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


Former HPMRS member, Rod Blakeman is currently touring Colorado chasing and riding trains. Some still pictures of his trip are here: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/wpandyr

(Rod tells me there is also loads of video, but that will have to wait until he gets home. He is using the hotel free wireless internet from his laptop to upload the stills - so far all hotels have had this facility.)

Video of the World War 2 day at the North Norfolk Railway: http://tinyurl.com/2vskkp

This is how the railway and markets interact in Thailand - stay with it to the end: http://tinyurl.com/3ddxej

Rather worrying video of numbskull drivers being non-tram-aware. Believed to be in Houston, Texas: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=01d_1190287711

(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Some provisional timetables for the WCML for December NEXT year (2008)! http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail/pi/wcml/wcms2008timetables/ (Spotter: Richard Buckby)

"Casualty" appears in the TV listing by virtue of a guest appearance of Wirksworth station - disguised as "Suttonhurst" and "Lightbourne", and painted a very non-Midland blue!

The October 2007 issue of West Somerset Express, the unofficial online newsletter of the West Somerset Railway is now available: http://trainsferriesbuses.co.uk/westsomersetexpress.htm

Nine Elms memories: http://www.nineelms.svsfilm.com/ (Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Aerial photographs of Sussex in the 1940s - zoom in on the map then click on the green aircraft for that sector: http://www.geog.sussex.ac.uk/grc/info/airphotos-historic/1940/index.html

A very interesting document in the online catalogue of the Tennessee Library's Virtual Archive. It is a sketchbook belonging to an American architect named William Strickland (1787-1854) recording a tour of Europe he made in 1838. Much of the subject matter is architectural, but Strickland was also an engineer and in February 1837 (later corrected to 1838) made several sketches of the Great Western Railway, then still under construction (the first stage, to Maidenhead opened in June of that year). The whole sketchbook is at: http://tinyurl.com/2bonku

Possibly the most interesting picture is of a 2-2-2 locomotive made in London on 6th February 1838. However, it has been pointed out that the dimensions shown on the drawing do not correspond to any known early GWR broad gauge engine: http://tinyurl.com/ywqqpx

Paul Biggs's pictures of the Battlefield Autumn Gala: http://paulbiggs.fotopic.net/c1373895.html

Marshlink Community Rail Festival 2007, 29th/30th September... A ticket is being offered this weekend that covers unlimited travel over the Marshlink line and between Tonbridge, Maidstone Canterbury, Dover, Ashford, Hastings and Brighton. The fare is 10.66 (clever!) for adults and 1 for accompanied children, available up to a week in advance or over the weekend from any staffed station in the area covered. There are various special events (including a vintage bus service at Hastings) at or near the stations served, and discount offers including the K&ESR and RH&DR. A leaflet is available in the area or se the website: http://www.southernrailway.com/promotions.php?id=124&u=promotions.php

Hornby have introduced a couple of new locos: http://static.hornby.com/files/25thsept-336.pdf

One is a very nice M7 in LSWR livery and the other is an unusual GWR "Terrier", which was inherited from the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Railway. This was part of the Colonel Stephens empire before being taken over and is described here: http://www.portishead.f2s.com/wcpr/index.html

Incredible video of the Evora Air Show in Portugal. Check some of the links on the right of the page for more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYfhC9ft_hk&feature=bz301 (Spotter: Nick Wheat)


Network Rail owned toll bridge: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/6324307.stm

Bow river bridge refurbishment: http://tinyurl.com/2ttf2k

Tyseley-Warwick resignalling: http://tinyurl.com/2ralne

Discouraging trespass: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/7011805.stm

EWS retain Imerys China Clay contract in Cornwall: http://tinyurl.com/2ssnoo

Safety concerns on C68 stock on H&C and District lines of LUL: (Alternative road service provided by Ensign - plenty of series 1 Metrobuses, Alexander-bodied Olympians and a solitary Bristol VRT!): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7015423.stm

Train involved 6A33 North Walsham-Parkeston Quay conveying Natural gas distillate: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/7015652.stm

National Grid seeking to use Woodhead new tunnel for power lines - latest report seems to support it: http://tinyurl.com/388fwv

Rail link to Edinburgh Airport abandoned: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7015407.stm

Maglev line to be built in Bavaria: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7011932.stm

