RAILDATE 26th June 2009
- RAILDATE: the weekly newsletter of the Hursley Park Model Railway Society:
Pictures of the railway at West Moors, Dorset:
Elton Crossing Signal Box:
Trouble at the Talyllyn Railway... this was posted on the uk.railway news
on 25th June (very much abridged here):
This announcement was made to staff at Wharf and Pendre this afternoon and
displayed on notice-boards at both locations.
The Board regrets to announce that as of today, 18th June, the post of
General Manager has been made redundant (subject to appeal). As a result
Larry Bridges has unfortunately left the Company's employment. This action
has been taken in view of the serious ongoing financial position in which
the railway finds itself.
The draft accounts for 2008, which were produced by the end of March,
showed that the railway again had a very disappointing year suffering
another near £100,000 loss. The impact of the continuing very poor
financial performance is that cash reserves are dangerously low. Indeed
if it were not for long-standing members' loans and loans from Talyllyn
Holdings the railway would have been close to running out of cash in the
early part of this season. Holdings was able to make its loan because of
an exceptionally generous legacy received in the latter part of last year.
This position is most regrettable but has been brought about by the
exceptional times in which we found ourselves. The railway company had
no option but to act responsibly by responding to this challenge - the TR
has survived through hard times before by keeping the scale of its
activities appropriate to the external climate and is determined that it
will do so again. The Board would like to thank Larry for all his hard
work and efforts since his appointment through these recent difficult
Signed: Gareth Jones, Keith Theobald, Peter Austin, John Smallwood,
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)
Advance notice that the Lincoln & District Model Engineering Society will
be holding their 7th Annual Open Weekend and Miniature Steam Rally on the
weekend 19th-20th September. At this time, the society would be pleased
to hear from anyone with a suitable locomotive to contact them with regard
to bringing their engine on for the weekend. The event is held at the
North Scarle Playing Fields, Lincoln, LN6 9ER, and attractions include
live steam and diesel locomotives, full-size and miniature traction
engines, model displays and engineering supplies, classic & vintage cars &
motorcycles. If you would like to bring a visiting engine, please ring:
Rod Timmis (01522 881760), Brian West (01526 323747 - 5" & 7.25") or
Terry Peacock (01522 681424)
Two buildings at Cromford station in Derbyshire have recently been
renovated. The 1875 down-side building has been converted into two office
suites (yet to be let) under the auspices of the Arkwright Society, while
the owner of the Station Master's house hase converted the c1860 up-side
waiting room into a holiday let (as mentioned in the 29th May edition of
Both were formally opened by the Duke of Devonshire on 28th May, and from
1100 to 1600 on Saturday 4th July, the buildings will be open for the
general public to see the renovations. Glynn Waite has written a book for
the opening, details of which are on Nick Wheat's Pynot Publishing site:
Mike Cawood's photos of the development of the former Liverpool Riverside
For anyone in the Stoke-on-Trent area... Learn about canals with well-
known transport historian Basil Jeuda. Illustrated talks & two field
trips, industrial archaeology, local carriers, the workforce, canal users.
To book a place, telephone 0121 237 8120.
Two classroom sessions and two canal walks.
First meeting at Shelton PCT, 22nd July, 1400?1600
Advanced booking advised - cost: £20
Children over 12 are welcome, must be accompanied by a responsible adult,
at no extra charge.
Please wear suitable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
For more information contact the WEA Stoke office on 01781 831911 or
email stoke (at) wea.org.uk
A useful outlet for remaindered books (railway subjects included) and
DVDs. The nearest outlet to us is in Eastleigh, but you can shop online.
They have several "triple-pack" DVDs for just £4.99 - try a search on
"railways" and see what comes up (depends what they have in stock...)
(Spotter: Ted Millward)
Coal, Collieries and Mining:
Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup
Work is due to start in November on a £7.6M makeover of Rotherham Central.
A new station building, replacing the dowdy 1980s structure, will include
new, ticket office, lifts and platform canopies etc.
More than 10,000 tons of soil have been removed to Horsted Keynes where a
picnic area is being created and recently refuse has been removed from the
north side of Imberhorne Lane bridge allowing track be be laid under the
structure. The bulk of the former tip, however, still has to be removed
from Imberhorne cutting, before the line can reach East Grinstead.
On 22nd April, after Scarborough's South Cliff Railway was locked up for
the night, the two cars were as usual left halfway up the cliff.
Unfortunately eight passengers were still inside one car and the fire
service had to be called to release them.
The former carriage works at York, latterly used by Thrall, has been
bought by Network Rail for use as a service centre for on-track plant.
Deutsche Bahn is holding talks with Iraq's Transport Minister into
rebuilding the country's railways, and last month, neighbouring Syria
announced it had launched a freight train service to Iraq.
The daily Baghdad-Basra passenger service, discontinued in 2006 because
of repeated attacks on a bridge, has restarted and the Iranian section of
a new line between Iraq and Iran should be completed this year much
earlier than the Iraqi section.
The Northern Line's 100-mile extension to Jaffna will reach Omanthai
within the next three months, with the the balance completed by 2010.
