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NETWATCH

Geoff & Vicki are travelling to all 2,563 railway stations in Great Britain
http://allthestations.co.uk/
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Port Talbot and Swansea; elevated views of the mainline in 2007
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XnBt4LXwrk
New view of Cardiff Central/Queen Street with freights. April 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml0p_Bwknyk
Cab Ride in Tornado part 1, extended edit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb6ThI8iH2k
North York Moors Railway Spectacular 2003
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjwj77P8d0Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0FvwIUb5GU
(Mike Wilcock)

New build NER G5 0-4-4T
http://www.g5loco.co.uk

Where is the Oldest Surviving Railway Tunnel in the World?
http://tinyurl.com/llxsblp

Franchising in the Doldrums
http://www.christianwolmar.co.uk/2017/03/franchising-in-the-doldrums/
Train simulator systems
http://www.railengineer.uk/2017/05/04/reducing-access-time-train-cab-simulator-systems/
New Alstom emu proposed for UK market
http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/05/09/alstom-brings-new-emu-product-to-uk-market/
Prototype LC to be used on K&ESR
http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Comment/a-first-of-type-level-crossing
Banksy mural in Dover likely to be removed and sold despite ‘worthless’ claims
http://tinyurl.com/m276twt
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

A Morning With Number 9, 22nd April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRj39pWsbr8
Ffestiniog Quirks Weekend 28/04-01/05
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxurPKAqsfw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ERoGowIrsU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JW2p6NnVas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNHJJKJ_AVM
Great Central Railway’s Goods Galore Gala, 6th May
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZKGWVfwEeY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR_crmzaRMA
D9009 55009 + 68022 On The Hull & Leeds Executive, 6th May
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxEQov30QTA
1369 Farewell (GWR Livery) – South Devon Railway, 9th May
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpquEPAtvLE
The Great Britain X – 45699, 34052 & 46100 – Day 7 & 8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUfXPtyWbzQ
Dampf- und Dieselzüge zwischen Saalfeld und Unterwellenborn / Mai 1998
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpKQNOrV5LE
Fußballsonderzug, Twindexx Messfahrten, Holzroller uvm. auf der Frankenwaldbahn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oasg8yw9v2M
“Braunauer” railway bridge in the middle of Munich
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON6KCmpAJnA
Hudson R711 Through The Murray Valley – ‘Swan Hill Overlander’, 6th May
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv15YCG6Jh8
Little Blimp (Zeppelin) parade
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=How25BlG4cU
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

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IN THE NEWS

Labour Party manifesto includes railway renationalisation
https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/the-key-point-from-labours-leaked-manifesto/

‘Adaptable Carriage’ concept accommodates freight on passenger trains
http://tinyurl.com/kq3pxba

Hitachi unveils AT400 ‘British Bullet Train’ concept
http://tinyurl.com/lr8c3vp

Virgin unveils new ticketing structure to save customers £7.1m a year
http://tinyurl.com/lns8vxg

GTR no longer the worst performing TOC
http://tinyurl.com/kawoqfw

ASLEF turn down latest Southern DOO/DCO proposals
http://tinyurl.com/lckzjgl

Old Oak Common open day tickets available
http://tinyurl.com/lbzon3r

Gin themed Belmond Pullman special
http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/06/all-aboard-a-gin-train-is-coming-to-london-6619306/

Llamas trespassing near Hildenborough
http://tinyurl.com/mpvwhma

Competition Authority to consider South West Trains franchise deal
http://tinyurl.com/ldv78mp

GOBLIN electrification expected to be pushed back further by NR
http://tinyurl.com/k59fd3u

IEP fleet work moves forward at Hitachi’s Pistoia plant ahead of UK delivery
http://tinyurl.com/kx3jdog

Electric suburban services on Great Western from May
http://tinyurl.com/k2byjwa

Okehampton trail commuter service proposed
http://www.okehampton-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=420560

Crossrail works almost complete on GE mainline
http://tinyurl.com/k4pd5m6

Hitachi starts work building Virgin East Coast Class 800 Azuma units
http://tinyurl.com/komkm6d

HS2 proposal to redevelop Birmingham Curzon Street
http://tinyurl.com/m9cvcy8

New mainline station to be built at Kidderminster
http://tinyurl.com/kcqq6y4

Northern to increase Greater Manchester off-peak rail fares by 10%
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-39869299

Final spans for Bolton interchange’s ‘skylink’ bridge put in place
http://tinyurl.com/mksee8l

Fire at Carlisle station
http://tinyurl.com/kbxkwcx

Newer rolling stock for Tyne Valley Line (Cascading stock with pacers being withdrawn.)
http://tinyurl.com/n5w5z93

Track workers hit by dislodged ballast
http://tinyurl.com/l3vscww

MSPs to debate Scots railway policing merger
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39848867
http://www.centralfm.co.uk/2017/05/09/29208/

Proposal for new Elgin road could hit dead end… After railway expansion plans emerge
http://tinyurl.com/kqqlksz

Former First Minister promises to fight for a new Buchan railway line
http://tinyurl.com/lndv6gh

Arriva Trains Wales made a record £28.2m profit last year
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics/arriva-trains-wales-made-record-13023173

Project to reopen Amlwch branch
http://tinyurl.com/lm37nro

Modernisation of Derry/Londonderry Waterside station criticised
http://tinyurl.com/l8su6q8

Railway needs to raise £5,000 to continue venture (stop press: target reached)
http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=114310

Paris Gare du Nord train station reopens after security alert
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39852751

