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NETWATCH

Stansted Park Light Railway near Havant
http://www.stanstedpark.co.uk/visitor-attractions/stansted-light-railway.html

Return to ‘Little Bytham’ with Tony Wright
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwPGPdepiZg

Torchlit tours of the Post Office Railway – 23rd October
http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/10/01/torchlit-tours-of-the-post-office-railway/
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Chris Tarrant’s top railway trips
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-09-30/chris-tarrants-top-railway-trips
North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Autumn Steam Gala, 26th September
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjs2rnpt94Q
In Memory of Roger Barker (Mr 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fNu5gyPfB0
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

ORR statistical releases
http://orr.gov.uk/statistics/published-stats/statistical-releases
Restoration of the Cuneo picture of Waterloo station
http://blog.nrm.org.uk/2015/09/25/repairing-cuneos-waterloo/
Steam on Manchester Metrolink (engineering train)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/88626039@N07/21559147969/
Montreux Jazz festival event on the Blonay-Chamay line
http://www.blonay-chamby.ch/index.php?page=p_gallery&id_p_p=70
RhB streetview
https://www.rhb.ch/en/interactive/virtual-experiences/streetview
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

‘Phantom Ghost Fortress’ B-17 that landed at an airfield – NO crew were on board!
http://tinyurl.com/ovdqc7x
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

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IN THE NEWS

Network Rail to restart electrification of train lines
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34402592
http://tinyurl.com/onxlgd8

Four year delay on Sheffield to London rail project will ‘harm the economy’
http://tinyurl.com/nqca45p

ATOC planning digital Railcard launch in 2016
http://tinyurl.com/pz3mnqk

Test train running on new Chiltern London line
http://www.globalrailnews.com/2015/09/29/test-train-running-on-new-chiltern-london-line/
http://tinyurl.com/pmnaakr

Commuter rail fare dodger forced to pay back £6,000
http://tinyurl.com/oq7knmf

Mallard stained glass window unveiled at Grantham Railway Station
http://tinyurl.com/o8bbe6v

Railway veteran Roy Richards relives old memories on the Launceston Steam Railway
http://tinyurl.com/pxppf4b

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

Over 200 passengers walk down railway line after emergency cord is pulled on crowded carriage
http://tinyurl.com/on2afvw

Churchdown gas leak railway line reopens
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-34390409

Revamp plans for Shrewsbury’s railway station
http://tinyurl.com/p6vjxtr

Replace Derby’s Assembly Rooms with venue at derelict Friar Gate Goods Yard, says Derby Civic
Society
http://tinyurl.com/pcy8elo

Old Celanese line given new lease of life at Derbyshire railway
http://tinyurl.com/q97b7cy

Youngster dices with death at Sandal and Agbrigg railway station
http://tinyurl.com/np3wyz3

Railway depot at York Central site could be at risk
http://tinyurl.com/n9ae3b3

George Hudson has left the building – inside the Mansion House
http://tinyurl.com/oldvzak

Cable thief jailed after bringing East Coast mainline to a standstill
http://tinyurl.com/pzu5ae3

ScotRail short of trains for its busiest routes
http://tinyurl.com/obezmnp

Freight train derailment in Dundee causes delays
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-34377262

Port Talbot Parkway’s 400-tonne footbridge installed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-34361076

London Underground uses braking energy to power stations
http://tinyurl.com/o9bz9w2

J Murphy & Sons to carry out electrification of Gospel Oak-Barking route
http://tinyurl.com/oo43x7b

40 years since the re-opening of West Somerset Railway
http://tinyurl.com/q8pyaw3

Calais migrant crisis: Man killed on Eurotunnel tracks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34399729

High-speed testing on phase two of LGV Est
http://www.globalrailnews.com/2015/09/29/high-speed-testing-on-phase-two-of-lgv-est/

DB ICx begins mainline testing
http://tinyurl.com/p9zupp5

German rail authority approves new double-deck IC fleet
http://tinyurl.com/qa4bvcb

New entrant plans Stuttgart-Hamburg services
http://tinyurl.com/qevveyk

Renewing heavy rail service into San Francisco
http://urbanland.uli.org/development-business/transformation-transbay/

BART ticket machine update announced
http://tinyurl.com/pj4bpf6

Locos leased after problems with Metrolink driver trailer coaches
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/metrolink-684778-locomotives-rotem.html

