Subject: Raildate 13th October 2017
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 13/10/2017, 17:39
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Alan Barber's 70th Birthday Charter Train - Ambergate
The Peak Forester at Ambergate
Alfreton Station - October Interlude
Meadowhall Interchange Station - October Interlude with wheel flats!
Rotherham Central Station
(Martin Miller)

Stafford, Night-time loco hauled postals, sleeper, freight, engineers, August 2001
Stafford, 45 evening workings, August 2001
Newport Station, July 2001 26 movements
HST Bridgend to Pembroke Dock, window view to West Wales
Severn Valley 17 years ago - 48773, 80079, 37906, 31106, 50007, 57012
89001, 3 x 20s, 31, 40, DMU, etc, at the Midland Railway, July 1993
(Mike Wilcock)

Network Rail Drone operations
44871 visiting Keighley & Worth Valley, 8th October
Festiniog Railway - Victorian weekend, 7th October
Historical film of South Wales industrial steam
Historic film of Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway
Vietnam railways viewed by Lonely Planet
European Airline failures and possible outcome
"Drainspotters" in Japan
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Titfield Thunderbolt before and after
Titfield Thunderbolt Live!

Barrow Hill Grand Reopening Gala
Part 1:
Part 2:
Great Central Autumn Gala
The Duchess rockets through Kemble
Bashing A Prince North Norfolk Railway Day 2
Lineside & Bashing 9F North Norfolk Railway Day 3
West Somerset Railway, Autumn Steam Gala, 7th October
50007 & 50049 Growl on the Caledonian 7th October
Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe Station, Salop and Heritage Centre, 7th October
35018 & Other Stories
DR - Baureihe 01.5 - Volldampf voraus
Güterzüge im Frankenwald und bei Bamberg - Raildox, TXL, RBH uvm
Lokportrait Dampflok 52 8134
Car loading station Ingolstadt in Germany
Double Headed Australian Steam Trains- Maldon Weekender 2017
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The Industrial Diesel Railway Preservation Group
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

Norfolk Uncovered: Railway Relics: Norwich-Melton Constable

Rough Seas! Bad Weather in Atlantic Ocean
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Will automation put an end to the American trucker?



Speculation grows about Network Rail funding

NR launches first multi-site land package for homes

Hitachi unveils first UK built commuter trains at Newton Aycliffe factory

Edinburgh to London in ‘45 minutes’ - Branson reveals Hyperloop plans

Self-driving trains to run on London’s rail network for first time

Take a ride through Crossrail’s Woolwich station

Last consignment of rail from Scunthorpe for Crossrail

Network Rail to consider plans to reopen the Newton Abbot to Heathfield railway line

Wrong bridge plate fitted to bridge near Stroud

Emergency essential engineering works at Reading means trains will not be running

Greater Anglia employee of the year

Repair work on Sizewell branch

Doors opened on wrong side of train during rail strike

Consultation on bridge reconstruction at Bedford

Rillington occupation crossing closed

Rail safety: Buggy smashed by freight train

Sheffield business leaders voice key concerns for East Midlands franchise

State-of-the-art signal work set to start in West Yorkshire

High Speed Rail college opens in Doncaster

Liverpool Lime Street reopens first two platforms in £340m upgrade

Level crossing to be improved near Ainsdale

Closure of Elgin North SB

150th Anniversary of Barmouth Bridge

Specialist trains keep Wales moving through autumn

Stockton and Darlington Railway building to be refurbished for A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

Coventry Electric Railway museum to close

Fatal Level crossing accident east of Moscow

M62 diesel rebuilt as electric loco in Poland

Alstom built electric locos for Azerbaijan

Production starts at Alstom Indian factory

They’ll be working on the the railway... and you can, too!

