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More things culled from RAILDATE up to 01/06/01, plus anything else that's come my way.
A website update with Y7 68088 at Snibston Colliey and new mainline steam photo's:
Some pictures of D9000 from the excellent Napier Neptune tour:
Deltic 55019 arrived at the Nene Valley and has already hauled a train on the railway. The DPS website has been updated and includes details of the loco's booked workings on the line for the next few weeks:
To mark the nearing end of regular 37 passenger haulage, visit locations such as Longsight, Astley, Frodsham, Dunham Hill, Caerphilly and many more in Episode 1 of a Class 37 passenger tribute:
The North Wales Coast Class 37 farewell:
An O-gauge garden railway based on the North Wales Coast including pictures of Saturdays finale and older photos:
Full details and pictures of the new European Blue livery, now carried by 37899, are available on LocoWatch News now. All fourteen locomotives that are being exported to Spain will carry this livery:
Pictures of the 2 x 37s a recent Pathfinder tour in Chester plus pictures of other tours and things including a 7mm Modern Image garden railway:
A revamped Class 37 site:
The Fifty Fund's website has been updated and now includes details of this year's Diesel Gala on the Severn Valley Railway:
Photo Gallery has been updated:
If anyone wants to wallow in nostalgia, check out a website dedicated to BR 1975-1985 from a bashing perspective (note the appropriate domain name):
Assorted modern traction links:
'End of the Line':
One for the lovers of diesel traction:
Pathfinder tours have pencilled in Saturday August 12th for D1015's railtour from Paddington - the first mainline Western diesel-hydraulic since 1977!
Engine hours for stored locomotives have recently been uploaded:
BR Diesel Web has moved... please update your bookmarks and webmasters please update your links... Along with the move there are some new Hymek (Class 35) pictures and a brand new Shunters section. Long running problems with sound downloads are also now fixed.
A list of all preserved ex-BR diesel loccomotives:
1980s Photos website has more photos of classes 20, 25, 37 and 40 added, including 20s at Toton, 25s at Carlisle, 37s everywhere and 40s at Doncaster works:
Sulzers galore and more:
Featuring classes 20, 33, 37 and 47
A new website to bring links to all publicly available online train running data and service information (what there is of it) together onto one website. It also contains links to some of the best sites for journey planning etc.
Page one links to things like the National Rail travel update site, HAFAS, National Rail, thetrainline and to what I think are the best of the online rail maps. It also links to the TOCs own travel update pages.
Page two is a list of all 2600 or so Railtrack stations. These link to the online station arrival and departure boards wherever these have been provided by the TOCs. At the moment these are fNW, fGW, c2c, MML, TT & GNER. VXC trains are shown on the TT boards wherever they call at TT stations. Further boards will be added when they appear.
Since 1999 the Vintage Carriages Trust has had an on-line database of preserved railway carriages which is freely accessible to the public via the Vintage Carriages Trust Web Site
The database contains more than 3,500 entries of which more than 2,500 have accompanying pictures and condition reports. The database is the only of its kind and has been compiled by volunteers.
This database is now also available on PC CD-ROM which offers many benefits over the web based version including multiple search categories which can be combined to create more detailed searches.
Visit the Vintage Carriages Trust web site for more information or to browse the free on-line version of the database.
The full-size reconstruction of Winchester Chesil station (well, a bit of it!) is part of a railway scene that also includes a small goods yard, complete with a Great Northern Railway wagon(?!) Housed in the station building is the 4mm scale model of Winchester Chesil created by the Southampton gorup of the ScaleFour Society.
The museum is open throughout the year: Thursday - Friday: 1000-1700 Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 1000-1800 Closed 24th-26th December and 1st January
The Churnet Valley Model Railway Department Site has been updated with pictures of last weekend's exhibition, an update on future exhibitions and up to 7 video files of two of the layouts for you to view. See it all at the link below (most updates on the Gallery page)
The Dartmoor Railway which operates from Okehampton to Meldon in Devon, has a new summer timetable in operation, with steam services planned every weekend from 5th May 2001 using an Austerity 0-6-0ST. On certain days a return service will operate in the afternoon from Okehampton to Sampford Courtenay (no joining/alighting), which will be steam hauled.
The Dartmoor Railway is operating normally in spite of foot and mouth restrictions operating on Dartmoor, with services running every weekend throughout the year, and during the week in high season. Railway passangers may access Meldon Viaduct (with fine views of Dartmoor and Meldon Dam), the Visitor Centre and the Buffet from Meldon Platform, however due to the F&M restictions it is not possible to access the moor itself, at present.
The visitor centre at Meldon has been refurbished, and the shop at Okehampton has been extended, now has an extensive range of books and souvenirs in addition to the Hobbyhorse model shop.
Recently uploaded pics of the great event that was the ELR Nightrider event:
Light Railway Order for the proposed reopening of the Wirksworth branch:
Time Graph is now a real web site:
First train into the station at Cheltenham Racecourse. Possibly the first to stop there in about 25 years:
Southend line photos (80s/90s) are now on the web:
The Kirklees Light Railway is for sale. If you have something like £1.5 million (the alleged asking price) you can have your very own train set!
