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BOOK NEWS

“Rails to Ashbourne” by Howard Sprenger – REPRINTED

Passing through the beautiful scenery on the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire to Buxton,
the London & North Western Railway’s picturesque line from Ashbourne has long been a favourite
of railway historians and photographers. Along its route, it served remote communities, often
isolated by winter snowfalls, and industry in the form of limestone quarries that seem to be
eating away north-west Derbyshire to leave a permanent blizzard-white panorama. If the
attraction of the scenery were not enough to generate interest in the line, it also had the
distinction of being partly aligned on the northern half of the famous Cromford and High Peak
Railway.

At its southern end, it made an end-on junction with a line from Uttoxeter built by a different
railway company, the North Staffordshire Railway – a line that has tended to be overlooked in
other published works. This book redresses the balance by viewing the line from Uttoxeter to
Buxton as a whole.

The two lines were quite different in character. The earlier line from Uttoxeter was very much
rooted in the railway mania of the mid-19th century. The later one from Buxton was a
comparatively recent addition, built after the railway network of Great Britain had been
largely completed. This was a period of consolidation when the sometimes highly-speculative
schemes of fifty years earlier had given way to strategic routes that filled in some of the
last-remaining gaps on the railway map. Where the earlier line was built by navvies using only
the most basic tools and equipment, the later line had the benefit of half a century of
railway-building expertise. In historical terms, the line from Uttoxeter to Ashbourne is more
contemporary with the original Cromford and High Peak Railway than the extension to Buxton,
which largely superseded it.

Softback, 176 pages with 16 pages of colour photographs
Over 300 illustrations (colour and black & white)
273 x 215mm
ISBN: 978-1-905505-29-6
Price: £19.95

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NETWATCH

Birmingham New Street Station Interlude
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjIOh82j7bM
Chesterfield Station October Interlude
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOsOI3KUt7g
Tram Train to Rotherham Parkgate – First Day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52_1G9ObRmU
Tram Train at Rotherham Central – First Day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB1cnkyh-m8
Tram Train at Sheffield Cathedral First Day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teFP3A1704M
(Martin Miller)

Colas Rail Class 37 No. 37099 – Clapham Jct – Dollands Moor to Derby RTC, 20th October
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyprcnAjKvk
North Yorkshire Moors Railway Great Surprises Day, 23rd October
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWNcRtU5m18
LMS 48151 Takes thirteen over the S&C on the Dalesman, 30th October
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qmw4_pvx-Y
01 066 auf Abnahmefahrt Meiningen Inselberg-Runde, 17th October
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX4d91r6EOQ
2 Jumbos vor Güterzügen beim Dampfabschied im Werratal + 52 1360 und 41 1144
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6i1FsHl-mI
Plandampf 2018 Werratal, 20th October
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6VOYkDakrM
Weathering a Brakevan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oppaKVYU6Y8
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Limited Chiltern Trains Boxing day service
https://goo.gl/Ez4cM3
Strome Ferry road diversion signalling
https://goo.gl/xoRZ8N
Loss of speed restrictions on the Cambrian line
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/loss-of-speed-restrictions-on-the-cambrian-line
Grindleford Station Café
https://goo.gl/ESRYFp
Inside Glenfield Tunnel
https://goo.gl/HT25Nc
Bats on the Railway
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/bats-the-flying-commuters/
Underground station which contains iron plate from HMS Warrior
https://goo.gl/qK5dG9
Route 10 heritage trams in Rotterdam
https://www.cityguiderotterdam.com/things-to-do/attractions/historical-tram-rotterdam/
Reducing Sulphur Oxides pollution from shipping
http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/HotTopics/Pages/Sulphur-2020.aspx
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

JR Central: Enticing Tourists with Helpful Services & Events
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/japanrailway/20181026/2049058/
(Spotter: Andrew Nummelin)

