Subject: Raildate 29th July 2022
From: Howard Sprenger
Date: 29/07/2022, 16:46
To: " Raildate" <>

RAILDATE - your free weekly guide to what's happening, what's new and what's on


Waterside line reopening consultation
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Swanage Railway 23/07/2022
F&WHR Moving Pictures Number Sixty Eight - 26/7/22
East Lancashire Railway Classic Car Show 24th July 2022
Southampton MRS Summer Exhibition 2022
Part 1:
Part 2:
Larkrail Model Railway Exhibition 2022 - 23/07/2022
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

All aboard the wild ride that is Francis Bourgeois (Tik-Tok Trainspotter)
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)



"Railways & Canals in the Churnet Valley - Consall Past and Present" by The Knotty Ramblers

This book is about transport, past and present, in Staffordshire’s picturesque Churnet Valley.  It focuses on Consall, which was once located in such a remote part of the valley that it was only accessible on foot, by canal or by railway.  Many years ago it was a hive of industry but nowadays the canal and the preserved Churnet Valley Railway are used entirely for pleasure.  A focal point in the vicinity of the present day Consall station is the Black Lion public house which for many years could only get its beer delivered by train!

All three authors are members of the North Staffordshire Railway Study Group, which was formed in 1995 to bring together people with an interest in the former North Staffordshire Railway (NSR), with the objective of increasing the knowledge of the railway company and its role within the community it once served.  In the Churnet Valley, the NSR owned both the canal and the railway so it was extremely important to Consall and other communities in the valley.

Potbanks, collieries and ironworks once dominated the Potteries, with the canals and railways providing an essential means of transport for raw materials and finished products.  It is very different today but in spite of its industrial past, the area adjoining North Staffordshire has always been blessed with beautiful scenery and Consall is such a place.  The location, once almost inaccessible to the general public, has become a focal meeting place on the restored Caldon Canal and a preserved part of the former NSR Churnet Valley Railway.

The Knotty Ramblers hope that this book will be of interest to modern day visitors by telling them something of how things used to be.  It will also be of interest to many of those cruising for pleasure on the Caldon Canal and travelling on the preserved Churnet Valley Railway.  Any profits will go to the Railway & Canal Historical Society.

Softback, ISBN 978 0 901461 73 5
128 pages with 143 illustrations including maps – many in colour



HS2 celebrates historic first tunnelling breakthrough

TSSA strike action on West Coast Main Line

Rail Minister visits Tesco’s rail operations in Tilbury

Motorway delays due to urgent repairs to bridge over railway line at Shawford

Weekday engineering works at Honiton and Feniton

East West Rail branded "unachievable" by IPA

Overhead line damage near Biggleswade

Market Harborough’s upgraded facilities completed

MSC UK announces new rail service connecting Scotland with global trade routes

Puzzled Edinburgh residents forced to walk through 'dark underworld' to get to destination

Railway between Kilmarnock and Barassie set to re-open next week

Victoria-Bath special to be diesel hauled

Flying Scotsman Visit 2022 – Bluebell Railway Official Statement

Delays near Bray after passengers forced train doors open and walked along track

FRA proposal for two person crews, superseding state legislation

Shepherd’s Bush added to London Transport Museum’s Hidden London tours

Chronic fare dodgers to be banned from the Tube under a new crackdown

New trains for Glasgow Subway

New Tyne & Wear driver simulator

Douglas Horse trams to restart operation by the end of July

We've Been Involved In A Nasty Accident With One Of Our London Buses!

Cowes Floating Bridge: Almost £90,000 spent on spare parts

Maid of Loch paddle steamer enthusiasts to sail replica model boats

Battleship Texas update

NASA Boeing 747 Damaged By Severe Weather In New Zealand

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



29/07/22  Yesterday 1800-1900
          "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Italy

29/07/22  Channel 5 2000-2100
          "Australia's Most Scenic Railway Journeys"  Brisbane to Cairns

29/07/22  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

29/07/22  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Secrets of the London Underground"

30/07/22  Yesterday 1600-1900
          "Steam Train Britain"

30/07/22  Yesterday 1900-2200
          "Great Continental Railway Journeys"

31/07/22  BBC Radio 4 1915-1930
          "Alexei Sayle's Strangers on a Train"  Manchester to Bournemouth

31/07/22  Yesterday 2300-0000
          "Hornby: A Model World"

01/08/22  BBC2 2100-2200
          "Inside the Factory XL"  Alstom, Derby

01/08/22  Yesterday 1800-1900
          "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Greece

01/08/22  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Great American Railway Journeys"  San Francisco

01/08/22  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Scouting for Toys"

02/08/22  Yesterday 1800-1900
          "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Switzerland

02/08/22  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Great American Railway Journeys"  Berkeley to Yosemite

02/08/22  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "Train Truckers"  1/8 a class 47 to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

03/08/22  Yesterday 1800-1900
          "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Spain

03/08/22  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Great American Railway Journeys"  Santa Clara to Santa Cruz

04/08/22  Yesterday 1800-1900
          "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  The Black Sea

04/08/22  BBC4 1900-1930
          "Great American Railway Journeys"  Monterey to Santa Barbara

04/08/22  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Train Truckers"  New 2/8 a locomotive to the Chasewater Railway

05/08/22  Yesterday 1800-1900
          "Great Continental Railway Journeys"  Switzerland

05/08/22  Yesterday 2000-2100
          "The Architecture the Railways Built"

05/08/22  Yesterday 2100-2200
          "Secrets of the London Underground"


If you would like to publicise an event here, please contact the editor

29/07/22- Bluebell Railway: Terrier Gala

29/07/22- Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway: Diesel Gala

30/07/22- Dacorum Steam & Country Fayre, Hemel Hempstead

01/08/22  Winchester Cafe Sci
          "Learning from Accidents: Railway Signalling in the UK" by Dr Robin Wilson
          Arc Winchester (formerly the Discovery Centre), Jewry St, Winchester, SO23 8SB
          Starts 1930

01/08/22  Peak Railway Association - Sheffield Branch
          "An Evening with Ted Parker, Professional Video Producer & Railway Artist", Ted Parker
          Farm Road Sports & Social Club, Farm Road, Sheffield S2 2TP
          £4 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
          Starts 1930

06/08/22- Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Day Out With Thomas

06/08/22  Step back in time and explore Stonegate - life on an East Sussex station
          Through archives: original traffic records, stationery, photographs, memories
          Through artefacts: original signage, signals, signal lamps, furniture and equipment
          1400-1700, 7 Wills Way, Romsey, Hants, SO51 5HZ
          Donations invited for to support the work of Amaudo UK (
           supporting mental health work in Nigeria
          If you are interested in coming, please let John Pennells know:

07/08/22  Romsey Signal Box Working Museum Open Day
          Brick Lane, Romsey, Hants, SO51 8LG
          Opens 1100, last entry 1530

08/08/22  Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
          The Underhill Centre, St. John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
          7:30 for 7:45pm
          Members Evening
          Non-members welcome

12/08/22- Spa Valley Railway: Summer Diesel Gala

13/08/22- Apedale Valley Light Railway: Teddy Bear Outing

Cheers, Howard.
editor(at)  replace (at) with @

Raildate may be freely distributed without permission as long as no changes whatsoever are made to the original document distributed by the Editor

Raildate on

Raildate Facebook group:
You must be a member of Facebook to join

A history of Raildate

Issues of Raildate up to 18th December 2009 are archived at:
This page includes a master catalogue of items that have appeared in previous editions

(C) Howard Sprenger 2022