Subject: Raildate 1st April 2016
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Date: 01/04/2016, 17:59

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In honour of the day...
Virgin Trains Introduces Flying Scotsman to the Commuter Route

The fourth Firth of Forth bridge
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Videos from Martin Miller: Steam at Wirksworth, 27th March
DB Schenker class 66 departs Derby with empty wagons, 28th September 2015
Waterloo Station, 17th August 1966
Dining with trams in Rome - Tranvia di Roma

Videos from Andrew Cook: Reading - The Devon Express, 23rd March
Taking the Night Riviera stock away, 23rd March
Class 442 - End of the Line? Clapham Junction, 28th March
Heathrow Connect unit working Heathrow Express, March 2016

Video from Mike Willcock: Last DB service from Cwmbargoed to Aberthaw before Freightliner takeover, 31st March

Railway Official Postcards 1900-1914: Articles of Art and Advertising - a public lecture offered by Dr David Turner at the University of York

London Waterloo archive images show century of evolution at famous railway station
BFI archive film Southern Railway in 1937

(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Severn Valley Railway, 26th March
6990 Witherslack Hall, Severn Valley Railway, Easter 2016
North Yorkshire Moors Railway, 27th March
Ostern im Mansfelder Land mit Dampflok Nr.20 - Benndorf-Hettstedt
Heritage Diesel Trains - Bendigo Easter Fair 2016
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Pictures from the CH Wood Collection of Bradford on show in City Park as part of UNESCO project
London Underground has its own mosquito subspecies
Aviation Graveyard - Kingman Arizona
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Yangon's circular railway – in pictures
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Cheap vodka and giant castles: the joy of Interrail

Johnston Sans: The Tube typeface that changed everything

Knocker uppers: Waking up the workers in industrial Britain



Rail fares up but passenger satisfaction also on rise

The innovators: the virtual train pass that gets you the best fare even after you've travelled

Railways' rate of improvement is 'unacceptably slow'

Modern rail travel is a slow-grinding nightmare of too many people and too little space

Electrification: delivering the transformation

Passengers forced off train at Plymouth due to overcrowding

Misleading GWR advert withdrawn

Rail delays in Hampshire after smoke spotted coming from faulty train near Brockenhurst

Man arrested after car abandoned on rail line causes chaos

East West Rail preferred corridor selected

Construction set to start at Ilkeston station

Completion of the Norton Bridge flyover

Construction partnership set up to deliver Ordsall Chord

Hitachi awarded TransPennine Express multiple-unit contract

New start for north as franchises are launched

Duck row reignites ahead of Sir Nigel Gresley statue unveiling

Start of Queens Street Tunnel closure revised service

Borders Railway improvements demanded

Community groups adopt new Midlothian stations

SSE launches dedicated UK rail power business unit

Police appeal over graffiti damage to Swanage Railway carriages

Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway and Pete Waterman to raise £1.25m to complete extension

'Tornado' on flying visit to Didcot Railway Centre

Works starts on Loughborough’s ‘Bridge to the Future’

Derbyshire railway station transformed as part of ITV series shoot

Flying Scotsman back on display at NRM

90 years of Babbacombe Cliff Railway

How the world will react to the new Thomas the Tank Engine

SBB profits affected by strong Swiss franc

Israel Railways rolling stock order

Level Crossing Accident in Minnesota

Disused railway bridge destroyed by fire in Saskatchewan

Hokkaido Shinkansen opens

Midland Metro tram crashes into car in Wolverhampton

Tramway terminal centre of Talbot Gateway phase two (Blackpool)

Runaway Snaefell mountain tram crash drama

Increased frequency on DART postponed

Further industrial action on LUAS

Tramway extension in Seattle

Tashkent tram network to close

Century-old Chicago trolley car found in Wisconsin back yard

LT class Routemasters recalled for power steering fault

Bus fire in Lewisham

Meet Eddie Stobart’s biggest fan – he’s spent £11,000 on a model truck collection

Scrapped Alderney ferry link with Guernsey reinstated

New Cowes floating bridge ordered

New Wightlink ferry terminal proposed for Portsmouth

Port of Rostock blocked by grounded ship with drunk captain

Cruise ships to set sail from Cardiff and Newport from 2017

Former ferry enjoys new lease of life

Aurigny Airline jet suffers birdstrike - again

Lufthansa profits increase

Cessna Citation classroom

Boeing job cuts

Supersonic Boom aircraft will be the fastest passenger plane ever

UK's Boeing P-8 purchase gets US tick of approval

Fatigued Superjet test pilot used wrong throttle before crash

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



02/04/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 1535-1755
          "The Sound Barrier" 1952 movie about the search for the ultimate supersonic jet

