Subject: Raildate 23rd October 2015
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 23/10/2015, 16:21
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Raildate is taking a short break so will not appear on 31st October.  The next issue will be on 7th November.


Friends of Friar Gate Bridge

New videos from Michael Wilcock...
Cardiff Central for Rugby Specials Part 1
Ruggex 19th September Part 2 at Cardiff
Severn Valley Gala. 2nd October

Caernarfon to Blaenau Ffestiniog in 2 minutes and 42 seconds

18 things you probably didn't know about Bristol Temple Meads
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

Lost Railways of Lancaster & Morecambe
Episode One:
Episode Two:
(Spotter: Peter Davies)

Borders Railway
(Spotter: Barry Knapper)

NYMR Railway in Wartime Weekend 2015
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) videos
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

RAIB 10th Anniversary
Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke 2016 timetable (PDF download)
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Five Previously Unseen Photos of the Titanic’s Launch in Belfast
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Why do we love the Mini?

James May's 10 cars that changed Britain

Tryweryn: The drowning of a village



Report calls for expansion of TfL-managed network

Great Western electrification set to reach £2.5bn
Rising cost of GWML electrication 'staggering' and 'unacceptable'
Multi-billion pound electric trains may also have diesel engines because tracks won't be ready

Goring Gap 'ugly scar' railway gantries removal call

RAIB update on Wootten Bassett SPAD with 34067 (PDF download)

Network Rail trials polymer footbridges

National rail academy opens

Oxford Parkway opens

Wythall rail link crash drink-driver banned from road

Two injured as car crashes down Walsall railway embankment and smashes into tree

Time-lapse of bridge building at Norton bridge

Sweet flavour for East Midlands Trains relaunch

Petition for new Buxton to Matlock rail line gathers steam

Ribblehead image wins competition

Workers clean human waste from Borders Railway tracks

Aberdeen to Inverness rail improvements contractor appointed

Life story of The Railway Children's author Edith Nesbit makes compulsive drama

Dream journey beckons for 100 rail fans behind Flying Scotsman

Restored Mountsorrel railway line set for grand opening (see also Dates section)

West Somerset Railway saga continues

Museum home for Eurostar

Suspension of Eurotunnel services

Irish Rail strike takes place after negotiations break down

Testing begins in Gotthard Base Tunnel

Poland-Lithuania standard-gauge link opens

Amtrak goes to Bermuda (for insurance)

Brush to refurbish Piccadilly line train motors

Who says lifts have to go up and down?

A brief introduction to ancient paths and highways

A new way to change car oil unveiled by Castrol

More than 40 pensioners killed in French bus crash

JCB excavators marks 70th anniversary

Work under way on Deeside's Flintshire Bridge

Darwin to Adelaide in a solar-powered car

New Portsmouth to Cowes ferry service to launch two years ahead of schedule

New Aer Lingus trans Atlantic routes to open

Increase in Boeing profits

Virgin 747 gear jammed after actuator fitted upside-down

Tigerair A320 engine cowling falls off mid-flight

German probe looks into Eurowings A330 cowl loss

Folk-singer creates video appeal for Heage windmill

Cycling through London's power tunnels

Colwyn Bay pier in pictures

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



24/10/15  BBC2 1930-2030
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  2/6 Vienna to Trieste

25/10/15  BBC4 1700-1800
         "The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track"

25/10/15  BBC4 1900-2000
         "Timeshift: The People's Liners - Britain's Lost Pleasure Fleets"

25/10/15  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Great Canal Journeys"  Teddington to Littlehampton

25/10/15  BBC2 2100-2200
         "Britain's Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAF"  3/4

26/10/15  BBC4 2030-2100
         "Britain on Film"  Messing About in Boats - Look at Life

26/10/15  BBC2 2315-0015
         "Britain's Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAF"  3/4

28/10/15  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Restoring Britain's Landmarks"  Part 3

29/10/15  Channel 5 2100-2200
         "Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys"  5/6 Japan

30/10/15  BBC2 2100-2200
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  3/6 Pisa to Lake Garda



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

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    Lions Club of Chichester 21st Annual Model Railway Exhibition

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    Coldharbour Mill "Steam Up", Uffculme, Devon

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-   South Devon Railway: Half Term Family Festival

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-   South Devon Railway: Half Price Weekend

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

02/11/15    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           The Underhill Centre, St John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
           Annual General Meeting
           Starts at 1945

02/11/15    Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch)
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           “Trams & Trolleybuses on the Sheffield to Rotherham Route” by Paul Fox
           Starts at 1930
           For a requested £3 donation on the door, all welcome

03/11/15    Worcester Locomotive Society
           Barbourne Ex-Serviceman's Club, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED
           "Trains Home & Abroad" by Dave Gommersall
           Starts at 2000

06/11/15    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           "Steam South West and North East" by Peter Groom
           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

07/11/15    Midland Railway, Butterley: Fireworks Night

07/11/15-   Hayling Seaside Railway Model Railway Exhibition
08/11/15    HICCA, Hayling Park, Station Road, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 0HB

07/11/15-   WightRail 2015: Model Railway Exhibition
08/11/15    Medina Leisure Centre, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2DX
           1000-1700 both days
           Adult: £6, Child (4-14): £3.50, Family (2+2) £15

07/11/15-   Churnet Valley Railway: Steam Gala

07/11/15-   North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Winter Running

08/11/15    Lynton & Barnstable Railway: Remembrance Sunday

10/11/15    Great Western Society Bristol Group
           Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
           "In Town Tonight" by Peter Triggs
           1930 for 1945
           There is no admission charge, but a donation of at least £2 is appreciated

11/11/15    RCTS South Wales
           Radyr Methodist Hall, Windsor Road, Radyr, CF15 8BP
           "Because it's There - Train Travel Discoveries Overseas, USA & Canada 1976-2000
           and French Railways in Steam Days" by John Davies
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

12/11/15    Monmouthshire Railway Society
           Lecture Theatre A10, City Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP
           "Devon and Cornwall Railways in the 1960s" by Mike Clemens
           Starts at 1900 prompt, admission for non-members is £3 and for members, £2

16/11/15    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "Thirty Years Around Eastleigh, 1980-2010" by Keith Butcher
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

16/11/15    Friends of the Cromford Canal: The Lost Industries of Ripley & District
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           A talk by Brian Key
           Starts 1930

16/11/15    Peak Railway Association
           Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
           “Railways Remembered” a film show by Rob Foxon
           Starts 1930

17/11/15    Opening of Peak Rail Derwent Valley branch
           Duke William, 91 Church Street, Matlock, DE4 3BY
           A new branch in Matlock covering the Derwent Valley - first meeting
           "The story of Peak Rail" slides and digital images by Roger Hallatt and Dave Sharp

Cheers, Howard.
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