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Chris Sawle has a fotopic website that he hopes will provide a document of what has been lost in Cornwall: http://cornwallslostrailways.fotopic.net

Which reminds me of efforts to reopen the Helston branch: http://www.helstonrailway.co.uk/

And the model of same: http://www.rosewarnejunction.me.uk/Railway.htm

The latest edition of "The Signal" is now available on the Friends of Romsey Signal Box website: http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk

Issue 54 (January 2007) of "West Somerset Express" is now available: http://trainsferriesbuses.co.uk/westsomersetexpress.htm

A relatively new revival scheme has sprung up - the Ashover Light Railway Society. A group of narrow gauge steam enthusiasts plans to set up a base at Butts quarry, and the Duke of Devonshire has agrees to become Patron of the society. Annual subscriptions are a reasonable £10:


Unfortunately the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway website server has had another failure and is currently offline. In anticipation of its return, you might like to view the L&B website of the Surrey Area Group: http://lynbarnrail.atspace.com/

The L&B Yahoo email group can be found at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/exmoor-ng/

More locally, Ralph Rawlinson has spotted a report in Rail Magazine that South West Trains have assured Bordon town's transport group that it would offer support in principle to reopening the branch to Bordon and possibly south to Liss over the alignment of the former Longmoor Military Railway. Watch this space...

A new group for discussing preserved locomotive sightings: http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/preserved-loco-sightings

Peak Rail developments in Matlock: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/6192463.stm

The National Rail Timetable is now available in electronic form as a set of downloadable pdf files - one file per table in the printed edition, plus the supplementary pages and maps: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/3828.aspx Download the index which includes links to individual tables.

If you're looking for a station track plan, this site might help, although the plans that are (just about) visible on the website seem rather rudimentary, and at £10 a time, probably of limited value compared with the relevant 25in to a mile OS map: http://www.railwaystationtrackplans.co.uk

Ralph Rawlinson reports the following changes to passenger services in Europe, starting relatively close to home...

Edinburgh Waverley Network Rail brought into use four new platforms at Edinburgh Waverley on 27th December 2006, and renumbered five others. The station, has always been number one for the most confusing platform numbering. First you had to realise that platform 19 was nowhere near platforms 20 & 21 which were, in any case, hidden from view behind a wall with virtually no signing and, after it had become clear that platforms 19 and 1 were actually west and east ends of the same platform and numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 didn't exist, you had almost cracked it! All this has now become a thing of the past - or has it? Won't most passengers still be confused when they discover that the west end of platform 1 is 20, the west end of 2 is 19 and the west end of 7 is 10. Wouldn't it have been simpler to make all long through platforms A & B? And there are still no platforms 5 or 6! I assume this haphazard renumbering is the result of deciding to leave the main suburban bays (12 -18) unchanged whilst most of the bays at the east end, once busy with services to Granton and Leith, now see little use. This is a summary taken from the Network Rail site: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/documents/3753_PlatformRenumberingLeaflet.pdf

These platform numbers change: 1 becomes 2 7 becomes 4 10 becomes 7 20 becomes 9 21 becomes 8 Platforms not affected: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 Platforms remaining the same: 19 New platforms: 1, 3, 10 and 20 A plan of the new layout can be found on the Network Rail site.

Belgium In addition to the previously reported Brussels viaduct (improving Eurostar services), a new Brussels-Nord viaduct (or Schaerbeek Viaduct) has been opened just north of Schaerbeek station on the Brussels-Leuven line. Again this will allow trains departing westwards to access the eastern branch without having to cross the new lines. The new curve will benefit international services heading for Germany, together with some local services, including those to De Panne-Landen and Gent-Genk. The final project relates to the new Leven curve. Located east of Brussels, the new 1,750 metre long, single-track curve links the Hasselt- Leuven line with the Leuven-Brusels route.

High-speed to the north SNCB will open Level 1 of the new Antwerp station and begin train services over the new high-speed line between Antwerp and Noorderkempen in June 2007, with 16 trains a day and a quarter-hour journey time. In December 2007 a revised Benelux service of 16 pairs a day will be run between Brussels and Amsterdam in collaboration with Dutch partner the High Speed Alliance.

