Subject: Raildate 2nd November 2018
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 02/11/2018, 18:57
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"Rails to Ashbourne" by Howard Sprenger - REPRINTED

Passing through the beautiful scenery on the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire to Buxton,
the London & North Western Railway’s picturesque line from Ashbourne has long been a favourite
of railway historians and photographers.  Along its route, it served remote communities, often
isolated by winter snowfalls, and industry in the form of limestone quarries that seem to be
eating away north-west Derbyshire to leave a permanent blizzard-white panorama.  If the
attraction of the scenery were not enough to generate interest in the line, it also had the
distinction of being partly aligned on the northern half of the famous Cromford and High Peak

At its southern end, it made an end-on junction with a line from Uttoxeter built by a different
railway company, the North Staffordshire Railway – a line that has tended to be overlooked in
other published works.  This book redresses the balance by viewing the line from Uttoxeter to
Buxton as a whole.

The two lines were quite different in character.  The earlier line from Uttoxeter was very much
rooted in the railway mania of the mid-19th century.  The later one from Buxton  was a
comparatively recent addition, built after the railway network of Great Britain had been
largely completed.  This was a period of consolidation when the sometimes highly-speculative
schemes of fifty years earlier had given way to strategic routes that filled in some of the
last-remaining gaps on the railway map.  Where the earlier line was built by navvies using only
the most basic tools and equipment, the later line had the benefit of half a century of
railway-building expertise.  In historical terms, the line from Uttoxeter to Ashbourne is more
contemporary with the original Cromford and High Peak Railway than the extension to Buxton,
which largely superseded it.

Softback, 176 pages with 16 pages of colour photographs
Over 300 illustrations (colour and black & white)
273 x 215mm
ISBN: 978-1-905505-29-6
Price: £19.95


Birmingham New Street Station Interlude
Chesterfield Station October Interlude
Tram Train to Rotherham Parkgate - First Day
Tram Train at Rotherham Central - First Day
Tram Train at Sheffield Cathedral First Day
(Martin Miller)

Colas Rail Class 37 No. 37099 - Clapham Jct - Dollands Moor to Derby RTC, 20th October
North Yorkshire Moors Railway Great Surprises Day, 23rd October
LMS 48151 Takes thirteen over the S&C on the Dalesman, 30th October
01 066 auf Abnahmefahrt Meiningen Inselberg-Runde, 17th October
2 Jumbos vor Güterzügen beim Dampfabschied im Werratal + 52 1360 und 41 1144
Plandampf 2018 Werratal, 20th October
Weathering a Brakevan
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Limited Chiltern Trains Boxing day service
Strome Ferry road diversion signalling
Loss of speed restrictions on the Cambrian line
Grindleford Station Café
Inside Glenfield Tunnel
Bats on the Railway
Underground station which contains iron plate from HMS Warrior
Route 10 heritage trams in Rotterdam
Reducing Sulphur Oxides pollution from shipping
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

JR Central: Enticing Tourists with Helpful Services & Events
(Spotter: Andrew Nummelin)

Irvin's inch-by-inch voyage - Ship moves across harbor for first time in 30 years
XP-82 - Fate, Circumstance, & Necessity
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Inside Nottingham's 'secret' railway tunnel



Are hydrogen trains the future of UK travel?

Network Rail asks EC to intervene over Siemens-Alstom merger

GBRf to consider high speed freight (parcels?) using surplus HSTs

Heathrow to Paddington trains were disrupted after power fault
Inquiry under way into new GWML wires failure