Irvin’s inch-by-inch voyage – Ship moves across harbor for first time in 30 years
https://goo.gl/SkW5g1
XP-82 – Fate, Circumstance, & Necessity
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQP0IHH3FTs
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Inside Nottingham’s ‘secret’ railway tunnel
https://goo.gl/EjrPXD

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IN THE NEWS

Are hydrogen trains the future of UK travel?
https://goo.gl/ZF6Jh3

Network Rail asks EC to intervene over Siemens-Alstom merger
https://tinyurl.com/yc843jzr

GBRf to consider high speed freight (parcels?) using surplus HSTs
https://goo.gl/cxdh4Z

Heathrow to Paddington trains were disrupted after power fault
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46003096
Inquiry under way into new GWML wires failure
https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2018/10/29-inquiry-under-way-into-new.html

Electrification of Great Western Mainline to Swindon completed
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-46046984

Emergency track work in Bristol cancelled due to chemical emergency risk
https://tinyurl.com/y9o2q4l5

Network Rail to reinforce Dawlish sea wall
https://goo.gl/7A2h3C
https://goo.gl/p9vKrM

Virgin West Coast to scrap Friday evening peak fares
https://goo.gl/RwmPtD

East Midlands Trains HST refurbishment
https://www.railstaff.uk/2018/10/24/derby-injects-new-life-old-trains/

Introduction of Vivarail “D Trains” delayed
https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2018/10/30-west-midlands-dtrains-delayed-by..html

Hull trains still running a reduced service due to rolling stock defects
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-46020613

Network Rail and Stirling MSP unveil plaque
https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/network-rail-and-stirling-msp-unveil-plaque

Lorry stuck under Inverness railway bridge
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46043594

Expensive bridge bash in Perth
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-45964816

New hope for reopening Aberystwyth-Carmarthen rail line
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45957283

Another ‘new’ Gresley loco
https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/sir-nigel-gresley-locomotive-project-2133612

Tornado to remain out of traffic and report into April failure
https://www.a1steam.com/category/news/

RAIB report on runaway coaches at Avon Valley Railway in July
https://goo.gl/ENuPsi
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-45940254

New home for former Weston Rhyn SB
https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/17194144.signalbox-finds-new-home/

Investment by council in Poole Park miniature railway
https://www.poole.gov.uk/news/poole-park-miniature-railway-benefits-from-investment

Eurostar to expand Amsterdam service next year
https://goo.gl/dZvobv

On board the new Jerusalem-Tel Aviv fast train
https://goo.gl/DxALFE

SBB testing auto couplers on intermodal services
https://goo.gl/2UvTM6

Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn locos to be refurbished
https://goo.gl/Q8uEee

Fatal derailment in Taiwan
https://goo.gl/1Thwgb

KiwiRail to retain and refurbish electric locomotives
https://goo.gl/QEmjiw

Sheffield-Rotherham tram-train crashes after being hit by lorry
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-45976460

Revised RAIB report on derailment on Croydon tram network November 2017
https://www.gov.uk/raib-reports/overturning-of-a-tram-at-sandilands-junction-croydon

A new station planned for DLR
https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2018/11/01/the-dlr-is-getting-a-new-station-and-more-trains/

Cairngorms funicular could remain shut for ski season
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46043596

Isle of Wight MP wants answers over ferry service disruption
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-46030144

Isle of Wight ferry captain and mate suspended
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-45938466

Over 70,000 ferries delayed or cancelled since 2007, figures show
https://goo.gl/Qgc1DB

Spanish ferry hits quayside crane
https://goo.gl/BzA9Mt

Michael Unearths 19th Century Ships Wrecked on Florida’s Dog Island During 1899 Hurricane
https://goo.gl/Ysochu

Titanic II resumes construction after financial holdup, plans to finally set sail in 2022
https://goo.gl/vhkgdK

Ryanair prices changing for cabin bags (again)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46034369

Lion Air: How could a brand new plane crash?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-46014260

