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The “Mystery Pictures” pages at Kestrel Railway Books have been updated, and there are still a
few stubborn ones that have been there for a while
http://www.kestrelrailwaybooks.co.uk/

NETWATCH

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway North Pole Express
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-LNo4CWXlE
The earth moves at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYSLVK1PHsE
An interlude at Spondon Station
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t41isN8Dmls
Tamworth Station in the winter sunshine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Teb1pX7k7hI
(Martin Miller)

“My Top 5 Mainline Steam & Diesel Moments of 2016”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izf69LYOza8

2016 steam fast and furious
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ39A5UA9vU

Cab ride Class 60 on the Silverdale ( Staffs) branch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcRgAG1iC6g

Llangollen Railway Winter Warmer, New Years Eve 2016
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaUf4CJKYk0
4566 Reaches the End of the Line
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYKkm-CaeMk
Severn Valley Railway Festive Timetable Monday, 2nd January
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktRNERKSats
Masters of the Mainline – U.K Steam Train Review – 2016
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRjFjsDj0HM
Fotozug mit 01 0509-8 Arnstadt – Gera 02.09. 2001
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k40KzNw-TrI
Laute Auspuffschläge, lange Züge – Dampfloks unterwegs in 2016, Der letzte
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-8tu0EgHNs
Feuertaurus, Hectorrail 151er, LEG 155er und viel Güterverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy90m1_H7dQ
Güterzug mit Volldampf – Dampflokomotive 44 0093/Saalfeld – Arnstadt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAkaIvKTCXY
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Mike Wilcock’s Model railway collection on national television in 15 years ago!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=habNe5LEBCk
Railways 2016 Steam at Barry, Shunting freight and Christmas Specials
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHQn8OpfzrA
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll0jHvdXM1Y
Class 50012/31/49 and other specials in Wales a decade ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiXpcOhDDFQ
Warrington Freight, Grey Coal livery 31s/56s/60s in 1993
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVbzce94ANQ
(Mike Wilcock)

RSSB Rule Book app
http://tinyurl.com/zdmvo5m
Today it’s a Tyneside Metro station: See how much it’s changed over the last 50 years
http://tinyurl.com/z8ge5gq
30th Dec on Great Central Railway
http://rickeborall.zenfolio.com/p500129220/h8090347a#h809059ca
Winter steam from Fort William
http://www.steamingaroundyorkshire.co.uk/Pages/2016/december16/20th.htm
Weather World – Snowdon Mountain Railway (available for a couple of weeks only)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08746b1/weather-world-24122016
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Hitachi unveils first UK-built IEP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCC1dFkZ5bI
(Spotter: John Mercer)

The secret bunker below London’s secret bunker
http://londonist.com/2015/02/the-secret-bunker-below-londons-secret-bunker
Highball on the High Iron
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykwhL4KjXjw
The Sky Sovereign DC-4E
http://sky-sovereign-dc-4e.blogspot.co.uk/
Aircraft flies final Hump to China
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-10/17/content_27079287.htm
http://www.aussieairliners.org/dc-3/vh-mmf/vhmmf.html
The Last Phantom Pilot – The End Of The F-4 Phantom II
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKvHAVKvK30
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

The evolution of Hudson Yards: from “Death Avenue” to NYC’s most advanced neighborhood
http://ny.curbed.com/2016/12/13/13933084/hudson-yards-new-york-history-manhattan

How Rudolf Diesel’s engine changed the world
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38302874

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IN THE NEWS

Network Rail completes £100m of upgrades over Christmas
http://tinyurl.com/hz2wovb

Trains on UK railways more than 20 years old, analysis shows
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38450117
http://tinyurl.com/he4wotf

Pacers: The train that the UK has struggled to get rid of
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35725299

GBRf orders new wagons for biomass traffic
http://tinyurl.com/zud8am2

Rail fares: Who are the season ticket winners and losers?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38497987

DfT works to improve ticket information
http://tinyurl.com/joqx8o2

Crossrail carriage passes extreme-weather tests
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38471982
Crossrail documents reveal fears over welfare of workers
http://tinyurl.com/heqgga4

Waterloo 10 car platform works
http://tinyurl.com/hwrdxug

Khan pledges ‘major’ passenger benefits if TfL devolution goes ahead
http://tinyurl.com/hb9skqo

London – China intermodal service set for January launch
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38497997
http://tinyurl.com/zzefqqz

Southern Rail hit by delay – on road
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38400214

Jeremy Hunt hopes Downs Link reopening could relieve pressure on A281
http://tinyurl.com/z34nn2u

Rock Park’s iron bridge in Barnstaple now open and fully refurbished ahead
http://tinyurl.com/gqafcqu

Cement traffic returns to Moorswater
http://www.cornish-times.co.uk/article.cfm?id=108762&headline=Freight

Cambridge North 80% complete following Christmas work
http://tinyurl.com/z26wfs2

Man dies as car hit by train at level crossing near Lidlington
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-38497315

Scorpion found on London to Edinburgh train
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-38489366
Then gave birth in rescue centre
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-38496024

Encouragement to use UK’s quietest station
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-38377328

Ten evacuated as Kenilworth train catches fire
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-38470783

Land near East Midlands Airport being bought to create 7,000-job ‘inland port’
http://tinyurl.com/j5h5rcz

Tender for Cycle Hire and Refreshment Concession at former Waterhouses station
http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/looking-after/about-us/open-government/tenders

Cyclist’s level crossing near-miss caught on CCTV
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-38393823

