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Dave Rowlands's Gosport gallery continues to be updated: http://daverowland.fotopic.net/c1668655_145.html

Paul Matthews has uploaded all his photos of the trackbed and structures of the Cuckoo Line: http://disusedrailwaysofeastsussex.fotopic.net/c1489207_1.html

Thanks to Lawrence Hanney for news of the proposed reopening of the Bere Alston to Tavistock line...

The reopening is looking good, but there is a public consultation going on which closes soon. There is some concern locally about the proposal to build 700 houses, which come as part of the deal, but anyone in favour of the reopening is encouraged to comment. Details of how to do so are here:

The consultation on the Bere Alston to Tavistock rail line is being carried out by West Devon Borough Council, through local planning. Go to http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/consultation

Click on Regulation 27 Core Strategy DPD, then click on "Read and Comment on Document". Expand (+) chapter 8, and select Tavistock. You can then add comments selecting the tab at the top of the main body of text, though you might need to register. Otherwise, comments can be submitted by one of their forms.

For a limited period Panamint are offering a number of DVDs for only half price. Full details here (keep checking this page as further titles will be added shortly): http://www.panamint.co.uk/acatalog/DVD_Sale.html (Spotter: Nick Wheat)

It might seem a little early to be thinking about 2010 calendars, but it's July already, you know!

The Great Central Railways Society has a 2010 wall calendar available to downloaded from its website. The 2006 one is still there too! http://www.gcrsociety.co.uk/Forward.html

I'm also pleased again to publicise David and Marion Canning's 2010 Railway Calendars. All calendars are A4 spiral bound with 15 or more photos in each. There is no price increase this year, and colour photos are used as much as possible but where B&W has had to be used, they are printed on colour materials to try to give a nice effect. As usual 50p will be given to the Cat Protection League for each calendar sold.

Railway subjects are: Signalboxes - colour. A selection of signalboxes nationwide Steam on the Berks and Hants Line - colour and B&W, 1961 to 2009 Hydraulic - B&W. Other subjects are available - please enquire for details.

All calendars are 8-00 each, plus postage, except Hydraulic, which is 7-00 plus postage.

Postage is... One calendar: 2-25. Two Calendars: 2-00 each. Three calendars: 3-00. Four Calendars: 4-00. Five Calendars: 4-50. Six calendars: 5-50. Further calendars 50p each calendar added on to the six rate.

These prices reflect postage rates and cost of necessary packing.

Order details: info@davidandmarionphotography.co.uk

Ralph Rawlinson's Railway Roundup

West Clare 0-6-2T No 5 Slieve Callan built by Dbs of Glasgow in 1892, the last surviving West Clare steam locomotive, stood for many years on a plinth outside Ennis station. In April 1996, it was leased from the CIE and, after undergoing restoration by Alan Keef Ltd at Ross on Wye, was returned to Ennis on 3rd July 2009. From August it is expected to be in use on the West Clare heritage line at Moyasta. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0702/1224249908060.html http://www.irishtrucker.com/news/news_detail.asp?nid=4623

Link to TV news clip of Slieve Callan going through the streets of Kilrush (you may have to install Real Player): http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0706/6news_av.html?2575357,null,230

Welsh Highland Railway NG/G16 Garratt No 109 has been purchased for service on Welsh Highland Railway by The Waterman Railway Heritage Trust, and will be restored by London & North Western Railway Company at Crewe. http://pete.railnuts.com/2009/07/06/press-release/

Air-smoothed Merchant Navy Following the re-streamlining of LMS pacific Duchess of Hamilton, plans have emerged to "unrebuild" an SR Merchant Navy pacific to recreate an original air-smoothed version. The various parties behind the scheme, however, have asked for anonymity until the project is launched.

Norton Fitzwarren Taunton Deane Borough Council has granted planning permission to the West Somerset Railway to build a four-coach platform at Norton Fitzwarren. Construction could be completed in time for the August Steam Fayre and Vintage Rally although, as approval to bring it into use has to be obtained from the ORR, this seems unlikely.

