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*** Next week’s Raildate, the last before Christmas, will be published on Thursday 14th
December

NETWATCH

Window view on steam Newport-Paddington 2001
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtSDMbgR65I
Trains at Lancaster 2001. 37/87/90 and HSTs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsGnVTUyePs
Barry in 2017/07 inc 57315/601 47768 D9521 GWR 4643 and HST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wOwP18ZOPM
Crewe, Cardiff and Bescot in the 1990s Memories of all grey liveries
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWCyW0eTVVc
Freight trains at Bulawayo Railway Station 1990
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqDYJ66D4U0
(Mike Wilcock)

Class 47 47760 hauls the Branch Line Society’s “The Christmas Brush” railtour past west Reading
(FrontCompVids)

Solar power to propel trains?
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/in-the-future-trains-will-be-solar-powered
NYMR Civil engineering blog
https://www.nymr.co.uk/blog/civil-engineering-diary-6-november-2017
Illuminated boats on canal to celebrate 50 years of Milton Keynes
https://is.gd/VeAx51
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Railway Highlights – 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=348ucZa08LQ
Severn Valley Railway June 2010
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aioARBnphc
Llangollen Railway June 2010
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6jfxZ4grjo
Black 5 Blasts Bentley and Bapton
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03u9y85jUL0
Severn Valley Railway Santa Specials
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znHfA5Z_kAg
Colas Rail Locos at Newcastle Central – Class 60s & Class 37s – 1st December
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpZQCPOSN1s
LMS 48151 Gets a shove on the Santa Special, 3rd December
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O7o1_cbFOE
Father Christmas Hotfoots It From Lancaster
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WieBc6ULVJg
Quad loco combinations – NSW – December 2007
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIzVmnBKZ0U
Classic Bulldog EMDs On The Mainline! Spirit of Progress 80th Anniversary Tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ANciRQkJ2Y
Lokportrait Dampflok 01 202
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju1ov1pKxa4
Güterzüge im Blockabstand – Güterverkehr im Maintal – LTE, TXL, EGP uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC7f-qtkXjc
41 1144 mit “Wartburg Express”, 3rd December
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWqvTz9gcYA
BR 101 004 “Bahn BKK” advertising locomotive in Munich East
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW4Y3fkJpmc
“Steam locomotive 44 546” on city tour around Munich
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDeCanPStd8
Bayrischzell in the snow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPyP5eqdEZg
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Battery Powered Train – Fully Charged
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s4heZe7ChM
Timelapse video – Trains At A Busy Clapham Junction, 17th September 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn5GUL8JYHk
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Network Rail “Lines in the Landscape” award is given for the best photography of Britain’s
railway
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/?p=15370
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Heathfield Branch Line, Devon – 2014
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49jBh593y80
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3LNfRb6ljs

Dalmally Railway Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IHB9JVx92I

Track suits: More railway stations worth lingering at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42151043

Visiting the Office of Rail and Road
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdeb4h5EpFU

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IN THE NEWS

Rail fare rise biggest for five years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42234488

UK’s least used stations
https://is.gd/HgzRh4

Final stage of London Bridge upgrade over Christmas/New Year holiday
https://is.gd/mgX4ws

Refurbishment of Shoreham Viaduct almost complete
https://is.gd/HIsmyd

South Western Railway could axe quiet train carriages
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42236003

South Western Railway win maintenance awards
https://is.gd/ZDHZxP

Announcement of Southampton engineering works (renewal of Northam Jn)
https://is.gd/Vn9ExW

New station for Wilton could open in the next three years
https://is.gd/aUVCAT

Change of contractor on GW electrification
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/engineering-firm-end-involvement-rail-871071

Portishead railway: Could line reopen to public?
https://is.gd/VAUTG1

Weston Super Mare station building listed
https://is.gd/gDEXvP

Devon County Council objections to South Western Railway 2018 timetable changes
http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/devon-county-council-opposes-rail-875610

‘People felt cut off’: talk of reopening railway line sparks hope in Devon
https://is.gd/dlbsHU

Chiltern DVT receives Christmas livery
https://is.gd/I3Wptu

West Coast main line disruption: ‘Do not travel’ warning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42208844
https://is.gd/tzWfVz

Rat droppings found in kitchen on Virgin Trains East Coast service
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42280404

‘No trains’ at Kenilworth’s new railway station ‘until 2018’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-42238430

Newnham Bridge station for sale
https://www.nicolandco.co.uk/properties/newnham-bridge-tenbury-wells/

Extension approved for Buxton sidings
https://is.gd/3pJeQp

Trans Pennine Express to open light servicing depot at Scarborough
https://is.gd/0UjHPY

RAIB review of near miss on Dutton viaduct
https://is.gd/IqFRGo

RAIB report on collapse of retaining wall near Liverpool
https://is.gd/oyCuxk

Could station plan get back on track?
https://is.gd/ok1mTC

Angus railway station is the least used in the UK
https://is.gd/u0lcyL

Railway hero honoured 44 years after tackling robbers
https://is.gd/3cWRbf

ScotRail puts severe weather plans in place for winter
https://is.gd/5yJX8k

Passengers left ‘fainting and in tears’ on busy Edinburgh train
https://is.gd/o6pSKY

