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


No sooner had I posted details of Tim Moon's "Transported" programme on BCB Radio than the station got rid of its server provider and gained a new web URL (the old one will run alongside for a while). The new address is:


A reminder that the programme is transmitted on every 4th Wednesday at 6.30pm, and is repeated on the following Thursday at 1.30pm. The next programme (on 23rd/24th August) will features an 'in cab' interview with a Worth Valley driver.


The first of two Ivatt Trust owned Ivatt class 2 2-6-2T steam locomotives, No 41313, arrived on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway during the evening of Thursday 3rd August 2006. The engine was saved from Barry scrapyard in 1975 and will be restored by the IOWSR. Chris Dadson was on hand to record its arrival:

See: http://tinyurl.com/qn723

The Great Western Archive - we've been here before, but well worth a reminder:


Paul Biggs' pictures of D9016 at Derby Station on 8th August 2006:


Steve McNally has added 15 new images to his BR blue collection at


Some were taken in South Hampshire including Hampshire units and Class 33s on push pull workings.

Lots of railway modelling fora on the Railway Modelling Web


John Bulmer has alerted me to this steam-powered gramophone...!


Followed (inevitably!) by a steam-powered Internet machine:



First main-line woman fireperson: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/4780153.stm

Bridge to replace crossing at Beddingham: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/4777395.stm

Lincoln station in line for makeover: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lincolnshire/4776749.stm

Toilet waste sprays track staff: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/5249982.stm

Steel train fatal accident: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/4780233.stm

China to extend Tibetan rail link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4778521.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/
Fri Aug 11 2100-2200 BBC2 'Restoration Village' The heritage rescue series 3/9
Fri Aug 11 2200-2230 BBC4 'The Perfect Village' Companion to Restoration Village 3/7
Sat Aug 12 0120-0150 BBC4 'The Perfect Village' Companion to Restoration Village 3/7
Sat Aug 12 2000-2030 BBC4 'The Perfect Village' Companion to Restoration Village 1/7
Sat Aug 12 2345-0110 (D+1) BBC2 'Holiday on the Buses' 1973 comedy
Sun Aug 13 0700-0100 (D+1) UKTV History 'Coast' Round and round all day... again...
Sun Aug 13 2000-2030 BBC4 'The Perfect Village' Companion to Restoration Village 3/7
Mon Aug 14 0015-0045 BBC Radio 4 'The Railway Children' Story of the story
Mon Aug 14 1900-2000 BBC2 'Restoration Village' The heritage rescue series 3/9
Mon Aug 14 1915-2200 Five 'Megastructures' The world's fastest motorway
Mon Aug 14 2100-2150 BBC2 'Betjeman and Me - Rick Stein's Story'
Mon Aug 14 2150-2200 BBC2 'Coast' Strangford Lough
Mon Aug 14 2320-2425 BBC2 'John Betjeman - the Last Laugh'
Wed Aug 16 2000-2030 BBC2 'Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone' 6/12
Thu Aug 17 1900-1930 BBC2 'Seven Man-Made Wonders' North West 3/10
Fri Aug 18 0900-0930 BBC Radio 4 'Engineering Solutions' Airbus A380
Fri Aug 18 2100-2200 BBC2 'Restoration Village' The heritage rescue series 4/9
Fri Aug 18 2130-2200 BBC Radio 4 'Engineering Solutions' Airbus A380
Fri Aug 18 2200-2230 BBC4 'The Perfect Village' Companion to Restoration Village 4/7
Sat Aug 19 0240-0310 BBC4 'The Perfect Village' Companion to Restoration Village 4/7
Wed Aug 23 1830-1900 BCB Radio 'Transported' Listen here: http://www.bcbradio.co.uk
Thu Aug 24 1330-1430 BCB Radio 'Transported' Listen here: http://www.bcbradio.co.uk


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 Aug 11 - Sun Aug 13 ? Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway: Day out with Thomas http://www.srps.org.uk
Sat Aug 12 1030-1530 Stafford Railway Collectors Fair
GEC St Leonards Hall, St Leonards Avenue, Stafford 1030-1530 http://www.tobaz.co.uk
Sat Aug 12 ? Gwili Steam Railway: Rock 'n' Roll on the Train http://www.gwili-railway.co.uk
Sat Aug 12 - Sun Aug 20 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: A Day Out With Thomas http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sun Aug 13 ? Festival of Transport, Avon Heath
Sun Aug 13 ? Strathspey Steam Railway: Two Train Day http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk
Wed Aug 16 ? Main Line Steam: London Victoria-Weymouth http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Aug 19 ? Talyllyn Railway: Race the Train http://www.talyllyn.co.uk
Sun Aug 20 1100-1600 East Hayling Light Railway Society Model Railway Exhibiton
Beachlands Railway Station (behind Funland Amusement Park)
Trains will run from Beachlands Station throughout the day 1100-1600 http://www.easthaylinglightrailway.co.uk
Thu Aug 24 ? Talyllyn Railway: Duncan's Special Children's Day http://www.talyllyn.co.uk
Thu Aug 24 - Sat Aug 26 ? Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway: Dartmouth Regatta Specials http://www.paignton-steamrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 26 ? Peak Rail: Pea & Pie Supper and Real Ale Evening http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Aug 26 - Sun Aug 27 1030-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Burnham & District MRC Sedgemoor Rail 2006
King Alfred School, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset 1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun) http://www.burnhamanddistrictmrc.co.uk
Sat Aug 26 - Mon Aug 28 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Summer Diesel Gala
All available diesels everywhere! http://www.e-v-r.com
Sat Aug 26 - Sun Aug 27 1100-1700(Sun) Hawick & District Railway Society: Border Rail 2006
Town Hall, Hawick 100-1700 (Sat), 1100-1700 (Sun)
Sun Aug 27 ? Talyllyn Railway: Land Rover Rally http://www.talyllyn.co.uk
Sun Aug 27 ? Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: RNLI Dungeness Lifeboat
Station Open Day http://www.rhdr.org.uk
Sun Aug 27 - Mon Aug 28 ? Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: Day of Syn Festival http://www.rhdr.org.uk
Sun Aug 27 - Mon Aug 28 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Steam & Vintage Vehicle Show http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Mon Aug 28 ? Gosport Bus Rally
Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hants
Mon Aug 28 ? Amberley Working Museum: Teddy Bear's Picnic http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor@raildate.co.uk
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This page includes a master catalogue of items that have appeared in previous editions of RAILDATE.
(C) Howard Sprenger and Hursley Park Model Railway Society 2006.

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