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NETWATCH

Manchester Metrolink in the bowels of Piccadilly Station
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4DI2ln5nOs
Manchester Metrolink Mosley Street bifurcation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwKPLVcg4Y4
Road-rail cherry picker is put through its paces at Wirksworth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU7zJ-9YcUY
(Martin Miller)

Last weekend’s engineering works at Waterloo – with appropriate photos.
http://tinyurl.com/hj85elr
30 years of Irish Rail
http://www.railstaff.uk/2017/03/08/iarnrod-eireann-30-years-irish-rail/
Next stage of HS2
http://www.railstaff.uk/2017/03/06/hs2-happens-next/
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Fort Victoria Model Railway & Shop, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
http://www.fortvictoriamodelrailway.co.uk

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, 3rd March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq7SOd8pnd8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h6QrfT6aI0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_UmoREOhJk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2lvAJtpGY8
KWVR Spring Steam Gala & Llangollen Railway Gala
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddPlTOGcSaQ
Llangollen Railway Spring Steam Gala, 3rd March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R4I3w3ik0c
45212 Light & Loaded Test Runs, 3rd March 3rd
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLgjWjhbxzA
45212 5Z22 Keighley KWVR-Bury ELR, 6th March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh-uSRmHmmU
Ivatt 41312 arrives On The SVR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHn4hlSNbGs
White Horse, Iron Horse – Wiltshire Steam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_KkgLnOojw
Worting Freight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv906DMof2A
Two Virgin East Coast trains leave York for London Kings Cross
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF7b8lTUAx4
Lokportrait Dampflok 92 638 oder Stettin 7906
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyLIWW2tamE
Mit dem Jumbo und der Bergkönigin in den Harz/IGE Wintertour durch Deutschland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-VvqV-Sw60
Güterzüge rund um Bamberg – BoxXpress, Stock Maxima, Rurtalbahn Cargo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcXiQfCHtsY
Bw Rochlitz 1994 mit Dampflok 58 3047 u. 50 3616
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JJNyXlvdE0
The ET 420 in Munich
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVlGcWmXOuc
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Original ‘Bullitt’ movie Mustang saved from life on the scrapheap
http://tinyurl.com/zlxqh8l
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

When you sync your camera’s frame rate to a helicopter’s rotor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr3ngmRuGUc

Life as a plane-scrapping goat farmer
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39206451

Swansea’s Dillwyn Llewellyn family pioneers in photography
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-39159946
(Spotter: Mike Price)

Night-time in America’s small towns
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39040237

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IN THE NEWS

South West Trains MD steps down after a year in post
http://tinyurl.com/zmcgquj

GWML electrification a ‘stark example of how not to run a project’
http://tinyurl.com/gtxxmxk

High tech signs reduce bridge strikes
http://tinyurl.com/zynxa5m
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/led-signs-reduce-bridge-bashes.html

Maynard visits proposed Westbury-Salisbury extension to TransWilts line
http://tinyurl.com/jk49hpp
http://tinyurl.com/h6zk7fs

Greater Anglia’s first refurbished Class 170 to re-enter service
http://tinyurl.com/h94rswq

Ticket office consultation (closures) on Greater Anglia routes
http://tinyurl.com/zz8lnz5

‘Major disruption’ on East Coast Main Line
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39220582

Smart ticketing available on Midland services by end of 2018
http://tinyurl.com/jnppwg3

Longport railway station to be given a new lease of life as a Hindu temple
http://tinyurl.com/zee4dlr

First Picture of Mark 5 coach for trans Pennine
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-39183313
http://tinyurl.com/hbqob2k

Final Northern Pacer off lease October 2019
http://tinyurl.com/zkegehc

Looming RMT strike forces Northern to run just 40% of services
http://tinyurl.com/hvsh5uf
Northern DOO dispute strike action
http://tinyurl.com/gm2tp6b
First industrial action of Merseyrail/RMT DOO dispute
http://tinyurl.com/jc4yrfy

Liverpool Lime Street station reopens
http://tinyurl.com/jdhnel4

Protecting former line could cut cost of new railway by millions say campaigners
http://tinyurl.com/h3rxq86

Campaign to extend Borders Route to Hawick and Carlisle
http://tinyurl.com/jts7s4s

ScotRail’s vintage services run out of steam
http://tinyurl.com/j6cdjgq

Harris Hawk used to clear Inverness station of pigeons and gulls
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-39221573

Extended dates for Jacobite steam workings
http://www.railstaff.uk/2017/03/08/success-jacobite-steam-service/

