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NETWATCH

Taw Link – A Community Light Railway for the 21st Century
http://www.taw-link.org.uk/ http://www.taw-link.org.uk/

Cornwall Railway Society
http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/ http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

Film Archive of Railway Signalling & People (FARSAP) videos for Castlerock, Coleraine and
Portrush added
http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/archivevideo.php http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/archivevideo.php
(via John Lacy)

Scrap units and 87016 at Caerwent in 2004
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7kVFTTl3ao http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7kVFTTl3ao
Tondu Spectacular; 60074/66004/60001 on heavy freight diversions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPPIYjiPDeQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPPIYjiPDeQ
Railways in Wales with 20/33/37/47/66 and 73, 2006
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acRnenaRvDw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acRnenaRvDw
Class 50012/31/49 and other specials in Wales a decade ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiXpcOhDDFQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiXpcOhDDFQ
(via Mike Wilcock)

Delivering the goods by rail through the years
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2lOqVFhVzA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2lOqVFhVzA
37608 and 37604 at York on 24th January 2017
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyBsKKEBJXQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyBsKKEBJXQ
Lokportrait Dampflok 5519 oder auch 42 2718 der DR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OHZPFCQVR0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OHZPFCQVR0
Zugverkehr auf der Brennerbahn / Ferrovia del Brennero – Lokomotion, RTC, Trenitalia, ÖBB
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrsc6akx898 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrsc6akx898
Eine Dampflok taut auf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66wwBfZY358 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66wwBfZY358
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Photos of Crossrail works
http://londonist.com/london/transport/photos-of-crossrail-photos-released http://londonist.com/london/transport/photos-of-crossrail-photos-released
Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
http://tinyurl.com/hsc5l6u http://tinyurl.com/hsc5l6u
Historic photos of North Eastern stations
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/10-more-lost-north-east-12482958 http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/10-more-lost-north-east-12482958
Lego train running through underwater tunnel with goldfish
http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/lego-train-underwater-tunnel http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/lego-train-underwater-tunnel
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

How 4am special train from Edinburgh boosted newspaper circulation
http://tinyurl.com/z4yhg3s http://tinyurl.com/z4yhg3s
Before buses and subways, most people travelled on squealing, swaying streetcars
http://tinyurl.com/z36m8l9 http://tinyurl.com/z36m8l9
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Journey planner that enables you to select trains operated by one TOC – go to “Show Advanced
Options”, select “None” for “Service Operators” and select the TOC you need (covers the whole
country for rail travel)
https://my.tfgm.com/#/planner/ https://my.tfgm.com/#/planner/
Coach Travel in the Fifties
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCeaBhLSkhI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCeaBhLSkhI
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

10 more ‘lost’ North East railway stations from a bygone age
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/10-more-lost-north-east-12482958 http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/10-more-lost-north-east-12482958
Putting Britain’s railways back on track
http://www.machinery-market.co.uk/news/16296/Putting-Britains-railways-back-on-track http://www.machinery-market.co.uk/news/16296/Putting-Britains-railways-back-on-track
The Bluebird Project
http://www.bluebirdproject.com/ http://www.bluebirdproject.com/
Look at Life: Any Old Iron (1962)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glvAmIUhVac http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glvAmIUhVac
Grounded C-47 Gainesville Airport Texas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApKMoEDxIpI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApKMoEDxIpI
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

The Inexplicably Fascinating Secret World of Thomasson
http://tinyurl.com/hzfsesv http://tinyurl.com/hzfsesv

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IN THE NEWS

Will the government take over Southern trains?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38771216 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38771216
http://www.rmt.org.uk/news/plans-revealed-to-strip-southerngtr-of-contract/ http://www.rmt.org.uk/news/plans-revealed-to-strip-southerngtr-of-contract/

Results of Southern traincrew disputes
http://tinyurl.com/ja3tp8p http://tinyurl.com/ja3tp8p

Advance notice of Waterloo engineering works
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38757838 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-38757838

Virgin Trains completes £40m East Coast fleet refurbishment
http://tinyurl.com/h5e649w http://tinyurl.com/h5e649w

Fatality at Cooks Crossing, Oxshott
http://tinyurl.com/gp49sv6 http://tinyurl.com/gp49sv6

Derailment at Courthill Loop South Jn near Lewisham
http://tinyurl.com/j9nkrz3 http://tinyurl.com/j9nkrz3

