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NETWATCH

9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Waterloo Station
http://londonist.com/2016/05/secrets-of-waterloo?rel=handpicked

From the railways: Striking images of Scotland this week
https://stv.tv/news/features/1387009-from-the-railways-striking-images-of-scotland-this-week/
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Franchising hinders railway investment
http://tinyurl.com/kazqjdl
http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2017/05/rail-franchise-needs-just-reboot/
New car park at Didcot
http://www.railengineer.uk/2017/04/27/20-million-for-a-car-park/
Trams to Blackpool North
http://www.railengineer.uk/2017/04/27/trams-for-blackpool-north/
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

31270 and 0-6-0T No 20 Jennifer at Matlock with a Peak Rail service to Rowsley South
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYWG4ZGqGDk
The East Lancashire Railway Yellow Timetable, 15th April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZyeXgAv0rc
West Somerset Railway – Spring Steam Gala
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AZXYw3c5IM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LXhyOlesNQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKnLzYy0Y3k
East Somerset Railway – Spring Steam Gala, 30th April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1hzoe5yRvM
Lynton and Barnstable at Woody Bay (First class ride), 30th April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdEFbBkRfv0&feature=youtu.be
Red Rattlers On The Mainline ft. K190 and D3 639 – Suburban Shuttles 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqWz6bFSJc8
Güterverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn – EGP Autozug, CNL Schrottzug, EVB Holzzug uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1Sv-Sl4zCM
40 Jahre Eisenbahnmuseum Bochum-Dahlhausen 29.04
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unhy91Xfbwk
01 150 mit “schwerem Ding” auf Rampenfahrt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrXRCQQJY5Y
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

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IN THE NEWS

GBRf link to new cloud based safety management system
http://tinyurl.com/n4fdsqz

First train from the UK to China completes its 7,500-mile journey
http://tinyurl.com/knnhnun

HS2 rolling stock to allow for obese passengers
http://tinyurl.com/lhtap8h

First Elizabeth Line train on track to enter service in May
http://tinyurl.com/kwyheet
Work moves forward to prepare Abbey Wood station for Crossrail
http://tinyurl.com/kcyso82

Delays after engineering works, failed tamper near Gatwick Airport
http://tinyurl.com/m2mrb74

GWR test trains head to the UK
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-39746465

Council admits Portishead Line reopening running £600k over budget
http://tinyurl.com/ky3t5qb
http://tinyurl.com/k3vars8

Disruption after signal failure between Didcot and Swindon
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-39757840

RAIB report on near miss at Dock Lane LC
http://tinyurl.com/lbqym86

Great Northern unveils refurbished carriages for Fen Line
http://tinyurl.com/n22on6f

Loco fire on WCR excursion at Northampton
http://tinyurl.com/ltyjor6

Study to look at Highland Main Line enhancements
http://tinyurl.com/lbr7k9w

Sleeper trains to serve the Far North line?
http://tinyurl.com/koxj9ov

Arsonists torch historic wagons at Foxfield Railway
http://tinyurl.com/kbf692x

Work starts on Bridgnorth station development
http://tinyurl.com/k426gfx

BLS new rolling stock order
http://tinyurl.com/lm3deou

DB Regio orders 25 Coradia units
http://tinyurl.com/luv68yu

CD orders Siemens Vectron locos
http://tinyurl.com/kolhevw

ICE derailment near Dortmund
http://tinyurl.com/mvj9ehf

Greenbrier invests in Brazil
http://tinyurl.com/kx4gey8

BNSF train jumps track in Cocolalla
http://tinyurl.com/l2ztf37

CP opens rail link to new potash mine
http://tinyurl.com/k6dwusu

JR East Unveils Luxury Sleeper Train Designed by Ferrari Designer Ken Okuyama
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39776889
http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2017/03/16/jr-east-train-suite-shikishima/
https://www.jreast.co.jp/shiki-shima/en/

Waterloo & City suspended after power cut
http://tinyurl.com/mp664ww

Sound Transit (Seattle) orders more LRVs
http://tinyurl.com/l7mynab

‘Mail Rail’ hidden beneath London’s streets to open to public for first time
http://tinyurl.com/leqsq57

Mayor intervenes in Croydon tram crash investigation
https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2017/05/04-mayor-intervenes-in-croydon-tram.html

Greater Manchester mayor could change ‘insane’ bus system
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-39709700

Elon Musk reveals underground road plan
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-39755283/elon-musk-reveals-underground-road-plan

Finnish Ferry rebuilt with electric motor
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39744805

Tense moment plane lands without wheel
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-39755281/tense-moment-plane-lands-without-wheel

Alitalia to file for extraordinary administration
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39780604

Clear air turbulence affects Aeroflot 777 en route to Bangkok
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-39771637

12 miners killed during tunnel construction in China
http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/railway-tunnel-bl7ast-kil7ls-12-ch7ina/

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

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TV and RADIO

07/05/17 Channel 4 1640-1740
“World’s Most Expensive Cars”

07/05/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“The Secret Life of the Motorway” 2/3

10/05/17 Channel 5 1900-2000
“Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways” 1/4 Argentina

10/05/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain” 1/3

10/05/17 ITV 2100-2200
“Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport” 1/3

10/05/17 BBC4 2300-0000
“Timeshift: The Modern Age of the Coach”

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EVENTS

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

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– 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– 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/

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– 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

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