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NETWATCH

Back from the dead
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2605nB2_LKs
A whole lot of concrete
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOOgJG7JbAI
(Martin Miller)

Stoke Shed 5D Remembered
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTvVLWBXl_8
(Barry Knapper)

Top 10 railway station bars that are well worth the train journey just for a visit
http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/british-breaks/top-10-railway-station-bars-9804052

The Ashington, Blyth and Tyne Railway Association, Butterwell Branch Project
https://sites.google.com/view/abtra/butterwell-branch-project

Railway brought promise of grandeur for rural Derbyshire village (Chinley)
http://tinyurl.com/jvev8np
Exploring Glasgow’s secret ‘ghost station’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39008682
(Spotter: Mike Price)

Background to rail interoperability
http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/background-to-rail-interoperability
Quirks and Curiosities II on Ffestiniog Railway
http://www.festrail.co.uk/content/publish/specialevents/502.shtml
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Lost Locos (1936)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e9e0ctEPGM
British Locomotives: Trains & Railways – 1950s Educational Film
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tViwGMqmbVk
Goodbye To Steam – Railway Modernisation (1958)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZf9uSaXwQc
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’, Pre Spring Steam Gala 2017, 17th February
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWjQEHQfNEQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRWV-shWm8g
South Devon Railway – Winter Steam Gala, 18th February
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drLhqGQz3aU
Severn Valley Railway Blue Timetable, 18th February
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNiH34LksEM
Rebuilt Bulleid Pacific 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ in action on the Severn Valley Railway
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKq62tvpNcI
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmtMRJ_eYKo
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8EX55H4CGw
Beyer-Garratt G42 On The Puffing Billy Railway – Members BBQ Special
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9117zH4YU1Q
Volldampf rund um den Inselsberg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWvry0fE2iU
Twindexx-Messfahrten und viel Güterverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn und bei Hof
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYB0DjxsWkI
Dampflokomotive 64 1491-6 (64 491) im Bw Rochlitz / 1994
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIwPKLG58Z8
Conversion of station Wabern in Nordhessen by train
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWFbwqZZZi8
1000 subs & A New side Project Introduction
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X03wD1Ywgps

Help Geoff & Vicki travel, to all 2,560 railway stations in Great Britain
http://allthestations.co.uk/
Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels
https://williamsontunnels.com/
A320 family first flights
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/video-a320-family-first-flights-434320/
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Haunting Images Of Abandoned Race Tracks And Race Cars
http://www.gleems.com/1751111/haunting-images-abandoned-race-tracks-race-cars/
In 1943, Piloting a Flying Fortress Over Italy Was One Frightening Job
http://tinyurl.com/hsnhmsg
(Spotter; Alan Rushworth)

Miniature worlds
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39030785

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IN THE NEWS

HS2 can ‘only be as good as local rail connections make it’
http://tinyurl.com/hc8zozm
HS2 finally given green light in overwhelming Parliament vote
http://tinyurl.com/gmgt9ha

Decrease in rail freight grants
http://tinyurl.com/hz89hc6

Disruption due to storm Doris
http://tinyurl.com/hrssmzb
http://tinyurl.com/zqvdn8w
http://tinyurl.com/hymopbj

London absorbs half of UK transport investment
http://tinyurl.com/znnso8r
http://tinyurl.com/zoeozxl

ASLEF/Southern DOO talks
http://tinyurl.com/ja8ekzu
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-97b2-Southern-bosses-start-fresh-talks-with-Aslef

Work to reduce flooding at Fulwell
http://tinyurl.com/zd3tlel

Free ticket promotion on Great Western
http://www.cityam.com/259427/great-western-railway-launches-golden-ticket-hunt

First direct train from Okehampton to London in 50 years to run in March
http://tinyurl.com/jx5blvw
http://tinyurl.com/zu49vsv

Plans for a new station at Wilton
http://tinyurl.com/jsgfa9m

Southampton Central parking bays too small
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39037547

RAIB report into derailment on Southampton Eastern Docks branch, November 2016
http://tinyurl.com/j3sm942

New station proposed for outskirts of Fareham
http://tinyurl.com/j3n4u44

Restoration of Stamford station nearly completed
http://tinyurl.com/zt9m4t8

Buckingham group awarded £22m Worcestershire Parkway contract
http://tinyurl.com/jeptfuj

Bridge to reopen after Barrow upon Soar rail track collapse
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-39014678

Ilkeston railway station nears completion
https://www.ilkestonrailwaystation.co.uk/2017/02/ilkeston-station-nears-completion/

Ordsall Chord bridge lifted in
http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/02/21/ordsall-chord-bridge-lifted-in/

First scheduled steam train service used by 5,500 people
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-39020181

Grayrigg train crash: ‘The night that changed our lives’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-38970987

Settle to Carlisle line on track for March reopening
http://tinyurl.com/jmxkxus

Train hits fallen tree near Inverurie
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-39053418

ScotRail payouts to passengers hit £2,000 a day
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39006975

Rail infrastructure commission could transform network, think-tank claims
http://tinyurl.com/hw7g4et

Firm asks businesses,to get on board with railway hub
http://tinyurl.com/z7q6s7r

Six car trains operating North Berwick branch
http://tinyurl.com/hsmmexg

Tower train marks end of Welsh coal era at Aberthaw
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-39051811

