Subject: Raildate 25th March 2016
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 25/03/2016, 16:35
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Ilkeston railway station web site
NRM in its early years
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

A brief history of Swindon
Indian Railways - Commuters' tales: No room to sit - even in the toilet
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

For Sale:  7.5" gauge Big Boy Locomotive #4005 (plus other locos if you scroll)
(Spotter: Terry Bye)

Severn Valley Railway, Spring Steam Gala, 18th March
Severn Valley Railway, Spring Steam Gala, 19th March
Steam Trains Australia - Z526 'Polly's' Arrival At Newport
01 150 über den Heißener Berg, 20th January
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

HMS Sanderling - RNAS Abbotsinch
The last topsail schooners in the British china clay trade around St Austell in Cornwall
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Loch Ryan's World War Two flying boat history celebrated

Germanwings crash: Have cockpit doors changed?



HS2 takes major step forward

TfL budget confirms rail projects

Number of trains in British fleet 'could almost double'

German Government transport subsidiary Arriva wins London Overground franchise

Building a better Waterloo - animation
Investment of over £800m to improve Britain’s busiest railway station

Swindon's hooters heard for first time in 30 years

West Coast prosecution delayed again
West Coast Railway Company prohibition lifted

RAIB notice of fatal footpath accident on Felixstowe branch

Richard Branson unveils Virgin East Coast’s ‘Azuma’ Class 800/1

Lorry carrying steam train (sic) crashes on M5

ATO in Leicestershire

Train derails on East Lancashire Railway line blocking Metrolink services in Bury

One man battle to derail Ordsall Chord finally comes to an end as Judge dismisses appeal
Manchester Victoria and Salford Central stations closed for 11 days

Merseyside train passengers will take the strain during £340m railway improvement work

First Hull Trains secures 10-year track access deal

Mining museum adopts Newtongrange station

ScotRail train drivers win 4.6% pay rise

Rush-hour delays after Glasgow Queen Street tunnel closure

Agreement on plans to look at three-hour Scotland to London rail link

Scottish stations benefit from funding

Extra trains in traffic with ScotRail

Rail electrification to close Severn Tunnel for six weeks

Number of passenger journeys on Welsh rail lines has almost doubled in 10 years

The North Wales station which is UK capital of 'train surfing'

NI bus and rail fares frozen for a year

Death of Andre Benard, the creator of the Channel Tunnel with Alastair Morton

Longer freight trains for Ireland

IE rail workers pay claim

Harz Mountain freedom train 25 years since reunification

Start of work on Bozberg Tunnel in Swiss midlands

Chinese digital track test car delivered

LUL radio signalling under development at Old Dalby test track

New coaches for BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, San Francisco)

Washington DC metro maintenance problems

Roger Daltrey and Cliff Parsons help launch world’s largest model-railway exhibition centre

Part of Cross Street reopens to traffic as Second City Crossing work continues

Transport chiefs want to build a multi-million-pound scheme to link Southampton and Portsmouth

Former Padarn Buses managers jailed for fraud

Flood damaged bridge at Pooley Bridge replaced

TVR to create 150 sports car jobs in Ebbw Vale

Fatal ferry crash charge admitted

Isle of Man Ferry hits Douglas pier

Experts could overrule 'Boaty McBoatface' name choice for polar ship

Bid to raise WWII flying boat from Pembroke Dock seabed

Sea King Mk4 bids farewell to the Royal Navy with flypast

62 people dead after plane misses runway in Russia

Airlander 10: New pictures of world's longest aircraft

Bursledon Windmill will be boosted by £10,000 thanks to Tesco shoppers

Longannet switch-off ends coal-fired power production in Scotland

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, John McCorriston, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth



26/03/16  Channel 4 1730-1830
         "Speed with Guy Martin"  3/4 Hovercraft

26/03/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 1855-2055
         "The Iron Maiden" (1962) Aircraft designer with a passion for traction engines

27/03/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 1120-1320
         "The Iron Maiden" (1962) Aircraft designer with a passion for traction engines

27/03/16  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Great Canal Journeys"  Coast to coast across Sweden 2/3

28/03/16  Channel 5 2100-2200
         "The Tube: Going Underground"  Documentary series 2/8

29/03/16  BBC4 2200-2300
         "Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams"

29/03/16  BBC4 2300-0000
         "Timeshift: The Last Days of Steam"  1948-1960

30/03/16  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Welsh Railways"  1/2 Beating Beeching

30/03/16  Channel 5 2300-0000
         "The Tube: Going Underground"  Documentary series 2/8

31/03/16  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Timeshift: The Golden Age of Coach Travel"  The 1950s

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

25/03/16-   Bure Valley Railway: Easter Eggspress

25/03/16-   South Devon Railway: Easter Heritage Gala

25/03/16-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Easter Weekend

25/03/16-   Isle of Man Railways: Rush Hour on the Railways

26/03/16    Ilfracombe Model Railway Society Exhibition
           Landmark Pavilion, Ilfracombe, EX34 9BZ

27/03/16    Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Easter Egg Hunt

27/03/16-   Cromford Canal Horse Day and Leawood Pump Steaming Day
28/03/16    Middleton Top Engine House Steaming Day

01/04/16    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           "Strictly Freight Only part 2" – the story continued by Brian Ringer
           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

01/04/16-   Mid-Norfolk Railway and 125 Group
03/04/16    Screaming Paxmans Spring Diesel Gala

03/04/16    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

04/04/16    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           The Underhill Centre, St John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
           "Gordon-Keeble, Hampshire's Only Supercar" by Mark Webster (rearranged from March)
           Starts at 1945

04/04/16    Peak Railway Association
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           “An evening with Ted Hancock”  by Ted Hancock
           £3 donation on the door, members and non-members welcome
           Starts 1930

07/04/16    RCTS South Wales: Outdoor event
           Visit to Freightliner Terminal Birmingham and line Bashing in West Midlands
           1430 Freightliner Terminal, Landor Street
           Reservations must be made in advance, by 24th March as PPE must be ordered
           £5 deposit required
           We propose taking the 0721 from Cardiff to Hereford and then buying the LM
           West Midlands Day Rover to take the 0846 to Birmingham New Street, changing
           at Shrub Hill to get to Snow Hill via Stourbridge Junction for a trip on the
           Parry People Mover, and then taking the tram to New Street
           Please contact Peter Fortune:

08/04/16-   Nene Valley Railway: Diesel Gala

08/04/16-   Swanage Railway: Spring Steam Gala

08/04/16-   Llangollen Railway: Spring Steam Gala

09/04/16-   Rushton, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Mixed Traction Weekend

09/04/16-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Model Railway Event

Cheers, Howard.
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