Subject: Raildate 24th April 2020
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 24/04/2020, 16:30
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There are a lot of news stories circulating concerning the parlous state that many heritage railways find themselves in with no money coming in from the events they usually rely on for funding.  Rather than include each one as it comes up, please take it as read that your favourite line *will* be struggling, and you might want to consider making a contribution to help them through these difficult times.


The Lost Diesels of Wirksworth
(Martin Miller)

Open Train Times
Edinburgh to Newcastle in eight minutes
Wherry Lines resignalling
Memories of a Consett railwayman
Steventon bridge problem solved with altered overhead wires and speed restriction
All quiet at Bodmin
Refurbishment of High Wycombe broad gauge goods shed
Bridge bash at Kenilworth
TGV transfer of Covid 19 patients
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Slip Sliding Away
Severn Valley Railway - Spring Steam Gala - Best of British Steam
LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scots
Building A OO Gauge Model Railway: The Scratch Build Series 2.4 - Fitting Window Frames And Doors
The 3rd Rail for Peco Code 75 No 205
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Remembering historic coastal rail link 50 years after closure (Yarmouth)
Is social distancing on trains here to stay?
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Britain Railway Journeys - photographs by Alain Le Garsmeur
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

What’s the biggest killer in Aviation? Now I know!
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Photos telling the rise and fall of Derby Midland railway station

Railway roots of Manchester's Nightingale hospital
Inside Manchester's Nightingale Hospital



Train operators start devising plans to restore services

TSSA seeking answers on increasing train services

Class 707 units to transfer to Southeastern

Guildford station transformed during part-closure of railway for engineering works

GBRf 66731  reliveried "Thank you NHS" at Eastleigh Works

Signallers trained at heritage centre in bid to keep the railway running

Bristol Temple Meads station turns blue to show support for NHS

New aggregate service started to CEMEX at Small Heath, Birmingham

Goose lays eggs at railway station during lockdown

Flood damage repaired on line to Drax

Rebuilding embankment near Arnside completed

Hitachi Rail starts staged process to return to operational efficiency in Newton Aycliffe

Millionaire's locomotive firm in talks to take over St Rollox

Cardiff Valley lines devolved to Transport for Wales

New signalling training centre opened in Newport

Blaenau Ffestiniog branch blocked until further notice

Rainbow makeover of NIR vehicles

John Farrow dies from coronavirus

Trespass on the West Somerset Railway

How 23 Pacers in storage could save this Yorkshire heritage railway from collapse

Steam locomotive 60009 Union of South Africa set for year at East Lancs Railway

New service operated by DB Cargo for Transfesa between Spain and UK

OBB and Westbahn awarded public service contracts to continue running service

New GM powered locos ordered by Indonesian Railways

Falling income for Canadian Pacific

TfL to furlough some staff

No government support for Metro systems

Metrolink could be mothballed without government support

Government response to similar financial problems for Midlands Metro

'We're giving our tour buses to the NHS'

Solent ferry services suspended

PS Waverley will not return to Helensburgh in 2020

Pandemic forces Calmac to abandon their 2020 intake of apprentices

Corran Ferry back in service

North-east ferry provider confirms new government contract

The cruise that avoided Covid 19

4 More Airlines Move To Heathrow’s Terminal 2

Coronavirus: Airports 'at risk' of closure as flights drop 90%

Virgin Australia slumps into administration

Air New Zealand Postpones Non-Stop New York Flights By A Year

Titan Airways Flies An All-Business A318 To St Helena For Relief

Air Greenland Operates Incredible 8 Hour Non-Stop Turboprop Flight

Siberian city disinfects streets with aircraft engine

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Nick Wheat


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

24/04/20  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "Walking Britain's Lost Railways"  The Waverley Route

24/04/20  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson"  5/6

25/04/20  BBC2 2015-2115
          "Great Asian Railway Journeys"  Ho Chi Minh to Hoi An

26/04/20  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Pubs, Ponds and Power: the Story of the Village" Cromford

26/04/20  BBC4 1930-2000
          "Canal Boat Diaries"  3/5

27/04/20  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson"  5/6

01/05/20  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "How They Built the Titanic"

01/05/20  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "The World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"


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Cheers, Howard.
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