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NETWATCH

Mega Trailer Testing at Wirksworth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_BiV-j6xng http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_BiV-j6xng
(Spotter: Martin Miller)

Ecclesbourne 150 website has gone live
http://ecclesbourne150.org/ http://ecclesbourne150.org/

The Cornwall Railway Society website is a goldmine of historical information about railways in
the South-west
http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/ http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/

East Lancashire Railway, Spring Steam Gala 2017, 10th/11th March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LceuUvtvlPQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LceuUvtvlPQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN2vOmqwF_A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN2vOmqwF_A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=224bsOWBzmo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=224bsOWBzmo
Severn Valley Railway, 0-6-0PT and Ivatt 2-6-2T, 11th March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIKBNlkkzkg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIKBNlkkzkg
The Pride Of The GWR – 5043 On The Red Dragon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTvusAMHp3U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTvusAMHp3U
01 150 und 41 096 nach Wernigerode sowie 95 027 nach Rübeland 11.03.2017
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuvokrA_S_w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuvokrA_S_w
Auf Schmal- und Normalspur quer durch den Harz/IGE Wintertour Tag 4 + Bonus Tag2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dmade-2oQ8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dmade-2oQ8
Zugverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn – Albatros, Feuertaurus, 103 245 mit Intercity
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58L79LRjIio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58L79LRjIio
Sandzug ab Colditz mit Dampflokomotive 50 3648 u. 58 3047
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIJYFL3IRqw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIJYFL3IRqw
Absolute rarity !! An ICE 3 in the small station Holzkirchen Oberbayern
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvPyxvtREw8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvPyxvtREw8
Georgemas Junction in N Gauge – Update 12th March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp0dGY6tHug http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp0dGY6tHug
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Innovative engineering at Eden Brows slip
http://tinyurl.com/moghrjz http://tinyurl.com/moghrjz
Refurbishment of Manchester Victoria
http://www.railmagazine.com/news/rail-features/victoria-the-rebirth-of-a-railway-station http://www.railmagazine.com/news/rail-features/victoria-the-rebirth-of-a-railway-station
Airline inspired train seats (Still uncomfortable but lighter …)
http://tinyurl.com/m9eddfp http://tinyurl.com/m9eddfp
SBB staff “flashmob”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TziMoYQVuvI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TziMoYQVuvI
LORAM railgrinding
http://www.loram.com/ http://www.loram.com/
Early ballast cleaning in US of A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md2dCc2KOF8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md2dCc2KOF8
JR railways training viewed by a HR specialist
http://www.hrzone.com/perform/business/what-makes-the-japanese-railways-so-efficient http://www.hrzone.com/perform/business/what-makes-the-japanese-railways-so-efficient
Road bridges not fit for heavy traffic
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39222319 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39222319
(Spotter: Nail Kearns)

China – Cab Ride in JS Class 2-8-2, December 2016
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl78nSAYD2w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl78nSAYD2w
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Proposal for a nuclear-powered locomotive
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ausdew/24783531925/in/photostream/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/ausdew/24783531925/in/photostream/
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Racing steam engines? You saw it here first…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4RIBmM2ZF0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4RIBmM2ZF0
(Spotter: Nico Spilt)

Is cruising getting too hi-tec?
http://www.cruise.co.uk/cruise-blogs/ginascruiseguide/is-cruising-getting-too-hi-tec/ http://www.cruise.co.uk/cruise-blogs/ginascruiseguide/is-cruising-getting-too-hi-tec/

Will circular runways ever take off?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39284294 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39284294

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IN THE NEWS

Pace of building electric and bi-mode trains to slow down in CP6 due to sluggish
electrification
http://tinyurl.com/jxowfh4 http://tinyurl.com/jxowfh4

Northern, Southern rail and Merseyrail staff on strike
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39232062 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39232062
ASLEF & GTR dispute solution going to members ballot
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39284066 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39284066

Arabic and Mandarin announcements at Marylebone
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39261482 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39261482

Rebuilding Vauxhall station
http://tinyurl.com/lo5q3r5 http://tinyurl.com/lo5q3r5

New HQ for Victoria Area resignalling
http://tinyurl.com/n3gk9zm http://tinyurl.com/n3gk9zm

Peckham Rye station to be restored to Victorian splendour as long-lost waiting room is reopened
http://tinyurl.com/jcplhls http://tinyurl.com/jcplhls

Bognor station refurbishment
http://www.bognor.co.uk/news/date-set-for-2m-bognor-station-refurbishment-1-7867304 http://www.bognor.co.uk/news/date-set-for-2m-bognor-station-refurbishment-1-7867304

First class faces axe in Southeastern rail franchise deal
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39268674 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39268674
Scrapping first-class train carriages leaves us all in third
http://tinyurl.com/k5ks5q7 http://tinyurl.com/k5ks5q7

