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Help Save 89001: http://www.aclocogroup.co.uk/

The unique 89001 is up for sale. Although the locomotive is mostly complete, it has not been serviceable for a number of years, and many components would require extensive repairs. Estimates suggest that a hefty six-figure sum would be needed to restore the loco to main-line condition. To beat off the scrap-man, the group needs to raise a lot of money and fast! Realistically, they are talking five figures at least, and they will be bidding as much as they can raise between now and the deadline, through Electric Traction Ltd, their associated limited company.

If you want to contribute, please download and fill out the appeal form and send a cheque, which will be cashed only if they are successful in their bid.

"Don't let the Badger slip away: act today!"

How on earth did that happen?!


Issue 51 of "West Somerset Express", the unofficial online newsletter of the West Somerset Railway, is now available:


Peter Burgess of the Cumbrian Railways website has added a new section for the Carlisle & Silloth Bay Railway:


London to Brighton in 2 minutes:


Steve McNally has added some 1973 Barry photos to:


For some time there has been a discussion group for users of TRAX layout planning software. However, its host (Topica) has proved to be somewhat unreliable over the years, so the group has moved to Yahoo! Groups:


TRAX layout planning software is published by Kestrel Railway Books:


Ralph Rawlinson's European News...

France SNCF (French Railways) has published the timetable for TGV Est that will come into force on the opening of the line next June. The full details can be found on the TGV Est European web-site: http://www.tgvesteuropeen.com/article.php3?id_article=700.

The highlight of the timetable is undoubtedly the hourly service proposed between Paris and Strasbourg (though there will be a train missing in the middle of the day to give the standard French white period), with most trains running non-stop. On the international front, the Paris-Frankfurt service is to be provided by ICEs, whilst the Paris-Stuttgart service (with one train-pair serving Munich) will be provided by TGVs.

Spain Another 15 miles of railway were added to Spain's growing high-speed system. The Lleida by-pass itself is 10½ miles long, from the 'Bifurcacion las Torres de Sanui' to the 'Bifurcacion del Cambiador de Puigverd'. The latter is the location of a gauge- and voltage-changing installation, as well as a construction depot. The fastest time between Madrid and Barcelona is now 4hr 22min, by the 15.20 from Madrid. In the reverse direction the 19.30 from Barcelona Sants takes two minutes longer.

Ireland Translink has recently unveiled its 'Vision for future' of Northern Ireland's public transport. Most of the information regarding rail was already in the public domain, ie the planned replacement of the 8450 class DEMU fleet (due around 2010-12) and upgrading of the track and signalling equipment on the Ballymena to Londonderry section. The company is also liaising with IR regarding the future upgrading of the Cross Border line to 125mph operation. Costed at approximately £500 million, it would allow a non-stop timing of 90 mins between Belfast and Dublin and improved service levels. Future options outlined in the report include: - Re-opening the Antrim - Lisburn line with stops at Crumlin, Glenavy and Belfast international airport. - 60-minute frequency to Coleraine/Londonderry. - Newry-Dundalk line - expansion of local cross Border services. - New Belfast 'George Best' City airport station. - Extra loop between Castlerock and Londonderry.

Italy There is now an extra pair of trains daily on the Milan-Turin high-speed line giving five trains a day in each direction and a slightly reduced journey time of 82 mins. Three extra pairs of trains will run over the Rome-Naples line giving seven pairs each day.

Finland The new direct line between Kereva and Lahti opened to traffic on 3rd September as planned. It largely follows the E75 motorway and includes 30 miles of new construction; the distance is 18 miles less than the old route via Riihmäki. The fastest trains between Helsinki and Lahti now come down by 37min.

Mike Moore has an excellent website specialising in Industrial Archaeology mining and caving books:


There is a new website called "Bal Maidens and Women at the Mines", which can be found at:



Stagecoach solves the problem of overcrowding: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2384497,00.html

Oh no... wrong kind of pollen: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/5402692.stm

On-time trains at seven-year high: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5400302.stm

High Speed Train marks 30 years: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berkshire/5407016.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/4/newsid_2486000/2486817.stm

Slowing down of High Speed Train: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/5405830.stm

Call to save run-down rail route: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cumbria/5398068.stm

Work starts on new railway line: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/5388424.stm

Villagers angry at bridge delay: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lincolnshire/5403362.stm

