Subject: Raildate 20th November 2015
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 20/11/2015, 16:53
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Protect Ashburton station and trackbed

Information about old railway permanent way

Mike Wilcock's video of Freightliner locos being unloaded at Newport Docks 15 years ago

A tribute to the Union Pacific "Big Boy" locomotives
Severn Valley Railway - Manor 50 - Saturday 14th November
Bluebell Railway Giants of Steam - Autumn 2015
An interesting model railway site with free downloadable resources
Standard railway modelling dimensions
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Rolls Royce hybrid loco power plants
(Spotter: Adrian Hirst)

Joe McDoakes - So You Want a Model Railroad (1955)
(Spotter: Nico Spilt)

The EasyJet cities
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)



Construction costs of HS2 are 'set to rise'

HS2: the human cost of Britain’s most expensive ever rail project

Rocketing rail electrification costs unacceptable, say MPs

Network Rail report fuels privatisation debate

UK rail problems a 'phoney crisis', says First Group boss

Double decker trains are designed to help ease overcrowding

Consultation started on South Western TOC franchise

Crossrail surface works reach halfway milestone

Crossrail train design revealed

Train evacuated after 'engine fire' between Dorking and Reigate

Advert watchdogs investigating complaints over GWR's claim to "give Bristol back its railway"

Wires start to go up on Great Western Main Line

London Midland leaf-fall timetable services reinstated

Network Rail opens Rugby operating centre

Royal opening for Birmingham New Street

Trees down on rail lines and structures blown down in high winds

Devolution deal boost for Birmingham rail services

Fires in Coventry cause delays to rail passengers

Derailment at Knaresborough

Incline lift at Greenford Station

Rail summit urged amid 'chaos engulfing the system'

Strike ballot called over Sleeper train “defects”

Direct North Wales to Manchester Airport train plans face 'one last hurdle'

Peaks heritage railway dream on track to become reality

40106 purchased by class 40 Preservation Society

Eurostar reverses bicycle decision

Eurostar Velaro e320 enters passenger service

First refurbished Irish Enterprise train launched

France TGV crash: Children on board derailed train
Late braking blamed for TGV Est derailment
LGV Est extension video (6 minutes in is where the TGV derailed)

Landslides halt Pacific North West train services

Bikes by rail offered on AMTRAK

Pakistan train derails '16 dead, 100 injured'

Chinese 'Alpine' high-speed train to enter service next month

First tram runs in Birmingham City Centre for 62 years

Collision on Sheffield Supertram network

Council recommends extending Edinburgh tram network to Newhaven

Operators licences for Western Greyhound & Black Velvet buses revoked

Folk singers' 1969 round-the-world bus trip film (why do broadcasters publish stuff at the wrong aspect ratio?)

Police search for driveable picnic tables in Perth Western Australia

Police deployed to ease Kenya's three day traffic jam

Storm disrupts Channel Islands ferries

Somerset plane crash family named by police

Government ministers to travel in adapted RAF aircraft

Last flying Andover crashes

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



21/10/15  BBC2 1930-2030
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  5/6 Black Forest to Hannover

22/11/15  BBC2 1700-1800
         "Demolition: the Wrecking Crew"

22/11/15  BBC4 1900-2000
         "Timeshift: How Britain Won the Space Race - the Story of Bernard Lovell & Jodrell Bank"

22/11/15  Channel 4 1900-2000
         "Restoring Britain's Landmarks"  6/6

24/11/15  ITV 2000-2100
         "Emergency! Trains v Weather"

27/10/15  BBC2 2100-2200
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  6/6 Barcelona to Majorca



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

21/11/15    Burton Railway Collectors Fair
           Town Hall,  Burton-upon Trent, DE14 2EB

21/11/15-   Kempton Steam Museum: Christmas Fair

21/11/15-   Great Central Railway: Last Hurrah of the Season ‘Steam Gala’

01/12/15    Worcester Locomotive Society
           Barbourne Ex-Serviceman's Club, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED
           "Early years of the WLS 1960-1975 - the final part" by David Wood
           Starts at 2000

04/12/15    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           "The Network SouthEast Story" presented by former MD, Chris Green
           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

04/12/15-   Manchester Model Railway Show
05/12/15    Barnes Wallis Building, Manchester University Northern Campus

06/12/15    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

06/12/15    Oxford Bus Museum: Santa's Bus Grotto

Cheers, Howard.
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