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


Last weekend, Nick Wheat explored a little-known industrial railway line in the Peak District - the incline to Bole Hill Quarry near Grindleford station. He has put some maps and pictures on the following website:


The Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog) will be celebrating an unusual centenary in 2006. One of the world's most famous narrow gauge steam locomotives is a hundred years old - but he won't be at the party. "Russell" (Hunslet 901 of 1906) is the only surviving locomotive from the original Welsh Highland Railway, and is known throughout the railway world for his remarkable survival, including several near misses with the scrapman. However, "Russell" is undergoing major overhaul at the moment, and will be in pieces for at least another two years.

James Hewett, Chairman of the Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog) said, "Russell is such a historic locomotive that we couldn't let his centenary pass by unmarked. We'll be gathering together a hundred other Russells - from models of our famous steam engine through to miniature replicas, paintings and even a cross stitch tapestry."

The gala, called "100 not out", will also give visitors a rare chance to see inside the shed where restoration work is in progress. At least two visiting locos are being planned for the event - on 30th and 31st July - and the WHR(P) is hinting they'll be something unusual.

This year's successful link up between the Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog) and the Ffestiniog Railway will also be repeated over the May Bank Holiday weekend in 2006. The joint event is likely to have a 1940s theme.

One of the biggest narrow gauge diesel engines in the UK will also be in more regular service during 2006 at the WHR(P). The LYd2 locomotive, originally from Poland, was returned to traffic just over a year ago, and has impressed visitors by its huge size, despite being balanced on rails less than two foot apart. It will be pulling trains on certain selected weekends.

Visit http://www.whr.co.uk/ to see the full list of special events at the Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog).

Robert Waterhouse will be giving an illustrated lecture on the Tavistock Canal to the Old Cornwall Society on Wednesday 8th February 2006. It is at 7.30 pm in the Eagle House Hotel, Launceston.

Robert has been carrying out an extensive archaeological survey of the canal and its associated structures over the last couple of years, in preparation for a book on the subject. If you want to know more about the Tavistock Canal, and especially about the canal tunnel and its mines, make a note of the date.

Some interesting stuff here, including several pages devoted to the Railway Clearing House junction diagrams:


The National Library of Scotland will supply copies of old OS maps, and is allegedly the holder of the biggest set of railway plans in the country:


The recommendation is to use the email link to enquire about what you need rather than use the online search - this is not yet complete.

David Moore has pointed me to a good site for US railroad photographs:



Firms face court after derailment: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4411758.stm

Agreement reached in Scottish rail dispute: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4416440.stm

Rail workers back strike action: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4420190.stm

Crewe works sheds 270 jobs: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/4414310.stm

Plan to reduce Waterloo to Devon trains: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/4416704.stm

City to honour the "Railway King": http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/4415800.stm

Railway lights keep people awake: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/coventry_warwickshire/4420352.stm

Steamed up over railway station: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/4415774.stm

Turner art tours railway stations: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/4415676.stm

Fatal train crash in East India: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4421074.stm

Angry South African passengers burn trains: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4424166.stm

Exe Model Railway Society threatened: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/4413492.stm

TV and Radio

Discovery's programmes are no longer included, but their daily schedules are here: http://tinyurl.com/3fczf
Sat Nov 12 1930-2025 BBC2 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Leslie Garrett finds out
Sun Nov 13 1730-1830 Channel 4 'Scrapheap Challenge' Mechanised steeplechasers
Sun Nov 13 2200-2230 BBC2 'Egyptian Journeys with Dan Cruickshank' Dan's the man
Mon Nov 14 1900-2000 BBC4 'Coast' In case you missed any (1/13 Dover-Exmouth)
Tue Nov 15 1900-2000 BBC4 'Coast' I think I missed number 10 (2/13 Exmouth-Bristol)
Wed Nov 16 2100-2200 Channel 4 'Grand Designs' An environmentally friendly house
Thu Nov 17 2000-2100 BBC2 'Restored to Glory' A Staffordshire manor house restored
Thu Nov 17 2200-2305 More4 'Grand Designs' An environmentally friendly house
Fri Nov 18 1930-2000 BBC2 'How to Rescue a House' An architect explains (7/8)


