Subject: Raildate 10th June 2016
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 10/06/2016, 17:14
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Sibiu-Agnita Railway update from Laurie Webb, our Romanian Correspondent

On 14/15th May, an 0-8-0T and two carriages were brought at short notice to Cornatel by owner Georg Hocevar for a chartered trip.  Mihai Blotor, President of Asociatia Mocaniteii volunteer group, asked if the train could remain for the weekend, and went on national radio on the Thursday evening to publicise the event.  Over 1,000 visitors, including six from the UK, rode on the train over the two days, which made eight return trips along the 3.5km of track restored by the volunteers with the help of SARUK members from England and Wales.  Although hastily arranged, passenger numbers almost matched the widely publicised steam weekend in September 2015.

On 21st May, 41 UK visitors were given a talk by Mr Blotor on the history of the line and the work of the volunteer group since 2009, followed by a trip in the Trabant-engined draisine and trailer cars.  (Sighisoara-Agnita opened 1898, and to Sibiu in 1910; Sighisoara-Agnita closed in 1965 and Agnita-Sibiu in 2001).  Later that day, a group of 12 UK visitors rode along the restored 3.6kms of track.

The Mayor of Sibiu has requested a steam weekend to coincide with a festival in the city, and has offered to pay for the loco and carriage - an offer the "Friends of the Mocanita" couldn't refuse.  This will take place on 24-26th June with, hopefully, more track cleared and resleepered to extend the run by a few hundred metres.

Over the summer, volunteers, again aided by SARUK Supporters Group, will continue to clear the track, replace sleepers and missing track spikes and fishplates, and dig out a tarmacced over level crossing to allow running to Hosman, 6km from Cornatel, for the planned September steam weekend (24/25th).  There is a siding just beyond the level crossing into which the loco will run after being detached from the carriages, which will then be drawn forward by a small diesel loco.  The steam loco will then be recoupled to the carriages to enable it to always be at the front of the train, rather than operating as a "push-pull".


Mike Wilcock's video of the Royal Train arriving at Cardiff, 7th June

Martin Miller's Duffield station interlude
By 4F to Wirksworth, 17th October 1965 - Sound only

The ABC Railway Guide - Your Guide to Britain's Railway Infrastructure

Rushden Cavalcade of Historic Transport and Country Show, 1st May
Part 1:
Part 2:
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, 'Swindon Built' Cotswold Festival of Steam, 28th May
45699 Galatea 5V44 Carnforth WCRC-Southall WCRC, 3rd June
GCR 1940s Weekend Quorn and Woodhouse, 5th June
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The FARSAP Project - recent additions to the SRS web site:
Goole Swing Bridge -
Selby Swing Bridge -
Manchester Piccadilly PSB -
(via John Lacy)

Kyoto Railway Museum (Photo Gallery)
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

In praise of the tram: how a love of cars killed the workers' transport system

The photographers of 1870s London who documented their disappearing city

Horn Sounds
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)



Digital plan for trains feeling strain of high demand and creaky foundations
Could we finally see the end of overcrowded trains?

In the age of HS2, the past teaches us there are far better ways to run our railways

HS2: the zombie train that refuses to die

ORR begins Periodic Review 2018 consultation

British Steel launches corrosion-resistant rails

Jane Fawcett, Bletchley decoder and campaigner for St Pancras – obituary

Police seek Flying Scotsman enthusiasts who trespassed on railway lines

Thames Valley EMU order finalised

Thousands of commuters stranded as major rail line into London closed

Union says it has proof Southern Railway lied about cancelled services

Driver dies as car crashes leaving debris on rail line in Fair Oak

Sculpture resembling train crash shortlisted to stand outside railway station

Victoria Wood remembered as station renamed in her honour

Northern to be divided into four regions

Ilkley-bound trains cancelled after flash floods cause landslip

ScotRail guards vote for strike action

Queen Street tunnel timelapse - the first fifty days

Plan to reinstate Ballater's Old Royal Station unveiled

Get Scotland on track with more freight on rails

Walkers stranded at Trainspotting station by ‘ghost trains’

Weekend trains disrupted by cable thieves

A4076 near Johnston reopens after lorry hits bridge

New Bluebell Railway chairman

Garnet gets the go-ahead - the only BR Mk1 1960/1 Parlour First in as-built condition

Engineer torched railway then raised alarm to play the "hero"

