Subject: Raildate 12th February 2016
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 12/02/2016, 17:37
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The Stronach-Dutton Roadrail System of Traction by RG Cash

This little-known railway system was invented around 1913 after the realisation that rails which were heavy enough to carry a locomotive were far stronger than was necessary for wagons or carriages. The idea was that the track would be built in lighter materials with the main weight of the locomotive being carried on road wheels which ran alongside, the loco being located on the rails by small bogies.

The system was promoted in rural areas where savings were necessary to make a railway viable, but despite its ingenuity had little success and disappeared within twenty years. Despite this, the book sheds light on a little-known and intriguing aspect of railways.

Published by the Narrow Gauge Railway Society
64 pages, £6.95
ISBN: 9780955432699



Michael Wilcock's video of 37116 returning to Barry Tourist Railway

Two videos from Andrew Cook
DRS 68 action at Dalmeny:
A short Interlude at Wandsworth Rd:

Martin Miller's video of the Secretary of State opening Wirksworth Booking Hall (revised)

Why do crew shortages cause one in 10 train delays?
(Spotter: Mike Price)

Open for business: the railway arches serving customers as well as trains
(Richard Buckby)

The Online Transport Archive
(Spotter: Richard Maund)

North Wales Coast Express, 46100 'Royal Scot' 6th February
The Best of 46233 Duchess of Sutherland in 2015
First Steam in the South 2016 - Tornado
North Yorkshire Moors Railway (German video)
The digital age of railway signalling (Australia)
Aerial footage of China's Unesco World Heritage sites: Guilin and Yangshou captured using a drone
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

See Prague from a moving Lubricating Tram
Track its progress by satellite (red dot)
(Spotter: Nico Spilt)

Top 10: Cars from the British Motor Museum
Top Ten Most Boring Aircraft in History!
Polka Dot Warriors - Vintage Wings of Canada
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Why did the half-plane, half-helicopter not work?

The places where it's rather hard to get a bus



'Lack of interest' in running rail franchises, MPs warn

Filming at Kings Cross 6th February

First Gatwick Express Class 387-2 to enter service by end of month

Plumpton LC reopens to road traffic

Billingshurst railway bridge removed for facelift

Tram plan to replace Isle of Wight rail line

New Devon railway delayed by decades

New study to investigate railway improvements between London and Devon and Cornwall

Fly-tipped waste on Oxford railway costs £250,000 to clear

London Midland hires rolling stock to plug sports gap

Remembering the heroic driver who tried to stop rail disaster 59 years ago

Huddersfield station's patrolling cat Felix is promoted to Senior Pest Controller

Ansaldo STS and Linbrooke awarded Ferriby-Gilberdyke resignalling scheme

Appleby landslip: Settle to Carlisle line closes again

Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path update

Gas leak at Durham railway station leads to delays for North East train passengers

ScotRail’s new fleet must work from day one

Highland Spring freight plan changed after local backlash

Alert after gas leak at railway bridge in Muir of Ord

Proposals for the extension of passenger services between Alloa and Fife

ScotRail’s AT200 EMU interior unveiled at Edinburgh Waverley

Ultimate trainspotters’ home up for sale in Sutherland

Video: Conwy Valley recovery

Britains heritage railways are booming but a demographic timebomb looms

Historic railway line through Leiston could be restored to become major tourist attraction

General Meeting of the West Somerset Railway Association called for 27th February

Restoration of S&D carriage nears completion

Great Central Railway to be joined after 40 years

Flying Scotsman's mainline return after £4.2m revamp

Chinese shipping company looking to build rail hub at Piraeus

1500m freight train tested in Gotthard base tunnel

Germany train crash: Several killed near Bavarian town of Bad Aibling
Who owns Bavaria's trains?

Design proposed for new couchette coaches

New locos delivered to Ostrava steelworks

Izmir suburban network extension opened

Iranian electrification progress

Indian Farmers seize train to get unpaid compensation

Fatal LC accident in Chile

The Great Canadian Pacific Railway Magic Show

Hornby shares drop in value

New metro stock enters service in Montreal

Caen guided busway to be converted to tramway by 2019

Industrial action on LUAS

Light rail to return to New York City?

