Subject: Raildate 9th February 2018
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 09/02/2018, 16:39
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Manchester Metrolink Queens Road
Manchester Metrolink Crumpsall
Manchester Metrolink - Victoria for the Airport First Day
Deansgate Station Manchester
Manchester Oxford Road Station
(Martin Miller)

Netherlands Rail Wanderings
And  a 68 at Dunfermline Town
(Andrew Cook)

UK Railtours "The Thames Trumper" passes Royal Oak station hauled by Class 59 59204

New FARSAP videos on the Signalling Record Society site: Greenloaning, Haslemere, Noblethorpe & Dormer Green
(John Lacy)

Flying Scotsman programme for 2018
GE transportation moving assembly line introduced in Brazilian factory
Bridge removal in Canada
Memories of Portland branch
All electric aircraft?
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala
Churnet Valley Railway Winter Steam Gala
35028 'Clan Line', Belmond British Pullman, 3rd February
45699 Galatea with WCME, 3rd February
East Lancashire Railway, 4th February
1202, 1201, BRM001, 4911 & BRM002 - Cowan
Driver’s View Dandenong to Caulfield
Grafing station with 5 Werbeloks and a golden Vectron
Fotozug im Selketal mit 99 5906
Dampf und Donner im Westerwald - 50 3501 auf Bergfahrt
Güterverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn - EBS 140er, TXL, HSL, EGP, MGW Vectron uvm
41 1144 mit Rodelblitz
20 Jahre Rodelblitz - 3 Februar in Bad Salzungen
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Railway station passenger numbers
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Auf Wiedersehen BAOR - The last British Military Train, 2019
(Spotter: Nico Spilt)

A series of 5 programmes exploring railways in Wales (in Welsh, but English subtitles are available)
(limited availability on iPlayer)

A trip along the NSR from Uttoxeter to Macclesfield in the 1950s/60s

Peak Rail Action Group

Manchester Mayfield station tours

Winchester Chesil station and tunnel tours

A Sideways Launch — Shipbuilding in Faversham, Kent
The Alabama
(Alan Rushworth)

London Underground noise could damage hearing, says academic

How to refuel a jet in mid-air

Why do the British drive on the left?

Bal maidens and mining women

Lego: The invention of the legendary brick



Mark Carne to step down as Network Rail chief executive

Making the railway safer with big data

Alstom joins Stagecoach for South Eastern franchise bid

Train fire at Berrylands

Bristol stations will experience Easter disruption as NR completes £130m signalling upgrade

Daily Okehampton to Exeter trains promised by transport minister

Refurbishment of 442 units for South Western Railway

New station proposed for development near Fareham

Second Corby to Kettering railway track to be tested

Stagecoach East Coast rail franchise to end early
East Coast rail route bail-out has a strange twist for taxpayers

Chris Grayling faces dilemma over Virgin East Coast

Direct award of West Coast franchise to Virgin and Stagecoach announced

Nottingham railway station fire: Woman arrested

Train stranded after splitting outside Leeds station

Skipton-Colne railway: Study to look into reopening line

CAF presents first Civity EMU for Northern

Middleton-in-Teesdale caravan park fire - arson suspected after house destroyed

Borders Railway campaigners maintain Carlisle extension goal

Up to 20 ScotRail trains a day skip their scheduled stops

ScotRail passenger satisfaction falls

Minister blasts 'unacceptable' ScotRail communication over stop skipping

£41m Edinburgh railway station branded a flop as it fails to attract passengers

Passengers evacuated from burning train in Fife

RAIB summary of derailment near Glenfinnan

‘Pop up’ railway stations could test passenger demand, say Greens

Future plans for railways in the Scottish Highlands

Trolley service back on track on Caithness rail route

Affect of Carillion collapse on rail franchising

Splott bridge in Cardiff closed for replacement

Refurbishment of Welsh Pacer units

Derelict tunnel in Wales could become longest underground cycle route in Europe

Belfast Central station set for makeover and name change

41312 returns to Mid Hants

West Somerset Railway to complete overhaul of Thornbury Castle

S160 5197 delivered to Dartmouth Steam Railway

Invicta to return to Whitstable

Renewable energy to power Eurostar fleet by 2030

Work begins at Rotterdam Centraal station in preparation for Eurostar services

Finland-Estonia rail tunnel feasibility study completed

Tunnel breakthrough on Switzerland’s Eppenberg tunnel

Danish Inter City emu purchase approved

BNSF capital investment for 2018

Fatal AMTRAK / CSX collision in South Carolina

Coupling failure on AMTRAK service to Boston

Camel trains delaying Ethiopia's new railway

Transnet (South Africa) to lease locos and wagons to Zambian Railways (repeating the 1980s)