Airbus tentatively aims to fly A330-800 next week
https://goo.gl/3rjKjP

Avianca’s entire 787 fleet back in service
https://goo.gl/doQCpR

Emirates takes A380 network to 50 cities
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/emirates-takes-a380-network-to-50-cities-453127/

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth

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TV and RADIO

04/11/18 BBC4 1900-2000
“Locomotion: Dan Snow’s History of Railways” 3/3

04/11/18 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Great Canal Journeys” Argentina

04/11/18 BBC4 2100-2200
“The First World War from Above”

04/11/18 Channel 4 2100-2200
“Guy Martin: the World’s Fastest Van”

05/11/18 BBC Radio 4 1600-1630
“The Man Who Buries Planes”

05/11/18 ITV 2000-2100
“Britain’s Busiest Motorway” The M25 2/6

05/11/18 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Paddington Station 24/7” New series 8/10

06/11/18 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Lego Masters” 1/5

06/11/18 ITV 2320-2350
“Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport”

07/11/18 Channel 5 1900-2000
“The Great Model Railway Challenge” 5/6

07/11/18 Channel 5 2100-2130
“The World’s Busiest Airport” Atlanta

09/11/18 Channel 5 2000-2100
“The Great Model Railway Challenge” 6/6

09/11/18 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain” 2/5 Emergency services

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EVENTS

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

03/11/18 Burton Railway Collector Fair
Burton Town Hall, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 2EB
1030-1530
http://www.tobaz.co.uk

03/11/18 Llangollen Railway: Ride the Rocket
http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk

02/11/18- South Devon Railway: November Diesel Gala
04/11/18 http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

03/11/18 Leek & Rudyard Railway: Dam Fireworks Shuttle
http://www.rlsr.org

03/11/18- East Lancashire Railway: Scenic Railcar Weekend
04/11/18 http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

04/11/18 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
1100-1600, Adult: £2.50 (under 16, free)
http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk/

05/11/18 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“Peter Fox Collection – Part 3: The 1980s” a slideshow by Andy Barclay
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

10/11/18 Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Walk the Line
https://www.watercressline.co.uk/

10/11/18- LMS-Patriot Project: See the Unknown Warrior
11/11/18 Crewe Heritage Centre,Vernon Way, Crewe, CW1 2DB
http://www.lms-patriot.org.uk/

10/11/18- Barnsley Model Railway Club Exhibition
11/11/18 Hoyland Leisure Centre, West Street, Hoyland, S74 9HX
http://www.barnsleymrc.org.uk/

12/11/18 Swansea Vale Railway Society
“The Gwachel” Pontardawe Inn, 123 Herbert Street, Pontardawe, Swansea, SA8 4ED
“Welsh Railways in the Steam Age” by John Davies
Starts 2000, there is a small entrance charge
https://www.facebook.com/Swansea-Vale-Railway-Society-106667059417000/

13/11/18 Great Western Society Bristol Group
BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
“Mark Warburton’s Slides of Somerset & Devon Branch Lines” by Gerald Nichols
Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
Non-members welcome – suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses
http://www.gwsbristol.org

14/11/18 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“Restoring 7903 Foremarke Hall” by John Cruxon, Locomotive Manager 7903 fund
All monies raised to be donated to the locomotive maintenance fund
Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
Non-members are very welcome – a donation of £2.00 is requested
https://www.radyr.org.uk/clubs/5984-2/

17/11/18 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
1100-1600, Adult: £2.50 (under 16, free)
http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk/

17/11/18 Portsmouth Model Railway Exhibition
Admiral Lord Nelson School, Dundas Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5XT
1030-1630
http://www.shmrc.org.uk

17/11/18 Royston & District Model Railway Club Exhibition
Bassingbourne Village College, South End, Bassingbourne, Herts, SG8 5NJ
1000-1630
http://www.roystondmrc.co.uk

Cheers, Howard.
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