London bus 'explodes' on Lambeth bridge for film

Stagecoach Falcon will connect Cullompton with Bristol and Plymouth

Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti sells for record price

SS United States, historic ocean liner of trans-Atlantic heyday, may sail again

Alderney Airport runway problems

Germania 737 aborted take-off on closed runway

Wall writings on Apollo 11 command module revealed

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



13/02/16  Channel 4 1900-2000
         "Great Canal Journeys"  1/4 Oxford Canal

13/02/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 2015-2225
         "The Bargee" 1964 Comedy on the canals with Harry H Corbett & Ronnie Barker

14/02/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 1405-1615
         "The Bargee" 1964 Comedy on the canals with Harry H Corbett & Ronnie Barker

14/02/16  BBC4 2030-2100
         "Canals: the Making of a Nation"  1/6 Engineering

15/02/16  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great American Railway Journeys"  11/15 Baltimore & Jamestown

15/02/16  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Grand Tours of Scotland"  Using an 1846 guidebook

16/02/16  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great American Railway Journeys"  12/15 Washington DC

16/02/16  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Grand Tours of Scotland"  Using an 1846 guidebook

16/02/16  BBC4 2200-2300
         "Timeshift: The People's Liners - Britain's Lost Pleasure Fleets"

16/02/16  BBC4 2300-0000
         "Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies"  1/2

17/02/16  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great American Railway Journeys"  13/15 Washington DC to Mount Vernon

17/02/16  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Grand Tours of Scotland"  Using an 1846 guidebook

18/02/16  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great American Railway Journeys"  14/15 Manassas to Richmond

18/02/16  BBC2 1900-2000
         "Sea Cities"  5/5 Liverpool

18/02/16  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Bombay Railway"  1/2

18/02/16  ITV 2100-2200
         "Jericho"  Drama set against the building of a railway viaduct  7/8

19/02/16  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great American Railway Journeys"  15/15 Journey's end in Jamestown

19/02/16  BBC2 1900-1930
         "Sea City"  A look at Southampton (1)

19/02/16  BBC2 1930-2000
         "Sea City"  A look at Southampton (2)

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

Until       The Archives Annual Exhibition: Steaming into Bude
23/02/16    Bude-Stratton Heritage Centre, The Castle, The Wharf, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8LG
           Bude Railway 1898-1966
           A chance to see how the railway looked using materials from the archives

12/02/16-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Spring Steam Gala

13/02/16-   South Devon Railway: Winter Steam Festival

13/02/16-   Bure Valley Railway: Teddy Bear Express

15/02/16    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Library, Kennet  Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "Cotswold Canals" by Paul Joyce
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

15/02/16    Friends of the Cromford Canal
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Nottingham, NG16 5NN
           A talk on the Ashover Light Railway
           Starts 1930, £2 at the door

20/02/16    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 8LG

20/02/16-   The Diesel & Electric Show
21/02/16    The International Centre, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 4JH

20/02/16-   East Lancashire Railway: Spring Diesel Gala

25/02/16    Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
           Richard Trevithick Lecture
           Room 1.64, Glamorgan Building of Cardiff Uni, King George VII Ave, CF10 3WT
           Talk: "The D-Train / Vivarail" by Adrian Shooter, FCILT, CBE
           1800 (for 1830) - 2000
           To book email: quoting event code WR0342

25/02/16    Peak Railway Association
           Duke William, 91 Church Street, Matlock, DE4 3BY
           Talk: "The Matlock Tramway" by Glynn Waite
           Starts 1930

26/02/16-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Winter Gala

27/02/16-   Solent Model Railway Group Model Railway Show incorporating Eurotrack
28/02/16    Oasis Academy, Lords Hill, Southampton, SO16 0XN
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

27/02/16-   Churnet Valley Railway: Steam Gala

27/02/16-   Chapel-en-le-Frith Model Railway Exhibition
28/02/16    Chapel-En-Le-Frith High School, Long Lane, Chapel-En-Le-Frith
           Approximately 20 layouts, plus demonstrations and trade stands
           Free parking, wheelchair friendly venue, refreshments including lunch

04/03/16    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           AGM & Members Evening
           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

04/03/16-   North Norfolk Railway: Spring Steam Gala

05/03/16    Netley Station 150th Anniversary Celebrations

05/03/16-   Romsey Signal Box open day
06/03/16    Adult: £2.50 (£3.00 if gift-aided), Child: free
           Limited parking - see website for details
           Brick Lane, Romsey - use sat-nav SO51 8LG

06/03/16-   Spring Indoor Transport Fair
           Community Centre, Wootton Street, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3AP
           1000-1530, £1.50
           Stalls, refreshments and free bus trips

06/03/16-   Bure Valley Railway: Mothers VIP Day

Cheers, Howard.
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