RAILDATE – your free weekly guide to what’s happening, what’s new and what’s on.(Courtesy: Howard Sprenger)

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NETWATCH

The Signalling Record Society’s Film Archive of Railway Signalling & People (FARSAP)
http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/archivevideo.php
The latest addition is Wrawby Junction
http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/videoPages/GC170-191.php
(Via John Lacy)

Peninsula Rail Task Force
http://peninsularailtaskforce.co.uk/

Martin Miller’s Willington Station Interlude
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRYbsWPKijs
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – Unimog testing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUyM40qA8lo

P2 promotional video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wed_tAHB3IE

The more unusual stations on the British Rail network
http://tinyurl.com/qh5dt5a

Railways of Great Britain – Cobb’s Atlas reprinted (at a price!)
http://www.railwaysofgreatbritain.com/home
Ribble Steam Railway 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWqaw4CX4VM
West Somerset Railway, Autumn Steam Gala 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCCBms4WvXg
Great Central Railway Autumn Steam Gala
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6biHxHvfYk
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The secret to getting train tickets for a pound – little-known website offers rock bottom
tickets
http://tinyurl.com/n9smsl6
(Spotter: Jim O’Brien)

My favourite tracks? They’re the ones with trains on them, says Rod Stewart
http://tinyurl.com/nterrgy
Rod Stewart’s passion for model trains – is dull the new interesting?
http://tinyurl.com/ppqqogr

London’s Lost Railings in WW2
http://www.christopherlong.co.uk/pri/wareffort.html
Last flight of this B29 from the USA to Duxford 1980
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLkWBEOAMVI
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

A triple-decker bus that used to run between Rome and Tivoli
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=127&v=YPjlPJmCspg

Britain’s canals: A bird’s eye view by drone
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0342hz1

The last Vulcan will be doing a farewell tour on Sunday – this is the route map – timings not
yet confirmed but will be available nearer the date
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=zJoGZd3-Qg5U.k3u8IUZTll6M
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

Constance Leathart: The forgotten ‘aviatrix’ of WW2
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34473589

Dorman Long: The Teesside firm that bridged the world
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-34389873

The lost rivers that lie beneath London
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-29551351

Fight to preserve Hong Kong’s colonial post boxes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-34472144

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IN THE NEWS

Rail campaigners welcome news of National Infrastructure Commission
http://tinyurl.com/np6tk4u

British Transport Police release video of terrifying near misses at level crossings
http://tinyurl.com/nvsvo7p

Virgin starts automatic compensation for train delays
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34424729

Mobile Maintenance Train – New fleet expands
http://www.railengineer.uk/2015/10/02/mobile-maintenance-train-new-fleet-expands/

Rail and metro projects shorlisted for major award
http://tinyurl.com/njv4rr6

Amey awarded Crossrail TPWS contract
http://www.globalrailnews.com/2015/10/02/amey-awarded-crossrail-tpws-contract/

Fatality at Surbiton
http://tinyurl.com/q8n47hk

Great Western Railway denies union’s claim journey times to be slower than 1977
http://tinyurl.com/ps5tc6x

Preparing for electrification through Bath & Box Tunnel
http://www.railengineer.uk/2015/09/30/preparing-the-way-for-bath-electrification/

Level crossing closure problems in Bicester
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-34442080

Bicester chord test run video
http://bicesterchord.co.uk/category/test-runs/

Car narrowly misses being hit by train in Wythall
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-34464468

Derwent Valley stations riding the awards line
http://tinyurl.com/oco5hpu

Specialist track-laying work begins at Norton Bridge ahead of flyover
http://tinyurl.com/nge3h6q

Manchester Victoria reopening after £44m upgrade
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-34445622

Borders Railway journeys top 125,000 in first month of operation
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-34456616

Controlled explosion to close Forth bridges
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-34469042

Harry Potter fans warned not to trespass on railways for photographs
http://tinyurl.com/pa657f5

Steam railway line in Northamptonshire could nearly double in length if land lease is approved
http://tinyurl.com/porc377

