HPMRS RAILDATE 18 Dec 09


News

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

This will be the last RAILDATE of 2009. Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year, and thank you for watching! The next issue will be on 8th January 2010.

As usual, this Christmas issue includes your bumper TV guide, and this year, the BBC is treating us to a season of Great Railway Journeys!

NETWATCH


Two websites on the Witney and East Gloucestershire line (aka the Fairford branch): http://www.martin.loader.btinternet.co.uk/Fairford_Branch.htm http://www.d.m.howse.btinternet.co.uk/homepage.html

Newcastle's Victoria Tunnel: http://www.newcastlecommunityheritage.org/content.php?level3_id=15&level2_id=5 http://www.victoriatunnel.info/Links.html

Old pictures of Reigate: http://www.oldreigate.com/

David Moore's Advent calendar - a new photo every day: http://david-moore.fotopic.net/c1787189.html

And David's Warley and Wigan pictures: http://david-moore.fotopic.net/c1792183.html

Oodles of railway history here: http://disusedtube.ning.com/


New-look websites for Chesterfield 123 Preservation Group: http://chesterfield123.freehostia.com

And also for Transpire (Chesterfield Bus Society): http://www.transpirebus.org.uk

(Spotter: Nick Wheat)


Eddie Hall has started a new community website for the scale model enthusiast. As an enthusiast himself, he is keen to network with like- minded people, and to build a community to bring lots of people together to create public profiles, share photos, announce exhibitions, have discussions on forums, possibly do a bit of business networking and to just generally communicate. http://www.scalemodeller.com/

Useful labels and decals for model railways: http://www.precisionlabels.com/


Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

London Underground Because upgrading the Jubilee Line has fallen behind schedule, it is to be closed at weekends until Easter 2010 when it will be closed for four days.

Clapham Junction In order to relieve congestion in the station subway, it is planned to reopen the Brighton Yard entrance on St John's Hill. Wandsworth Council is to contribute 300,000 towards the 1.5M cost, and work could start in 2010 once passenger lifts have been installed.

Bucks Work on the western section of the east-west railway project, that would link Oxford and Aylesbury to Milton Keynes, has been delayed by three years.

Skegness Efforts to move the former SMs house brick-by-brick to Skegness Water Leisure Park (home of the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway) have foundered because local authorities have declined to give grants. Network Rail wants to clear the site to build a new station entrance.

The Weardale Railway In November, finishing touches were being made to connect it to the national network at Bishop Auckland making a total run of 18.7 miles to Eastgate. The first through passenger excursion from London is booked for 19th February 2010. The site of the former Blue Circle cement works at Eastgate is being converted into business units with a new temporary passenger halt to be built ahead of a more permanent structure.

Furness Line Action Group FLAG, is the Rail User Group representing the interests of users of the Furness and West Cumbria Lines between Preston and Workington. The group campaigns to protect, promote and improve rail services over the route. FLAG was formed in 1985, has a membership of around 230, including 18 corporate members and produces a three-times yearly newsletter. For further details, email furnessline.actiongroup (at) btopenworld.com

Wiltshire On 28th October, Transport Minister Chris Mole revealed that, if certain conditions were met, funds previously allocated to the Westbury bypass, could be relocated to the Swindon-Kemble redoubling.

Airdrie-Bathgate Reopening Test trains are due to run on the reopened and electrified Airdrie- Bathgate line in August 2010 with passenger services planned for December that year. Track laying is due to start in January whilst work has started on the new stations at Bathgate and Drumgelloch and on the platforms at Armadale and Caldercruix.

France-Spain In a few years time trains between Paris and Madrid will be completing the journey in under six hours. 2012 is possible if RENFE complete the HS link between Barcelona and Figuera although north of the border, SNCF have yet to start work on the Perpignan-Montpellier section.

Italy Italian Railways adopt new schedules on 14th December 2009 with the 360 miles between Milan and Rome further accelerated to under three hours.

China With China seemingly starting to build or opening a new high speed line every month, it is unusual that one with a maximum speed of 75mph opened on Sunday 6th December 2009. Located in west China, it is called the Second Urumqi-Jinghe Line, and runs 237 miles linking Urumqi the capital of the Xinjiang Region and Jinghe county. Jinghe is also linked to Horgos, Alataw Pass and ports on the China-Kazakhstan border by two other railways. One starts from Jinghe and ends at Horgos. The other runs from Urumqi through Jinghe to Alataw Pass: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-12/07/content_12601538.htm


And finally... British Pathe Corner...

