Subject: Raildate 16th October 2020
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 16/10/2020, 15:24
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RAILDATE - your free weekly guide to what's happening, what's new and what's on

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT (1) End of Yahoo Groups - action needed

Yahoo Groups will close completely on 15th December 2020, which does not come as a huge surprise after the drastic reduction in service last year.

I have set up a replacement on which you are recommended to join as soon as possible - you can do so here or by simply sending an email to

I cannot do a bulk transfer of the existing membership (they charge money for that!) so THE ONUS IS ON YOU to join the new group if you wish to continue receiving Raildate every week.

Until the Yahoo group disappears, I shall post to both it and the group, so for a short transition period, you will receive Raildate from both sources.

Remember, if you are a Facebook member you can also join the Raildate group here:

I hope you will continue to enjoy Raildate via or Facebook after the Yahoo service ends in December.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT (2) Short break in transmission

There will be no Raildate next week or the following week.
The next issue will be on 7th November 2020

Now, on with the show...!


Earles Siding
(Martin Miller)

The history of Broad Street station
ORR inspection of London Underground
Replica Llandudno & Colwyn Bay tram 7 to star in TV programme
History of Delta Airline Boeing 777s
How airlines got their two letter codes
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

LMS Stanier Jubilees
45562 'Alberta' Takes 12 Coaches Over Shap & the S&C!
Built at Darlington - A Compilation of Steam & Diesel Locomotives
Cromer to Sheringham and Holt – Hastings DEMU cab ride – 23 July 2016
The Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' 11/10/20
Swanage Railway - Autumn Steam Gala - Best Of - 2016 & 2019
Morning Capture (Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway)
Ffestiniog Railway - Bygones Weekend
Rededicating Welsh Pony 10-10-20
Llanfair Caereinion Model Railway Layout
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Various RCTS branches are holding online presentations vis Zoom - details on the website
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Scotland's oldest miniature railway in pictures
The ‘Lady Engineer’ Who Took the Pain Out of the Train
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Ambulance Trains and Hospital Ships in Southampton
(Spotter: Andy Fish)

Blackpool Heritage Tram Illuminations Tours 2020
(Spotter: Barry Knapper)



Network Rail’s leaf-buster trains on the move

Network Rail’s ‘open data’ programme gets lift-off

ORR insists better passenger information should be supplied

Railway staff honoured in birthday honours list

Safe storage for Stephenson statue during Euston’s HS2 transformation

Work continues to improve King’s Cross

High-speed train nearly hits cyclist at a crossing in Kent

Possible new Dover to St Pancras service via HS1

Longer freight trains to Southampton with £17m investment
Freight enhancements around Southampton (planned for 18 months, possessions start 9-1-21)

Bristol bridge to be replaced

Resilience plans for railway at Teignmouth to be refined

GA swaps ten-car ‘720/1s’ for more five-car ‘720/5s’

Work starts on new Freightliner Depot at Ipswich

£1.7m invested by TransPennine Express into further cleaning measures

Cumbrian river restored to original path to protect West Coast main line

Royal Train use falls to new low as Scottish trips decline

Wemyss Bay Station on track for final of National Railway Competition

£450,000 revamp for Falkirk-Denny disused railway line

Cars on railway lines at Stirling and Corpach on the same day

Revival of Scottish depot provides opportunities for the future

Covid shuts Oban train ticket office

Railway group left counting cost after lorry crashes into historic Moray bridge

Kintore station to open on 15th October

Langennech cockle beds reopen after derailment

Government grants to heritage organisations
Heritage railways receive combined £6.7m Culture Recovery Fund lifeline

£20.51 million to unlock Cairngorm's potential
Balfour Beatty to reinstate Cairn Gorm railway

Vandalism on Llangollen Railway

Vale of Rheidol Railway completes new carriage store

Legislation adopted for continuing operation of Channel Tunnel

Eurostar may need government assistance

Interrail passes available in digital form

Norway set for record rail investment in 2021 budget

Eppenburg tunnel opened for traffic

Ground freezing to bore Brenner base tunnel

CSX derailment near Atlanta

Twenty people killed in level crossing accident in Thailand

Cockfosters is now London Underground’s 80th step-free station

Tyne & Wear Metro stations to be modified for new rolling stock

Naumburg tramway may have circular route reopened.

