Subject: Raildate 2nd April 2021
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 02/04/2021, 15:37
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Plans for Oxford Metro
Planned summer engineering works affecting Bristol Temple Meads
Penthouse apartment in St Pancras hotel for sale
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

The Train Now Departing
An afternoon at Ropley - Watercress Line 27/03/2021
Probefahrten der Chiemsee-Bahn Dampflok „Laura“ auf der Harzbahn
Stunning New Hornby Merchant Navy Class - Unboxing & Review
The most precise model railway layout in the world - Cab ride in the Kaeserberg rail museum
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Declassified Footage - An Atomic Bomb Too Big to Actually Use
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Toy stories: 100 years of American toy adverts – in pictures



Luxury trains look to serve British travel demand with Summer day-trips and British seasides

Welcome hosts at Wimbledon and Richmond

Langley to Heathrow terminal 5 link put on "hold"

Emergency closure of footpath near Hildenborough

Refurbished footbridge to reopen in Sandown

Scrap class 483 units being removed from Ryde St Johns

South Western Railway to withdraw refurbished class 442s

Track renewal at Brockenhurst LC during April

HS2 to begin work on UK’s longest rail bridge

Bridge renewal in Rutland begins with Network Rail preparing the site

You could be visiting Rail Live 2021 by train

Another pacer coach donated to a school

Grand Central services restarted

Disruption due to strike by conductors on Scotrail services

More strike action on Scotrail under discussion by unions

Track damage caused by Robeston to Theale oil train

Bluebell reopening details

Mid Hants spring gala

Reconnect Leek Developments

Churnet Valley Railway to receive £283,000 from 2nd round of Government’s Culture Recovery Fund
Epping Ongar Railway receives £62000 from 2nd round of Government's Culture Recovery Fund
Didcot Railway Centre: £114,015
East Somerset Railway: unknown
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: £42,300
Kidderminster Railway Museum Trust Ltd: £19,025
Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway Museum: £31,490
Midland Railway Trust: £38,548
Nene Valley Railway: £479,765
North York Moors Railway: £578,000
Swanage Railway: £189,200

Plans to restore and extend Buckley Wells shed at Bury

North-east railway restoration to move ahead after fundraising target met

Tidenham Tunnel near Chepstow opens as footpath and cycleway

Blaenavon's Heritage Railway plans to reopen from 1st May

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland services from May

Fatal collision in Egypt

Taiwan: Dozens killed as train crashes and derails in tunnel

Amtrak expansion proposals

Alstom to supply 200 coaches to METRA in Chicago

Protest blocks Manchester Tramlink

Seaton Tramway to reopen on 12th April

Irish Ferries to operate between Dover and Calais from June

Ever Given released from Suez Canal banks
Suez Canal: Egypt begins inquiry into cargo ship's grounding

Air France funding deal close to completion

Dining on static aircraft in Japan

Return To The Falklands – Lufthansa Will Operate Its Longest Flight Again

Laxey wheel could turn again by 2022

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Barry Knapper, Reg Nerps, Andrew Nummelin



02/04/21  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "Secrets of the Royal Train"

02/04/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Warbird Workshop"  Piper Cub

02/04/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

04/04/21  Channel 4 2000-2100
          "Scotland's Scenic Railways"  East Fife

05/04/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Canal Boat Diaries"  1/4 Series 2

05/04/21  More4 2100-2240
          "Guy Martin: Last Flight of the Vulcan Bomber"

06/04/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Canal Boat Diaries"  2/4 Series 2

06/04/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

06/04/21  5 Select 2100-2200
          "The World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"  Sri Lanka

06/04/21  ITV 2245-2340
          "The Station: Trouble on the Tracks"  Birmingham New Street 1/3

06/04/21  ITV 2340-0005
          "The Metro: A Rail Life Story"  Tyne & Wear 1/4

07/04/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Canal Boat Diaries"  3/4 Series 2

08/04/21  BBC4 1910-1940
          "Canal Boat Diaries"  4/4 Series 2

09/04/21  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "The World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"  Cairngorms

09/04/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Warbird Workshop"  An L39 jet

09/04/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"



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