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NETWATCH

Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership
http://www.threeriversrail.com/
Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership
http://www.blackmorevaletrains.com

6 Munro walks you can easily reach by train
http://tinyurl.com/mjkt5hf
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Hastings Diesels railtour to Fawley (joint with Three Rivers Partnership)
http://www.hastingsdiesels.co.uk/railtours/2017waterside.pdf
SRM93 working at Chinnor
http://www.chinnorrailway.co.uk/product.php/128/60-years-since-br-passenger-closure
Langley-Stratford railtour 22 April worked by 34046 Braunton
http://rickeborall.zenfolio.com/p953160159
http://trev11.zenfolio.com/p804716859/h8883bcd2#h888458b7
Bin liner service Rome to Wien
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39641761
Former Underground stations
http://www.citymetric.com/transport/here-are-all-london-s-abandoned-tube-stations-2975
Meet the MD – Colin Chambers of Mid Hants railway
http://tinyurl.com/kwmybw9
German signalling equipment used in Banbury depot
http://www.railengineer.uk/2017/04/23/a-pintsch-of-german-engineering-in-banbury/
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

North Norfolk Railway, Spring Steam Gala 2017, 21st April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM39GamVi-Y
LMS 46115 on the late running Cumbrian Mountain Express, 22nd April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aCg0VdHSgg
East Lancashire Railway St George’s Day Special, 23rd April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjxls_qoUxE
34052 ‘Lord Dowding’ At Speed On The Cathedrals Express
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLGmm36g314
Royal Scot to Somerset
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrrn_CzyM_E
Steam Diesel and ElectricTrains at Preston Station 21st-23rd April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUphRGjlX9E
0:02 / 2:54
Freightliner class 66 Convoy at Carlisle, 22nd April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gclnxDtCT0
Lokportrait Dampflok 23 076
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8dbdANT8t8
52 4867 mit 13 Wagen unterwegs im Westerwald + 03 1010 nach Koblenz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su8s8hwdCcs
Güterverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn – EGP Autozug, TXL, Rheincargo uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Zc95wsspn4
Schnellzugdampflok 03 1010 in Siegen Ost
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYawbKxKwfc
Fares Please!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyrj_wZor4U
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Why the C-130 Is Such a Badass Plane
http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a26156/c-130-badass-plane/
(Spotter: Tom Baldwin)

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IN THE NEWS

DfT to introduce new risk transfer mechanism on selected franchises
http://tinyurl.com/kyx67m7

British Steel rises to corrosion challenge with ultra-long rail
http://tinyurl.com/n5fdlpp

RSSB guidance on service disruption and failed trains
http://tinyurl.com/n29qh2g

Talks reconvened over Southern/RMT dispute
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39702605
Government refuses to sack GTR Southern
http://www.theweek.co.uk/73822/government-refuses-to-sack-southern-rail-operator

New depot building constructed at Penzance
http://tinyurl.com/mk6ewxy

‘Anomaly’ blamed for £10k first class railway ticket
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-39692885

Virgin and Stagecoach join with SNCF on HS2 WCP franchise bid
http://tinyurl.com/ktabj9t

London Midland sponsors Railway Mission hi-vis uniforms
http://tinyurl.com/kkflzej

Crucial work to link Bolton station and interchange hits milestone
http://tinyurl.com/l8v68to

Another strike on Merseyrail
http://tinyurl.com/mcohq2o

Virgin Trains East Coast strike suspended
http://tinyurl.com/kj7p28e

British railway first as four generations of trains arrive at the same station
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-39684092
http://tinyurl.com/klwg68o

Upgrade for first class passengers at Perth railway station
http://tinyurl.com/n888fej

Justice committee backs Scots railway policing merger
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39736561

Steam train George B on first journey for 50 years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-39656220

New railway station plans for Wales chosen for scrutiny
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-39733717

Chance to have say on who will win rail franchise
http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=114104

Prince of Wales drives restored Barclay saddle tank
http://tinyurl.com/k6b4ey7

Mark 1 coach relaunched by Duke of Northumberland on Aln Valley line
http://tinyurl.com/lckbkml

Dunblane footbridge relocated to Brechin
http://www.stirlingnews.co.uk/news/15244098.Arrival_of_rare_Victorian_footbridge/

Quarry Hunslet “George B” returns to service
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-39680009

Mood altering music on Eurostar, but only with Sony wireless headphones.
http://tinyurl.com/mcpjegj

Why Rome sends trains filled with rubbish to Austria
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39641761

Branch line in Freiburg to be electrified
http://tinyurl.com/kwadg3y

Stadler to build narrow gauge emu’s for Stockholm
http://tinyurl.com/kwadg3y

Chinese electric locos delivered to Serbia
http://tinyurl.com/m4kvok6

Caltrans Siemens diesel loco unveiled
http://tinyurl.com/lgq246k

New Japanese EMUs
http://tinyurl.com/mtjj7yu

Bombardier joint venture builds emu cars for China
http://tinyurl.com/k6c7tlx

Contracts awarded for route modernisation in Romania
http://tinyurl.com/ksohm6a

Charity to renew ageing mini-railway in Poole Park
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-39710748

Croydon tram crash: drivers ‘fell asleep’ on fatal line
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39457148
http://tinyurl.com/kvw4a2s

Siemens use 3D printing for tram components
http://tinyurl.com/kacn5yo

Publicity slip by Nottingham Trams
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-39678128

