HPMRS RAILDATE 25 Nov 05


News

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

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

A colleague of Mark Dyche is travelling by train from Bombay to Poona at Christmas and has said if there are any particular structures or artifacts people would like him to photograph he'd try to oblige.

NETWATCH


A source of signalbox diagrams for East Anglia:

http://www.signal-box-diagrams.co.uk/


Pictures from the Sussex Slammer railtour on 19th November:

http://www.southernelectric.org.uk/news/susslam01.html


Cotswold Steam preservation, dedicated to the restoration of GWR 2-8-0 No 2807:

http://www.GWR2807.fsnet.co.uk/index.htm


Following the granting of permission to run passenger trains to Parkend, regular steam hauled passenger trains are expected to commence on Saturday and Sunday 25th/26th March 2006 with a "Steaming Back to Parkend" weekend featuring traditional steam hauled trains and the very popular and historic Great Western branchline steam autotrain. As a taster, they have also arranged to operate the heritage diesel train from Norchard to Parkend after Christmas on 27th, 28th and 31st December and 1st January 2006. This service will be combined with steam train operation between Norchard and Lydney to provide the first regular public passenger service between Lydney and Parkend since 1929.

The Dean Forest Railway Christmas and New Year brochure can be downloaded from their web site:

http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/event


For many years there was a superb 0 gauge model railway at the museum in Derby. A new layout has now been created at the town's Industrial Museum and is run periodically by local enthusiasts. Running days are posted on the Internet (although the layout can be viewed at any time that the museum is open):

http://www.derby.gov.uk/LeisureCulture/MuseumsGalleries/Model+Railway.htm


New Exhibition to be opened in Paris on November 28th: Les Cheminots dans la Résistance (Railwaymen in Résistance) and a one-day Conference...

Les Cheminots dans la Résistance (Railwaymen in Résistance) is a new exhibition to be opened in Paris on 28th November (to 16t April) at the Memorial du Marechel Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Liberation de Paris Musee Jean Moulin (23 allée de la 2e DB, Jardin Atlantique, 75015 Paris). Written by professional historians, it sheds a new light on railway economic, technology and social history in occupied France from the point of view of railwaymen, their engagement and action in Résistance and the history of French Railway Company during WWII.

Authors: Fondation de la Résistance, Mémorial Maréchal Leclerc (Ville de Paris), with the help of AHICF (French Railway Historical Society) and the support of SNCF.

For further information: http://www.v2asp.paris.fr/musees/memorial/accueil/acc_p1.htm

or the AHICF website: http://www.trains-fr.org/ahicf/manifestations.htm

A one-day conference will be held on Saturday 3rd December: Les Cheminots dans la Résistance, une histoire en évolution (Railwaymen in Résistance, an ongoing History). Information is on the AHICF website. Registration: AHICF, conference organizer: ahicf@club-internet.fr (until 28th November).

AHICF - Association pour l'histoire des chemins de fer en France (French Railway Historical Society) 9, rue du Château-Landon, F-75010 PARIS


If you're into corrugated iron, this is the site for you...

http://www.corrugated-iron-club.info/index.html


Mike Morant has added his road transport archive to Fotopic and would appreciate any additional information for his captions:

http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c768883.html


IN THE NEWS

Man remanded after railway arson: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4465302.stm

Train punctuality getting better: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4465816.stm

Oxford's station move scrapped: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/4462542.stm

Forth Bridge death toll becomes clearer: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4464328.stm

Fight for Cornwall's sleeper: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/4454048.stm

Railway closes for storm repairs: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/4456298.stm

Crowded trains are main gripe: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4456666.stm

Rail bosses steam over sewer pipe: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/4466338.stm

Babbacombe Cliff Railway repairs begin: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/4461574.stm

Model World exhibition may close: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/guernsey/4457168.stm

Strike cripples French railways: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4458266.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4462904.stm

Siemens wins Chinese rail deal: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4456112.stm

Trouble for new South African train: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4450122.stm

Stagecoach sells New Zealand operations: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4456008.stm