Level crossing safety improvements for California
http://tinyurl.com/nqmps94

Bus driver reads paper in hour-long Bath ‘stand-off’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-34423798

Bus firms ditch ‘too slow’ £40m fast lanes in Glasgow
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-34424616

Footage of D-Day landing craft being raised from Liverpool Docks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34378133

British Airways retires its last Boeing 737
http://tinyurl.com/p2np7z5

Trent XWB-97 arrives at Airbus for flight testing
http://tinyurl.com/q67z9rc

Boeing KC-46A makes historic first flight after setbacks
http://tinyurl.com/njrcu3n

Air NZ A320 in close encounter with UAV
http://tinyurl.com/pjg4le6

Demolition of part of Didcot A power station
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-34369053

Mining museum celebrates 200 years of Davy Lamps
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-34350546

Most detailed Victorian map of Swansea digitised on CD
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-34394749

Spotters: Paul Bartlett, Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Alan
Rushworth

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TV and RADIO

03/10/15 BBC2 1655-1755
“World’s Busiest Railway” 4/4 Mumbai

04/10/15 BBC2 2000-2100
“Licence to Thrill: Paul Hollywood Meets Aston Martin

05/10/15 BBC4 1930-2000
“Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury” 1/4 The Caledonian Canal

05/10/15 BBC4 2300-0000
“Brick by Brick: Rebuilding Our Past” 1/3

06/10/15 BBC4 1930-2000
“Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury” 2/4 The Worcester & Birmingham Canal

06/10/15 BBC4 2000-2030
“Canals: the Making of a Nation” 6/6 Heritage

06/10/15 BBC4 2100-2200
“Alan Johnson’s First Class Post” History of the Post Office

07/10/15 BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
“Recycled Radio” 1/4 Travel

07/10/15 BBC4 1930-2000
“Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury” 3/4 The Kennet & Avon Canal

08/10/15 Channel 5 1900-2000
“Underground Britain” 5/6

08/10/15 Channel 5 2000-2100
“Aircrash: the Miracle of Flight 32” An engine explodes…

08/10/15 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys” 2/6 Crossing the Andes

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EVENTS

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

01/10/15- Severn Valley Railway: Diesel Enthusiasts Gala
03/10/15 http://www.svr.co.uk

01/10/15- West Somerset Railway: Autumn Steam Gala
04/10/15
http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

01/10/15- Great Central Railway: Autumn Steam Gala
04/10/15
http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

02/10/15 RCTS Bristol
St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
“American Wanderings – Heading West” by society chairman, Gordon Davies
Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
At each meeting we ask for a donation of £2 from non-members and £1 from members
A free cup of tea or coffee will be available during the interval, and a large
selection of new and second hand books will be on sale
http://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/bristol/events.htm

03/10/15– Mickleover Model Railway Group Exhibition
04/10/15 Mickleover Community Centre, Uttoxeter Road, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 0DA
http://www.mmrg.org.uk/

03/10/15– Midland Railway, Butterley: Teddy Bear Weekend
04/10/15
http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk

03/10/15– Leawood Pumping Engine Steaming Days
04/10/15
http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/

04/10/15 Twyford Waterworks, Hants: Autumn Rally
http://www.twyfordwaterworks.co.uk

04/10/15 Romsey Signal Box open day
Adult: £2.50 (£3.00 if gift-aided), Child: free
1200-1600
Limited parking – see website for details
Brick Lane, Romsey – use sat-nav SO51 8LGB
http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk

04/10/15 Oxford Bus Museum: Bus & Classic Vehicle Rally
http://www.oxfordbusmuseum.org.uk

04/10/15 Foxfield Railway: Heritage Train Day
http://www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/

04/10/15 Middleton Top Engine Static Exhibit Day
http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/

05/10/15 Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
The Underhill Centre, St John’s Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
“Looking at Lime Kilns” by Peter Stanier
Starts at 1945
http://www.hias.org.uk/

05/10/15 Peak Railway Association (Sheffield Branch)
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“Brits Abroad! (slideshow)” by Gavin Lake
Starts at 1930
For a requested £3 donation on the door, all welcome
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/SheffieldBranch

06/10/15 Worcester Locomotive Society
Barbourne Ex-Serviceman’s Club, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED
“Great Western – Local Areas – Steam & Diesel” by Roy Godfrey
Starts at 2000
http://www.worcesterlocomotivesociety.co.uk/

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– 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

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