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NETWATCH

5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe storms into Cardiff Central, runs round and departs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH1YmVmWCKw
Spotting in South Wales and visit to Willesden 16 years ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQoxBaX3_p4
Tornado at Cardiff on St David’s Day 2017 and 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5GDsYzPpWc
Royal Train, 68024 at Cardiff and Newport, Last coal at Tower.Feb.24th 2017
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjIcpGw6CNA
Cardiff Central. Yellow NMT, 37558 Avro Vulcan XH558, Cwmbargoed last coal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgV_EkdRKVk
Colas 60021 Aberthaw Bunker Tanks 1st run. 14th March 2017
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sheF6WmajGk
(Mike Wilcock)

New FARSAP videos (Gilberdyke Junction to Melton Crossing & Grosmont to Whitby) have been added
to the SRS website
http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/archivevideo.php
(John Lacy)

March Diesel Gala Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLMHN2a2zTo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTl_tr8AZk8
Birmingham Moor Street Station Spring Interlude
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=848lwzv3KPU
Tyseley Station Spring Interlude
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ma1zksn1Eo
(Martin Miller)

Half an Hour at Liverpool James Street 17th March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zumSaKqPG_k
Half an Hour at Birkenhead Hamilton Square 17th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIAwscfrJTM

Severn Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala 2017, 17th/18th March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUNv0RyJXjM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-otgTCxUA7A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXtZmuq7kkk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBdFuAwF0QQ
45407 at Hedge End, 18th March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hpsuFkXOw0
Bound for Craigy HST charter train at Darlington, 18th March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0RY0v_jUUQ
45699 Galatea 5V44 Carnforth WCRC-Southall WCRC, 20th March
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g86XOfyITrc
Lokportrait Dampflok 50 3545
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVb2Z-prw4E
Güterzüge im Blockabstand – Zugverkehr im Maintal – HSL, BoxXpress, TXL uvm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r77QoBSnhb8
Dampflokomotive 50 3648 Chemnitz-Rochlitz / 1997
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5eez_HHnVs
“Oldtimer” VT 701 overhead trolley in Holzkirchen Oberbayern
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17pL105iF7A
Steam Trains In The Goldfields-Castlemaine to Maldon Rail Trail Opening
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvZexuQPWaQ
Munich Airport “Franz Josef Strauss”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mA0j9FeFGI
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Clan Line tour dates
https://clan-line.org.uk/diary/
Overcoming problems of e-ticketing
http://tinyurl.com/ldd5t7n
Planning for Fehmarn Belt link
http://tinyurl.com/kxj76ut
Aircraft engineering training on Isle of Man
http://www.isleofman.com/news/video/82252/aircraft-engineering-courses
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Exploring the Abandoned Railroad of the Salmonberry River Trail
http://tinyurl.com/k3xdk2l

Strasburg Rail Road: Steam and Snow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDXLPpAiSDA
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

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IN THE NEWS

Rail industry promises 6,400 extra services
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39323566

20 years of Virgin Trains
http://tinyurl.com/l327vrk

Southern, Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North strikes announced
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39339782

Business as usual: Vivarail begins testing of new battery train
http://tinyurl.com/mk74h63

Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel
http://tinyurl.com/n33u893

Plans to remove staff from London Overground stations dropped
http://tinyurl.com/lj8y9z3

Somerset freight derailment causing ‘severe disruption’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39337934
http://tinyurl.com/ld9hehk

Adhesion problems for special train from Okehampton
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-39314849
Support for Okehampton reopening
http://www.okehampton-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=420060

Work on new Kenilworth station
http://tinyurl.com/l8olodw

Transport for Greater Manchester to enhance stations
http://tinyurl.com/k5alxcb

Bolton platform works start ahead of electric train introduction
http://tinyurl.com/lbbesk6

Stadler awards £20m contract to BAM Nuttall for Kirkdale depot
http://tinyurl.com/mezhn4d

Four trains, four generations – history to be made on Yorkshire’s East Coast Main Line
http://tinyurl.com/kq7rpdp

Pioneering scheme equips Edinburgh Airport to sell London rail tickets
http://tinyurl.com/l937zxl

ScotRail’s ‘new’ HSTs
http://www.railengineer.uk/2017/03/23/scotrails-new-hsts/

Couple getting hitched after Glasgow station proposal
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-39337294

