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


The postponed Meridian TV series "Along These Lines", produced by Platform 14 Ltd, will be broadcast from next month. This is a series of eight programmes looking at what became of some of the railways in southern England that were axed in the 1950s and 1960s. They will be shown on Sundays at 7.30pm as follows:

Programme 1: Castleman's Corkscrew (6/4/08) Programme 2: The Longmoor Military Railway (13/4/08) Programme 3: The Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway (20/4/08) Programme 4: The Hawkhurst Branch (27/4/08) Programme 5: The Meon Valley Railway (4/5/08) Programme 6: The East Kent Railway (11/5/08) Programme 7: The Sprat & Winkle Line (18/5/08) Programme 8: The Isle of Wight (25/5/08)

If you are not in the Meridian ITV region, but have Sky, you can manually add Meridian to your digibox: - Bring up the Services menu and choose option 4 "System Setup", then option 4 again "Add Channels". - Type in the frequency "10891H", symbol rate "22.0" and FEC "5/6". - Choose "Find Channels" and the list of channels being broadcast by that transponder appears. - Highlight the name and press the yellow button for all the ones you want to add to your list. - Press the "Select" button to save your choices - your selected channels are now be available under the "Other Channels" option on the "Services" menu. You can save up to 50 channels in this way. All regional variations are available, for details, go to: http://www.wildsat.com/astra.htm

For those who don't live in the SE or have Sky it might be possible to watch it on the Meridian website: http://www.itvlocal.com/meridian/

There is also a separate series on disused railways to be broadcast on the BBC. This one will be national in scope and the production team are currently up in Scotland exploring various routes that have been suggested by the Railway Ramblers. Filming starts in early April, on about the same day that the Meridian series first goes on air. The production company contracted to the BBC is Skyworks Ltd. http://www.railwayramblers.org.uk

Graeme Bickerdike's excellent "Forgotten Relics of an Enterprising Age" goes from strength to strength: http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/index.html

As does "Lost Railways of West Yorkshire" which includes contributions from Graeme: http://www.lostrailwayswestyorkshire.co.uk/

RAIB report: Tube train driven in the wrong direction, Camden Town, Northern Line: http://tinyurl.com/yo7elk (Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Ralph Rawlinson advises that North Tyneside Council has produced a series of leaflets on waggonways in its area. "North Tyneside Waggonways" is a large free pack containing eight leaflets covering Tynemouth, Backworth, Biodiversity Park, Burradon, Holywell Dene, Rising Sun, Royal Quays, Seaton Burn.

Write to: Environment, Regeneration & Housing Directorate, Council Office, Harvey Combe, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 6WH http://www.northtyneside.gov.uk

Alternatively you can view or download pdf files from: http://www.waggonways.co.uk

Have a passion for road traffic signals in the north-west of England? Then here's the site for you... http://northwesttrafficsignals.fotopic.net/ (Spotter: Nick Wheat)

And finally... heard on the London Underground (from Ralph Rawlinson):

During an extremely hot rush hour on the Central Line, the driver announced in a West Indian drawl, "Step right this way for the sauna ladies and gentlemen, unfortunately towels are not provided."


ECML dispute: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7293500.stm

Narrow escape as train hits tree: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7291653.stm

Gales affect train services: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7291239.stm

Containers blown of trains by high winds: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7272373.stm RAIB initial report: http://tinyurl.com/37bbnw

Proposal to demolish Brunel building in Totnes: http://www.totnesonline.com/brunel/Brunel_Totnes_press_release.pdf

Petition to the Office of the PM concerning Rev Awdry's stories: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Thomas-the-Tank/

Nuneaton and Bedworth Rail Users Group upset by Virgin: http://www.nbrug.org.uk/

Centenary celebrations for Calstock Viaduct: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/7272707.stm

Work starts on Lothian Tram system in central Edinburgh: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7271165.stm

Waverley Route rebuilding costs increase: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/7277768.stm

I hate First Great Western blog: http://ihatefirstgreatwestern.blogspot.com/

Wirksworth-Idridgehay reopening: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/7282822.stm http://tinyurl.com/3abv2u http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lBRtub4OCY http://www.evr.fotopic.net/c1471361_1.html http://tinyurl.com/3dsgo3 http://tinyurl.com/37kecv

Darlington Museum re-launches as "Head of Steam": http://tinyurl.com/yoorkn

Going loco in Stratford (East London): http://tinyurl.com/yv2993

Fire at Bowes railway museum: http://tinyurl.com/2dgoww

Severn Valley Railway re-opening: http://www.shropshirestar.com/2008/03/06/railway-repairs-come-to-end/