Train Fire at Kidbrooke
http://tinyurl.com/hqju8yz http://tinyurl.com/hqju8yz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsPUHhYenvs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsPUHhYenvs

RAIB notes : User worked crossing near miss at Thorney Marsh
http://tinyurl.com/zbn2eul http://tinyurl.com/zbn2eul

Trenitalia and First Group to bid jointly for British franchises
http://tinyurl.com/zlsxok8 http://tinyurl.com/zlsxok8
http://tinyurl.com/hf2djps http://tinyurl.com/hf2djps

Britain’s most expensive train journey is £501 fare from Isle of Wight to Buxton
http://tinyurl.com/h5gsy5f http://tinyurl.com/h5gsy5f

HS2 reveals eight South Yorkshire parkway station proposal sites
http://tinyurl.com/j3a4ppy http://tinyurl.com/j3a4ppy

Rebuilding of Middlesbrough station roof to start
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-38704560 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-38704560

Satisfaction with Scotland’s railways hits 14-year low
http://tinyurl.com/znwfj75 http://tinyurl.com/znwfj75

Head of Scotrail alliance steps down to take new job
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38687889 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38687889
http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/senior-management-changes-phil-verster http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/senior-management-changes-phil-verster

Alex Hynes named as new ScotRail Alliance managing director
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38717583 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38717583

Borders college benefitting from Waverley line reopening
http://tinyurl.com/jb9t6pk http://tinyurl.com/jb9t6pk

Borders Railway works compensation claim heads to court
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-38756049 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-38756049

Autumn opening for new Millerhill rail facility
http://tinyurl.com/jl6aduk http://tinyurl.com/jl6aduk

Arriva Trains Wales profits ‘too high’, says minister
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38721480 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38721480

Virtual reality station staff training on Arriva Trains Wales
http://tinyurl.com/jkmn9qx http://tinyurl.com/jkmn9qx

SNCF form drone operating division
http://tinyurl.com/j4ocwl7 http://tinyurl.com/j4ocwl7

Hitachi mock up for new Trenitalia rolling stock
http://tinyurl.com/zrmoefv http://tinyurl.com/zrmoefv

BNSF investment plans for 2017
http://tinyurl.com/zrj6nvr http://tinyurl.com/zrj6nvr

LC barrier failure and collision in Utah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ewXJhEBj8g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ewXJhEBj8g

Morocco to get Africa’s first high-speed train
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/20/travel/morocco-high-speed-tgv-trains/index.html http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/20/travel/morocco-high-speed-tgv-trains/index.html

Fatal derailment in eastern India
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-38708477 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-38708477
http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0122/846853-india-train-crash/ http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0122/846853-india-train-crash/

New General Electric diesels delivered to Pakistan Railways
http://tinyurl.com/hnk3j7u http://tinyurl.com/hnk3j7u

New General Electric diesels delivered to Angolan railways
http://tinyurl.com/gsyupd6 http://tinyurl.com/gsyupd6

New Chemical tankers delivered to Russian operator
http://tinyurl.com/hauenn2 http://tinyurl.com/hauenn2

New service to be introduced in Chile
http://tinyurl.com/gw65mcq http://tinyurl.com/gw65mcq

Extension of Mid Suffolk Light Railway
http://tinyurl.com/jjrasc4 http://tinyurl.com/jjrasc4

Brighton Belle News
http://www.brightonbelle.com/news http://www.brightonbelle.com/news

Restoration of 34081
http://tinyurl.com/hnpwqdf http://tinyurl.com/hnpwqdf

Prison for man who pushed his victim onto the tracks at Bond Street – London
http://media.btp.police.uk/r/13722/prison_for_man_who_pushed_his_victim_onto_the_tra http://media.btp.police.uk/r/13722/prison_for_man_who_pushed_his_victim_onto_the_tra

Tunnel boring machines delivered for Northern Line extension
http://tinyurl.com/jnfmoc4 http://tinyurl.com/jnfmoc4

Another RMT strike on London Underground
http://tinyurl.com/haeb47o http://tinyurl.com/haeb47o

DLR train failure in Thames Tunnel
http://tinyurl.com/zyje89z http://tinyurl.com/zyje89z

Edinburgh tram inquiry to start public hearings
http://tinyurl.com/jjnll3d http://tinyurl.com/jjnll3d

Work starts on Brierley Hill extension of Midland Metro
http://tinyurl.com/zv3choe http://tinyurl.com/zv3choe

Minsk metro orders Stadler trains
http://tinyurl.com/j2kpzel http://tinyurl.com/j2kpzel

