HPMRS Raildate 30 Jan 04


RAILDATE: the weekly newsletter of the Hursley Park Model Railway Society: http://steam.to/hpmrs


If you have any burning questions you want to ask South West Trains, you can "meet the manager live online" on 9th February between 1500 and 1700. Andrew Haines, Managing Director of South West Trains will be available online to answer your questions at:


You can submit questions to the website now, and if you can't attend the live chat, you will be able to read a transcript of the discussion on the website afterwards.

A CD-ROM has just become available of the very scenic Penrith-Keswick trackbed with thousands of pictures taken over the last few years. The pictures are part of the Nigel Wright collection and the CD-ROM also includes pictrues from other Cumbrian railways. See:


Pictures of Long Meg mine on the Settle and Carlisle Railway. Also Lambley viaduct and Coanstone station on Haltwhistle-Alston branch:


Photo the class 31 31233 that has been completely painted in bright "Network Rail" yellow:


Plus 3 Fragonset class 47s stabled at Derby station:


Class 40 Railtour - The East Lancs Envoy - pictures and videos:

http://www.magsystems.co.uk/envoy.mp4 (video of train impressively departing York at night)



A website with very nice pictures, mostly Devon and Cornwall in the late 1960s and early 1970s:


18 new boxes added to John Tilly's gallery - Humberside area, north and south of the stream and Metropolitan/Met GC:


Photos of Salop Goods Junction box interior, etc, are here:


There is a new Yahoo discussion group dedicated to HSTs as they approach their 30th Anniversary:


Post message: HSTs@yahoogroups.com Subscribe: HSTs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

With a couple of hours to kill in London, the Editor recently visited the London Canal Museum, near Kings Cross:



Ice glues trains to rails: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3440385.stm

Rail link tunnel breakthrough: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3432773.stm

CTRL work inquiry starts: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3429187.stm

National Express signs new train deal: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3444103.stm

Bidding starts for ECML franchise: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/3441585.stm

Investigation into train separation: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3427573.stm

Cameras to prevent rail graffiti: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/3429243.stm

Track doubling in Cornwall: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/3442241.stm

Rail station "disgrace" - Mayor: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/3422535.stm

New use for Aberystwyth railway station: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/3420287.stm

Mock train crash tests emergency services: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/3438615.stm

Full steam ahead on Colorado line: http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~1917042,00.html

TV and Radio

Sat Jan 31 1245-1305 BBC2 'Big Screen Britain' 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' locations
Sat Jan 31 1730-1740 BBC2 'What the Romans Did For Us'
Sat Jan 31 2000-2100 Radio 4 'Archive Hour: Motortowns' Where the cars are made
Sun Feb 01 1830-1930 C4 'Scrapheap Challenge' An all-terrain vehicle
Sun Feb 01 1930-2100 BBC4 'Restoration Secrets' Northern Ireland's architecture
Sun Feb 01 2200-2300 UK History 'The Steam Engine' Its effect on society
Mon Feb 02 0240-0410 BBC4 'Restoration Secrets' Northern Ireland's architecture
Mon Feb 02 1900-2000 BBC4 'Sahara with Michael Palin'
Mon Feb 02 2000-2030 BBC2 'Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam: Steam on the Water'
Mon Feb 02 2000-2030 C5 'Ultimate Trains' A look to the future
Mon Feb 02 2100-2200 C4 'Spitfire Ace' Modern pilots train in a Spitfire
Mon Feb 02 2100-2200 UK History 'Heroes of World War II' Radar and the Spitfire
Tue Feb 03 1900-1930 BBC2 'This Land' Dingle, Ireland
Tue Feb 03 2000-2100 BBC2 'Crafty Tricks of War' Unusual weapons
Tue Feb 03 2000-2040 Radio 4 'File on 4' Airline safety
Wed Feb 04 1900-1930 BBC2 'This Land' the Lake District
Wed Feb 04 1930-2000 C5 'Weapons of World War II' Fighter bombers
Wed Feb 04 2100-2200 UK History 'Heroes of World War II' The Bismarck and R.V. Jones
Thu Feb 05 1900-1930 BBC2 'This Land' Black Isle, Scotland
Thu Feb 05 1930-2000 ITV Meridian 'The Way We Were' Archive film from the last 50 years
Thu Feb 05 2000-2100 BBC2 'Inventions That Changed the World: The Phone'
Fri Feb 06 1235-1445 C4 'The First of the Few' 1942 biopic of R.J. Mitchell
Fri Feb 06 1845-1900 BBC2 'What the Romans Did For Us'
Fri Feb 06 1900-1930 BBC2 'This Land' Snowdonia
Fri Feb 06 1930-2000 C5 'Mission to the Deep' Search for an American submarine
Fri Feb 06 2100-2200 UK History 'Heroes of World War II' Night bombers
Fri Feb 06 2150-2200 BBC2 'What the Romans Did For Us'


See Mainline Steam Tours page for up-to-date info on many of these tours, and others, often with timings.