Train driver in Washington derailment ‘mistook’ signal ahead of speed-restricted curve

Classic cars taken up Lynton and Lynmouth cliff railway

Worries for Hornby after firm admits Christmas losses were 'bigger than expected'

Marvel of Victorian engineering in Liverpool’s docks to become visible to the public

Plan to reopen Monmouthshire and Brecon canal to boats

Isle of Wight Wightlink ferry launches off Turkey

Wightlink deck officer saved man in Portsmouth Harbour

Port of Southampton acquires Eling Wharf to expand

Ryanair recognises UK Pilots union

Shortage of 787 engines prompts Virgin Atlantic to add A330s

Rare KB-50 Superfortress Arrives at New Home, Restoration to Follow

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



10/02/18  Channel 4 1900-2000
         "Great Canal Journeys"  Monmouthshire & Brecon

10/02/18  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "The World's Most Luxurious Cruise Ship"  1/2

12/02/18  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great American Railway Journeys"  16/20 Silicon Valley

12/02/18  BBC1 South 1930-2000
         "Inside Out"  An IoW bus is converted into a shelter for the homeless

12/02/18  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Railways of the Great War with Michael Portillo"  4/5

12/02/18  Channel 4 2100-2200
         "The World's Most Luxurious Airline"

13/02/18  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great American Railway Journeys"  17/20 Monterey and Paso Robles

13/02/18  BBC4 1930-2000
         "Railways of the Great War with Michael Portillo"  5/5

13/02/18  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "QE2: Cruise Ship, War Ship, Money Pit"  2/2

13/02/18  BBC4 2230-2300
         "Tornado: the 100mph Engine"

13/02/18  Channel 5 2305-0005
         "Paddington Station 24/7"  2/8

14/02/18  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great American Railway Journeys"  18/20 Los Angeles (1)

15/02/18  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great American Railway Journeys"  19/20 Los Angeles (2)

15/02/18  BBC2 2000-2100
         "Sea Cities"  1/3 Sunderland

16/02/18  BBC2 1830-1900
         "Great American Railway Journeys"  20/20 San Diego



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

09/02/18-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Pre-Spring Gala

10/02/18-   Festival of British Modelling
11/02/18    Doncaster Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, Doncaster, DN2 6BB

13/02/18    Great Western Society Bristol Group
           BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
           The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting
           "GWS Locomotive Projects" by Richard Croucher
           Incorporating The Bristol Group Annual Meeting
           1930 for a 1945 start
           Non-members welcome - suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses

14/02/18    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           "Great Rail Journeys : Germany, Switzerland and India" by Alex Green
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

17/02/18    Tonbridge Model Railway Club Exhibition
           The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, TN9 1SF

17/02/18    East Reading Model Railway Exhibition
           The Warehouse, 1a Cumberland Road, Reading, RG1 3LB

17/02/18    East Beds Model Railway Society Exhibition
           Stratton School, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JB

17/02/18    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: "Join the Team" Day

19/02/18    Newbury and District Transport Group
           The Community Space, Kennet  Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
           "Car, Lorries and Buses" by Robin Doe
           1915 for a prompt 1930 start
           Non-members welcome
           Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

19/02/18    Friends of Cromford Canal
           Ironville Church Hall, Casson Street, Ironville, NG16 5NN
           "Bennerley Viaduct" by Tina Cordon

21/02/18    Vale of Berkeley Railway
           The Old Engine House, Dock Road, Sharpness, Berkeley, GL13 9UD
           "The S&D from the Air" by Rich Kelsey
           Free entry, tea, coffee and biscuits but donations encouraged

22/02/18    Hampshire Record Office: Transport in the Archives
           Entry, £12 (earlybird ticket deal: £10 - extended until 15/02/18)
           Entry price includes a drink reception and nibbles

23/02/18-   Bluebell Railway Diesel Gala

23/02/18-   Model Rail Scotland
25/02/18    SEC Glasgow

24/02/18-   Solent Model Railway Group Model Railway Show
25/02/18    Incorporating Eurotrack
           Oasis Academy Lord's Hill, Romsey Road, Southampton, SO16 OXN
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

24/02/18-   Lincoln & District Model Railway Exhibition
25/02/18    Lady Eastwood Pavilion, Newark Showground, NG24 2NY
           1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)

24/02/18-   Chapel-en-le-Frith Model Railway Exhibition
25/02/18    Leisure Centre, Long Lane, Chapel-en-le-Frith, SK23 0TQ
           Adult: £6, Concessions: £5, Family: £15

Cheers, Howard.
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