Okehampton The planned Sunday Yeoford-Okehampton-Meldon service, connecting at Yeoford with Exeter-Barnstaple trains has been delayed until at least 4th September. Meanwhile, services will run between Okehampton and Meldon Quarry on Sundays and to both Meldon Quarry and Sampford Courtenay on Saturdays with "Thumper" DEMU No 1132.

West Midlands Completion of the lowering of track under two listed bridges in the Whiteacre Heath area will permit the movement of larger 9ft 6in "big box" containers to the Birmingham Freight Terminal at Birch Coppice. Previously, these containers were moved from Felixstowe by road.

Severn Valley Railway Chiltern Railways is to run a through one-off service to London Marylebone on 15th August. It will depart Bridgnorth at 0745, and call at all stations to Kidderminster with an arrival in London at 1159.

Norway Track on the Oslo-Drammen main line is being quadrupled west of Lysaker. This route carries heavy passenger and freight traffic destined for Bergen, Stravenger and Skien as well as suburban EMUs.

Angola The rehabilitation of the Luanda railways, in progress since 2003, will be concluded this year whilst Momes railways, in southwest Namibe Province, will be finished in 2010, and the Benguela (centre-west) railways will be concluded in 2011. http://tinyurl.com/m2tt2d

Libya In August 2008, Russian Railways began work on a 344-mile long, 4' 8" gauge, 155mph, double track railway parallel to the Mediterranean coast between between Benghazi.and Syrt. At the same time, China Railways are extending the line from Syrt a further 202 miles along the coast to Al Khums. Both lines are expected to be in use by 2013, and in the future will form part of an international transport corridor across North Africa.

Former Soviet Countries Although denied by the Georgian Government the leader of the opposition alleges that confidential negotiations are taking place to sell Georgian Railways to Russia. Moscow already manages the Armenian Railways (renaming them the South Caucasus Railways) and have also rehabilitated the Abkhazian segment of Georgian Railways. Last year, the Kremlin said it would create a rail link between Vladikavkaz in Northern Ossetia and Tskhinvali in South Ossetia. http://www.messenger.com.ge/issues/1891_july_7_2009/1891_econ_one.html

Swedish Railways (in Swedish... just explore): http://mac.abc.se/~pictor/RAIL/index.html

This DMU needs some work: http://mac.abc.se/~pictor/RAIL/motorvagn_km8.html

(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

And finally.... we bring you the street lighting website: http://www.midlandcountiesstreetlighting.co.uk/


High speed services proving a success: http://tinyurl.com/mogl56

Corby station wins award: http://www.emda.org.uk/news/newsreturn.asp?fileno=3673

Stockton & Darlington Railway remains threatened: http://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/teesdale-news/story,2182.html

Glasgow Airport rail link: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/projects/garl

Waverley Line project: http://www.waverleyrailwayproject.co.uk/

Plan to Holyhead to Cardiff through Mid Wales by reopening lines: http://tinyurl.com/ond3gf

Train fire at Abergavenny: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/8139980.stm

Arson attack on Stagecoach depot at Aberdare: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/8140572.stm

Level Crossing misuse in Northern Ireland: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8136301.stm

Flash Floods affect underground services in London: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8139435.stm

Train hits lorry on G&WR (read the comments): http://tinyurl.com/mdyj6y

Explosions on the Eden Valley Railway: http://oversands.fotopic.net/c1722076.html

Paid staff reductions on Talyllyn Railway: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/8137976.stm

Historic Hunslet loco returns to Leeds: http://tinyurl.com/lujhnj

Electric Railway Museum formed: http://www.electricrailwaymuseum.co.uk

Italy suspends use of GATX-made wagons after rail accident: http://www.railway-technology.com/News/News58830.html

Tornado (as in "wind") derails a train: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYubpuIe3cw

California high-speed rail corridor to extend to Las Vegas: http://www.railway-technology.com/News/News58864.html

