Subject: Raildate 21st December 2018
From: "Howard Sprenger" <>
Date: 21/12/2018, 16:28
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*** This is the last Raildate of 2019
*** The next issue will be published on or around 12th January
*** Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers
*** And a huge "thank you" to all our contributors


Mainline Steam Lineside 2018
44871 & 76017 Haul Mid Hants Railtours, 14th & 17th December
High Speed East Coast Steam - 6233 & 60009 'The Christmas White Rose', 15th December
Festive Steam 6233 Duchess of Sutherland & 60009 Union of South Africa, 15th December
LMS 48151 Barks up Wilpshire on the Santa Special, 16th December
Finland: Trains at Helsinki Station
94 1538 von Schleusingerneundorf zur Bahnhofsweihnacht am Rennsteig
Die Jumbos kommen! Dampffinale im Werratal 2018 Tag 2
Dampf zum 3. Advent in Sachsen, 15th December
Victorian Railways K Class On The Branchline - K153 and K190
Metrolink Trams at Manchester Victoria - 8th December
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Tyne & Wear Metro to feature in TV documentary series
NYMR Civil Engineering blog
Borough Market Jn signalling
Gotthardbahn North Ramp (Old line) cab ride
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

43020 & 43162 hauling 43079 + OC47 + 43180 arrive into Totnes on 5Z77, 18th December
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum - Enniskillen
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society
(Spotter: Andy Fish)

Railwalks - to share and promote scenic walks from railway stations across the UK

Smart ships using the wind and air bubbles to save fuel



Vivarail moves ahead with battery deal

Beacon Rail purchases COLAS loco fleet

LNER offer free travel for passengers disrupted by Gatwick drone closure

Swale is the quietest station in Kent

Public inquiry into closure of footpath crossing in Whitstable

North Somerset Council funding for reopening Portishead branch

Mendip Rail awards haulage contract to Freightliner

Footpath crossing to remain open despite misuse

New Greater Anglia Bi-mode train on test

Greater Anglia to remove First Class from most services

Work to build footbridge at Lincoln Brayford Wharf level crossing

Electric trains to operate between Walsall and Rugeley from May 2019

Pendolino is first electric train through Bolton

Trans Pennine loco hauled stock on test

Delay to new Northern fleet entering service

Full trains service resumed through Ayr

ScotRail boss Alex Hynes promises improvements

Springburn Works to close

GWR 1466 leaves Didcot GWS for overhaul

CFL (Luxembourg) order Alstom multiple units

SOB orders more Stadler FLIRT units

SBB order Stadler multiple units

Heavy freight locos delivered to Azerbaijan Railways

Richards Bay line in South Africa blocked by derailment

Norfolk Southern to move HQ to Atlanta

Costa Rica orders new DMUs

Work starts on "Inland Corridor" across part of Australia

HIE takes control of CairnGorm Mountain

Tram accident in Lisbon

Bus shelter and cattle trough get listed status

Stagecoach abandons North American subsidiary

Electric buses for National Express West Midlands

Met Police nuisance 999 calls: Annoying bus drivers and tardy pub grub

Severn bridges: Final day of at least 800 years of tolls

Bloodhound supersonic car project saved

Elon Musk launches high-speed underground tunnel

Wightlink ferry speed restrictions introduced after fires

Russian cargo ship runs aground off Cornwall coast

'Major incident' as lorries topple on Larne to Cairnryan ferry

Ferguson Marine says it will lose £40m on new CalMac ferries

NY-based real estate group plans to revitalize SS United States

Gatwick closed by unauthorised drones

Stansted Airport: Drone 'missed landing plane by 15m'

Emirates to use A380 for Glasgow when Dubai runway shuts

BA to restore Islamabad flights after more than a decade

SIA 777 excursion at Munich sparked by ILS interference

Boeing completes Ryanair 737-800 deliveries

Spotters: Brian Billing, Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps



22/12/18  BBC4 1930-2055
         "The Toys That Made Christmas"