Amtrak identifies 5 critical rail investments to keep the USA moving forward

DB consortium selected as consultants for California high speed rail

Hunter Harrison apologises for poor service by CSX

Voters back proposal for second line between Divaca and Koper in Slovenia

Driverless train operated on Rio Tinto mining railway in Western Australia

London Underground improvements

Work on Seattle Sounder Transit East Link LRT tunnel

Theft from Paignton Model Railway shop

Edinburgh Tram Inquiry: Lawyer knew information was false

Buses on concrete rails on the A52? The incredible plan to link Derby to HS2

McGills buses complain about pro railway bias in transport funding

Express Motors (North Wales) face fraud charges

Man solves mystery of 1930s sports car buried on Salisbury Plain

Cargo ship grounded at Margate

BachmannHR puts in bid for inter-island ferry service

Background to Ryanair roster problems

Air NZ to deploy 787-9s on Houston route

Qantas to up transtasman capacity as Emirates cuts back

Qantas commits to use biofuels at LAX from 2020

The Man Engine is to be resurrected

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



14/10/17  BBC2 2000-2030
         "Britain Afloat"  3/6 The Narrow Boat

16/10/17  BBC2 1515-1615
         "Full Steam Ahead"  The Ffestiniog Railway

16/10/17  Channel 5 2100-2200
         "Paddington Station 24/7"  Fly-on-the-platform documentary 6/8

17/10/17  BBC2 1515-1615
         "Full Steam Ahead"  The railway's effect on industry

18/10/17  BBC2 1515-1615
         "Full Steam Ahead"  The railway's effect on the British diet

19/10/17  BBC2 1515-1615
         "Full Steam Ahead"  The railway's effect on communication

20/10/17  BBC2 1515-1615
         "Full Steam Ahead"  The South Devon Railway



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

13/10/17-   CANCELLED: Swanage Railway: Autumn Steam Gala
15/10/17    CANCELLED:

13/10/17-   Nene Valley Railway: Diesel Gala

13/10/17-   North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Railway in Wartime

13/10/17-   Llangollen Railway: Along South Western Lines

14/10/17    Theydon Bois Transport Bazaar & Vintage Bus Displays
           Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Essex, CM16 7ER
           1100-1530, admission: £3 (accompanied child free)

14/10/17    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Jazz & Chips Evening Land Cruise

14/10/17-   Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Half for the Hospice

14/10/17-   Wilmington Model Railway Exhibition
15/10/17    St Michael's Church Hall, Church Hill, Wilmington, Dartford, DA2 7EG
           1000-1700 (sat), 1000-630 (Sun)
           Adult: £5, Child/Concession: £4, Family (2+2): £14
           All proceeds to charity

14/10/17-   National Festival of British Railway Modelling
15/10/17    East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE

14/10/17-   East Lancashire Railway: Autumn Steam Gala

15/10/17    Wimborne District Society of Model Engineers: Public Running Day

15/10/17    Doncaster Toy Collectors Fair
           Doncaster Exhibition Centre, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB

15/10/17    Tanfield Railway: Colliery Railways Day

16/10/17    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet  Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           "Monmouth Canals" by Paul Joyce
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

19/10/17-   Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition
22/10/17    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Nr Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN

20/10/17-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Diesel Gala

20/10/17-   Churnet Valley Railway: 25th Anniversary Gala

21/10/17-   Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: LMS Branch Line at War

21/10/17-   Llangollen Railway: A Day Out With Thomas

21/10/17-   Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway: Oktoberfest

23/10/17-   Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Wizard Week

25/10/17    Basingstoke and District Railway Society
           "The Withered Arm - A Personal Journey" by Howard Sprenger
           Wote Street Club, 2 Seal Rd, Basingstoke, RG21 7NG

26/10/17-   North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Hallowe'en Train

27/10/17-   Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Hallowe'en Ghost Train

27/10/17-   Ffestiniog Railway: Hallowe'en Trains

27/10/17-   Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway: Hallowe'en Ghost Trains

28/10/17    Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway: Hallowe'en Special, 1600-2000

28/10/17    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Hallowe'en Fright Night

28/10/17    Wimborne District Society of Model Engineers: Hallowe'en Running Day

28/10/17    Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Hallowe'en Ghost Trains

28/10/17    Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway: Hallowe'en

28/10/17    Weardale Railway: Hallowe'en

28/10/17    Strathspey Railway: Hallowe'en Express

28/10/17-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Wizard Weekend

28/10/17-   Aln Valley Railway: Hallowe'en Ghost Train

28/10/17-   Tanfield Railway: Ghost Train

29/10/17    Gartell Light Railway: Open Day

29/10/17    Llangollen Railway: Hallowe'en Train

Cheers, Howard.
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