A new “addition” to the History of Liphook Station-crime

Following a fascinating article on crimes on the LSWR, in the latest issue of the South Western Circular, I have added a small piece on the attack perpetrated by an Army Colonel. He joined  a London bound train at Liphook, just over 142 years to the day and indecently assaulted a lady passenger  as the train travelled at speed between Woking and Esher.

Network South East

This British Railways Sector was formed on this day in 1986 under the leadership of Chris Green. It comprised the following area, replacing in its area the BR Regions that had existed since Nationalisation in 1948

 It absorbed the entire London suburban network as well as Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and beyond to Weymouth, Salisbury and Exeter, plus the Isle of Wight; north to Bedford, Northampton and Banbury; west to Bedwyn; east to Kings Lynn, Harwich, Clacton and Shoeburyness In terms of BR regions, it encompassed the entire Southern (re-branded as Southeast, Central and Southwest), plus parts of the Western, Midland and Eastern (re-branded West, North and East – West subsequently became Thames & Chiltern and East became Anglia). 
There was a “tube style” system map across the network; red platform lamp posts and a NSE logo and livery on rolling stock and station signage. Electronic clocks on all platforms and more staff.
It lasted until 1994 when the whole system was prepared for privatisation by the creation of line management the precursor to the  letting of private franchises
For much more info see the Network South East Society site http://www.nsers.org/what-was-nse.html  

Light rail letter in “Petersfield Post” links reality & model

Under the heading “Light rail scheme would work here” the “Post” published today my “Letter to the editor” regarding the “lack of serious efforts to make the Bordon- Bentley scheme a reality” in support of a previous letter by a Michael Huber of Lindford published last week.

Attention was drawn to the much more active light rail scene in Europe and the apparent lack of knowledge by the UK populace on what modern light rail is. This is particularly true in the South of England where except for Croydon there is no light rail scheme development.

To give locals an idea of what a modern system might look like, mention was made of the East Hants Link N scale layout under construction as part of the Liphook U3A Building a Model Railway Group

Recent additions to my tramway modelling library

Two recent purchases I have made from the Tramway & Light Railway Society bookshop, that I should have made some time ago. I even “forgot” when I was at the recent AGM of that august society!

“How to go Tram & Tramway Modelling” by David Voice– I have an earlier edition but have needed to update a few years ago. This “latest” issue is in fact 12 years old- but still with lots more info than the earlier edition I have. Unfortunately several suppliers mentioned are no longer about, but most have suitable replacement- others doing much the same thing at new addresses or with new owners

“Large Scale Tramway Modelling -an introduction & guide” by Peter Hammond & Peter Howard covers a new area for me, although I have a couple of large scale RTR models of American outline streetcars stored away. These were obtained in that long forgotten era of low American prices and a good $ to £ exchange rate. I have long fostered the idea of a small outdoor (garden) tramway and perhaps this book will encourage me to “have a go.” Published by the T&LRS in 2015

Both well recommended.