Trams used to monitor air pollution on Grenoble
http://tinyurl.com/zu8rykf http://tinyurl.com/zu8rykf

Labour court meeting between unions and loss making Bus Eireann
http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0124/847337-bus-eireann-labour-court/ http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0124/847337-bus-eireann-labour-court/

Bus Eireann losses
http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0123/847191-bus-eireann/ http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0123/847191-bus-eireann/

Automated mooring equipment for Wightlink
http://onthewight.com/wightlink-to-introduce-automated-mooring/ http://onthewight.com/wightlink-to-introduce-automated-mooring/

Tyseley loco works to cast new cylinder for Kingswear Castle
http://tinyurl.com/zp5ob4w http://tinyurl.com/zp5ob4w

CAA accept accident report recommendations from Hawker Hunter crash at Shoreham
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-38728752 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-38728752

Restoration of Lancaster NX611
http://tinyurl.com/zqm2rss http://tinyurl.com/zqm2rss

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth

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TV and RADIO

28/01/17 BBC4 1900-2000
“Crossing England in a Punt: River of Dreams” The River Trent

28/01/17 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Great Canal Journeys” The Netherlands

30/01/17 BBC Radio 4 FM 0945-1000
“Man of Iron: Thomas Telford & the Building of Britain” 1/5

30/01/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great American Railway Journeys” Dodge City

31/01/17 BBC Radio 4 FM 0945-1000
“Man of Iron: Thomas Telford & the Building of Britain” 2/5

31/01/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great American Railway Journeys” Colorado to New Mexico

31/01/17 BBC4 2235-2335
“The Maharaja’s Motor Car: the Story of Rolls Royce in India”

31/01/17 BBC4 2335-0035
“Bombay Railway” 1/2

01/02/17 BBC Radio 4 FM 0945-1000
“Man of Iron: Thomas Telford & the Building of Britain” 3/5

01/02/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great American Railway Journeys” Canon City to Colorado Springs

02/02/17 BBC Radio 4 FM 0945-1000
“Man of Iron: Thomas Telford & the Building of Britain” 4/5

02/02/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great American Railway Journeys” Santa Fe

02/02/17 ITV 2030-2100
“The Cruise: Sailing the Mediterranean” 4/6

03/02/17 BBC Radio 4 FM 0945-1000
“Man of Iron: Thomas Telford & the Building of Britain” 5/5

03/02/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great American Railway Journeys” Albuquerque to the Grand Canyon

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EVENTS

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

27/01/17- Great Central Railway: Winter Steam Gala
29/01/17 http://www.gcrailway.co.uk http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

04/02/17– Stafford Railway Circle Annual Model Railway Exhibition
05/02/17 Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, Staffordshire
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
Adult: £9.00, Child: £1.00
http://www.staffordrailwaycircle.org.uk/ http://www.staffordrailwaycircle.org.uk/

06/02/17 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“Ex-BR Locos in Industry” by John Wade
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

08/02/17 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“Remembering the Withered Arm” by Nigel Wassell
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 http://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/south_wales/events.htm

09/02/17 Dorset Archives Trust
The Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RP
“Do you really call that progress Mr Marples?” – the politics of Dorset railway
closures under Beeching by Colin Divall, emeritus professor of railway studies,
University of York
1830 for 1900
Tickets: £10.00 (including canapés & a glass of wine)
Book at http://www.dorsetarchivestrust.org/events http://www.dorsetarchivestrust.org/events

09/02/17 Wings and Wheels Society
The Community Centre, Rednock Drive, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 4BX
“The Vale of Berkeley Railway” by Graham Sturgess
Entry: £4.00 on the door, all welcome
http://www.wingsandwheelssociety.org.uk/comingsoon.htm http://www.wingsandwheelssociety.org.uk/comingsoon.htm

10/02/17 Stoke-on-Trent Museum Archaeological Society
Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Warner Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW
“A Victorian Missing Link” by David Woolliscroft
A NSR Brake Coach found on the shores of Rudyard Lake
Starts 1945
http://www.stokearchaeologysociety.org.uk/ http://www.stokearchaeologysociety.org.uk/

11/02/17 Enfield Transport Bazaar
St Paul’s Centre, 102 Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6AR
1100-1430, admission: £3 (accompanied child free)

11/02/17– Festival of British Railway Modelling
12/02/17 Doncaster Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, Doncaster, DN2 6BB
http://www.world-of-railways.co.uk/shows http://www.world-of-railways.co.uk/shows

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