Subject: Raildate 3rd April 2020
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 03/04/2020, 14:21
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Duke of Gloucester opens the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway - almost the anniversary
Idridgehay Station Opening 2008
Tube Lines at Wirksworth
(Martin Miller)

Class 68 Thundercat locomotives on the Scotrail Fife Circle passenger trains
(Andrew Cook)

Leicester station over the years
Historic photos of London Underground
Proposed Bakerloo line extension to Dartford
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Steam Engines at Speed!
5637 Tribute - East Somerset Railway - Best of British Steam
LSWR Beattie Well Tanks 2-4-0WT 0298 class
Swanage-Wareham Shuttles 2017
Swiss Trains: Rhätische Bahn / Rhaetian Railway Steam, Scuol Tarasp - Zernez
Rampenfahrten mit 41 1144 & 50 3501
Bellingham Amtrak and BNSF Freight Trains
Wimborne 2020 Model Railway Exhibition
Part 1:
Part 2:
Hornby Peckett W4 Class 0-4-0ST - Forest No.1 - Compton Quay - Micro Layout
A busy morning at Ullapool Station
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

First train to Leekbrook
(Spotter: Barry Knapper)

Hidden London – Moorgate
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Veluwsche Stoomtrein Maatschappij Steam Gala in 2018
(Spotter: Kees Wielemaker)

Derwent and Wye Valley Railway Trust
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Vicki Explores ... Tyne Tunnel



Use data to tailor coronavirus timetables to current needs, says Zipabout

Freight operators set to strengthen trains

Network Rail to speed up supplier payments

Southeastern and Great Western franchisees secure direct award contract extensions

Latest action in SWR/RMT guards dispute

Engineering works rail replacement service on Barnstaple branch

Salisbury to Romsey landslip-hit rail line re-opens early

The end of loco hauled workings between Liverpool St and Norwich

First test trips for Greater Anglia Bombardier built units

New station shelters for Manea and Whittlesea

New reduced West Midlands Railway timetable

Dove Holes station needs volunteers to spruce it up, say rail enthusiasts

One million tonnes of critical supplies transported weekly along WCML during Covid-19 crisis

Grand Central commits to revised timetable, but Blackpool launch likely to be delayed

Coastal repair work at Parton

Glenfinnan viaduct illuminated blue to support NHS staff

Job losses feared as Wabtec rail yard in Kilmarnock 'faces closure'

£40m support package for Wales & Borders services

Remains of military narrow gauge railway revealed by floods in York

Didcot Railway Centre & Swindon Panel group help Network Rail

5239 returns to Paignton after overhaul

Recent repairs to 30925 Cheltenham

Eurostar stop calling at Ebbsfleet and Ashford

SNCF operates additional hospital services for Covid-19 patients

Freight train accident kills driver in southwest Germany

Baden-Wurttenburg to introduce battery powered trains

Hessische Landesbahn order 30 Altom multiple units

Electrification plans for Israel Railways revealed

Part purchase of SBB Cargo approved

SNCF orders 19 double deck units from Bombardier for Lyon area

Chinese locos for new railway in Guinea

Rocky Mountaineer delays start date of 2020 season

Engineer derailed train near hospital ship, believing in weird coronavirus conspiracy

Wuhan Metro reopens as mainline and freight services resume

M25 graffiti replaced with NHS thank you

Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

Edinburgh Waverley supports key workers with free parking

Coronavirus will transform UK work and travel, says AA

Wightlink suspends route after passenger numbers fall
Isle of Wight ferry firms agree reduced timetables

Maid of the Loch paddle steamer 'closed until late June', says charity

Passenger numbers drop drastically on ferry services as people follow guidelines

Cunard and P&O Cruises extend 'pause' in voyages

Airline shutdowns

EasyJet grounds entire fleet of planes due to virus

Airport handling companies close to collapse

Why are planes still flying?

Slowly but surely, China domestic capacity creeps back up

All-cargo flights stay level as passenger traffic collapses

Fuel is leaking from the Boeing KC-46A in-flight refuelling tanker

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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


TV and RADIO - schedules are subject to change at short notice... or none...

03/04/20  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "Walking Britain's Lost Railways"  North-west Wales

03/03/20  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson"  2/6

04/04/20  Channel 4 2000-2100
          "Great Canal Journeys"  The Norfolk Broads

05/04/20  BBC4 2100-2200
          "Operation Gold Rush with Dan Snow"  3/3

06/04/20  Channel 5 1810-1900
          "The Yorkshire Steam Railway : All Aboard"

06/04/20  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson"  2/6

07/04/20  Channel 5 1810-1900
          "The Yorkshire Steam Railway : All Aboard"

08/04/20  Channel 5 1810-1900
          "The Yorkshire Steam Railway : All Aboard"

09/04/20  Channel 5 1810-1900
          "The Yorkshire Steam Railway : All Aboard"

09/04/20  ITV 2000-2030
          "Griff's Great Australian Adventure"  4/6

10/04/20  Channel 5 1810-1900
          "The Yorkshire Steam Railway : All Aboard"

10/04/20  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "Walking Britain's Lost Railways"  Royal Deeside

10/03/20  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson"  3/6


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