OBB to roll out staff body cams
http://tinyurl.com/n6fdvdq

SBB to refurbish IC2000 coaches
http://tinyurl.com/l9uo362

CD leases 10 Vectron locos for Praha – Berlin – Hamburg services.
http://tinyurl.com/lhyftok

IDS cargo buys EffiLiner 3000 locos (Former SNCB 12 class)
http://tinyurl.com/mt779un

Bombardier TRAXX loco design to include dc and diesel options
http://tinyurl.com/lffacrr

Crowdfunded operator Locomore files for insolvency
http://tinyurl.com/lvrytjv

EU report on night services
http://tinyurl.com/ksmptkf

Israel order more double deck coaches
http://tinyurl.com/l7r3ade

Oil revenue funds rail investment in Iran
http://tinyurl.com/ljerl6j

New South African suburban stock entered service
http://tinyurl.com/lmax3ta

New storage sidings open at Kamloops BC
http://tinyurl.com/ko5j2m3

Amtrak North East Corridor $38 billion repair bill
http://tinyurl.com/k2xbo5y

Dispute at London Bridge underground station
http://www.londonlovesbusiness.com/business-news/london-news/15626.article

Remains of City Road station be redeveloped
http://londonist.com/london/transport/a-ghost-station-vanishes

Glasgow: subway station upgrades reach halfway point
http://tinyurl.com/kckfbvz

Tender issued to supply new Tehran metro cars
http://tinyurl.com/khnyz79

Hundreds of rail enthusiasts attend Derby Model Railway Exhibition at The Roundhouse
http://tinyurl.com/kuqo5bb

Metrolink tram driver hurt in ‘reckless’ rock attack
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-39851500

Vintage buses to take to Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, streets
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-39813313

Road tour of Switzerland by electric car
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en-gb/e-grand-tour.html

Puffin-based livery revealed for Air Alderney’s Islanders
http://tinyurl.com/n2yu2pc

Airlander flies again after hard landing
http://tinyurl.com/lnpgbbk

Boeing halts test flight of new plane
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39879962

Air Force One damages blamed on Boeing mechanics
http://tinyurl.com/k79wov4

Halfpenny Green runway damaged by vintage jet aircraft
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-birmingham-39778809/runway-torn-up-as-plane-takes-off

Crane collapses at Falmouth Docks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39870240

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

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TV and RADIO

14/05/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“The Secret Life of the Motorway” 3/3

14/05/17 BBC4 2325-0025
“Timeshift: How Britain Won the Space Race – the Story of Bernard Lovell & Jodrell
Bank”

15/05/17 Channel 5 1900-2000
“The Cars that Made Britain Great” 6/8

17/05/17 Channel 5 1900-2000
“Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways” 3/4 South Africa

17/05/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain” 2/3

17/05/17 ITV 2100-2200
“Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport” 2/3

18/05/17 BBC4 2100-2200
“Scotland’s First Oil Rush” In the mid-19th century

18/05/17 ITV 2300-0000
“Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport” 2/3

19/05/17 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Britannia: Secrets of the Royal Yacht”

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EVENTS

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

13/05/17 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– Bluebell Railway: Branch Line Event
14/05/17 http://www.bluebell-railway.com/whats_on/branch-line-event/

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– Nene Valley Railway: Small Loco Fest
14/05/17 http://www.nvr.org.uk

13/05/17– expoEM Spring 2017
14/05/17 Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 9SE
http://www.emgs.org/

13/05/17– Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Multiple Memories Railcar Gala
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/

15/05/17 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
“The Devon Belle” by Ken Mumford
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

15/05/17 Friends of Cromford Canal
Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, NG16 5NN
Starts 1930
“The Chesterfield Canal and Dawn Rose” by John Lower
Admission: £2.00
http://www.cromfordcanal.org/

17/05/17 Hertford & Ware Local History Society
St Mary’s church annex, Church Street, Ware SG12 9EH
AGM and “Wickhams of Ware” by Richard Waterhouse
Starts 2000
Visitors welcome – admission: £2.00
http://www.hertfordwarehistory.org.uk/

18/05/17– Severn Valley Railway: Spring Diesel Festival
20/05/17 http://www.svr.co.uk

19/05/17– Welsh Highland Railway: Rail-Ale Festival
21/05/17 http://www.festrail.co.uk

20/05/17 Romsey Signal Box open day
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

20/05/17 Nene Valley Railway: Class 14 Celebration
http://www.nvr.org.uk

20/05/17– Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Superheroes Weekend
21/05/17 http://rhts.co.uk/

20/05/17– Foxfield Railway: Military Weekend
21/05/17 http://www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/

20/05/17– North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Behind the Scenes
21/05/17 http://www.nymr.co.uk

21/05/17 Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Festival of Transport
http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

21/05/17 Doncaster Toy Collectors Fair
Doncaster Exhibition Centre, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB
http://www.barrypotterfairs.com/fairs.php?fair=30

26/05/17– South Devon Railway: Ticket to Ride
29/05/17 http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/

27/05/17– Foxfield Railway: Bus Rally
28/05/17 http://www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/

27/05/17– Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Spring Gala
29/05/17 http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

27/05/17– Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Real Ale & Cider Festival
29/05/17 http://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

27/05/17– Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway: Festival of Steam
29/05/17 http://www.gwsr.com

27/05/17– Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: “Kids Go Free” Bank Holiday
29/05/17 http://www.e-v-r.com

28/05/17 Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Teddy’s Train Ride
http://www.bucksrailcentre.org

28/05/17– Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway: Day Out with Thomas
29/05/17 http://www.steamtrain.co.uk

29/05/17 Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Bus Rally
http://www.bucksrailcentre.org

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