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Some of you might recall that Mike Williams, a member of HPMRS before his retirement, was researching the origins of locomotive names. The fruits of his research are now available as a series of books that Mike has published himself, and is selling via ebay.

British Pre-Grouping Railways is a series of 29 books that Mike has been researching the last 12 years. The series is based on the pre-grouping companies existing in 1923, including their own constituent companies as far back as far as 1825. The four major railways: SR, GWR, LNER and LMS, are also included in the series, as is BR.

All the books cover a similar format, giving a short introduction to each company, mainly concerned with the locomotive side of operations. There are extensive easily-readable tabular details of engine classes with key dates, wheel arrangements, CMEs, number in classes, etc. There are also tables of inherited locomotive classes from other companies and classes passed on at the Grouping. This information is arranged in different ways to give excellent cross referencing. Also included are a locomotive's genealogy and schematic maps of the companies? lines.

The prime part of the work is related to the companies named locomotives from 1825, and again this information is extensively cross referenced. Every book contains a glossary of all named locomotives from each company with an explanation of that name. This has been a fascinating part of Mike's research and answers the questions, who, what and where was the source of that name?

The prime table is an extract from his "Locomotive Names Database", which contains extensive details of over 9500 locomotive names, excluding industrial, colliery and Irish locomotives. This table includes numerous other facts, and also gives all the running numbers of each named locomotive, plus all the name changes of every engine.

Books in the series cover: G&SWR, GNoSR, LCDR, SER, SECR, LBSCR, NBR, Furness, NSR, GWR, LMS, GCR, HR, LYR, LNWR, MR, LMS, BR, LNER, SR, LSWR, CR, NER, HBR, GNR.

The books have been well received by customers, and you can see all of Mike's ebay items at: http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/bibbyline


As part of the celebrations marking IBM's 50 years at Hursley, Spitfire MkIX MH434 will be performing an aerobatic display at Hursley on Saturday at 4.00pm precisely (weather permitting). The time has to be that precise as Southampton Airport will be closed for the duration of the display! Details of the "Spit" and its owners are here: http://www.ofmc.co.uk/

Exactly 70 years ago yesterday, "Mallard" attained the world speed record for steam traction of 126 miles per hour. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/70-years-on-museum-celebrates.4244911.jp http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A14609333 http://www.wandleys.demon.co.uk/mallard.htm

A "veritable goldmine" of railwayana will be auctioned on Saturday 19th July 2008 at 11.00am at the Gartell Light Railway Centre, Templecombe, Somerset. Whoever the collector was seems to have had a real interest in the South-West, and indeed the LSWR in particular, so if you're a fan or collector, it would be well worth your time. There are LSWR WTTs from as early as 1860, many targets including Salisbury-West Moors, station and signalling paraphernalia (a pair of signal finials for your gateposts?) and other things too numerous to mention. Full details at: http://www.talismanauctions.co.uk/

There will be a small (free) exhibition on the Midland Railway and Hitchin in the Hitchin Museum from September to November. It will include images of various artefacts, plans and drawings from the Midland Railway Study Centre. There will also be a talk at the Museum on Thursday, 18th September 2008 at 8 pm. The title of the talk will be "The Midland Railway and its impact on Victorian Society".

In case you missed last Friday's Channel Five programmes on the APT, "Brits Who Made The Modern World", a video has been uploaded at: http://www.apt-e.org/film/Brits_APT-E.wmv

It is unedited, includes the adverts, and is around 52mb, but it was a good programme and worth watching.

Rob Speare's Bulleid Locomotives website: http://www.bulleidlocos.org.uk

A website dedicated to Healey Mills goods yard: http://www.healeymills.com/

Some interesting "mystery photos" at: http://www.krm.org.uk/mystery.htm

The whole train fare system is ridiculously illogical; which is why big savings come from hidden rules. Split ticketing is a classic example - a standard London to Penzance return costs 259, yet the train stops in Plymouth so instead buy four separate tickets (London to Plymouth; Plymouth to Penzance and vice-versa) and you can travel on the same train at the same time for 48. A guide to all the tricks has been totally re-researched and rewritten on the back of the recent changes to the fare structure: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-train-tickets

The best advice in there is never to use The Trainline site. It charges a booking fee *and* P&P! For no booking fee and no P&P, use: http://www.nationalexpresseastcoast.com/

(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Cross Country HST diagrams (a lot of ECS mileage...!) http://www.thejunction.org.uk/diag_xc_hst.html

East Midlands Trains News (including a Paxman Valenta day out to Scarborough): http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/EMTrains/AboutUs/News/

