Subject: Raildate 4th December 2020
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 04/12/2020, 14:50
To: " Raildate" <>

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Sunday Railway Engineers around Edinburgh, Scotland. 29 November 2020
(Andrew Cook)

SWR timetable 13 December to 26 March
Nine day blockade at Horsham August 2021
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

GWR 4-4-0 3440 City of Truro
Last day of standard service in 2020 - 1st November
Destination Shap Summit
Warley National Model Railway Exhibition - Virtual Model Train Show
Parkstone Goods Model Railway Layout
Hornby's Smallest Coach - Stephenson's Rocket 3rd Class Carriage - Unboxing & Review
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

New Peak Railway Association website
Project that the South Yorkshire Archaeology Service has been involved with in 2020
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

37s on the Stoke to Cauldon line 1994
(Spotter: Barry Knapper)

In pictures: Memories of Dunfermline's tram system
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)



Estimates of station usage

Funding announced to restore Beeching rail links and stations
Government to cut £1bn from rail budget

Alstom-Bombardier merger date revealed

£825m funding package for Crossrail agreed

South London stations restored

Demolition of Chart Leacon depot (Ashford)

New managing director at SWR: Hopwood returns to GWR

Fatal accident in Eastleigh Long Welded Rail depot

The least used station in Hampshire

Improvements to Weymouth station forecourt

Lifting of Weymouth Quay tramway stopped

Reopening to Okehampton

Vital track work across West Cornwall

Reading West station building redesigned

Greater Anglia puts new trains into passenger service

Increased train lengths on Kings Lynn services

EMR continue cleaning efforts as lockdown eases

Plans to reopen Beeston Castle station

RAIB initial report into derailment of cement tanks at Sheffield

Last of Northern’s Pacers departs later than planned

Northern Belle short of waiting staff

Hull Trains and Grand Central to resume operation

Extra platforms proposed at York

Restoration work completed at Scarborough station

Iconic Carnforth film is 75 years old

Hundreds have their say so far on Northumberland rail scheme

Extra police and penalties demanded to avert Christmas trains overcrowding

Least used station in Scotland

Public consultation to open on Levenmouth rail link

New trains under construction for Transport for Wales

Funding assistance for Swanage branch

Grant given to Bala Lake railway

Train otaku say this is the narrowest train station platform in Japan

The last coal trains in Japan

Construction of a new line in Namibia

A return to clay tea cups on Indian Railways proposed

Historic well uncovered during West Midlands Metro construction

Murder mystery over remains of medieval woman 'dumped' in pit beneath site of Edinburgh tram line

Karlsruhe tramway extension

Widnes bus depot listed

The Shields Ferry gets a new engine from Norway

Waverley needs a new bow after crash that ended 2020 season

£2m project to install new linkspan at Gourock Ferry Terminal hits hitch

Easyjet to start changing for in cabin luggage

Southampton Airport expansion: City council objects to latest plans

WizzAir to open a base at Cardiff

FAA Issues First Boeing 737 MAX Airworthiness Certificate Since 2019
Ryan Air to buy 737 MAX aircraft

How A DC-10 Flight To Frankfurt Landed In Brussels Without Realizing

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Andrew Nummelin



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

05/12/20  BBC2 1445-1630
          "The Railway Children"  1970 feature film

07/12/20  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "Paddington Station 24/7: Back on the Tracks"  7/8

09/12/20  BBC1 West 1930-1930
          "Canal Boat Diaries"  Stourport to Kingswood Junction

11/12/20  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "Walking Britain's Lost Railways"  3/4 Cheltenham to Banbury



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

08/12/20    RCTS Hitchin Branch
            "That was the Year that was 1962" by Geoff Plumb
            Starts 1930
            Non-members please email David Elsdon ( for an invitation
            No charge - donations welcome

08/12/20    RCTS Sheffield Branch
            "The Photographic Artistry of Rail Cameramen" by John Hillier
            Starts 1930
            Non-members please email Jim Bryant ( for an invitation
            No charge - donations welcome

09/12/20    RCTS South Wales Branch
            "Holidays in Cornwall Part 1" by Stuart Warr
            Starts 1930
            Non-members please email Peter Fortune ( for access details
            and passcode - no charge - donations welcome

A full list of forthcoming RCTS virtual meetings (Dec-May):

Cheers, Howard.
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