The 15-inch gauge line is laid along four miles of the old Lancashire and Yorkshire Clayton West branch, and includes the longest tunnel on any 15-inch gauge line in Britain. Details of special events have been added to the Dates section.
Some added photographs to a website of photos taken in the 1930s which had lain undiscovered in a loft for the past 25 years. They were all taken on the E.C.M.L. Follow the pictures link:
Someone has dug up an old 1856 diary of a Victorian trainspotter - interesting numbers and movements of trains (LB&SCR):
Transport plans for the London area:
Disused tube stations:
An account of the underground accident at Moorgate (spookily 26 years to the day before the accident at Heck):
The owners of Sheringham station want to re-develop the site. The North Norfolk Railway is trying to raise money to buy the station:
Notice Board has been updated with a heap of interesting contributions including 175112 at Ashford, times for the W & W football special, loco changes at Crewe, and much more:
Published on March 21st, 2001, "Primrose Hill Remembered" is a book of over 80 memories and recollections of living or working in Primrose Hill during the Twentieth Century. At the beginning of the 20th Century, this was a solid railway workers' area but the changes have been immense. The line is still there but the workers have gone.
See more details, read three extracts and view a couple of illustrations at:
This miniature railway runs through the Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley. Motive power is provided by Maurice the Diesel and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a steam engine, which is in steam on most Saturdays. Fares are normally £1.50 (adult) and £1.00 (child), but rise to £2.50 per person on special event days (£5.00 per person for Santa Specials). The railway is open all through the year, every weekend and in the school holidays from 11.30am. Special events will be included in RAILDATE throughout the year.
Pictures from the December 19 Railtrack revenue-earning steam-hauled (first since 1968) freight train over the Settle - Carlisle route are now posted on the Heritage Railway magazine website:
If that URL doesn't work try:
The Settle & Carlisle line celebrates its 125 anniversary on the 5th May 2001. At Settle Station a 125 Anniversary Plaque will be unveiled during the day. There are a host of other activities planned - for detailes, please visit:
The preliminary 2001 diesel roster for the Severn Valley Railway is published on the events page of the Fifty Fund Website:
SVR Diesel Gala phots (include some steam!):
Severn Valley Railway Association:
Severnside Travel & Railway Society:
Pics of the Bombardier steam tour along the Shoeburyness Ministry of Defence line:
Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust (Midsomer Norton South Station Project) dedicated to the restoration of the S&D station and main line railway towards Chilcompton:
The St. Helens and South Lancashire Rail and Bus Site - A Photographic survey, compiled by Bevan Price. Features: 2 pages of photographs of Class 101, 104, 105, 108 and 116 DMUs, including views at Yarmouth South Town, Clayton West and Newcastle Emlyn, all now closed, plus a Class 37 Page, Germany, 1991, St. Helens Railways, South Lancashire Rail, St. Helens Bus Page & Train Timing Pages:
The 'Unoffical St Pancras Tour':
A complete HiFi-quality steam train recording from the CD - "Rhapsody in Steam". It's track 5, NSWGR 4-6-2 3801 racing through Robertson in the NSW Southern Highlands back in December 1988. It's a 192Kbps 2min22sec stereo MP3 recording 3.3MB in size so get a cuppa while it downloads. Copyright still exists over this track (and others on the site) but you're free to enjoy it for personal use. It sounds great on any MP3 player!
Tasmanian Library site on the ABT (rack) railway: or so:
A newly launched web site with photos of Australian railways. The emphasis is definitely on interpretive photography, with a high proportion of black and white material:
PictureAustralia is an on-line database of Australia related pictures and seems to contain a substantial amount of railway related material. The URL is:
PS try a search for Ned Kelly for some interesting pictures.
An update to Australian Railway Detail Photos. The "What's New" page includes National Rail Loco - BL27 in SteelLink Colours, NSW Railmotor CPH37, NGGF Sugar Hopper at Grafton NSW, new & old Viaducts at Lithgow NSW, National Rail Loco - NR52 in Aboriginal Colours:
The railway equivalent of canal boating?
