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


Brighton Belle restoration project: http://brightonbelle.com

The Electrical Multiple Unit Preservation Society: http://www.emups.org.uk

The Hampshire Chronicle has a number of historical items from its files, including Winchester Chesil in 1962, a report on the final day of Meon Valley line and a fire safety warning on an oil train at Winchester: http://www.nqsouthern.com/digitalpublication/digitalpublications/index.cfm?dpid=231 (Spotter: Neil Kearns)

BBC Radio 3's 'Between the Ears' series last Saturday was called "Vapourtrain", and looked at how the C19th railway helped to reshape perceptions of time and space. It features interviews with Wolfgang Schivelbusch. Might not be here for much longer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/betweentheears/

Wolfgang Schivelbusch...? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Schivelbusch

BBC News report about the maroon (?) 8F loco's first outing on Peak Rail tracks (might not be here for long): http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/8063168.stm

The YouTube clips will be there for longer - here's a starter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9esteGCXjU

Also at Peak Rail, the original Darley Dale footbridge that is in danger of being scrapped having lain unused at the Midland Railway Trust for many years, could return to its original home. It has been estimated that the restoration of the bridge will cost in the region of 40,000. A video of how the bridge would look has been put together: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SkCOR-KZj8

The Waiting Room Holiday Cottage, Cromford station, Derbyshire: http://www.cromfordstationwaitingroom.co.uk/

(Spotters: Richard Buckby, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps, Nick Wheat)

Article on the BBC Bristol website about the Portishead branch: http://tinyurl.com/q7wq45

Electric traction - Albanian style (obviously quite safe...!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unhXEQQk8G8 (Spotter: Richard Buckby)

The Dutch Museumstoomtram at Hoorn-Medemblik, is the sister organisation of the Bluebell Railway. The website has a delightful video of the steam railway in operation, including shots of the goods & postal services. http://www.museumstoomtram.nl/stoomtram/ENGELS/homeEng.html

Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Winchester The 33-arch Hockley Viaduct escaped being blown up by the Army in the 1980s, but has struggled ever since to find a purpose in life. The structure is basically sound, but vandals have damaged the parapets (where the brickwork needs re-pointing), while the trackbed needs clearing of vegetation. Now civic chiefs are talking informally to Sustrans about using the viaduct as part of a 1.5 mile cycle trail from Bar End to Hockley roundabout, where a new park and ride facility is being built. Apart from securing the future of the viaduct, this proposal would also bring a section of the former Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway back into use. At Bar End, the DNSR goods shed survives in industrial use, while the tunnel now accommodates a road used by Winchester City's existing Park & Ride bus service. http://tinyurl.com/pezts2

West Midlands The level crossing carrying the B4157 over the busy Stour Valley line at Tipton station can be closed for 45 mins in the hour. Over Easter a tunnel was jacked in sideways under the line and should be open for road traffic in 2010. http://tinyurl.com/ps4xbw

Cotswold Line The result of passenger surveys, to be carried out from Hanborough to Pershore and on the link to Ledbury, will help mold the new timetable to be implemented once the redoubling is complete.

Oxford-Birmingham Line The former Shipton Quarry, a muddy 168-acre site on the west side of the Oxford-Birmingham line nr Woodstock (once earmarked for one of Britain's first eco-towns) is now to be used as a rail depot with warehouses and a 40-acre site for car storage/distribution.

Welsh Highland Railway A blaze which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to over 100 acres of forest was caused by a faulty ash pan. http://tinyurl.com/poal8x

Somerset/Dorset Website for the new Somerset & Dorset Railway: http://somersetanddorset.blogspot.com/

Austria The start of construction of the new Brenner base tunnel came a little closer on 18th May 2009 when the final go-ahead was signed by Germany, Austria and Italy. Passenger trains will run at 155mph through the 35-mile twin-bore tunnel with opening expected in 2025. http://tinyurl.com/q8vkoj

South Africa Metrorail's new Tshwane 2nd Business Express, a non-stop service from Johannesburg to Pretoria and back, is to be launched on 1st June 2009. http://www.railwaysafrica.com/

Saudi Arabia A Consortium that has pre-qualified to bid for the Haramain high speed railway between Mecca and Medina has warned that costs will rise following the Saudi Railway's decision to have four large terminal stations, with one smaller one adjoining Jeddah airport, instead of three large stations and two smaller ones. http://tinyurl.com/qdfzl7

Angola The reconstruction works of some 250 miles of railways linking Luanda and Malanje are in the concluding phase. http://tinyurl.com/qa8blo

China China plans to expand its urban rail system nearly fourfold as it aims to ease traffic congestion and boost economic growth. By 2015, 19 cities will have new rail systems totaling about 1300 miles: http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_382384.html


Record number of trains 'on time': http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/8067945.stm

Blackfriars redevelopment: http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/Content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=4384

