BASINGSTOKE & DISTRICT RAILWAY SOCIETY
NEWSLETTER May 2011 Vol. 39: No 5
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Chairman Secretary Joint Editors
David Brace Alison Bown Sandra & David Brace 48, Hatch Lane 5B Melford Gardens 48, Hatch Lane, Old Basing Basingstoke RG22 5EZ Old Basing, Basingstoke, RG24 7EB Tel: 01256 819401 Basingstoke, RG24 7EB Tel: 01256 323958 e-mail: email@example.com Tel: 01256 323958 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail: see Chairmans email
FORTHCOMING MEETINGS to be held at Wote Street Club, Basingstoke Centre normally at 8pm.
Wednesday 11th May STEAM IN FIFTY COUNTRIES - Hugh Ballantyne Wednesday 25th May COLINS 45 YEARS OF RAILWAY PHOTOGRAPHY - Society member Note change of speaker Colin Metcalf will show us the highlights from his years with a camera. as John Chalcroft is Radiating from his Solent heartland, we will travel far and wide and recovering from a include a few ships, buses and planes. Of particular interest will be a serious illness section entitled when things go wrong and a few digital movie clips. Wednesday 8th June GOSLINGS MOST RECENT GALLIVANTS - Society member Paul Gosling will once again show us where he has been and what he has photographed since his last presentation early last year. As we have come to expect there will be subjects and locations to satisfy all tastes Wednesday 22nd June NARROW GAUGE RAILWAYS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR - After explaining the War Office Locomotive Societys efforts to preserve a WW1 Hunslet 4-6-0T, Kim Winter will present rare archive film from the Imperial War Museum and National film board of Canada. You will see Baldwin 4-6-0s, Dick Kerr and Westinghouse petrol locomotives and many other items of interest.
We would be pleased to hear from anyone who could give a railway-based presentation. This Newsletter is produced by the B&DRS and is issued free of charge and for the interest of its members and of the Societys friends
J15 0-6-0 65462 and a Class 156 DMU on each side of the level crossing dividing the North Norfolk Railway from the national network at Sheringham. Photograph taken by Howard Ray in March 2011
EDITORIAL I am pleased to say that, with the exception of the overseas trip to Holland, activities have slowed down over the last month and I can sort of enjoy a quiet retirement for a few days at least. Last week I attended my first Rail User Group Liaison meeting with South West Trains and Passenger Focus. We had two interesting presentations. The first summarised SWTs submission to Network Rail on the draft London & South East Route Utilisation Strategy. This was a topic for which I had prepared an input to RailFutures submission and I am pleased to say that SWT agreed with one of my suggestions for how to deal with the predicted gross overcrowding on routes into Waterloo by 2030. Both SWT and I had suggested that continental style double-deck trains might be a viable alternative to train lengthening. The costs of providing the additional capacity by any means will require a very substantial sum of money, well in excess of the moneys currently committed to enhancements. It will also take a substantial time to realise and the pressure will be to start spending by 2020 if the network served by Waterloo is not to grind to a halt by 2030. In this scenario enlarging the structure gauge may be more economic than lengthening platforms and all the signalling alterations that this would require. Up to now, double deck trains have been ridiculed by quoting Bulleids attempt (who built urban emus to the present structure gauge). Our trip to Holland illustrated just how much capacity can be obtained for both suburban and long distance trains using double-deck stock with a sensible loading gauge. Within 50 miles of Waterloo the number of tunnels can be counted on one hand (similar to Holland) and many lines are on embankment where there tend to be less over bridges. The second topic was the latest Network Rail reorganisation where devolved responsibility for maintenance, renewals and enhancement will be achieved at route level. The new chief executive of Network Rail, David Higgins (ex Olympic Delivery Authority), wishes to reduce the extended lines of communications and make people further down the line responsible. One of the two trial areas will be our Wessex area. The new route infrastructure director (Richard OBrian with whom I have worked in the past) will be responsible for these new roles as well as current operations, signalling etc. The idea is that the responsibilities for all work on the network is brought closer to the customers - passenger and freight operators. We shall see. Finally there is to be a re-signalling of the Salisbury to Exeter line in the next year with much transferring to our own new control centre in Basingstoke and the resulting loss of the remaining signal boxes on the route. No increased capacity is planned but the changes will not preclude this if demand increases over the 35 years that the renewed equipment is designed to last. David Brace
