Subject: Raildate 23rd September 2016
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 23/09/2016, 15:41
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Sibiu-Agnita Railway update from Laurie Webb, our Romanian Correspondent

SAR volunteers held another steam weekend on 17/18th September in hot, sunny weather. I travelled to Cornatel on Wednesday afternoon with fellow expat Colin Shaw. We reached Cornatel too late for work so went to our accommodation and then a meal with Romanian volunteers and members of the SARUK British support group, who had flown to Sibiu earlier in the week.

Thursday: Colin and I moved old standard gauge sleepers. Good ones will be cut in half for narrow gauge sleepers and split ones used to fuel the steam engine at the next steam weekend.

Friday: I offered to fix the SAR motor trolley which had developed a problem when the starter engaged at random. I found a loose wire, checked for signs of any short circuit and reconnected the battery. Nothing untoward happened so I pressed the starter. The Trabant engine finally started and Mihai, president of the volunteers, suggested I test drive the trolley in the station yard to see if the problem recurred. After an hour there were no problems - result!

Saturday: Mihai asked me to drive the motor trolley and trailers to shuttle passengers over the last two kilometres to Hosman, where they could visit a roof tile factory. Due to its weight the steam loco was barred from the last two kilometres where rotten sleepers have been removed but not replaced - the gaps can be seen in my video. I spent the next three hours shuttling 10 to 20 passengers back and forth. Colin had to return for business reasons so we came home Saturday evening.

I have compiled a video using photographs, some from other volunteers, and video I filmed myself...


Martin Miller's video of Mansfield Woodhouse station
Manchester Metrolink
Manchester Metrolink - the Deansgate ramp
Manchester Metrolink - Mosley Street
Manchester Metrolink - St Peter's Square
Manchester Metrolink - return to St Peter's Square
Heaton Chapel station
Part 1:
Part 2:
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway - high speed trolley testing
Buxton station in 2016 - with rabbits

Mike Wilcock's video of the spectacular naming ceremony of 66727

Radio installation at Whitemoor marshalling yard
(Spotter: Martin Allen)

Ilfracombe branch project

Britain on Film: Railways
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Google street view inside Zurich Hbf
How CSX was named
Flywheel energy storage
Vintage buses in Glasgow
Red Funnel corporate history with links
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

76084 5M50 Loaded Test Run, 20th September
Action on the Severn Valley Railway, March, August, September 2016
Epping & Ongar Diesel Gala, 17th September
DR-Dieselloks und Dieselzüge/Halberstadt - Bad Blankenburg, 1999
The most magnificent Rolls-Royce ever built
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Stoomtrein Goes-Borsele Diesel gala
Bello-festival of the Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik
4-6-2 steam locomotive 01 1075 at Woerden
(Spotter: Kees Wielemaker)

London to Paris in the driver's cab
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Nice Low Pass DC-6
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Our roads are choked - we’re on the verge of carmageddon

Postcard from the past: a nostalgic glimpse into holidays of yesteryear



Consultation launched over new Govia Thameslink services

London’s train map is about to look very different

Major shake-up of London commuter trains... but it won't arrive until 2018

Southern Railway travellers face more strikes

Services on landslip line return to normal

Trains suspended between Barnstaple and Exeter

Britain's largest steam train on track for South Devon
6201 Princess Elizabeth: Hundreds turn out to see record-breaking steam train pass through Somerset

Torquay fare dodger who didn't pay £2.80 rail fares left more than £1,600 out of pocket

Tracklaying completed for Chiltern to Oxford

Network Rail fined £4m over level crossing death of actress

Bi-mode fleet needed by 2020, says major East Midlands rail strategy

New wagons delivered for Tarmac Mountsorrel quarry traffic

Rail in the north ‘should be fully devolved by 2025’

New pictures show work progressing on major commuter route for Liverpool

More trains will means more traffic queues in two Yorkshire towns

The glory and the grime: The final years of steam trains in Yorkshire

ScotRail and RMT 'in principle' agreement in trains dispute
ScotRail 'fudge' over driver-only dispute will see conductors closing doors - and drivers opening them

Costs soar on another two Scots rail projects

Scotland’s most northerly railway line ‘facing closure’

First Hitachi EMU for ScotRail on test

Borders Line Sunday service steam trains run despite doubts

Clearance work on disused Trawsfynydd railway line to start

Train narrowly misses two people in tunnel

Flying Scotsman: fans flock to see a true British icon on the Severn Valley Railway

Steam enthusiast falls in front of train while taking photos

Pensioner booted off Snowdon tourist train because 'fat family refused to move and make room for him'

Isle of Man shortage of useable locos

Markeaton Park Light Railway has shut

Eurostar prepares to scrap 186mph Class 373s

Stadler introduces Eurodual UK locomotive

Hitachi signs long-term Class 800 engine contract with MTU

Great Continental Railways: What would George Bradshaw make of British rail today?