Arts festival on Glasgow "Subway" http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8064351.stm

Fatality at Bradford on Avon: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wiltshire/8064872.stm

Fatality at New Milton: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/8066934.stm

Eastleigh 100 BBC report: http://tinyurl.com/nj3snk

Lineside fire on WHR: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/8067957.stm

75th Anniversary of Highland Royal Mail flights: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/8067978.stm

Spotters: David Ballantine, Neil Kearns

TV and Radio

Sat May 30 1100-1200 Five 'Helicopter Warfare' 3/4
Sun May 31 1330-1400 BBC Radio 4 'Britain in Their Sites' The Euston Arch debate
Tue Jun 02 1900-2030 BBC2 'Penelope Keith and the Fast Lady' A vintage car journey
Tue Jun 02 2000-2100 Five 'Helicopter Warfare' 4/4
Wed Jun 03 1930-2000 Five 'Mean Machines' World's largest tunelling machine
Thu Jun 04 1900-2000 BBC2 'Coast' The South coast
Fri Jun 05 1230-1255 C4 'Checking Into History' Art Deco at Burgh Island, Devon
Fri Jun 05 1930-2000 Five 'Top Trumps' World's biggest ships
Fri Jun 05 2200-2230 BBC2 'Britain's Best Drives' The Wye Valley


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 May 29 1930 LCGB Brighton Branch: Talk on Lewes Road (Kemptown line)
London Road Station, Brighton
Derek Osborne, a signalman who manned the Kemptown box will be talking about this particular branch line
Starts 1930
Fri May 29 - Sun May 31 ? Mid Hants Watercress Line: Diesel Gala http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Fri May 29 - Sat May 30 ? Dean Forest Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat May 30 1030-1500 Stoke-on-Trent Train & Toy Collectors Fair
Fenton Manor Sports Centre, City Road, Stoke, ST4 2RR 1030-1500
Sat May 30 - Sun May 31 ? Bodmin & Wenford Railway: The Changeover Years Gala http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat May 30 - Sun May 31 ? Welsh Highland Railway: Teddy Bears Picnic http://www.whr.co.uk
Sat Jun 06 1030-1700 Shaftsbury & Gillingham Railway Society Exhibition
Gillingham Primary School, School Lane, Gillingham, Dorset 1030-1700
Sat Jun 06 1030-1530 Reading Rail/Bus 2009 Railway/Bus Collectors Fair
Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading 1030-1530 http://www.tobaz.co.uk
Sat Jun 06 ? Dean Forest Railway: Steam Supper Evening http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Jun 06 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Singer Classic Car Display http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Jun 06 ? Gauge 0 Guild Summer Show
North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, HX3 6TE
Sat Jun 06 - Sun Jun 07 ? The Battlefield Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Jun 06 - Sun Jun 07 ? DEMU Showcase
Bretby Conference Centre, Ashby Road, Burton-upon-Trent
Sat Jun 06 - Sun Jun 07 ? Leawood Pump Steamings, Cromford Canal, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Sun Jun 07 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Alf Tunstall Classic Bus rally http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sun Jun 07 1000-1600(followed by AGM) Romsey Signal Box Open Day
Admission free (donations welcome!) 1000-1600 (followed by AGM) ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in old school grounds http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk
Sun Jun 07 ? Middleton Top Engine Open Day (Static), Cromford, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Wed Jun 10 ? Rowsley Historical Railway Walk http://www.rowsleyassociation.org.uk
Sat Jun 13 ? SS Shieldhall Friends & Families Solent Cruise http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? Mid Hants Watercress Line: War on the Line http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 1000 South West Model Railway Show
Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, BA22 8HT
Doors open 1000 - usual museum entry prices apply http://www.fleetairarm.com
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? Colne Valley Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? Dean Forest Railway: Gala Weekend http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? The Battlefield Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? Foxfield Railway: Morris Minor Car Day http://www.foxfieldrailway.com/
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Teddy Bears Weekend http://www.e-v-r.com/
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 ? Crich Tramway Village: Folk Festival http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sat Jun 13 - Sun Jun 14 1000-1700 Bakewell Model Railway Show
Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire 1000-1700 both days http://www.wingfieldrailway group.co.uk
Sun Jun 14 ? Starwberries and Steam
Copythorne, Nr Cadnam, Hants
Sun Jun 14 ? SS Shieldhall Eastern Solent Cruise http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
Sun Jun 14 ? Ingfield Manor School Fete Day 10 1/4-inch miniature steam railway in grounds
Off A29 at Five Oaks near Billingshurst, West Sussex http://www.ingfieldlightrailway.co.nr/
Also visit the South Downs Light Railway, Pulborough http://www.sdlrs.com/
Cheers, Howard. editor at raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
Previous issues of Raildate are at: http://www.raildate.net
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 2009.
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