Subject: Raildate 17th December 2021
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 17/12/2021, 15:19
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*** This is the last Raildate of 2021
*** Very best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year
*** Thank you for your support and special thanks to all our contributors this year
*** The next edition will be on Friday 7th January 2022


A visit to Malden Manor station
Quiet stations in Sussex
Visit  to the preserved St Albans signal box
The decline of Stagecoach and First Group
What happened to London Transport Bendy buses
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Festive Fives! LMS 45231 & 44871 On Christmas Specials!
Afternoon at Grosmont MPD with 9F 92134, Q6 63395, Class 20s 'Choppers' and shunting
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway - Santa Specials - 11/12/21
45231 The Sherwood Forester Visits Chesterfield 8th December 2021
Dübs Crane Tank 4101 - Foxfield Railway
Preserved Sentinel Steam Locomotives
Transport Museum Twilight extravaganza 2021
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

How Sheffield's Victoria Station went from central role to closure
Lost railway stations around Hull with rail changes on the horizon
Moor Park, the tube station in a private estate
A Tube Map of Alternative Roundels
Europe Is Undergoing a Sleeper Train Renaissance
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Views of the Vale: Letcombe Valley (Pendon News)
(Spotter: Andrew Nummelin)

R4-D Engine Failure and Belly Landing Anchorage AK 8 Dec 2021
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Victorian Society: 'At-risk' mill, market and department store



Electrification plans blocked by HM Treasury

Rail fares to increase by 3.8% in March

Fears of more ‘cultural vandalism’ of Victorian bridges in England and Scotland

Tesco Express: British Supermarket Turns To Rail To Deliver Christmas

New Waterside Wanderer ticket makes days out easier in New Forest, Hythe, and Waterside

Havant council funding for footbridge at Warblington

South Western Railway introduce more peak time Island Line services

SWR customer service failings

GWR’s December timetable changes reinstate half-hourly London to South Wales services

Air quality at five Greater Anglia railway stations is being monitored

Soham railway station welcomes first passengers in 56 years

Ely railway bridge hit by van whose back is ripped off

More seats at weekend on East Midlands Railway services to meet demand

Christmas railway work in Midlands and North-West planned to minimise passenger disruption

Padgate station waiting room demolished

Planning permission granted for Headbolt Lane station in Kirkby

Christmas upgrade for railway track near York

Azuma arrives in Middlesbrough as LNER launches direct services to London

Plans revealed for brand new railway station in Preston

Lancaster to Carlisle railway celebrated in pictures

HS2: Prospects of three-hour Scotland-London train journeys fade

ScotRail considering timetable cuts after 400 trains cancelled by Covid staff absence

Parliament unites over calls to reverse 'grave' move ditching Lanarkshire rail improvements

Fire at Stonehaven station

Heavy goods vehicle full of potatoes crashes into railway bridge

Fife MSPs visit Levenmouth Rail link site

Protestors threaten to escalate action at Ben Alder crossing if deadline is not met

Crosskeys to Newport service is first since 1962

Heritage railway must track down coal from 3,000 miles away as Britain's last mine is closed

Train derailed by tornado in Kentucky

Bridge reconstruction at Tank Hill in Frazer Canyon

Completion of Canadian Pacific purchase on Kansas City Southern

TfL emergency funding extended by a week

Glasgow Subway celebrates turning 125 with Buchanan Street party

New DART carriages on track to enter service in 2025

Cairngorm funicular railway repairs halted for the winter season amid delays

Nexus help with trams line at Beamish

Stagecoach and National Express agree to merge

CalMac ferry services cancelled as Covid pandemic hits crews

Transport chiefs refuse to say if Rosyth-Europe ferry plans knocked off course

UK ship's fatal collision off Sweden

How easyJet Is Winning With Its Train Connections

The New Zealand Airport With A Railway Across Its Runway

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


TV and RADIO - your two-week guide

18/12/21  Yesterday 0900-1300
          "Secrets of the Railways"  4 episodes

18/12/21  Yesterday 1400-1500
          "Hornby: A Model World"

18/12/21  Yesterday 1500-2000
          "Great British Railway Journeys"  10 episodes

19/12/21  Channel 4 2100-2200
          "Guy Martin's Lancaster Bomber"

20/12/21  Channel 5 1900-2000
          "A Snowy Scenic Railway Journey"  Finland

20/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Hornby: A Model World"

21/12/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Secrets of the London Underground"

21/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Hornby: A Model World"

22/12/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Secrets of the London Underground"

22/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Hornby: A Model World"

23/12/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Secrets of the London Underground"

23/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Hornby: A Model World"

23/12/21  Quest 2300-0000
          "How Do They Do It?"  Includes building Underground carriages

24/12/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Secrets of the London Underground"

24/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Hornby: A Model World"

25/12/21  More4 1955-2100
          "The Plane That Saved Britain"  The De Havilland Mosquito

25/12/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Secrets of the London Underground"

25/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Hornby: A Model World"

26/12/21  Channel 4 1800-1900
          "Britain's Scenic Railways at Christmas"

26/12/21  Yesterday 1900-2000
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

26/12/21  More4 2000-2100
          "The Dambusters' Great Escape: Secret History"

26/12/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Secrets of the London Underground"

26/12/21  More4 2100-2200
          "The Lancaster Bomber at 80 with David Jason"

26/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Hornby: A Model World"

27/12/21  Yesterday 1900-2000
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

27/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Hornby: A Model World"

28/12/21  4seven 1900-2000
          "Britain's Scenic Railways at Christmas"

28/12/21  Yesterday 1900-2000
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

28/12/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

28/12/21  Channel 4 2100-2330
          "Murder on the Orient Express"  2017 version

28/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Hornby: A Model World"

29/12/21  Yesterday 1900-2000
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

29/12/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

29/12/21  BBC2 2100-2200
          "Inside the Factory XL"  JCB diggers

29/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Hornby: A Model World"

30/12/21  Yesterday 1900-2000
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

30/12/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

30/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Steam Train Britain"

31/12/21  Yesterday 1900-2000
          "Secrets of the Transport Museum"

31/12/21  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

31/12/21  More4 2035-2140
          "Guy Martin's Lancaster Bomber"

31/12/21  4seven 2100-2315
          "Murder on the Orient Express"  2017 version

31/12/21  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Steam Train Britain"


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31/12/21  Leek & Rudyard Railway: Goodbye to 2021

01/01/22  Leek & Rudyard Railway: Welcome to 2022

03/01/22  Peak Railway Association - Sheffield Branch
          "Memories of My Time On Steam (1955-1967)" by Dave Darwin
          Farm Road Sports & Social Club, Farm Road, Sheffield S2 2TP
          £4 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
          Starts 1930

10/01/22  Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
          The Underhill Centre, St. John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
          7:30 for 7:45pm
          "The Chandler's Ford Brick Industry" by Jim Beckett
          Non-members welcome

11/01/22  Great Western Society Bristol Group
          589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RF
          7:30 for 7:45pm
          "A Broad Gauge Journey Part 3: Exeter to Penzance" by Brian Arman
          Non-members welcome
          No admission charge but a suggested donation of £3 is appreciated

17/01/22  Newbury and District Transport Group
          The Community Space, The Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
          1915 for a prompt 1930 start
          "Over 60 Years of Railway Part 2: 1988-2022" by David Canning
          Non-members welcome
          Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

Cheers, Howard.
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