Subject: Raildate 16th July 2021
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 16/07/2021, 15:18
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I'm not normally big on petitions but perhaps this will at least raise awareness of the ridiculous, and unbelievably unsightly infilling of redundant railway bridges:
Require Highways England halt and reverse infilling of historic railway bridges

Related story: "Ashamed to be an engineer"

Whatstandwell Station the good and the bad
Derby Midland Station variety
Birmingham New Street Station with CrossCountry
West Midlands Metro at Grand Central
West Midlands Metro at the Library
West Midlands Metro at Bull Street
Derby Midland Station with an interloper
Sheffield Midland Station interlude
Doncaster Station July variety
Taking the purple one to Whatstandwell
(Martin Miller)

McGill's Buses Greenock Depot Open Day 3 July 2021
(Andrew Cook)

Independently edited Great Britain Rail Timetable downloadable in sections
Can hydrogen offer railways a green future?
Midlands to Solent freight strategy document.
Case for Isle of Wight Railway extensions submitted to Government
Merseyrail class 777 units at Kirkdale
Battery powered expansion proposed for Merseyrail network
Crossrail Liverpool Street station
Another bid for Government money, this time the Epsom Downs branch
60th anniversary of Kent Coast electrification
Brighton Atlantic update
FlyBe Dash 8s repurposed as water bombers
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

The Cornish ghost railway line that rarely sees a train (Coombe Jn-Moorswater)
Keswick to Threlkeld Railway walk
Hawes Branch Line - Abandoned & Lost Railways of Yorkshire - Ep22

Free downloads (PDFs) from the Midland Railway Study Centre...
The Official Postcards of the Midland Railway
Midland Railway Ticket Offices and Agencies
Midland Railway Luggage Labels

The Building and Design of a New Model Train Locomotive
Great Wakering, Flackwell Heath and Whitefield Garden Railway
The Missing Night Watchmen
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

The B-17 Bomber’s Combat Debut 80 Years Ago Today Was A Fiasco
B-17 Alliance Foundation
SAAF WW2 Heritage Site
For Sale: “Time Capsule” 1943 A6M5 Model 52 Zero
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

The UK's last aerial ropeway uses no power, moves 300 tonnes a day, and will be gone by 2036



Class 321 unit modified for parcels traffic

Class 319/769 modified for parcel traffic. (Filmed in Eastleigh Works)

New trains for Southeastern passengers returning to rail in south east London and north Kent

Crossrail runs out of money... again

First spoil train from Willesden for HS2 works

Facemasks still required on Transport for London services after 19th July

Station refurbishment at Balham

Class 707 transfer to South Eastern

Bridge bash at Pitsea

Underpass to replace Grays High Street LC will cost £37 million

M&SWJR bridge abutments to be demolished

Police hurt before stolen car driven along railway line

Network Rail to connect 11,000-tonne tunnel at Peterborough

EMR axes local train services

Former crossing keepers cottage for sale at Stone

Bus hit railway bridge near Bache

Staycation HST launched on the S&C

Network Rail Scotland told to make railway more resilient to extreme weather

Hairmyres station on track for relocation and expansion

20-bike carriages launched to encourage Scots to leave car at home

What's in a name? Network Rail criticised over 'wrong' name on Thurso railway bridge

Two North Wales heritage railways to benefit from investment in carriages

Fear for future of north Wales steam trains if coal banned
Broad support for heritage steam exemption in the Lords’ Environment Bill debate

Union spotlight on deserted Eurostar

Golden Bay's Donald the tank engine nearing end of restoration line

World's First Dual Train-Bus Vehicle in Motion

Hidden London tram station opens to public for first time in 70 years

Solent ferry disruption amid staff shortages due to self-isolation

Maid of the Loch: Steamer to be hauled out of Loch Lomond

Fire breaks out on Scotland to Belfast ferry

Closure of MOSI Air and Space Hall

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Barry Knapper, Reg Nerps, Andrew Nummelin, Mike Price, Nick Wheat



16/07/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Steam Train Britain"

16/07/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Steam Train Britain"

16/07/21  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

17/07/21  Channel 4 1745-1830
          "Lotus: a New Dawn"  Reviving the car company

17/07/21  Channel 4 1900-2000
          "Coastal Railways with Julie Walters"  Devon and Cornwall

18/07/21  BBC4 1800-1830
          "The Golden Age of Steam Railways"  1/2

18/07/21  Channel 4 1800-1830
          "Guy Martin's World Speed Records"

18/07/21  Paramount Network 1815-2100
          "Battle of Britain"  1969 movie

18/07/21  4seven 2000-2100
          "Coastal Railways with Julie Walters"  Devon and Cornwall

18/07/21  BBC4 2200-2345
          "Williams"  Documentary about Frank Williams

18/07/21  Yesterday 2300-0000
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

18/07/21  BBC4 2345-0045
          "James May's Cars of the People"  1/3

19/07/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Secrets of the London Underground"

19/07/21  BBC4 2345-0045
          "James May's Cars of the People"  2/3

20/07/21  4seven 1900-2000
          "Coastal Railways with Julie Walters"  Devon and Cornwall

20/07/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

20/07/21  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

20/07/21  BBC4 2340-0040
          "James May's Cars of the People"  3/3

21/07/21  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "Building Victorian Britain"  Super sewer

21/07/21  ITV 2345-0010
          "Heathrow: Britain's Biggest Airport"

22/07/21  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "Building Victorian Britain"  Exploration

22/07/21  More4 2200-2300
          "World's Greatest Shipwrecks: History Beneath the Waves"

23/07/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Steam Train Britain"

23/07/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Steam Train Britain"

23/07/21  Yesterday 2200-2300
          "Secrets of the London Underground"



As things gradually return to normal, I expect this section will begin to expand again - if you would like to publicise an event here, please contact the editor

17/07/21  Romsey Signal Box Open Day

17/07/21- Leek & Rudyard Railway: Isle of Mull Gala

01/08/21  Romsey Signal Box Open Day

A full list of forthcoming RCTS virtual meetings

Cheers, Howard.
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