Translink (Northern Ireland) fare increases: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7291907.stm

Level crossing accident Ballymena: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7274467.stm

Increased investment in Indian Railways: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7265287.stm

Flotation of shares by China Rail Construction for line to Tibet: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7268877.stm

Fatal train fire in Bulgaria: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7270374.stm

QE2 & QV meet at Sydney Habour: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/asia_pac_ships_in_royal_rendezvous/html/1.stm

Ship breaks free from moorings and demolishes cranes at Felixstowe: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/7272408.stm

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps

TV and Radio

Sat Mar 15 1400-1540 BBC2 'Strangers on a Train' 1951 Hitchcock movie
Sat Mar 15 1810-1910 BBC2 'Coast' Liverpool to Carlisle
Sun Mar 16 1100-1150 Five 'Megastructures' The USS Ronald Reagan
Sun Mar 16 1710-1900 BBC2 'Raise the Titanic' 1980 movie
Mon Mar 17 1900-1930 BBC2 'Wainwright Walks' Haystacks
Mon Mar 17 1930-2000 Five 'How Do They Do It?' In-flight refuelling
Tue Mar 18 2000-2100 Five 'Monster Moves' Moving a loco from S Africa to Glasgow
Tue Mar 18 2150-2200 BBC2 'Coast' Wrecks off the Cornish Coast
Wed Mar 19 1400-1415 BBC2 'Coast' Saltburn-on-Sea
Fri Mar 21 1930-2000 BBC2 'Wainwright Walks' Blencathra
Fri Mar 21 1730-1900 Five 'Airplane' 1980 spoof disaster movie


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.
Thu Mar 13 - Sun Mar 16 ? West Somerset Railway: Spring Steam Gala http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Sat Mar 15 1000-1600 Winchester Book Fair 2nd hand, rare, antiquarian and collectable books, maps, etc
The Saxon Suite, Winchester Guildhall 1000-1600
Sat Mar 15 - Sun Mar 16 ? Kent & East Sussex Railway: Southern Branch Line Weekend http://www.kesr.org.uk/
Sat Mar 15 - Sun Mar 16 0930-1700(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) Nottingham East Midlands Model Railway Exhibition
Harvey Hadden Sports Complex, Wigman Road, Bilborough 0930-1700 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.nottingham-modelrailway.org.uk
Sun Mar 16 1000-1630 Talyllyn Model Railway Exhibition
Ferneham Hall, Fareham
HPMRS member, Derek Gillkerson will be present with his
Zwiesboden layout 1000-1630
Fri Mar 21 - Mon Mar 24 ? Swanage Railway: Easter Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/
Fri Mar 21 - Mon Mar 24 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Easter Open Days http://www.e-v-r.com/
Fri Mar 21 - Tue Mar 25 ? Midland Railway Centre: Easter Trains http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk
Sat Mar 22 - Mon Mar 24 ? Peak Rail: Easter Extravaganza http://www.peakrail.co.uk/
Sat Mar 22 - Mon Mar 24 1000-1700 York Model Railway Show
Knavesmire Stand, York Racecourse, York 1000-1700 all days http://www.yorkshow.freeserve.co.uk
Sun Mar 23 - Mon Mar 24 ? Leawood Pumphouse Steaming Weekend
Cromford Canal, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk
Fri Mar 28 ? The Century Theatre, Coalville, Leicestershire 'Midland Journey' - an evening of archive short films from the
Media Archive for Central England
Includes Leicestershire cricket team v Australia 1921, The
Royal Show (in Leics) 1924, Agriculture 1944 and Mining Review
Donisthorpe Colliery 1951, Coleorton Hall Mineworkers Gala 1959, Snibston Colliery's closure
Programme commences 7.30pm, admission £2.50, licensed bar and safe parking
Sat Mar 29 1000-1700 Wessex Narrow Gauge Modellers - Narrow Gauge South
Sparsholt College, Nr Winchester, SO21 2NF 1000-1700
Sat Mar 29 ? Solent Railwayana Auctions
Wickham Community Centre, Mill Road, Wickham http://www.solentrailwayana.com/
Sat Mar 29 - Sun Mar 30 1000-1730(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) London Festival of Railway Modelling
Alexander Palace, London 1000-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.brmodelling.co.uk
Sat Mar 29 - Sun Mar 30 ? Midland Railway Centre: DMU Gala http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.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 2008.

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