Gotthard tunnel: World's longest and deepest rail tunnel opens in Switzerland

SBB to launch Frankfurt-Milan services next year

DB celebrates 25 years of high-speed rail in Germany

The Ghan set to become Australia's longest passenger train

Construction begins on Grand Paris Express metro

Tram users are happier than those on trains

Ozzy Osbourne has Birmingham tram named after him

Rio de Janeiro opens first light rail line

Rediscovered film solves mystery of the farmhouse on the M62

Confusion at four speed signs in Plymouth road

100 jobs at risk as Silcox Coaches looks for a buyer

£285m airport too windy to open

World’s most expensive airline ticket goes on sale

United starts direct San Francisco-Singapore 787-9 service

Airbus introduces final RAF Voyager

B-29 Doc is on the move with low-speed taxi test

Lancaster bomber KB 882 not moving to Edmonton

Group seeks support to restore last remaining DH4 airframe to airworthy condition

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth



11/06/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 1115-1140
         "Elizabethan Express"  1954 BTF film about the then new service from London to Edinburgh

13/06/16  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Railway Walks with Julia Bradbury: Gateway to the Highlands"  6/6

13/06/16  BBC4 2000-2030
         "Canals - The Making of a Nation"  Geology

13/06/16  ITV 2100-2200
         "Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport"  3/3

14/06/16  BBC4 2000-2030
         "Canals - The Making of a Nation"  Engineering

16/06/16  Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 1355-1510
         "The Last Journey"  1935 drama featuring suicidal driver filmed on the GWR

16/06/16  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys"  5/6 Japan

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

10/06/16-   Epping Ongar Railway: Steam Gala

10/06/16-   North Norfolk Railway: Diesel Spectacular

11/06/16    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Family Summer Steam Rail Cruise

11/06/16    The Welshpool & Llanfair Railway: Afternoon Tea Extra Train

11/06/16-   Stapleford Miniature Railway: Models & Miniatures

11/06/16-   Chesterfield Railway Modellers: Peak Model Railway Exhibition
12/06/16    Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, DE45 1AH

11/06/16-   Llangollen Railway: Heritage Railcar Gala

12/06/16    Copythorne Steam & Vintage Vehicle Rally
           Scout Field, Romsey Road, Copythorne, Southampton, SO40 2PB

12/06/16    Southsea Bus Spectacular

12/06/16    Nottingham Bus Museum: Free Open Day
           Portland Road, Hucknall, Nottingham, 1000-1700

16/06/16    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train Experience

16/06/16-   Foxfield Railway: Summer Steam Gala

17/06/16-   Great Central Railway: Model Railway & Engineering Exhibition

18/06/16    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

18/06/16    Gloucestershire Model Railway Exhibition
           Hucclecote Methodist Church, Carisbrooke Road, Hucclecote, Gloucester, GL3 3QP

18/06/16    Book Signing in Worcester: The Hive between 1100 and 1500
           Edward Dorricott will be signing copies of his book
           "Samuel Telford Dutton - Railway Signal Engineer of Worcester"
           At 1500, Edward will lead a walk round parts of central Worcester associated with Dutton

18/06/16    Llangollen Railway: Real Ale Train

18/06/16-   Epping Ongar Railway: 1940s Weekend

18/06/16-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Heritage Transport Festival

18/06/16-   Shillingstone Railway Project: Midsummer Steam-up

18/06/16-   Chasewater Railway: Coal Train Weekend

19/06/16    Bure Valley Railway: Fathers VIP Day

19/06/16    Peak Park Preserved Bus Gathering
           Over 50 vintage buses and coaches on show, free bus rides between the
           Rowsley South showground to Matlock, Bakewell & Chatsworth

19/06/16    Llanberis Lake Railway: Fathers Day Special

19/06/16-   Soar Valley Model Railway Club & Great Central Railway
20/06/16    Model Railway & Engineering Exhibition

20/06/16    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet  Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "Reading Station from 1840" by Paul Joyce
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

20/06/16    Friends of Cromford Canal
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           Starts 1930
           "Top Gear at the Great Central Railway" by Bill Devit

23/06/16    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train Experience

24/06/16-   Mid-Norfolk Railway: Summer Steam Gala

24/06/16-   Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway: Summer Steam Gala

25/06/16    Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Hampshire Autistic Charity Event

25/06/16    Chesil Railway & Tunnel Tours: 1115 and 1415
           £7.50 adult, £3 child - best to book

25/06/16-   Bluebell Railway: Model Railway Weekend

25/06/16-   Churnet Valley Railway: Anything Goes Weekend

25/06/16-   Severn Valley Railway: Step Back to the 1940s

25/06/16-   The Welshpool & Llanfair Railway: Country Railway Weekend

25/06/16-   Welsh Highland Heritage Railway: Teddy Bears' Picnic

Cheers, Howard.
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