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Lawrence and Melissa Hanney recently had a holiday in the South West. This is the third of a series on railway interest in the area...

2pm on a boiling hot afternoon, on the A39 high on Exmoor. Having seen the rather sad remains of Barnstaple's stations, the "junction" reduced to a single track terminus, and the "Town" to no tracks at all as far as one could see, as one was driving past (the track area seems to be new waterside flats, though there did seem to be some kind of railway function in the original station building). Much of the former GWR branch from Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton is now the North Devon link road.

Anyway, after that and the traffic through Bridgewater, it was good to get out onto the high moor. And just beyond Parracombe is a railway "high" indeed - a bright red, cabless engine sits simmering on its 2ft gauge track at a well-restored Woody Bay station, ready to haul its train along 3/4 mile of track. There is a good shop and refreshment service. The next two bridges on the line have been restored by the civil engineers Edmund Nuttall Ltd - their original builders, ready for re-opening. And the enthusiastic volunteer staff tell me in no uncertain terms that the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway is back! They may not reach Barnstaple in my lifetime, but reach it they will, and they deserve support...



The APT website is back online:


Devon Railway Centre:


For details of the Orkney railway systems, see the wonderful set of archives available on the Industrial Railway Society website:


main page:


A Lydney councillor has started a campaign to get a third Severn bridge built at Sharpness at the site of the old railway bridge dismantled after being struck by oil tankers in fog some forty years ago. The new bridge would provide both a road and rail link if it were to get the go ahead:


Cambrian Steam...

Steam hauled trains return to one of Britain's most scenic lines at the end of August. The special trains on the Cambrian Coast Line run on 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 28th and 29th August, starting from either Machynlleth, Shrewsbury or Aberystwyth, and heading northwards to Barmouth or Porthmadog.

Ian Riley's Standard 4, 76079 (also known as "The Pocket Rocket") will be hauling the trains, running tender first up the coast and returning southwards chimney first. The steam trains will be provided by specialist steam operating company, West Coast Railway Company (WCR), which has run the highly successful "Jacobite" steam train from Fort William in the West Highlands of Scotland for the past 10 years.

The Porthmadog trips run on Monday 22nd, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th August to the following timings: Machynlleth dep - 10:05; Porthmadog arr - 12:07 Porthmadog dep - 15:50; Machynlleth arr - 18:20

To celebrate the return of steam to the Cambrian Coast, customers travelling on special steam services between Machynlleth and Porthmadog on these three days will be entitled to a 40 per cent discount on the narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog) on presentation of their ticket. More details on the discount can be found at: http://www.whr.co.uk

The WHR(P) station is alongside the Cambrian Coast Line in Porthmadog, and Arriva Trains Wales have asked the WHR(P) to have its narrow gauge steam train standing in the station as the Cambrian special arrives. 76079 will also be taking water from a hydrant alongside the WHR(P) station shortly after its arrival in Porthmadog.

My thanks again to Ralph Rawlinson for this week's International news:

CHINA, Inner Mongolia A total of 3.75 billion Chinese yuan (266M) is the estimated cost of building a new 720km line in Inner Mongolia. The line will run from Linhe to the Alashanmeng border crossing on the Sino-Mongolian state border and will cross the Ulan Buh and the Badian Jaran deserts. Construction will start this month and is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2007. The initial capacity of the line will be 17.5 million tonnes of cargo increasing in the long term to 30.6 million tonnes. Eventually, the line will be extended from Alashanmeng to Hami, in Xinjiang region, Western China and will become the second line linking Eastern China to Xinjiang.

ISRAEL, Jerusalem It is reported that finance has now been agreed to commence a long delayed light rail system in Jerusalem. The first of eight planned lines is expected to be operational by the end of 2008. The line, which will be 13.8km long, will stretch from East Jerusalem to the edge of the Old City through the city centre (part of which will be turned into a pedestrian mall) and head west past the entrance to the city. There it will connect with a high-speed train link to Tel Aviv which is expected to be completed in 2009. A fast bus lane will also be built to link into the light-rail system. Estimated cost of the project is $727 million.

RUSSIA, Moscow It is reported that a rail link between Moscow and Sheremetyevo International Airport will begin operation in early 2007. The new line will connect the airport with Savyolovsky and Leningradsky railway stations, both of which contain metro stations. The estimated cost of this line is $100 million.

Buses worldwide:


A Yorkshire fleet that no longer exists:


Want to know who owns that aeroplane?


And for this week's "some people are interested in the strangest things" spot - this is a collection of recorded telephone ring tones and other tones from the UK. (You must read the one at the end of "Miscellaneous" about the Water Company meter, and listen to it. Fantastic.)


And finally, the next Shakespearean railway quote from Ralph Rawlinson, taken from a sequence of letters to The Times from August 1989 onwards:

From Mr ECB Lee, Bath:

Sir, "And here an engine fit for my proceeding!" (The Two Gentlemen of Verona).


