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NETWATCH

The biggest rail company takeovers in 2015
http://tinyurl.com/jscyhbd
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Hammerton and Hammerton Road Crossing FARSAP videos
http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/videoPages/NE201-ham.php
http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/videoPages/NE201-hmr.php
Hessay
http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/videoPages/NE201-hsy.php
Marston Moor
http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/videoPages/NE201-mmr.php

Best of 2015 – Main Line and Preserved Railways
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMGfIvTnPZA
Memories Of The Mainline – UK Steam Train Review – 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mB1UFf3IMM
UK & Ireland Heritage Railways
http://www.heritage-railways.com/
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Lincolnshire railway photos (covers the resignalling over holiday period)
http://www.davesrailpics.co.uk/
Bulgarian 2-12-4T locos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF-QmC-3kjA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDnSgV2CAew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vErROVCapmE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2qgMri7EF4
Life in Indian Railways women’s only coaches
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35032309
Background to “The Bridge” TV drama (Oresund link)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35220191
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

How to do the Tube Challenge
http://tinyurl.com/n3ee6o6
China’s ‘train hunter’ on a quest to chronicle its fast-expanding railways
http://tinyurl.com/hqnwucp
Amy Johnson ‘chopped to pieces by Royal Navy ship’s propeller’, historian says
http://tinyurl.com/zftlkty
(Spotter: Jim O’Brien)

11foot8 Videos – rail bridge strikes (fascinating!)
http://11foot8.com/
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Whisky business: The strange story of the Planet Satellite
http://hushkit.net/2015/10/16/whisky-business-the-strange-story-of-the-planet-satellite/
Value of Decay
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/japanindepth/2015070301.html
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

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IN THE NEWS

Why are UK train tickets more expensive than in Europe?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35219018

Train operators agree new rules on communication after ‘political bias’ row
http://tinyurl.com/zdv3dmy

Crossrail gets its rails
http://www.railengineer.uk/2015/12/27/crossrail-gets-its-rails/

Crossrail 2 threat to historic buildings
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-35227531

Thameslink Programme Christmas 2015 work
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVk8ZCdWkKg

Dover to Folkestone line set to be closed for some time
http://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2016/01/03-dover-to-folkestone-line-set.html

Historic railway arches could become plush new restaurant space
http://tinyurl.com/hepy5jk

Dawlish line hit by weather again: Trains not running between Plymouth and Exeter
http://tinyurl.com/q9qbo4y

Rail electrification ‘ruining English countryside’
http://tinyurl.com/nmmzf5s
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-35231278

Second Corby to Kettering railway track laid to meet passenger demand
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-35190091

Bridge work back on track in £78m electrification scheme
http://tinyurl.com/zeqru8a

Train passenger stabbed in Cheshire after challenging group
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35211366

Network Rail finally begin work to drain flooded railway bridge
http://tinyurl.com/j2e2yla

Leeds station’s new £20m south entrance
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-35221910

Languishing E units to get new life in Cleveland
http://tinyurl.com/poc6odt

Scotrail offers new deal to over-50s: travel anywhere in Scotland for £16 return
http://tinyurl.com/jrytdcx

Call to restore Edinburgh train link
http://tinyurl.com/jy8m3hv

West Coast main line closed between Glasgow and Carlisle until February
http://tinyurl.com/j85usay
Virgin to by-pass West Coast Rail Line blockage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-35240697
Further delay possible on West Coast Main Line repair
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-35262669

Landslip causes disruption to Inverness-Kyle rail service
http://tinyurl.com/hfl2j5m

North-east railway line shut after flooding
http://tinyurl.com/j3v7u29

Tenders sought for £112m Queen Street station revamp
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-35195157

Damage to Conwy Valley railway line caused by Boxing Day floods
http://tinyurl.com/hxkanvw

Support to reopen Carno railway station
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-35235671

London Underground upgrades track maintenance fleet
http://tinyurl.com/oqd4yzf

Oyster card charging error
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-35213346

Several east London Tube stations change zone
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-35219633

Clapham South’s secret wartime tunnels opened to public
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-35228529

Flying Scotsman: Famous engine back on tracks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-35251312
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35263024
http://tinyurl.com/zvruca5
http://tinyurl.com/z4lmygj

Investigation after £27,000 in charity cash goes “missing”
http://tinyurl.com/hq6m7ad

Swanage re-connection delayed – DMUs need upgrade
http://tinyurl.com/ztkft5h

Summer of crime hits Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
http://tinyurl.com/jfk86xy

Eurotunnel’s Le Shuttle reports record 2015
http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/freight/eurotunnels-le-shuttle-reports-record-2015.html

