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NETWATCH

All the Stations – daily videos
Day 90: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Onvv9bpl–I
Day 93: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTGVzbfRUdY
Day 94: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe3y1RMhbRM

Seven ways to cut the cost of Britain’s rail tickets
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/19/seven-ways-to-reduce-uk-train-fares

Tutbury & Hatton Station Interlude
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_4z-uYf2Dk
Litchfield Trent Valley Station Interlude
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4gpfTUmIac
A Second Return to Tamworth Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoeQuK6Bmy8
Derby Station August Interlude
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj6EQ-ganG0
(Martin Miller)

Newport and Stormy Bank. March 1997 – very busy
https://youtu.be/MTily4I68x8
58042/56111/60081/66250 at Dean Forest in convoy, May 2001
https://youtu.be/DCBuffOIFYE
Dean Forest, 57315/31466/73001 0Z48 Bury to Lydney, 8th August
https://youtu.be/yS7YhIIQCBc
Aberthaw Power Station, unloading coal with 70809, 21st August
https://youtu.be/xo0lGC3o6vk
(Mike Wilcock)

Ffestiniog Railway, 9th, 10th, 12th August
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgiwSB56vwc
Shakespeare Express, Castle 5043, 13th August
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns5LbzcGtQk
HSTs at Doncaster and York stations, 16th to 18th August
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFa01GLEKUY
40145 and 45699 Galatea with Scarborough Spa Express, 17th August
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZmJ6lfvFCs
Severn Valley Railway Blue Timetable, 19th August
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuqPy0KPzFQ
60009 Union of South Africa On The West Somerset Steam Express, 19th August
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taofeTzbVfg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWsaicXDQEQ
68026 and 68023 at Stocksfield, 21st August
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1xjgJM10dU
45690 Leander “The Fellsman” 700th video, 22nd August
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ10T_HNcp4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFehKK2q2w4
Güterverkehr im Maintal – EGP Vectron, WLC, TXL, K+S, Bahnland Bayern uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc97Qwk_ptY
Greeting at about 300 km/h at the SFS Munich – Nuremberg at Allersberg!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZt6ac_kgoM
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

South Western Railway web site
https://www.southwesternrailway.com/
Network Rail use of helicopters to track trespassers
http://tinyurl.com/y98bhnvc
Cab ride on Welsh Highland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW525t1eYbk
Transport Hospital Fund
https://www.railstaff.uk/2017/08/21/transport-benevolent-fund/
Unofficial rules of tube travel
http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/18/10-rules-everyone-needs-to-be-following-on-the-tube-6862372/
Cyber piracy – Hackers targeting shipping industry
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40685821
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

‘I helped build the world’s longest tunnel’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/magazine-41012991/i-helped-build-the-world-s-longest-tunnel

Why didn’t electricity immediately change manufacturing?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40673694
(Mike Price)

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IN THE NEWS

New Elizabeth Line trains bugged by insect problem in early testing
http://tinyurl.com/y8ac9vjm

Train derails as it departs London Paddington station
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40991544

South Western Railway launch
http://www.firstgroupplc.com/news-and-media/latest-news/2017/20-08-17.aspx

CMA accepts fare caps on Exeter-London route due to ‘lack of competition’
http://tinyurl.com/ycszbhur

What the logo on the South Western Railway fleetname means…
http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/south-western-railway-what-new-13506954

South Western rail franchise: Clash with union over second person on trains
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40965413

The next round in the DOO/DCO dispute between TOC’s and RMT
http://tinyurl.com/yaxa54wz

Island line handed to South Western Railway franchise
http://tinyurl.com/ycpox2hv

First GWR High Speed Train off-lease this month
http://tinyurl.com/y96z5tln

‘Foolish’ level crossing-hopping learner driver convicted
http://tinyurl.com/y9ldu3r8

Derailment site at Ely North Jn reopened
http://tinyurl.com/yd4ckkkm

Train fire at Heckington
http://tinyurl.com/ycdplk6e

Changes for new London Midland Franchise
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40886873

Work completes on new rail college
http://tinyurl.com/y78emxfd

Chase Line electrification moves forward with steel structure installation
http://tinyurl.com/y6vzuvqy

Day of moaning declared in north of England over train woes
http://tinyurl.com/yc93tyl4

North should ‘take control’ of transport, says Grayling
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41020391

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase
http://tinyurl.com/y7j365ep

Increasing rail share of travel between London and Edinburgh cuts CO2 emissions
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40998997
http://tinyurl.com/y6wlszpd

