Subject: Raildate 18th September 2015
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 18/09/2015, 17:24
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Bodmin steam in the late summer sun

Steam on the Met
(Spotter: Howard Benson)

First Great Western – Building a Greater West
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

UK loco hauled services
Abellio Greater Anglia station usage
Myths about steel rails
BLS Level crossing upgrade programme
History of the Lotschberg "classic" route
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Next year is the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Somerset & Dorset Railway
(Spotter: Railwest)

Cunning funicular railway saves rails and digging
North Norfolk Railway, Grand Steam Gala 2015, 4th September
Nene Valley Railway, 5th September
Llangollen Railway, 'Along Branch Lines' Autumn Steam Gala, 12th September
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

A selection of new Nottingham tram videos from Martin Miller

Working on the railway in 1939
Propliners at Greybull by Rick Patton
An Austrian odyssey by Fred Barnes
B-25 Mitchell engine start, take off and fly past
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Pier and boat store on top 10 at-risk buildings



New life for old trains

British university designs robust point mechanism

TfL produces a geographically accurate tube and rail map but doesn't tell anyone about it

£1bn loan to support London rail projects

Euston station HS2 plans 'should be scrapped'
HS2 Birmingham to London route criticised in House of Lords

Govia Thameslink King's Cross rail crash: Five hurt

Eastleigh train derailment: Services return to normal

Upgrading Dean and Dean Hill level crossings

Second phase of East West Rail scheme announced (using APTs?)

South West Trains announce direct London Waterloo service from Frome

Train evacuated at Dawlish after big wave wipes out power

DfT demands 'Norwich in 90' from next Anglia operator

Network Rail drops Ely to Soham freight capacity project

Pendolino unit named after Stephen Sutton

Video: Birmingham New Street redevelopment
New Street: New Start - a fly-through of the New Street station

East Midlands Trains agree new rail contract and £13m investment

Sheffield MP calls for work date to be set over delayed railway works

Transport Minister opens Wakefield Kirkgate station

Battle to save historic rail line that heralded the age of science
'I'm not trying to stall it - I'm trying to stop it', says engineer

Bespoke barriers for level crossing in Redcar

Aerial footage of Borders Railway as Queen opens it

ScotRail promise to make "Tweeks" to new Borders service
Borders Railway: Extra carriage bid to tackle overcrowding

ScotRail to hire 100 new train drivers

Edinburgh Waverley named worst station in Britain for anti-social behaviour, and Glasgow Central is second

Commuters hit out at ticket queues at Glasgow Central

Project examines feasibility of railing windblown timber from Flow Country

Fundraising for Swanage Railway mogul locos

Flying Scotsman tour programme early 2016
Flying Scotsman to work on East Lancs Railway in January 2016
Flying Scotsman to visit North Yorkshire Moors Railway in March 2016

Man found on Eurotunnel train roof dies

Work begins on reopening of French-Swiss link

Stadler EMUs ordered for Dutch-German services

German clockface timetable study completed

Bus versus train in Hamburg

Major bottleneck removed on European freight corridor

Vatican launches train service to visit Pope's summer palace

British tourists killed as India train derails

Railway thief derailed

China firms in US high-speed rail deal

Go-ahead for Basle cross-border tram extension

Pianist plays on Brussels subway train

Addis Ababa Light Rail to commence North-South Service on Sunday

Model maker Hornby on track despite lower first-half sales

Jaguar car performs record-breaking loop

Weymouth ferry terminal to be kept open for Cherbourg crossing plans

Battle of Britain: Historic flypast for 75th anniversary

Spitfire helping out Vulcan Bomber during Nose Wheel Emergency

Spitfire replica crashes at Australian airshow

Channel Island airshows

Jet2 aircraft lands safely after engine fire

NTSB detects signs of uncontained engine failure from BA 777 fire

History made as first ever plane lands at St Helena

Aeroscraft shows off its giant airship

Philippine Mars back on the water

Pembrokeshire beach oil slick 'caused by WW2 bombing'

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



19/09/15  BBC2 1700-1800
         "The World's Busiest Railway"  4/4  India

19/09/15  BBC4 1900-2000
         "India's Frontier Railways"  3/3  The Samjhauta Express"

19/09/15  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Timeshaft: The Golden Age of Tram - a Streetcar Named Desire"

19/09/15  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Timeshaft: The Golden Age of Tram - a Streetcar Named Desire"

20/09/15  Channel 4 1900-2000
         "The Crossrail Discovery: London's Lost Graveyard"

