Subject: Raildate 11th December 2020
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 11/12/2020, 15:09
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RAILDATE - your free weekly guide to what's happening, what's new and what's on


Sunflower Christmas tree to highlight hidden disabilities
Folk song tribute to the Settle & Carlisle
Night trains across Europe proposals
The Spitfires that nearly broke the sound barrier
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

The Train Of Lights On The Severn Valley Railway (2020)
Bluebell Railway Santa & Light Trains 6/12/20
Swanage Railway - 'Steam and Lights' 05/12/2020
Southern N15 777 Sir Lamiel
NYMR Santa Specials 2020 with 9F No. 92134
East Lancs Revisited
Heritage railway track watch
Parcels Trains, Coaches and New Arrivals - Yorkshire Dales model Railway
Dapol O Gauge Class 08 Shunter - Ultra Heavy & Powerful - Unboxing & Review
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Low clearance bridge, Brand new cars totalled, $2,000,000 damage
(Spotter: Andrew Nummelin)

Center for Railroad Photography & Art (CRP&A)
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Photographs of abandoned aircraft, space junk, amusement parks, railways, etc
Photos of Japanese Surrender Planes in WWII
The B-17's Fatal Flaw
ONE Apus estimated to have lost 1,900 containers in severe weather
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)



Over 1.5m Christmas cards & more to be delivered by freight this Christmas

Ridley Scott inspires Network Rail’s cave-exploring drone

DB Cargo UK tests hydrotreated vegetable oil locomotive fuel

London to get its own New York-style high line park

Crossrail confirm Farringdon station construction is complete
Elizabeth Line trial running to start in early 2021

First HS2 tunnelling machines arrive

Euston Towers demolished

Quietest station in Cornwall

Train fire near Par

Network Rail invest in a new footbridge for Goring-by-Sea

Restoration of Welwyn Garden City station

Scarborough station bench restored

Multi-million-pound upgrade complete on North Yorkshire rail route

Class 380 train celebrates 10-year anniversary

Grangemouth Invests £3million in Rail Facility at Scotland’s Largest Freight Hub

Scottish FirstGroup agrees to terminate two UK rail franchises

Line blocked  in Scotland by flooding

Why one remote station lost 90% of its passengers

Sir Nigel Gresley overhaul update

Mid Hants Railway "Train of Lights"

Minehead ticket rack found in Los Angeles

Swanage Railway train of lights

Holden F5 new build project

Brexit and Eurotunnel

Cross border services between Italy and Switzerland halted

Flood damaged railway in Romania to be rebuilt

German regional line electrification approved

Restoration of roundel sign at Uxbridge

Gap in Berlin U-Bahn closed after 70 years

Phase 1 of construction started for Agra Metro system

Grant given for extension of Phoenix Light Rail system

Berlin BVG orders 107 new trams

Consultants chosen for planning tram network in Uppsala

Guernsey buses fleet renewal

Another 24 hour service to be introduced on Dublin Bus

Undersea roundabout on Faroes Island road network

Wightlink ferries timetable changes

Woolwich Free ferry to return to TfL operation

New Isle of Man ferry to be named Manxman

Condor Liberation sailings suspended from January until April

New contract between NYK and Diana shipping for bulk products

British Airways G-BNLY deliverd to Dunsfold

Decision on extending Southampton airport runway postponed

Chuck Yeager: First pilot to fly supersonic dies aged 97

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps



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

11/12/20  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "Cornwall's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"  Looe and St Ives

14/12/20  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "Paddington Station 24/7: Back on the Tracks"  8/8

14/12/20  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys"

15/12/20  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "Cornwall's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"

16/12/20  Yesterday 2320-0020
          "Abandoned Engineering"  Disused railway bridges

18/12/20  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "Inside the Steam Train Museum"  Bressingham at Christmas

18/12/20  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "Walking Britain's Lost Railways"  4/4 The Great Central Railway



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

11/12/20-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Steam Illuminations

27/12/20-   Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Steam Illuminations

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