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NETWATCH

University Station Birmingham
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH2CxO4IRts
Longbridge Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn_5nqZ8_8s
Alvechurch Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7bJ4ieZVkQ
Barnt Green Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCYD6RBWZBU
Kings Norton Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtGu_RjWJQ0
(Martin Miller)

“Beeching wasn’t all bad”
http://www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk/news/opinion/beeching-wasn-t-all-bad-1-4597114
Ventilation of the Circle line through a former graveyard at Cannon Street
http://tinyurl.com/yaoxd7hw
Fictional London Underground stations
https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2017/11/03/where-are-londons-fictional-tube-stations/
Kingsway Tram subway used by Crossrail
https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2017/10/28/crossrail-starts-restoration-of-kingsway-subway/
Odd businesses in arches under London Overground
http://tinyurl.com/y9sd2vxk
Mock up loco for the latest “Murder on the Orient Express” (loosely based on a SNCF 241P)
http://modeleng.proboards.com/thread/12223/murder-orient-express-film-build
24 things you need to know about the Venice Simplon Orient Express
http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/orient-express-uk-holidays
History of St James Park Halt in Exeter
http://www.devonlive.com/sport/football/history-st-james-park-station-756328
Video of 90733 on K&WVR
http://www.steamingaroundyorkshire.co.uk/Pages/2017/november17/12th.htm
Photos of Flying Scotsman trip from Norwich
https://is.gd/SWsqYp
Eurostar – TGV connection time problems
https://is.gd/Oc9tQK
The world’s shortest international flight?
http://wp.me/p8jKad-rx
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Severn Valley Railway – Visiting Panniers Railtour, 11th November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziyVQzOGpZs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf4V35QHz6U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNurHG-iXDM
GWR Heaven In The West Midlands, 11th November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DAfQXkJHfY
Black 5 Chasing in Lancashire, 15th November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEMCJxcFJis
LMS 45231 back in style on her loaded test run, 15th November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4op61TiwLaY
Shinkansen/Bullet Trains at Takasaki, 9th September
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzSN_s6eb28
Australian Express Steam Train – 1960s Educational Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ja6WOF4Z_E
Steam on the Harbour: Darling Harbour’s working trains
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0izTlCTHJc
Australian Trains: Steam Locomotives in Action – 2015 Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21RelMiDsOw
Diesel Diary volume 14
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mjo_50uYFg
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k035yRhcWtQ
Bochum-Gelsenkirchener Straßenbahnen 2005 2006
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNVSVQ2RgnM
Booaah have a narrow platform in Rotenburg on the Fulda in North Hessen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_P5GHRwehU
Bogestra Linie 310 und Neubaustrecke 302 nach Langendreer 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGOKA_33zlE
Güterzüge im Frankenwald – EBS 140, TX Logistik, 193 640, Raildox, Voith Maxima uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2KhLHE0tNY
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Dilton Marsh – Least Used Station In Wiltshire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvcmVYIZTdg

Neil’s ride along Denby branch line is memory to be treasured
http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/nostalgia/neils-ride-along-denby-branch-778623

Signal failure! The train traveller’s nightmare explained
http://tinyurl.com/y9zzh9dj
Many passengers disregard closing door warnings
http://tinyurl.com/ydemahtu
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

The driver’s view: ‘The memory of a rail suicide never leaves you’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41996546
Make small talk on railways and you could save a life
http://tinyurl.com/y7fcsgh8
Railway Children charity
https://www.railwaychildren.org.uk/who-we-are/
https://railway-children.myshopify.com/
(Spotters: Richard Buckby, Mike Prince, Peter Davies, RCTS South Wales)

Explore your lost waterways
https://is.gd/7v9A2h

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IN THE NEWS

Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio
https://is.gd/7Hhl7y

ASLEF accept Southern DOO proposals and pay
https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/southern-strikes-union-votes-to-accept-resolution