Electrification of Great Western Mainline to Swindon completed

Emergency track work in Bristol cancelled due to chemical emergency risk

Network Rail to reinforce Dawlish sea wall

Virgin West Coast to scrap Friday evening peak fares

East Midlands Trains HST refurbishment

Introduction of Vivarail "D Trains" delayed

Hull trains still running a reduced service due to rolling stock defects

Network Rail and Stirling MSP unveil plaque

Lorry stuck under Inverness railway bridge

Expensive bridge bash in Perth

New hope for reopening Aberystwyth-Carmarthen rail line

Another 'new' Gresley loco

Tornado to remain out of traffic and report into April failure

RAIB report on runaway coaches at Avon Valley Railway in July

New home for former Weston Rhyn SB

Investment by council in Poole Park miniature railway

Eurostar to expand Amsterdam service next year

On board the new Jerusalem-Tel Aviv fast train

SBB testing auto couplers on intermodal services

Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn locos to be refurbished

Fatal derailment in Taiwan

KiwiRail to retain and refurbish electric locomotives

Sheffield-Rotherham tram-train crashes after being hit by lorry

Revised RAIB report on derailment on Croydon tram network November 2017

A new station planned for DLR

Cairngorms funicular could remain shut for ski season

Isle of Wight MP wants answers over ferry service disruption

Isle of Wight ferry captain and mate suspended

Over 70,000 ferries delayed or cancelled since 2007, figures show

Spanish ferry hits quayside crane

Michael Unearths 19th Century Ships Wrecked on Florida's Dog Island During 1899 Hurricane

Titanic II resumes construction after financial holdup, plans to finally set sail in 2022

Ryanair prices changing for cabin bags (again)

Lion Air: How could a brand new plane crash?

Airbus tentatively aims to fly A330-800 next week

Avianca's entire 787 fleet back in service

Emirates takes A380 network to 50 cities

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



04/11/18  BBC4 1900-2000
         "Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways"  3/3

04/11/18  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Great Canal Journeys"  Argentina

04/11/18  BBC4 2100-2200
         "The First World War from Above"

04/11/18  Channel 4 2100-2200
         "Guy Martin: the World's Fastest Van"

05/11/18  BBC Radio 4 1600-1630
         "The Man Who Buries Planes"

05/11/18  ITV 2000-2100
         "Britain's Busiest Motorway"  The M25 2/6

05/11/18  Channel 5 2100-2200
         "Paddington Station 24/7"  New series 8/10

06/11/18  Channel 4 2000-2100
         "Lego Masters"  1/5

06/11/18  ITV 2320-2350
         "Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport"

07/11/18  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "The Great Model Railway Challenge"  5/6

07/11/18  Channel 5 2100-2130
         "The World's Busiest Airport"  Atlanta

09/11/18  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "The Great Model Railway Challenge"  6/6

09/11/18  Channel 5 2100-2200
         "Portillo's Hidden History of Britain"  2/5  Emergency services



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

03/11/18    Burton Railway Collector Fair
           Burton Town Hall, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 2EB

03/11/18    Llangollen Railway: Ride the Rocket

02/11/18-   South Devon Railway: November Diesel Gala

03/11/18    Leek & Rudyard Railway: Dam Fireworks Shuttle

03/11/18-   East Lancashire Railway: Scenic Railcar Weekend

04/11/18    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           1100-1600, Adult: £2.50 (under 16, free)

05/11/18    Peak Railway Association
           The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
           “Peter Fox Collection - Part 3: The 1980s” a slideshow by Andy Barclay
           £3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
           Starts 1930

10/11/18    Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Walk the Line

10/11/18-   LMS-Patriot Project: See the Unknown Warrior
11/11/18    Crewe Heritage Centre,Vernon Way, Crewe, CW1 2DB

10/11/18-   Barnsley Model Railway Club Exhibition
11/11/18    Hoyland Leisure Centre, West Street, Hoyland, S74 9HX

12/11/18    Swansea Vale Railway Society
           “The Gwachel” Pontardawe Inn, 123 Herbert Street, Pontardawe, Swansea, SA8 4ED
           “Welsh Railways in the Steam Age” by John Davies
           Starts 2000, there is a small entrance charge

13/11/18    Great Western Society Bristol Group
           BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
           "Mark Warburton’s Slides of Somerset & Devon Branch Lines" by Gerald Nichols
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members welcome - suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses

14/11/18    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           "Restoring 7903 Foremarke Hall" by John Cruxon, Locomotive Manager 7903 fund
           All monies raised to be donated to the locomotive maintenance fund
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

17/11/18    Romsey Signal Box Open Day
           1100-1600, Adult: £2.50 (under 16, free)

17/11/18    Portsmouth Model Railway Exhibition
           Admiral Lord Nelson School, Dundas Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5XT

17/11/18    Royston & District Model Railway Club Exhibition
           Bassingbourne Village College, South End, Bassingbourne, Herts, SG8 5NJ

Cheers, Howard.
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