Sir Nigel Gresley on a rolling rail test bed: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=51259


IN THE NEWS

Alnmouth to Alnwick railway line planning application submitted: http://tinyurl.com/yaxovu2

HS1 domestic services started on 13 December: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/8410452.stm

Queen lets the train take the strain on way to Sandringham http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/17/queen-train-travel-sandringham

RAIB report into North Rode accident: http://tinyurl.com/ycacq8d

Improved EMT timetable from 13 December: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/8409663.stm

East Anglia train services get back on track: http://cli.gs/SpB7e

Rail firm 'working hard' on Newport footbridge work: http://cli.gs/7tuqy

Somerset county council urged to buy railway land: http://cli.gs/BYE0b

Gravesend commuters experience first day of high-speed rail travel: http://cli.gs/Bm4Xv

Cable thefts in East Anglia: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/8409487.stm http://cli.gs/eLEH8

Windsor Link Railway: http://windsorlink.co.uk/default.aspx

Changes to Circle Line: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8410454.stm

Works in progress at tractor crash crossing: http://cli.gs/0S54v

Gourock land deal welcomed: http://cli.gs/A9681

Harry Potter station set for face-lift: http://tinyurl.com/yd6s9fa

The Orient Express reaches the buffers: http://tinyurl.com/ydapf7b

Isle of Man "Ultimate Driving Experience": http://www.gov.im/lib/news/tourism/discovertheultim.xml

Deutsche Bahn gets green light for Eurotunnel use: http://tinyurl.com/ybwsetv

Belgrade-Sarajevo railway reopens after 17 years: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8410465.stm

Sad decline of the Tanzanian railway system: http://www.thisday.co.tz/?l=10456

Revival of Philippines railway system to spur development of Panay: http://tinyurl.com/y9hecr2

The future of railways in Mongolia: http://djargal.blogspot.com/2009/12/eighty-five.html

Edinburgh Hospital tram route may be revived: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/8407657.stm

Passengers hurt as bus overturns: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8415726.stm http://tinyurl.com/ylr8kgl

Door to Door bus service in mid Wales: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/8406558.stm

Chip oil powered bus in Bristol: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/8414280.stm

Milestone for Portland Coastguard helicopter: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8409828.stm

A400M maiden flight: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8407805.stm

EasyJet to fly from Doncaster: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/south_yorkshire/8406039.stm

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Richard Maund, Reg Nerps, Ralph Rawlinson


TV and Radio

Sat Dec 19 1410-1430 BBC2 'Coast'
Sun Dec 20 1900-2000 BBC2 'James May's Toy Stories' The Lego house
Mon Dec 21 0900-0950 BBC2 'Great Railway Journeys' Calcutta to Rajasthan
Mon Dec 21 1600-1700 BBC2 'Coast' Whitstable and the Isle of Wight
Mon Dec 21 1700-1800 BBC2 'James May's Toy Stories' Full-size Airfix Spitfire
Tue Dec 22 0855-0945 BBC2 'Great Railway Journeys' Granada to Salamanca
Tue Dec 22 1600-1700 BBC2 'Coast' France's North Coast
Tue Dec 22 1700-1800 BBC2 'James May's Toy Stories' The Plasticine garden
Wed Dec 23 0900-0950 BBC2 'Great Railway Journeys' Tokyo to Kagoshima
Wed Dec 23 1550-1650 BBC2 'Coast' Cornwall
Wed Dec 23 1650-1750 BBC2 'James May's Toy Stories' The Meccano bridge
Thu Dec 24 0900-0950 BBC2 'Great Railway Journeys' Mexico, east to west
Thu Dec 24 1130-1150 BBC2 'Coast'
Thu Dec 24 1645-1745 BBC2 'James May's Toy Stories' Scalextric at Brooklands
Fri Dec 25 0900-0950 BBC2 'Great Railway Journeys' Cuba
Fri Dec 25 1900-2000 BBC2 'James May's Toy Stories' Hornby trains in North Devon
Sat Dec 26 1450-1820 Five 'The Titanic' Feature-length drama
Sun Dec 27 1535-1635 BBC2 'Coast' Cork to Dublin
Sun Dec 27 1845-1945 BBC2 'James May's Toy Stories' Hornby trains in North Devon
Mon Dec 28 0900-0950 BBC2 'Great Railway Journeys' Senegal to Mali
Mon Dec 28 1150-1250 BBC2 'Coast' North Wales
Tue Dec 29 0900-0955 BBC2 'Great Railway Journeys' Northern England & Scotland
Tue Dec 29 1240-1340 BBC2 'Coast' The Inner and Outer Hebrides
Wed Dec 30 0900-0955 BBC2 'Great Railway Journeys' Unknown subject!
Wed Dec 30 1240-1340 BBC2 'Coast' The Arctic Circle
Wed Dec 30 2000-2100 BBC2 'James May's Toy Stories' The Lego house
Wed Dec 30 2100-2200 BBC2 'Three Men Go to Ireland' Ireland's inland waterways 1/2
Wed Dec 30 2105-2230 BBC4 'Micro Men' Dramatisation of the Sinclair/Acorn story
Thu Dec 31 0900-0955 BBC2 'Great Railway Journeys' The Hejaz Line
Thu Dec 31 1235-1335 BBC2 'Coast' Britain's global sea trade
Thu Dec 31 1330-1535 ITV1 'Murder on the Orient Express' 1974 feature film
Fri Jan 01 0855-0945 BBC2 'Great Railway Journeys' Africa
Fri Jan 01 1450-1650 ITV1 'The Railway Children' Recent TV version
Fri Jan 01 1905-2005 C4 'The Italian Job' The original and best
Fri Jan 01 2000-2100 BBC2 'Three Men Go to Ireland' Ireland's inland waterways 2/2