New low emission buses for Cornwall

Funding problems for Dales bus route 865

22 Battery buses ordered for Glasgow

Battery buses for Newport

New images reveal progress of Tarbert Ferry Terminal upgrade

Scotland to trial world's first hydrogen-powered ferry in Orkney

Final chance to save the last wooden hulled minesweeper

Scramble to find a cut price solution to save Comet paddle steamer replica left to rot

Documentary Claims a Sub May Have Caused the Sinking of the Ferry MS Estonia

Hong Kong's last authentic junk in troubled waters

Virgin Atlantic Launches New Manchester To India Routes

Takeoff affected by wrong passenger distribution

Ryanair expects Boeing 737MAX clearance soon

Ryanair to close Cork and Shannon bases for the winter

Singapore Airlines sell airline meals on grounded aircraft

DC4 overruns runway at Cape Yakataga

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Brian Carter, Neil Kearns, Richard Maund, Reg Nerps, Alan Rushworth, Nick Wheat



17/10/20  Channel 4 1915-2015
          "Guy Martin's War Machines"

17/10/20  Channel 5 2000-2115
          "India by Train with Tony Robinson"

19/10/20  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Industrial Age"  1/6

19/10/20  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "Building the Ultimate Super Train"  Italo AGV

19/10/20  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Inside Glasgow Central Station"  Ep2

19/10/20  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Steam Train Britain"

19/10/20  More4 2100-2200
          "Inside the Spitfire Factory"  Restoring a MkIX part 4

19/10/20  More4 2200-2340
          "Guy Martin: Last Flight of the Vulcan Bomber"

20/10/20  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Industrial Age"  2/6

20/10/20  4Seven 2000-2100
          "Guy Martin's War Machines"

21/10/20  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Industrial Age"  3/6

21/10/20  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "Walking Britain's Roman Roads" 6/6

21/10/20  ITV 2000-2030
          "Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport" S6/E10

21/10/20  BBC4 2100-2200
          "The Flying Scotsman: a Rail Romance"

21/10/20  BBC4 2200-2300
          "The Trains the Time Forgot: Britain's Lost Railway Journeys"

22/10/20  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Industrial Age"  4/6

22/10/20  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "QE2: the World's Most Luxurious Hotel"

22/10/20  ITV 2310-2340
          "Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport" S6/E10



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

16/10/20-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Autumn Steam Gala
            Jubilee steam locomotive to star at Mid Hants Railway gala this weekend

17/10/20-   Bamford & District History Group: 75th Anniversary of opening of Ladybower Reservoir
18/10/20    A film to mark the anniversary will be available on YouTube
            Search for LADYBOWER 75; Memories of a Lost Valley
            *Only available for this weekend*

24/10/20    R&CHS 2020 Annual Clinker Lecture
            "Public Service or Private Profit? British Railway Policy 1845-2020"
            A Zoom presentation by Professor Mark Casson (Reading University)
            Starts 1430 - for joining instructions, see...
            The talk will subsequently be available on the RCHS website

29/10/20    West Bay Discovery Centre
            "Do you really call that progress, Mr Marples? The Politics of railway closures
            in West Dorset, c.1950-75" Colin Divall (Emeritus Professor, York University)
            Starts 1930, Tickets (£3) from Eventbrite:

30/10/20-   Churnet Valley Railway: Carnival of Doom

A regularly-updated list of when heritage railways are reopening:

Shieldhall cruise programme for 2021

Cheers, Howard.
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