Chiltern Railways set to test alternative traction system
http://tinyurl.com/hk6xnhs http://tinyurl.com/hk6xnhs

Report into Thetford LC accident April 2016
http://tinyurl.com/l4bus98 http://tinyurl.com/l4bus98

Beams delivered for new road bridge over Norwich-Cromer line
http://tinyurl.com/l3rmt45 http://tinyurl.com/l3rmt45

£100k study on reopening railway line between Bourne End and High Wycombe
http://tinyurl.com/zd3hs5r http://tinyurl.com/zd3hs5r

Trials and tribulations of life on the footplate brought to book
http://tinyurl.com/j2rw9f7 http://tinyurl.com/j2rw9f7

MPs back bid to restore viaduct
http://tinyurl.com/zt2thb5 http://tinyurl.com/zt2thb5

Parliamentary motion to support retention of guards on Northern Trains
http://www.rmt.org.uk/news/rmt-welcomes-mps-support-for-northern-guard-guarantee/ http://www.rmt.org.uk/news/rmt-welcomes-mps-support-for-northern-guard-guarantee/

RAIB report in to collapsed wall blocking Liverpool Lime Street
http://tinyurl.com/k554msr http://tinyurl.com/k554msr

Merseyrail guard on safety charge is acquitted
http://tinyurl.com/l8bccc3 http://tinyurl.com/l8bccc3

Plans for station at Skelmersdale
http://tinyurl.com/k6zm6dq http://tinyurl.com/k6zm6dq

Preston-Blackpool line upgrade underway
http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/03/13/preston-blackpool-line-upgrade-underway/ http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/03/13/preston-blackpool-line-upgrade-underway/

Bid for Fife rail expansion goes to parliament
http://tinyurl.com/gwtcyf6 http://tinyurl.com/gwtcyf6

£3m free travel scheme for ScotRail passengers detailed
http://tinyurl.com/l5koeed http://tinyurl.com/l5koeed

Caersws station house for sale
http://tinyurl.com/lqlmozb http://tinyurl.com/lqlmozb

Loco & PO brake York to Sheringham
http://tinyurl.com/mxyo6tt http://tinyurl.com/mxyo6tt

Pullman car moved to WSR for restoration
http://tinyurl.com/kdzk5zh http://tinyurl.com/kdzk5zh

Restoration of 5526 at Buckfastleigh
http://tinyurl.com/mbmu44z http://tinyurl.com/mbmu44z

SVR share appeal passes £1m
http://tinyurl.com/jwceaow http://tinyurl.com/jwceaow

Eurostar trading losses
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/eurostar-posts-25m-loss-terror-attacks-dent-demand-1611945 http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/eurostar-posts-25m-loss-terror-attacks-dent-demand-1611945

Alstom wins order for 15 EuroDuplex units
http://tinyurl.com/lederwm http://tinyurl.com/lederwm

Electro diesel locos built by Stadler ordered by HVLE (German open access freight operator)
http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/03/15/hvle-orders-dual-mode-stadler-locomotives/ http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/03/15/hvle-orders-dual-mode-stadler-locomotives/

Hector Rail orders 15 Siemens Vectron locos
http://tinyurl.com/mkxzjlb http://tinyurl.com/mkxzjlb

OBB to participate in maintenance of Westbahn rollingstock
http://tinyurl.com/hoe6e22 http://tinyurl.com/hoe6e22

Port of Antwerp supports new container services
http://tinyurl.com/k8qpmph http://tinyurl.com/k8qpmph

Alstom fuel cell multiple units start testing
http://tinyurl.com/kdj5dbu http://tinyurl.com/kdj5dbu

Chinese to invest in Bulgarian Railways
http://tinyurl.com/j4julf3 http://tinyurl.com/j4julf3

Brightline (Florida) to start operation in September
http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/03/13/brightline-announces-september-launch/ http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/03/13/brightline-announces-september-launch/

Amtrak train covers passengers in snow
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39295857 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39295857

Another study to reopen part of Vancouver Island Railway
http://tinyurl.com/jy96nba http://tinyurl.com/jy96nba
http://tinyurl.com/kcx765t http://tinyurl.com/kcx765t

Bright livery chosen for Indian built GE locomotives
http://tinyurl.com/k47qh23 http://tinyurl.com/k47qh23

Auckland station changes
http://tinyurl.com/mue9k4c http://tinyurl.com/mue9k4c

Russian company to build wagons for Cuba
http://tinyurl.com/kkr994m http://tinyurl.com/kkr994m

First wagons delivered to Kenyan standard gauge railway
http://tinyurl.com/gv9ftud http://tinyurl.com/gv9ftud

