Subject: Raildate 20th March 2020
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 20/03/2020, 14:44
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Derby Midland Station HST Heaven
East Midlands Parkway Interlude
Market Harborough Station complete
Wellingborough Station progress
Kettering Station progress
Leicester Station March Movements
(Martin Miller)

Kempton Steam Museum
Comparison of London Underground and MBTA Boston
PS Waverley
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

An A4's Swansong? | 60009 'Union of South Africa' with 'The Yorkshireman', 07.03.2020
South Devon Railway, Spring Steam Gala 2020 'Old Friends Reunited', Saturday 14th March
Double Headed Steam Trains! 58 Locomotives, 42 Combinations!
LMS 45562 Storms over Shap on the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express 14/3/20
Llangollen Railway - Austin 1 & 7822 Foxcote Manor - 7th March 2020
Watercress Line - 'Six Bulleid Carriages' 15/03/2020
52 8141-5 auf Überführungsfahrt von Gera nach Löbau, 13.03.2020
Mit T47 005 nach Obrataň - Jindřichohradecké místní dráhy
Cass Scenic Railroad: Return to the Greenbrier Line
Swindon Model Railway Exhibition MODRAIL 14/03/2020
Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours 14th & 15th March 2020
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

What Happened? Worlds Largest Cargo Airline - Gone
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Buxton area steam in 1956
Buxton, Darley Dale and Manchester Central stations circa 1961
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Ukrainian ‘Railroad Ladies’
(Spotter: Andrew Nummelin)

Need to while away those self-isolation days?  Put in your location and flick through a century of footage from your area

York University MA in Railway Studies
(This is going to keep the editor of Raildate busy for a while!)
Further details will be posted on the Raildate Facebook group



Train companies seek bailout as coronavirus hits passenger numbers

Train cancellations due to outbreak

Investigation reveals number of 'ghost trains' lying idle in Britain

Rail Riders Club launch postponed

Farringdon Cross Rail station

Rebuilding East Grinstead landslip

South Western Railway amended timetable

Waterside Totton and Hythe railway line plan back on track

New British operator plans green parcels service

New station cat at Rushden

Camp Hill line reopening 'step closer' as train tested

Birmingham New Street signal box still going strong after 50 years

Drone footage of Curzon Street railway station

East Midlands Railway to suspend seat reservations as new livery upgrade starts

Funding for rebuilding York station approaches

Whittingham station for sale

Scotland faces dramatic cuts to rail, air, bus and ferry services as the virus spreads

Kilmarnock-Carlisle reopened after Holywood earthslip

Harry Potter line steam train to launch despite coronavirus

Conwy Valley Line still closed

Statesman Rail cancel tours until 10 May

UK Railtours cancel all tours until May

GWR Prairie 4555 arrives at Cranmore

Peter Pan returns to steam at Leighton Buzzard

Volvo reduce polution by using railfreight

RENFE seeking metre gauge DMUs for FEVE network

Reduction of VIA Rail services

Underground empty as Londoners heed warnings

40 London Underground stations to be closed

London Festival of Railway Modelling goes on line

Light Rail included in transport planning for Cork

The steampunk model railway enthusiast having designs used by Hornby

Bus service reductions leave a million people without a regular service

Proposed electric charging station

London Bridge closed to private vehicles

School Ship TS Kennedy departs for a term at sea

Condor switches ferry to 'freight-only' service

Brittany Ferries cancels services

Isle of Wight ferry passengers allowed to stay in vehicles

Cunard ends its three world cruises

Basingstoke man says wheelchair isn't a barrier to flying

More flights cancelled by Virgin, Ryanair and others

Airlines warn they may not survive without bailout

Norwegian Air to suspend half its staff

British Airways fleet partly taken out of service

Compass Airlines shut down

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Richard Maund, Reg Nerps, Mike Price


Programme schedules are subject to change at short notice... or none...

21/03/20  BBC2 2000-2100
          "Great American Railway Journeys"  Portage la Prairie to Saskatoon

22/03/20  BBC4 2100-2200
          "Operation Gold Rush with Dan Snow"  1/3

23/03/20  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  Whitland to Swansea

23/03/20  BBC1 South 1930-2000
          "Inside Out"  Features King Alfred Buses
          (Available on iPlayer if you live outside the area)

24/03/20  BBC Radio 4 1530-1600
          "Costing the Earth"  The future of aviation

24/03/20  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  Pontyclun to Ebbw Vale Town

24/03/20  BBC4 1930-2000
          "Great Welsh Canal Adventure with Gareth Edwards"  3/4

24/03/20  ITV 2245-2345
          "The Station: Trouble on the Tracks"  2/3 Euston

25/03/20  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  Newport to Clevedon

25/03/20  BBC Radio 4 2100-2130
          "Costing the Earth"  The future of aviation

26/03/20  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  Taunton to Newton Abbot

26/03/20  BBC2 2000-2100
          "Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History"  3/3

26/03/20  ITV 2030-2100
          "Griff's Great Australian Adventure"  Spirit of Queensland

26/03/20  ITV 2100-2200
          "The Station: Trouble on the Tracks"  Euston 3/3

27/03/20  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  Plymouth to the Lizard



*** It is impossible to predict which events will go ahead and which will be cancelled
*** The very strong likelihood is that most will not take place for the foreseeable future
*** This section of Raildate will therefore be removed until we return to more stable times

A full list of cancellations on heritage railways, exhibitions, etc – regularly updated

Cheers, Howard.
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