New transport hub planned in Belfast (Modernising Great Victoria Street station)
http://tinyurl.com/z6cu3f3

Belmond Northern Belle to be stabled at SVR Kidderminster
http://www.svr.co.uk/NewsItem.aspx?a=773

SVR Kidderminster Diesel Depot wins award
http://www.svr.co.uk/NewsItem.aspx?a=765

Black 5 45305 to visit Gloucester & Warwickshire
http://tinyurl.com/zylpdub

Two Battle of Britain class locos to work on Nene Valley line
http://tinyurl.com/z744pch

Ffestiniog Railway’s locomotive Palmerston on display
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-39008076
http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=112081
http://www.festrail.co.uk/content/publish/news/509.shtml

Germany unveils zero-emissions train that only emits steam
http://tinyurl.com/gm5rzv4

Confirmation of DB order of 39 units to be built by Siemens
http://tinyurl.com/hnwa8wt

DMUs ordered for Bentheimer Eisenbahn reopening
http://tinyurl.com/j4w5qxy

Brewery takes delivery of battery shunting loco
http://tinyurl.com/jblm347

SNCF order new TGV units as part of Belfort works rescue package
http://tinyurl.com/z5u4f2d

Derailment in Belgium
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39016222

Failed discussion over Swiss long distance services
http://tinyurl.com/htm2wzv

CALTRAIN electrification put on hold
http://tinyurl.com/zslqnv4

State of Washington investigate Seattle – Vancouver high speed line
http://tinyurl.com/h8ec9de

Kenyan standard-gauge railway to start trial operation in March
http://tinyurl.com/hyu2yme

Night Tube drivers balloted over strikes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39025868

Copenhagen Cityringen tunnels completed
http://tinyurl.com/js4p2tc

Second interim report: Fatal tram accident, Croydon
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/second-interim-report-fatal-tram-accident-croydon
Croydon tram crash victims ‘ejected through windows’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39027670

Hedgehog to capture regenerative braking energy to power buses
http://tinyurl.com/z4tjbdp

Hairdryers used to strike blow against speeders in Hopeman
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-39063797

New Clyde bridge plans to link Govan and Partick
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-39065796

WW2 bomb found in Portsmouth harbour
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39049048

Carlingford Lough Ferry service
http://tinyurl.com/zm6mrg8

Plane evacuated after landing gear collapses
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-39071466

Jet Airways Flight 118 Escorted by German Air Force
http://tinyurl.com/jbrv8nw

Footage released of Harrison Ford’s plane near-miss
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39048670

Norwegian transatlantic 737 flights to begin in June
http://tinyurl.com/jgu3clz

New Air Traffic Control software proposals
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38954676

Aborted landing at Manchester during storm Doris
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39070486

New BMI service to be introduced between Derry and Stanstead
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-39058468

Hannibal may soon be home to ‘flock’ of unique aircraft
http://tinyurl.com/j3lhdug

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

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TV and RADIO

25/02/17 BBC4 1900-2000
“Indian Hill Railways”

25/02/17 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Great Canal Journeys” Crinan Canal

25/02/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“Timeshift: The People’s Liners – Britain’s lost Pleasure Fleets”

26/02/17 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Rivers with Jeremy Paxman” River Tweed

27/02/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Pisa to Lake Garda 2/2

27/02/17 Channel 5 1900-2000
“The Cars that Made Britain Great”

27/02/17 Channel 4 2000-2030
“Inside Britain’s Airports”

27/02/17 Channel 5 2000-2100
“The Railways that Built Britain with Chris Tarrant” 3/3

27/02/17 BBC4 2200-2300
“Dan Cruickshank and the Family that Built Gothic Britain” The Scotts

28/02/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Athens to Thessaloniki 1/2

28/02/17 ITV 1930-2000
“Britain’s Busiest Motorway” M25 fly on the windscreen documentary 2/6

28/02/17 BBC4 2330-0030
“Indian Hill Railways”

01/03/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Athens to Thessaloniki 2/2

01/03/17 BBC4 2200-2300
“Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies” 1/2

02/03/17 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Black Forest to Hanover 1/2

03/03/17 Channel 5 2000-2100
“Celebrity Carry On Barging” 4/4 The Llangollen Canal

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EVENTS

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

25/02/17– Nene Valley Railway: Spring Steam Gala
26/02/17 http://www.nvr.org.uk

25/02/17– Lincoln and District Model Railway Club Exhibition
26/02/17 Lady Eastwood Pavilion, Newark Showground, NG24 2NY
http://ladmrc.wixsite.com/ladmrc

25/02/17– New Mills & District Railway Modellers Exhibition
26/02/17 Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, Long Lane, Chapel-en-le-Frith, SK23 0TQ
http://nmdrm.co.uk/

03/03/17– Llangollen Railway: Spring Steam Gala
04/03/17 http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk

03/03/17– Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Steam Gala
05/03/17 http://www.kwvr.co.uk

06/03/17 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“Switzerland by Rail, Cable and Funicular” by Geoff Proctor
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

08/03/17 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“Early Days (1949-1961) Part 2 (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

09/03/17 Wings and Wheels Society
The Community Centre, Rednock Drive, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 4BX
“The Severn Railway Bridge” by Paul Barnett
Entry: £4.00 on the door, all welcome
http://www.wingsandwheelssociety.org.uk/comingsoon.htm

Cheers, Howard.
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