02/04/16  Channel 4 1730-1830
          "Speed with Guy Martin"  2/4 Pikes Peak

03/04/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 1035-1255
          "The Sound Barrier" 1952 movie about the search for the ultimate supersonic jet

03/04/16  Channel 4 1830-1930
          "Speed with Guy Martin: F1 Special"

03/04/16  Channel 4 2000-2100
          "Great Canal Journeys"  Coast to coast across Sweden 3/3

04/04/16  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  Derby to Grantham

04/04/16  BBC4 1930-2000
          "Welsh Railways"  2/2 Beating Beeching

04/04/16  BBC4 2000-2100
          "Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways"  1/3

04/04/16  BBC4 2100-2130
          "James May: the Reassembler"  1/3 A 1959 Suffolk Colt lawnmower

04/04/16  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "The Tube: Going Underground"  Documentary series 3/8

04/04/16  BBC4 2130-2200
          "Decisive Weapons"  The P-51 Mustang

04/04/16  BBC4 2200-2300
          "Engineering Giants: Jumbo Jet Strip-Down"

04/04/16  BBC4 2300-0000
          "The Tube: an Underground History"

05/04/16  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  Grantham to Boston

05/04/16  BBC4 1930-2000
          "Brushing Up om... British Bridges"  with Danny Baker

05/04/16  BBC4 2000-2100
          "Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways"  2/3

05/04/16  BBC4 2100-2130
          "James May: the Reassembler"  2/3 A Bakelite dial telephone

05/04/16  BBC4 2130-2200
          "Decisive Weapons"  The Russian T34 tank

05/04/16  BBC4 2200-2300
          "The Bridge: Fifty Years across the Forth"  The Forth Road Bridge

05/04/16  BBC4 2300-2355
          "Timewatch: QE2 - the Final Voyage"

05/04/16  ITV 2315-0015
          "Goodwood Members Meeting"  Highlights of the historic car event

06/04/16  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  Lincolnshire/Yorkshire

06/04/16  BBC4 1930-2000
          "Brushing Up om... British Tunnels"  with Danny Baker

06/04/16  BBC4 2000-2100
          "Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways"  3/3

06/04/16  BBC4 2100-2130
          "James May: the Reassembler"  3/3 An electric guitar

06/04/16  BBC4 2130-2200
          "Decisive Weapons"  The Harrier Jump Jet

06/04/16  BBC4 2200-2300
          "How to Build a Nuclear Submarine"

06/04/16  BBC4 2300-0000
          "The Golden Age of Railways"  How narrow gauge railways were rescued

06/04/16  Channel 5 2300-0000
          "The Tube: Going Underground"  Documentary series 3/8

07/04/16  BBC Radio 4 1500-1530
          "Open Country"  Gainsborough's nodding donkeys - UK oil production

07/04/16  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  Middlesbrough to Hexham

07/04/16  BBC4 2000-2100
          "The Flying Scotsman: a Rail Romance"

07/04/16  BBC4 2230-2330
          "Full Throttle: the Glory Days of British Motorbikes"

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

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

02/04/16    Belper Model Railway Exhibition
            Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1UU

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

05/04/16    Friends of Dore and Totley Station: Open Meeting
            Totley Library, 205 Baslow Rd, Sheffield, S17 4DT
            Latest news about the reinstatement of the second platform
            Forthcoming inquiry into Hope Valley improvements
            Arriva's plans
            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

12/04/16    Great Western Society Bristol Group
            Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
            "Western Region – Signal Boxes and Diesels from the '70s onwards by Phil Bidwell
            1930 for 1945
            There is no admission charge, but a donation of at least £2 is appreciated

13/04/16    Swiss Railways Society (London Branch)
            The Model Railway Club, Keen House, 4 Calshot Street, London N1 9AT
            (Penton Rise stop on bus routes 30, 73, 205 & 476)
            Branch AGM Plus supporting programme
            "Gotthard Helicopter Trip" by John Jesson
            Meetings start 19:00, refreshments available
            Non-members very welcome. £3.50 donation requested

13/04/16    RCTS South Wales
            Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
            "Loco-Hauled Passenger Trains in the Privatisation Era" by Geoff Brockett
            Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
            Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

16/04/16    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

16/04/16    Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: Diesel Extravaganza

16/04/16    SW&SWIAC Conference, Dursley
            Organised by Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology

16/04/16-   East Lancashire Railway: Small Enginse Weekend

18/04/16    Newbury and District Transport Group
            The Community Space, Kennet  Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
            1915 for a prompt 1930 start
            "Goring's Wonderful Railway" by Mike Hurst
            Non-members welcome
            Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

23/04/16    SERIAC Conference, Kingston-upon-Thames
            Organised by Surrey Industrial History Group

23/04/16-   Epping Ongar Railway: Spring Diesel Gala

23/04/16-   Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Super Power Weekend

Cheers, Howard.
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