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


The (recently) late Miles Kington's epic South American journey in 1980 for the BBC from Lima to La Paz is currently on Youtube in 8 parts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zg-Loaicag http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxlM1Vnh5LI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D6dN3lb6ig http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7NRJid9Ho4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoFzsGE5zvU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4AjASZ6ze0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HFf3iX7A18 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMWvMEbg6B0

Also available on Youtube, a three-part journey from Bath Green Park to Templecombe - on Train Simulator: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz9oRKFKdj8 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=kPh8X-Y4NOY http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=F-By-2nV8Js (Spotter: Ted Millward)

The last train on the old GNR line through Derby Friargate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D8rRkL8nBQ

The Great Eastern Railway Society: http://www.gersociety.org.uk

Mike Morant has added responses to his request for help with "mystery pictures" and has added a further 23: http://gallery62603.fotopic.net/c1446992.html

Thanks to Derek Gillkerson for news of a new Eddie Stobart railway venture - "The Stobart Pullman":

"To celebrate the launch of the Stobart Pullman train we are offering 40 free seats to Stobart Members to travel on the inaugural journey along a Wessex Circular line via Wimbledon, Surbiton, Woking, Southampton to Fareham. The train will depart on the 12th February 2008 from London Victoria at 10.43 am (Platform 2) and will return via Haslemere, Guildford, Staines and Willesden arriving back at London Euston at 4.09pm. During the journey a complimentary 4 course lunch will be silver served by our on train catering staff." http://www.clubstobart.co.uk

Pictures: http://www.stobartshop.co.uk/images/Image/Copy%20of%20loco_proof_small.jpg http://www.stobartshop.co.uk/images/Image/crest_proof_web2.jpg

According to HRT the train is due at Southampton Central Station at 1.17pm - not stopping but heading back to Victoria via Fareham, Havant etc. http://www.traintrips.co.uk

Locomotive performance: http://www.locoperformance.co.uk/index.htm

Confessions of an ageing trainspotter: http://www.trainspottingtales.org.uk/

The Prorail Photographic Archive, which includes images by AE "Dusty" Durrant: http://www.prorail.co.uk/index.php

The Office of Public Sector Information site contains chronological tables of Local Acts of the Parliaments of the United Kingdom: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/chron-tables/local/chron068.htm

Pictures of Nottingham including the Great Central Railway and Nottingham Canal: http://www.gwoodward.clara.co.uk/nottm/

Ralph Rawlinson advises that Bristol City Council has announced that Bristol to Emersons Green, the western end of the Bristol and Bath railway path, is to be converted into a guided busway. This is the UK's busiest railway path and generates over 2 million walking and cycling journeys per year. Sustrans is campaigning against the proposals and has pointed out that, whilst it is desirable to improve public transport in Bristol, it believes this is the wrong place for such a scheme.

The new Railway Herald website was launched last week, and brings a fresh look and a range of new features. By becoming a member, you can also now manage your subscription to the two Railway Herald magazines online: http://www.railwayherald.co.uk or http://www.railwayherald.com

Issue 120 will be published on 15th February - there will be no issue on 8th February.

A new concept - the "tramtrain" (link from here): http://tinyurl.com/36kbv4

John Edgson (aka "Isinglass") has recently died. Details of the funeral and a facility for signing a guest book are on his website. His son Andrew advises that John's drawings will be made available again in due course: http://www.edgson.net/John/

New on trains of Europe: - Video: trams of Innsbruck - Video: trains in Innsbruck - Site navigation by means of Google Maps http://www.trainsofeurope.nl

A really 'cool' loco - a superconducting maglev model: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=TeS_U9qFg7Y

A cab ride on a US freight train. It goes on a bit and nothing exciting happens, but if you have 10 minutes to spare it is quite relaxing. Note the length of the passing freights and the umpteen level crossings: http://media.putfile.com/STJOE (Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Have a look around an Airbus A380 cockpit: http://www.gillesvidal.com/blogpano/cockpit1.htm

And Finally...

Heard on the London Underground (from Ralph Rawlinson): "Your delay this evening is caused by the line controller suffering from E&B Syndrome, not knowing his elbow from his backside. I'll let you know any further information as soon as I'm given any."


