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More things culled from RAILDATE up to 14/04/00, plus anything else that's come my way.
It runs to just over 6400 pages and includes loco number history for the entire diesel and electric fleet as well as allocation history from about 1981 to the present day. In addition disposal details are provide for about 85% of the fleet:
Want to drive the unique Clayton Class 17 diesel?
Roaring Forties Website now has another half hour of thrash!
The Fifty Fund Website has been updated again!
World of Deltic:
I've managed to encode a bit of real video and up load it to my web site. It's of the now long past railtour "The Deltic Deliverance" back in Nov '96:
Those were the days - 55019 pulled into King's Cross at 12:00 on Sunday with no less than 14 Mk1s on the Newcastle - London foot-ex!
A couple more updates including new photos of D5054 (Class 24) and D1501 (Class 47) and 1 new/1 archive recording of D5054:
There are also a few pictures at:
Photographs of Cambrian Weekend now at:
Bookstore, downloads, new CD containing 80 model buildings for only £10:
Doncaster's "secret" railway museum is known these days as the Hallcross Tower Museum because it's in the clock tower of Hallcross School, formerly the Doncaster Grammar School. The museum was started back in the 1950s when there was an active railway society at the Grammar School, and a busy model railway layout in the clock tower. The model railway has now gone and all the wall space, and indeed floor space, is taken up by 12 inch to the foot scale railwayana.
The range is vast. Cream of the crop are locomotive nameplates from an astonishing assortment of engines, humble shunters to mighty Kings. Then there are builders plates, wagon number plates, signal plates, Stop Look And Listen plates. And there are block bells and indicators, signal box diagrams, station totems, station lamps with names stencilled on, an array of mounted carriage side coats of arms. There are bits of signals with a variety of finials on display, no end of rail chairs from different companies at different dates, a selection of luggage rack mountings, compartment photographs and posters, gas light fittings, the funny louvre things that went over the drop light in carriages to admit air (all different, from different companies), bits of novelty point rodding, bits of bridge rail. Paperwork and printed books go back to the 1850s. Local events like the 1887 Hexthorpe crash are covered with contemporary editions of the "Illustrated London News" (which managed not only illustrations of the aftermath, but also of the terrifying two minutes beforehand as one train bore down on the other - you'd think the illustrator would have done something more practical than drawing it, really, like waving a red petticoat at the driver or something...).
If you are trying to restore an item of rolling stock, this is a great place to check out for original items from which you can make patterns or replicas. The people at Ingrow on the KWVLR have used it to help with their carriage restoration work.
The museum is very difficult to get to as it involves climbing up a steep spiral staircase and then treading gingerly over a mass of railway ironmongery while dodging overhanging nameplates and oil lamps, and it cannot take more than about 6 people at a time - there just isn't room. But it is open to the public in fits and starts, generally on alternate Thursday evenings, or by special arrangement with the curator, Tony Peart. He can be contacted on +44 (0) 1302 349050 and welcomes enquiries from gricers and collectors of railwayana.
BJC & Mr T's East Anglia Rail Pages:
Over 200 transport plans for London:
includes Oxford Road station in its field of view: a train standing in Platform 3 or 4 should be visible in the angle of view as it stands today, if rather small - try it at 15.48 to see if you can spot a Class 37!
There are so many things going on it's a major job fitting them in and keeping track. We've included a couple of pictures of the photo-spot situation outside Holyhead now some bridges have been demolished, all the info fit to print about Steam special, Loco naming, Rugby trains, the Colwyn Bay steam loco, Irish Ferry connections etc. and of course loads of great pictures of Class 37/4 locos!
A new mailing list has been set up for "England's most spectacular Main Line" at:
Get answers to submitted question on the work Railtrack LNE are carrying out:
e-mailing list webpage with links to lists of various railway mailing lists:
Sell your unwanted books, videos, railwayana, spare parts or other merchandise free of charge!
Heritage Railway magazine, which now has the biggest paid-for classified section in its field, is now offering FREE advertisements for private sales of items costing £100 and less.
Full details and the necessary coupon are contained in the new March edition and also on the website which also features late-breaking news and updates.
Steam Railway & Military History Books 17 Brooke Place Norwich NR1 3EX
Will this ever replace Mr Beck's masterpiece?
This exchange appeared recently on the Historical Model Railway Society mailing list.
I'm new to the HMRS, so I'm afraid I'm about to ask some questions which you have all probably heard before. I'm interested in whether anyone has investigated producing fonts from railway companies in computer form. In the States many people produce custom 'decals' using a particular inkjet printer called the ALPS (this is popular because it can print in white) and blank transfer sheets. This can be very beneficial for producing transfers for PO wagons, and for wagon numbers. It has severe limitations in producing multi-coloured transfers, and I would intend to use it mostly for
1. Scales where fewer transfers are available, e.g 2mm. 2. Specialised transfers, examples as above
In the States there is a site which contains such fonts:
but these are on a commercial basis. I would much prefer to see such things available in the public domain.
Best prices for Hornby track:
Good for used Hornby. They have quite a good selection and a great website:
or the more general...
Based on building a worldwide railway:
...has moved to:
Contains a comprehensive photolog of (almost) every loco in Britain working since 1994, Depot Directory, Locomotive Diagrams, Diagram Downloads, Rail Mailing Lists and a whole load more:
Details and booking forms are available on the Website for tours in May and June:
...has now been moved to:
Web page update includes articles on 47 299 the alleged jinxed locomotive and The Folklore Of The Settle-Carlisle Line:
British Railways Photos 1959-85:
More good photos:
Photo Website (and now contains sound files):
Photos from Chris Davis, Ian Cowley, John C. Baker and Chris Burton:
SteamWeb - A photo collection of great British steam:
Photographs of short steam-hauled coal train and steam's return to Grassington:
The Phantasmagoria Rail Photo Galleries U.K. 2000 photo pages have been updated:
Photo gallery of U.K. steam in the 1960s:
UK Railways Gallery has moved from Xoom to its own domain:
A photo-diary of manic trip around the UK back in February when someone tried to visit 1000 stations in a week to raise money for charity:
Register of published photographs of railway stations in Great Britain and Ireland:
Recent auction results:
A report called "Shadow of the Titanic" and covering a day trip from Dublin to Cork and Cobh on Saturday 8 April. Lots of General Motors power in evidence on passenger, freight and a railtour. Worth a visit (both the website and the place...) at:
Website update, including more photos and Natal Museum page added:
You can listen live to radio scanners for airplane, police, fire, and RAILROADS. The railroad choice then lets you link to live cameras at such places as the Tehachapi Loop.
A listing of preserved trolleybuses:
Canal trips on a horse-drawn barge on the Grand Western Canal at Tiverton, Devon:
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