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NETWATCH

A Brief History of The Hockley Viaduct
https://vimeo.com/106004479

Friends of Alton station – campaigning to save the original footbridge
https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-alton-station-8100/about-us

High Speed Concrete
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-5ps-y4-C8
Manchester Metrolink Second City Crossing opening day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4DTcEfpd_Y
Manchester Metrolink St Peter’s Square 2CC Opening Day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qB3wamJmrE
(Martin Miller)

Jock Kinneir Library launches with an appeal for submissions
https://www.creativereview.co.uk/jock-kinneir-library-launches/
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Royal Train at Newport, plus Ruggex to Scotland with 68024 at Cardiff/Newport
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjIcpGw6CNA
Last trains to Tower Colliery with Freightliner 66s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11iK3uqDTVE
A day Spotting at Crewe and more, 20 years ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxCg3smPkk0
Feb 11th Cardiff Central with Rugby Special inc 68s x 2 + 67s x 3 and more
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf_dQj9if74
Margam Yard cab ride in a 37, plus arrival of Ixion Railtour stock. 14 yrs ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N198DpxNs_4
Canton Shed in Cardiff 14 years ago plus Cathays Yard stock moves
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gqXhSIgSLY
Scottish memories in 1995 Including HSTs and 37s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrhVDTh1xXA
(Mike Wilcock)

Churnet Valley Steam Gala Feb 2017
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mFsqtoWolA
(Barry Knapper)

Nene Valley Railway, ‘Bulleid 50’, 25th February
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWcchqGJLmc
45699 Galatea 5Z85 Carnforth WCRC-Crewe, 1st March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGX9AQAtQNY
76084 & 45690 Leander 1Z74 The Buxton Spa Express, 25th February
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EjIHZDKbHI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMcnKtFjblA
Churnet Valley Railway – Winter Steam Gala 2017
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04ftqshoFNE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2wW9kLiugQ
February half term, 2017, on the Severn Valley Railway
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t87gnbZqdu0
Bunter Zugverkehr im Saaletal und auf der Frankenwaldbahn – Raildox, Stock, SETG
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HreRMRsoY0
Unter Dampf – Schnellzuglokomotive 03 2204-0/1997-2003
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2adZAfKmFp4
Trains in the area around Assling in Bavaria
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC1W5_NpqD0
Spezial ICE 1 bis ICE 4 – From slow to fast!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaCyylzMJ6Y
Den S-Bahn Werbezug “Air Dolomiti” gibt es nicht mehr!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0yF900wPkw
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Timelapse film of bridge rebuilding at Berkley
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-39057236
Update on NR signalling
http://www.railengineer.uk/2017/02/23/uk-signalling-a-2017-update/
Latest developments on Brighton Main Line 2 proposals
http://tinyurl.com/zn2bpzm
New High output ballast cleaner under test
http://www.railengineer.uk/2017/02/16/high-outputs-new-ballast-cleaner/
Studies started on Helsinki – Tallinn rail tunnel
http://tinyurl.com/zz2tkvy
Bloodhound SSC development
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38883760
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Cab ride on Dream City Railway
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pViR_J285l4
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Doomed Titanic ship brought back to life in stunning colour pictures
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/gallery/doomed-titanic-ship-brought-back-9909229

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IN THE NEWS

Railway industry at ‘crucial turning point’
https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2017/02/28-railway-industry-at-a-crucial-turning.html
http://tinyurl.com/jayh3cp

Chris Grayling to Japan: ‘Some of our trains are superior to yours’
http://tinyurl.com/gwljpoe

National Express prefer German to UK operating franchises
http://tinyurl.com/j79v5d3

GE delivers more class 70s to Colas Rail
http://tinyurl.com/gt8cnwv

DB “still interested” in London – Frankfurt services
http://tinyurl.com/hvd54yg

Ticket discounts on Virgin West Coast
http://tinyurl.com/j3bfzf6

Train fire at West Croydon
http://tinyurl.com/j4zw9cp

RMT seeks further talks with GTR/Southern
http://tinyurl.com/hpuueq9
Go Ahead profits hit by Southern strikes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39112957

Great Western electrification ‘mismanaged’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39143416

New Chief Operating Officer appointed for Network Rail Wessex Route.
http://tinyurl.com/zl8m864

Greater Anglia invests in faster, greener locomotives
http://www.suffolkgazette.com/business/hamster-train-greater-anglia/

Car fallen on track (Royal Dock) at Norwich
http://tinyurl.com/zdg8j2b

Train stopped by police when bagels flung in carriage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-39113151

‘Stolen’ car careers through level crossing while fleeing police
http://tinyurl.com/jy25wuu

Three shortlisted for East Midlands franchise
http://tinyurl.com/zvpul4m

Two arrests in Doncaster over £2m railway track theft
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-39112938

Rail staff at Merseyside and Northern to strike
http://tinyurl.com/jl3xpc7

No Liverpool Lime Street trains ‘for days’ after wall collapse
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-39124787
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-39146773
http://tinyurl.com/hh4fdqr

Track workers hit by ballast moved by passing train
http://www.gov.uk/government/news/track-workers-struck-by-ballast-chathill

‘Short-sighted’ Borders Railway vision claims denied
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39076345

Suggestion of double deck trains between Edinburgh & Glasgow
http://tinyurl.com/jyewxto

