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NETWATCH

Colas 60021 Aberthaw Bunker Tanks 1st run, 14th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sheF6WmajGk
Cardiff Central. Yellow NMT, 37558 Avro Vulcan XH558, Cwmbargoed last coal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgV_EkdRKVk
IEP 800002 at Cardiff, HST livery variety, 67s on NMT at Newport, March 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xdmk9Csb5Uc
800003/004 in GWR livery, at Cardiff, April 3rd, 1st run to Swansea Maliphant
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fffiuPyCwKo
“The Merseyside Beat” Railtour Feb 2001 Newport-Lime Street
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZtJsJCtN0k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tm8i_hmVLg
(Mike Wilcock)

Swanage Railway, ‘Strictly Bulleid’ Spring Steam Gala 2017, 1st April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DRMByG2fYA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXwICwssmuo
60103 Flying Scotsman S&C Reopening Special, 31st March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Twf7eXvk8
LMS Heaven On The WCML Monday, 3rd April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muZrlE3oE64
46100 ‘Royal Scot’ Tackles The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUjJKxlMS24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01zc3sgQaUs
‘Flying Scotsman’ On The Reopening Of The Famous S&C
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkXT2XFEVvo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPwsiBrNeo4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id8_9k-cJJM
4-6-0 46100 Royal Scot & Deltic No 55022 ‘RSG’, Eaglescliffe and Darlington, 3rd April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dx0RK5nMng
Leicester Depot, Derby RTC and Derby Etches Park 23rd March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcZLmIEuAME
Güterverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn – WLC Vectron, Raildox, ICE 2 Messfahrt uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc-9oXI40mg
Zugverkehr um Siegen – März 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-sBgc_PTJY
Young woman as a driver on the BR 218 with the last n-car of the SOB
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_osRMA1cS8
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

60103 on Keighley & Worth Valley
http://www.steamingaroundyorkshire.co.uk/Pages/2017/april17/4th.htm
Great Central Railway 2nd April
http://rickeborall.zenfolio.com/p113939335
Southern Fail – The musical
http://www.juicebrighton.com/news/brighton-news/introducing-southern-fail-the-musical/
Micropub at Claygate Station
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39457579
Southwold Railway project
http://tinyurl.com/mmewr9h
Electric ferries
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39478856
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Modernising the Great Western Railway: Forty-fourth Report of Session 2016-17
http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/docsummary.php?docID=5103
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Tree Logging & Rail Transport – Merced River Canyon – Yosemite Valley Rail – Silent Action
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty0tgZ5iYSA

Barking-Gospel Oak Rail User Group
http://www.barking-gospeloak.org.uk
Ascensore Montegalletto Funicular Railway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pXSSLZpdW4
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Coach Travel in the Fifties
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCeaBhLSkhI
Big changes for the layout – Everard Junction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgzoj_sSJr8
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Ordnance Survey’s digital map of Britain offers stunning views
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39484635

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IN THE NEWS

Berkeley calls for review of HS2 as predicted Phase 1 costs soar to £48bn
http://tinyurl.com/lf3tway

Staff cuts within track maintenance and renewals?
http://tinyurl.com/nx6ludz

NR timetabling shake-up to repurpose almost 5,000 freight paths for passenger use
http://tinyurl.com/msk4ykg

ORR publishes new guidelines for DCO working
http://tinyurl.com/koxs8m9

ASLEF members reject latest Southern pay and conditions offer
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39483106

Another RMT/Southern strike
http://tinyurl.com/n44drx8

Protest over disabled access/assistance on Southern services
http://tinyurl.com/kusp9eh

RMT response to First/MTR South West Trains not using new class 707 stock.
http://tinyurl.com/ltvd3lp

Proposed Guildford-Farnham service
http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/south-west-trains-franchise-farnham-12844991

East Somerset Jn derailment happened on site of pointwork removal.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-39479921
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/freight-train-derailment-east-somerset-junction

Fatality near Highbridge
http://tinyurl.com/n6pgnxz

140mph Virgin train set for Hertfordshire lines is dangerous, says the mother of one of the
drivers
http://tinyurl.com/kt2x6pt

Depot modifications for new units
http://www.railengineer.uk/2017/03/27/when-the-trains-get-longer-the-hose-wont-reach/

NR earmarks West Midlands site for sleeper construction facility
http://tinyurl.com/k285aek
http://tinyurl.com/mbq6zhb

Ilkeston railway station opens
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-39472390
http://tinyurl.com/l2lkbkg
http://tinyurl.com/n6mokhv
http://tinyurl.com/mxoyppe
Bird’s eye view
http://tinyurl.com/mxk2fqq
Man takes grandad’s ashes for ‘special’ Ilkeston train ride
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39477173

