Subject: Raildate 15th January 2021
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 15/01/2021, 14:31
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RAILDATE - your free weekly guide to what's happening, what's new and what's on


Snow-covered Ribblehead viaduct
Network Rail snow clearance
West Highland Line cab ride
Photos of construction of the West Highland Extension Railway to Mallaig
Fife Circle Cab ride
Mid Hants review of 2020
The last days of the Newfoundland Railway
Halton County Radial Railway near Toronto
Christmas 2019 event on the Halton County Radial Railway
The changing shape of future aircraft designs
Dutch main road underpass installed in one weekend
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Southern Railway 4-6-2 34070 Manston
British Steam Locomotives in 2020
A Cab ride from Chesterfield to Deepcar - Part of the Original Woodhead route
Twa Dale Estates Model Railway Layout
Hornby 2021 Range Launch - Amazing New Model Trains Announced!
Fresh from Overhaul - Weathering an Express Locomotive
C&DR - 2021 New Year specials
Little Bytham Model Railway in 1938: the year Mallard broke the World Speed Record
The Big Red Bus - History of the Routemaster
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Trailblazing Peterhead Prison railway line ferried criminals to a place of hard labour
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

The Bennett Brook Railway near Perth, Australia, has a YouTube channel that includes videos of their regular service trains and also some excellent vintage railway films from Australia and the UK
(Spotter: Malcolm Smith)

Beyer-Garratt at Chinley
(Spotter: Barry Knapper)

Sunset Of CNR Steam
(Spotter: Bob Gibbens)

The First Turboprop in the World
The B-29's Fatal Flaw
Floating Paradise Lost: Chasing MARGARITA L
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Sneak peak of new west Japan station complex shows grand waterfall amid rich local nature
(Spotter: Andrew Nummelin)

Model Railroading with Jack Burgess Proto:48 Scratch Built Weed Burner Train
If you want to start at Episode 1 - Model Railroading With Jack Burgess - Get Organized



A new album of photographs by the late Peter Gater of Matlock contains nearly 100 pages of black and white photographs printed on high quality gloss art paper, most of which have never been published before.  Classes 20, 25, 31, 37, 40, 45, 46, 47, 50, 56, 58 and 60 all feature plus several DMU types and a few steam specials for good measure!  All royalties from the sale of the book will go to Ashgate Hospice near Chesterfield who provided invaluable palliative homecare to Peter and also supported his wife for nearly 2 years after his death.  In addition, £1 will be donated to the Class 40 Preservation Society’s 40135 crankcase appeal for each copy purchased direct from the publisher’s website:

Also, a new book about Porton station and light railways



Crossrail 2 "paused"

Service cuts due to low passenger numbers

The GB Railfreight Class 69 project explained

Alstom publish report as to how the UK can decarbonise the railways

Train formations being shown for SWR services

Nine Elms bridge collapse, 29th December 2020

RAIB report on derailment at Bognor Regis October 2020

A bronze statue to commemorate Penge East station cat

Ash level crossing to be replaced by a bridge

Engineering works for lengthened freight trains to Western Docks and Maritime Container terminal

Isle of Wight bids farewell to vintage trains

Bring in the WaveWalker

Torquay signal box for sale

Grade separation work at Werrington Jn, Peterborough

Vital work continues on East Coast Upgrade
A UK engineering first as 11,000 tonne tunnel is installed

Reduced service announced on West Midlands Railway services

Agreement reached to integrate Old Curzon Street Station into new HS2 terminus

State-of-the-art signalling to be installed at Birmingham New Street

Council leaders urge Government to back HS2 Eastern Leg in response to NIC report

RAIB report on runaway wagon at Clitheroe March 2020

TikTok level crossing stunt 'staggeringly stupid'

Man, 60, dies after being struck by train

Major overhaul for Lancaster’s listed footbridge

ScotRail to cut more trains as passengers slump by 90 per cent

Work begins on Montrose station facelift

‘We need realistic proposals’: Fife Council’s transport spokesman responds to Greens’ Forth tunnel idea

Nairn Men’s Shed gets new platform to grow after lockdown

RAIB notes on trains not observing emergency speed restrictions near Aberdeen

ScotRail train breakdown - passengers on Glasgow-Inverness train stuck in ‘freezing’ carriages

Glenfinnan road-over-rail bridge works to start in 2022

Community rail plan for narrow gauge line to Bridport

Vintage Trains purchase three pacer units

Retirement of Vintage trains driver Ray Churchill

Wensleydale Railway reveal plans for their new Pacers - including bike trains and James Herriot tours

ECTS upgraded on Railpool TRAXX locos

Stadler to build seven diesel locos for Uruguay

Stadler to build new trains for Centovalli line in Switzerland

Hydrogen strategy for Canadian Railways

Tenders invited for electrification of Zaragoza-Valencia route

Vancouver man heads non-profit rebuilding SP&S 700 steam locomotive for possible 2021 run

China debuts bullet train that can operate in extremely cold temperatures

Rebuilt Penn Central station opened

Plan to Revitalize Cass Gilbert’s Abandoned Westchester Station

Test trains run on Underground extension

Virtual Reality used in design of new Tyne and Wear driving cab layout

Pet adoption coach on Moscow metro

Trent Barton bus named after pensioner who gives treats to the drivers

NYC bendy bus left drooping from overpass in Bronx

50 metre bridge beams installed for Macroom bypass in County Cork

Covid-19: Isle of Wight ferry companies given £6.5m by government

Wightlink to suspend weekend sailings Lymington to Yarmouth

Cowes floating bridge fails again
Cowes Floating Bridge: Council launches 'substantial' legal claim

'Milestone' hailed in project for long-awaited Gourock, Dunoon and Kilcreggan ferry

Call to snap up catamaran for Mull ferry route

End of an era: Last ferry from Zeebrugge to Hull sets sail

Golden Ray Salvage Team Begins Second Hull Cut
Golden Ray Salvage: 2nd Cut Completed

RAF training Swiss Airforce on night operations

Buddha Air flight to wrong destination

Norwegian to cut long distance flights

Aer Lingus Eyes Manchester-US Seat Sales

EasyJet secures new five-year $1.87bn loan with UK guarantee

Qatar Airways Completes First Flight To Saudi Arabia Since Blockade

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Richard Maund, Reg Nerps, Nick Wheat



18/12/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain"  4/12 Castings

18/12/21  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "The World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"  Sicily

18/12/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Train Truckers"

18/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Train Truckers"

18/12/21  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "Steam Train Britain"

19/12/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain"  5/12 Water & Boilers

19/12/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"  New series

19/12/21  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "James May's Cars of the People"

20/12/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain"  6/12 Steel City

20/12/21  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard"  1/3

21/12/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain"  7/12 Mechanics & Riveters

21/12/21  Channel 5 2200-2335
          "Ten Mistakes that Sank the Titanic"

21/12/21  Channel 5 2335-0035
          "WW1 Wrecks: Draining the Ocean"

22/12/21  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "The World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"  Settle & Carlisle



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