Subject: Raildate 18th December 2020
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 18/12/2020, 15:03
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*** This is the last Raildate of 2020
*** Thank you to all contributors - Raildate would be a lot smaller without your help!
*** The next issue will be on Friday 8th January 2021, and I'm sure we all hope that
*** next year will be an improvement on this one!

*** Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!


Railtours August 1990, "Barry Bucketter" with 5 class 37s
Railways 1997/98 "Transrail" freight in Wales
37298/141,The Gwent Growler, 14th April 1990
Rugby World Cup Final. 1999. 30 movements in Cardiff and Newport
(Mike Wilcock)

Railway Benevolent Fund
DfT Railway statistics
Resignalling work at Birmingham New Street during 2021 & 2022
Lower Thames Crossing should include a railway
Jacobite to be a 7 day per week operation in 2021
Wessex Film Archive
British Film Institute historic films
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Built at Crewe - A Compilation of Steam Diesel and Electric Locomotives
70013 Oliver Cromwell
Watercress Line 'Steam Illuminations' 12/12/2020
The Annual Exam - Washout and Stripping Down
The most famous locomotive that I have ever driven - Dolgoch!
Miniature Railways of Great Britain The Classic winter Series Moors Valley M R 2010
Rosedale Model Railway Layout
Incredible New Bachmann Midland 1P Tank Engine - Unboxing & Review
Can I take this opportunity to wish all Raildate watchers a Happy Christmas and a better New Year?
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

All aboard the “Merry Christmask” train in Mie Prefecture
My best wishes to you, and all the contributors and readers
(Spotter: Andrew Nummelin)

Exploring Sandsend and Kettleness Abandoned Railway Tunnels

A38 Whitminster Roundabout - From Start to finish



Inflation-plus rail fares increase confirmed

Agreement between DfT and First group over closing franchise agreements

Increased freight trailing loads

Christmas by Railfreight (from DRS press release)

Delay to building Heathrow western line

Thameslink to be shown on Underground maps

Awards for SWR community partners

Trains cancelled over Covid-related staff shortages

Class 484, 484001 passing pig leg lane in Ryde at line speed 10th December 2020

Wight Line footbridges to be refurbished during shut down

Experimental fitting of traction batteries to Great Western class 800 unit

Covid outbreak triggers GWR cancellations

New station planned for Marsh Barton near Exeter

Increased service on the Newquay branch

‘Only luck’ prevented accidents at ‘poorly engineered’ level crossing
RAIB report

Eight car trains to Kings Lynn

New carriage washing machine installed at Norwich Crown Point

EMR use driver training bubbles to fast-track new fleet introduction

Regional Railways to should be given priority over HS2 East

Cuts to HS2 eastern branch

Earthworks on Whitby branch

Industrial action affecting Caledonian sleepers

Overhauls for ScotRail class 380 units

Huge fine for Network Rail after Musselburgh schoolboy suffered serious burns

Massive investment in Glasgow’s railway this Christmas

Planning applications for stations at East Linton and Reston

Levenmouth Rail Link: Chance to choose locations for two new railway stations

Project cops for a Shed load of logs

Plans submitted for a new station to serve Inverness Airport

Flooding closes Conwy Valley line again

Heritage railway decked out with 13,000 Christmas lights

Cycle route proposed on part of former Somerset & Dorset line

Christmas holiday operations on the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway

Walking visit to Rail Mail tunnels

Vandalism affects Maidstone model engineers building

Brexit: Hornby stops non-UK orders due to price confusion

Temporary rules to keep the Channel Tunnel open after 1st January

Campaign to reopen lines to Londonderry

Battery Electric Freight Loco

New Alstom interlocking commissioned on Turkish Railways

Stadler to build diesel electric locos for Uruguay

Snowblower Xrot9213 working on Dampfbahn Furka Burgstreke
(Probably worth turning sound off for the first 10 minutes!)

Revolution Very Light Rail project moves forward

Zurich Tram network (BVZ) to buy 40 more Bombardier Flexity trams

Bombardier to supply 17 Flexity trans to BVG Berlin

RNLI sells two Ferraris to buy Pwllheli lifeboat station

MOL Signs Deal For Using Coal Carrier Equipped With Hard Sail Wind Power Propulsion System

Charity helps staff stuck on board empty cruise ships

New direct Rosslare to Dunkerque ferry service

British Airways to introduce summer flights from Southampton

BA drops 15 long-haul routes including Seoul and Seychelles

Dublin Airport expect an 88% drop in customers over Christmas compared to 2019

Air India could be taken over by workers

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


TV and RADIO - your two-week guide

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

21/12/20  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

22/12/20  BBC4 1900-1930
          "James May: the Christmas Reassembler"  Hornby train set

22/12/20  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

23/12/20  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "The Yorkshire Steam Railway"  6/6

23/12/20  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

24/12/20  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

25/12/20  Channel 4 1530-1730
          "The Italian Job"  1969 movie

25/12/20  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

26/12/20  BBC1 2105-2245
          "Dunkirk"  2017 movie

27/12/20  BBC4 1900-1905
          "London to Brighton Side by Side"  1953 and 1983 versions

28/12/20  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

29/12/20  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

30/12/20  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

31/12/20  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Pubs, Ponds and Power: the Story of the Village" Warkworth

31/12/20  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

01/01/21  Channel 5 1735-1930
          "The Battle of Britain"  Documentary

01/01/21  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"



While most 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

Until       Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Steam Illuminations

19/12/20    Kidderminster Railway Museum: "Zoom" Film Show
            "Railways in December" by David Postle
            Part 1: 1930 - join Zoom meeting (on mute) until 2010:
            Meeting ID: 945 3624 1555  Passcode: d5paEx
            Part 2: 2030 - join Zoom meeting (on mute) until 2110
            Meeting ID: 950 8830 7762  Passcode: E10tTh
            Limited to 100 people, maximum of 40 minutes per part

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

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

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