Subject: Raildate 8th September 2016
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 08/09/2016, 15:21
To: "Yahoo Raildate" <>

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Andrew Cook's videos - A stop at Erstfled, Switzerland, on the Gotthard route, 6th May
A short video of DRS Thundercat 68023 at Slateford, Edinburgh, 31st August

Martin Miller's video - Ecclesbourne Valley Railway - Little and Large

Faces of the Trans-Siberian Railway

Fascinating pictures show the Severn Bridge being built
(Spotter: Mike Price)

How Britain's rural routes are mapped

Britain from the air



Is it time to reopen more railway stations?

More competition on inter-city routes 'would improve passenger services'

Southern rail commuters plan legal action

Cattle-class: are Thameslink's new 'tube-style' trains the future of commuting?

Uncertain future for Fawley branch

Electric GWR services launched from Paddington

Beginning of the end for Banbury’s historic signal box

West Midlands rail franchise bidder 'can remove seats'

New wagons ordered for Middleton Towers sand traffic

ScotRail campaign to clamp down on fare dodgers

Scottish transport police to carry Tasers because of ‘severe’ terror risk

Delays on Borders route on 1st anniversary of reopening

Borders Railway overcomes 'cluster' of problems

Green light given for new facilities at Tweedbank station

Blunder sees cables installed too low on Glasgow to Edinburgh rail line

Hitachi built emu for Scotrail arrives at Velim test centre

Belmond Grand Hibernian train breaks down on first trip

Test run to avert queues at Cardiff station

Ticket systems to be modernised in Northern Ireland

Iconic diesel locomotive to be restored in Derbyshire

Next generation of TGV under development

France among Europe's priciest for train travel

NS reveals modernised double-deck EMU

SBB to launch Gotthard Panorama Express

Bavarian line reopened after 25 years

GySEV orders 10 more FLIRT EMUs

Pressure for 750m long freight trains in Europe

BNSF to introduce expedited intermodal service West coast ports to Dallas

Chinese built locos for Belgrano line in Argentina

London Underground ticket office closures to be reviewed

Steam on the Met cancelled

Manchester Metrolink opens expanded St Peter’s Square stop

Catenary free trams ordered by Ekisehir

Public Enquiry into collapse of GHA Coaches in North East Wales

Union withdraw from First Dorset pay discussions

F1 engineer makes first "flat-pack" truck

Boycie's Jaguar from Only Fools and Horses sells for £115,800

Minesweeping trawler untouched on the seabed for 100 years protected

First commercial flight between USA and Cuba

Protest at London City airport

How East can steer Rolls-Royce through 787 engine trouble

Albion colliery, the forgotten mining disaster

Demolition of Grain power station chimney

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth



10/09/16  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Clydebuilt: the Ships that Made the Commonwealth"  2/4 CS Mackey-Bennett

10/09/16  Channel 5 2230-2330
         "The Cars that Made Britain Great"  2/6 Celebrities share stories

11/09/16  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Madness on Wheels: Rallying's Craziest Years"

11/09/16  ITV 2220-2320
         "Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones"  5/5 South Africa

12/09/16  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "Aircrash: Terror in the Sky""

12/09/16  BBC1 South 1930-2000
         "Inside Out"  Nightmare journeys on Southern Rail

12/09/16  BBC4 1930-2000
         "The Boats that Built Britain"  4/6 The Reaper

12/09/16  BBC4 2200-2300
         "Timeshift: Full Throttle - the Glory Days of British Motorbikes"

12/09/16  BBC4 2300-0000
         "The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution"

13/09/16  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Brushing Up On... British Tunnels"  1/4 with Danny Baker

14/09/16  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Brushing Up On... British Bridges"  2/4 with Danny Baker

14/09/16  BBC2 2000-2100
         "Skies Above Britain"  Britain's airspace 5/5

14/09/16  BBC4 2130-2200
         "James May: the Reassembler"  3/3 Electric Guitar