Building above London’s open railway could solve capital’s housing crisis, major report
suggests
http://tinyurl.com/y7elw3ga

TfL increases order for class 710 stock
https://is.gd/eCPLQD

Pollution problems at Moorgate (GN)
https://is.gd/0nvhYj

Happy birthday HS1: A look back at the launch of Britain’s first high-speed line
http://tinyurl.com/y9ngl7k7

RAIB investigation into level crossing accident near Teynham 23rd October
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/collision-at-frognal-farm-user-worked-level-crossing

Baby born at Waterloo station
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-42008493

South Western announces £50m train refurbishment
http://tinyurl.com/ybkksnyw

South Western Railway Christmas line closures planned in Hampshire
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-41984810

GBRf start container services from Southampton Western Docks
https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/gbrf-starts-serving-southampton

Reopening Fawley branch to passengers to be re-examined
https://is.gd/cwQBTe

Have your say on future of Island Line: South Western Railway Consultation
http://tinyurl.com/ych6spuh

Train fire at Ryde Pier head
http://www.islandecho.co.uk/train-fire-breaks-ryde-pier/

Passenger train idea ‘on track’ for Ludgershall
https://is.gd/EsMtQF

Safety breaches reported to ORR during SWR strike
https://is.gd/tBtcvy

OLE installed on Midland Main Line route for first time in 40 years
http://tinyurl.com/ya3a9d3n

Railway line reopens after a person is hit by a train
http://tinyurl.com/ycjhutq2

Derelict home on the edge of Attenborough Nature Reserve to be replaced with this…
http://tinyurl.com/y8dk4m22

35 jobs lost as rail engineering firm folds
http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/business/35-jobs-lost-rail-engineering-768541

England’s Transport for the North to become statutory authority in 2018
http://tinyurl.com/y9nd9eel

Full steam ahead for Doncaster station upgrade
https://is.gd/K8uIAJ

Non-technical visit to Ordsall Curve bridges
https://is.gd/tFQbVl

Virgin Trains dispute with RMT
https://is.gd/gZ85My

Blackpool-Preston rail electrification closes stations
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-41900097

Sack Abellio ScotRail call as hundreds of staff are asked to quit Scotland’s railways
http://tinyurl.com/y86ck2da

Breich Station reprieved after outcry
http://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/breich-station-reprieved-after-outcry-1-4614524

Conwy Valley line reopened after storm damage
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/conwy-valley-line-reopens-after-13896735

Bluebell H class to visit Warley model railway exhibition
https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/news/the-engine-shed/warley-2017-huge-announcement/

Half million passengers since reopening of Lynton & Barnstaple
https://is.gd/ROn24u

T3 moved from Swanage Railway to Flour Mill workshops
https://www.steamrailway.co.uk/steamnews/2017/11/15/t3-leaves-swanage-for-the-flour-mill

Irish Rail unions suspend further strike action for ballot
http://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/1110/919097-rail-labour-court/

General Electric to sell rail business
https://is.gd/6neeRN

Dutch multi mode multiple units to be fuelled by vegetable oil
https://is.gd/AfQnwt

Dutch rail infrastructure chief vows train will overtake plane
http://www.dutchnews.nl/?p=113683

Resilient railpads introduced in Belgium
https://is.gd/5pw6G8

Contract for coal traffic to be exported via Richards Bay coal terminal in Natal
https://is.gd/CeyZiw

Investment to improve flow of container traffic via Belarus
https://is.gd/jKfqkP

WW1 Hunslet loco restored in Australia
https://is.gd/LOkM28

Historic locomotive built for the liberation of Europe to return to the Netherlands
http://tinyurl.com/y82rteym

Apology after Japanese train departs 20 seconds early
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-42009839

Tunnelling complete on Northern line extension
http://tinyurl.com/ya6lkxgu

Low speed collision on Manchester Tramlink
https://www.railstaff.uk/?p=52212

Glasgow Airport rail link will ‘do more harm than good’
https://is.gd/YyPdZI

New buses for Stagecoach route between Newton Abbot, Torquay and Brixham
http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/were-22-double-decker-buses-746413

