Subject: Raildate 6th November 2020
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 06/11/2020, 14:02
To: "" <>, " Raildate" <>

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Black Five 45231 at Stableford 22/10/20
Contrasting Styles
Bahamas passes through Stableford
(Barry Knapper)

Selby to Doncaster and Northenden Junction videos have been added to the Signalling Record Society's FARSAP collection
(John Lacy)

RAIB correction to Rail magazine reporting of Carmont derailment
Interior of "Active Travel" coaches for West Highland Line
Using TOPS 1978 railway computerisation
Driverless trains on London Underground would cost £7 billion extra
Llanberis to Snowdon in four minutes
Canadian National maps, including axle loading
Whatever happened to passenger services in northern Ontario
Once upon a tram ( Hill of Howth)
Supersonic travel projects
The five engine Jumbo Jet
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Somerset & Dorset Railway - Mixed Traction Gala 2020 - 31/10/2020
34092 City of Wells
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway - 'End of Season Parade' 31/10/2020
NYMR - Cab Ride on LH&JC No 29 on the 'Rail Trail' shuttle service, Grosmont-Goathland
Class 20s working at Bo'ness railway
My Favourite O Gauge Loco - Dapol Steam Sentinel - Unboxing & Review
Firing up the 150 CASE, the largest steam traction engine in the world
Lancaster Bomber...The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre October 2020
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Russia's Development of a Railway Route Bypassing the Baltic States
(Spotter: Brian Carter)

LNER Marshalling Yard Story (no sound)
Felsővisó - Viseu de Sus (Romanian Railways)
(Spotter: Barry Knapper)

Final Days of Daily Service Amtrak Long Distance Trains (2020)
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Brass, Steel and Fire - Science Museum
(Spotter: Andrew Nummelin)

Why everyone – and especially Greens – should still support HS2
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Now and Then - Seeing the North with Sankey project
Oral History Training with Simon Bradley (online Zoom course)
Part 1: 24th November 2020, Part 2: 1st December 2020, Parts 3 and 4 TBC
Further information from Julia Parks:
(Spotter: Peter Davies)

Kestrel Railway Books now has an online shop - follow link from main website



Train services set to keep going during English lockdown

Claims that HS2 costs are soaring are ‘baseless’ says DfT

Network Rail recruits Mace as consultant

Freight decarbonisation ideas

Maritime adds new intermodal rail service

CEMEX invests over £600,000 in its rail network

Piling starts at £40m North London station

Proposal for Solent area investment in railways

Southampton area engineering works

Nine-day overhaul of East Suffolk line complete

New footbridge opened at Eridge

Two new directors for East West Railway

HS2 bridge installed in Solihull

University of Birmingham completes new digital rail systems research facility

HST power car donated to Crewe Heritage Centre

First Class 170 train enters service with East Midlands Railway

Salvaged Lowdham signal box to become museum

A boost of £1.5m for Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle new station scheme

Rail link to Doncaster Airport rejected

Repair work to Ribblehead Viaduct

Settle & Carlisle and Little North Western blocked by flooding

Hull trains suspended again

Grand Central service suspended until 3rd December

Three years of transformation enters final phase at Queen Street

Network Rail awards crossings contract overseas

Plans unveiled for £200m Ravenscraig development

Avanti West Coast plans to double number of trains that call at Motherwell

Carmont reopening

Jacobite service to finish a week early

Contractors gearing up to start repair of the Cairngorm funicular

Transport for Wales rail services to be nationalised

First phase of work on Barmouth Viaduct completed

Ideas to enhance Northern Ireland Railways services

Hornby: Model train maker steams ahead in lockdown

We are railing: Britain embraces the joys of the humble train set

Berlin Brandenburg Airport railways finally open

Dutch government offers €1.5bn compensation to passenger operators

Portuguese Railways order Stadler FLIRT units

Yosemite Lumber Company Logging Inclines With Jack Burgess

Transport for London secures emergency £1.8bn bailout

All cetaceans go: whale sculpture stops Dutch train crashing into water
Looks like a fluke to me...

Bochum-Witten tram route diverted

Berry's coaches bus stuck under Taunton station bridge

NTA bus plan for Dublin set for third public consultation

BRM to build 'new' V16

England's Vanwall will build six replicas of its 1958 Grand Prix-winning F1 car

Jobs 'are on the line' if ferry contracts go outside of Inverclyde warns council leader

‘Grave risk’ to lifeline ferry services

VB-10,000 Heavy Lift Vessel Arrives at Golden Ray Wreck Site

Lufthansa 747-400's prohibited from taking off from Dutch airfield

When Will Qantas Flights Return To The UK?

Berlin Brandenburg’s Second Runway Opens With Qatar Airways Arrival

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, John McCorriston, Reg Nerps, Andrew Nummelin, Alan Rushworth, Nick Wheat



08/11/20  Channel 4 2000-2100
          "Great Canal Journeys"  London's waterways

08/11/20  ITV 2330-2355
          "Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport" S6/E12

09/11/20  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "Paddington Station 24/7: Back on the Tracks"  3/8

09/11/20  Channel 5 2200-2300
          "Kings Cross Station Then and Now"

10/11/20  BBC4 2000-2100
          "Captain Jack and the Furious Few"  Early test pilots

12/11/20  BBC4 2135-2235
          "The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner"

12/11/20  BBC4 2235-2335
          "The Men Who Built the Liners: Timeshift"



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

09/11/20    RCTS Croydon & South London Branch: Online Presentation
            "That was the Year that Was – 1962" by Geoff Plumb
            Starts 1930
            Non-members please contact the Branch Web Co-ordinator, Jeremy Harrison,
  , for an invitation.

10/11/20    RCTS Hitchin Branch: Online Presentation
            "Railways before the Great War (part 1)" presented by Jeremy Harrison
            Starts 1930
            Non-members please contact David Elsdon,, for an invitation

10/11/20    RCTS East Midlands Branch: Online Presentation
            "Railways in and around WW2" by Robin Mathams
            Photographs from the Percy Moseley Collection of the Sutton Coldfield Railway Society
            taken between 1937 and 1945
            Starts 1930
            Non-members please contact Robin Gibbons,,
            for an invitation

10/11/20    RCTS Sheffield Branch: Online Presentation
            "Railways in and around Chesterfield" by Glynn Waite
            Starts 1930
            Non-members please contact Jim Bryant,,
            for an invitation

11/11/20    RCTS South Wales Branch: Online Presentation
            "A 1950s Cornucopia, Part 2" by Noel Thompson
            Starts 1930
            Non-members please contact Peter Fortune,, for an invitation

A full list of forthcoming RCTS virtual meetings (Nov-Feb):

Cheers, Howard.
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