Subject: Raildate 3rd March 2017
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 03/03/2017, 18:17
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A Brief History of The Hockley Viaduct

Friends of Alton station - campaigning to save the original footbridge

High Speed Concrete
Manchester Metrolink Second City Crossing opening day
Manchester Metrolink St Peter's Square 2CC Opening Day
(Martin Miller)

Jock Kinneir Library launches with an appeal for submissions
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Royal Train at Newport, plus Ruggex to Scotland with 68024 at Cardiff/Newport
Last trains to Tower Colliery with Freightliner 66s
A day Spotting at Crewe and more, 20 years ago
Feb 11th Cardiff Central with Rugby Special inc 68s x 2 + 67s x 3 and more
Margam Yard cab ride in a 37, plus arrival of Ixion Railtour stock. 14 yrs ago
Canton Shed in Cardiff 14 years ago plus Cathays Yard stock moves
Scottish memories in 1995  Including HSTs and 37s
(Mike Wilcock)

Churnet Valley Steam Gala Feb 2017
(Barry Knapper)

Nene Valley Railway, 'Bulleid 50', 25th February
45699 Galatea 5Z85 Carnforth WCRC-Crewe, 1st March
76084 & 45690 Leander 1Z74 The Buxton Spa Express, 25th February
Churnet Valley Railway - Winter Steam Gala 2017
February half term, 2017, on the Severn Valley Railway
Bunter Zugverkehr im Saaletal und auf der Frankenwaldbahn - Raildox, Stock, SETG
Unter Dampf - Schnellzuglokomotive 03 2204-0/1997-2003
Trains in the area around Assling in Bavaria
Spezial ICE 1 bis ICE 4 - From slow to fast!
Den S-Bahn Werbezug "Air Dolomiti" gibt es nicht mehr!
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Timelapse film of bridge rebuilding at Berkley
Update on NR signalling
Latest developments on Brighton Main Line 2 proposals
New High output ballast cleaner under test
Studies started on Helsinki – Tallinn rail tunnel
Bloodhound SSC development
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Cab ride on Dream City Railway
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Doomed Titanic ship brought back to life in stunning colour pictures



Railway industry at ‘crucial turning point’

Chris Grayling to Japan: 'Some of our trains are superior to yours'

National Express prefer German to UK operating franchises

GE delivers more class 70s to Colas Rail

DB "still interested" in London - Frankfurt services

Ticket discounts on Virgin West Coast

Train fire at West Croydon

RMT seeks further talks with GTR/Southern
Go Ahead profits hit by Southern strikes

Great Western electrification 'mismanaged'

New Chief Operating Officer appointed for Network Rail Wessex Route.

Greater Anglia invests in faster, greener locomotives

Car fallen on track (Royal Dock) at Norwich

Train stopped by police when bagels flung in carriage

'Stolen' car careers through level crossing while fleeing police

Three shortlisted for East Midlands franchise

Two arrests in Doncaster over £2m railway track theft

Rail staff at Merseyside and Northern to strike

No Liverpool Lime Street trains 'for days' after wall collapse

Track workers hit by ballast moved by passing train

'Short-sighted' Borders Railway vision claims denied

Suggestion of double deck trains between Edinburgh & Glasgow

Transport Minister launches Scotland’s Guide to the Benefits of Using Rail Freight

Storm Doris: Gwynedd rail line still closed after damage

20 year wait to complete path along closed railway from Bangor

German built loco from Spain under restoration on Ravenglass & Eskdale line

G&WR to reopen next week

Vandalism at Ferryhill loco shed

New volunteers sought by Talyllyn Railway

Hollande inaugurates Sud Europe Atlantique high-speed line

Operating contract in Slovakia cancelled.

Italian trials of ETRMS with satellite positioning

Containerised Swiss cheese exported to China by rail

Russian heavy freight loco on test

New Algerian main line train on show

SAR starts first passenger services from Riyadh

Chinese built loco on test on the Belgrano railway in Argentina

Elephant operated level crossing in West Bengal

Caltrain extends contract deadlines for electrification

Door trapping incident at Bank on DLR

RMT to hold ballot over victimisation of tube staff

London Underground / RMT maintenance dispute

North Wales metro 'will deliver' says transport secretary

'Ambitious' bid to build model railway in Scottish glen

£165m Manchester tram line opens
Tram driver's view of Manchester city centre

Blackpool tram passenger numbers back on the rise after 2014 dip

Bus lane cameras make £31m in a year for councils

Taxi group rep has doubts about driverless bus service

Dail to quiz ministers over Bus Eireann dispute

1,160 Bridgend Ford job cuts projected in leaked report

Lichfield Canal "Tunnel Vision" appeal

Record freight carryings for Red Funnel

Delays to introducing new Cowes Chain ferry

Shipping slump: Why a vessel worth $60m was sold as scrap

Moving an oil platform from China to the North Sea

Pilot errors led to Shoreham air crash, says AAIB

Mouse on a plane grounds British Airways Heathrow flight

Canadian Spitfire Update

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, John McCorriston, Reg Nerps, Andrew Nummelin, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth



04/03/17  BBC4 1900-2000
         "Indian Hill Railways"

05/03/17  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Rivers with Jeremy Paxman"  River Severn

06/03/17  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "The Cars that Made Britain Great"

06/03/17  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "Inside Kings Cross: the Railway"  1/4

07/03/17  ITV 1930-2000
         "Britain's Busiest Motorway"  M25 fly on the windscreen documentary 3/6

07/03/17  BBC4 2355-0055
         "Indian Hill Railways"

08/03/17  BBC4 2200-2300
         "Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies"  2/2



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

03/03/17-   Llangollen Railway: Spring Steam Gala

03/03/17-   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Steam Gala

04/03/17-   Romsey and District Railway Modellers Society Exhibition
05/03/17    Crosfield Hall, Broadwater Road, Romsey, SO51 8GL

05/03/17    Spring Indoor Transport Fair
           Cosham Community Centre, Wootton Street, Cosham, PO6 3AP
           Admission: £1.50 (accompanied under 14s free)
           Free bus rides (subject to availability) using Portsmouth Leyland Atlantean 190
           TBK 190K and Eastbourne AEC Regent 42 AHC 442

06/03/17    Peak Railway Association
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           "Switzerland by Rail, Cable and Funicular" by Geoff Proctor
           £3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
           Starts 1930

08/03/17    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           "Early Days (1949-1961) Part 2 (Trainspotting from 1949 to early 1960s)"
           by David Maidment
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

09/03/17    Wings and Wheels Society
           The Community Centre, Rednock Drive, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 4BX
           "The Severn Railway Bridge" by Paul Barnett
           Entry: £4.00 on the door, all welcome

14/03/17    Great Western Society Bristol Group
           Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
           "Vintage Steam - Cine Films from the 1960s & 1970s at Home & Abroad"
           by Terry Nicholls
           1930 for 1945
           No admission charge, but a donation of £2.00 is appreciated

18/03/17-   Midlands Garden Rail Show
19/03/17    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN

18/03/17-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Diesel Locomotive Weekend

19/03/17    Front Entrance Bus Running Day, Winchester

19/03/17    Doncaster Toy Collectors Fair
           Doncaster Exhibition Centre, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB

Cheers, Howard.
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