Contract awarded to refurbish Scottish EMUs
http://tinyurl.com/jrgvjvw

NR delivers rails for Far North Line renewals for first time in Scotland by sea
http://tinyurl.com/jcu4h8t

Repairs complete to Cynghordy viaduct
http://tinyurl.com/zpucofj

Conwy Valley line still shut by storm damage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-39128109

Start of restoration of 47357 at Butterley
http://tinyurl.com/zcc6t2x

Crowd control problems for Flying Scotsman visit to K&WVR
http://tinyurl.com/hszcjyg

Vandalism problems at Haworth
http://tinyurl.com/h6eyddf

Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr project seeking additional volunteers
http://tinyurl.com/hnco68l

SBB launches self-driving car shuttle
http://tinyurl.com/z9rexud

Smart sensors fitted to VTG wagons for better consignment tracking
http://tinyurl.com/h8trcpp

New sulphuric acid tank cards delivered
http://tinyurl.com/hlnfz98

First train crosses border bridge between Azerbaijan and Iran
http://tinyurl.com/zvtppc3

Restructuring of CSX board as Hunter Harrison takes charge
http://tinyurl.com/jo8pzc5

CSX freight train derailed next to Hudson River in New York state
http://tinyurl.com/z3o5znk

First of eight Siemens Cascades Charger locos delivered
http://tinyurl.com/hgtsno6

Restoring history: Volunteers use hot riveting to repair museum caboose
http://tinyurl.com/j6u5y5d

Pigs might fly – readers don’t think superfast underground railway will happen
http://tinyurl.com/hyapbpm

Riyadh receives first train for metro lines 4, 5 and 6
http://tinyurl.com/zyon5tb

New chief for Manchester Metrolink
http://tinyurl.com/jxznf8s

Zurich orders 70 Flexity trams
http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/03/06/zurich-orders-70-flexity-trams/

Borders Railway blamed for First Group bus sale
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39204467

Talks between Bus Eireann and trade unions to resolve pay dispute
http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0306/857528-bus-eireann-wrc/

Dartford Crossing excluded from pollution assessments
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-39152942

Scrap shipping containers converted into swimming pools
http://tinyurl.com/gs93l2w

John Surtees: Former F1 world champion dies at 83
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/39235608

M1 closed near East Midlands Airport for Jet2 emergency
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-39172427

British Airways reduce legroom on short haul aircraft
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39184179

MH370 final report due out in months
http://tinyurl.com/jb3fha4

Boy finds WWII plane with pilot’s remains in cockpit
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/08/europe/denmark-wwii-plane-trnd/

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

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TV and RADIO

13/03/17 BBC4 1930-2000
“Reel History of Britain” The Beeching cuts

13/03/17 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Inside Kings Cross: the Railway” 2/4

14/03/17 Channel 5 1900-2000
“Inside Kings Cross: the Railway” 2/4

14/03/17 ITV 1930-2000
“Britain’s Busiest Motorway” M25 fly on the windscreen documentary 4/6

14/03/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“Timewatch: WWI Aces Falling”

14/03/17 BBC4 2200-2300
“The Bridges that Built London with Dan Cruickshank”

15/03/17 BBC4 2100-2200
“Peddling Dreams: the Raleigh Story”

15/03/17 BBC4 2200-2300
“Timeshift: Full Throttle – the Glory Days of British Motorbikes”

16/03/17 BBC4 2000-2030
“Canals: the Making of a Nation” The Workers

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EVENTS

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

13/03/17 Eastleigh and District Local History Society
Age Concern Hall, 20 Romsey Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9AL
“Archaeology and the Allbrook Sawmill” by Gemma Ingason
Starts 1930
Non-members: £2.00

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– Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Kids for a Quid
19/03/17 http://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

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

20/03/17 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
“Buses in Bath & Bristol” by James Freeman
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

20/03/17 Friends of Cromford Canal
Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
Starts 1930
“Stanton at War” by Stephen Flinders
Admission: £2.00
http://www.cromfordcanal.org/

25/03/17 Midland Railway Society
The Showroom, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
“The Midland in the East End of Sheffield”
by Ted Hancock
Room open from 1100 with the talk starting at 1330
Non-members welcome
http://www.midlandrailway.org.uk/

25/03/17– London Festival of British Railway Modelling
26/03/17 Alexandra Palace, London
http://www.world-of-railways.co.uk/shows

25/03/17– North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Royal Scot (NOT 27/03 & 31/03)
02/04/17 http://www.nymr.co.uk

26/03/17 Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Mother’s Day Special
http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Cheers, Howard.
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