HPMRS Raildate 07 Jan 05


RAILDATE: the weekly newsletter of the Hursley Park Model Railway Society: http://www.ibmhursleyclub.org.uk/ss/hpmrs/


Some catching up to do...


The ever-improving UK Model Shop Directory - a lot more than model shops these days!


Some Great Westernry:


The drawings referenced on this site are available here:


Updates to Paul Bartlett's Fotopic site:

The well known 4 wheel CCTs which had use all over BR. SR/BR 4-wheel CCT - 13 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c382886.html

The Civil engineers cranes were well used, out on the line doing construction and destruction work and in the depots when pre-assembling track etc. BR Civil Engineers steam cranes - 29 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c382409.html

A request, and of interest because of well known kits. Apart from those used for engineers digging equipment very few of these Lowmacs had long lives, presumably because they were restricted in use because of the small dimensions and a very low payload. BR Lowmac EK - 19 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c380615.html

An out-take of the big batch of the first production long wheel base air brake vans. BR Cov AB Ventilated vans 200100 - 200119 - 15 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c379666.html

Foster Yeoman aggregate wagons including a very short-lived batch of aluminium bodied aggregate hoppers. Foster Yeoman PR17801 - 36 bogie Aluminium aggregate -13 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c379029.html

The first batches of 4 wheel aggregate hoppers for Foster Yeoman. Foster Yeoman Aggregate PGA wagons - 1st collection - 51 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c378031.html

A batch of aggregate opens built on the underframes from Bitumen tank wagons. TRL / NACCO POA diag PO016A Tiger Yeoman - 9 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c370724.html

The Gane A were used for 60ft track lengths, introduced in the mid 1930s and built through until the early 1950s. GWR Gane A - 28 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c372705.html

BR Gane A - 31 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c373918.html

The simple tipplers in their later lives, either built new or rebuilt with vacuum brakes. BR Vac Brake Iron Ore Tipplers Stone and engineers - 47 photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c370029.html

BR Bogie Coil B-series - 7 additional photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/c24148.html

BR Brake tenders - 15 photographs - 4 additional photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/show_collection.php?id=24250

Cowan Sheldon 6 1/2 and 10 ton hand cranes on BR - 17 photographs - 2 additional photographs: http://gallery6801.fotopic.net/show_collection.php?id=88721

Apparently, worldwide there are some 120,000 users of a computer simulation called Trainz. Further details here:


There is also a users forum at:


An index to "Backtrack" from its beginning to the present day is available from Bob Farmer ( bob.farmer@btinternet.com ). It also includes an index to "Modeller's Backtrack". Note that the index is in the form of several Excel spreadheets containing listings of each magazine, rather than a classic alphabetical index.

Nigel Bird Books now has a brand new website:


Courtesy Neil Kearns, I now have his latest list of steam specials for 2005. Please let me know if you would like a copy.

Highlights of the Railcar50 event on the Severn Valley Railway, together with a clip of the BBC report are here:


Nick Wheat spotted this interesting pictrue of 47155 in the role of "stationary exciter" for the 300mw turbo-alternator at West Thurrock Power Station from January to April 1976:


MiddlePeak Railways Ltd have recently repatriated a diesel shunter from the Netherlands for use on the Ribble Steam Railway:

Middlepeak Railways Ltd: http://www.middle-peak.co.uk

The Ribble Steam Railway: http://www.ribblesteam.org.uk

NedTrain: http://www.nedtrain.nl

Barry Emmott has put together another excellent newsletter on the railways of Majorca:


Loads of information about American raiways on "one of the premier Railfan Websites" on the Web:



Trains cancelled in contract row: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4139565.stm

Trains cut as drivers veto work: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4139763.stm

Strood Tunnel to reopen: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/4151107.stm

Rail fare rises come into force: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4140631.stm

Commuters facing "back door" costs: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4139929.stm

Great Central Railway hails bright future: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/4143265.stm

Crisis talks to save Weardale Railway: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4142595.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4150967.stm

Borders rail link campaign rally: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4149599.stm

Eurostar reports busiest year yet: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4148065.stm

