Subject: Raildate 11th December 2015
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 11/12/2015, 16:50
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*** Next Friday's Raildate will be the last before Christmas and the New Year ***


Videos by Martin Miller:
Derby station miscellany freight & passenger
Midland Metro to Bull Street, Birmingham - Day 2
Birmingham New Street station miscellany

Limit Of Shunt - railway signalling and route history

Combe Rail - the Ilfracombe Branch Project

46233 - A Duchess In Full Flight Through Newark - The White Rose
34067 Tangmere 5V42 Carnforth WCRC-Southall WCRC, 4th December
34067 'Tangmere' Working The Bath Christmas Market,  5th December
East Lancashire Railway Santa Specials, 5th December
5043 Tackles The Elements - The Lindum Xmas Fayre, 5th December
Spotter: Ted Millward)

Historic photos of Niesen Funicular
Electrification of Danish Railways
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Pennsylvania Railroad 1955 - What in Blazes: Historic Trains on Fire
Battle of Britain film locations then and now - mouse over the photos to reveal the 'now' location
RCAF World War Two veteran Al Trotter shares his war stories
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Video highlights of Vulcan XH558 IN 2015
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

Heathrow expansion: Plane spotters take 'blind test'

America's iconic war machine

Magazine Exchange



West Coast steam train 'near miss' firm and driver charged
Dangerous Occurrence at Wootton Bassett Junction: The Railways Archive

Eversholt Rail awards class 321 re-tractioning contract

Man killed by train at Portchester rail station

SWT West of England line service improvements

Modernising Bristol Temple Meads ready for electrification

Great Eastern Main Line parliamentary railway inquiry confirmed by MP

Stagecoach withdraws from Abellio's bid to run the Greater Anglia rail line

Cambridge and District Railway put forward as latest idea to solve congestion

Plaque unveiled for 'Father of Railways' George Stephenson

Network Rail pulls out of Daw Mill regeneration

RAIB report on dislodged containers.

New rail franchise deals bring northern train improvement promise

Massive boost to rail services brings Northern Powerhouse to life

Plan unveiled to expand National Railway Museum and York Railway Station

West Coast Main Line reopens after Carlisle flood

Scotland scrambles for extra trains after Forth Road Bridge closure

Council Leader reveals Tweedbank station loo review

Council wants steam trains to return to Borders Railway

Caledonian Sleeper trains to trial Oban service

The Tube of the future has been unveiled - and it's blue

All West Somerset Railway Association trustees should step down immediately according to review
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Sweden’s longest rail tunnel finally opens

DB launches next-generation ICE

New RhB multiple units delivered

SNCF trials with 1km freight trains

Mitsubishi open factory in India

Cargo ship hits railway bridge

Commuter train slams into bus in Indonesia's capital

Final stop for amazing model railway in Redditch attic

Manchester opens first phase of “transformational” tram extension

Trams return to streets of Birmingham

Stolen bus crashed in Droylsden

Pooley Bridge (Ullswater) collapsed in flooding

Forth Road Bridge ‘selfie’ danger warning

Newtownards, County Down: Bus lands on beach following crash

9/11 PATH train car that survived terror attacks to be displayed at Trolley Museum

Tyne Ferry rescue

Titanic Inquiry Project

KLM flights to start from Southampton

Heathrow Airport runway decision delayed until summer

Shackleton aircraft stripped for move from RAF St Mawgan

Connie Edwards Buchons and the Battle of Britain remake

Bemidji shop resurrects WWII planes, flaws and all

Malaysia seeks owners of three Boeing 747s abandoned at airport

Wreath to mark Cardiff's only mine disaster.

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



05/12/15  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 1800-1835
         "Terminus"  1961 John Schlesinger movie

06/12/15  BBC4 2100-2200
         "The Golden Age of Steam Railways"  Narrow gauge lines restored

07/12/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Railway Walks"  Weymouth to Portland

07/12/15  BBC4 2000-2030
         "Railway Walks"  The Highlands

07/12/15  Channel 4 2315-0015
         "The World's Most Famous Train"  A look at the Orient Express

08/12/15  BBC4 2300-0000
         "Building Burma's Death Railway: Moving Half the Mountain"

15/12/15  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Ian Hislop Goes off the Rails"

16/12/15  BBC4 2000-2100
         "How Britain Won the Space Race - the Story of Bernard Lovell & Jodrell Bank"

17/12/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Reel History of Britain"  The Beeching Report

19/12/15  BBC4 2000-2100
         "The Golden Age of Steam Railways"  Standard gauge lines restored

21/12/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "London to Brighton in Four Minutes: Side by side"  1953 and 1983 versions

21/12/15  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "Chris Tarrant on the Polar Express"  Train to Russia's Arctic Circle

24/12/15  Channel 5 1445-1715
         "The Dam Busters"  1954 feature film

25/12/15  BBC4 2045-2205
         "The Titfield Thunderbolt"  1952 Ealing Comedy

26/12/15  BBC4 2330-0030
         "A Very British Map: the Ordnance Survey Story"

27/12/15  Channel 4 1900-2000
         "Million Pound Motors"  A look at the vintage car trade

30/12/15  BBC4 1900-1930
         "Canals: the Making of a Nation"  Part 1 - Capitalism

31/12/15  BBC4 1900-1930
         "Canals: the Making of a Nation"  Part 2 - Capitalism

31/12/15  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Canals: the Making of a Nation"  Part 3 - Geology

31/12/15  BBC4 2000-2030
         "Canals: the Making of a Nation"  Part 4 - Heritage

31/12/15  BBC4 2030-2100
         "Canals: the Making of a Nation"  Part 5 - The Boat People



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

12/12/15    Llangollen Railway: Real Ale Train

12/12/15-   Garden of England Model Fest 2015

13/12/15    Oxford Bus Museum: Santa's Bus Grotto

18/12/15    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           Christmas Buffet & Quiz set by Branch President Arthur Turner
           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

21/12/15    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "The Withered Arm" by Howard Sprenger (Raildate Editor)
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

26/12/15    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Mince Pie Specials

26/12/15-   Churnet Valley Railway: Winter Warmers

26/12/15-   Lynton & Barnstable Railway: Mince Pie Specials

26/12/15-   Llangollen Railway: Mince Pie Specials

27/12/15-   Midland Railway, Butterley: Mince Pie Specials

27/12/15-   North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Winter Running

28/12/15    Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Mince Pie Specials (Class 31)

29/12/15    Peak Railway Association
           Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
           “Railways Remembered” a film show by Rob Foxon
           Starts 1930

29/12/15-   Gloucester Warwickshire Railway: Christmas Cracker - intensive workings

Cheers, Howard.
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