Appeal for ‘patience’ ahead of Isle of Man steam festival
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-39667552

Steam Tug returns to Manchester Ship Canal
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-39678924

Out-of-control Canary Islands ferry smashes into harbour wall
http://tinyurl.com/lpm8gmd

United settles with passenger who was dragged off flight
http://tinyurl.com/mwqodqg

WWI practice tunnels found under Salisbury Plain
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-39696077

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

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TV and RADIO

30/04/17 Channel 4 1630-1735
“World’s Most Expensive Cars”

30/04/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“The Secret Life of the Motorway” 1/3

01/05/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“Timeshift: Penny Blacks & Tuppenny Blues – How Britain Got Stuck on Stamps”

03/05/17 Channel 5 1900-2000
“Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways” 1/4 Alaska

03/05/17 BBC4 2100-2200
“Britain’s Nuclear Bomb: the Inside Story”

03/05/17 BBC4 2200-2300
“Britain’s Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield”

04/05/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“Timeshift: Sailors, Ships and Stevedores – the Story of British Docks”

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EVENTS

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

28/04/17– Ffestiniog Railway: Quirks & Curiosities II
01/05/17 http://www.festrail.co.uk
http://tinyurl.com/mnj2f77

29/04/17– Peak Rail: Steam Gala
30/04/17 http://www.peakrail.co.uk

29/04/17– Didcot Railway Centre: 50th Anniversary
01/05/17 http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

29/04/17– Nene Valley Railway: TPO Demonstrations
01/05/17 http://www.nvr.org.uk

29/04/17– Rushden Cavalcade of Historical Transport and Country Show
01/05/17 http://www.cavalcade.org.uk/

29/04/17– Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Real Ale Festival
01/05/17 http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

29/04/17– Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Kids for a Quid
01/05/17 http://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

29/04/17– 39th Rushden Cavalcade of Historical Transport
01/05/17 http://www.rhts.co.uk

30/04/17– Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Steam Gala & Model Railway Exhibition
01/05/17 http://www.bucksrailcentre.org

01/05/17 Friends of King Alfred Buses: Winchester Bus Running Day
Free travel on vintage buses all day
0930-1700
http://www.fokab.org.uk

01/05/17 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“Doug Copley’s Lineside Images & The David Odd Collection”
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

05/05/17– Swanage Railway: Dawn of the Diesels
07/05/17 http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk

06/05/17 Theydon Bois Transport Bazaar & Vintage Bus Displays
Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Essex, CM16 7ER
1100-1530, admission: £3 (accompanied child free)

06/05/17 Signalling Record Society York Meeting
Duchess of Hamilton Suite, NRM
1100 “Signalling the Midland Railway: Sheffield-Royston Junction” Paul Armstrong
1200 “The Single-Needle Telegraph as used on the GNR & ECML” Steve Gwinnett
1400 “Slide Show looking at the Newcastle to Carlisle Route” John Midcalf
Room opens at 1015
http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/calendar.php

06/05/17– Great Central Railway: Goods Galore
07/05/17 http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

07/05/17 Romsey Signal Box open day
Nigel Bray will be signing copies of his latest book “Eastleigh to Romsey and
Salisbury”
Adult: £2.50 (£3.00 if gift-aided), Child: free
1200-1600
Limited parking – see website for details
Brick Lane, Romsey – use sat-nav SO51 8LG
http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk

07/05/17 Foxfield Railway: Miniature Mayhem & Knotty Heritage Train
http://www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/
http://www.knottycoachtrust.org

08/05/17 Peak Railway Association
Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
“Railways Remembered” a film show by Rob Foxon
Starts 1930, doors open 1900
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

08/05/17 Friends of Barnsley Archives
The Learning Lab, Experience Barnsley Museum, Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley,
S70 2TA
“Woodhead the Lost Railway” by Stephen Gay
1900-2100
http://www.experience-barnsley.com/the-friends-of-archives-social

09/05/17 Great Western Society Bristol Group
Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
“Final Journeys: Funeral Trains and the transport of coffins by train”
by Nicolas Wheatley
1930 for 1945
No admission charge, but a donation of £2.00 is appreciated
http://www.gwsbristol.org/gwsmeetings.html

10/05/17 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“50 Years behind the lens” by Stuart Warr
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

13/05/17 Hastings Diesel Ltd: Southampton-Fawley Shuttle Service
http://www.hastingsdiesels.co.uk/railtours/

13/05/17 Winchester Chesil Railway & Tunnel Tours: 1115 and 1415
£7.50 adult, £3 child – best to book
http://tinyurl.com/z2a3q7y

13/05/17 Bursledon Brickworks: Bricks, Beer and Buses Festival
Swanwick Lane, Southampton, SO31 7HB
http://www.bursledonbrickworks.org.uk/

13/05/17– Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Spring Gala
14/05/17 http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk

13/05/17– Bill Targett Memorial Steam Rally
14/05/17 Highbridge Farm, Highbridge Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 6HN
http://www.billtargettrally.co.uk/

13/05/17– Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Multiple Memories Weekend
14/05/17 http://www.e-v-r.com

13/05/17– Apedale Valley Light Railway: Stanhope Steam Gala
14/05/17 http://www.mrt.org.ul

14/05/17 Basingstoke Festival of Transport
War Memorial Park, Basingstoke
https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/transport-festival

14/05/17 Foxfield Railway: 50th Anniversary
http://www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/

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