TV and Radio

Discovery's programmes are no longer included, but their daily schedules are here: http://tinyurl.com/3fczf
Sat Jan 08 1300-1505 ITV 'Airport 1975' Disaster movie from... er... 1974
Sat Jan 08 1900-1300 (D+1) UKTV History 'Time Flyers' Back-to-back episodes
Sat Jan 08 1910-2010 BBC2 'Abroad Again in Britain' Salisbury Cathedral
Sun Jan 09 0400-0500 Channel 4 'Salvage Squad' Restoring a 1955 Active Snow Trac
Sat Jan 08 0700-1900 UKTV History 'Time Flyers' Back-to-back episodes
Sun Jan 09 2005-2105 BBC4 'Restoration Nation' Scottish buildings restored
Mon Jan 10 0115-0215 BBC4 'Restoration Nation' Scottish buildings restored
Mon Jan 10 0420-0520 Channel 4 'Salvage Squad' Restoring an M10 Achilles tank
Mon Jan 10 1235-1415 Channel 4 'The Belles of St Trinian's' Classic 1954 comedy
Mon Jan 10 1900-2000 BBC2 'Cathedral' Lincoln Cathedral
Mon Jan 10 1915-2000 Five 'Superships' Building a supertanker
Mon Jan 10 2305-2405 BBC4 'In Search of Speed' Records on Bonneville Salt Flats
Tue Jan 11 0005-0105 BBC4 'Cobra Ferrari Wars' Motor racing in the 1960s
Tue Jan 11 0205-0305 BBC4 'In Search of Speed' Records on Bonneville Salt Flats
Tue Jan 11 1235-1415 Channel 4 'Blue Murder at St Trinian's' Classic 1957 comedy
Tue Jan 11 1330-1530 BBC2 'A Night to Remember' 1958 film of the Titanic story
Wed Jan 12 1230-1415 Channel 4 'The Pure Hell of St Trinian's' Classic 1960 comedy
Wed Jan 12 1430-1500 ITV 'Trading Treasures' Includes collectable train sets
Wed Jan 12 1900-1930 BBC2 'Hindenburg Crash - Days that Shook the World
Wed Jan 12 2100-2200 BBC4 'In Search of Speed' Air-speed records
Thu Jan 13 0255-0355 BBC4 'In Search of Speed' Air-speed records
Thu Jan 13 1130-1204 BBC Radio 4 'The Railway Children' Story behind the story
Thu Jan 13 1230-1415 Channel 4 'The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery' Classic 1966 comedy
Thu Jan 13 1900-2000 BBC4 'In Search of Speed' Air-speed records
Thu Jan 13 1930-2000 ITV Meridian 'The Way We Were' Archive film footage
Thu Jan 13 1930-2000 ITV West and WestCountry 'Airport Story' Bristol Airport
Thu Jan 13 1930-2000 ITV Central 'Waterworld' About Midlands canals
Fri Jan 14 0105-0205 BBC4 'In Search of Speed' Air-speed records
Fri Jan 14 2100-2200 BBC2 'The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon' Remarkable collection of films taken in the early 20th century


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 08 ? Kidderminster Railway Museum: Railway Photograph Fair http://www.krm.org.uk/
Sat Jan 08 - Sun Jan 09 1200-1800(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Mendip N Track N Scale Model Railroading Group Open Weekend
Red Cross Hall, Station Road, Warminster 1200-1800 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun) http://www.freespace.virgin.net/nicholas.morgan6/
Sat Jan 08 - Sun Jan 09 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Bognor Regis MRC Model Railway Exhibition
Felpham Community College, Felpham, Bognor Regis 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
Sat Jan 08 - Sun Jan 09 1000-1630 Kidlington Model Railway Exhibition
Exeter Hall, Kidlington, Oxford 1000-1630 both days
Sat Jan 08 - Sun Jan 09 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) St Albans Model Railway Exhibition
The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.cmra.org.uk
Sat Jan 08 - Sun Jan 09 ? London Country Bus Rally - St Albans http://freespace.virgin.net/ian.smith/buses/CBR/CBR01.htm
Sat Jan 08 - Sun Jan 09 1100-1700(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) South Wales Model Railway Show
Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad-Rhondda, Rhonnda-Cynon-Taf 1100-1700 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
Sat Jan 08 - Sun Jan 09 1000-1700 Preston & District MRS Model Railway Exhibition
Foster Refectory, University of Central Lancashire, Preston 1000-1700 both days
Sat Jan 15 0930-1700 Astolat MRC Model Railway Exhibition
Methodist Church Hall, Woodbridge Road, Guildford 0930-1700
Sat Jan 15 - Sun Jan 16 1000-1800(Sat) 0930-1700(Sun) Chesterfield Model Railway Exhibition
The Winding Wheel, Holywell Street, Chesterfield 1000-1800 (Sat), 0930-1700 (Sun)
Sat Jan 15 - Sun Jan 16 1000-1700 Pennine Model Railway Society Exhibition
Huddersfield Technical College, Portland Street 1000-1700 both days
Sat Jan 15 - Sun Jan 16 1200-1700(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) North Fylde MRC Model Railway Exhibition
Milton Street, Community Centre, Blakiston Street, Fleetwood 1200-1700 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
Fri Jan 21 - Sun Jan 23 1030-1800(Fri & Sat) 1030-1700(Sun) London Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibition
Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 1030-1800 (Fri & Sat), 1030-1700 (Sun) http://www.meridienneexhibitions.co.uk
Sat Jan 22 1000-1700 Maidenhead Model Railway Exhibition
Desborough School, Shoppenhanger's Road, Maidenhead 1000-1700
Sat Jan 22 1030-1730 Brambleton MRC Model Railway Exhibition
Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts 1030-1730
Sat Jan 22 - Sun Jan 23 1030-1730(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Bentley MRG Calne Model Railway Exhibition
The White Horse Leisure Centre, Calne, Wilts 1030-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
Sat Jan 22 - Sun Jan 23 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) City of Canterbury MRS Model Railway Exhibition 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun) http://www.ccmrs.ic24.net
Sat Jan 22 - Sun Jan 23 1000-1700 Leamington & Warwick MRS Model Railway Exhibition
Myton School, Myton Road, Warwick 1000-1700 both days http://www.lwmrs.freeuk.com
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk

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