24/12/18  BBC2 0925-1130
         "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines"  1962 comedy film

26/12/18  BBC1 2100-2200
         "The ABC Murders"  Agatha Christie's ABC Railway Guide whodunnit 1/3

28/12/18  BBC2 1030-1130
         "Great Indian Railway Journeys"  Amritsar to Shimia

27/12/18  Channel 5 2000-2100
         "Paddington Station 24/7"

27/12/18  BBC1 2100-2200
         "The ABC Murders"  Part 2

28/12/18  BBC2 1130-1230
         "Great Indian Railway Journeys"  Jodhpur to Delhi

28/12/18  BBC4 1900-2000
         "Flying Scotsman - Sounds from the Footplate"

28/12/18  BBC1 2100-2200
         "The ABC Murders"  Part 3

29/12/18  BBC2 0930-1030
         "Great Indian Railway Journeys"  Mysuru to Chennai

31/12/18  BBC2 1150-1250
         "Great Indian Railway Journeys"  Lucknow to Kolkata

31/12/18  Channel 4 1520-1750
         "The Dam Busters"  1954 WW2 drama

31/12/18  BBC4 1900-2000
         "The Trains That Time Forgot: Britain's Lost Railway Journeys"

01/01/19  BBC1 1300-1445
         "The Railway Children"  1970 movie

02/01/19  BBC2 0940-1100
         "The Titfield Thunderbolt"  1952 Ealing comedy

02/01/19  Channel 5 1900-2000
         "Colossal Cruise Ship"  Freedom of the Seas

03/01/19  BBC2 0805-0940
         "Angels One Five"  1952 WW2 drama



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

21/12/18    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           Christmas Buffet & Quiz set by Branch Secretary Paul Udey
           Starts 1930 (room open from 1900)
           A donation of £1 (members) or £2 (non-members) is requested

22/12/18-   Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Mince Pie Specials

26/12/18    Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Mince Pie Specials

26/12/18    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Boxing Day Specials

26/12/18-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Christmas Leave

26/12/18-   Llangollen Railway: Mince Pie Specials

27/12/18    Alsager Railway Association Open Day
           Club House is off Moorhouse Avenue, Alsager, ST7 2DH
           (then follow signs to the Cadet Training Centre)

28/12/18-   Llangollen Railway: Winter Warmer

29/12/18    N Gauge Society, North Wales Area Group, Model Railway Show
           St Michael's Church, Rosemary Lane, Conwy, LL32 8HY

29/12/18-   West Somerset Railway: Winter Gala

29/12/18-   Spa Valley Railway: Mince Pies Specials & Kids for a Quid

30/12/18-   Llangollen Railway: Mince Pie Specials

31/12/18    Leek & Rudyard Railway: Goodbye to 2018

01/01/19    Isle of Wight Steam Railway: New Year's Day Specials

01/01/19    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: New Year Trains & Fizz

01/01/19    Leek & Rudyard Railway: Welcome to New Year

04/01/19    RCTS Bristol
           St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
           "From Hawksworth to Hellfire, Swindon Works 1939-86" by Branch Chairman, Brian Arman
           Starts 1930 (room open from 1900)
           A donation of £1 (members) or £2 (non-members) is requested

08/01/19    Great Western Society Bristol Group
           BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
           "Paddington to Bristol Before 1892" by Brian Arman
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members welcome - suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses

09/01/19    RCTS South Wales
           Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
           Annual General Meeting plus...
           "Behind the Iron Curtain: (Mainly) Narrow-gauge Steam in East Germany, 1970-1992”
           by Nigel Wassell
           Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
           Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

12/01/19    DEFine Modellers Day
           Risley Memorial Village Hall, Derby Road, Risley,Derby, DE72 3SU

12/01/19-   Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition
13/01/19    Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ

20/01/19    Astolat Model Railway Circle - Guildford Model Railway Exhibition
           Surrey Sports Park Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, GU2 7AD

Cheers, Howard.
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