07/08/05 Overnight Incident RUNAWAY LIGHT LOCOMOTIVE : A class 66 locomotive stabled within a possession at Blake Street on the Up line has run away, has passed Lichfield Trent Valley High Level and en route towards Wichnor Jn running at approx 60mph. The loco has passed through two worksites with no injuries reported and has smashed through two sets of level crossing gates. Confirmed that locomotive involved is 66057 and which has become derailed all wheels at Alrewas, where the double line becomes Single at that point line continuing as the Single line, and the Up line (on which the loco was running) physically ends. Loco also foul of the Down line. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/4141028.stm

Train collides with tractor: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cambridgeshire/4129398.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cambridgeshire/4130730.stm

100mph train hits plank of wood: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/4135718.stm

Passengers oppose ticket changes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4138670.stm

Scotsman to relive historic trip: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/4659337.stm

TV and Radio

Discovery's programmes are no longer included, but their daily schedules are here: http://tinyurl.com/3fczf
Sat Aug 13 1735-1805 BBC2 'Concorde: Atlantic Crossing - Days that Shook the World'
Sat Aug 13 2000-2100 BBC Radio 4 'The Archive Hour: Oh What a Lovely Pier' Brighton
Sun Aug 14 1730-1800 ITV1 Central 'Railway Lives' The travelling Post Office
Sun Aug 14 1930-2040 BBC4 'Travels with Pevsner' Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Sun Aug 14 2040-2145 BBC4 'Pevsner Revisited' A look at the writer
Sun Aug 14 2100-2200 BBC2 'Coast' 8/13 - Skye to Wick
Sun Aug 14 2205-2235 BBC4 'The Scots at Sea' Steam passenger ships
Mon Aug 15 0025-0110 BBC4 'Pevsner Revisited' A look at the writer
Mon Aug 15 1415-1500 BBC Radio 4 'Afternoon Play: Boy Steals Trains' On the New York Subway
Mon Aug 15 2145-2400 BBC4 'Reach for the Sky' Film biography of Douglas Bader
Mon Aug 15 2300-2330 ITV1 Meridian 'Fleet Air Arm' Documentary series (5/6)
Tue Aug 16 1900-2000 BBC4 'Abroad Again in Britain' Salisbury Cathedral
Tue Aug 16 2030-2100 BBC2 'What the Ancients Did for Us' Adam Hart-Davis
Wed Aug 17 0115-0215 BBC4 'Abroad Again in Britain' Salisbury Cathedral
Wed Aug 17 1100-1130 BBC Radio 4 'Mapping the Town' 2/6 - Stratford-upon-Avon
Wed Aug 17 2000-2100 Five 'Search for the Lost Fighter Bombers' Lost in Greenland
Thu Aug 18 1900-1930 BBC2 'Talking Landscapes' The Vale of Evesham
Thu Aug 18 1910-2000 BBC4 'Great Railway Journeys' Canada - Halifax to Porteau
Thu Aug 18 2300-2330 ITV1 West 'Fleet Air Arm' Documentary series (3/6)
Thu Aug 18 2320-2400 BBC2 'A Digital Picture of Britain' 4/6 - The Midlands
Fri Aug 19 0000-0030 BBC2 'Landscape Mysteries' A mysterious flood off the south coast
Fri Aug 19 2100-2200 BBC2 'Coast' 9/13 - Wick to Berwick


