Subject: Raildate 13th December 2019
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 13/12/2019, 13:22

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The good, bad and weird of Virgin Trains
Bombardier in Derby
Crossrail Liverpool St Station
Unknown Warrior engineering updates
History of Ro-Ro ferries after leaving services from Folkestone
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

A1 Tornado - 60163 On The Bath & Bristol Express!
Santa Specials on The Nene Valley Preserved Steam Railway / Railroad 2019
Australian Steam Trains Visit Northern Victoria - SRV/707 Weekender Specials
Running trains on Hasland (Chesterfield Railway Modellers club layout)
The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2019
Part 1:
Part 2:
The Canal Tram Line in New Orleans, USA 2019
The Carnforth Song - new version
Settle to Carlisle Railway song by Robbie Ellis
HMS Prince of Wales flying White Ensign flag commissioned to the Royal Navy
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Beach City Baby Douglas C-53
Six Months Since DTD First Flew
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Harecastle Disused Railway Tunnel
(Spotter: Barry Knapper)

Kent's abandoned railway stations - and what they are now
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

"The Official Postcards of the Midland Railway" - free pdf download



Angel Trains offer off lease pacers to heritage railways and emergency services

Thameslink going automatic

Gillingham depot cat returns home

RAIB report into near miss at Mucking level crossing in Essex

Different rolling stock for the Sheerness branch

New Greater Anglia Bombardier trains delayed

Citrus oil used to clean wheel contamination

Car stuck on Bristol Harbour railway tracks

Campaign to reopen disused Devon rail line gathers steam

Virgin Trains: Final service departs as UK's longest-running rail franchise ends

Hitachi to build new units for West coast to replace voyagers

Avanti West Coast to introduce a third class of accommodation

Amazon support reopening Burton to Leicester line for passengers

Extra seats promised on Borders Railway from next week

Bus accident blocked railway at Galashiels

Plans on track for return of Bonnybridge rail station

Second platform to open at Dunbar on Sunday

Work progressing on Levenmouth rail link reopening

Final journey at last for Scotrail's 40-year-old trains

6023 to be withdrawn from mainline operations

Narrow gauge railway in South London

New Manager appointed to Isle of Wight Steam Railway

5526 to visit East Anglian Railway museum spring gala

Polling station in coach at Leeming Bar station

Unearthing Scotland's first railway track at Tranent

Llangollen steam rail line nears opening as 45-year track work ends

Award for restored signal cabin at Downpatrick

NS conducts first ATO test

New locos delivered to Egyptian State Railways

RENFE unveils low cost high speed services

Train services disrupted around Florence due to earthquake

New Chief Executive of SBB named

SZU orders Stadler emus for Uetlibergbahn

Train conveying crude oil derailed in Saskatchewan

Centenary Square extension opens

Amsterdam to get metro link to Schiphol within 10 years, at cost of €3bn

Seven injured as Swansea University bus hits railway bridge

Southampton Calshot Spit lightship on the move ahead of cafe revamp

New Train Ferries for Cook Straight

Long-awaited Kilcreggan ferry transfer 'to happen in new year'

Shops empty and seafood rots as Barra’s ferry lifeline fails

'Revolutionary' 18th Century naval ship to go on display in Poole

Salvors Prepare to Refloat Grounded Tanker Near A Coruña

German WWI wreck Scharnhorst discovered off Falklands

Kirkwall Airport shut by torpedo

Fully electric powered commercial flight

Chilean plane missing en route to Antarctica

Air France orders more A350s to replace A380 fleet

Boeing NMA future doubted after United orders 50 Airbus A321XLRs

Victorian Society announce Top 10 Most Endangered Buildings 2019

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



14/12/19  Channel 4 1900-2000
          "Scotland's Scenic Railways"

16/12/19  Channel 5 2100-2230
          "Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys"  The Emerald Isle

19/12/19  ITV 1930-2000
          "Britain's Busiest Motorway"  The M25

23/12/19  Channel 4 1900-2000
          "The Secret World of Toys at Christmas"  The Crayola factory

24/12/19  BBC4 1900-1930
          "James May: the Christmas Reassembler"  Hornby train set

27/12/19  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "The World's Most Expensive Cruise Ship"  Seven Seas Explorer

29/12/19  BBC4 2000-2100
          "Flying Scotsman from the Footplate"

29/12/19  BBC4 2100-2200
          "Lost Home Movies of Nazi Germany"  1/2

30/12/19  Channel 4 1900-2000
          "Great Canal Journeys"  The Oxford Canal

30/12/19  Channel 5 2000-2200
          "World's Most Scenic Railway Journey: Minute by Minute" West Highland Line

30/12/19  BBC4 2100-2200
          "Lost Home Movies of Nazi Germany"  2/2

03/01/20  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "Building the Forth Rail Bridge"



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

16/12/19    Newbury and District Transport Group
            The Community Space, The Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
            1915 for a prompt 1930 start
            Robert Williams, Chief Executive of Reading Buses
            Non-members welcome
            Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

28/12/19    Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Winter Steam Up

28/12/19-   Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway: Mince Pie Specials

28/12/19-   Dean Forest Railway: Mince Pie Specials

29/12/19    Alsager Railway Association: 0 Gauge Open Day
            Off Moorhouse Avenue, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 2DH

27/12/19-   Bure Valley Railway: Mince Pie Specials

29/12/19-   Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Mince Pie Specials

01/01/20    Epping Ongar Railway: New Year Steam

01/01/20    Mid-Suffolk Light Railway: New Year Steam

01/01/20    East Anglia Transport Museum: Happy New Year 2020

01/01/20    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: New Year Trains & Fizz

04/01/20    Helston Railway: Winter Steam Up & Kid for a Quid

06/01/20    Peak Railway Association, Sheffield Branch
            The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
            “InterRailing Adventures in Europe” by Stewart Donohoe
            £3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
            Starts 1930

08/01/20    RCTS South Wales
            Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
            AGM followed by "Behind the Iron Curtain: (Mainly) Narrow-gauge Steam in
            East Germany, 1970-1992" by Nigel Wassell
            Non-members are very welcome - a donation of £2.00 is requested

Cheers, Howard.
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