US to get first home-made streetcar in 60 years: http://www.railway-technology.com/news/news58829.html

Safety breaches on Ramsgate based ferry: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/8137618.stm

Passenger fixes defective airliner: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8136193.stm

Vulcan grounded: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/8134361.stm

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, John McCrickard, Reg Nerps, Ralph Rawlinson

TV and Radio

Sat Jul 11 1915-2000 BBC4 'Space Dogs' History of dogs in space
Sat Jul 11 2000-2100 BBC4 'Forty Years on the Moon'
Sat Jul 11 2100-2200 BBC4 'Being Neil Armstrong'
Sat Jul 11 2200-2300 BBC4 'Apollo Wives'
Sat Jul 11 2300-2400 BBC4 'For All Mankind' A look at the Apollo missions
Sun Jul 12 1100-1200 Five 'Monster Moves' Moving 22 very expensive yachts together
Sun Jul 12 2000-2030 BBC4 'Wainwright Walks' Scafell Pike
Tue Jul 14 2000-2100 BBC2 'Coast' New series - the South Coast
Wed Jul 15 1830-1900 Five 'Classic Road Trips' This week - Miami and Bavaria
Wed Jul 15 1930-2000 Five 'Mean Machines' Bulldozers
Fri Jul 17 1300-1320 C4 'Small Railway Journeys' Londonderry & Lough Swilly


See Mainline Steam Tours page for up-to-date info on many of these tours, and others, often with timings.