For up-to-date information on many of the tours mentioned in RAILDATE (and others) often with timings, see the Steam Tours pages at: http://www.uksteam.info/index.shtml
All details are correct to the best of my knowledge. No responsibility is taken for inaccuracies or changes.
Sat Jan 31 1930 Rob Foxon's 'Railways Remembered' Archive Film Show
Kidderminster Railway Museum : Special Programme
Show starts at 1930
Further information: http://www.britishtransportfilms.co.uk
Sat Jan 31 - Sun Feb 01 1030-1730(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Southampton Model Railway Exhibition
The Eastpoint Centre, Burgoyne Road, Thornhill, Southampton 1030-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.hants.gov.uk/smrs
Sat Jan 31 - Sun Feb 01 1030-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Wimbledon Model Railway Exhibition
Overton Grange School, Stanley Road, Sutton, Surrey 1030-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
Sat Jan 31 - Sun Feb 01 1030-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Stafford Railway Circle Model Railway Exhibition
Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford 1030-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.staffordrailwaycircle.org.uk
Sat Jan 31 - Sun Feb 01 1030-1700(both days) Rochdale Model Railway Group Exhibition
Oulder Hill Leisure Centre, Rochdale 1030-1700 (both days)
Sun Feb 01 1000-1600 Romsey Signal Box Open Day 1000-1600; Admission free (donations welcome!)
Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in school grounds
http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk http://www.topica.com/lists/romseybox
Sun Feb 01 1030-1630 Bristol O Gauge Trade Show
Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre; 1030-1630
Sun Feb 01 - Sun Feb 08 ? Midland Railway Centre, Butterley - Winter Warmer Trains http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk
Mon Feb 02 1930 Rob Foxon's 'Railways Remembered' Archive Film Show
Fairfield Halls, Croydon
Huntley Film Archives: Southern Railway
Show starts at 1930
Further information: http://www.britishtransportfilms.co.uk
Sat Feb 07 1400 Paddington Films present British Transport Films
Exeter Picture House, 51 Bartholomew Street West, Exeter
Train Time (1952), Fully Fitted Freight (1957), Reshaping of
British Railways (1963), Terminus (1961) commencing at 1400
Sat Feb 07 ? Camden Transport Bazaar, Camden Centre http://www.prorail.co.uk/events/
Sat Feb 07 ? Gauge O Guild Auction
Bletchley Park
Sat Feb 07 ? North Staffordshire Railway Study Group
Open Meeting at Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke http://www.nsrsg.org.uk/
Sat Feb 07 - Sun Feb 08 1030-1700(both days) Alton Model Railway Group Model Railway Exhibition
Eggars School, Alton, Hants 1030-1700 (both days) http://www.altonmrg.co.uk/febex
Sat Feb 07 - Sun Feb 08 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) The Festival of British Railway Modelling
Doncaster Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, Doncaster 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
Mon Feb 09 1500-1700 South West Trains: Meet the Manager Live Online 1500-1700
Andrew Haines, Managing Director of South West Trains will be available to answer questions at http:www.e-motionmagazine.co.uk
Wed Feb 11 1930 Rob Foxon's 'Railways Remembered' Archive Film Show
The Benn Hall, Rugby
New West Coast Main Line
Show starts at 1930
Further information: http://www.britishtransportfilms.co.uk
Fri Feb 13 - Sun Feb 15 1000-1730(each day) Brighton Modelworld
The Brighton Centre, Brighton 1000-1730 (each day) http://www.brightonmodelworld.com
Fri Feb 13 - Mon Feb 16 ? Great Central Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Fri Feb 13 - Sat Feb 14 ? Great Central Railway: Valentines Day Specials http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Sat Feb 14 1030-1700 East Bedfordshire Model Railway Group Model Railway Exhibition
Stratton School, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade 1030-1700 http://www.ebmrs.org.uk
Cheers, Howard. howard@derby.org

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