RAIB report on the collision with the gates at Lydney Town level crossing: http://tinyurl.com/53ddck

NRM charges 32.50 to see four A4s together: http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/nwh_gfx_en/ART58913.html

All aboard the American Express: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/jun/29/railtravel.usa

(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

The second phase of a 55M project to renew track and signalling through the centre of Lincoln will be completed this summer. Lincoln station will be closed from 19th July to 1st September 2008 to complete the installation of new track and signalling. Computer controlled coloured LEDs will replace the semaphore signalling and, at the same time, 22 sets of switches and crossings will be renewed. High Street Level Crossing will be converted to CCTV and the roadway decking renewed. (From the from Railway Herald)

The first scheme to be completed under Sustrans Connect 2 is the opening to walkers and cyclists of the Cat B listed Queen of the South Viaduct in Dumfries. This forms a missing link to the Maxwelltown Path (part of NCN7) along the initial part of the former "Port Road". These first three miles remained open until 1997 to serve the ICI Organics works at Maxwelltown and were only lifted in May 2006. To celebrate its opening Dumfries Running Club is organising an inaugural 5km Fun Run on Saturday 5th July 2008, starting at 10am. This event is supported by The South West of Scotland Transport Partnership (SWestrans). http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/7487823.stm

(Spotter: Ralph Rawlinson)

Lincoln area photos http://andyknowles.co.uk/

Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics briefing on Transport Photography: http://www.ciltuk.org.uk/download/transportphotography.pdf

(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

An enthusiasts' weekend will take place from Friday 18th to Monday 21st July 2008. The first MER trams of 2008 will run from Laxey to Ramsey following extensive relaying of the track beteen these two points. Double heading will occur on the IOM Steam Railway, and a re-enactment of the last train from Douglas to Peel and return will take place, but to Port Erin, with authentic rolling stock and an unusual loco from 40 years ago. There will also be sunset trains to Snaefell summit, an East Coast Rail 'n' Cruise involving, train, ship and tram, and a tram trailer hauled by "Bertie" (a 100DL Ruston with a Gardner engine) from Laxey to Dhoon. I couldn't find much information on the Web, but these are good places to start: http://www.mers.org.im/ http://www.pleg.org.uk

The Model Railways On-Line "Video of the Month" for July is available for you to download and view. The subject is the Swanage Branch, filmed in 1963 (43Mb): http://www.mrol.com.au/

An online source for ABS kits, Wrightlines, IKB and others: http://www.keykits.net


Tube train scanners abandoned: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/06/26/train_tube_scanners_abandoned/

Crewe station to move South...? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7485745.stm

Tram derailment in Manchester: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/7480690.stm

RAIB interim report into tram derailment in Manchester: http://tinyurl.com/5owudq

New trams on order for Metrolink: http://tinyurl.com/5u85hy

New Zealand to re nationalise railway and ferry services: http://tinyurl.com/5j2q59

Trespass problems in South Wales: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/7478406.stm

Tyseley Locomotive Works steams into its second century: http://tinyurl.com/49mw5q

West Somerset Railway grinds the rails: http://tinyurl.com/4yxlua

75th anniversary of Liverpool (Speke) airport: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/7479146.stm

Landing at the wrong airfield: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/7483929.stm

Carbon fibre wings for Airbus A400: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/7473838.stm

SS Robin being moved for repairs: http://tinyurl.com/5e5g4m

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps

TV and Radio

Sat Jul 05 1715-1730 BBC2 'Coast' Dublin to Belfast
Sat Jul 05 2235-2430 BBC4 'The First of the Few' Spitfire designer RJ Mitchell
Sun Jul 06 1300-1330 BBC2 'Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone'
Sun Jul 06 1900-2000 BBC4 'The Secret Life of the Motorway' 3/3
Sat Jun 07 1930-2000 Five 'How Do They Do It?' Limestone quarrying
Wed Jul 09 1930-2000 Five 'Massive Speed' Speedboats
Fri Jul 11 1415-1500 BBC2 'Royal Air Force: Celebrating 90 Years' RAF Fairford


