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NETWATCH

Sheffield Supertram Herdings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NAk5EPILr0
Sheffield Supertram White Lane
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FbTg68U1NA&feature=youtu.be
(Martin Miller)

Adam Smith Institute: why not to renationalise the railways
https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/things-not-to-do-10
Background to the purchase of the class 50 diesels in the 1960s
https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/why-the-50s-triumphed-in-class-struggle
Lickey Incline specialist bankers
http://lickeyincline.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/working-lickey-incline-1949-1956.html
Road enthusiasts’ web sites
https://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
http://www.cbrd.co.uk/
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

20303 & 20305 at Selby and Brough, 21st November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDP_ejklk1k
70013: Regulator Wide Open – The Christmas Cheshireman, 25th November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGEVdXFALt0
A Broken 46233 Duchess of Sutherland Crewe heritage Centre to Butterley MRC, 27th November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGUq7HgcC-Y
Class 47 No 47749 at Darlington – 0Z47 – Doncaster DN Decoy to Polmadie Car MD, 28th Nov
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N095YxVOnSY
70013 “Oliver Cromwell” In Full Flight! + 60163 “Tornado”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNKGGNi508U
The steam train has departed Kings Langley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5X0ezTf3M4
Tina, Stephen and 7820
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiRtdo1rnU4
58 3047 und 58 1111 Fotozüge Schwarzenberg 08.05.1998
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXWJ4U8fw0Q
Güterzüge im Blockabstand – Güterverkehr im Maintal – LTE, TXL, EGP uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph-tpV4Zolk
Freight train traffic through the Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6bjL4NGoAg
Australian Steam: Climax No. 1694 to Gembrook, September 2017
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCfBiNyeZk
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nTmpG3F__k
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcvXrG9sv4Q
Train watching at Tokyo Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUCynRGuXn8
Warley Model Railway Show
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSPzoBn_YgE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiXAfSzy44A
Adding chalk numbers and writing to your rolling stock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZb_6pyRHY0
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Play stations: Railway stops worth lingering at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42085145
The joy of the adventurous railway poster
https://is.gd/yIrgTQ
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Kingston on Soar branch history
http://www.trentstation.com/gypsum-mining—kingston-on-soar.html
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

Logging Railroads of the Sierras – Pickering Lumber Corporation & West Side Lumber Co
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJRPzZTUUBg
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Here are all London’s abandoned tube stations
http://www.citymetric.com/transport/here-are-all-london-s-abandoned-tube-stations-2975

New Friends of Friar Gate Bridge website
http://www.friargatebridge.co.uk/

N Gauge Now magazine
http://www.ngaugemodelling.co.uk

Model Railway Express emagazine
http://www.mre-mag.com

Coastal DCC
http://www.coastaldcc.co.uk

Layouts4U
http://www.layouts4u.net

Postcards show lost villages beneath Ladybower Reservoir
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-42169892
(Spotter: Mike Price)

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IN THE NEWS

Plan to fix ‘creaking’ railways unveiled by government
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42157853
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42167169
https://is.gd/CrkM7s
https://is.gd/oRyh99
https://is.gd/xtFHH2
Devon rail lines axed in 60s to be reopened, says Government
https://is.gd/Xh4Cmt
Suggestions of reopening LSWR line via Okehampton again
http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/reopening-old-dartmoor-rail-route-849136
http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/how-devons-historic-rail-line-857900
Newport and Ventnor railway lines could reopen as Beeching cuts reversed
https://is.gd/NwZiuD
https://iwradio.co.uk/2017/11/30/closed-isle-of-wight-railway-lines-could-be-reopened/
Isle of Wight MPs call for feasibility studies funding to reopen former train lines
http://wig.ht/2fQx
Step forward for plans to re-open Newcastle to Northumberland rail services
https://is.gd/hwrU01

Father who bought first-class ticket fined £484 – for getting on the wrong train
https://is.gd/oQPJIW

Details of London Overground night services released
https://is.gd/8lKw3I

Britain launches tender for South Eastern franchise
https://is.gd/BbsANm
https://www.railstaff.uk/?p=52462

DfT considers breaking up GTR & GWR franchises on retendering
https://is.gd/ZaakIW
https://www.railstaff.uk/2017/11/29/dft-announces-plans-to-split-two-franchises/

Plan to break up Great Western franchise that runs Devon’s trains
http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/plan-break-up-great-western-848131

GWR franchise possibly extended to 2022
https://is.gd/p5xCIL

Roads Minister goes to wrong Exeter for launch of Devon Railway investment plan
http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/shambles-government-sends-wrong-minister-852341

East Coast rail ‘bailout’ could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions
https://is.gd/zGScjv
https://is.gd/1tQYmB

