshift: A Very British Map - the Ordnance Survey Story"

09/09/15  BBC4 2200-2300
         "India's Frontier Railways"  2/3  The last train in Nepal

10/09/15  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "Underground Britain"  5/6



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

04/09/15    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           "B&W Steam South of the Border" by David Kelso
           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

04/09/15-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Autumn Steam Gala & Real Ale Festival

04/09/15-   North Norfolk Railway: Summer Steam Spectacular

04/09/15-   Great Central Railway: Diesel Gala

05/09/15    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Sunset Specials & Carvery Night

05/09/15    Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway: Day Out with Thomas

05/09/15    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Tunes & Chips Evening Land Cruise (booking essential)

05/09/15-   Lynton & Barnstable Railway: Half for the Hospice

05/09/15-   Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Model Weekend (Brake Van Rides)

05/09/15-   Foxfield Railway: Iron Curtain Vehicle Rally

05/09/15-   Churnet Valley Railway: 1940s Weekend

05/09/15-   Gauge 0 Guild: Guildex Exhibition 2015 - Telford
06/09/15    International Centre, St Quentin Gate, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 4JH
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)

06/09/15    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Morris Minor Rally

06/09/15    Twyford Waterworks, Hants: Open Day & Vintage Vehicles

06/09/15    Romsey Signal Box: Grand Reopening
           Adult: £2.50 (£3.00 if gift-aided), Child: free
           Limited parking - see website for details
           Brick Lane, Romsey - use sat-nav SO51 8LGB

07/09/15    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           The Underhill Centre, St John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
           Members' Evening
           Starts at 1945

07/09/15    Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch)
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           “A Grinder to Town (slideshow)” by Martin Bromley
           Starts at 1930
           For a requested £3 donation on the door, all welcome

08/09/15    Great Western Society Bristol Group
           Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
           "The 2015 PTG Tour of New Zealand" by Dave Winter
           1930 for 1945
           There is no admission charge, but a donation of at least £2 is appreciated

09/09/15    RCTS South Wales
           Radyr Methodist Hall, Windsor Road, Radyr, CF15 8BP
           "Pot Pourri - over 6 Decades on Gauges Great and Small" by David Walker
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

11/09/15    Barrow Hill Roundhouse: Rick Wakeman & the English Rock Ensemble

11/09/15-   Swanage Railway: Transport Rally

11/09/15-   Llangollen Railway: Along Branch Lines & Real Ale Train

11/09/15-   Welsh Highland Great & Small II

12/09/15    Oxford Bus Museum: Oxford Open Doors - free bus rides around city

12/09/15    Barrow Hill Roundhouse: Paul Carrack

12/09/15-   Romsey Signal Box: Heritage Open Days
13/09/15    Adult: £2.50 (£3.00 if gift-aided), Child: free
           Limited parking - see website for details
           Brick Lane, Romsey - use sat-nav SO51 8LGB

12/09/15-   Leighton Buzzard Railway: Steam-up Weekend

12/09/15-   International N Gauge Show
13/09/15    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Near Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN

12/09/15-   Great Central Railway: Sci-Fi Weekend

12/09/15-   Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity Open Doors Day
13/09/15    The Old Bus Depot, Portland Road, Hucknall, Notts, NG15 7SF
           1000-1600 both days

12/09/15-   Peak Rail: Autumn Shunter Hunter Gala

12/09/15-   Kirklees Light Railway: Annual Steam & Diesel Gala

13/09/15    Gloucester Warwickshire Railway: Classic Vehicle Day

13/09/15    Llangollen Railway: Along Branch Lines

13/09/15    Great Central Railway - Nottingham: Sulzer Running Day

15/09/15    Battle of Britain Flypast Day
           An estimated 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes and Blenheims will fly from Goodwood Aerodrome

17/09/15    Monmouthshire Railway Society
           Lecture Theatre A10, City Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP
           AGM followed by video films with B Foster
           Starts at 1900 prompt, admission for non-members is £3 and for members, £2

17/09/15-   Severn Valley Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

19/09/15-   Kempton Steam Museum: Open House London (free entrance, engine not in steam)

19/09/15-   Epping Ongar Railway: Autumn Diesel Gala

19/09/15-   Gloucester Warwickshire Railway: Day Out With Thomas

19/09/15-   Midland Railway, Butterley: Diesel & Steam Weekend

19/09/15-   Penrhyn Quarry Railway 1965 Event

19/09/15-   North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Sir Nigel Gresley 60007 Farewell Weekend

20/09/15    Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway: Small Engines Gala

20/09/15    Foxfield Railway: Heritage Train Day

Cheers, Howard.
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