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.
Thu Aug 11 - Sun Aug 14 ? South Devon Railway: August Fair http://www.southdevonrailway.org
Fri Aug 12 ? Bodmin and Wenford Railway: Murder Mystery Evening Special http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 13 1030 American Model Railroad Group Exhibition
St Mary's Parish Centre, Green Road, Alverstoke, Gosport
Starts 1030
Sat Aug 13 ? Railway Collectors Fair
GEC, Stafford
Sat Aug 13 - Sun Aug 14 ? Plymouth Model Railway Exhibition
Sat Aug 13 - Sun Aug 14 1030-1730(Sat) 1030-1700(Sun) Wells Railway Fraternity - RAILWELLS
Includes Scalefour Southwest
Wells Town Hall, Wells, Somerset 1030-1730 (Sat), 1030-1700 (Sun)
Sat Aug 13 - Sun Aug 14 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Edwardian Weekend Extravaganza http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 13 - Sun Aug 14 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Steamdays http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Aug 13 - Sun Aug 14 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Teddy Bears Days http://www.e-v-r.com
Sat Aug 13 - Sun Aug 14 ? Crich Tramway Village: VJ Day 60th Anniversary http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sat Aug 13 - Sun Aug 14 1000-1700 Model Day at Locomotion
National Railway Museum, Shildon, Co Durham
Former HPMRS member, Rod Blakeman, will be operating the
The Southdown Railway - live steam in amongst the exhibits 1000-1700 both days
Sun Aug 14 ? Wessex Transport Society Festival of Transport
Avon Heath Country Park, Nr Ringwood
Sun Aug 14 ? Seaton Tramway: Punch & Judy at Colyton http://www.tram.co.uk
Sun Aug 14 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Cuddly Toy Day http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Sun Aug 14 ? Great Central Railway: Toy & Model Fair http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Tue Aug 16 ? Bodmin and Wenford Railway: Murder Mystery Evening Special http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Wed Aug 17 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Steamday http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Wed Aug 17 ? Main Line Steam - Sunny South
Salisbury, Sherborne, Yeovil & Weymouth & return ('Duke of
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Fri Aug 19 ? Bodmin and Wenford Railway: Murder Mystery Evening Special http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 20 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Oxford & Worcester & return ('Nunney Castle')
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Aug 20 ? Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway - Fish & Chip Special http://www.gwsr.com
Sat Aug 20 1000-1600 Southbourne Free Church Model Railway Exhibition
Southbourne Free Church Hall, Emsworth, Hants 1000-1600
Adult: 1.50, OAP/Child 1.00
Refreshments available
Nearest Station: Southbourne (Hants)
Proceeds to Church refurbishment fund
HPMRS member Derek Gillkerson will be there with New Stanton Lees
Sat Aug 20 - Sun Aug 21 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Steamdays http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Aug 20 - Sun Aug 21 ? Barry Island Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.valeglamrail.co.uk
Sat Aug 20 - Mon Aug 29 ? Great Central Railway: Day Out with Thomas Summer Gala http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Sun Aug 21 1100-1630 East Hayling Light Railway Society Model Railway Exhibition
Beachlands Railway Station (behind Funland Amusement Park)
Trains from Beachlands station will run throughout the day 1100-1630
Sun Aug 21 ? Dean Forest Railway: Branchline Auto Day
Re-creating the Great Western Branchline with 1450 plus autocoach and also loco 9681
Sun Aug 21 ? Seaton Tramway: Lunchtime Jazz at Colyton http://www.tram.co.uk
Sun Aug 21 1000-1430 Carnforth Railwayana and Train Fair
Carnforth station platform - under the canopy 1000-1430
Adult: 1, Child: free
Stalls 15 on the day, 12 advanced booking (bring your own table)
Display of local totems from around the area (40 mile radius)
Mon Aug 22 ? Cambrian Steam
Loco: Ian Riley's Standard 4, 76079
Mon Aug 22 - Tue Aug 23 ? Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway: DMU Week http://www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk
Tue Aug 23 ? Bodmin and Wenford Railway: Murder Mystery Evening Special http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Wed Aug 24 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Steamday http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Wed Aug 24 ? Main Line Steam - Cathedrals Express
Bath & Bristol & return ('Nunney Castle')
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Wed Aug 24 - Thu Aug 25 ? Cambrian Steam
Loco: Ian Riley's Standard 4, 76079
Fri Aug 26 ? Bodmin and Wenford Railway: Murder Mystery Evening Special http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Fri Aug 26 - Mon Aug 29 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: 31st Annual Island Steam Show http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 27 1100-1700 Pendon Museum: Madder Valley Railway in operation 1100-1700 http://www.pendonmuseum.com
Sat Aug 27 ? Peak Rail: Pie & Pea Supper and Real Ale Evening http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Aug 27 - Sun Aug 28 1030-1700(Sat) 1030-1630(Sun) Burnham & District MRC: Sedgemoor Rail 2005
King Alfred School, Burnham Road, Highbridge, Somerset 1030-1700 (Sat), 1030-1630 (Sun)
Sat Aug 27 - Sun Aug 28 ? Peak Rail: Teddy Bears Picnic http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Aug 27 - Mon Aug 29 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Late Summer Holiday Victorian Steamings http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Aug 27 - Mon Aug 29 ? Barry Island Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.valeglamrail.co.uk
Sun Aug 28 ? Seaton Tramway: Punch & Judy at Colyton http://www.tram.co.uk
Sun Aug 28 - Mon Aug 29 ? South Devon Railway: Branch Line Weekend http://www.southdevonrailway.org
Sun Aug 28 - Mon Aug 29 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Classic Car Weekend http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Sun Aug 28 - Mon Aug 29 1030-1700 Westinghouse MRC Model Railway Show
Lackham Country Park, Lacock, Nr Chippenham, Wilts 1030-1700 both days http://freespace.virgin.net/richard.simmons
Sun Aug 28 - Mon Aug 29 ? Crich Tramway Village: Transport Extravaganza http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sun Aug 28 - Mon Aug 29 ? Cambrian Steam
Loco: Ian Riley's Standard 4, 76079
Mon Aug 22 - Tue Aug 23 ? Pontpool and Blaenavon Railway: Transport Rally http://www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk
Mon Aug 29 ? Gosport 2005 Bus Rally, Stokes Bay, Gosport
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk

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