Train fire at Leuchars
http://tinyurl.com/k4y5f7r

The most complex signalling phase in Britain
http://tinyurl.com/ksrgfod

46100 visiting NYMR
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15171795.Rare_locomotive_visits_Moors_railway/

Successful test run for world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train
http://tinyurl.com/mts8pfg

Train breakdowns and faulty equipment lead to more delays
http://tinyurl.com/lvboa68

GYSEV orders Siemens Vectron locos
http://tinyurl.com/ko7kgqu

Stadler selected to supply suburban stock for use in Budapest
http://tinyurl.com/lmnhsfh

Man killed by exploding ticket machine in Germany
http://tinyurl.com/l6a2txb

New rolling stock plant being built in Chicago – with Chinese investment
http://tinyurl.com/kq6norh

Low emission shunting locos delivered to Texas
http://tinyurl.com/llnuu99

Budget cuts affecting AMTRAK and suburban railway investment
http://tinyurl.com/lc8rxoj

Investment in Potash Traffic for shipment from Vancouver
http://tinyurl.com/mzvh6a7

Contract awarded for Belgrano railway track refurbishment
http://tinyurl.com/kwjrycx

Transport for West Midlands to take over Midland Metro operations
http://tinyurl.com/mb8hb46

Train ‘disappears’ through block of flats in China’s ‘Mountain City’
http://tinyurl.com/memztsa

The homeless shelter on four wheels
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39319757

Bus Eireann board meeting over financial problems
http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0322/861654-bus-eireann/

Bus Eireann strike to start at midnight Friday
http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0323/861984-bus-eireann/

London Taxi Company’s new Ansty Park plant opens in Coventry
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-39343519

London-Paris electric flight ‘in decade’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39350054

CSeries completes London City airport validation flights
http://tinyurl.com/lkv9bjw

Propeller falls off Saab 340 aircraft near Sydney
http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0320/861035-rex-australia/
Engine fire on second Saab 340 aircraft in Australia
http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0323/861890-regional-express-rex-australia/

United to retire 747 in October
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/united-to-retire-747-in-october-435348/

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

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TV and RADIO

27/03/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“Racing Legends: John Surtees”

27/03/17 BBC4 2100-2200
“Crash and Burn” The story of racing driver Tommy Byrne

27/03/17 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Inside Kings Cross” 4/4 Commuter chaos

28/03/17 ITV 1930-2000
“Britain’s Busiest Motorway” The M25 6/6

29/03/17 BBC2 1900-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Genoa to the Brenner Pass

29/03/17 BBC4 2100-2200
“London: a Tale of Two Cities with Dan Cruickshank”

30/03/17 BBC2 1900-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Riga to Tampere

30/03/17 BBC4 2100-2200
“The Golden Age of Steam Railways” 2/2 Branching Out

31/03/17 BBC2 1900-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Rotterdam to Utrecht

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EVENTS

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

25/03/17 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

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/

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

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

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

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

10/04/17 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
“Travels around Austria” by Neil Kearns
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

11/04/17 Great Western Society Bristol Group
Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
“Restoring Sentinel 7109 and all you were afraid to ask about Sentinel Locos”
by Andy Chapman
1930 for 1945
No admission charge, but a donation of £2.00 is appreciated
http://www.gwsbristol.org/gwsmeetings.html

12/04/17 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“An Evening on the Welsh Narrow Gauge in the 1980s – A DVD Presentation”
by Berwyn Prys-Jones
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

14/04/17– Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Easter Fun
17/04/17 http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

14/04/17– Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Easter Eggspress
17/04/17 http://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

14/04/17– Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Easter Weekend
17/04/17 http://www.e-v-r.com

14/04/17– Isle of Man Railways: Rush Hour on the Railways
17/04/17 http://www.rail.im

14/04/17– Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Day Out With Thomas
23/04/17 http://www.watercressline.co.uk/

15/04/17– Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways: Family Activities
17/04/17 http://www.festrail.co.uk

15/04/17– Peak Rail: Easter Treasure Hunt
19/04/17 http://www.peakrail.co.uk

17/04/17– Isle of Man Motor Museum: Festival of Steam
23/04/17 http://www.rail.im

Cheers, Howard.
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