One Hour “hopper” fares to be introduced on TfL bus and tram services
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-42011699

Old buses converted to libraries in Turkey
https://is.gd/vjtb31

Bus Eireann Waterford routes open for tendering
http://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/1116/920442-nta-waterford-buses/

Toronto Transport Commission to buy electric buses
https://is.gd/2qSiw0

Electric school buses developed for USA
http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2017/11/09/new-electric-school-buses-get-ready-to-roll.html

Tour buses banned from parts of Hollywood Hills
http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-trends/los-angeles-tour-bus-restrictions

Tesla unveils first truck – and roadster
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42021713

Car tax evasion triples after paper version scrapped
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42009111

WW2 Spitfire pilot Joy Lofthouse dies aged 94
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-42012740

Aircraft and helicopter in ‘mid-air crash’ near Aylesbury
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-42024712

Nose wheel up landing at Belfast
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-41944752

Austrian to bid farewell to its last Fokker in December
http://tinyurl.com/y7dtw8qk

Delta plans Northwest hub tour for 747 farewell
http://tinyurl.com/y9cqucth

Airbus lands £38bn deal for record 430 budget airline planes
http://tinyurl.com/ycd86hey

Emirates confirm Boeing order at Dubai airshow
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41960871

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

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TV and RADIO

19/11/17 Channel 4 2000-2200
“Guy Martin’s WWI Tank” Building a replica

20/11/17 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Austria-Slovenia (1)

20/11/17 ITV 2000-2030
“The Harbour” Tenby 4/4

20/11/17 BBC4 2100-2200
“Timeshift: Sailors, Ships and Stevedores – the Story of British Docks”

20/11/17 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys” 3/4 Former Yugoslavia

20/11/17 Channel 5 2200-2305
“Secrets of the Tube: Going Underground” 2/4

20/11/17 Channel 5 2305-0005
“Super Scary Plane Landings”

21/11/17 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Austria-Slovenia (2)

21/11/17 BBC4 2200-2300
“Timeshift: Roof Racks and Hatchbacks – the Family Car”

21/11/17 BBC4 2300-0000
“Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession” 2/3

22/11/17 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Italy (1)

23/11/17 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Italy (2)

23/11/17 BBC4 2200-2300
“Britain’s Greatest Pilot: the Extraordinary Story of Capt Winkle Brown”

23/11/17 BBC4 2300-0000
“Operation Jericho” 1944 RAF Mosquito mission

24/11/17 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Greece (1)

24/11/17 Channel 5 2000-2100
“The World’s Greatest Bridges” 5/6 The Millau Viaduct

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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

18/11/17 Portsmouth Model Railway Exhibition
Admiral Lord Nelson School, Dundas Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5XT
1030-1630
http://www.shmrc.org.uk

18/11/17– Solent Model Railway Group Millbrook Model Railway Show
19/11/17 Blighmont Army Reserve Centre, Millbrook Road West, Southampton, SO15 0AJ
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
http://solentmodelrailwaygroup.webs.com/modelrailwayexhibition.htm

18/11/17– Great Central Railway: Last Hurrah of the Season
19/11/17 http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

20/11/17 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
“Mixed Transport Videos” by Peter Dawes
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

21/11/17 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

04/12/17 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
Pie, Pea & Chips Supper with Peak Rail Director
QuickQuiz by John Wade, “YourPix”, then
Roy Wilson’s Review of 2017 around Sheffield Area
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

09/12/17 Mayflower Model Railway Show in aid of St Helena Hospice
Venture Centre 2000, Bromley Road, Lawford, Manningtree, CO11 2JE
http://www.MayflowerModelRailwayShow.co.uk

09/12/17 Llangollen Railway: Real Ale Train
http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/

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