Spotter: 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/
Sat Sep 29 2035-2145 BBC1 'Casualty' Filmed at Wirksworth station (see above)
Sun Sep 30 1900-1930 BBC4 'Wainwright Walks' High Street (I've done that one!)
Sun Sep 30 1930-2000 BBC4 'Wainwright Walks' The ascent to Pillar
Sun Sep 30 2000-2010 BBC4 'Arena: The Time Signal' They give me the pip
Mon Oct 01 1900-1930 BBC2 'James May's 20th Century' Teenagers
Mon Oct 01 1930-2000 BBC2 'Mastermind' Your specialist subject: Hornby railways
Tue Oct 02 1330-1350 Channel 4 'Small Railway Journeys' Blackpool's trams
Tue Oct 02 1930-2000 Five 'Chris Barrie's Massive Engines' Rockets
Tue Oct 02 2000-2100 BBC2 'Great British Journeys' HV Morton's Scotland
Thu Oct 04 1900-2000 BBC2 'Great British Journeys' HV Morton's Scotland
Thu Oct 04 1930-2000 ITV Meridan 'London to Paris with Penelope Keith' The high-speed line


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 Sep 28 - Sun Sep 30 ? North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Autumn Steam Gala http://www.nymr.org.uk/
Sat Sep 29 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Members' and Shareholders' Day http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Sep 29 ? Hollycombe Steam Collection: Fairground at Night http://www.hollycombe.co.uk/
Sat Sep 29 ? Dean Forest Railway: Diesel Loco Day http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/
Sat Sep 29 ? Seaton Tramway: Colyford Goose Fair http://www.tram.co.uk/
Sat Sep 29 - Sun Sep 30 ? Kent & East Sussex Railway: A Day Out with Thomas http://www.kesr.org.uk/
Sat Sep 29 - Sun Sep 30 1030-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Christchurch Model Railway Club - Model Railway Exhibition
The Bishop of Winchester School, Mallard Road, Castle Lane,
Bournemouth 1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
Sat Sep 29 - Sun Sep 30 ? Scalefourum
The Leisure Centre, Guildford Road, Leatherhead
Sat Sep 29 - Sun Sep 30 1100-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Staplehurst Model Railway Exhibition
The Village Centre, Staplehurst, Kent 1100-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
Sat Sep 29 - Sun Sep 30 ? Churnet Valley Railway: DMU Gala http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Mon Oct 01 ? Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch) 'From the Carriage Window' a slideshow by Howard Turner
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery St, Sheffield, S3 8GG http://www.theharlequinpub.co.uk
Thu Oct 04 - Sun Oct 07 ? West Somerset Railway: Autumn Steam Gala http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Oct 06 ? Hollycombe Steam Collection: Fairground at Night http://www.hollycombe.co.uk/
Sat Oct 06 ? Leighton Buzzard Railway: Steam Glow http://www.buzzrail.co.uk
Sat Oct 06 ? The Rowsley Association
Historic railway walks at Rowsley, Derbyshire http://www.rowsleyassociation.org.uk/
Sat Oct 06 - Sun Oct 07 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Visiting Locomotive Weekend http://www.steamtrain.co.uk
Sat Oct 06 - Sun Oct 07 1000-1700 The Ilford and West Essex MRC 52nd Annual Exhibition
St Edwards School, London Road, ROMFORD, Essex, RM7 9NX 1000-1700 both days http://www.iwemrc.org.uk
Sat Oct 06 - Sun Oct 07 ? Manchester Model Railway Exhibition
New Century Halls, nr Victoria Station, Manchester
Sun Oct 07 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 Oct 07 1100-1600 Twyford Waterworks: End of Season Spectacular
Hazeley Road, Twyford, Hants 1100-1600 http://www.hants.gov.uk/twt
Sun Oct 07 ? Hollycombe Steam Collection: Allcomers Day
Last day of 2007 season http://www.hollycombe.co.uk/
Sun Oct 07 1000-1600 The West of England Transport Collection
Winkleigh Open Day and Historic Transport Gathering
Winkleigh Old Airfield, B3220, NW Devon 1000-1600 http://www.winkleigh.net/
Thu Oct 11 1900-2100 Kit Spackman's APT Show
The Model Railway Club, Keen House, nr Kings Cross 1900-2100
Fri Oct 12 - Sun Oct 14 ? North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Wartime Weekend http://www.nymr.org.uk/
Sat Oct 13 - Sun Oct 14 ? Kent & East Sussex Railway: Austin Counties Car Rally http://www.kesr.org.uk/
Sat Oct 13 - Sun Oct 14 1000-1630(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) East Dorset N Gauge Area Group Model Railway Exhibition
Kinson Community Centre, Millhams Road, Bournemouth 1000-1630 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun) http://www.eastdorsetngauge.co.uk/
Sat Oct 13 - Sun Oct 14 ? Aldershot Model Railway Show
Connaught Leisure Centre, Aldershot
Sat Oct 13 - Sun Oct 14 1030-1730(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Rail-Ex Taunton-Southwest
Richard Huish College, South Road,Taunton 1030-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
Free vintage bus from Taunton railway station http://www.somersetmodellers.co.uk/
Sun Oct 14 ? Amberley Working Museum: Autumn Vintage Vehicle Show http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Sun Oct 14 ? Isle of Wight Bus Museum Open Day http://www.iowbusmuseum.org.uk/
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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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 2007.
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