Stadler to build new Merseyrail trains
https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2016/12/17-stadler-wins-contract-to-build.html

Mersey tunnel track renewal
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-38496244

Northern rail workers to vote on industrial action
http://tinyurl.com/hpna99a

Durham station to close for Azuma platform extension
http://tinyurl.com/hcmrtza

Damaged cables lead to train disruption
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38480237

£300m rail upgrade work complete after festive disruption
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-38494323

New platform at Cardiff Central station
http://tinyurl.com/j79s8bl

Upgrade scheme to close level crossings between Newtown and Machynlleth to improve rail safety
http://tinyurl.com/hor4d8a

Are Wales’ disused railway tunnels an untapped resource for tourism?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38170694

Relocation of Douglas Horsetram stables
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-38305242

Increase in bridge strikes in Ireland during 2016
http://www.rte.ie/news/2016/1228/841566-bridge-strikes-iarnrod-eireann/

Revised ETRMS introduction programme
http://tinyurl.com/zkmazey

Revised border checks on Oeresund link
http://tinyurl.com/jruc5oz

New power units for Iranian locos
http://tinyurl.com/glw3wvx

Fewer people die in accidents at Dutch railway level crossings
http://tinyurl.com/hvmvgwz

2016 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
http://tinyurl.com/gw52g6q

Moroccan TGV trains under test
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-38471392

Talks held to avoid strike over station staffing on LUL
http://tinyurl.com/hqvew96

New Metro line opens in Ankara
http://tinyurl.com/jmpshss

First phase of New York’s Second Avenue Subway opens
http://tinyurl.com/j4bdxvp

Brit thrill seeker ‘not surfing Paris Metro’ in fatal accident
http://tinyurl.com/gudlyd9

MTR opens new automated metro line in Hong Kong
http://tinyurl.com/zr9r72d

Rare model train collection donated to Queensland museum after being kept in secret
http://tinyurl.com/zzs35yu

Edinburgh trams running three-quarters empty
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38460769

London’s ‘Boris bus’ reaches end of road as Sadiq Khan halts purchases
http://tinyurl.com/j6npchy

Does this bus go to the “Nags Head”?
http://tinyurl.com/jqbsvkw

Delays at Torpoint Ferry
http://tinyurl.com/juxta5a

Cowes floating bridge withdrawn
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-38488376

Flying boat exhibition cleared for take off at Hampshire museum after receiving £65,000 lottery
grant
http://tinyurl.com/zkz3zqw

B-52 bomber drops engine
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/b-52-bomber-drops-engine-432925/

On the hunt for illegal miners as a new gold rush hits New Zealand
http://tinyurl.com/gktqqf3

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Maurice Hopper, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Mike Prince, Alan
Rushworth, Roger Smith

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TV and RADIO

07/01/17 Channel 4 1730-1900
“Speed with Guy Martin” World’s fastest road race

07/01/17 BBC4 1900-2000
“Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here”

09/01/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” Blackpool to Manchester

09/01/17 BBC4 2230-2330
“Clydebuilt: The Ships that Made the Commonwealth” 4/4

10/01/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” Manchester to Silkstone

10/01/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“Timeshift: The Trains that Time Forgot – Britain’s Lost Railway Journeys”

11/01/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” South Yorkshire

11/01/17 BBC4 2100-2130
“James May: the Reassembler” Mini Motorcycle

11/01/17 BBC4 2130-2230
“Timeshift: The Joy of Sets – the Model Railway Story”

12/01/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” Gainsborough to Ely

12/01/17 ITV 2030-2100
“The Cruise: Sailing the Mediterranean” 1/6

13/01/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” East Anglia

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EVENTS

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

09/01/17 Eastleigh & District Local History Society
Age Concern Hall, 20 Romsey Rd, Eastleigh, SO50 9AL
“The restoration and operation of the Eastleigh-built Locomotive No 850 “Lord
Nelson”
by Neil Kearns
Starts 1930
Charge of £2 for non-members
http://www.eastleighhistory.org.uk/

10/01/17 Great Western Society Bristol Group
Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
“GW Miscellany – Including Gems from the Soole Collection” by Brian Arman
1930 for 1945
No admission charge, but a donation of £2.00 is appreciated
http://www.gwsbristol.org/gwsmeetings.html

11/01/17 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
AGM + “From the Top of Mt Washington to the Bottom of Death Valley
– the Highs & Lows of US Railroads” by Jeff Morgan
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

13/01/17 Bamford & District Local History Group
The Hope Valley Line & Rural Railways in 21st Century Britain by Dr John Stubbs
Bamford Village Institute, Main Road, Hope Valley, S33 0DY
Starts 2000

16/01/17 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
David and Marion Canning present a selection of transport photographs
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

16/01/17 Friends of Cromford Canal
Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
Starts 1930
“Times Past Along the Cromford Canal Corridor” by Brian Key
Admission: £2.00
http://www.cromfordcanal.org/

16/01/17 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

18/01/17 Dronfield Civic Society
St Andrews Church Hall, Pentland Road, Dronfield, S18 8ZQ
Illustrated talk by Tony Broome on The Cromford & High Peak Railway
Starts 1945
Admission, including refreshments: Members £2, Non-members £4
http://www.dronfieldcivicsociety.org.uk/

20/01/17– London Model Engineering Exhibition
22/01/17 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY
http://www.londonmodelengineering.co.uk

26/01/17 RCTS South Wales: Trip on Heart of Wales line from Cardiff via Swansea to
Shrewsbury
Exact timings following publication of winter timetable
http://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/south_wales/events.htm

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