Subject: Raildate 3rd November 2017
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 03/11/2017, 21:46
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Midland Metro - Priestfield
Midland Metro - Wednesbury Parkway
Midland Metro - The Hawthorns - Trams and Trains
Midland Metro - Jewellery Quarter
Jewellery Quarter Station - Birmingham
Midland Metro - Busking at Grand Central
Derby Station - a busy junction
(Martin Miller)

9 x IEP, 68025 at STJ, Blue F/L 66623 Cardiff/Barry, 66024/152 Sandite, Oct 2017
4 x 37 Top/Tail Preston-Blackpool Railtour, May 2000
Unloading new class 67 at Newport Docks 17 years ago
Doncaster Open Day with class 89, Deltic, and so much more, July 2003
(Mike Wilcock)

Latest industry promises
Kingston station in 1910
East Anglian Branches
Rail analysis: How private buses have impacted trains of Irish Rail
Common factors in recent Irish transport strikes
Final main season week of Jacobite operations
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Pete Waterman's October 2017
Royal Scot - Steam in the Fog
Autumn Steam Gala, East Lancashire Railway
Day 1:
Day 2:
The Wensleydale Railway on 27th October
RHTTs and Freight around the West Midlands, 21st October
A quick trip to Stafford Station, 28th October
West Coast Mainline - Zugverkehr zwischen Acton Bridge und Stafford Teil 2
Buurtspoorweg Haaksbergen 2017
Herbstdampf beim Pollo mit 99 557
Kessel Buntes Plandampf im Werratal 2017
Akustische Highlights beim Plandampf im Werratal 2017
Railway station Melsungen in northern Hesse
Steam Trains Along The Beach! Steamrangers 'Southern Encounter'
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The Beatles at Acton station
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Leinster Gardens and the fake posh townhouses that reveal how the London Underground used to work
Garage owner converts his 1950s Morris Minor to electric
Russia develops super-heavy ground-effect civilian transport
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Spa Road Station, Bermondsey – London’s First Railway Terminus
(Spotter: Howard Benson)

Jetgriff's train simulator routes
(Spotter: Neil Ferguson-Lee)

The ghost trains of northern England that refuse to die

Madagascar's love affair with the 2CV

Life between the lanes: inside Yorkshire's motorway farm



New biomass hopper wagons to be delivered to GBRf

Five companies shortlisted to build HS2 trains

Electric car charging points being installed at Southern stations

The teenage trainspotter who has spent 16 hours a day letting people know about Southern Rail delays

Reinstalling canopy on Bradford-on-Avon Footbridge

Iconic Dawlish Warren railway carriages holiday park hopes to open all year round

HST named after last survivor or WW1

Japanese piling equipment used on Chilterns Route

Lincoln level crossing overwhelmed by number of pedestrians

New liveries for West Midlands franchise

"Next stop, Middlewich" - MP switches attention to reopening town's train station

Network Rail awards TransPennine route upgrade contracts

Attacks on Merseyrail staff

RAIB report on collision with permanent way trolley near Clapham (N Yorks)

Scotland could welcome back train building for first time in decades

EGIP into final testing phase as first full Edinburgh to Glasgow journey completed

Women on track for brighter future with the railways

Arriva Trains Wales pull out of bid to run the next Wales and Borders rail franchise

Swansea to Carmarthen trains cancelled because of broken track

RAIB report on possession testing irregularity at Cardiff December 2016

Complaints about "hard seats" on new Hitachi 800 class units

Blaenau Ffestiniog & Trawsfynydd Railway official update

Clun Castle steams again after ten year restoration

Brienz Rothorn Bahn staff visit Snowdon Mountain Railway

Irish Rail staff write to CIE over pay proposal

European Commission confirms funding for electrification in Croatia

VTG to launch freight operating subsidiary

Broad gauge Bombardier TRAXX articulated locos certified for use

Norfolk Southern to sue sleeper manufacturer

Amsterdam to Eindhoven trains to leave every 10 minutes

Row over German high-speed train called Anne Frank

Rally for tube station at Bricklayers Arms

Tyne & Wear Metro railhead treatment train

Campaign to extend Glasgow Subway operating hours on Sundays

Croydon Tram drivers to strike over 'sleep detectors'

Tenders invited for Lothian Trams extension to Leith

Campaigners mark centenary of Hythe Pier electric locos

Thamesdown Transport names latest buses after BR class 52 "Western" diesel hydraulics

‘I can’t work with you a moment longer’: boss fires bus drivers with blunt note

Southsea to Ryde hovercraft back in use after breakdowns

EasyJet acquires part of Air Berlin's Tegel operations

Plane tries to land in Austria storm... takes off again

Delta international 747 drawdown enters final chapter

Brussels Airlines retires last Avro

Retirement of KLM Fokker ends era that began in 1921

Russia to ban Dutch planes over landing rights row

Ryanair pilots want to negotiate through EERC

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth, Roger Smith, Nick Wheat



05/11/17  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Great Canal Journeys"  2 - The Marne-Rhine Canal

05/11/17  Channel 4 2300-0105
         "The Railway Man"  2013 feature film

06/11/17  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Spain to Portugal (2)

06/11/17  ITV 2000-2030
         "The Harbour"  Tenby 2/4

06/11/17  Channel 4 2000-2030
         "Trouble on the Trains"  Under cover with BTP

06/11/17  Channel 5 2100-2200
         "Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys"  1/4 Across the Sahara

07/11/17  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  The Mediterranean coast (1)

08/11/17  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  The Mediterranean coast (2)

10/11/17  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "The World's Greatest Bridges"  3/6 Ironbridge



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

03/11/17-   South Devon Railway: Winter Diesel Gala

04/11/17    Llangollen Railway: Ride the Rocket Firework Train

04/11/17-   Barnsley Model Railway Exhibition
05/11/17    Hoyland Leisure Centre, West St, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74 9EH

05/11/17    Moors Valley Railway: Tank Engine Day

05/11/17    Poole & District Model Railway Society exhibition
           Poole Grammar School, Gravel Hill, Poole, BH17 9JU

06/11/17    Peak Railway Association
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           "Memories" by Keith Marshall
           £3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
           Starts 1930

08/11/17    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           "Railways in East Anglia in 1980s and 1990s; South Wales in the 21st century"
           by Jeremy Segrott
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

11/11/17    Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Walk the Line

11/11/17-   Hayling Railway Model Railway Exhibition
12/11/17    Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island

11/11/17-   Spalding Model Railway Exhibition
12/11/17    Springfield Events Centre, Camel Gate, Spalding, PE12 6ET

11/11/17-   Llangollen Railway: Remembrance Weekend

12/11/17    Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Remembrance Sunday

14/11/17    Great Western Society Bristol Group
           BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
           "Photographing Britain’s Railways" by Jack Boskett
           1930 for a 1945 start
           Non-members welcome - suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses

18/11/17-   Solent Model Railway Group Millbrook Model Railway Show
19/11/17    Blighmont Army Reserve Centre, Millbrook Road West, Southampton, SO15 0AJ
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)

Cheers, Howard.
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