Subject: Raildate 8th January 2016
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 08/01/2016, 17:00
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*** Happy New Year! ***


The biggest rail company takeovers in 2015
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Hammerton and Hammerton Road Crossing FARSAP videos
Marston Moor

Best of 2015 - Main Line and Preserved Railways
Memories Of The Mainline - UK Steam Train Review - 2015
UK & Ireland Heritage Railways
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Lincolnshire railway photos (covers the resignalling over holiday period)
Bulgarian 2-12-4T locos
Life in Indian Railways women's only coaches
Background to “The Bridge” TV drama (Oresund link)
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

How to do the Tube Challenge
China's 'train hunter' on a quest to chronicle its fast-expanding railways
Amy Johnson 'chopped to pieces by Royal Navy ship's propeller', historian says
(Spotter: Jim O'Brien)

11foot8 Videos - rail bridge strikes (fascinating!)
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Whisky business: The strange story of the Planet Satellite
Value of Decay
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)



Why are UK train tickets more expensive than in Europe?

Train operators agree new rules on communication after 'political bias' row

Crossrail gets its rails

Crossrail 2 threat to historic buildings

Thameslink Programme Christmas 2015 work

Dover to Folkestone line set to be closed for some time

Historic railway arches could become plush new restaurant space

Dawlish line hit by weather again: Trains not running between Plymouth and Exeter

Rail electrification 'ruining English countryside'

Second Corby to Kettering railway track laid to meet passenger demand

Bridge work back on track in £78m electrification scheme

Train passenger stabbed in Cheshire after challenging group

Network Rail finally begin work to drain flooded railway bridge

Leeds station’s new £20m south entrance

Languishing E units to get new life in Cleveland

Scotrail offers new deal to over-50s: travel anywhere in Scotland for £16 return

Call to restore Edinburgh train link

West Coast main line closed between Glasgow and Carlisle until February
Virgin to by-pass West Coast Rail Line blockage
Further delay possible on West Coast Main Line repair

Landslip causes disruption to Inverness-Kyle rail service

North-east railway line shut after flooding

Tenders sought for £112m Queen Street station revamp

Damage to Conwy Valley railway line caused by Boxing Day floods

Support to reopen Carno railway station

London Underground upgrades track maintenance fleet

Oyster card charging error

Several east London Tube stations change zone

Clapham South's secret wartime tunnels opened to public

Flying Scotsman: Famous engine back on tracks

Investigation after £27,000 in charity cash goes "missing"

Swanage re-connection delayed - DMUs need upgrade

Summer of crime hits Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Eurotunnel’s Le Shuttle reports record 2015

Tracklaying completed on French high-speed line

SNCF invests in new tram-trains for French region

'Very British' trains build steam in Germany

Finland and Estonia undersea railway: Tunnel solution examined

Long Island Rail Road triple-track plan revived

Penn Station to undergo $3bn renewal

Norfolk Southern reject Canadian Pacific takeover bid for the third time

Campaign for investment in VIA Rail

Hudson Bay railway sold to First Nation group

Passengers injured riding Roaring Camp Railroads train in Felton

Sacramento wants to turn train tracks into 4.5-mile trail for bikes, pedestrians

Russia to extend world's most northerly railway

Thailand-Cambodia link to reopen "this year"

Derailment of train conveying sulphuric acid in Queensland

Bus swept down flooded street in Hebden Bridge

School children trapped on bus stuck in waist-high flood water

The UK’s last operating Leyland tippers take a bow

AAIB Special Bulletin S4/2015 - Hawker Hunter T7, G-BXFI - update

Obituary: Andre Turcat, first man to fly Concorde

The world's safest - and least safe - airlines revealed

Plane door left open at 10,000ft

EasyJet investigated by authorities after plane landed on wrong runway at Pisa

In pictures: Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare collapses

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



10/01/16  BBC4 1900-2000
         "India's Frontier Railways"  1/3

10/01/16  ITV 2215-2315
         "Joanna Lumley's Trans-Siberian Adventure

11/01/16  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  Dover to Eastbourne

11/01/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 2025-2100
         "Terminus" 1961 John Schlesinger movie - Waterloo Station

12/01/16  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  Newhaven to Worthing

12/01/16  BBC4 2300-0000
         "Timeshift: The Nation's Railway - the Golden Age of British Rail"

13/01/16  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  Littlehampton to Beaulieu

14/01/16  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great British Railway Journeys"  Lymington to Axminster

14/01/16  ITV 2100-2200
         "Jericho"  Drama set against the building of a railway viaduct  2/8

14/01/16  Channel 4 2100-2200
         "The Restoration Man" A railway station in Northumberland

14/01/16  BBC4 2100-2200
         "Timeshift: The Trains that Time Forgot"

14/01/16  BBC4 2230-2330
         "India's Frontier Railways"  2/3

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

12/01/16    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

13/01/16    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           AGM and "We'll Keep A Welcome In The Hillsides" by Chris Youett
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

15/01/16-   London Model Engineering Exhibition

16/01/16    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

16/01/16    21st Annual Railway/Bus Collectors Fair
           Pudsey Civic Hall, Leeds
           1000-1500, Admission: £2.00

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

18/01/16    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet  Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           21st Birthday Meeting with Paul Gosling
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

18/01/16    Peak Railway Association
           Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
           “Railways Remembered” a film show by Rob Foxon
           Starts 1930, doors open 1900

23/01/16    "Small" Model Railway Show, Cardiff
           Scout Association Headquarters, Fields Park Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff, CF11 9HX
           1000–1600, Adult: £3.50, Under 14: free
           Ample free parking

23/01/16-   Dartmoor Railway: Sulzer weekend

25/01/16    Macclesfield and District Field Club
           "Railways of Macclesfield" by John Hooley
           The Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6PH
           Starts 1930, visitors welcome

Cheers, Howard.
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