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NETWATCH

Midland Metro – Priestfield
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UVDbRpBmWw
Midland Metro – Wednesbury Parkway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-pMMX_JHw
Midland Metro – The Hawthorns – Trams and Trains
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j63p_H9IyDU
Midland Metro – Jewellery Quarter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhtPrK656v8
Jewellery Quarter Station – Birmingham
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tqPhg0QWa0
Midland Metro – Busking at Grand Central
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmyjplMkvPg
Derby Station – a busy junction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJlYafBWEok
(Martin Miller)

9 x IEP, 68025 at STJ, Blue F/L 66623 Cardiff/Barry, 66024/152 Sandite, Oct 2017
https://youtu.be/sm7S5vkynq4
4 x 37 Top/Tail Preston-Blackpool Railtour, May 2000
https://youtu.be/UjxZ8O5svOw
Unloading new class 67 at Newport Docks 17 years ago
https://youtu.be/lB_GrfbQiN4
Doncaster Open Day with class 89, Deltic, and so much more, July 2003
https://youtu.be/0NjC6DZLDSs
(Mike Wilcock)

Latest industry promises
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41803602
Kingston station in 1910
http://tinyurl.com/ydg48ukc
East Anglian Branches
http://tinyurl.com/ydb3ye7m
Rail analysis: How private buses have impacted trains of Irish Rail
http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2017/1101/916698-the-economic/
Common factors in recent Irish transport strikes
http://tinyurl.com/yak58tgf
Final main season week of Jacobite operations
http://www.steamingaroundyorkshire.co.uk/Pages/2017/october17/24th.htm
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Pete Waterman’s October 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSNnsIUxWDo
Royal Scot – Steam in the Fog
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dich6ToQMRM
Autumn Steam Gala, East Lancashire Railway
Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFq8RDA_aBU
Day 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2RKWwPibgw
The Wensleydale Railway on 27th October
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAu7gPv-fog
RHTTs and Freight around the West Midlands, 21st October
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M3q54hFjlo
A quick trip to Stafford Station, 28th October
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q_h7WNjQ6k
West Coast Mainline – Zugverkehr zwischen Acton Bridge und Stafford Teil 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tgv5C8uVRo
Buurtspoorweg Haaksbergen 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjowj-weA_c
Herbstdampf beim Pollo mit 99 557
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNfiur6RYtY
Kessel Buntes Plandampf im Werratal 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHQ4KQqHgDk
Akustische Highlights beim Plandampf im Werratal 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLJTElmPu54
Railway station Melsungen in northern Hesse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TRWoJrBlvE
Steam Trains Along The Beach! Steamrangers ‘Southern Encounter’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H9013V4Bvg
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The Beatles at Acton station
http://www.beatlesarchive.net/the-beatles-by-david-hurn.html
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Leinster Gardens and the fake posh townhouses that reveal how the London Underground used to
work
http://tinyurl.com/y8q7c5b2
Garage owner converts his 1950s Morris Minor to electric
http://garagewire.co.uk/offbeat-news/garage-owner-converts-1950s-morris-minor-electric/
Russia develops super-heavy ground-effect civilian transport
https://www.rt.com/news/375477-ground-effect-civilian-transport/
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Spa Road Station, Bermondsey – London’s First Railway Terminus
http://alondoninheritance.com/
(Spotter: Howard Benson)

Jetgriff’s train simulator routes
http://www.wotawallysbits.co.uk/jetgriff-routes
(Spotter: Neil Ferguson-Lee)

The ghost trains of northern England that refuse to die
http://tinyurl.com/ybfh4a68

Madagascar’s love affair with the 2CV
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41388419

Life between the lanes: inside Yorkshire’s motorway farm
http://tinyurl.com/y86qvbd8

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IN THE NEWS

New biomass hopper wagons to be delivered to GBRf
http://tinyurl.com/ydx6veng

Five companies shortlisted to build HS2 trains
http://tinyurl.com/yc5xtfwa

Electric car charging points being installed at Southern stations
http://tinyurl.com/y7up7ewk

The teenage trainspotter who has spent 16 hours a day letting people know about Southern Rail
delays
http://tinyurl.com/ybgxb3ux

Reinstalling canopy on Bradford-on-Avon Footbridge
http://tinyurl.com/y7sxgyf4

Iconic Dawlish Warren railway carriages holiday park hopes to open all year round
http://tinyurl.com/y9t3fh42

HST named after last survivor or WW1
http://tinyurl.com/ycqw8sr2

Japanese piling equipment used on Chilterns Route
http://tinyurl.com/ydgscy2v

Lincoln level crossing overwhelmed by number of pedestrians
http://tinyurl.com/y7brtxzb

New liveries for West Midlands franchise
http://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/branding-unveiled-for-new-west-midlands-franchise

“Next stop, Middlewich” – MP switches attention to reopening town’s train station
http://tinyurl.com/ydb7ar2y

Network Rail awards TransPennine route upgrade contracts
http://tinyurl.com/yalq946r

Attacks on Merseyrail staff
http://tinyurl.com/ya9ohtxe

RAIB report on collision with permanent way trolley near Clapham (N Yorks)
http://tinyurl.com/y7hgxxo7

Scotland could welcome back train building for first time in decades
http://tinyurl.com/yd5wnsgq

EGIP into final testing phase as first full Edinburgh to Glasgow journey completed
http://tinyurl.com/yaf4wfwr