Events

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 Dec 19 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Festive Dining Evening http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 26 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Yuletide Boxing Day Lunch Train http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 26 - Sun Dec 27 ? Mid Hants Watercress Line: WW2 Christmas Leave http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Dec 26 - Mon Dec 28 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Mince Pie Specials http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 26 - Thu Dec 31 ? Swanage Railway: Mince Pie Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 26 - Sun Jan 03 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Day Out with Underground Ernie http://www.steamtrain.co.uk/
Sun Dec 27 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Mince Pie Winter Warmer http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sun Dec 27 - Mon Dec 28 ? Dean Forest Railway: New Year Mince Pie Specials http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Tue Dec 29 - Wed Dec 30 ? West Somerset Railway: Winter Steam Festival http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Wed Dec 30 ? Churnet Valley Railway: New Year Special http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Thu Dec 31 - Fri Jan 01 ? The Battlefield Railway: Mince Pie Specials http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Fri Jan 01 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Hangover Specials http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Fri Jan 01 ? Dean Forest Railway: New Year Mince Pie Specials http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Fri Jan 01 - Sun Jan 03 ? Mid Hants Watercress Line: New Year Running http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Jan 02 - Sun Jan 03 ? Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust Model Railway Exhibition
The Village Hall, Edington, Somerset
Sat Jan 02 - Sun Jan 03 ? Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Winter Steam-up http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Jan 16 0930-1700 Astolat MRC Model Railway Exhibition
Methodist Church Hall, Woodbridge Rd, Guildford, GU1 4RB 0930-1700 http://www.astolatmrc.co.uk
Sat Jan 16 - Sun Jan 17 ? Mid-Hants Railway: Freight Weekend http://www.watercressline.co.uk/
Sat Jan 16 - Sun Jan 17 1000-1800(Sat) 1000-1700(Sun) St Albans Model Railway Exhibition
Alban Arena, Civic centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD 1000-1800 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun) http://www.cmra.org.uk/
Sat Jan 16 - Sun Jan 17 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Exhibition
Stonleigh Park Exhibition Centre, Coventry, CV8 2LZ 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun) http://www.lwmrs.co.uk/
Sat Jan 23 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Burns Night Dining Car Meal http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk

Santa Specials

Sat Dec 19 - Sun Dec 20 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Santa Specials http://www.steamtrain.co.uk/
Sat Dec 19 - Sun Dec 20 ? Swanage Railway: Santa Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 19 - Sun Dec 20 ? Bluebell Railway: Santa Specials http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Sat Dec 19 - Sun Dec 20 ? Colne Valley Railway: Steam with Santa http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 19 - Sun Dec 20 ? Dean Forest Railway: Santa Specials http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 19 - Sun Dec 20 ? Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Santa by Steam http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 19 - Sun Dec 20 ? The Battlefield Railway: Santa Specials http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Dec 19 - Sun Dec 20 ? Peak Rail: Santa Specials http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Dec 19 - Sun Dec 20 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Santa & Steam http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 19 - Sun Dec 20 ? Foxfield Railway: Santa Specials http://www.foxfieldrailway.com/
Sat Dec 19 - Sun Dec 20 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Santa Specials http://www.e-v-r.com/
Sat Dec 19 - Thu Dec 24 ? Mid Hants Watercress Line: Santa Specials http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sat Dec 19 - Thu Dec 24 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Santa Specials http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Sat Dec 19 - Thu Dec 24 ? Kirklees Light Railway: Santa Specials http://www.kirkleeslightrailway.com
Sun Dec 20 ? Barrowhill Roundhouse Santa Steam Trains http://www.barrowhill.org/events.htm
Tue Dec 22 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Santa Specials http://www.steamtrain.co.uk/
Tue Dec 22 - Wed Dec 23 ? Colne Valley Railway: Steam with Santa http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Tue Dec 22 - Thu Dec 24 ? Swanage Railway: Santa Specials http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Wed Dec 23 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Santa by Starlight http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Wed Dec 23 - Thu Dec 24 ? Bluebell Railway: Santa Specials http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Wed Dec 23 - Thu Dec 24 ? Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Santa by Steam http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Wed Dec 23 - Thu Dec 24 ? Peak Rail: Santa Specials http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Wed Dec 23 - Thu Dec 24 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Santa & Steam http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Wed Dec 23 - Thu Dec 24 ? Foxfield Railway: Santa Specials http://www.foxfieldrailway.com/
Thu Dec 24 ? Dean Forest Railway: Santa Specials http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Thu Dec 24 ? The Battlefield Railway: Santa Specials http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Cheers, Howard. editor (at) raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
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