Subject: Raildate 24th March 2017
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 24/03/2017, 17:08
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5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe storms into Cardiff Central, runs round and departs
Spotting in South Wales and visit to Willesden 16 years ago
Tornado at Cardiff on St David's Day 2017 and 2009
Royal Train, 68024 at Cardiff and Newport, Last coal at Tower.Feb.24th 2017
Cardiff Central. Yellow NMT, 37558 Avro Vulcan XH558, Cwmbargoed last coal
Colas 60021 Aberthaw Bunker Tanks 1st run. 14th March 2017
(Mike Wilcock)

New FARSAP videos (Gilberdyke Junction to Melton Crossing & Grosmont to Whitby) have been added to the SRS website
(John Lacy)

March Diesel Gala Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Birmingham Moor Street Station Spring Interlude
Tyseley Station Spring Interlude
(Martin Miller)

Half an Hour at Liverpool James Street 17th March
Half an Hour at Birkenhead Hamilton Square 17th March

Severn Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala 2017, 17th/18th March
45407 at Hedge End, 18th March
Bound for Craigy HST charter train at Darlington, 18th March
45699 Galatea 5V44 Carnforth WCRC-Southall WCRC, 20th March
Lokportrait Dampflok 50 3545
Güterzüge im Blockabstand - Zugverkehr im Maintal - HSL, BoxXpress, TXL uvm
Dampflokomotive 50 3648 Chemnitz-Rochlitz / 1997
"Oldtimer" VT 701 overhead trolley in Holzkirchen Oberbayern
Steam Trains In The Goldfields-Castlemaine to Maldon Rail Trail Opening
Munich Airport "Franz Josef Strauss"
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Clan Line tour dates
Overcoming problems of e-ticketing
Planning for Fehmarn Belt link
Aircraft engineering training on Isle of Man
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Exploring the Abandoned Railroad of the Salmonberry River Trail

Strasburg Rail Road: Steam and Snow
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)



Rail industry promises 6,400 extra services

20 years of Virgin Trains

Southern, Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North strikes announced

Business as usual: Vivarail begins testing of new battery train

Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Plans to remove staff from London Overground stations dropped

Somerset freight derailment causing 'severe disruption'

Adhesion problems for special train from Okehampton
Support for Okehampton reopening

Work on new Kenilworth station

Transport for Greater Manchester to enhance stations

Bolton platform works start ahead of electric train introduction

Stadler awards £20m contract to BAM Nuttall for Kirkdale depot

Four trains, four generations - history to be made on Yorkshire’s East Coast Main Line

Pioneering scheme equips Edinburgh Airport to sell London rail tickets

ScotRail's 'new' HSTs

Couple getting hitched after Glasgow station proposal

Train fire at Leuchars

The most complex signalling phase in Britain

46100 visiting NYMR

Successful test run for world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train

Train breakdowns and faulty equipment lead to more delays

GYSEV orders Siemens Vectron locos

Stadler selected to supply suburban stock for use in Budapest

Man killed by exploding ticket machine in Germany

New rolling stock plant  being built in Chicago – with Chinese investment

Low emission shunting locos delivered to Texas

Budget cuts affecting AMTRAK and suburban railway investment

Investment in Potash Traffic for shipment from Vancouver

Contract awarded for Belgrano railway track refurbishment

Transport for West Midlands to take over Midland Metro operations

Train 'disappears' through block of flats in China's 'Mountain City'

The homeless shelter on four wheels

Bus Eireann board meeting over financial problems

Bus Eireann strike to start at midnight Friday

London Taxi Company's new Ansty Park plant opens in Coventry

London-Paris electric flight 'in decade'

CSeries completes London City airport validation flights

Propeller falls off Saab 340 aircraft near Sydney
Engine fire on second Saab 340 aircraft in Australia

United to retire 747 in October

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



27/03/17  BBC4 2000-2100
         "Racing Legends: John Surtees"

27/03/17  BBC4 2100-2200
         "Crash and Burn"  The story of racing driver Tommy Byrne

27/03/17  Channel 5 2100-2200
         "Inside Kings Cross"  4/4 Commuter chaos

28/03/17  ITV 1930-2000
         "Britain's Busiest Motorway"  The M25 6/6

29/03/17  BBC2 1900-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Genoa to the Brenner Pass

29/03/17  BBC4 2100-2200
         "London: a Tale of Two Cities with Dan Cruickshank"

30/03/17  BBC2 1900-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Riga to Tampere

30/03/17  BBC4 2100-2200
         "The Golden Age of Steam Railways"  2/2 Branching Out

31/03/17  BBC2 1900-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Rotterdam to Utrecht



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

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

10/04/17    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet  Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "Travels around Austria" by Neil Kearns
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

11/04/17    Great Western Society Bristol Group
           Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
           "Restoring Sentinel 7109 and all you were afraid to ask about Sentinel Locos"
           by Andy Chapman
           1930 for 1945
           No admission charge, but a donation of £2.00 is appreciated

12/04/17    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           "An Evening on the Welsh Narrow Gauge in the 1980s - A DVD Presentation"
           by Berwyn Prys-Jones
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

14/04/17-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Easter Fun

14/04/17-   Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Easter Eggspress

14/04/17-   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Easter Weekend

14/04/17-   Isle of Man Railways: Rush Hour on the Railways

14/04/17-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Day Out With Thomas

15/04/17-   Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways: Family Activities

15/04/17-   Peak Rail: Easter Treasure Hunt

17/04/17-   Isle of Man Motor Museum: Festival of Steam

Cheers, Howard.
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