Women on track for brighter future with the railways
http://tinyurl.com/yapkahch

Arriva Trains Wales pull out of bid to run the next Wales and Borders rail franchise
http://tinyurl.com/ycnfp3dk
http://tinyurl.com/y8pyngv7

Swansea to Carmarthen trains cancelled because of broken track
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-41814935

RAIB report on possession testing irregularity at Cardiff December 2016
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/report-152017-serious-irregularity-at-cardiff-east-junction

Complaints about “hard seats” on new Hitachi 800 class units
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/people-really-dont-like-hard-13849595

Blaenau Ffestiniog & Trawsfynydd Railway official update
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsMvp2ZWv4M

Clun Castle steams again after ten year restoration
http://tinyurl.com/y7eyyac2

Brienz Rothorn Bahn staff visit Snowdon Mountain Railway
https://www.steamrailway.co.uk/steamnews/2017/11/1/swiss-railway-visits-snowdon

Irish Rail staff write to CIE over pay proposal
http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/1101/916633-rail-strike/

European Commission confirms funding for electrification in Croatia
http://tinyurl.com/ycnqck73

VTG to launch freight operating subsidiary
http://tinyurl.com/yd6ghxns

Broad gauge Bombardier TRAXX articulated locos certified for use
http://tinyurl.com/yb8o4wxo

Norfolk Southern to sue sleeper manufacturer
http://tinyurl.com/y9rw8yus

Amsterdam to Eindhoven trains to leave every 10 minutes
http://tinyurl.com/y89bv7hs

Row over German high-speed train called Anne Frank
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41803131

Rally for tube station at Bricklayers Arms
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/9429

Tyne & Wear Metro railhead treatment train
http://tinyurl.com/ybaoxozg

Campaign to extend Glasgow Subway operating hours on Sundays
http://tinyurl.com/y8wpdoan

Croydon Tram drivers to strike over ‘sleep detectors’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-41830688

Tenders invited for Lothian Trams extension to Leith
http://tinyurl.com/y8xg6awv

Campaigners mark centenary of Hythe Pier electric locos
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-41654145

Thamesdown Transport names latest buses after BR class 52 “Western” diesel hydraulics
http://www.thamesdownbus.com/page.shtml?pagename=bus-fleet&section=ABOUT%20US

‘I can’t work with you a moment longer’: boss fires bus drivers with blunt note
http://tinyurl.com/yd4rt8wm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-41801760

Southsea to Ryde hovercraft back in use after breakdowns
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-41788041

EasyJet acquires part of Air Berlin’s Tegel operations
http://tinyurl.com/y7xa4cwe

Plane tries to land in Austria storm… takes off again
http://tinyurl.com/ybu57vm5

Delta international 747 drawdown enters final chapter
http://tinyurl.com/y97tabkp

Brussels Airlines retires last Avro
http://tinyurl.com/yavmq2kx

Retirement of KLM Fokker ends era that began in 1921
http://tinyurl.com/y92ubuxt

Russia to ban Dutch planes over landing rights row
http://tinyurl.com/y8gujscm

Ryanair pilots want to negotiate through EERC
http://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/1030/916338-ryanair/

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Price, Alan Rushworth, Roger Smith, Nick
Wheat

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TV and RADIO

05/11/17 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Great Canal Journeys” 2 – The Marne-Rhine Canal

05/11/17 Channel 4 2300-0105
“The Railway Man” 2013 feature film

06/11/17 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Spain to Portugal (2)

06/11/17 ITV 2000-2030
“The Harbour” Tenby 2/4

06/11/17 Channel 4 2000-2030
“Trouble on the Trains” Under cover with BTP

06/11/17 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys” 1/4 Across the Sahara

07/11/17 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” The Mediterranean coast (1)

08/11/17 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” The Mediterranean coast (2)

10/11/17 Channel 5 2000-2100
“The World’s Greatest Bridges” 3/6 Ironbridge

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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

03/11/17– South Devon Railway: Winter Diesel Gala
05/11/17 http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

04/11/17 Llangollen Railway: Ride the Rocket Firework Train
http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/

04/11/17– Barnsley Model Railway Exhibition
05/11/17 Hoyland Leisure Centre, West St, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74 9EH
http://www.barnsleymrc.org.uk/

05/11/17 Moors Valley Railway: Tank Engine Day
http://www.moorsvalleyrailway.co.uk/

05/11/17 Poole & District Model Railway Society exhibition
Poole Grammar School, Gravel Hill, Poole, BH17 9JU
https://pdmrs.wordpress.com/

06/11/17 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“Memories” by Keith Marshall
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

08/11/17 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“Railways in East Anglia in 1980s and 1990s; South Wales in the 21st century”
by Jeremy Segrott
Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
Non-members are very welcome – a donation of £2.00 is requested
https://www.radyr.org.uk/clubs/5984-2/

11/11/17 Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Walk the Line
http://www.watercressline.co.uk/

11/11/17– Hayling Railway Model Railway Exhibition
12/11/17 Hayling Island Community Centre, Hayling Island
http://www.haylingrailway.com

11/11/17– Spalding Model Railway Exhibition
12/11/17 Springfield Events Centre, Camel Gate, Spalding, PE12 6ET
http://www.spaldingmrc.co.uk

11/11/17– Llangollen Railway: Remembrance Weekend
12/11/17 http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk

12/11/17 Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Remembrance Sunday
http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk

14/11/17 Great Western Society Bristol Group
BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
“Photographing Britain’s Railways” by Jack Boskett
1930 for a 1945 start
Non-members welcome – suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses
http://www.gwsbristol.org

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

Cheers, Howard.
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