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


Isinglass Models - scale drawings of LNER locomotives and carriages:


BBC regional content available for download. There is much of interest here, currently covering Devon, Cornwall, Lincolnshire and Humberside, including (on the Devon download site) footage of a journey from Plymouth North Road to Princetown. You have to register, but once you have, all sorts of archive film is available to you, and it can be freely used for a number of purposes under licence. (UK only, though, I'm afraid):


Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge:


More from RAILDATE's newshound, Ralph Rawlinson...

GB National Timetable: Next summer's printed National Timetable is to be the last. It will be replaced with PDF files available online.

West Coast 'Pendolino' record: On 9th May, train 1M16, the 12.49 Glasgow Central-London Euston completed the 401-mile journey in 4 hours and 19 minutes - an average end-to-end speed of 92.89mph. However, the 209-mile leg from Preston to London Euston was completed in two hours dead (an average speed of 104.52mph). With a clear run from Preston to London the train arrived in Euston seven minutes early, despite some delays earlier in the journey. The Pendolino involved was No 390007 "Virgin Lady", which was accepted into traffic on 30th June 2003 and has so far travelled 522,875 miles.

New Scottish rail route soars by 75 million: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/help/3681938.stm A scheme to reduce congestion on the M8 went before the Scottish Parliament on 31st May. The plan will see the re-opening of the line between Airdire and Bathgate, giving an extra four passenger services between Edinburgh and Glasgow every hour. But the cost of the project has soared, having been originally estimated at 225m, it now has a budget of 300m. When open in 2010, it will be the first time in 50 years that passengers can travel from Edinburgh to North Lanarkshire without doubling back through Glasgow. It is expected that the bill, which is being promoted by Network Rail, will take around one year to get final approval from MSPs. It is estimated around 13,000 people will use the service every day, compared to around 16,000 on the existing Waverley to Queen Street shuttle service. Initial improvements to the existing route from Edinburgh as far as Bathgate are due to get under way next year. The project involves two new stations at Caldercruix and Armadale, two relocated stations at Bathgate and Drumgelloch, and three reconstructed stations at Airdrie, Livingston North and Uphall. It is expected that the travel time between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley will be around 74 minutes, over 20 minutes longer than the current Edinburgh- Glasgow shuttle.

Biggest station in Europe opens in Berlin: The biggest railway station in Europe has been officially opened in Berlin by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The station, which was formally opened to the public on Sunday, in time for the World Cup has cost 700m euros (480m) to build and a two-day celebration is being held. Ms Merkel said, "The new transparent central station is a symbol of a modern country that is open to the rest of the world". The 151ft (46m) steel and glass structure dwarfs the nearby parliament buildings of the Reichstag and the Chancellery, where Ms Merkel has her office. The five-storey station has taken eight years to build and brings together lines from north and south with those linking east and west Berlin. It is expected that over 300,000 people will use the station, which is located close to where the Berlin Wall was, every day.

Neil Kearns adds:

German Railways to Reach Russia: Russian Railways (Russian acronym is RZD) and the Transport Ministry of the country sealed an understanding memorandum with German Siemens and Deutsche Bahn (DB) to cooperate in high-speed railway service. The experts say Siemens and DB may soon join the RZD project of high-speed railway. The understanding memorandum that Russia's RZD and Transport Ministry, on the one hand, and German Siemens and Deutsche Bahn, on the other hand, sealed yesterday during the St. Petersburg forum spells out the parties' intention to cooperate in developing high-speed railway communication and to coordinate efforts targeted at creating and developing the infrastructure of high-speed railways. The actual priority is the 50/50 project of Moscow-St. Petersburg high-speed railway. For this purpose, the parties have agreed to exchange information, hold negotiations and consultations.


Waverley line bill passed: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/5077960.stm http://www.waverleyrailwayproject.co.uk/ Video: http://tinyurl.com/fsgbr

Water butt train beats hosepipe ban: http://makeashorterlink.com/?O29611F3D Video: http://tinyurl.com/p8g2e

Rail signallers vote for strike: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5071712.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5081344.stm

Demand for sleeper grows: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/5075310.stm

Public outcry forces rail rethink: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/5071060.stm

Fare rise to help ease crowding: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/5071488.stm

Date set for bridges demolition: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cumbria/5077520.stm

Uncertain future for SS France: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/5060206.stm

TV and Radio

Discovery's programmes are no longer included, but their daily schedules are here: http://www.discoverychannel.co.uk/_listings/ and http://discoverywings.co.uk/_listings/
Sat Jun 17 1920-2020 BBC2 'Imagine... A Short History of Tall Buildings' 3/3
Sun Jun 18 1800-1900 BBC2 'Coast' Berwick to Robin Hood's Bay
Mon Jun 19 1915-2000 Five 'Mean Machines of War' The fast attack boat
Tue Jun 20 1900-2000 BBC4 'The Lost World of Friese-Green' 1/3
Wed Jun 21 1400-1420 BBC2 'Coastal Stories' Scotland's fishing communities
Fri Jun 23 2000-2100 Five 'Buildings That Shaped Britain' The country house


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.
Fri Jun 16 - Sun Jun 18 ? Talyllyn Railway: Have-a-Go on the Talyllyn Railway http://www.talyllyn.co.uk
Sat Jun 17 1030 Solent Railwayana Auction
The Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hampshire
Viewing from 0800, 500 lots, sale starts 1030 http://www.solentrailwayana.com/
Sat Jun 17 - Sun Jun 18 ? Wessex Narrow Gauge Modellers: Narrow Gauge in the Gardens
Exbury Gardens Engine & Carriage Shed, Nr Beaulieu, Hants
Sat Jun 17 ? Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway: Transport Through the Ages http://www.srps.org.uk
Sun Jun 18 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Father's Day http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sun Jun 18 ? Leighton Buzzard Railway: Father's Day http://www.buzzrail.co.uk
Sun Jun 18 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Pre-War Austin 7 Car Display and
Father's Day Lunch http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sat Jun 24 - Sun Jun 25 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: War on the Line http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Jun 24 - Sun Jun 25 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Teddy Bears Days and Wirksworth Carnival
Class 03 on incline and M55006 to Gorsey Bank http://www.e-v-r.com
Sat Jun 24 - Sun Jun 25 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Steam Gala http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sat Jun 24 - Sun Jun 25 ? Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Vintage Weekend http://www.wllr.org.uk
Sat Jun 24 - Sun Jun 25 ? East Lancashire Railway: 1960s Gala http://www.east-lancs-rly.co.uk/
Sun Jun 25 ? Leighton Buzzard Railway: Vintage Vehicle Rally http://www.buzzrail.co.uk
Thu Jun 29 ? Main Line Steam: London Victoria-Winchester-Weymouth http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Thu Jun 29 ? Talyllyn Railway: Victorian Train http://www.talyllyn.co.uk
Sat Jul 01 1100-1600 Southampton Model Railway Society 40th Anniversary Open Day
The Eastpoint Centre, Burgoyne Road, Thornhill, Southampton 1100-1600 http://www.hants.gov.uk/smrs/
Sat Jul 01 1000 Dunstable MRC Chiltern Narrow Gauge 2006
Icknield High School, Riddy Lane, Luton
Doors open 1000
Sat Jul 02 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 Jul 02 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Morris Day http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sun Jul 02 ? Leighton Buzzard Railway: Model Railway Focus http://www.buzzrail.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk
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