21/09/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Spain & Portugal (1)

21/09/15  BBC4 2300-0000
         "Brick by Brick: Rebuilding Our Past"  Coal-fired fish & chip shop

22/09/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Spain & Portugal (2)

22/09/15  BBC4 2000-2030
         "Canals: the Making of a Nation"  4/6  The Workers

23/09/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  South-east France (1)

23/09/15  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Brick by Brick: Rebuilding Our Past"  A Welsh quayside building

23/09/15  BBC4 2100-2200
         "Timeshift: The Engine that Changed the World"  The Diesel engine

24/09/15  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "Underground Britain"  4/6

24/09/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  South-east France (2)



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

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

17/09/15-   Great Central Railway: Beer Festival

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-   Great Central Railway: Pumps & Pistons Weekend

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

19/09/15-   Rudyard Lake Steam Railway: Last Ever Steam Gala

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

21/09/15    Eastleigh and District Local History Society
           Age Concern Hall, Romsey Road Eastleigh
           Starts 1830
           "The Itchen Navigation" by Chris Humby
           All welcome, free entry

21/09/15    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "1000 Eggs on a Bicycle" by Colin Boocock
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

21/09/15    Friends of the Cromford Canal: Laser Scanning of Buildings and Structures
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           A talk by Andy Beardsley focussing on Ironville Lock 4
           Starts 1930

24/09/15    Barry and Penarth Railway Society
           Penarth Conservative Club, 15 Stanwell Road, Penarth, South Glamorgan, CF64 2EZ
           "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe - roaming the Wild West" by Jeff Morgan
           Starts 1930

25/09/15    Great Central Railway: Class 45 Mileage Day

25/09/15-   Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Music & Real Ale Festival (Brake Van)

25/09/15-   Talyllyn Railway: Heritage Weekend

25/09/15-   Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre: Ticket to Ride
27/09/15    Steam gala dedicated to the history of the MR, the LMS and Barrow Hill

25/09/15-   North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

25/09/15-   South Tynedale Railway: Sixties Saddletanks Gala

26/09/15    Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Autumn Diesel Gala

26/09/15    Cleveland Model Railway Club Open Day
           The B-Hive, Allum Way, Skelton Industrial Estate, Skelton, Saltburn, Cleveland, TS12 2LQ

26/09/15-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Wine Festival

26/09/15-   Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

26/09/15-   Foxfield Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

26/09/15-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Multiple Memories Weekend

26/09/15-   Midland Railway, Butterley: Teddy Bear Weekend

26/09/15-   LMS Carriage Association: Rails @ Rowsley
27/09/15    1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

26/09/15-   East Lancashire Railway: Autumn Diesel Gala

26/09/15-   Vale of Rheidol Railway: Steam Festival Weekend

27/09/15    Kempton Steam Museum: Classic Car & Bike Show

27/09/15    Leighton Buzzard Railway: Sand & Motorcycles

01/10/15    First Romsey Film Festival
           Romsey Town Hall, Market Place, Romsey, SO51 8YZ
           A special showing of the classic British comedy "Oh Mr Porter", starring Will Hay
           sponsored by the Friends of Romsey Signal Box
           The main feature will be supported by several classic shorts, including "London
           to Brighton in 4 minutes", as well as the premier of a new documentary about the
           "Sprat & Winkle Line" (particularly Romsey to Andover), with commentary by
           Friends of Romsey Signal Box President, Dick Hewett
           Starts 1400
           Tickets: £6.00 available at
           Or through the Romsey Heritage & Visitor Centre on 01794 512987

01/10/15-   Severn Valley Railway: Diesel Enthusiasts Gala

01/10/15-   West Somerset Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

01/10/15-   Great Central Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

02/10/15    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           "American Wanderings – Heading West" by society chairman, Gordon Davies
           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

03/10/15-   Midland Railway, Butterley: Teddy Bear Weekend

03/10/15-   Leawood Pumping Engine Steaming Days

04/10/15    Twyford Waterworks, Hants: Autumn Rally

04/10/15    Romsey Signal Box open day
           Adult: £2.50 (£3.00 if gift-aided), Child: free
           Limited parking - see website for details
           Brick Lane, Romsey - use sat-nav SO51 8LGB

04/10/15    Oxford Bus Museum: Bus & Classic Vehicle Rally

04/10/15    Foxfield Railway: Heritage Train Day

04/10/15    Middleton Top Engine Static Exhibit Day

Cheers, Howard.
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