TV and Radio

Discovery's programmes are no longer included, but their daily schedules are here: http://tinyurl.com/3fczf
Sun Nov 27 1735-1835 Channel 4 'Scrapheap Challenge' A rock crawler from scrap
Sun Nov 27 2100-2200 BBC2 'In Search of Speed' Battle of the rocket men
Sun Nov 27 2200-2230 BBC2 'Egyptian Journeys with Dan Cruickshank'
Mon Nov 28 1100-1130 BBC Radio 4 'A Wire Around the World' A cable from London to Oz
Mon Nov 28 1900-2000 BBC4 'Coast' 5/12 Liverpool to Carlisle
Wed Nov 30 1900-2000 BBC4 'Coast' 4/12 Norn Irn
Wed Nov 30 2100-2200 Channel 4 'Grand Designs' Another ambitious contemporary house
Thu Dec 01 1900-1930 BBC1 'Big Red Bus' Real life on London's buses
Thu Dec 01 2000-2100 BBC2 'Restored to Glory' Another building is restored
Thu Dec 01 2200-2305 More4 'Grand Designs' Another ambitious contemporary house

Events

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 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 1000-1700 New Forest Model Railway Society Open Day
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Hampshire (5 minutes walk from the station)
Six layouts, ten traders 1000-1700
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
Fri Dec 02 1715-2000 Santa's Grotto Layout Running, Clubhouse 1715-2000
Please let Brian Carter know if you are available
Fri Dec 02 - Sat Dec 03 ? West Somerset Railway: Dunster by Candlelight http://www.West-Somerset-Railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 03 1000-1200 Santa's Grotto Layout Running, Clubhouse 1000-1200
Please let Brian Carter know if you are available
Sat Dec 03 ? Main Line Steam - Christmas Shopping Special
Lincoln and return ('Bitterne')
Note: There will be restricted access to Lincoln station area (including the footbridge) while the special is at the station mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 ? Swanage Railway: Sants Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 ? Hayling Seaside Railway: Santa Specials http://www.easthaylinglightrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 ? West Somerset Railway: Santa Steam Specials http://www.West-Somerset-Railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 ? Bodmin and Wenford Railway: Santa Special http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Santa Specials
With Thomas the Tank Engine http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Warley National Model Railway Exhibition
National Exhibition Centre 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.warley-mrc.org.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 ? The Battlefield Line, Shackerstone: Santa Specials http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Diesel Weekend http://www.evra.org.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 ? Peak Rail: Santa and Steam Specials http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 ? Bure Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.bvrw.co.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Sun Dec 04 ? Pontpool and Blaenavon Railway: Santa Specials http://www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk
Sat Dec 03 - Mon Dec 05 ? Avon Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.avonvalleyrailway.org
Sat Dec 04 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
Sun Dec 04 ? South Devon Railway: Santa by Steam http://www.southdevonrailway.org
Sun Dec 04 ? Dean Forest Railway: Santa Specials
http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sun Dec 04 ? Barry Island Railway: Santa Specials http://www.valeglamrail.co.uk
Tue Dec 06 - Thu Dec 08 ? South Devon Railway: Carols Down the Line http://www.southdevonrailway.org
Wed Dec 07 1900-2100 Minstead Toy, Train and Model Collectors' Fair
Minstead Village Hall, Minstead, Hants 1900-2100
Wed Dec 07 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Thu Dec 08 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Santa's North Pole Express http://www.e-v-r.com
Fri Dec 09 - Sun Dec 11 ? Didcot Railway Centre: Thomas Santa Special http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Sat Dec 10 ? Christmas Spectacular, Copythorne
Christmas lights, displays and traction engines
Sat Dec 10 ? Main Line Steam - Christmas Carol Special
Stratford-upon-Avon and return
mailto:info@steamdreams.co.uk http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Santa Specials http://www.steamtrain.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Swanage Railway: Sants Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Hayling Seaside Railway: Santa Specials http://www.easthaylinglightrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? West Somerset Railway: Santa Steam Specials http://www.West-Somerset-Railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? South Devon Railway: Santa by Steam http://www.southdevonrailway.org
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Avon Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.avonvalleyrailway.org
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Bodmin and Wenford Railway: Santa Special http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Dean Forest Railway: Santa Specials
http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Santa Specials http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? The Battlefield Line, Shackerstone: Santa Specials http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Santa's North Pole Express http://www.e-v-r.com
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Crich Tramway Village: Santa Special/Christmas Street Fair http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Peak Rail: Santa and Steam Specials http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Bure Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.bvrw.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Barry Island Railway: Santa Specials http://www.valeglamrail.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Pontpool and Blaenavon Railway: Santa Specials http://www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Ffestiniog Railway: Santa Specials http://www.festrail.co.uk
Sat Dec 10 - Sun Dec 11 ? Welsh Highland Railway: Santa Specials http://www.festrail.co.uk
Sun Dec 11 ? Seaton Tramway: Santa Specials http://www.tram.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk

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