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The Great Western Railway Paddington Band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_drYv7IyEs

Politeness on the Underground (not!) http://www.jonathanmacdonald.com/?p=4024

(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

We've seen several claimants to the "World's Largest Model Railway" title, but perhaps this one has the strongest case: http://www.northlandz.com/ (Spotter: Terry Bye)

Fascinating report on the condition of the Cromford Canal's Butterley Tunnel: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/tina.cordon/Butterley%20Tunnel%20Survey.pdf

And another historic canal tunnel: http://www.standedge.co.uk/index.htm

Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

Birmingham Birmingham's New Street's £600m Gateway project to convert the 1960s station has begun. Platform 10 is no longer available for passengers and a tender has been advertised for the removal of the multi-storey car park. Thirty new escalators and 15 new public lifts are to be installed whilst the concourse will be three times bigger. When completed it will have double the present passenger capacity whilst eight entrances will provide better links through the station.

Wingerworth Part of the £172m reclamation and redevelopment of the former Avenue coking works between Chesterfield and Clay Cross includes plans for a new park-and-ride station at Wingerworth.

Leeds There is no access to Leeds station from the Granary Wharf area of the city and to rectify this, a futuristic southern entrance is to be built with completion expected in 2012. New stations are also planned at Kirkstall Forge, Apperley Bridge and Low Moor.

Eurotunnel Services Liberalisation of rail lines within the European Union from January 2010 means that Eurostar is likely to face a stiff challenge from other European operators. Deutsche Bahn is planning links from Frankfurt and Cologne whilst Air France is keen to introduce a high speed service to London.

Poland Poland's future rail network: http://polishrail.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/polands-future-railway-network/

Austria Austrian Federal Railways (OBB) claim that the double track 20 mile-long Koralm railway tunnel between Graz and Klagenfurt will be in operation by the end of 2020. It will form an important part of Trans-European transportation corridor VI stretching from the Poland's main industrial area to northern Italy. Construction of the tunnel's first stage on its Styrian side has already begun whilst the 12-mile long second stage, "the heart of the tunnel", would begin in the third or fourth quarter of 2010 with tendering for its third stage on the Carinthian side occurring next year. http://tinyurl.com/yjwcoxw

Albania Albania studying railway link to Kosovo: http://www.eciks.org/english/lajme.php?action=total_news&main_id=950

Cambodia A senior railway official has confirmed that work to repair the country's decrepit rail network is on track but construction of the vital Cambodian segment of a planned trans-Asia network is "years away" from beginning. http://khmernewstoday.blogspot.com/2009/10/rail-network-repairs-on-track.html

China/Nepal Nepal would like China to extend the Qinghai-Tibet Railway (connecting Beijing and Lhasa) to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. An extension from Lhasa to Shigatse in Tibet is scheduled to be completed in 2010 and there are plans for a further extension from Shigatse to Gaze, a border town of Nepal, 20 kilometres north of Kathmandu but construction will be difficult because the Himalayan Mountains lie between the two countries. http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90883/6784371.html

India Indian Railways has chalked out a comprehensive plan to build rail links with Nepal and Bhutan in an apparent bid to counter the recent Chinese move to build rail links in South Asia (see above). http://tinyurl.com/yk2vtkh

Standard gauge (4ft 8½ins) track is to be used for the first time in India on the second stage of the Delhi Metro. The new system is being expanded rapidly and will open in stages, starting this year with the 14-mile line to Delhi's international airport.

Indian Railways travel guide: http://www.ivebeenthere.co.uk/articles/india-railway-reader-tips.jsp

Virginia Virginia Railway Express (VRE) has chosen Keolis Rail Services America, an offshoot of the French company, to operate its trains from Fredericksburg and Manassas into downtown Washington. It gives the foreign-owned company a high-profile launching pad for its first US rail operations while abandoning Amtrak, which has run and maintained the trains since VRE began. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/64645922.html

And finally - Neil Kearns provides some background to the stranded tube cars shown last week: http://tinyurl.com/yg3krsh

The ex Jubilee line cars have been on the top of the NLL bridge abutments in Great Eastern Street for about 7 or 8 years. The new line in the background is the extended East London Line where it joins the former North London Railway Broad Street to Dalston Jn formation. The location is about 100 metres from the new bridge crossing Shoreditch High Street.


Rail closure plans unveiled for Christmas in Southampton: http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/4690261.Rail_closure_plans_unveiled/ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/8314298.stm http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/SWTrains/News/_southampton+tunnel200910.htm http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Content.aspx?id=4156

Explosives alert closes line through Stockport: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/8319319.stm

New "S" class stock delivered http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8317749.stm

Tour trains being 'damaged' by Scottish trees: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1445186?UserKey=

Millionth passenger on reopened Ebbw Vale line: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/8315327.stm

Spending the day with Swanage Railway volunteers: http://tinyurl.com/ykrta8p

Beyer Peacock photos online: http://emu.msim.org.uk/htmlmn/collections/online/search.php?type=images

Tram dispute in Nottingham: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/8313038.stm

Traffic reduction after Malahide bridge collapse: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8315508.stm

Possible investment in the Port Elizabeth-Avontuur narrow gauge line: http://www.theherald.co.za/herald/2006/11/24/news/n12_24112006.htm

Apple Express tourist trains: http://tinyurl.com/ykngsck

Further financial trouble for Vulcan XH558: http://www.vulcantothesky.org/

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, John McCrickard, Reg Nerps