New station opens at Low Moor
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-39471692

Buffer stop collision at Preston
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-39468435

Glasgow landslip causes week-long rail disruption
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-39488406

Refurbishment of HSTs for Scotrail
http://www.railengineer.uk/2017/03/23/scotrails-new-hsts/

The Forth Bridge Experience
http://tinyurl.com/kb6otot
But plans scaled back
http://tinyurl.com/k8t2497

Oil transport switch from rail to road slammed
http://tinyurl.com/kmcobtp
http://tinyurl.com/kb6zycb

Police try to identify man who died after being hit by a train at Cardiff level crossing
http://tinyurl.com/ku3tmkj

Penmaenmawr station for sale
http://tinyurl.com/mzyq2es

LSWR 563 donated to Swanage railway by NRM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-39441555

SNCF order 30 dual mode multiple units
http://tinyurl.com/kxgy8yy

Multiple unit orders in Germany
http://tinyurl.com/m3tvtbz
http://tinyurl.com/mnzvmyq

Quiet wagons to be mandatory on German Railways by 2020
http://tinyurl.com/l5wpond

Prima H3 battery shunter approved for 100kph operation
http://tinyurl.com/kftk5d9

Stadler to move factory
http://tinyurl.com/mltdu5n

Iran signs agreement for Russian to undertake electrification
http://tinyurl.com/nycev3r

Norfolk Southern emergency services training
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/safety-train-on-tour.html

GO Transit receives grant for service development
http://tinyurl.com/kmk39pc

South African built diesel loco unveiled
http://tinyurl.com/mnanv7r

Underground stations shut daily over staff shortage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39491219

25 years on Manchester Metrolink
http://tinyurl.com/kykkadr

RAIB report on fatal accident on Nottingham Tramway August 2016
http://tinyurl.com/n44qdkl

Tyne & Wear Metro disruption due to overhead line damage
http://tinyurl.com/lhltmxy

Hook of Holland station downgraded to a stop on the Rotterdam Metro
http://tinyurl.com/kca7q22
http://tinyurl.com/n8orguf

Babbacombe cliff railway opens for summer
http://tinyurl.com/m4j9l22

Testing on Sheffield tram-train pilot finally starts
http://tinyurl.com/merya5w

Driverless shuttle bus goes on test
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39495915

Bus Eireann strike action
http://tinyurl.com/lv5wyqr
Bus Eireann strike may spread to school bus drivers
http://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/0403/864776-bus-strike/

20 tons of scrap metal pulled from Black Country canal
http://tinyurl.com/mdn3kge

Mechanical failure caused ferry to hit Hythe Pier
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39512196

Norway to build ‘world’s first ship tunnel’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39521570

Aurigny Trilander to go on display at Sky museum, Southampton
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-39491787

Logan Air to operate Edinburgh to Isle of Man service from May
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-39444973

Flying by private plane is twice as cheap as a UK train ticket
http://tinyurl.com/lc47bea

Cresswell colliery disaster 1950
http://tinyurl.com/myep2zt

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

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TV and RADIO

10/04/17 BBC2 1900-2000
“Great American Railroad Journeys” La Junta to Colorado Springs

10/04/17 BBC2 2000-2100
“Grand Tours of Scotland” The Jacobite steam train

10/04/17 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Inside the Tube: Going Underground” 2/4

11/04/17 BBC2 1900-2000
“Great American Railroad Journeys” Santa Fe to the Grand Canyon

12/04/17 BBC2 1900-2000
“Great American Railroad Journeys” Minneapolis to St Paul

13/04/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“The Bridge: Fifty Years across the Forth”

13/04/17 BBC4 2100-2200
“Timeshift: Blazes and Brigades – the Story of the Fire Service”

14/04/17 Channel 5 2200-2300
“The World’s Most Luxurious Cruise Ship” Seven Seas Explorer

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EVENTS

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

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

22/04/17 NEWGOG: The South Wales 0 Gauge Show
Lysaghts Institute, Orb Road, Newport, Gwent, NP19 0RA
1000-1630
Adult: £6, Child/Senior/Concession: £5

22/04/17 Pontypridd Model Railway Club Annual Show
Llantwit Fardre Community Centre, Crown Hill, Llantwit Fardre, CF38 2NA
1000-1600
Adult: £3, Accompanied child: Free
http://www.pmrc.co.uk/

22/04/17– Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways: Join the Volunteers
23/04/17 http://www.festrail.co.uk

24/04/17 Friends of Cromford Canal
Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
Starts 1930
AGM and engineering update
http://www.cromfordcanal.org/

Cheers, Howard.
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