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


For the next few weeks Sants Specials will be making their appearance in the Events section, but in deference to those for whom they have no appeal (or indeed for those for whom they have great appeal!) they will be split out into their own subsection after all the other events.

Remember that invariably, Santa Specials need to be booked in advance.


Richard Buckby advises that the printed monster rail timetable book is no longer published, but it still exists in virtual form. The timetables from 7th December are at: http://tinyurl.com/2vc3qf

Richard also notes that film clips of the 1947 snows are here: http://tinyurl.com/4v6yb

Hampshire County Council have a web page on the railways of the county: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/museum/railways-of-hampshire.htm

A new map of the Croydon Tramlink can be found at: http://www.cityrailtransit.com/maps/london_map.htm

A nice Northumberland station for sale: http://www.thegardenstation.co.uk/news.htm

John Hillmer has spotted a couple of examples of new architecture that might fall into the "Worth Seeing" category (possibly overshadowed recently by the hoo-hah over the new St Pancras!)

The first is the new Interchange at Barnsley. John believes that the bus part opened in May this year, but he is not sure whether the railway station was built in advance of it or not. Whatever... the two have been beautifully linked together and are well worth a visit.

When he returned to Sheffield with a little time to wait, he had a wander outside and was totally surprised to see the complex water features that have been built in front of the station. There is a stainless steel "wall" perhaps 15ft high and about 30+ yards in length, which is a permanent waterfall, and also is a fountain and a tasteful but complex water feature incorporated into the whole thing.

If you know of another examples of things "Worth Seeing" let me know...

A driver's eye view of the end of Eurostars at Waterloo by Steve McNally

The last passanger arrivals will be well documented else where but what happened then? The last train out of Waterloo was formed by 373009/10 as 9Z24 2209 Waterloo to Temple Mills via Bromley, Single well loops and St Pancras and an era came to an end. I had driven the 9Z20 an hour earlier and there were still photographers at Vauxhall and Swanley to record the events, hopefully some photos of the last workings will appear.

The previous night I had driven the 2109 empty stock sevice to find out this was the last working from Waterloo to North Pole depot. There were six sets at North Pole that night with the 1650 departure on the 13th being the last. 37601/3 were at North Pole leaving under their own power the on the 13th. On loan 08892 plus three match wagons were at North Pole awaiting to leave by road as was 73130.

I worked in the next morning with the 0702 from North Pole and there were many passengers taking photos including some retired Eurostar drivers who were going out to come in on the last arrivals, two of whom had been involved in the first Waterloo sunset 40 years ago as drivers at Guildford.

Steve has posted a few photos at: http://steve-mcnally.fotopic.net/c1408334.html

Ralph Rawlinson has been following the imminent closures, openings and TOC changes with interest, but until he saw this list in the December Railway Magazine he didn't realise just how many there were. In the four weeks between 11th November and 9th December we will witness the end or closure of the following: - Great North Eastern Railway - Virgin Cross Country - Midland Mainline - Central Trains - Silverlink Trains - Waterloo International - The Fawkham Jct - Southfleet Jn line - Eurostars on third-rail routes - King's Cross Thameslink - The printed National Timetable

The same four-week period signals the start or opening of the following: - East Midlands Trains - Arriva Cross Country - London Midland - London Overground - High Speed 1 - St Pancras International - St Pancras Thameslink - Ebbsfleet International - National Express East Coast

There may be yet another newcomer - Grand Central - although as their website states this is dependent upon the supply of refurbished HSTs.

Ralph spotted in last week's item on the Grand Central Railway that its website ( http://www.grandcentralrail.co.uk/ ) had a link to the Grand Union which he (and I) hadn't heard of before. It is at least four years away but intriguing nonetheless. It has advised the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) that it intends to seek access rights to operate services into West Yorkshire from London Euston via the West Coast Main Line (WCML). Services would operate non-stop between Euston and Stockport, and then call at Guide Bridge and Huddersfield with services extending to Halifax and Bradford Interchange. Grand Union is seeking to commence services in 2011/2012, using new build 140mph "Polaris" trains, which are also scheduled to replace Grand Central's HST fleet in 2010. The current WCML franchised operator has protection against competition on the route until 2012, and new services will be developed to be operational as that protection falls away.