15/09/16  BBC4 2000-2030
         "Tank Men"  Impact of tanks in WW1

16/09/16  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "Building the Panama Canal"

16/09/16  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "The Cars that Made Britain Great"  3/6

16/09/16  Channel 5 2100-2200
         "Carry On Caravanning"  3/6

16/09/16  Channel 5 2200-2300
         "The Tube: Going Underground" 3/8



All details are correct to the best of my knowledge, but no responsibility is accepted for inaccuracies or changes

09/09/16-   Bodmin & Wenford Railway: The Beattie Bash

09/09/16-   Welsh Highland Railway: Super-Power Weekend

10/09/16    King Alfred Heritage Bus & Coach Display
           Cattle Market Car Park, Worthy Lane, Winchester
           Includes free vintage bus service from the display to The Broadway

10/09/16    Combe Rail Exhibition
           The Lantern Centre, High Street, Ilfracombe
           Come and hear about the exciting plans for the Ilfracombe line, Lynton & Barnstaple,
           Ilfracombe Museum, The Tarka Valley Railway, Braunton Museum

10/09/16    Severn Valley Railway: Tribute Act

10/09/16    Romiley Methodist Railway Modeller's Exhibition

10/09/16-   Southampton Heritage Open Days

10/09/16-   South Devon Railway: Heritage Transport Gala

10/09/16-   Bure Valley Railway: Steam in Miniature

10/09/16-   The International N Gauge Show
11/09/16    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Nr Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN

10/09/16-   Peak Rail: Real Ale Festival

11/09/16    Romsey Signal Box open day
           Free admission today
           Limited parking - see website for details
           Brick Lane, Romsey - use sat-nav SO51 8LG

11/09/16    Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway: Car Club Rally Day

11/09/16    Severn Valley Railway: Paddington Visit

13/09/16    Great Western Society Bristol Group
           Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
           "The Severn Railway Bridge" by Paul Barnett
           1930 for 1945
           No admission charge, but a donation of £2.00 is appreciated

14/09/16    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           "The End of the Line June '65 - March '66 & the Aftermath" by Mike Beale (SDRT)
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

15/09/16    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train Experience

16/09/16-   Epping Ongar Railway: Autumn Diesel Gala

17/09/16    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

17/09/16    Evesham Vale Light Railway: Diesel Day

17/09/16-   Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Small Engines Gala

17/09/16-   Perrygrove Railway 20th Anniversary

17/09/16-   Epping Ongar Railway: Autumn Diesel Gala

17/09/16-   Nene Valley Railway: East Coast Diesel Weekend

17/09/16-   Cromford Canal Horse Day and Leawood Pump Steaming Day

17/09/16-   The Welshpool & Llanfair Railway: Teddy Bears' Weekend

17/09/16-   Middleton Railway: Mechanical Madness Diesel Gala

17/09/16-   Locomotion - The NRM at Stockton: Autumn Steam Gala

18/09/16    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Car Boot Sale

18/09/16    Ffestiniog Railway: Ras y Cob

19/09/16    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet  Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "Trains, Planes and Ferries around the country, 1980s to date" by Keith Butcher
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

19/09/16    Friends of Cromford Canal
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           Starts 1930
           "Reservoirs of the Cromford Canal" by David Brown

21/09/16-   Severn Valley Railway: Steam Event

22/09/16    Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train Experience

24/09/16    The Welshpool & Llanfair Railway: Diesel Day

24/09/16    Ffestiniog Railway: Trailffest

24/09/16-   Scaleforum 2016
25/09/16    Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 9PP
           Prices on the door - Society Members: £6, Non Members: £9
           Tickets valid for both days, partners and accompanied children admitted free
           Available in advance from...

24/09/16-   Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Traction Engine & Vintage Vehicle Rally

24/09/16-   Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway: Day Out With Thomas

24/09/16-   Foxfield Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

24/09/16-   East Lancashire Railway: Autumn Diesel Gala

24/09/16-   South Tynedale Railway: Oddities Event

24/09/16-   Vale of Rheidol Railway: Open Weekend

Cheers, Howard.
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