South Korean Railways experiment with longer trains
http://tinyurl.com/zhj94ln http://tinyurl.com/zhj94ln

Night Tube drivers to take strike action
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39267707 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39267707

London Underground PCSOs balloted over strike action
http://tinyurl.com/mbn4dsa http://tinyurl.com/mbn4dsa

Seven nuns pictured at Seven Sisters – but some say there are nine
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39236618 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39236618

TfL admits liability over Croydon tram crash
http://tinyurl.com/mvsmcfd http://tinyurl.com/mvsmcfd

Crich Tramway Village collection hit by winter mould
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-39257785 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-39257785

Hydrogen powered trams ordered
http://tinyurl.com/krjd6qw http://tinyurl.com/krjd6qw

Scottish minister to meet First Group over sale of Galashiels a depot to West Coast Motors
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39229926 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39229926

Slow progress on Bus Eireann pay talks
http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0315/859836-bus-eireann/ http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0315/859836-bus-eireann/

Narrowboat delivered to Thames and Severn canal
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-39210548 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-39210548

Southampton-based ferry operator Red Funnel put on the market for £250million
http://tinyurl.com/jjpzrx3 http://tinyurl.com/jjpzrx3

Toyota to invest £240m in UK plant at Burnaston
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39289269 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39289269

Delays at Southampton airport due to shortage of Air Traffic controllers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39244575 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39244575

Citywing ‘virtual airline’ goes out of business
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39238929 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39238929

Flight of restored Spitfire halted over technical hitch
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-39220403 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-39220403

Hawker Hurricane Downed Over Dunkirk About To Return To The Skies
http://tinyurl.com/jj9jr5d http://tinyurl.com/jj9jr5d

Subsidised Dundee–Stansted route secured for two years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-39261803 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-39261803

Cathay Pacific losses
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39276306 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39276306

Last Lynx helicopter retired by Royal Navy
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-39234648 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-39234648

Rex Saab 340 lands safely after losing propeller
http://tinyurl.com/mmm44ra http://tinyurl.com/mmm44ra

Possible Location Found for New Museum to House Salvaged FM-2 Wildcat Currently Under
Restoration
http://aerodynamicmedia.com/nas-glenview/ http://aerodynamicmedia.com/nas-glenview/

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

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TV and RADIO

19/03/17 Channel 4 1900-2000
“Our Guy in China” Guy Martin looks at Chinese engineering

19/03/17 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Rivers with Jeremy Paxman” The River Mersey

20/03/17 Channel 5 1900-2000
“Super Scary Plane Landings” On Caribbean islands

20/03/17 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Inside Kings Cross” 3/4 Commuter chaos

21/03/17 ITV 1930-2000
“Britain’s Busiest Motorway” The M25 5/6

22/03/17 BBC2 1900-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Transylvania to the Black Sea

23/03/17 BBC2 1900-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Zermatt to Geneva

23/03/17 BBC4 2100-2200
“The Golden Age of Steam Railways” 1/2 Small is beautiful

24/03/17 BBC2 1900-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Tangier to Marrakesh

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EVENTS

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

18/03/17– Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Kids for a Quid
19/03/17 http://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org 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 http://www.largescalemodelrail.co.uk

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

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

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

03/04/17 Calder Northern Group of the NMRA Model Railway Exhibition
Crewe Heritage Centre, Vernon Way, Crewe, CW1 2DB
1000-1700
Adult: £7, Child: £3, Under-5s free
http://caldernorthern.uk/ http://caldernorthern.uk/

03/04/17 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“From Crossrail to the Elizabeth Line” by Simon Bennett of Crossrail
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

03/04/17 Matlock Bath Heritage Group & Peak District Lead Mining Museum
The Peak District Lead Mining Museum, South Parade, Matlock, DE4 3NR
“History of the Midland Railway, Focussing on the Lines in Derbyshire”
by Glynn Waite
1930–2130
Tickets £6 (or £5 for PDMHS members or Friends of the Pavilion)
Under 18s half price – price includes tea and cake
Advance tickets: 01629 583834

07/04/17– Nene Valley Railway: Diesel Gala
09/04/17 http://www.nvr.org.uk http://www.nvr.org.uk

08/04/17 Enfield Transport Bazaar
St Paul’s Centre, 102 Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6AR
1100-1430, admission: £3 (accompanied child free)

08/04/17 Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways: “The Snowdonian”
http://www.festrail.co.uk http://www.festrail.co.uk

08/04/17– Sheffield Model Railway Exhibition
09/04/17 Birkdale School, Oakholme Road, Sheffield, S10 3DH
http://www.sheffieldmodelrailwayenthusiasts.com/ http://www.sheffieldmodelrailwayenthusiasts.com/

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