Last Waterloo Eurostar: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7092104.stm

Waterloo Sunset: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7090691.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/7093730.stm

St Pancras Eurostar service opens: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7093761.stm

Why St Pancras? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7082392.stm

Proposals for Britannia Bridge: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/7095257.stm

Virgin WC consultation http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7088658.stm

London "Overground" takeover of Silverlink Metro services. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7089481.stm

Arriva Cross Country web site http://www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/

Fire near Lea Jn and Olympics site which blocked North London Line http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7090725.stm

Rock thrown at train near Bristol: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/7091177.stm

Korean rail link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7096004.stm

SNCF dispute: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/default.stm

B&M canal closure: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/7078959.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 Nov 18 1100-1200 BBC1 'Countryfile' Looks at the new high speed rail link
Sun Nov 18 2100-2200 BBC1 'Cranford' Period drama of social change 1/5
Sun Nov 18 2200-2300 BBC4 'The Secret Life of a Motorway' History in three parts 1/3
Mon Nov 19 2100-2200 Channel 4 'Time Team Special' Pugin the God of Gothic
Tue Nov 20 1930-2000 Five 'Chris Barrie's Massive Engines' Agricultural technology
Tue Nov 20 2200-2230 BBC2 'The 800 Million Pound Railway Station' St Pancras (3/6)
Wed Nov 21 2200-2230 BBC2 'The 800 Million Pound Railway Station' St Pancras (4/6)
Thu Nov 22 1930-2000 Five 'Chris Barrie's Massive Machines' Cargo planes
Thu Nov 22 2000-2100 BBC4 'The Twenties in Colour' The autochrome process 3/4
Fri Nov 23 1930-2000 BBC2 'The Edwardians in Colour' The world of Albert Kahn 2/5


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 Nov 17 1030-1600 Winchester American and Continental O Gauge 21st Anniversary
Kings' School Winchester 10 or so layouts including our first ever US traction layout
Test track available plus a Lionel and a European tinplate 1030-1600
Sat Nov 17 - Sun Nov 18 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Solent Model Railway Group Model Railway Exhibition
Featuring HPMRS member, Derek Gillkerson's 'Zwiesboden'
Oaklands School, Fairisle Road, Lordshill, Southampton 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
Sat Nov 17 1400 National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield
Middleton Colliery Railway - Ian Smith, Heritage Railway
Free admission
Start at 1400 in the Conference Centre at the Museum
Lasts 45 mins to 1 hour http://www.ncm.org.uk/
Sat Nov 17 - Sun Nov 18 ? Bluebell Railway: 1920s Weekend http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Sun Nov 18 1000-1600 Burton Railway Society: Railfair 2007
The Town Hall, Burton-on-Trent 1000-1600
Wed Nov 21 ? London Road Station, Brighton
A tribute to Jack Turley by G Dinnage
Sat Nov 24 ? Main Line Steam: London-York 'Union of South Africa' http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Nov 24 - Sun Nov 25 ? Swanage Railway: 1960s Weekend http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sun Nov 25 1000-1700 New Forest Model Railway Society Open Day 1000-1700 http://www.nfmrs.co.uk
Sat Dec 01 - Sun Dec 02 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Warley National Model Railway Exhibition
NEC, Birmingham 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.warley-mrc.org.uk
Sat Dec 01 - Sun Dec 02 1000-1630(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Darlington Model Railway Exhibition
Longfield School, Longfield Road, Darlington 1000-1630 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun) http://www.darlingtonmrc.co.uk/

Santa Specials

Sat Dec 01 - Sun Dec 02 ? Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Santa Specials http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Dec 01 - Sun Dec 02 ? Swanage Railway: Santa Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 01 - Sun Dec 02 ? Kent & East Sussex Railway: Santa Specials http://www.kesr.org.uk/
Sat Dec 01 - Sun Dec 02 ? Spa Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk/
Sat Dec 01 - Sun Dec 02 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 01 - Sun Dec 02 ? Middleton Railway Leeds: Santa Specials http://www.middletonrailway.org.uk/
Sat Dec 01 - Sun Dec 02 ? North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Santa Specials http://www.nymr.org.uk/
Sun Dec 02 ? Peak Rail: Santa Specials http://www.peakrail.co.uk/
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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