Subject: Raildate 20th December 2019
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 20/12/2019, 14:43
To: "" <>, ted millward <>

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**** This is the last Raildate of 2019
**** The next issue will be on Friday 10th January
**** Thank you again to all contributors throughout 2019 - I couldn't do this without you!
**** Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!


The Final 314s at Glasgow Central
(Andrew Cook)

Madagascar railways
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

British Standard Locomotive Panorama
Clan Line with the last Surrey Hills Trip of 2019 14 December 2019
35028 'Clan Line' With 600 Tons Behind At Chilworth 14/12/19
The last day of LNER HST Services, 15th Dec 2019 at Doncaster, Darlington, Leeds & Wakefield
LMS 46115 barks away on the Santa Special 15/12/19
Volldampf zu Nikolaus in Bruchhausen-Vilsen mit Lok Hermann
Union Pacific freight train leaves Kimball, Nebraska in the early morning
Steam Trains I saw in 2019
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad #489 approaching and taking water at Sublette Station
Bachmann Class 03 in NCB Black - Unboxing and Review
Roco BR 86 (73021) - 86 1001 und 86 1049 der Deutschen Reichsbahn mit Sound
Buses in Jersey City, New Jersey 2019
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Fox Moth Plane Savers
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

A look back at a time deaths on the railways were normal
(Spotter: Andrew Nummelin)

"Railway Passenger Stations in Great Britain: a Chronology" by Michael Quick - free downloadable PDF book from the RCHS



New chairman appointed for GBRf

Alternative travel between Waterloo and Epsom

Portsmouth direct blocked by landslip at Liss

Signalling failure at East Croydon

Train failure at Dawlish due to ingress of sea water

Problems of train detection with Greater Anglia class 745 hybrid units

Fatality in Tyseley Depot

First trial train at East Midlands Gateway container terminal

Low speed derailment in Ardwick Sidings

Staff withdrawn at Manchester Victoria after assault or abuse from a passenger

Farewell to Pacers, the rickety old bus-trains of the north

LNER farewell to HSTs in Scotland
E43112 and W43006 on the LNER HST farewell tour passing Ladybank station 18/12/19

Scot Rail franchise to end in 2022

Why Caledonian Sleeper is (almost) Scotland’s answer to Orient Express

Robroyston station opening video

Talgo on track as train plant site approved by Fife Council

Improved timetables by Transport for Wales

New Transport for Wales timetable blamed for train cancellations

RAIB Report: Cambrian Coast computer problems caused speeding problems

Avanti West Coast promise more trains between Holyhead and London

Wirksworth Branch Railway ownership transferred to WyvernRail

Coal Tank 1054 boiler lift

Flying Scotsman trips around Fife planned for 2020

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway bridges reinstated

Irish Rail bans personal reusable coffee mugs

Greta Thunberg in Twitter spat with German rail firm

Leman Express starts operations across border in Geneva

Toshiba to build electric locos for Taiwan

Unintended financial gift to commuters in Moscow

Rebuilding and regauging a Garratt for the Puffing Billy Railway in Australia

Entire Stadler Sheffield Supertram fleet withdrawn

Sydney light rail opening Sunday

Sydney's light rail gets a 'thumbs up' during first peak hour test

Traffic and Christmas Dinner may be affected

Historic canal's industrial past resurrected to help deliver railway for the future

Fund to research green shipping  fuel

New paint job helps make Western Isles ferry more fuel-efficient

Beijing commissions its second aircraft carrier

Qantas update on project sunrise
QANTAS choose Airbus over Boeing for non stop flights

Boeing suppliers' shares hit by production pause

Austral Embraer 190 damaged by drone collision

Delta to buy 10m gallons of biofuel annually from Gevo

Cityhopper E190 crew persisted with unstable approach despite alerts

Airport authority impounds seven Hong Kong Airlines aircraft

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Andrew Nummelin, Mike Price



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

25/12/19  Quest 1200-1600
          "Railroad Australia"  4 episodes

25/12/19  Quest 1600-1800
          "Mighty Trains"  2 episodes

25/12/19  Quest 1800-2000
          "Highland Railway"

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

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

13/01/20    Newbury and District Transport Group
            The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
            1915 for a prompt 1930 start
            25th Birthday Party - Guest of Honour and speaker James Freeman
            Non-members welcome
            Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

14/01/20    Great Western Society Bristol Group
            BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
            "A Broad Gauge Journey - Part 2" by Brian Arman
            Starts at 1945 (room open from 1930)
            Non-members welcome - suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses

Cheers, Howard.
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