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.
Santa Specials are starting to appear in the 'Dates' section. Remember that invariably, these require booking in advance.
Sat Nov 12 1030 American Model Rairoad Group
St Mary's Parish Centre, Green Road, Alverstoke, Gosport
Doors open 1030
Sat Nov 12 ? Great Central Railway: Edwardian Evening at Rothley http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Sat Nov 12 - Sun Nov 13 1000-1700 Wight Model Railway Group Exhibition
Medina Leisure Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight
HPMRS member, Derek Gillkerson, will be attending with 'New
Stanton Lees' 1000-1700 both days
Sat Nov 12 - Sun Nov 13 ? Hampton Court MRC - Tolworth Showtrain
Tolworth Recreation Centre http://www.tolworthshowtrain.co.uk
Sat Nov 12 - Sun Nov 13 1000-1730(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Hull Miniature Railway Society Show
Costello Sports Centre, Anlaby Park Road North, Hull 1000-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
Sun Nov 13 1700 Paddington Films Archive Show
Harbour Lights, Southampton
A selection of archive transport films
Starts 1700
Book on 08707 551237 http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/
Sun Nov 13 1030-1700 Poole & District Model Railway Society Exhibition
Ashdown School, Adastral Road, Canford Heath, Poole 1030-1700
Sun Nov 13 1100-1600 Peak Rail: 30th Anniversary Exhibition
The Old Library, Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale, Derbys.
Displays on the history of Peak Rail and by the Rowsley
Association, LMS Carriage Association and DDNGR 1100-1600
Mon Nov 14 1930 North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeological Society
Rowland Hill House, Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield 'John Knowles, a forgotten North Derbyshire Railway contractor, a furnace at Whittigton, industry in Woodville, railway tunnels, plus Knowleston at Matlock'
A talk by Philip Cousins
Starts 1930
Sat Nov 19 1030-1600 Winchester American and Continental 'O' Gauge Exhibition
Kings' School, off Romsey Road, Winchester 1030-1600
A day of overseas 'O' gauge, a chance to meet old friends and make new friends and to have a cooked breakfast!
Sat Nov 19 1100-1700 Pendon Museum: Madder Valley Railway in operation 1100-1700 http://www.pendonmuseum.com
Sat Nov 19 ? Main Line Steam - Christmas Shopping Special
Chester & return ('Duke of Gloucester')
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Nov 19 - Sun Nov 20 ? Swanage Railway: Open Days http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Nov 19 - Sun Nov 20 ? Kew Bridge Steam Museum: Live Steam Model Railway Show http://www.kbsm.org
Sat Nov 19 - Sun Nov 20 1030-1800(Sat) 1030-1700(Sun) Watford Finescale Model Railway Extravaganza
Westfield Community Technical College, Tolpits Lane, West
Watford, Herts 1030-1800 (Sat), 1030-1700 (Sun)
Sat Nov 19 - Sun Nov 20 ? Great Central Railway: Festival of Lights http://www.gcrailway.co.uk
Sun Nov 20 ? Bursledon Brickworks - Christmas Crafts
Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Southampton
Thu Nov 24 1930 Old Dronfield Society Talk: Building of the Totley Tunnel
A talk by noted artist, historian and author, Brian Edwards
The Edward Lucas Hall, Peel Centre, High Street, Dronfield,
Derbyshire, commencing at 1930
Sat Nov 26 1030-1700 ExpoEM South
The Admiral Lord Nelson School, Dundas Lane, Portsmouth 1030-1700
Sat Nov 26 1030-1500 Havant Toy & Model Collectors' Fair
Havant Leisure Centre, Civic Centre Road, Havant 1030-1500
Sat Nov 26 ? Main Line Steam - Christmas Shopping Special
Bath & Bristol & return ('Duke of Gloucester')
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Nov 26 1030 The Inland Waterways Protection Society Ltd
Erewash and Nottingham Canals Circular Walk
Starts 1030 at OS: 129, 476434 (car park by the Nottingham Canal near Ikea)
Sat Nov 26 - Sun Nov 27 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Santa Specials
With Thomas the Tank Engine http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Sat Nov 26 - Sun Nov 27 ? The Battlefield Line, Shackerstone: Santa Specials http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sun Nov 27 ? Swanage Railway: Diesel Day http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sun Nov 27 ? West Somerset Railway: Santa Steam Specials http://www.West-Somerset-Railway.co.uk
Sun Nov 27 ? Avon Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.avonvalleyrailway.org
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk

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