OTHER SOCIETY MEETINGS Meon Valley Locomotive Society June 14th AGM plus The Vice-Chairman Entertains The Railway Club of the New Forest May 20th MHR - The Watercress Line New Video Dave Yaldren June 24th Steam in the 60s - from slides by the late John Bailey Bert Moody Oxfordshire Railway Society May 11th Preserved Railways of Great Britain Gerald Siviour Newbury & District Transport Group May 20th Historic Transport Miscellany Steve Wimbush June 17th Longmoor Military Railway + Tanks by Rail Dr Mike Walshall Reading Transport Group May 11th Transport Films (BTF and narrow gauge) Alan Willmott May 18th Railways Overseas Jim Ballantyne May 25th Members Evening
REVIEW OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS MEETING ON 13TH APRIL 2011 The National Rail Vehicle Collection The Society was invited to hold this meeting at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke and to enjoy a presentation by Anthony Coulls, Senior Curator of the Rail Vehicle Collection of the National Railway Museum (NRM). Anthonys illustrated talk described the NRM policy for accepting railway vehicles into the national collection and the preservation and display of over 300 items. The two main locations for these items are of course York and Shildon, but a large minority are positioned at railway heritage centres and museums around the United Kingdom. In particular, the curators try to locate items in the area of the country in which they originally worked. They try to do this so that they can educate a much wider audience about railways and their history. The local example is the 060ST Woolmer, built exactly 100 years ago for use on the Longmoor Military Railway which is now back in Hampshire and currently residing in the Milestones Museum. Mr. Coulls is obviously extremely proud of this particular item as it was the first locomotive to come out of the restoration workshops in Shildon. This is an activity that has been developed at the North East venue and now employs three apprentices who are all learning engineering, painting and sign-writing skills, which have almost been lost to the area. The presenter explained the policy employed by the NRM in accepting items into the national collection in that a Conservation Management Plan is created for each possible exhibit. This not only takes into account the cost of preservation and conservation, but the importance of the item in history, as well as its own history. Whilst there are some modern items in the collection (SR EMUs and diesel locomotives for instance), Anthony suggested that it will not be long before they will have to consider safeguarding even more modern traction examples before they may become lost to history. Although this was a very-well attended meeting, and those present were invited after the talk to walk through the museum and imbibe at the Baverstoke Arms, the fact that most of the evening was spent in a classroom environment and there was not the emphasis on Woolmer that I was anticipating, I feel that this event could easily have been held at our normal meeting venue. Malcolm Bown MEETING ON 27TH APRIL 2011 Members Quartet Evening 4 members of the Society each gave a presentation lasting about half an hour on a railway subject of their choice. We started with Justin and Terry Foulger giving us a digital presentation of a wide range of standard gauge preservation railways in the UK. The pictures were all taken in the last two years and included an eclectic mix of steam, diesel and electric trains thereby demonstrating that the UK is probably without equal in the world for the variety and extent of preserved railways. The second talk was by a relative newcomer Chris King-Smith. His subject was the Hornby 0 gauge clockwork railway representing the Tendring 100 Railway from Colchester eastwards to Clacton and Walton. This railway only operates a few times each year (at Stubbington) with many members bringing their own extensive rolling stock and operating a very intensive timetable. At each of the stations modelled the relevant operator had to do all things including driving, shunting and signalling. Local goods trains had to be made up containing specific wagons to be forwarded elsewhere. One of the highlights of the show was a high speed run around the circuit viewed from a wagon with a camera mounted on it. After the break we continued with Bob Williams showing us slides of his favourite route -The Woodhead - linking Yorkshire with Lancashire. Bob visited it whilst it was still open and operational, with an excursion and after closure. His illicit shots inside the tunnel were of particular interest as w