Subject: Raildate 17th March 2017
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 17/03/2017, 17:32
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Mega Trailer Testing at Wirksworth
(Spotter: Martin Miller)

Ecclesbourne 150 website has gone live

The Cornwall Railway Society website is a goldmine of historical information about railways in the South-west

East Lancashire Railway, Spring Steam Gala 2017, 10th/11th March
Severn Valley Railway, 0-6-0PT and Ivatt 2-6-2T, 11th March
The Pride Of The GWR - 5043 On The Red Dragon
01 150 und 41 096 nach Wernigerode sowie 95 027 nach Rübeland 11.03.2017
Auf Schmal- und Normalspur quer durch den Harz/IGE Wintertour Tag 4 + Bonus Tag2
Zugverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn - Albatros, Feuertaurus, 103 245 mit Intercity
Sandzug ab Colditz mit Dampflokomotive 50 3648 u. 58 3047
Absolute rarity !! An ICE 3 in the small station Holzkirchen Oberbayern
Georgemas Junction in N Gauge - Update 12th March
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Innovative engineering at Eden Brows slip
Refurbishment of Manchester Victoria
Airline inspired train seats (Still uncomfortable but lighter …)
SBB staff "flashmob"
LORAM railgrinding
Early ballast cleaning in US of A
JR railways training viewed by a HR specialist
Road bridges not fit for heavy traffic
(Spotter: Nail Kearns)

China - Cab Ride in JS Class 2-8-2, December 2016
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Proposal for a nuclear-powered locomotive
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Racing steam engines?  You saw it here first...
(Spotter: Nico Spilt)

Is cruising getting too hi-tec?

Will circular runways ever take off?



Pace of building electric and bi-mode trains to slow down in CP6 due to sluggish electrification

Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail staff on strike
ASLEF & GTR dispute solution going to members ballot

Arabic and Mandarin announcements at Marylebone

Rebuilding Vauxhall station

New HQ for Victoria Area resignalling

Peckham Rye station to be restored to Victorian splendour as long-lost waiting room is reopened

Bognor station refurbishment

First class faces axe in Southeastern rail franchise deal
Scrapping first-class train carriages leaves us all in third

Chiltern Railways set to test alternative traction system

Report into Thetford LC accident April 2016

Beams delivered for new road bridge over Norwich-Cromer line

£100k study on reopening railway line between Bourne End and High Wycombe

Trials and tribulations of life on the footplate brought to book

MPs back bid to restore viaduct

Parliamentary motion to support retention of guards on Northern Trains

RAIB report in to collapsed wall blocking Liverpool Lime Street

Merseyrail guard on safety charge is acquitted

Plans for station at Skelmersdale

Preston-Blackpool line upgrade underway

Bid for Fife rail expansion goes to parliament

£3m free travel scheme for ScotRail passengers detailed

Caersws station house for sale

Loco & PO brake York to Sheringham

Pullman car moved to WSR for restoration

Restoration of 5526 at Buckfastleigh

SVR share appeal passes £1m

Eurostar trading losses

Alstom wins order for 15 EuroDuplex units

Electro diesel locos built by Stadler ordered by HVLE (German open access freight operator)

Hector Rail orders 15 Siemens Vectron locos

OBB to participate in maintenance of Westbahn rollingstock

Port of Antwerp supports new container services

Alstom fuel cell multiple units start testing

Chinese to invest in Bulgarian Railways

Brightline (Florida) to start operation in September

Amtrak train covers passengers in snow

Another study to reopen part of Vancouver Island Railway

Bright livery chosen for Indian built GE locomotives

Auckland station changes

Russian company to build wagons for Cuba

First wagons delivered to Kenyan standard gauge railway

South Korean Railways experiment with longer trains

Night Tube drivers to take strike action

London Underground PCSOs balloted over strike action

Seven nuns pictured at Seven Sisters - but some say there are nine

TfL admits liability over Croydon tram crash

Crich Tramway Village collection hit by winter mould

Hydrogen powered trams ordered

Scottish minister to meet First Group over sale of Galashiels a depot to West Coast Motors

Slow progress on Bus Eireann pay talks

Narrowboat delivered to Thames and Severn canal

Southampton-based ferry operator Red Funnel put on the market for £250million

Toyota to invest £240m in UK plant at Burnaston

Delays at Southampton airport due to shortage of Air Traffic controllers

Citywing 'virtual airline' goes out of business

Flight of restored Spitfire halted over technical hitch

Hawker Hurricane Downed Over Dunkirk About To Return To The Skies

Subsidised Dundee–Stansted route secured for two years

Cathay Pacific losses

Last Lynx helicopter retired by Royal Navy

Rex Saab 340 lands safely after losing propeller

Possible Location Found for New Museum to House Salvaged FM-2 Wildcat Currently Under Restoration

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



19/03/17  Channel 4 1900-2000
         "Our Guy in China"  Guy Martin looks at Chinese engineering

19/03/17  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Rivers with Jeremy Paxman"  The River Mersey

20/03/17  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "Super Scary Plane Landings"  On Caribbean islands

20/03/17  Channel 5 2100-2200
         "Inside Kings Cross"  3/4 Commuter chaos

21/03/17  ITV 1930-2000
         "Britain's Busiest Motorway"  The M25 5/6

22/03/17  BBC2 1900-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Transylvania to the Black Sea

23/03/17  BBC2 1900-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Zermatt to Geneva

23/03/17  BBC4 2100-2200
         "The Golden Age of Steam Railways"  1/2 Small is beautiful

24/03/17  BBC2 1900-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Tangier to Marrakesh



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

18/03/17-   Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Kids for a Quid

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

20/03/17    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet  Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "Buses in Bath & Bristol" by James Freeman
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

20/03/17    Friends of Cromford Canal
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           Starts 1930
           "Stanton at War" by Stephen Flinders
           Admission: £2.00

25/03/17    Midland Railway Society
           The Showroom, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
           "The Midland in the East End of Sheffield"
           by Ted Hancock
           Room open from 1100 with the talk starting at 1330
           Non-members welcome

25/03/17-   London Festival of British Railway Modelling
26/03/17    Alexandra Palace, London

25/03/17-   North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Royal Scot (NOT 27/03 & 31/03)

26/03/17    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Mother's Day Special

03/04/17    Calder Northern Group of the NMRA Model Railway Exhibition
           Crewe Heritage Centre, Vernon Way, Crewe, CW1 2DB
           Adult: £7, Child: £3, Under-5s free

03/04/17    Peak Railway Association
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           "From Crossrail to the Elizabeth Line" by Simon Bennett of Crossrail
           £3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
           Starts 1930

03/04/17    Matlock Bath Heritage Group & Peak District Lead Mining Museum
           The Peak District Lead Mining Museum, South Parade, Matlock, DE4 3NR
           "History of the Midland Railway, Focussing on the Lines in Derbyshire"
           by Glynn Waite
           Tickets £6 (or £5 for PDMHS members or Friends of the Pavilion)
           Under 18s half price - price includes tea and cake
           Advance tickets: 01629 583834

07/04/17-   Nene Valley Railway: Diesel Gala

08/04/17    Enfield Transport Bazaar
           St Paul's Centre, 102 Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6AR
           1100-1430, admission: £3 (accompanied child free)

08/04/17    Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways: "The Snowdonian"

08/04/17-   Sheffield Model Railway Exhibition
09/04/17    Birkdale School, Oakholme Road, Sheffield, S10 3DH

Cheers, Howard.
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