Subject: Raildate 27th November 2020
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 27/11/2020, 15:17
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RAILDATE - your free weekly guide to what's happening, what's new and what's on


GWR December timetable
GWR Christmas alterations
SWR Christmas Travel alterations
Remains of the former SR HQ at Deepdene House, Dorking
Cowley Bridge Jn 1984
Escalating skill shortage in the railway industry
Solar power for railways
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Steam Sunday - Bahamas' Bonus Weekend
Testing Times
Our Royal Scot "Royal Engineer" 7.25 gauge "The Restoration"
Great Western Steam Railmotor 93
NYMR - GWR No. 7822 'Foxcote Manor' pounds the 1:49 gradient at the NYMR
New EFE Rail Beattie Well Tank - Unboxing & Review
Thornbury Model Railway Exhibition - Virtual Model Train Show
Snailbeach Lead Mine
Snailbeach Lead Mine - Explore With Shano
Shropshire Mines Trust
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Rare glimpse inside forgotten Dudley railway tunnel set to be brought back to life
(Spotter: Brian Carter)

The secret piece of information hiding in plain sight on Tokyo’s subway signs
Drinking wine made from the only station platform vineyard in Japan
Tired of teleworking from home? Get a change of atmosphere by working in an express train!
(Spotter: Andrew Nummelin)



Crossrail could be mothballed as TfL financial crisis continues

Two of London’s busiest railways receive improvement work

Train fire at West Worthing (Unit 313220)

New South Western Railway fleet delayed due to software problems

New Isle of Wight rolling stock ( Moving on battery power)

Island Line Train to be Preserved by Transport Group in Essex

Swans on Bath Spa station

Are we nearly there yet?  (Gypsy Patch Lane bridge)

Class 720 units delayed entry into traffic

Fridays now ‘off peak’ on Avanti West Coast

Bridge replacements on Middlewich line

Laser and drone technology recreates Ribblehead viaduct like never before

Transport Secretary gives fresh backing to Northumberland Line

Timetable change for customers on Scotland’s Railway

Vandalism at New Cumnock station

Network Rail fined after allowing trains over damaged Lamington Viaduct

Safety improvement work for Cornton level crossing

Kinross rail link ‘could cut journey times from Perth to Edinburgh by 35 minutes’

Train users asked to continue to report station 'skipping' incidents

Welsh government alleges £2.4bn underinvestment in Welsh network

Omagh rail tragedy: Heritage project recalls 1950 disaster

Bob Meanley to join Churchward County Trust as engineering manager

Elsecar Heritage Railway mothballed indefinitely after operators surrender their lease

Historic railway posters saved from collapsing loft

Eurostar pleads for government support as Covid-19 threatens its future

Over 10,000 freight trains ran between Europa and China in 2020

Bologna opens Marconi Airport peoplemover

North Milan Railway orders hydrogen powered units

Prototype 20m van (Sweden)

Swiss Pilots could retrain as train drivers

COVID-19 surge derails remaining Polar Express runs through national park

New Rocky Mountaineer service in Denver and Utah Rockies

AMTRAK accelerates infrastructure investments while the network is quiet

Relaying track in Dudley for "Very Light Rail" project

Mock up of new DLR trains

Network Rail to help restore disused Derbyshire canal

Cowes Floating Bridge: Oil leak grounds troubled ferry

CalMac proposes to increase freight costs

Finnish Ferry run aground on Aland Islands

Great Lakes passenger ship could leave its home port

737Max Update: Return To Service!

SWISS Pilots Swap Planes For Trains

El Al To Launch Dubai Route In Just Under Three Weeks

BA 747-400 catches fire in Spain

Model fairground rides auctioned

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



27/11/20  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "Walking Britain's Lost Railways"  1/4 North Devon

28/11/20  Yesterday 1000-1300
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  Six episodes

28/11/20  Channel 5 Select 1305-1900
          "Walking Britain's Lost Railways"  Six episodes

29/11/20  BBC4 1900-2000
          "Crossing England in a Punt: River of Dreams"  The River Trent

30/11/20  BBC1 1145-1215
          "Night Force"  Track repairs before the morning commute

30/11/20  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam"  3/6 Driving the wheels of industry

30/11/20  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "Paddington Station 24/7: Back on the Tracks"  6/8

30/11/20  More4 2100-2200
          "Building Giants: High Speed Train"  Built for Turkey

30/11/20  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Secrets of the Railways"  Trans-Pyrenees Railway

30/11/20  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways"  Congo

01/12/20  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam"  4/6 Steaming down the road

01/12/20  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "The Dambusters: a Daring Plan"  1/3

02/12/20  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam"  5/6 Steam on the water

02/12/20  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "The Dambusters: Race Against Time"  2/3

02/12/20  Channel 5 Select 2000-2100
          "The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard"

03/12/20  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam"  6/6 Steam and the Modern Age

03/12/20  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "Tarrant on the African Express"  3/3

03/12/20  Drama 2000-2155
          "The Lady Vanishes"  Recent remake

03/12/20  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "The Dambusters: Attack! Attack! Attack!"  3/3

04/12/20  ITV 2000-2100
          "Griff's Great Australian Adventure"  The Ghan

04/12/20  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "Walking Scotland's Lost Railways"  2/4 The Callender & Oban



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

01/12/20    RCTS Watford Branch: Members’ Slides
            Starts 1930
            Non-members please contact the Branch Web Co-ordinator, Rob Davidson
   for an invitation - no charge - donations welcome

04/12/20-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Steam Illuminations

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

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