Upgrading Penhelig station
https://is.gd/KsiOzW

What it really looks like inside the abandoned Rhondda Tunnel
https://is.gd/2V7Kpc
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-42228625

This is how close these people came to being hit by a 85mph train
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/how-close-people-came-being-14006832

Black 5 45231 back in traffic
http://www.iconsofsteam.com/2017/12/sherwood-forester-back-action/

Dusseldorf train crash: Five injured after passenger train collides with freight carriage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42246087
https://is.gd/0D8yBd

First Flirt3 unit for GySEV shown in public
https://is.gd/zz9osF

Don’t practice your play script out loud on the train
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42202090

Additional DMU ordered for Ferrovia Circumetnea
https://is.gd/WGm84t

TGV Lyria to introduce business class
https://www.businesstraveller.com/?p=840381

SNCF to trial Mitsubishi transformers on suburban emu
https://is.gd/us5kTC

Metrans orders 10 more Bombardier TRAXX locos
https://is.gd/Sbs85c

Getting Nigeria’s railways back on track with China’s help
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42172955

Iran orders Hyundai DMUs
https://is.gd/WBJoGJ

New South Wales fleet renewal progress
https://is.gd/3RCiuW

New Bombardier EMUs ready to enter service around Brisbane
https://is.gd/t5cU4p

TfL completes test of new signalling equipment
https://is.gd/ZHFR6S

Petition launched to reinstate District line service to Kensington Olympia
https://is.gd/eBHJzh

Croydon tram crash: Report says driver ‘probably dozed off’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-42253785
RAIB report
https://is.gd/zAYCXV

Original Midland Metro tram fleet to be auctioned off
https://is.gd/dHnXRA

Nottingham tram crash causes worst traffic jam ‘in years’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-42257374

103 Year Old MV Doulos — on the Beach at Bintan
http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2017/11/103-year-old-mv-doulos-beach-bintan/

Hovertravel returns to Gosport with full excursion programme for 2018
http://www.islandecho.co.uk/hovertravel-returns-gosport-full-excursion-programme-2018/

Blue Islands – ‘Waves is operating illegally’
https://guernseypress.com/news/2017/12/04/blue-islands–waves-is-operating-illegally

Delta adds stops to final 747 tour
https://is.gd/BQX7YW

Air France retrieves stranded A380 from Canada
https://is.gd/4ho3NB

Russia rolls out first newly built Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber
https://is.gd/OFxXDF

Architect produces longest moving walkway alternative to tram-train Glasgow Airport link
https://tinyurl.com/ydyo7pan

The luxurious ghost airport in one of the world’s poorest countries
https://is.gd/aydI5C

Gold mining in Wales is set to start again after 20 years
https://is.gd/tZ4b9J

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

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TV and RADIO

09/12/17 Channel 4 1900-2100
“Guy Martin’s WWI Tank”

10/12/17 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Coastal Railways with Julie Walters” 3/4 Devon and Cornwall

11/12/17 BBC2 1605-1705
“The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway” The Crossrail story (1)

11/12/17 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Concorde: Designing the Dream” 2/2

11/12/17 Channel 5 2200-2300
“Concorde: 120 Seconds that Destroyed the Dream” 2/2

12/12/17 BBC2 1605-1705
“The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway” The Crossrail story (2)

13/12/17 BBC2 1605-1705
“The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway” The Crossrail story (3)

13/12/17 Channel 4 2100-2200
“The Channel: the World’s Busiest Waterway” 3/4

14/12/17 BBC2 1605-1705
“The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway” The Crossrail story (4)

15/12/17 BBC2 1605-1705
“The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway” The Crossrail story (5)

15/12/17 Channel 5 2000-2100
“Brunel: The Man Who Built Britain” 2/2

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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

26/12/17 Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway: Mince Pie Specials
http://www.steamtrain.co.uk

26/12/17 Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Boxing Day Special
http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

26/12/17 Tanfield Railway: Mince Pie Specials
http://www.tanfield-railway.co.uk

26/12/17– Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Christmas Leave
27/12/17 http://www.watercressline.co.uk/

26/12/17– Llangollen Railway: Mince Pie Specials
29/12/17 http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/

27/12/17– Strathspey Railway: Mince Pie Specials
03/01/18 http://www.stratspeyrailway.co.uk

28/12/17 Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough Railway: Mince Pie Special
http://rhts.co.uk/

29/12/17– West Somerset Railway: Winter Steam Festival
30/12/17 http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

29/12/17– Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Mince Pie Specials
01/01/18 http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk

30/12/17 Doncaster Toy Collectors Fair
Doncaster Exhibition Centre, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB
http://www.barrypotterfairs.com/fairs.php?fair=30

30/12/17– Llangollen Railway: Winter Warmer
31/12/17 http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/

31/12/17 Tanfield Railway: Mince Pie Specials
http://www.tanfield-railway.co.uk

Cheers, Howard.
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