Subject: Raildate 16th October 2015
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 16/10/2015, 16:16
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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I'm always glad to hear when Raildate is forwarded to other enthusiasts - the more, the better! As stated at the end of every edition, all I ask is that no changes whatsoever are made to the original distributed by me.  In a couple of instances recently, however, it seems that this request has not been heeded - indeed, in both cases, the part removed was the very part that includes my request!

I get nothing from this - you get it for free, and you can redistribute it for free.  Given the effort I've put into Raildate every week for the best part of 30 years, I don't think my request is unreasonable, so I remain grateful for your co-operation.  Thank you...


Goodbye To Steam - Railway Modernisation (1958)
Alfred Charles Harry Smith ("A.C.H") talks about railways
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

What's it like to answer angry tweets about trains?
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

Association of American private coach owners & operators
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

HST Charity special to the South Devon Railway and the Heathfield Branch, 10th October
SLJ900/32 Bridge Girder Erection Mega Machine
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Foxfield Railway Autumn Gala 2015
Chugging along the Churnet valley
Train line runs through the ground of a Slovakian amateur team
(Spotter: Howard Benson)

The joy of the big railway station revamp
Summit tunnel fire - Granada Reports for 20th December 1984
The pilots who risk their lives flying tiny planes over the Atlantic
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Inside the Vulcan bomber's cockpit



Network Rail crisis to come under spotlight

Southern train divided at Battersea Park

Level crossing upgrade hits deadlock

Thameslink Three Bridges depot opens its doors

Proposed footbridge to replace Chandlers Ford footpath crossing

Oxford half marathon delayed by railway engineering works

Car on railway track at Lea Green - driver charged with drink-driving

A bright new Manchester Victoria station

Ordsall Chord: Rail link plans backed by High Court despite protest

Glasgow Crossrail: Will the ‘missing link’ be built?

Two men sought after train hits a truck near Uphall in West Lothian

Work begins at new Dundee railway station concourse

Newburgh station campaign

Rail lines may miss out on electrification, warn Lib Dems

Duke of Gloucester leaves Crewe for overhaul at Tyseley

Progress on Flying Scotsman

Ffestiniog Railway marks 150 years since first passengers

Eurostar's new bike storage policy attracts criticism

SNCF to show 'humanity' to ticketless refugees

NS staff to experiment with bodycams

SBB to start work on new tunnel

Cable theft near Barcelona

Cummins-engined locos exported by USA to Gabon

Swing nose diamond installed at Vancouver WA.

Amtrak derailment in Vermont after hitting rock slide

First train across refurbished bridge over Petaluma river (originally Petaluma & Haystack RR)

Settlement reached for Lac Meganic oil train explosion

Turning abandoned Paris Metro stations into swimming pools and more

Catenary-free trams for Nice

Water Cannon unit on New Jersey Transit ( 10 years after the UK)

Inside the Pyongyang underground system

Lego model of St Pancras comes to Nottinghamshire gallery

Waterfront Museum criticised for 'mere glimpses' of history

Rise in number of cruise ships visiting Guernsey

Hawker Hurricane suffers landing accident at Paine Field

Vulcan flypast at Woodford

SIA A330 suffers nose landing gear collapse at Changi

MH17 Ukraine disaster: Dutch Safety Board blames missile
Flight MH17: Russia and its changing story
Buk manufacturer blasts Il-86 to support MH17 claims

Tristar A300 crashes near Mogadishu

Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo approaching maiden flight

Dreamland Margate Scenic Railway reopens

What is the outlook for Britain's steel industry?

Spotters: Howard Benson, Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth



17/10/15  BBC2 1930-2030
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  1/6 Sofia to Istanbul

18/10/15  BBC4 1900-2000
         "The Bridges that Built London with Dan Cruickshank"

18/10/15  BBC2 2100-2200
         "Britain's Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAF"  2/4

19/10/15  BBC2 2315-0015
         "Britain's Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAF"  2/4

20/10/15  BBC4 1930-2100
         "Building Cars Live"  Live from the Mini plant at Oxford 1/2

20/10/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Welsh Railways: Beating Beeching"  1/2

20/10/15  BBC4 2100-2200
         "Timeshift: The People's Liners - Britain's Lost Pleasure Fleets"

21/10/15  BBC4 1930-2100
         "Building Cars Live"  Live from the Mini plant at Oxford 2/2