Colas extend depot at Rugby
https://www.railstaff.uk/2017/11/27/colas-rail-extends-rugby-depot/

Rail Minister demands improvements to Burton train station after describing it as ‘hideous’
https://is.gd/goiS31

Bombardier rolls out final Electrostar EMU
https://is.gd/GMBHcm

Campaigners want to restore station, which they claim gave author inspiration for Lord of the
Rings
https://is.gd/o74YZ9

Virgin Trains West Coast RMT strikes around Christmas holiday
https://is.gd/qRWqjn

Consultation over footpath crossing at Grange over Sands
https://is.gd/ogKubv

Scottish railway station is least used in Britain
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-42194355

Refurbisment of HSTs for Scotrail
https://is.gd/x7pdGG

Scot rail lifts ban passengers using own mugs at refreshment trolleys
https://is.gd/P4JV1d

Closure of Breich station cancelled
https://www.railstaff.uk/?p=52423

Inverness to Wick train service disruption continues
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42170825
https://is.gd/xeIhne

Margam Country Park turbine restoration to power estate
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-42097451

Campaign to reopen old Londonderry Waterside station building
https://is.gd/sKS58R

New contractor appointed for “The Unknown Warrior” boiler
http://www.lms-patriot.org.uk/news/2017-11-28/our-new-boiler-contractors

Bluebell Railway on line newsletter
https://is.gd/Mmj1Ha

Record Year for Isle of Man Railways
https://is.gd/aFAD0s

Irish Rail plans bi-mode train order for Dart expansion
https://is.gd/gsag8o

SNCF designs train door to look like a monster in bid to boost safety
https://is.gd/suGgIz

Belgian accident leaves two Infrabel staff dead
https://is.gd/Grw9cP

Reinforced concrete girders weighing 2,750 tonnes craned in for new station in the Netherlands
https://tinyurl.com/y7pddboa

106 Reindeer killed by freight train in Norway
https://is.gd/UxILsp

Increased payload on VTG trains between Hungary and Italy
https://is.gd/HWz6cO

Skoda Transportation purchased by investment group
https://is.gd/7YOT9I

Web tool to simplify bidding for train paths in Europe
https://is.gd/jCXU0d

New Russian built locos delivered to Cuba
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/sinara-locos-arrive-in-cuba.html

Bombardier to modernise part of Moroccan railway network
http://www.railway-technology.com/?p=30563

German Pacific 01 1104 to return to service in 2018
http://www.nostalgiezugreisen.de/projekt-01-1104/

Successful trial means Tube on track for 4G coverage by 2019
https://is.gd/GGEnt1
https://is.gd/41HeYY

Trail running on extension of Toronto Metro
https://is.gd/4wYyWm

Queensferry Crossing to partially close for five days
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-42136651

MOD fire-fighting museum moved from RAF Scampton
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-42123472

IAG (owner of British Airways) purchases Monarch Airways slots at Gatwick
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42142349

Airbus, Siemens, R-R plan hybrid flights by 2020
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42152484
https://is.gd/E0b1XU

Paris airports plead with passengers not to abandon luggage
https://is.gd/LptcBd

SIA 777 caught in tow-tug fire at Changi airport
https://is.gd/OCyL5j

Virgin Atlantic A330, EgyptAir 777-300ER clip wings at JFK
https://is.gd/x6i3d5

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

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TV and RADIO

03/12/17 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Germany (1)

03/12/17 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Coastal Railways with Julie Walters” 2/4 Newcastle to Edinburgh

04/12/17 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Concorde: Designing the Dream” 1/2

06/12/17 Channel 4 2100-2200
“The Channel: the World’s Busiest Waterway” 2/4

07/12/17 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Great Canal Journeys” 2/2 Monmouthshire & Brecon

08/12/17 Channel 5 2000-2100
“Brunel: The Man Who Built Britain” 1/2

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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

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/

12/12/17 Great Western Society Bristol Group
BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
“Transport Video Highlights of 2016” by David Brabner
1930 for a 1945 start
Non-members welcome – suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses
http://www.gwsbristol.org

13/12/17 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“An Illustrated Guide to Barry Docks & Railway” by Lin Bryant
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/

16/12/17 Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Christmas Carvery Night
http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

16/12/17 Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Brunch with Santa
http://rhts.co.uk/

18/12/17 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
“Railway Signalling – History and Application” by David Canning
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

21/12/17 Vale of Berkeley Railway
The Old Engine House, Dock Road, Sharpness, Berkeley, GL13 9UD
“Dursley Branch Retrospective” by Peter Morris
Free entry, tea, coffee and biscuits but donations encouraged
http://valeofberkeleyrailway.co.uk/

22/12/17– Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway: Mince Pie Specials
24/12/17 http://www.steamtrain.co.uk

Cheers, Howard.
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