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 http://railwayherald.co.uk/railtours/
All details are correct to the best of my knowledge. No responsibility is taken for inaccuracies or changes.
Sat Jul 11 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Hampshire Autistic Society Event http://www.steamtrain.co.uk/
Sat Jul 11 ? Southampton Book Fair
St Anne's School, Carlton Road, Southampton 1000-1600, Admission: 50p
Sat Jul 11 ? Dean Forest Railway: Scenic Supper Cruise http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Jul 11 - Sun Jul 12 ? Amberley Museum: Railway Gala http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Sat Jul 11 - Sun Jul 12 1030-1700(Sat) 1030-1600(Sun) Train Collectors Society Sandy Exhibition 2009
Sandy Upper School, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1BL 1030-1700 (Sat), 1030-1600 (Sun) http://www.traincollectors.org.uk/
Sat Jul 11 - Sun Jul 12 ? Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Family Event/Wirksworth Wapentake http://www.e-v-r.com/
Sat Jul 11 - Sun Jul 12 ? Crich Tramway Village: Edwardian Weekend http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sat Jul 11 - Sun Jul 12 ? Midland Railway Centre: Golden Valley Light Railway Narrow
Gauge Gala and Garden Railway and Modellers' Weekend http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk/
Sat Jul 11 - Sun Jul 12 1000-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Hartlepool Model Rail Exhibition
The Wynyard Rooms, Wynyard Park, Cleveland TS22 5TB 1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
Sun Jul 12 ? Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Steam Gala http://www.steamtrain.co.uk/
Sun Jul 12 ? Middleton Top Engine Open Day (Static), Cromford, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Tue Jul 14 ? SS Shieldhall Weymouth to Swanage Jurassic Coast Cruise http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
Wed Jul 15 ? SS Shieldhall Weymouth to Southampton Jurassic Coast Cruise http://www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk
Wed Jul 15 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Smooth & Cool Jazz Evening http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Jul 18 ? DN&S Railway and Chesil Tunnel - Guided Walks http://www.winchestertouristguides.com/program.html
Sat Jul 18 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Caribbean Festive Party Night http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Jul 18 - Sun Jul 19 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: The Island Motor Show http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Sat Jul 18 - Sun Jul 19 ? Camrail 2009 Model Railway Exhibition
Saint Margarets Hall, Bradford on Avon http://www.titfield.co.uk/Camrail/Camindex.htm
Sat Jul 18 - Sun Jul 19 ? The Battlefield Railway: MG Classic Car Rally http://www.Battlefield-Line-Railway.co.uk
Sat Jul 18 - Sun Jul 19 ? Foxfield Railway: Summer Steam Gala http://www.foxfieldrailway.com/
Sun Jul 19 ? Mid Hants Watercress Line: Bus Rally http://www.watercressline.co.uk
Sun Jul 19 ? Colne Valley Railway: Freight Gala http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Sun Jul 19 ? Dean Forest Railway: Vintage & Heritage Day http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sun Jul 19 1330 Under and Over the Mersey
To celebrate the Queensway Tunnel's 75th anniversary
Five staged walks from Liverpool to Birkenhead: 1030, 1115, 1200, 1245, 1330
Tickets: 5, Family Tickets (2+2): 15
Sun Jul 19 ? 'Tram Sunday' - Fleetwood Transport Festival http://www.fleetwoodtransportfestival.co.uk/
Tue Jul 21 ? DN&S Railway and Chesil Tunnel - Guided Walks http://www.winchestertouristguides.com/program.html
Wed Jul 22 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Summer Evening Scenic Cruise http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Wed Jul 22 ? Rowsley Historical Railway Walk http://www.rowsleyassociation.org.uk
Fri Jul 24 - Sun Jul 26 ? Netley Marsh Steam & Craft Show
Meadow Mead Farm, Netley Marsh, Near Southampton http://www.netleymarshsteamandcraftshow.org
Fri Jul 24 - Tue Jul 28 ? Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Day Out with Thomas http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Sat Jul 25 1000-1700 Bridport & District Model Railway Club Exhibition
Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, Dorset 1000-1700
Sat Jul 25 ? Dean Forest Railway: Scenic Supper Cruise http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Jul 25 ? Peak Rail: 50th Anniversary of class 44 'Penyghent' http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Jul 25 ? Foxfield Railway: Real Ale Train http://www.foxfieldrailway.com/
Sat Jul 25 - Sun Jul 26 ? Bluebell Railway: Toy & Rail Collectors Fair http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Sat Jul 25 - Sun Aug 02 ? Swanage Railway: Swanage Regatta & Carnival http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Sun Jul 26 ? Middleton Top Engine Open Day (Static), Cromford, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Sun Jul 26 ? Crich Tramway Village: Mini Meet http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sun Jul 26 - Mon Jul 27 1030-1600 Bluebell Railway: Railway Toy and Collectors Fair
Horsted Keynes Station 1030-1600 http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/
Fri Jul 31 - Mon Aug 03 ? Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Paddington Bear http://www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 01 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Titanic - A Night to Remember Dining http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 01 ? Dean Forest Railway: Swing, Jazz & Jive Evening http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sat Aug 01 - Sun Aug 02 1030-1700(Sat) 1000-1600(Sun) Otterbourne Finescale Show
Otterbourne Village Hall, Otterbourne, SO21 2ET 1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
Sat Aug 01 - Sun Aug 02 ? Peak Rail: 1940s Weekend http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Sat Aug 01 - Sun Aug 02 ? Leawood Pump Steamings, Cromford Canal, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Sun Aug 02 1000-1600 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
Admission free (donations welcome!) 1000-1600 ex-Romsey Infants School, Plaza Parade, Winchester Rd, Romsey
Car park in old school grounds http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk
Sun Aug 02 ? Dean Forest Railway: Vintage & Heritage Day http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk
Sun Aug 02 ? Churnet Valley Railway: Teddy Bear's Picnic http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sun Aug 02 ? Crich Tramway Village: Emergency Vehicles Day http://www.tramway.co.uk
Sun Aug 02 ? Middleton Top Engine Open Day (Static), Cromford, Derbyshire http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/
Cheers, Howard. editor (at) raildate.co.uk (spam-proofed)
Previous issues of Raildate are at: http://www.raildate.net
This page includes a master catalogue of items that have appeared in previous editions of Raildate.
(C) Howard Sprenger and Hursley Park Model Railway Society 2009.
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