Transport Minister launches Scotland’s Guide to the Benefits of Using Rail Freight
http://tinyurl.com/haw4bb2

Storm Doris: Gwynedd rail line still closed after damage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-39098566

20 year wait to complete path along closed railway from Bangor
http://tinyurl.com/z9unn88

German built loco from Spain under restoration on Ravenglass & Eskdale line
http://tinyurl.com/htxcl8x

G&WR to reopen next week
http://tinyurl.com/z43sybm

Vandalism at Ferryhill loco shed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-39102758

New volunteers sought by Talyllyn Railway
http://www.bala-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=113148

Hollande inaugurates Sud Europe Atlantique high-speed line
http://tinyurl.com/j4wwr7u

Operating contract in Slovakia cancelled.
http://tinyurl.com/hcrt8n3

Italian trials of ETRMS with satellite positioning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-39089587

Containerised Swiss cheese exported to China by rail
http://tinyurl.com/zvjmts4

Russian heavy freight loco on test
http://tinyurl.com/hcj8pkz

New Algerian main line train on show
http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/02/27/new-algerian-main-line-train-on-show/

SAR starts first passenger services from Riyadh
http://tinyurl.com/jcljyrk
http://tinyurl.com/hk986rx

Chinese built loco on test on the Belgrano railway in Argentina
http://tinyurl.com/zxfuoq6

Elephant operated level crossing in West Bengal
http://tinyurl.com/goppfug

Caltrain extends contract deadlines for electrification
http://tinyurl.com/jdr4d83

Door trapping incident at Bank on DLR
http://www.gov.uk/government/news/platform-train-interface-incident-at-bank-station

RMT to hold ballot over victimisation of tube staff
http://www.rmt.org.uk/news/rmt-to-ballot-for-action-over-victimisation-of-tube-staff/

London Underground / RMT maintenance dispute
http://www.rmt.org.uk/news/tube-fleet-maintenance-to-take-industrial-action/

North Wales metro ‘will deliver’ says transport secretary
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-39140034

‘Ambitious’ bid to build model railway in Scottish glen
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-39114195

£165m Manchester tram line opens
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-39026352
http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/02/27/manchester-second-city-crossing-opens/
Tram driver’s view of Manchester city centre
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-39053356

Blackpool tram passenger numbers back on the rise after 2014 dip
http://tinyurl.com/h39chm7

Bus lane cameras make £31m in a year for councils
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38957371

Taxi group rep has doubts about driverless bus service
http://tinyurl.com/gt6xl2d

Dail to quiz ministers over Bus Eireann dispute
http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0228/856102-transport/

1,160 Bridgend Ford job cuts projected in leaked report
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-39123982

Lichfield Canal “Tunnel Vision” appeal
http://tinyurl.com/jdg389j

Record freight carryings for Red Funnel
http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/news/record-freight-growth-for-red-funnel-97764.aspx

Delays to introducing new Cowes Chain ferry
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39102788

Shipping slump: Why a vessel worth $60m was sold as scrap
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38653546

Moving an oil platform from China to the North Sea
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-39089587

Pilot errors led to Shoreham air crash, says AAIB
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-39105085

Mouse on a plane grounds British Airways Heathrow flight
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39130580

Canadian Spitfire Update
http://tinyurl.com/zrm2ht4

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, John McCorriston, Reg Nerps, Andrew Nummelin, Mike
Price, Alan Rushworth

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TV and RADIO

04/03/17 BBC4 1900-2000
“Indian Hill Railways”

05/03/17 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Rivers with Jeremy Paxman” River Severn

06/03/17 Channel 5 1900-2000
“The Cars that Made Britain Great”

06/03/17 Channel 5 2000-2100
“Inside Kings Cross: the Railway” 1/4

07/03/17 ITV 1930-2000
“Britain’s Busiest Motorway” M25 fly on the windscreen documentary 3/6

07/03/17 BBC4 2355-0055
“Indian Hill Railways”

08/03/17 BBC4 2200-2300
“Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies” 2/2

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EVENTS

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

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

04/03/17– Romsey and District Railway Modellers Society Exhibition
05/03/17 Crosfield Hall, Broadwater Road, Romsey, SO51 8GL
http://www.rdrms.com/

05/03/17 Spring Indoor Transport Fair
Cosham Community Centre, Wootton Street, Cosham, PO6 3AP
1000-1530
Admission: £1.50 (accompanied under 14s free)
Free bus rides (subject to availability) using Portsmouth Leyland Atlantean 190
TBK 190K and Eastbourne AEC Regent 42 AHC 442

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

14/03/17 Great Western Society Bristol Group
Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
“Vintage Steam – Cine Films from the 1960s & 1970s at Home & Abroad”
by Terry Nicholls
1930 for 1945
No admission charge, but a donation of £2.00 is appreciated
http://www.gwsbristol.org/gwsmeetings.html

18/03/17– Midlands Garden Rail Show
19/03/17 Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN
http://www.largescalemodelrail.co.uk

18/03/17– Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Diesel Locomotive Weekend
19/03/17 http://www.e-v-r.com

19/03/17 Front Entrance Bus Running Day, Winchester
http://hampshirebuses.weebly.com/retrobus-running-day.html

19/03/17 Doncaster Toy Collectors Fair
Doncaster Exhibition Centre, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB
http://www.barrypotterfairs.com/fairs.php?fair=30

Cheers, Howard.
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