Subject: Raildate 18th September 2020
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 18/09/2020, 15:32
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2020 marks 180 years since the opening of the London & Southampton Railway, and to mark the occasion, a celebration was to have been held at Micheldever Station last May.  However, Covid-19 intervened, so the celebrations were abandoned - hopefully only postponed until next year.  In connection with the event, a small booklet has been produced to tell the story of the first 180 years of the railway at Micheldever.  With the intriguing title "Parson & Prawns" (a reference to a disparaging remark about the potential traffic on the line by an early opponent) the book is now available.

If you are local, you can buy copies from:
The Dove Inn, Micheldever Station
The North Brook, East Stratton
The Half Moon & Spread Eagle, Micheldever
The Wonston Arms, Wonston
The Dever Stores, Sutton Scotney
The Post Office, South Wonston
Micheldever Railway Station (6.30-9.30am)
Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services, Micheldever Station.

If you are unable to buy it in person, contact Sue Bell:

"Parsons & Prawns" by Peter L Clarke
40 pages illustrated with colour and black & white photographs.
£10.00 including post and packing (UK only).

Related article: Micheldever - the little rail station with the big story
(The proposed book launch mentioned in the article has also fallen foul of Covid-19 restrictions.)


Derby Midland Station in the purple era
Market Harborough Station complete
Wellingborough Station progress
Kettering Station progress
Leicester Station mixed traffic
(Martin Miller)

The Black Fives, The Workhorses Of The LMS!
BR Standard Class 5
34053 "Sir Keith Park" enters service on the Spa Valley Railway
On the footplate for No 8 'Lucie' first running-in turn up gradient from Grosmont
Unique tandem locos saved
My Model Steam Train Collection | Hornby & Bachmann | 375 Engines!
Micro Layout - Compton Quay - Hattons Barclay & Hornby Sentinel
Trains & Trams at Haymarket, Edinburgh
RAF Cosford Air Museum 15-09-2020
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

On-track Plant
Historic images of charter trains on the Weymouth Quay branch
Czech steam rail motor
Self catering accomodation at Hellifield Station
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

We Found The Best Abandoned Classic & Extremely Rare Cars In The UK!!
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

From Auchenshuggle to Brazil - the tram boss who made Glasgow network the envy of the world
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)



Network Rail removal of diesel traction strategy

Punctuality record during lockdown

Removing graffiti will 'boost confidence' in railway, says Shapps

HS2 tunnel segment factory building complete

Bodies excavated from Euston to clear space for HS2 to be reburied at Brookwood Cemetery

GTR’s Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express fleets to be updated

Christmas engineering works at Nine Elms Jn announced

Surfers call on GWR to review board-on-trains ban

GWR increases capacity to three trains an hour on North Downs line

Network Rail acquires Brunel’s ‘Bristol Old Station’

Coasting past damaged OHLE

Platform extensions at Cambridge

Sheringham station’s new platform ‘adopted’ by volunteer

Narborough station footbridge to be removed, repaired, repainted and replaced

Midland Railway Trust gets emergency grant to reopen

Could the Peak District get another railway line?

'Lost' stations on historic Chesterfield to Sheffield railway could reopen

Power Supply Upgrade for northern part of ECML

First class lounge at Berwick railway station opens to customers

Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow Line set to reopen

Work begins to restore passenger services to Leven

Scottish hydrogen train developers issue tender to convert class 314 EMU

New energy efficient lights for Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Emergency grant to Midland Railway Centre Butterley

Aln Valley Railway volunteers working to overcome shortcomings identified by inspectors

Welshpool and Llanfair General Manager retires

Redundancy consultations start on Ffestiniog Railway

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland get emergency lottery grant

Bala rail extension: Welsh Government urged to fund £2.5m project

Extended season on Manx Heritage Railways

RPSI Whitehead reopening

SNCF Fret technological change review

Danish Railways first Vectron locos delivered

Chinese-built electric/battery loco delivered to Hungary

Potash train derailment near Hope, BC

Rare Michigan locomotive sent to Pennsylvania for restoration

Siemens Mobility win servicing contract for new locos for Coaster services from Seattle

Cash payment could be scrapped on London Underground

Grant awarded for extension of BART system

Classic Vauxhall models go on display in Luton exhibition

'Significant' landslide forces closure Rest and Be Thankful

Utrecht restores canal buried under motorway in 1972

Cowes Floating Bridge: Isle of Wight Council agrees to take legal action

Maid of the Loch's engines are all set to go global

Jewel of the seas moors in Weymouth Bay

An-124 Arrives In San Francisco Carrying Three Fire Trucks

The Special Qantas Flight Where Passengers Need Weighing

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



20/09/20  Channel 4 2000-2100
          "Scotland's Scenic Railways"

20/09/20  BBC4 2000-2300
          "The Ghan: Australia's Greatest Train Journey"

20/09/20  BBC4 2300-0000
          "Own the Sky: Jetpack Dreamers"

20/09/20  ITV 2315-2345
          "Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport" S6/E5

21/09/20  ITV 2245-2345
          "Flying for Britain with David Jason"

23/09/20  ITV 2000-2030
          "Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport" S6/E6

23/09/20  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "Walking Britain's Roman Roads" 2/6

23/09/20  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "Brunel: Building a Great Britain"



While many events have been cancelled due to Covid-19, a limited number of events will be included from now on - if you would like to publicise an event here, please contact the editor

19/09/20-   Romsey Signal Box Heritage Open Days - pre-booking essential

03/10/20-   Apedale Valley Light Railway: Smoke Without Fire Diesel Weekend

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