TV and Radio

Sat Oct 24 1200-1230 Five 'Mean Machines' Submarines
Sat Oct 24 1900-1930 BBC4 'Art Deco Icons' 1/4 - Claridges Hotel
Sun Oct 25 1200-1230 Five 'Megastructures' Bridge-building technology
Mon Oct 26 1930-2000 Five 'How Do They Do It?' Warsash Maritime Academy
Mon Oct 26 2000-2100 BBC4 'The Twenties in Colour: the Wonderful World of Albert Kahn'
Tue Oct 27 2000-2100 BBC2 'James May's Toy Stories' Much hyped - looks good!
Tue Oct 27 2100-2200 BBC1 'Around the World in 80 Days' Trans-Siberian Railway
Wed Oct 28 1100-1130 BBC Radio 4 'M1 Magic' 50th anniversary of the M1
Wed Oct 28 1900-2000 BBC2 'Coast' Anglesey to Blackpool
Wed Oct 28 1930-2030 BBC4 'The Golden Age of Liners'
Wed Oct 28 2030-2100 BBC4 'Art Deco Icons' 2/4 - London Transport HQ
Wed Oct 28 2100-2200 BBC2 'Andrew Marr's the Making of Great Britain' 20th century
Wed Oct 28 2100-2200 BBC4 'High Flyers - How Britain Took to the Air'
Thu Oct 29 1930-2000 Five 'Building the Ultimate' Submarines
Thu Oct 29 1930-2000 BBC4 'Art Deco Icons' 2/4 - London Transport HQ
Thu Oct 29 2000-2100 Five 'Big, Bigger, Biggest' The Large Binocular Telescope
Thu Oct 29 2100-2200 BBC4 'The Men Who Built the Liners' Clydesbank shipyards
Fri Oct 30 0020-0145 BBC2 'The 39 Steps' 1935 Robert Donat version
Fri Oct 30 1900-2000 BBC2 'Andrew Marr's the Making of Great Britain' 20th century


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 Oct 23 - Sun Oct 25 ? Bluebell Railway: Giants of Steam http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Sat Oct 24 1000-1700 Beckenham & West Wickham MRC 'Model Railshow 2009'
St John's Church, Eden Park Avenue, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3JN 1000-1700 http://www.bwwmrc.co.uk/exhibitions/StJohn09/index.shtml
Sat Oct 24 ? The Battlefield Railway: Hallowe'en Bonfire Express http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Oct 24 ? Steam Rally for World Heritage Discovery Day
Silk Mill Museum, Derby http://tinyurl.com/yzo9tkj
Sat Oct 24 1400 Railway heritage walk around Derby station to include newly restored roundhouse and various other railway buildings for
World Heritage Discovery Day
Starts 1400 http://tinyurl.com/yzo9tkj
Wed Oct 24 1030-1630 West Wales 0 Gauge Group, Model Railway Exhibition
Community Education Centre (behind Library)
Furnace Road, Carmarthen SA31 1EU 1030-1630
Sat Oct 24 - Sat Oct 31 ? Swanage Railway: Family Fun Week http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 24 - Sun Nov 01 ? Mid Hants Watercress Line: Wizard Week http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sun Oct 25 ? Colne Valley Railway: Colne Valley Gala http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Sun Oct 25 1030-1500 Kidderminster Toy & Train Collectors Fair
Forest Glades Leisure Centre, Bromsgrove, Street, DY10 1PP 1030-1500
Sun Oct 25 - Fri Oct 30 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Wizard Week http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Thu Oct 29 1900 Talk on the Cromford & High Peak Railway Railway by Andy Pollock, Head
Ranger at Middleton Top for World Heritage Discovery Day
Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf starting at 1900 http://tinyurl.com/yzo9tkj
Fri Oct 30 - Sat Oct 31 ? Foxfield Railway: Hallowe'en Specials http://www.foxfieldrailway.com/
Fri Oct 30 - Sun Nov 01 ? Bluebell Railway: Wizard Weekend http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Fri Oct 30 - Sun Nov 01 ? Kirklees Light Railway: Halloween Ghost Trains http://www.kirkleeslightrailway.com
Sat Oct 31 ? Colne Valley Railway: Wizards Evening http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 31 ? Dean Forest Railway: Hallowe'en Ghost Trains http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 31 ? The Battlefield Railway: Hallowe'en Bonfire Express http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Oct 31 ? Churnet Valley Railway: The Ghost Train at Hallowe'en http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Oct 31 ? Crich Tramway Village: Starlight Halloween http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sat Oct 31 ? Welsh Highland Railway: Hallowe'en http://www.whr.co.uk
Sat Oct 31 - Sun Nov 01 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Day Out with Underground Ernie http://www.steamtrain.co.uk/
Sat Oct 31 - Sun Nov 01 ? Leawood Pump Steamings, Cromford Canal, Derbyshire
World Heritage Site Discovery Days http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Sun Nov 01 1000-1600 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
Admission free (donations welcome!) 1000-1600 ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in old school grounds http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk
Sun Nov 01 ? Guided walk around Cromford station by Glynn Waite for World
Heritage Discovery Day, starts 12noon http://tinyurl.com/yzo9tkj
Sat Nov 07 ? Mid Hants Watercress Line: Sponsored Walk http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sun Nov 08 1030-1700 Poole & District Model Railway Society Exhibition
Ashdown Technology College, Adastral Rd, Canford Heath, Poole,
Dorset, BH17 8RE 1030-1700
Wed Nov 11 1030 Remembrance Day Event at Marylebone Station 'Valour' will be in attendance - starts 10.30
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