Edinburgh Glasgow line goes live for testing
http://www.egip.info/news/2017/08/edinburgh-glasgow-line-goes-live-for-testing

Pictures of the new look Waverley station released
http://tinyurl.com/ydawql27

ScotRail named UK’s best performing large train operator
http://tinyurl.com/ycldn64w

New Caledonian sleeper stock arrives at Velim test centre
http://tinyurl.com/y77nzznf

Great Western Rail upgrades affecting south Wales begin
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-40963647

Cambrian railway line shut after loose yacht hits bridge
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-41007044

Feasibility study into reopening Aberystwyth-Carmarthen line begins in September
http://tinyurl.com/y8njc9lj

Family chance their luck running through level crossing barriers as train approaches
http://tinyurl.com/yaagr2nn

Tornado to appear in Paddington Bear film
http://www.steamrailway.co.uk/steamnews/2017/8/24/paddington-starring-role-for-tornado
https://www.a1steam.com/2017/08/21/tornado-paddington-2-not-station/

NYMR York group closes
https://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/2360412/york-area-group-to-close-its-doors/

Defibrillators installed on the Talyllyn Railway
http://talyllyn.co.uk/news/press-release-talyllyn-railway-aims-save-lives

Leadhills to Wanlockhead railway extension work starts
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-40999347
http://tinyurl.com/yd9bvstm

Incident with armed men at Nimes station in south of France
http://tinyurl.com/y8gpo9sy

Dutch plan record train frequency in 2018
http://tinyurl.com/ybb38xug

Enthralled people welcome Azadi Train at Bahawalpur
http://tinyurl.com/y9qaorfw

Fatal derailment in India
http://www.rte.ie/news/world/2017/0819/898576-india-train-crash/

Benguela railway handover from Chinese engineers
http://tinyurl.com/ya7r5koz

Work starts on upgrade of Penn Central station
http://tinyurl.com/y7kxdbgc

Texas/Mexico border facilities upgraded at Laredo
http://tinyurl.com/ydeekwzx

Night Tube gives London £171m boost in first year
http://tinyurl.com/y747gzde
http://tinyurl.com/ycwd5ejg

TfL redundancy payments to close underground ticket offices
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/tfl-apos-spent-45m-redundancy-195700705.html

DVLA bans over 300 potentially offensive licence plates
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-41025969

Last Postbus reaches the end of the road
http://tinyurl.com/ycq6x5jb

Royal Mail’s new electric vans unveiled
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41025771

East Cowes ferry terminal: Red Funnel planning appeal upheld
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-41021907

‘Self-driving’ lorries to be tested on UK roads
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41038220

Lost WW2 warship USS Indianapolis found after 72 years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40991326

City of Derry airport closed by flash floods
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-41024696

The Oldest Active 747 Enters Retirement
https://www.flightradar24.com/blog/the-oldest-active-747-enters-retirement/

Spotters: Howard Benson, Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Michael Prince

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TV and RADIO

28/08/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“War at Sea: Scotland’s Story” 1/2 The Dreadnoughts of Scapa Flow

28/08/17 ITV 2340-0010
“Britain’s Busiest Motorway” A look at the M25 – 5/6

29/08/17 BBC4 2000-2100
“India’s Frontier Railways” 1/3 The Maitree Express

29/08/17 BBC4 2100-2200
“Awesome Beauty: the Art of Industrial Britain”

30/08/17 BBC4 2100-2200
“Frank Lloyd Wright: the Man Who Built America”

31/08/17 BBC4 2300-0000
“How Britain Won the Space Race – the Story of Bernard Lovell and Jodrell Bank”

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EVENTS

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

Until Great Dorset Steam Fair
28/08/16 Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum
http://www.gdsf.co.uk/

25/08/17– Isle of Wight Steam Railway: 43rd Island Steam Show
28/08/17 http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

25/08/17– South Devon Railway: Rails & Ales
28/08/17 http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

25/08/17– Bala Lake Railway: Steam Gala
28/08/17 http://www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk

26/08/17 Imberbus 2017
https://imberbus.wordpress.com/author/imberbus/

26/08/17– Sedgemoor Rail 2017
27/08/17 http://www.burnhamanddmrc.co.uk

26/08/17– Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway: Vintage Weekend
27/08/17 http://www.wllr.org.uk

26/08/17– Stapleford Miniature Railway: Open Weekend
28/08/17 http://www.fsmr.org.uk