21/10/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Welsh Railways: Beating Beeching"  2/2

21/10/15  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Restoring Britain's Landmarks"  Part 2

21/10/15  BBC4 2200-2300
         "Ford's Dagenham Dream"  Story of the Essex car plant

22/10/15  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "Aircrash: Terror in the Sky"  A flight from Alaska to Seattle

22/10/15  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "The World's Fastest Train"

22/10/15  Channel 5 2100-2200
         "Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys"  4/6 Cuba

23/10/15  BBC2 2100-2200
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  2/6 Vienna to Trieste



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

Until       Alford Manor House: Railway Exhibition
30/10/15    West Street, Alford, Lincolnshire, LN13 9HT

15/10/15-   Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition

16/10/15-   Swanage Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

16/10/15-   North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Railway in Wartime

17/10/15    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Jazz & Chips Evening Land Cruise (booking essential)

17/10/15    Llangollen Railway: Real Ale Train

17/10/15-   Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum: Beer & Buses Weekend

17/10/15-   Kempton Steam Museum: Autumn Steaming Weekend

17/10/15-   Cardiff Model Railway Exhibition
18/10/15    *** CANCELLED ***

17/10/15-   National Festival of Railway Modelling
18/10/15    East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE

17/10/15-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Annual Model Railway Exhibition

17/10/15-   East Lancashire Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

18/10/15    Central Southern Gauge 0 Group Annual Show
           Allendale Centre, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1AS
           Adult: £4.00, accompanied children free
           Layouts, traders, test track, restaurant, lots of (paid) parking

19/10/15    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "The Coming of Railways to Basingstoke" by David Brace
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

19/10/15    Friends of the Cromford Canal: Midlands Murders and the First Use of DNA
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           A talk by David Bell
           Starts 1930

21/10/15    Roy Cresswell Lecture - "Bus funding devolution and improved bus quality"
           Glamorgan Building, Cardiff Uni, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
           By Christian Schmidt Transport Planning & Policy Officer at Monmouthshire Council
           1800 for an 1830 start (finishes 2000)
           Refreshments and a light buffet will also be provided

21/10/15-   Great Central Railway: Last Hurrah of the Season ‘Steam Gala’

23/10/15    Torchlit tours of the Post Office Railway
           Three times: 1600, 1800 and 2000

23/10/15-   Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Wensleydale Railway Association
           A weekend of talks and events about railways for both adults and children

23/10/15-   Mid-Hants Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

23/10/15-   The Battlefield Line: Autumn Steam Gala

24/10/15    Opening of Mountsorrel Railway

24/10/15-   Llangollen Railway: Day Out With Thomas

24/10/15-   Midland Railway, Butterley: Diesel & Steam Weekend

24/10/15-   North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Witches & Wizards Weekend

25/10/15    Leighton Buzzard Railway: Half-term Super Sunday

25/10/15    Sheffield Supertram Depot Open Day
           Free entry, 1000-1600
           Free parking at Nunnery Park & Ride

26/10/15-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Wizard Week

29/10/15    Barry and Penarth Railway Society
           Penarth Conservative Club, 15 Stanwell Road, Penarth, South Glamorgan, CF64 2EZ
           "On the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe - Rails in Western USA" by Jeff Morgan
           Starts 1930

30/10/15-   Talyllyn Railway: Hallowe'en Trains & Feast

30/10/15-   North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Hallowe'en Story Train

31/10/15    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Hallowe'en Fright Night

31/10/15    Kempton Steam Railway: Ghost Train (booking essential)

31/10/15    Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway: Hallowe'en

31/10/15    Gloucester Warwickshire Railway: Hallowe'en Steam & Scream Specials

31/10/15    Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Hallowe'en Ghost Train (Class 31)

31/10/15    Kidderminster Railway Museum
           Three films presented by Avril and Chris Rowlands - "The Titfield Thunderbolt"
           "Steam upon Severn" and "The Ballad of the Severn Valley Line"

31/10/15    Churnet Valley Railway: Ghost Train

31/10/15    Llangollen Railway: Friday Night on the Ghost Train

31/10/15-   Leawood Pumping Engine Steaming Days

01/11/15    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

01/11/15    Llangollen Railway: Ride the Rocket Firework Train

Cheers, Howard.
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