Train collides with footbridge knocked down by lorry, Barrow upon Soar: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/7221590.stm Pictures (click on 'Mini Galleries'): http://www.wnxx.com/

Lineside fire, Hereford: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hereford/worcs/7227658.stm

Ebbw Vale line opens: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/7226295.stm

Crossrail extension to Reading safeguarded: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7230375.stm

Jubilee train failure: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7230245.stm

France unveils super-fast train: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/1/hi/world/europe/7227807.stm

Described as a "stunt" - I think not: http://tinyurl.com/yum7tz

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Derek Gillkerson, Neil Kearns

TV and Radio

Sat Feb 09 1230-1330 Five 'Ice Road Truckers' Hauliers in Canada's frozen Northwest 3
Sat Feb 09 2340-0115 (D+1) BBC1 'Death Train' Another hijacked train movie...
Sun Feb 10 1745-1845 Channel 4 'Time Team' Excavating London's blitz
Mon Feb 11 1900-1930 BBC2 'The Twenties in Colour: the Wonderful World of Albert Kahn'
Mon Feb 11 1930-2000 Five 'How Do They Do It?' Fireworks
Tue Feb 12 2150-2200 BBC2 'Coast'
Wed Feb 13 1445-1500 BBC2 'Coast' Cromer
Wed Feb 13 1930-2000 BBC2 'Wainwright Walks' Catbells
Fri Feb 15 1930-2000 Five 'Massive Speed' Sports cars
Fri Feb 15 2000-2100 Five 'Ice Road Truckers' Hauliers in Canada's frozen Northwest 4


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 and also http://railwayherald.co.uk/railtours/
All details are correct to the best of my knowledge. No responsibility is taken for inaccuracies or changes.
Sat Feb 09 ? Newbury Model Railway Exhibition
Sat Feb 09 ? 'Railways Remembered' introduced by Rob Foxon
Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, Gloucestershire
Commences 2.30pm
Sat Feb 09 1100-1300 Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Railways in South Wales
A talk: From Coal to Commuters: Brunel's Taff Vale Inheritance
Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG 1100-1300
Admission: 12.00
Sat Feb 09 - Sun Feb 10 1000-1700 Redditch Model Railway Club Exhibition
Civic Suite, Redditch Town Hall, Alcester Street, Redditch 1000-1700 both days http://www.redditch-mrc.com
Sat Feb 09 - Sun Feb 10 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Wizard's Express http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk/events.htm
Wed Feb 13 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Wizard's Express http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk/events.htm
Sat Feb 16 1000-1700 Warminster & District Model Railway Group Exhibition
Assembly Hall, Western Car Park, Warminster, Wilts 1000-1700
Sat Feb 16 ? Tonbridge Model Railway Exhibition
Sat Feb 16 1000-1630 Scale (0) Rail - Bolton
Bolton School Arts & Conference Centre, Chorley New Road,
Bolton, BL1 4PA 1000-1630 http://www.alsrm.org.uk http://www.notgog.org.uk
Sat Feb 16 - Sun Feb 17 ? Churnet Valley Railway: 'Green Arrow' hauling trains http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk/events.htm
Sat Feb 16 - Mon Feb 18 1000-1730 Brighton Modelworld Exhibnition
The Brighton Centre, Brighton 1000-1730 each day
Free preserved bus service from station and town centre http://www.brightonmodelworld.com
Sat Feb 16 - Thu Feb 21 ? Swanage Railway: Half Term Fun Week http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/
Mon Feb 18 - Tue Feb 19 ? Churnet Valley Railway: 'Green Arrow' Driver Experience
Wed Feb 20 ? 'Railways Remembered' introduced by Rob Foxon
Benn Hall, Newbold Road, Rugby, Warwickshire
Commences 7.30pm
Thu Feb 21 1930 International Stationary Steam Engine Society
King Coal - Alan Hill
Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Rd, Quinton, Birmingham,
B32 2TW
Starts 1930 http://www.isses.org
Sat Feb 23 ? Kenavon Railway Museum Group Exhibition
The Warehouse, 1a Cumberland Road, Cemetery Junction, Reading http://www.postmaster.co.uk/~kenavon
Sat Feb 23 - Sun Feb 24 ? Solent Model Railway Group: Eurotrack
Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh
HPMRS member, Derek Gillkerson will be present with his New
Stanton Lees layout
Sat Feb 23 - Sun Feb 24 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1630(Sun) Carshalton & Sutton MRC: Leatherhead 2008
Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Surrey 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun) http://www.ukonline.co.uk/c-s-mrc
Sat Feb 23 - Sun Feb 24 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Winter Steam Gala 4771 'Green Arrow', Super D 49395, 4F 44422, S160 5197, 4MT 80098 http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk/events.htm
Sat Feb 23 - Sun Feb 24 1000-1700 New Mills & District Railway Modellers Exhibition
Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, Long Lane, Chapel, Derbyshire 1000-1700 both days http://www.nmdrm.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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