A website update with 2 pages of photos. from Germany in 1991, including 3 narrow gauge lines, and locos. still in DR livery on branch lines in North East Germany:
Naples Railway Museum:
A selection of Norwegian rail scenes from the 1980s, including electric, diesel (Nohabs & shunters) and preserved steam:
The George Railway Museum in South Africa claims to hold the largest concentration of operational Garratt locomotives in the world:
Pictures of the steam hauled Union Limited which was hauled by the GMAM Garratt No: 4128 built by Beyer-Peacock in Manchester, UK (about 1950). Images were taken between Wilderness to Klein Brak River (close to Mossel Bay):
For a photograph of a steam engine with a pantograph (!) where the water was heated electrically (used in Switzerland to overcome wartime coal shortages) plus other curiosities:
The following link is to a very interesting webpage which examines in some detail the differences between the methods and conditions of railway travel in America and England in the 1880s. The article is illustrated with 13 superb period engravings
This is part of the WEBSHOTS site, which if you haven't been there, you should ( http://www.webshots.com )
Ohio train disaster:
The Railroad Signal Special Interest Group (SigSIG) of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) in the USA:
E-mail discussion group:
and look for Railway-Signalling
Microsoft Rail Enthusiasts:
The British Library Newspaper Library's catalogue of over 50,000 newspaper and periodical title holdings in Colindale, north west London was launched on the web on 15 December and is now available at:
The catalogue includes all UK national daily and Sunday newspapers from 1801 to the present; most UK and Irish provincial newspapers, some from the early 18th century onwards; selected newspapers from around the world in western and Slavonic languages dating from the 17th century onwards, including extensive holdings from Commonwealth countries and many other nations; and wide range of UK and Irish popular periodicals covering all subjects from fashion, pop music, and cinema, to sports, hobbies, and trades.
Further information about the range of services and collections at the Newspaper Library can be found at:
New online shopping experience:
Includes listings of the Transport Treasury photographic collection:
Find a copy of a new rail map as developed by http://www.project-design.co.uk at:
Looks a lot nicer with more 3D about it than the old red on white, but looks a bit cluttered around major cities.
Listings of rail related-events on The Railway Station's events calendar (for up to 2 years ahead):
Some of the maps which were published with the "Beeching Report" back in 1963 have been scanned in. They show the lines which were threatened with complete or partial loss of passenger services. There's also an interesting map showing the relative density of passenger trips on the different lines around the network.
Afficianados of British Transport Films (BTF) are invited to join a brand new informal discussion emailing list dedicated to the works of this well loved film unit - one of the most productive of Britain's industrial film units which operated from 1949 to 1986.
Subscribe to the BTF Forum here:
And then send messages to email@example.com
People interested in which filters to use for night photography may be interested in this 'before & after' webpage:
'The Phoenix Railway Photographic Circle was founded in 1970 from the cream of active railway photographers to encourage and explore progressive and experimental approaches to the photography of diesel and electric rail traction." A. Wyn Hobson. The current members (30x) include some of the very best of the UK's modern traction photographers.
They produce maps, books and prints, based on the 365,000 negatives in the collection. There are photos from all over UK, and you can see some of what is available in small thumbnails.
Anyone who travels with Virgin Cross Country or Scotrail may find a new site of interest. It is an online community for rail passengers, offering the opportunity to communicate with other users of the rail network and providing both a social space and a forum for your collective experiences, suggestions and ideas. By actively participating you will become part of a project that encourages passengers to talk about the services they share as a group of consumers.
Members are encouraged to assist each other, using the system to discuss issues with a network of people with similar interests, concerns or requirements. The system includes a full 'online social engine' which allows users to publish a full personal profile, message other members and take part in open polls and threaded discussions.
A new website with various searchable railway related databases. It's a web and WAP site. Use a WAP enabled mobile phone to find a railway attraction near you. Ideal for when on holiday or on business trips:
Latest Rail News, Train Operators, Rolling Stock, Route Maps, Timetables, Travel Guide and much more:
An exciting new web site called iRail - allegedly the only UK based Web Directory/Search engine dedicated to Model Railways and Railways:
Get your free sample of RAILNews INTERNATIONAL via e-mail:
To subscribe to the weekly Railbritain Newsletter containing the latest rail news and site updates, all you need to do is mailto:Edwardsbhill@btinternet.com (Carl Edwards) with SUBSCRIBE in the subject, and leaving your name and e-mail address.
Totem results from railway auctions are now listed at:
An advert exchange place for track, S&T and PW fittings, etc:
Try sending a postcard!
who have produced a new kit of a Rebuilt Royal Scot that looks pretty neat from the images on the web site.
Garden Railway Specialists in Princes Risborough make a large range of plastic bodied G-scale rolling stock in both RTR and kit form. They make models of a wide range of Lynton & Barnstaple, Welshpool, Campbeltown & Machrihanish, and Leek & Manifold prototypes. They have a web site at:
Most other stock available in G-scale is European (mostly Swiss) or American.
If you're interested in joining 410+ bus enthusiasts posting regular news to the group about the UK's Big 5 transport companies (Firstgroup, Arriva, National Express, Go Ahead and Stagecoach), the Big5 groups are for you. It's not just about buses also about trains and trams and the other transport operations of the big5.
Join us at the following addresses:
Yahoogroups! users: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/big5_news Transport news and discussions.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/big5_pix Transport Photos
or send a blank email - mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Taunton Deane Heritage Bus Service. Grand tour of film locations and visitor attractions in and around Taunton Deane
Bolsover Heritage Vintage Bus Service - vintage buses to local attractions in the Chesterfield and North-East Derbyshire area operated by Cosy Coach Tours (0114 2489139)
A website dedicated to "The Industrial Revolution & the Railway System"
Leawood Pumping Station:
Still powered by two Midland Railway boilers!
The Nightingale Arm of the Cromford Canal is also covered:
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