Netherlands The aim of the December timetable changes is to provide a fast train every 30 mins on all main lines together with two stopping trains per hour. On the busiest routes in the Randstad area (comprising Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag and Utrecht) this increases to four fast and four slow services per hour. Several new stations will be opened, and further minor lines will be taken over by private operators. A further important project is HSL Zuid, the high-speed line from the rebuilt Antwerp station (now with through platforms) to Barendrecht, just south of Rotterdam, and a further section from Rotterdam to Hoofddorp, where trains will take the existing lines through Schiphol to Amsterdam.

You might like to look out for Motors TV (not Men and Motors) on Sky channel 413 and NTL (and possibly other digital outlets). It has recently been featuring a programme on SNCF titled "DEFI Rail" and made for Motors TV by Viva. Motors TV, who are based in Paris, have generally run about one railway film a week, but until now these have been repeats of fairly old Nick Lera documentaries, and it is siginficant that they appear to have comissioned this programme as new make. Thanks to Barry Emmott for this information. Details of the SBCF programme are on their website: http://www.motorstv.com/

Barry also reports that lorry-type horns have been fitted to Sóller trains on Majorca. Video here: http://www.mallorcatren.com/SOLLER.HTM

Trains of Europe offers: - New pictures and layout of The Hague trams - New movie about steam train modelers on an exhibition - New railway music http://www.trainsofeurope.nl

Richard Buckby spotted this...

The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe Railcam has gone live in George, South Africa. The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam-hauled passenger train is one of the last operational steam trains in the world, so these photos are absolute gems.

15th December - 13th January From Monday to Saturday at these approx times (GMT+2) the Outeniqua Choo- Tjoe will go past this webcam: 10:17, 11:31, 13:17, 14:25

You will see Class 19D & Class 24 steam locomotives built in the late 1940 by the North British Locomotive Co and others, plus diesel Locomotives from General Electric, namely class 32, 33, 34 & 35, that normally pull the freight from George to Voorbaai. http://www.midafricam.co.za/main

A homage to the English Electric Lightning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xcb29P_zuY&NR

An amazing landing by what became known as the "Gimli Glider": http://www.silhouet.com/motorsport/tracks/gimli.html

A new home for the Peak District Mines Historical Society: http://www.pdmhs.com


Waverley derailment hits services: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/6233167.stm

Newquay branch closed: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/jersey/6228627.stm

Fare increases: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6224225.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6223701.stm

£1.5m project to strengthen Tyne bridge: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/6227295.stm

Watches to help trains run on time: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/6231881.stm

Plan to extend Llangollen Railway: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_east/6224983.stm

Stagecoach lost property: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6183085.stm

GNER hand back franchise. Virgin, Hong Kong Metro and GNER are rumoured to be bidding for the franchise with smaller payments to the government: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6182027.stm

RATP (Paris) trams. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6186161.stm

Bullet train for Taiwan: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6230761.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/
Tue Jan 09 1325-1350 Channel 4 'The Midland: Checking into History' Manchester's Midland Hotel
Tue Jan 09 1930-2000 ITV1 'A Taste of the South' Visits the Swanage Railway
Wed Jan 10 1900-2000 BBC2 'Coast Revisited' West of Scotland to Dover


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.
Sat Jan 06 1100-1500 Chiswick Rail and Bus Collectors Fair
Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, London 1100-1500 http://www.tobaz.co.uk
Sat Jan 06 ? Andy Firth Illustrated Talks
Coal Aston Village Hall, Eckington Road, Sheffield 'A Look at preserved Railways' 1930-2115, Admission: £2.00, refreshments available
Sat Jan 06 ? Kidderminster Railway Museum: Railway Photograph Fair
Mon Jan 08 1945 West Somerset Railway Association Taunton Group
Members' slides and photographic competition
Great Western Staff Association Club (NE corner, Taunton stn)
Starts 1945 http://www.wsra.org.uk
Wed Jan 10 1945 Stoke-on-Trent Film Theatre: 'Railway Bonanza'
A whole evening of railway archive films, featuring lots of footage of steam trains on local and other main lines
Also looks at the coming of diesels and electrification
Special feature on a century of steam at Foxfield
Starts 1945
Admission free
Sat Jan 27 - Sun Jan 28 ? Bluebell Railway: Victorian Weekend http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Tue Jan 30 1930 West Somerset Railway Association Bristol Group 'Paraguayan Railways documentary' with Nick Regan
BAWA, Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol
Starts 1930 for 1945 http://www.wsra.org.uk
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