North Norfolk Railway purchases 92203 Black Prince
http://tinyurl.com/ne6owqc

LNWR “Coal tank” to visit Bluebell Railway march 2016
http://www.bluebell-railway.me.uk/news/Visit_of_LNWR_coal_tank.pdf

Preserving the glory of Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
http://tinyurl.com/puxtlt3

Eurotunnel services delayed after migrant break-in
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34432386

Rome airport express trains enter service
http://tinyurl.com/ob977pm

Bag of stinky meat leads to French train scare
http://www.thelocal.fr/20151003/train-evacuated-in-france-over-bag-of-stinky-meat

Polish military says site of alleged Nazi gold train is safe
http://tinyurl.com/qdksrj4

Duffy’s Cut: New searches for remains of Irish migrants
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-34452980

Taiwanese railway crossing failure – car loses bonnet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksw-LnebPV0

American “Positive Train Control” deadline extended
http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/blogs/william-vantuono/hr-3651-ptc-relief.html

Centro reveals details of Midland Metro changeover
http://tinyurl.com/pvmcpbb

Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train scheme delayed by year
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-34473670
Tram Train Pilot: Sheffield – Rotherham
https://www.sypte.co.uk/tramtrain/

Delays on Tyne & Wear Metro after person hit at Palmersville
http://tinyurl.com/pdaavgx

First public hearing in Edinburgh tram inquiry
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-34444430

Alstom to supply trains and signalling for Luknow metro system
http://tinyurl.com/oufwv9s

Railway project could clear hurdle
http://tinyurl.com/pu7thwt

Bus route competition, Weston Super Mare
http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/buses_clash_in_turf_war_1_4259002

Egypt looking at linking the Mediterranean to Lake Victoria
http://splash247.com/egypt-looking-at-linking-the-mediterranean-to-lake-victoria/

Vulcan XH558 to make final public display flight at Shuttleworth
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-34411544

WW2 Spitfire to be unearthed from Cambridgeshire fen
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-34403689

B-17 Flying Fortress bomber found on seabed off Sicily
http://tinyurl.com/qj5qxq3

Biplane to Australia to commemorate Amy Johnson
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-34400824

Air France workers strike as 2,900 jobs to go
http://www.thelocal.fr/20151005/workers-strike-as-air-france-reveal-job-cuts

Airbus delivers Finnair’s first A350
http://tinyurl.com/pgk8b7z

Hurricane hunters: nine ‘brave’ aircraft that need all nine lives
http://tinyurl.com/qeeunka

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Richard Maund, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Alan
Rushworth, Nico Spilt

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TV and RADIO

11/10/15 BBC2 1900-2000
“Licence to Thrill: Paul Hollywood Meets Aston Martin

11/10/15 BBC2 2100-2200
“Britain’s Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAF” 1/4

12/10/15 BBC4 1930-2000
“Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury” 4/4 The Llangollen Canal

12/10/15 BBC2 2315-0015
“Britain’s Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAF” 1/4

13/10/15 BBC4 2100-2200
“Dambusters Declassified” Another look at the 1943 raid

13/10/15 BBC4 2230-2330
“The Joy of Sets: the Model Railway Story”

14/10/15 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Restoring Britain’s Landmarks”

15/10/15 Channel 5 1900-2000
“Underground Britain” 6/6

15/10/15 Channel 5 2000-2100
“Aircrash: Disaster over New York” November 2001

15/10/15 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys” 3/6 Russia’s Arctic Circle

16/10/15 BBC2 2100-2200
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” 1/6 Sofia to Istanbul

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EVENTS

All details are correct to the best of my knowledge, but no responsibility is accepted for
inaccuracies or changes

05/10/15- Alford Manor House: Railway Exhibition
30/10/15 West Street, Alford, Lincolnshire, LN13 9HT
http://tinyurl.com/oalyfw2

09/10/15– Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: LMS Branch Line at War
10/10/15
http://www.rhts.co.uk/

09/10/15– Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Autumn Steam Gala
10/10/15
http://news.kwvr.co.uk/category/2015-autumn-steam-gala/