Earlier this year it was revealed that, because Cambodia has one of the
worst train services in the world, people in the north west of the
country had taken matters into their own hands and created their own rail
service using little more than pieces of bamboo!
It now appears that the situation is about to improve with Australian
logistics provider Toll Group gaining a 30-year concession to operate
Agreement has been reached for Tasmania's state government to take over
Pacific National, Tasmania's 1067mm (3ft 6ins) gauge rail network.
IN THE NEWS
Police reveal level crossing offences in Scotland:
Another driver in court for crossing train lines:
Trespass at Bristol Parkway:
DRS spring newsletter:
First GBRf press releases:
First GBRf photographic competition:
Station announcements at Leicester:
And on the Tube:
Vandalism at Attercliffe:
Campaign to reopen Woodhead Route:
Washington DC subway train accident:
Ethiopian Railway investment:
Bus Depot fire in Nottingham:
Protest over possible sale of Plymouth Citybus:
End of Kodachrome film production:
Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps
TV and RADIO
27/06/09 BBC4 1900-2000
"Crude Britannia: the Story of North Sea Oil" 2/3
29/06/09 Five 1730-2000
"How Do They Do It?" Building of A1 Pacific "Tornado"
29/06/09 BBC4 2000-2100
"The Way We Travelled" A look back at travel programmes
29/06/09 BBC4 2100-2200
"The Secret Life of the Airport" 3/3
29/06/09 BBC4 2200-2230
"Days That Shook the World" Concorde
29/06/09 BBC4 2230-2320
"Timewatch - Concorde: a Love Story"
30/06/09 Five 2000-2100
"Monster Moves" Moving 150 houses out of the way of a mine
01/07/09 Five 1930-2000
"Mean Machines" Cranes
01/07/09 BBC2 2200-2230
"James May at the Edge of Space" James May in a U2 spy plane
02/07/09 Five 2000-2100
"Megastructures" Demolition in Las Vegas
02/07/09 BBC4 2100-2200
"Crude Britannia: the Story of North Sea Oil" 3/3
02/07/09 BBC4 2200-2300
"The Secret Life of the Airport" 3/3
03/07/09 Five 1930-2000
"Top Trumps" RNLI and Coast Guard machinery
03/07/09 C4 1935-2000
"UR SO V4IN" The world of personalised numberplates
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
All details are correct to the best of my knowledge. No responsibility is
taken for inaccuracies or changes.
26/06/09- Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Summer Steam Gala
27/06/09 Two Tunnels Open Day (Combe Down Tunnel)
27/06/09 Dean Forest Railway: Diesel Gala Day
27/06/09 North American Model Railroad Show - "Ardenrail"
Arden School, Knowle, Solihull, W Midlands, B93 0PT
27/06/09- Bluebell Railway: Family Fun Weekend
27/06/09- Tyseley Works Open Days, Birmingham
27/06/09- Crich Tramway Village: 1950s Weekend
28/06/09 Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Jaguar Car Rally
28/06/09 Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Railwayana Fair and Swapmeet
Stalls will be in the Rewley Road station building
28/06/09 Colne Valley Railway: Model Railway Exhibition
28/06/09 Dean Forest Railway: Vintage & Heritage Day
03/07/09 Bluebell Railway: Victorian Picnic
04/07/09 Cromford Station Open Day for newly renovated buildings
1100 to 1600
04/07/09- Isle of Wight Steam Railway: The 1940s Experience
04/07/09- Kidderminster Railway Museum Book Fair
Many hundreds of quality second-hand railway books and
magazines surplus to our library requirements
Ample nearby car park (SVR) and refreshments available
04/07/09- Churnet Valley Railway: Summer Fayre
04/07/09- Foxfield Railway: 1940s Railway at War
04/07/09- Leawood Pump Steamings, Cromford Canal, Derbyshire
05/07/09 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
Admission free (donations welcome!)
ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in old school grounds
05/07/09 Bluebell Railway: Victorian Picnic
05/07/09 Crich Tramway Village: Enthusiasts' Tram Event
09/07/09 Main Line Steam: Olympic Weymouth
Victoria-Woking-Winchester-Bournemouth-Weymouth and return to
Further information: Steam Dreams - 01483 209888
11/07/09 Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Hampshire Autistic Society Event
11/07/09 Southampton Book Fair
St Anne's School, Carlton Road, Southampton
1000-1600, Admission: 50p
11/07/09 Dean Forest Railway: Scenic Supper Cruise
11/07/09- Amberley Museum: Railway Gala
11/07/09- Train Collectors Society Sandy Exhibition 2009
12/07/09 Sandy Upper School, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1BL
1030-1700 (Sat), 1030-1600 (Sun)
11/07/09- Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Family Event/Wirksworth Wapentake
11/07/09- Crich Tramway Village: Edwardian Weekend
11/07/09- Midland Railway Centre: Golden Valley Light Railway Narrow
12/07/09 Gauge Gala and Garden Railway and Modellers' Weekend
12/07/09 Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Steam Gala
12/07/09 Middleton Top Engine Open Day (Static), Cromford, Derbyshire
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