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From Richard Buckby, press release with pictures of the clear-up operation at Grayrigg: http://tinyurl.com/2eagdy

And this from the uk.railway news group:

The logic that was used from about 12:00 on the Saturday following the crash was as follows:

Can the coaches go out by rail? No (too damaged). What else can we do? It's either by air or road. Chinook's can only lift around 25 tonnes and each coach is around 50 tonnes. Therefore move onto road transport. We therefore need a number of low-loaders to be able to access the site. This will need an access able to take vehicles with an overall length of 31m or so - the roads that lead to the site are too narrow and windy to get these low-loaders along, but we'll come back to that later. We also need to be able to get them onto the low-loaders. Some of them have no bogies, so they can't be winched - therefore a crane is needed. Can any of the rail mounted cranes in the UK be used for this? No - the load at that radius is simply too much. So it's a road-transportable crane that's needed. We need a road - let's find the nearest existing one that the crane and low-loaders can use and then build our own from there to the site. And so on...

There is no "In emergency break glass to get to the ready-made plan". There is no plan. We made it up as we went along with the best people available making the decisions that had to be made at the time.

In 16 days we recovered 9 coaches by road, repaired the embankment (about 20,000 tonnes of rock compacted onto it, plus topsoil geo-jute and rabbit netting), carried out a renewal to both the up and the down line for 430 yards on each road. Signalling have replaced all 4 location boxes hit by the train and reinstated all the severed cables. OLE have replaced the 9 destroyed stanchions with 5 new cantilevers including new piled bases, along with about 1,000 yards of new contact wire. Telecoms have replaced the copper and the fibre cables that were cut. And the fences have been put back, or temporary fencing put in place, at the site. Not bad really when none of it had been planned in advance. Plus of course the 9 days that RAIB and BTP were on site looking for evidence.

How to get the best price for a train ticket: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6442947.stm

Last week I mentioned the sale on eBay of a seat on the opening train of the extended Welsh Highland Railway (11.00am, 23rd March). The winning bid was 103: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170088106318

For just a little more, you can own your own unbuilt rebuilt Bulleid Pacific... no really... http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130089388022

South Devon Railway news...

Unveiling of the GNER Award plaque during the Totnes Group AGM: http://www.southdevonrailway.org/News-and-Press-Releases/Totnes-Award2.html

Details of the 1/2 Price day when the line reopens http://www.southdevonrailway.org/News-and-Press-Releases/2007_Spring_Half_Price_Weekend.html

Restoration of the railway's Routemaster Bus: http://www.southdevonrailway.org/RouteMaster/Restoration.html#Current_Position

A new ITV drama series starting next week included filming at Wirksworth station on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway (see item in "TV and Radio"). Trailer: http://mobiledrama.itv.com/

Also, note BBC4's "Tube Night" on Sunday 18th March.

Downloadable version of the BTF "Let's Go To Birmingham": http://creative.bfi.org.uk/titles/409874.html

An entertaining diversion about the Midland Railway and a lost hat: http://roy25booth.blogspot.com/2006/10/lost-hat-midland-railway-1909.html

One man's interest in signals (amongst other things): http://www.roscalen.com/signals/index.htm

The Hampton Pier Railway, Herne Bay: http://www.hbay.co.uk/html/hampton.htm

30 years ago, Neil Dimmer visited the Vale of Rheidol Railway, Talyllyn Railway (in 1978) and the Isle of Man railways (in 1977). He has now put five collections to my Fotopic site.

Vale of Rheidol railway when all 3 locos were in BR blue livery: http://steam-diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1228170.html

Talyllyn Railway: http://steam-diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1228165.html

Isle of Man Steam Railway: http://steam-diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1227469.html

Manx Electric Railway: http://steam-diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1227461.html

Snaefell Mountain Railway: http://steam-diesel-photos.fotopic.net/c1227463.html

Neil has also uploaded a collection of photos of the Deltics in BR days dating back to 1979/80.

Photos of 55002/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/13/14/15/17 & 18 at: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1229146.html

Photo of 55022 Royal Scots Grey at Doncaster: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/p39334126.html

Also a few slides transferred to disc (poor quality) of 9007 Pinza at Leeds hauling the Yorkshire Pullman in 1971: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/p38582659.html

Plus a few more unidentified Deltics: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1208184.html

55006 The Fife & Forfar Yeomanry http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/p39417860.html

55014 Duke of Wellingtons Regiment http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/p39417826.html

Name plates of 55002/008/016/017 & 018 http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1229146.html

Also photos taken in June 1977 of the York Centenary display in York Station. Locos involved were Edward Fletcher NER 910, NER 1621, 4468 Mallard, LNWR 790 Hardwick: http://eastcoastrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/c1231392.html

The Surrey Area Group of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust has added two new features to its website. First, there are 6 quizzes to test your knowledge of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. Each quiz comprises 10 questions, and the quizzes are rated from "easy" through to "hard". One Quiz is dedicated to the years between 1923 and 1935 when the line was operated and finally closed by the Southern Railway. Secondly, there are 6 L&B railway related bedtime stories intended primarily for young children. http://lynbarnrail.atspace.com/

Our Vice-Chairman advises that the Shieldhall 2007 timetable brochure is now online. Prices start at 10 this year: http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk

Twenty historical photographs of the collieries of North-east Wales: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northeast/sites/old_photos/pages/coal.shtml


Government approval for leasing of another 1000 coaches: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6448327.stm

What is the answer to overcrowding? http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/1/hi/magazine/6296387.stm

GNER franchise loss defended: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6446877.stm

RMT/NWR dispite in Scotland: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/6443027.stm

Spain-Morocco tunnel proposal: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/6442697.stm

All Nippon Airways wheels up landing in Japan: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6444819.stm

(Spotters: Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps)

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 Mar 18 1425-1605 BBC2 'The 39 Steps' 1978 Robert Powell version
Sun Mar 18 2000-2020 BBC4 'Under Night Streets' Tube Night starts with a 1958 BTF classic
Sun Mar 18 2020-2035 BBC4 'Underground Ernie' Episode of the children's TV animation
Sun Mar 18 2035-2100 BBC4 'Doctor Who' 1968 episode featuring abandoned tube stations
Sun Mar 18 2100-2200 BBC4 'The Underground: Arena' History of the network
Sun Mar 18 2200-2225 BBC4 'Design Classics' Harry Beck's underground map
Sun Mar 18 2225-2315 BBC4 'Metro-Land' 1973 Betjeman - hands-up who just bought the DVD
Sun Mar 18 2315-2355 BBC4 '40 Minutes' The life of Angel tube station
Sun Mar 18 2355-2455 BBC4 'The Underground: Arena' History of the network
Mon Mar 19 0255-0355 BBC4 'The Underground: Arena' History of the network
Mon Mar 19 1930-2000 BBC2 'Nation on Film' Advertising cars in the early 20th century
Mon Mar 19 2100-2230 ITV 'Mobile' Thriller part-filmed on the Ecclesbourne Valley
Mon Mar 19 2030-2100 BBC4 'Wainwright Walks' 4/4 Scafell Pike
Mon Mar 19 2315-2345 BBC4 'Wainwright Walks' 4/4 Scafell Pike
Tue Mar 20 0145-0215 BBC4 'Wainwright Walks' 4/4 Scafell Pike
Tue Mar 20 1900-1920 BBC4 'The Car's the Star' Ford Capri
Tue Mar 20 1920-2000 BBC4 'Rover: the Long Goodbye' Rise and fall of the car firm
Tue Mar 20 1930-2000 BBC2 'Are We There Yet?' Britain's buses
Tue Mar 20 2330-2410 BBC4 'Rover: the Long Goodbye' Rise and fall of the car firm
Wed Mar 21 2330-2430 BBC4 'The Underground: Arena' History of the network
Fri Mar 23 1930-2000 Five 'Mean Machines' Tunnelling machines


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 Mar 17 ? Luton Model Railway Exhibition
Sat Mar 17 1400 Network Rail - An open meeting at The Aston Court Hotel,
Midland Road, Derby starting at 1400 1. East Midlands Parkway by Spencer Gibbens 2. East Midlands Resignalling with Dave Scarth, Senior Project
Manager, Network Rail
Sat Mar 17 - Sun Mar 18 ? West Somerset Railway: Spring Steam Gala http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Mar 17 - Sun Mar 18 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Redruth MRC - West of England Model Railway Exhibition
Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
Free vintage bus from Redruth and Camborne stations (Sat only) http://rmrc.pages.web.com/
Sat Mar 17 - Sun Mar 18 0930-1730(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Nottingham East Midlands Model Railway Exhibition
Harvey Hadden Sports Complex, Bilborough Park, Wigman Road,
Bilborough, Nottingham 0930-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.nbmrs.freeserve.co.uk
Sun Mar 18 1000-1630 Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society Model Railway Exhibition
Ferneham Hall, Fareham
HPMRS member, Derek Gillkerson, will be attending with 'New
Stanton Lees' 1000-1630
Sun Mar 18 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Mother's Day http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sun Mar 18 ? Bluebell Railway: Mother's Day Cream Tea http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Thu Mar 22 - Sun Mar 25 ? West Somerset Railway: Spring Steam Gala http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Mar 24 - Sun Mar 25 1000-1730(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) London Festival of Railway Modelling
British Railway Modelling and the Model Railway Club
Alexandra Palace, London 1000-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.brmodelling.co.uk
Sat Mar 24 - Sun Mar 25 ? Macclesfield Model Railway Exhibition
Tytherington High School, Macclesfield
Tue Mar 27 1930 West Somerset Railway Association Bristol Group 'Isle of Wight Railways' with Brian Ward-Ellison
BAWA, Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol
Starts 1930 for 1945 http://www.wsra.org.uk
Wed Mar 28 1100-1900 London Camera Exchange, Southampton: 'Pro Show'
Southampton Novotel
Cut-price sensor cleaning while you wait
Chance to see the latest kit, accessories, training seminars, etc 1100-1900 http://www.lcegroup.co.uk
Sat Mar 31 - Sun Apr 01 ? Swanage Railway: Branch Line Weekend http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sun Apr 01 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
Mon Apr 02 1945 West Somerset Railway Association Taunton Group 'Southern Railway around Nationalisation' with Arthur Turner
Great Western Staff Association Club (NE corner, Taunton stn)
Starts 1945 http://www.wsra.org.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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