10/10/15 Sandford Community Heritage Group
Sandford Community Hall, Keysworth Drive, BH20 7BD
The Royal Naval Cordite Factory, Holton Heath –
An afternoon master class seminar
1300-1700
Admission: £3.00

10/10/15– Farnham & District MRC: 41st Model Railway Exhibition
11/10/15 Connaught Leisure Centre, Tongham Road, Aldershot, GU12 4AS
http://farnhammrc.org.uk/?page_id=158

10/10/15– Gloucester Warwickshire Railway: Autumn Diesel Weekend
11/10/15
http://www.gwsr.com

10/10/15– Midland Railway, Butterley: Stanier Event
11/10/15
http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk

13/10/15 Great Western Society Bristol Group
Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
“Brunel’s Bristol” Chris Bigg
1930 for 1945
There is no admission charge, but a donation of at least £2 is appreciated
http://www.gwsbristol.org/gwsmeetings.html

13/10/15 Monmouthshire Railway Society
Lecture Theatre A10, City Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP
“In Search of Steam” by Malcolm Ranieri
Starts at 1900 prompt, admission for non-members is £3 and for members, £2
http://mrsoc.co.uk/

14/10/15 RCTS South Wales
Radyr Methodist Hall, Windsor Road, Radyr, CF15 8BP
“Early Days – Trainspotting from 1949 to early 1960s” by David Maidment
Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
Non-members are very welcome – a donation of £2.00 is requested
http://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/south_wales/events.htm

15/10/15– Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition
18/10/15
http://www.midlandsmodelengineering.co.uk

16/10/15– North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Railway in Wartime
18/10/15
http://www.nymr.co.uk

17/10/15 Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Jazz & Chips Evening Land Cruise (booking essential)
http://www.e-v-r.com

17/10/15 Llangollen Railway: Real Ale Train
http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk

17/10/15– Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum: Beer & Buses Weekend
18/10/15
http://www.iwbusmuseum.org.uk

17/10/15– Kempton Steam Museum: Autumn Steaming Weekend
18/10/15
http://www.kemptonsteam.org

17/10/15– National Festival of Railway Modelling
18/10/15 East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE
http://tinyurl.com/l2ktomx

17/10/15– Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Annual Model Railway Exhibition
18/10/15
http://www.e-v-r.com

17/10/15– East Lancashire Railway: Autumn Steam Gala
18/10/15
http://www.eastlansrailway.org.uk

19/10/15 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
“The Coming of Railways to Basingstoke” by David Brace
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

19/10/15 Friends of the Cromford Canal: Midlands Murders and the First Use of DNA
Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
A talk by David Bell
Starts 1930
http://www.cromfordcanal.info/

21/10/15 Roy Cresswell Lecture – “Cardiff Central Square”
Glamorgan Building, Cardiff Uni, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Speaker: Paul McCarthy, Chief Executive, Rightacres Property Co Ltd
Cardiff Central Square is at the heart of the current integrated transport debate
in Cardiff
1800 for an 1830 start (finishes 2000)
Refreshments and a light buffet will also be provided
http://www.ciltcymru.org.uk/

23/10/15 Torchlit tours of the Post Office Railway
Three times: 1600, 1800 and 2000
http://tinyurl.com/ormxwxx

23/10/15– Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Wensleydale Railway Association
A weekend of talks and events about railways for both adults and children
http://www.wensleydalerail.com/

23/10/15– Mid-Hants Railway: Autumn Steam Gala
25/10/15
http://www.watercressline.co.uk

24/10/15– Llangollen Railway: Day Out With Thomas
25/10/15
http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk

24/10/15– Midland Railway, Butterley: Diesel & Steam Weekend
25/10/15
http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk

24/10/15– North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Witches & Wizards Weekend
01/11/15
http://www.nymr.co.uk

25/10/15 Leighton Buzzard Railway: Half-term Super Sunday
http://www.buzzrail.co.uk

25/10/15 Sheffield Supertram Depot Open Day
Free entry, 1000-1600
Free parking at Nunnery Park & Ride
http://www.supertram.com/latestfromsupertram_8232.html