Subject: Raildate 18th December 2015
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 18/12/2015, 16:41
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*** This is the last Raildate before Christmas and the New Year ***
*** Very best wishes to all our readers ***
*** The next issue will be on 10th January 2016 ***


Pictures of the Princetown branch line

APT tilting train: The laughing stock that changed the world

Trains and a cat called Tessa - '60s Memories of the Swanwick Colliery Branch by Ian Castledine

Videos from Martin Miller
Manchester Metrolink - Victoria - a busy junction

Tree Logging & Rail Transport in Yosemite Valley - Silent Action 1920s Onward
Phillips Brothers Sawmill and Box Factory operates much the same today as it did 100 years ago

A new topic on - Gateway of the Continent - Hook of Holland Harbour Station
(Spotter: Kees Wielemaker)

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Montreal 2015
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

20 Eerie Train Graveyards & Abandoned Locomotive Cemeteries

11 Amazing Forgotten Vehicles Documented by Urban Explorers
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Vulcan XH558 in formation with 9 Spitfires & Hurricanes, RAF Coningsby, 4th October
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

The health of Rolls-Royce matters to the nation

Scotland's secret tunnel under the Forth, 50 years old and forgotten

In pictures: Art of Building



New stations and routes mark timetable changes

commuters and holidaymakers waste a month waiting for delayed planes and trains

Didn't book ahead? Expect to pay £50 more for Christmas train travel

Revealed: Britain's busiest and quietest stations

Network Rail tests ETCS through Thameslink core

Southern Railway conductors vote to strike over staff shortages

Heathrow and Gatwick airport train links to be severed over Christmas

RAIB report into unsafe events at Heathrow Tunnel Junction

Extra trains on Waterloo to Reading commuter timetable

Disused railway line could be reopened as Huntspill is set to see Enterprise Park work

Cranbrook eco-town: New £5m station opens

Grant for repairs to St Blazey shed an turntable

London Marylebone Station closed after train fire

Rochester's £26m railway station opens to trains

Shippea Hill: the railway station that saw just 22 journeys in a year

Birmingham suffers the most train delays of any UK city

West Midlands Franchise renewal documents

100 passengers left stranded at Telford Railway Station

Apperley Bridge's new railway station opens

Mystery of the disappearing railway sign is solved – after it is left under a seat!

First Sunderland Virgin train arrives in London King's Cross

Trains to run between Dumfries and Carlisle from Sunday

'Encouraging signs' on Borders Railway extension to Carlisle

Stow pronunciation to be fixed on Borders Railway

Backing for Ellon to Dyce rail link to re-open from SAPT

ScotRail trains ‘carrying twice as many passengers as seats’

Southern English train used to tackle Forth bridge chaos

Caledonian Sleeper workers vote to go on strike amid claims of 200 train defects

New Stirling to London rail service launched

Rhondda Tunnel Society welcomes 'green light' for plans to re-open Wales' longest tunnel

Reopening railway line between Aberystwyth and Carmarthen 'could cost £750m'
Scoping Study Report for the reopening of Aberystwyth-Carmarthen (PDF: 114 pages)

London to develop plans for Bakerloo Line Lewisham extension

Flying Scotsman: £4.2m project brings 'cultural icon' back to life

Latest update on 35005 Canadian Pacific

Railway 'twins' Judy and Alfred that inspired the Reverend Awdry

WSRA dispute - trustees to resign

Arnhem’s stunning new railway station raises city's profile

Nazi gold train: 'No evidence' of discovery in Poland

National Express launches first German rail services

Recovered 100 years later: Panama Canal workers flooded a derelict railway yard in 1910

Indian government 'clears Japan rail plan'
Japan wins contract for first Indian high speed line
Does India need bullet trains?

The end of a much-loved railway

Pacific North West weather related disruption

TXM Rail awarded Tyne and Wear Metro renewal framework

Paris Metro thief saves victim from tracks

Last surviving train car from the World Trade Center arrives in Kingston

Moscow approves new tram lines

EasyJet pilots abort landing attempt at Bristol Airport after flying off course

Qatar Airways jet aborts takeoff and passengers watch it on in-flight screens

Spirit of St Louis replica takes flight

Closure of Kellingley pit brings deep coal mining to an end

Scunthorpe plate mill ceases production at Tata Steel - pictures

Birnbeck Pier loss 'significant' warns actor Timothy West

Derby's museums 'at risk of closure' under Derby City Council budget cuts

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



19/12/15  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 1645-1720
         "Terminus" 1961 John Schlesinger movie - Waterloo Station

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"  By train to Russia's Arctic Circle

22/12/15  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 0805-0925
         "The Hi-jackers" 1963 A lorry driver loses his load of whisky

22/12/15  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 1750-1905
         "The Last Journey" 1935 Drama about a train driver filmed on the GWR

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

Thanks to Simon Moppett for additional information this week



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

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

01/01/16    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: New Year "Hangover" Specials

01/01/16    Oxford Bus Museum: New Year's Day 2016

01/01/16-   Midland Railway, Butterley: Mince Pie Specials

02/01/16-   Llangollen Railway: Winter Warmer

04/01/16    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           The Underhill Centre, St John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
           "The Rise of the Railway" by C Humby
           Starts at 1945

08/01/16    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           "Swindon Works the Formative Years" by Society President Brian Arman
           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

09/01/16    Chiswick Transport Collectors Fair
           Chiswick Town Hall, Heatfield Terrace, London

09/01/16-   East Lancashire Railway: Flying Scotsman is Coming

12/01/15    Great Western Society Bristol Group
           Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
           "Mainly Narrow Gauge – Sound Cine" by Terry Nicholls
           1930 for 1945
           There is no admission charge, but a donation of at least £2 is appreciated

Cheers, Howard.
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