26/08/17– IWA Festival of Water
28/08/17 Gallows Inn Playing Fields, Ilkeston, DE7 5BP
https://www.waterways.org.uk/festivalofwater

26/08/17– Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: 1950s Weekend
28/08/17 http://www.e-v-r.com

26/08/17– Tanfield Railway: Sir Cecil’s Family Fun Weekend
28/08/17 http://www.tanfield-railway.co.uk

27/08/17 Wimborne District Society of Model Engineers: Public Running Day
http://www.wdsme.co.uk

27/08/17 Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway: Fish & Chips Special
http://www.wllr.org.uk

27/08/17– Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Children’s Treasure Hunt
28/08/17 http://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

27/08/17– Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Sausage & Cider Festival
28/08/17 http://rhts.co.uk/

28/08/17 Gartell Light Railway: Open Day
http://www.newglr.weebly.com

30/08/17 Swindon & Cricklade Railway: School Holiday Specials
http://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

01/09/17 Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Murder Mystery
http://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

01/09/17– North Norfolk Railway: Autumn Steam Gala
03/09/17 http://www.nnrailway.co.uk

01/09/17– Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway: Annual Gala Weekend
03/09/17 http://www.wllr.org.uk

02/09/17 Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Tunes & Chips Evening Land Cruise
http://www.e-v-r.com

02/09/17– Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway: Day Out with Thomas
03/09/17 http://www.steamtrain.co.uk

02/09/17– Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Kids for a Quid
03/09/17 http://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

02/09/17– West Somerset Railway: Late Summer Weekend
03/09/17 http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

02/09/17– Peak Rail: Heritage Shunters Trust Gala
03/09/17 http://www.peakrail.co.uk

02/09/17– Darlington MRC: Model Railway Exhibition
03/09/17 Head of Steam Museum, North Road Station, Darlington, DL3 6ST
1000-1600 both days

02/09/17– Aln Valley Railway: Model Railex
03/09/17 http://www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

03/09/17 Wimborne District Society of Model Engineers: Public Running Day
http://www.wdsme.co.uk

03/09/17 Foxfield Railway: Knotty Heritage Train
http://www.knottycoachtrust.org

03/09/17 Strathspey Railway: Grantown Motormania
http://www.stratspeyrailway.co.uk

04/09/17 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“Adventures in Europe” by Gavin Lake
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

05/09/17 Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway: Photography Day
http://www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk

07/09/17– Tanfield Railway: Heritage Open Days (trains on Sunday only)
10/09/17 http://www.tanfield-railway.co.uk

08/09/17– Swanage Railway
10/09/17 http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk

08/09/17– Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway: Annual Steam Gala
10/09/17 http://www.pbrly.co.uk

09/09/17 Display of 1940s-1960s London Buses
Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford, E4 9QH
Recreating Rangers Road bus Terminus, Chingford, closed September 1968
Free rides, bookstall
1030-1700, admission: £3 (accompanied child free)

09/09/17 Friends of King Alfred Buses: Twilight Running Day
http://www.fokab.org.uk

09/09/17 Combe Rail: Railway Exhibition
Landmark Pavilion, Wilder Road, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9BZ
1000-1600
Admission free
http://www.combe-rail.org.uk/

09/09/17 Llangollen Railway: Real Ale Train
http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/

09/09/17– Southampton Heritage Open Days
10/09/17 Heritage sites citywide connected by free vintage bus services
http://www.shods.org.uk

09/09/17– Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Wartime Weekend
10/09/17 http://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

09/09/17– Mid-Suffolk Light Railway: Steam Gala
10/09/17 http://www.mslr.org.uk

09/09/17– Nene Valley Railway: Steam Gala
10/09/17 http://www.nvr.org.uk

09/09/17– Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Model Weekend
10/09/17 http://rhts.co.uk/

09/09/17– Chasewater Railway: Summer Gala
10/09/17 http://www.ChasewaterRailway.org

09/09/17– Great Central Railway: Diesel Gala
10/09/17 http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/

09/09/17– The International N Gauge Show
10/09/17 Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Nr Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN
http://www.ngaugeshow.co.uk/

12/09/17 Great Western Society Bristol Group
BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
“The Didcot Railway Cranes” by Peter Jennings
Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
Non-members welcome – suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses
http://www.gwsbristol.org

13/09/17 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“The Best Way to See Snowdonia” – Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
by Tim Maynard
1930 for 1945 start
Non-members are very welcome – a donation of £2.00 is requested
https://www.radyr.org.uk/clubs/5984-2/

Cheers, Howard.
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