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.
Fri Jul 04 - Sun Jul 06 ? Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway: Summer Diesel Gala http://www.gwsr.com
Sun Jul 06 ? Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway: Transport Nostalgia Day http://www.gwsr.com
Sat Jul 05 - Sun Jul 06 ? Main Line Steam: Mallard World Speed Record 70th Anniversary http://www.steamdreams.com/content/view/42/58/
Sat Jul 05 - Sun Jul 06 ? Isle of Wight Railway: 1940s Weekend http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/
Sat Jul 05 - Sun Jul 06 ? Train Collectors Society Sandy Exhibition 2008
Sandy Upper School, Sandy, Beds, SG19 1BL http://www.traincollectors.org.uk/
Sat Jul 05 - Sun Jul 06 ? Main Line Steam: Steam Dreams 'Coronation'
Celebrating the anniversary of Mallard's record-breaking run http://www.steamdreams.co.uk
Sat Jul 05 - Sun Jul 06 ? Leawood Pumphouse Steaming Weekend
Cromford Canal, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk
Sat Jul 05 - Sun Jul 06 ? Midland Railway Centre: Diesel & Steam Weekend http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk
Sun Jul 06 1000-1600 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
Admission free (donations welcome!) 1000-1600
Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in school grounds http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk
Sun Jul 06 ? Twyford Waterworks Models and Miniatures Day
Hazeley Road, Twyford, Hants
Includes HPMRS member Ian Griffiths with 'Watt Estate' http://www.twyfordwaterworks.co.uk
Sun Jul 06 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Children's Fun & Activity Day http://www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk
Mon Jul 07 ? Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch) 'Walking with Dinosaurs - GWR Broad Gauge'
A slideshow created by Ken Grainger to mark Brunel's bi-centenary in 2006
Start 8.00pm, 2 on the door
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery St, Sheffield S3 8GG http://www.theharlequinpub.co.uk
Sat Jul 12 1000-1600 Southampton Book Fair 2nd hand, rare, antiquarian and collectable books, maps, etc
St Anne's School, Carlton Road, Southampton 1000-1600
Wed Jul 12 - Sun Jul 13 ? Lymington Branch Celebrations
The plan is to operate a class 73 with 1498 (3-Cig) on the
Lymington branch all day Saturday
On Sunday, it should be class 73 + 1497 all day.
Sat Jul 12 1000-1700 Kidderminster Railway Museum Railway Photograph Fair 1000-1700 http://www.krm.org.uk
Sat Jul 12 - Sun Jul 13 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Summer Steam Gala http://www.steamtrain.co.uk/
Sat Jul 12 - Sun Jul 13 0900-1800 Romsey Signal Box Romsey Arts Festival
Admission free (donations welcome!) 0900-1800
Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in school grounds http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk
Sat Jul 12 - Sun Jul 13 ? Amberley Working Museum: Railway Gala Weekend
Includes HPMRS member Ian Griffiths with 'Watt Estate' http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/
Sat Jul 12 - Sun Jul 13 ? Guildford Steam Rally & Model Railway Exhibition
Stoke Park, London Road, Guildford http://www.gmes.org.uk/
Sat Jul 12 - Sun Jul 13 ? South Devon Railway: Military Vehicle Weekend http://www.southdevonrailway.org
Sat Jul 12 - Sun Jul 13 ? Midland Railway Centre: Narrow Gauge Railway Gala and Garden Railway & Modellers Weekend http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk
Sun Jul 13 ? Midland Railway Centre: Road Rally http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk
Fri Jul 18 - Mon Jul 21 ? Isle of Man Enthusiasts' Weekend
The first MER trams of 2008 will run from Laxey to Ramsey http://www.mers.org.im/ http://www.pleg.org.uk
Sat Jul 19 1100 Railwayana auction
Gartell Light Railway Centre, Templecombe, Somerset
Starts 1100
Large collection of items from South-West, mainly LSWR http://www.talisman-auctions.com/
Sat Jul 19 ? Midland Railway Centre: Real Ale Train http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk
Sat Jul 19 ? Peak Rail: Class 31 31270 operating http://www.peakrail.co.uk/
Sat Jul 19 - Sun Jul 20 ? Midland Railway Centre: Anything Goes Weekend and Garden Railway & Modellers Weekend http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk
Sat Jul 19 ? Peak Rail: Class 31 Running http://www.peakrail.co.uk/
Sat Jul 19 - Sun Jul 20 ? Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway: Vintage Train http://www.wllr.org.uk/
Sun Jul 20 ? Hamble Valley Model & Railway Show
Bursledon Brickworks, Coal Park Lane, Swanwick, So'ton
Includes HPMRS member Derek Gillkerson with 'New Stanton Lees' http://www.hampshirebuildings.org.uk/bursledon-brickworks.htm
Sun Jul 20 ? Mid Hants Railway: Bus Rally http://www.watercressline.co.uk/
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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(C) Howard Sprenger and Hursley Park Model Railway Society 2008.
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