Hungarian Track recording train revealed

DB and Toshiba Hybrid loco project

Via Rail to order bi-mode trains

Fire destroys historic Southern Pacific Railroad depot in Long Beach

Kenyan standard gauge line construction stopped by environmental tribunal

1500 km rail corridor agreed across Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Jubilee Line  incident response hindered by staff shortage

Metro North order more Kawasaki multiple units

Extra funding for San Diego tram system extension

After move south, restored trolley station ready for museum-goers

Husband buys his wife the double-decker bus where they first met

Beginning of the end for the "New Routemaster"?

Dublin Bus strike: Thousands affected by fifth day of action

'World's fastest shed' attempts airfield record

The logic in Apple buying McLaren

Kelpies win international canals award

Bring back Britannia to rule the waves after Brexit

Amsterdam to get world’s first robot boat in €25m project

Spitfire crashes after landing at Sywell Aerodrome

Women taken off Southampton flight after writing on plane

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



24/09/16  Channel 5 2230-2330
         "The Cars that Made Britain Great" 4/8

25/09/16  Channel 4 1930-2100
         "Speed with Guy Martin" 2/3 A pedal-powered airship

26/09/16  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "Aircrash: Terror at Take-off"

26/09/16  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Brushing Up On... British Statues" 2/6 with Danny Baker

27/09/16  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Brushing Up On... British Beaches" 3/6 with Danny Baker

27/09/16  BBC2 2100-2200
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys" 2/6 Zermatt to Geneva

28/09/16  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Brushing Up On... British Woodlands" 4/6 with Danny Baker

28/09/16  BBC1 1930-2000
         "Railways: the Making of a Nation" Episodes vary according to BBC region

29/09/16  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "The Tube: Going Underground"

29/09/16  BBC4 2000-2030
         "Railways: the Making of a Nation" Railway time

30/09/16  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "World's Tallest Towers"

30/09/16  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "The Cars that Made Britain Great" 5/8

30/09/16  Channel 5 2100-2200
         "Carry on Caravanning" 5/6



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

Until       Severn Valley Railway: Steam Event

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

24/09/16    Ffestiniog Railway: Trailffest

24/09/16-   London Transport Museum: A Logo for London
25/09/16    The Museum Depot, Acton

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-   Avon Valley Railway: 1940s Weekend

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

01/10/16    Romsey Town Council Film Festival
           "The Titfield Thunderbolt" (1953) followed by
           “Romsey Signal Box and Sprat & Winkle Line"
           Doors open 1400, film starts at 1430
           Tickets: £6 from the Town Hall office (open 0900 to 1500) or from...

01/10/16-   Bure Valley Railway: Model Rail Express

01/10/16    Peak Rail: 50th Anniversary of Closure of Rowsley Shed Exhibition

01/10/16-   Fareham and District Model Railway Club: Model Railway Exhibition
02/10/16    Fareham Leisure Centre, Park Lane, Fareham, Hants, PO16 7JU

01/10/16-   Cromford Canal Horse Day and Leawood Pump Steaming Day

02/10/16    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

02/10/16    Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Autumn Steam Gala

02/10/16    Middleton Top Engine House Steaming Day

03/10/16    Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
           The Underhill Centre, St John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
           "Wessex Brewing and Malting" by Peter Stanier
           Starts at 1945

03/10/16    Peak Railway Association
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           “The Route of The South Yorkshireman”  by  Martin Bromley
           £3 donation on the door, members and non-members welcome
           Starts 1930

03/10/16-   Nottingham Midland Station: Remembering Victoria
09/10/16    Exhibition commemorating 50 years since the closure of Nottingham Victoria station

03/10/16    Radstock Museum
           Waterloo Road, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 3EP
           “An Evening on the S&D" by Andrew Linham
           Admission: £3
           Starts 1930

07/10/16-   Great Central Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

07/10/16-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Autumn Steam Spectacular

07/10/16-   Ffestiniog Railway: Victorian Weekend

08/10/16    Dr Edwin Course Memorial Event
           Bursledon Brickworks, Coal Park Ln, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 7GW
           "The Itchen Navigation" Terry Gould
           "Twyford Waterworks" Martin Gregory
           "Gosport Railways" Peter Keet
           "The Farm Survey, Hockley Viaduct, et al" Pam Moore
           "One of Edwin's Interests in Portsmouth and other recollections" Prof Ray Riley
           Tickets: £5.00 from Pam Moore

08/10/16    West Wales 0 Gauge Group Model Railway Exhibition
           Village Hall, Main Road, Bronwydd Arms, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire
           Adult: £4, Concession: £3, Child: £2, Family: £10

08/10/16    Vale of Rheidol Railway: Music on the Train

08/10/15-   Farnham & District MRC: 42nd Model Railway Exhibition
09/10/15    Connaught Leisure Centre, Aldershot, GU12 4AS

08/10/16-   Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway: Autumn Diesel Weekend

08/10/15-   Apedale Valley Light Railway: Steam Centenary Weekend

Cheers, Howard.
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