Recalling the golden age of steam: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/5400830.stm

Councils attack Eurostar changes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/5402276.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/
Sun Oct 08 1800-1825 ITV West 'How the West Was Made' The coming of the railways
Sun Oct 08 1800-1825 ITV West Country 'How the West Was Made' The coming of the railways
Mon Oct 09 1930-2000 BBC1 South East 'Inside Out' Industrial Medway
Mon Oct 09 2030-2100 BBC4 'The Perfect Village' Milton Abbas and Heighington
Tue Oct 10 0245-0315 BBC4 'The Perfect Village' Milton Abbas and Heighington
Thu Oct 12 1930-2000 BBC2 'Raymond Baxter: Gentleman and Broadcaster' A tribute


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 Oct 05 - Sun Oct 08 ? West Somerset Railway: Autumn Steam Gala http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Oct 07 ? Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: Double-header Day http://www.rhdr.org.uk
Sat Oct 07 ? East Somerset Railway: Murder Mystery http://www.eastsomersetrailway.com
Sat Oct 07 ? Leighton Buzzard Railway: Steam Glow http://www.buzzrail.co.uk
Sat Oct 07 ? Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway: 'The Blues Train'
Travel for free from 1.00pm to 3.00pm on the highest, steepest preserved standard gauge line in Wales and listen to music as part of the Blaenavon Blues Weekend http://www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk/pages/diary.htm http://www.webster.uk.net/HobbiesAndInterests/Music/ValleyBlues/GigGuide.aspx http://www.torfaen.gov.uk/en/leisure/events-detail.php/mid=21~eID=1345~eCatID=
Sat Oct 07 ? Peak Rail: Pea & Pie Supper and Real Ale Evening http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Oct 07 ? Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway: Steam and Walk http://www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
Sun Oct 08 ? Amberley Working Museum: Autumn Vintage Vehicle Show http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Sun Oct 08 ? Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Autumn Vintage Steam Gala http://www.bucksrailcentre.org
Sun Oct 08 ? Imperial War Museum, Duxford: Autumn Air Show http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/server/show/conEvent.887
Sun Oct 08 ? Severn Valley Railway: Classic Car and Bike Day http://www.svr.co.uk
Sat Oct 14 ? Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway: Steam and Walk http://www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
Sat Oct 14 - Sun Oct 15 1050-1700 Somerset Modellers Club: Rail-Ex Taunton-Southwest
Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton
Around 80 stands, free parking and free vintage coach between
Taunton station and the show 1050-1700 both days http://www.somerset-modellers.org.uk
Sat Oct 14 - Sun Oct 15 ? Severn Valley Railway: Kidderminster Station Festival http://www.svr.co.uk
Sun Oct 15 ? Bursledon Brickworks: Autumn Activities
Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Southampton http://www.fareham.gov.uk/town/activities/places/bursledonbrickworks.asp
Sun Oct 15 ? Isle of Wight Bus Museum Running Day
Wed Oct 18 ? Main Line Steam: London Victoria-Canterbury http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Oct 21 1030 Solent Railwayana Auction
The Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hampshire
Viewing from 0800, 500 lots, sale starts 1030 http://www.solentrailwayana.com/
Sat Oct 21 ? Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway: Steam and Walk http://www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
Sat Oct 21 - Sun Oct 22 ? West Somerset Railway: Grand Trains Extravaganza http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Oct 21 - Sun Oct 22 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Big Trains and Little Trains
Model Railway Exhibition - Hursley Park MRS member Derek
Gillkerson will be attending with 'New Stanton Lees'
Class 37 on incline and M55006 to Gorsey Bank (21st)
Class 31 on incline and M55006 to Gorsey Bank (22nd) http://www.e-v-r.com
Sat Oct 21 - Sun Oct 22 ? Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre: Steam Gala
Five in steam including two B1s and a B12 http://www.barrowhill.org.uk
Sat Oct 21 - Sun Oct 29 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Wizard Week http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Oct 21 - Sun Oct 29 ? Swanage Railway: A Day Out With Thomas http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 21 - Sun Oct 29 ? Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: Hallowe'en Week http://www.rhdr.org.uk
Sun Oct 22 1030-1630 Churnet Valley Railway: Model Railway Exhibition
Froghall Station, Staffordshire 1030-1630 http://www.cvmrd.freeserve.co.uk http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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