Subject: Raildate 5th February 2021
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 05/02/2021, 14:26
To: " Raildate" <>

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I had an unsolicited approach to use some of my old footage of the Great Central contained in a Youtube video, followed by a request to use other segments of old film.  It was an aspiring band and the result of their endeavours is here (all the content is mine with the exception of those with diesel locos and DMUs:
(Martin Miller)

Rail 150 at Shildon 1975
Talyllyn January walkabout video
Ffestiniog Update Number 46
Steam power on Blackpool Prom 115 years ago
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Fives Hard at Work. Stanier’s finest on the mainline.
BR Standard 4MT 2-6-0 76079
Ride behind LNER V2 'Green Arrow' No. 4771 between Grosmont and Goathland on the NYMR
Narrow Gauge Railways of Great Britain - Gartell Light Railway
Firing Up and Running the WWI Davenport Trench Locomotive!
Bachmann's Unbelievable New 94xx Pannier Tank - Unboxing & Review
Unboxing Hattons Class 66 model locomotive
Tarpaulins, Wagon Upgrades and Coach Weathering - Yorkshire Dales Model Railway
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The Guardian view on Europe by train: virtue signalling



GBRf to operate weed control trains in 2021

HS2 underground protest: Activists 'being forced out' of tunnel

Waterloo Necropolis station to be converted to flats

Extra stops to serve Newbury Racecourse vaccination centre

Southern service cuts due to low passenger numbers

Line closed by earthslip at High Brooms

Line closure for work on cutting near Yeovil Pen Mill

Progress continues on the Dawlish sea wall

Major signalling upgrade pending at Clacton-on-Sea

Network Rail replace two bridges in Norfolk

Disruption set to continue after landslip near Rugby

Stourbridge shuttle peoplemovers to be modified

RAIB report into runaway wagons at Toton

Don’t Cut Here: Why HS2 East should reach Chesterfield and Sheffield

Railcam Sheffield is live

Rail minister backs MPs' bid to reopen station

Track renewals on Esk Valley line

North East railway upgrade continues with signalling revamp

Reston station return approved after more than 50 years
Work begins on new Reston Station

Former MP Martin Whitfield calls for Haddington Railway Station return

Major £3m refurb of Stirling station roof to begin

Thai restaurant planned for 40-year-old British Rail carriages in Pitlochry

Highland Mainline blocked by snow

End of the line? West Highland Line freight fears

Clean up after Llangennech derailment

T9 30120 to remain on Swanage Railway

Heritage Railways search for suitable coal

Hornby warehouse to become a railway museum open to the public

Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway scoops over £150,000 for essential work

UK Government not interested in direct funding for Eurostar

EU railways loose €26 billion due to COVID-19

Work to start on Fehmarnbelt road and rail tunnel

Russian Railways to stop buying diesel only locos after 2025

GE loco in Estonia to be converted to LNG/Diesel operation

Funding agreed to restore Albanian railway system

Is high-speed rail travel on a track to nowhere?  (Singapore)

Glasgow Metro tram network a step closer with government review boost

Turkish built driverless trains for Istanbul metro

Hitachi tests battery trams

Bombardier Vario trams sold by Helsinki

Redbridge Causeway bridges to undergo £15.8m upgrade

Bus services in North East Scotland disrupted by heavy snow

Ship adrift from Hunterston in high winds sparks rescue operation

Southampton Airport to close at weekends

Test flight of electric powered aircraft

Lufthansa Completes Its Longest Flight Yet At 15 Hours 36 Minutes

LATAM Airbus A320 Suffers Many Faults After Bird Strike

China’s Comac Aims to Rival Boeing and Airbus in the World’s Biggest Market

Longannet Power Station demolition

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



05/02/21  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "The World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"  5/6 Bavaria

06/02/21  BBC4 1900-2000
          "Full Steam Ahead"  3/6

07/02/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain"  A lifetime's achievement (2)

08/02/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "David Jason: Trains, Planes and Automobiles"

08/02/21  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "Steam Train Britain"

09/02/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel & Stone"  1/12

09/02/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"  4/10

09/02/21  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "James May's Cars of the People"

10/02/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel & Stone"  2/12

11/02/21  BBC4 1910-1940
          "Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel & Stone"  3/12



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

11/02/21  North Eastern Railway Association: Zoom Presentation
          "The Berwick and Kelso Branch from 1808" by Bill Fawcett
          1900 for a 1930 start
          All welcome - you will need to register on the NERA website

20/02/21  North Eastern Railway Association: Zoom Presentation
          "Teesdale Tracks and Derailing Dukes" by Northern Echo Chief Feature Writer, Chris Lloyd
          1000 am for 1030 start
          All welcome - you will need to register on the NERA website

A full list of forthcoming RCTS virtual meetings (January-April)

Cheers, Howard.
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