Tracklaying completed on French high-speed line
http://tinyurl.com/jand2ld

SNCF invests in new tram-trains for French region
http://tinyurl.com/h99dneg

‘Very British’ trains build steam in Germany
http://tinyurl.com/q6keze3

Finland and Estonia undersea railway: Tunnel solution examined
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35246761

Long Island Rail Road triple-track plan revived
http://tinyurl.com/jcvsjqu

Penn Station to undergo $3bn renewal
http://tinyurl.com/jsant2m

Norfolk Southern reject Canadian Pacific takeover bid for the third time
http://tinyurl.com/z7yfz55

Campaign for investment in VIA Rail
http://tinyurl.com/hn4pdpq
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdfpU126g_0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybujt_QTP7A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P98oGDJrTgI

Hudson Bay railway sold to First Nation group
http://tinyurl.com/hpt45e7

Passengers injured riding Roaring Camp Railroads train in Felton
http://www.ksbw.com/news/roaring-camp-railroads-train-passengers-injured/37163206

Sacramento wants to turn train tracks into 4.5-mile trail for bikes, pedestrians
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/transportation/article51193470.html

Russia to extend world’s most northerly railway
http://tinyurl.com/zubpfzg

Thailand-Cambodia link to reopen “this year”
http://tinyurl.com/hd8u5fd

Derailment of train conveying sulphuric acid in Queensland
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-35192052

Bus swept down flooded street in Hebden Bridge
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35185231

School children trapped on bus stuck in waist-high flood water
http://tinyurl.com/juoj4gl

The UK’s last operating Leyland tippers take a bow
http://tinyurl.com/jc57hds

AAIB Special Bulletin S4/2015 – Hawker Hunter T7, G-BXFI – update
http://tinyurl.com/nrvyjn9

Obituary: Andre Turcat, first man to fly Concorde
http://tinyurl.com/hduxjbb

The world’s safest – and least safe – airlines revealed
http://tinyurl.com/jq7ycfl

Plane door left open at 10,000ft
http://tinyurl.com/hv7hknz

EasyJet investigated by authorities after plane landed on wrong runway at Pisa
http://tinyurl.com/h6zbq9e

In pictures: Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare collapses
http://tinyurl.com/zl4cswz

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Ted Millward, Reg Nerps, Jim O’Brien, Mike Price, Alan
Rushworth, Roger Smith

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TV and RADIO

10/01/16 BBC4 1900-2000
“India’s Frontier Railways” 1/3

10/01/16 ITV 2215-2315
“Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure

11/01/16 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” Dover to Eastbourne

11/01/16 Talking Pictures (Freeview 81) 2025-2100
“Terminus” 1961 John Schlesinger movie – Waterloo Station

12/01/16 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” Newhaven to Worthing

12/01/16 BBC4 2300-0000
“Timeshift: The Nation’s Railway – the Golden Age of British Rail”

13/01/16 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” Littlehampton to Beaulieu

14/01/16 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” Lymington to Axminster

14/01/16 ITV 2100-2200
“Jericho” Drama set against the building of a railway viaduct 2/8

14/01/16 Channel 4 2100-2200
“The Restoration Man” A railway station in Northumberland

14/01/16 BBC4 2100-2200
“Timeshift: The Trains that Time Forgot”

14/01/16 BBC4 2230-2330
“India’s Frontier Railways” 2/3

Thanks to Simon Moppett for additional information this week

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EVENTS

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

12/01/16 Great Western Society Bristol Group
Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
“Mainly Narrow Gauge – Sound Cine” by Terry Nicholls
1930 for 1945
There is no admission charge, but a donation of at least £2 is appreciated
http://www.gwsbristol.org/gwsmeetings.html

13/01/16 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
AGM and “We’ll Keep A Welcome In The Hillsides” by Chris Youett
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

15/01/16– London Model Engineering Exhibition
17/01/16 http://www.londonmodelengineering.co.uk

16/01/16 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

16/01/16 21st Annual Railway/Bus Collectors Fair
Pudsey Civic Hall, Leeds
1000-1500, Admission: £2.00

16/01/16– East Lancashire Railway: Flying Scotsman is Coming
17/01/16 http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

18/01/16 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
21st Birthday Meeting with Paul Gosling
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

18/01/16 Peak Railway Association
Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
“Railways Remembered” a film show by Rob Foxon
Starts 1930, doors open 1900
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/SheffieldBranch.htm

23/01/16 “Small” Model Railway Show, Cardiff
Scout Association Headquarters, Fields Park Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff, CF11 9HX
1000–1600, Adult: £3.50, Under 14: free
Ample free parking

23/01/16– Dartmoor Railway: Sulzer weekend
24/01/16 http://www.dartmoor-railway-sa.org/specialevents

25/01/16 Macclesfield and District Field Club
“Railways of Macclesfield” by John Hooley
The Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6PH
Starts 1930, visitors welcome
http://www.maccfieldclub.org

Cheers, Howard.
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