Subject: Raildate 14th May 2021
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 14/05/2021, 16:14
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RAILDATE - your free weekly guide to what's happening, what's new and what's on


Public consultation on capacity increases at Ely and Ely Dock Jn
Go-Op possible operations in Wiltshire
Underground stock on test at Brading in 1966
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

2999 'Lady Of Legend' Final Severn Valley Trains!
Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' - Spring Gala 2021
Swanage Railway Blue Timetable 09/05/21
Standard Swansong - 80104's last services on the Swanage Railway 10-11/05/2021
NYMR - Shadow Running with S15 825, DMU and Class 25 prior to re-opening of railway
GWR 2-8-0 2884 class 3850
Control Trains With Your Smartphone - Hornby HM6000 - Review
A Brand New Layout - Part 1 - Yorkshire Dales Model Railway
Small & Delightful - Model Railway Exhibition - Virtual Model Train Show
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

HMS Victory Safely Berthed
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

An illustrated guide to the Atomic Bombs
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

'Talk to me': A train driver asking men to open up

New Friends of the Cromford Canal website



Hitachi taking “safety first approach” to returning GWR and LNER fleets to operation
Rail minister urges safety plan as IET disruption goes on
End of Hitachi trains crisis ‘a long way off’
GWR and LNER Class 800 trains can re-enter service with ‘thorough inspections’

East Coast return class 225 sets to traffic

New identity for DRS

Crossrail begins testing trains on the Elizabeth line in London

Derelict land in London turned into waste transport hub by Biffa and GB Railfreight

Island Line train carriage surfaces on eBay with £32,000 asking price

Line closure between Maidstone and Ashford in August

GBRf sign contract for new container traffic between Felixstowe and Tinsley

New lease of life for bikes abandoned at Southern railway stations

Photos of track renewals at Watford Jn

Jogger seconds from being hit by train on level crossing in Buckinghamshire

HS2 make history as it launches first giant Tunnel Boring Machine

Oxfordshire railway bridge set for restoration after emergency repair work

East West Rail confirm possibility of two viaducts to be built in St Neots

Buses to replace trains for weekend engineering works in the Anglia region

Electric service to Corby starts next week

Cattle on the line at Nuneaton

Aurora - A New Dawn - EMR

More space for trains and passengers at Ribble Valley line station

Port of Workington time-lapse captures railway bridge overhaul

North-east rail upgrades on track for 2026 completion

ScotRail adds more than 400 extra trains to timetable in May across Scotland

Cracks found on ScotRail class 385 units (Also built by Hitachi)

North Ayrshire: New stations, railway lines and A78/A737 upgrades proposed

West Highland Line service restored from next week

Wales railway first: Work begins to lift bridge out of river flood zone

AC loco group update on 89001

Life returning to Beamish Museum as bosses prepare to reopen indoor attractions

Clifden railway - An outstanding engineering accomplishment

SNCF to refuse trespass incidents for selfies

Czech Railways order 180 coaches

Tyne & Wear Metro’s new trains recreated in miniature with Meccano

Trolley Museum in Washington breaks ground on Welcome and Education Center

Japanese transport group aims to set up public ropeway transit system by 2025

Greater Manchester mayor accelerates franchise bus network plan

Dartmouth: WW1 submarine wreck given protection

MV Loch Seaforth ferry expected to be back in service

Maid of the Loch paddle steamer won’t reopen to public until 2022

Fresh fears for Queen Mary amid claims 'urgent' repairs remain outstanding

Boeing's 737 Max aircraft under scrutiny again

Hackers Have Affected US Airline Operations By Blocking A Pipeline

The Museum of Making is opening on 21 May 2021

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



14/05/21  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  15/15 Aberystwyth to Newtown

14/05/21  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "The World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"  1/4 New Zealand

14/05/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

14/05/21  5 Select 2200-2300
          "Walking Britain's Roman Roads"

15/05/21  Yesterday 1600-2100
          "Railway Journeys"  Umpteen episodes

15/05/21  Paramount Network 1925-2200
          "Battle of Britain"  1969 Movie

16/05/21  Yesterday 1800-1900
          "Warbird Workshop"  Westland Wessex

16/05/21  5 Select 1800-1900
          "Secrets of SS Great Britain"

16/05/21  Yesterday 1900-2000
          "Warbird Workshop"  USAF Aeronca Defender

16/05/21  5 Select 1900-2000
          "HMS Belfast: WW2's Great Survivor"

16/05/21  Channel 4 1930-2100
          "Titanic: Into the Heart of the Wreck"

16/05/21  More4 2100-2205
          "Titanic: a Dead Reckoning"

16/05/21  ITV 2315-0015
          "Trevor McDonald's Indian Train Adventure"  1/2

17/05/21  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  1/15 Biggin Hill to Ashdown Forest

17/05/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Canal Boat Diaries"  1/5 Shardlow to Stoke-on-Trent

17/05/21  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "Wales's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"  4/6  North Wales

17/05/21  BBC4 2100-2200
          "Classic British Cars: Made in Coventry"

17/05/21  More4 2100-2200
          "World's Greatest Shipwrecks: History Beneath the Waves" 4

17/05/21  More4 2200-2305
          "Ghosts of the Deep: Ancient Shipwrecks"  2/2

18/05/21  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  2/15 Hassocks to Benenden

18/05/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Canal Boat Diaries"  2/5 Froghall to Bugsworth Basin

18/05/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

18/05/21  More4 2200-2305
          "How to Build: Maserati"

19/05/21  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  3/15 Rye to Dungeness

19/05/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Canal Boat Diaries"  3/5 Marple to Huddersfield

19/05/21  BBC4 2000-2100
          "Skies Above Britain"  2/5 Conquering the skies

19/05/21  BBC4 2100-2200
          "Blitz: the Bombs That Changed Britain"  2/4

19/05/21  BBC4 2200-2300
          "Cold War, Hot Jets"  1/2

19/05/21  BBC4 2300-0000
          "Classic British Cars: Made in Coventry"

20/05/21  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  4/15 Deal to Margate

20/05/21  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Canal Boat Diaries"  4/5 Sowerby Bridge to Manchester

21/05/21  BBC2 1830-1900
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  5/15 Herne Bay to Leeds Castle

21/05/21  Channel 5 2100-2200
          "The World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"  2/4 Taiwan

21/05/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"



Hopefully, things will gradually return to normal over the next few weeks, so I expect this section will begin to expand again - if you would like to publicise an event here, please contact the editor

13/05/21- Severn Valley Railway: Spring Diesel Bash

A full list of forthcoming RCTS virtual meetings

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