Subject: Raildate 19th March 2021
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 19/03/2021, 16:32
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S&D 7F tackles the climb from Williton on the WSR 06/03/16
S160 steam locomotive 6046 Churnet Valley Winter Gala
Flying Scotsman
Class 50s at Exeter 1991
Stoke on Trent Roundhouse
(Bob Gibbens)

Großkorbetha and Leipzig Hbf trains Germany August 2004
(Andrew Cook)

Stoke Shed 5D Remembered
(Barry Knapper)

Decarbonising rail services, but not with much hydrogen
London's lonely underground during lockdown
Arth Rigi Bahn electric snow blower
The crash 70 years ago which led to foundation of the RAF Mountain Rescue tem
Easyjet staying ready to fly again
Forest of Dean Freeminers
Look at Life: Map-making in  the early 1960s
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

LNER 60019 The Blue Streak
Trains at Clapham Junction South London
GWR 2-8-0 3802
Hauled by the NEW Class 69 in a shark brake van on the Severn Valley Railway
Hornby LSWR Class T9 - Unboxing & Review
Interview: Fran Burke of Accurascale
Narrow Gauge Model Railway Exhibition - Virtual Model Train Show - Episode 2
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Nick Wheat has set up a YouTube channel for long-forgotten BTF titles and post 1982 BR films
All videos uploaded will be strictly unavailable commercially and are shared for educational purposes only

New Doncaster Gallery Library and Museum
The Online Preview offers a self-guided tour of each of the floors, where there are links to mini tours, descriptive narrative of exhibits and lots more information about the building in general
(Spotter: Nick Wheat

The Cumbrian Film Archive has four railway films available on their Lost Railways page
Titles are "The Beginning of the End", "The Industrial Lines", "The Rural Stationmaster" and "The Lost Waverley Line"
They also have a "Film of the Month" - the one for March is "Lost Industries of West Cumbria", which contains some railway sequences
(Spotter: Richard Maund)

End of Queen Mary Ship? Bankruptcy
Floating Paradise Lost: SS BRITANIS
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

The Hovercraft Museum



Eversholt Rail developing parcels emu

Super-fast work to improve West Coast main line journeys

Repairs to Oxted viaduct

Testing class 484 unit at Ryde St Johns

Plans to convert Woolston signalbox into a community space

Shawford station building to be community hub

GWR home schooling resources

Merehead-Acton stone train powered by sustainable fuel

'Vital' Okehampton to Exeter rail route to restart daily services after 49 years

Historic railway bridge in Reading set to be replaced

Structure examinations on Eastern Region return to in house Network Rail staffing

HS2 begins work on UK’s longest rail viaduct

New 360 trains on test runs in-between Luton Airport and Flitwick

Train cab video shows first run on new Stourbridge Shuttle tracks

Pigeon proofing bridges in Shrewsbury

Sheffield: 120-year-old signal box to be demolished in rail upgrade

Derailment and buffer stop collision at West Kirby

New Hanson aggregates terminal in Liverpool to be served by GBRf

Hull trains to restart operations on 12th April

Network Rail completes work to strengthen Sherburn in Elmet embankment

Possible conductors strike on ScotRail

Final batch of refurbished Inter7City trains handed over to ScotRail

Scotland's train operator ScotRail to be nationalised

Stonehaven report sets out measures to boost rail resilience

LSL special train to West Highland Line during lockdown

Improvement work begins at Bridgend station

Bridge to be lifted to reduce flooding near Machynlleth

Transport for Wales to upgrade Wrexham-Bidston line

Post Office museum and Rail Mail to reopen from 20th May

Bid to bring Bideford locomotive nameplates home is successful

North Norfolk Railway to reopen on 12th April

60007 overhaul update

Llangollen railway: Plea to save heritage line

No end in sight to Eurostar crisis
Eurostar in talks with French and UK governments for financial survival

Chenab Bridge – becomes highest railway bridge in the World

Kenya Railways to take over Chinese built line 5 years early

Public meeting on Dumbarton Rail Corridor project (California) to be held Monday

Waterloo and City to reopen in May or June

Model Railway News - March 2021 - LMR 0-4-2 Lion Announced!

Government led scheme to improve bus services

New bus station for Exeter

Transporter Bridge transformation boosted with Welsh Government grant

Union Canal refilled after devastating breach sparked huge disruption

Work on building of new Cumbrae ferry to 'begin within a year'

Concerns are growing over the possibility of fare increases by CalMac

Cannons and Anchor from HMS Rose Believed Found in Savannah River

Southampton Airport expansion recommended for approval

Airbus Wants To Run An A350 Only Using Biofuels

End of production for the Bombardier Lear Jet

United Flight Diverts As Unruly Passenger Reportedly Injures Others

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Brian Carter, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Alan Rushworth



19/03/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Warbird Workshop"  Spitfire MJ772

19/03/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Warbird Workshop"  USAAF C47

20/03/21  More4 1900-2000
          "Great Canal Journeys"  Staffordshire

21/03/21  Channel 4 2000-2100
          "Scotland's Scenic Railways"

21/03/21  BBC4 2100-2200
          "Railway Nation: a Journey in Verse"

22/03/21  4Seven 1900-2000
          "Scotland's Scenic Railways"

22/03/21  More4 2100-2200
          "Great Canal Journeys"  Stourport & Stourbridge

22/03/21  More4 2200-2300
          "Coastal Railways with Julie Walters"  Cardigan to Liverpool

23/03/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "The Architecture the Railways Built" 10/10

23/03/21  4Seven 2000-2100
          "Scotland's Scenic Railways"

23/03/21  BBC4 2100-2200
          "Donald Campbell: Speed King"

23/03/21  5 Select 2100-2200
          "The World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"  Northern Explorer

26/03/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Warbird Workshop"  Westland Wessex

26/03/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Warbird Workshop"  Aeronca Defender



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

22/03/21  London Transport Museum Friends
          "London Transport: Decline and Revival" by Dr James Fowler,
          Lecturer in Management and Strategy at Essex University
          An examination of the management, policies and political influences on LT, 1970-1987
          Starts 1815
          You can access the presentation by clicking on this link

          The talk will be available on YouTube to watch any time afterwards

A full list of forthcoming RCTS virtual meetings

Cheers, Howard.
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