Subject: Raildate 26th February 2016
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 26/02/2016, 17:49
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From Nigel Bird...
To make some space, I have for disposal around 1,000 railway magazines.  Titles include British Railways Illustrated, Railway World, Railway Magazine, Modern Railways, Backtrack, and a few American titles.  No lists - they must go as one lot and be collected from Tregaron, no later that 31st March.  After that that date they will be sent for recycling.
Nigel Bird: 01974 821281


Mike Wilcock's video of the final class 66, 66779, being unloaded at Newport on 13th February
Final clip of all seven
And the convoy of eight GBRf class 66s, plus others at Bishton

The last issue of Raildate mentioned a new book about the The Stronach-Dutton Road-Rail Tractor - here's some video

Andrew Cook's video of SNCF TGVs at Marne La Vallee Chessy, November 2015

Martin Miller's video showing the installation of temporary pointwork to facilitate single line working
Sheffield stations
Sheffield Supertram

Are you the ultimate trainspotter: can you ID the cities from their stations?
Photographic locations on the West Somerset Railway
Useful "what's on" guide
Japanese bus bell enthusiast
Scottish ship built in 1949 on Lake Malawi
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

44871 Bury ELR - Kidderminster SVR 13th December 2012
South Devon Railway, Winter Steam Festival, 20th February 2016
The Severn Valley Railway, Timetable A, 21st February 2016
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

30 nostalgic pictures of Nottingham Victoria Station
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

212 years since Richard Trevithick's first steam locomotive commemorated in French article
(Spotter: Richard Maund)

Slam Door Train Memories
Inside Heathrow’s "immense" secret railway station
Poole Flying Boats Celebration
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Birdswood, the narrow boat belonging to The Friends of Cromford Canal, now has its own website



WCRC prohibited from running rail services

Bombardier to cut 7,000 jobs as revenue falls in 2015
Confusion grows over Bombardier job cuts
Invest NI chief executive confident on jobs

Network Rail earmarks 18 major stations for privatisation in bid to tackle debt

50 Years of Freightliner

London's Crossrail to be called the Elizabeth Line
Which amused a New Yorker called... Elizabeth Line!

Siemens to deliver 25 six-carriage units to UK's Govia Thameslink Railway

Dover rail line collapse: Repairs to take 'up to a year'

Outrage over new Robertsbridge rail crossing floodlights

Gunnislake and Calstock rail users to be asked their views on preferred option for future train service

Expensive parking at railway stations

Network Rail to pilot Digital Railway in East Anglia

Kenilworth Station opening could be delayed until August 2017

Derby company becomes train operator

Stafford train designer dies

Stoke station could relocate as part of multi-million pound plans

How much for a private rail carriage from Edinburgh to London?

Railway work to be carried out 3,600ft up Glencoe mountain

‘Bullet train’ project must not be allowed to derail

Services resume on West Coast Mainline after viaduct repair

Timetables set for Glasgow Queen Street tunnel closure

Train fire at Haymarket

Conwy Valley rail line reopens after flood repairs

Welsh train passengers are among the UK's least satisfied

RAIB investigation - train hit excavator bucket left on track near Lisburn

60103 Flying Scotsman 5Z30 York NRM-Scarborough + NRM Tuesday 23rd February 2016
Flying Scotsman on London King's Cross to York run
Flying Scotsman comes to a 'shuddering halt' as steam enthusiasts stray onto track
Flying Scotsman & The Helicopters - The Inaugural Run
The Return of 60103 'Flying Scotsman' - The Inaugural Tour Purrs Past Yaxley Fen
Trainspotter who missed Flying Scotsman due to Virgin train photobomb offered free trip to US
Why does Flying Scotsman attract so much adoration?

Date set for West Somerset Railway Association extraordinary general meeting

France to put night train services out to tender

NS turns to buses to meet capacity crisis

Dutch rail driver killed in crane crash at Dalfsen

Germany train crash: Human error to blame, says prosecutor

Runaway train in Belgium

California targets high speed service to Silicon Valley by 2025

Canadian National investment plans

CCTV shows man's narrow train miss in Melbourne

Underground Central Line shut by hole drilled in tunnel

3D 'fly through' animation shows £2bn south Wales Metro

Miniature railway damaged by flooding

Hornby chief executive leaves amid share price collapse

New Street tram extension on course for spring opening

Battery operation of West Midlands trams proposed

Tram Tunnel opened under Dusseldorf

LUAS strike proposed for St Patrick's day

Range Rover blocks Brussels metro (in French)

Washington DC streetcar starts on February 27

Five injured as guided bus derails in Trumpington

Queensferry Crossing tower raises toilet to new heights

Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown obituary

South East runway delay 'holding up road and rail improvements'

Fatal aircraft crash in Nepal

Cargo plane touches down despite faulty landing gear

Boeing 737 wingtip fins being constructed at GKN in East Cowes

USA to  Cuba flights to resume

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



27/02/16  Channel 4 1900-2000
         "Great Canal Journeys"  3/4 Canal du Midi

27/02/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 2015-2225
         "The Bargee"  1964 Comedy on the canals staring Harry H. Corbett and Ronnie Barker

28/02/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 1605-1815
         "The Bargee"  1964 Comedy on the canals staring Harry H. Corbett and Ronnie Barker

02/03/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 0845-0920
         "Terminus"  1961 John Schlesinger movie - Waterloo Station

02/03/16  BBC4 2200-2300
         "The Lady Who Flew Africa: the Aviatrix"  1928 flight from Cape Town to London

03/03/16  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Indian Hill Railways"  1/3 The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

03/03/16  BBC4 2300-0000
         "The Golden Age of Canals"

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

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

27/02/16    "Dovedale, Manifold Valley & The Roaches" by Andy Firth
           Coal Aston Village Hall,  Eckington Road, Coal Aston, Dronfield, S18 3AX
           Starts 1930, admission £3, light refreshments available

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    Spitfire 80th Anniversary

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

05/03/16-   Shillingstone Station: 50 Not Out
06/03/16    Marking the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Somerset & Dorset

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

07/03/16    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           The Underhill Centre, St John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
           "Gordon-Keeble, Hampshire's Only Supercar" by Mark Webster
           Starts at 1945

07/03/16    Peak Railway Association
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           “Steam Driving in Poland, and other World Travels” by Mike Fish
           £3 donation on the door, members and non-members welcome
           Starts 1930

08/03/16    Great Western Society Bristol Group
           Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
           "Ashchurch for Tewkesbury" by Ian & Jack Boskett
           1930 for 1945
           There is no admission charge, but a donation of at least £2 is appreciated

09/03/16    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           "Railways in the Cornish Landscape" by Stephen Gay
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

11/03/16-   East Lancashire Railway: Spring Steam Gala

12/03/16-   The Midlands Garden Rail Show - Large Scale Model Rail
13/03/16    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, CV31 1 XN

12/03/16-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Mixed Traffic Weekend

13/03/16    Hampshire Bus & Coach Preservation: The Spring Time Special
           The Rear Engined Bus Running Day, Winchester

Cheers, Howard.
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