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NETWATCH

Class 47 47760 hauls the Branch Line Society’s “The Christmas Brush” railtour past west Reading
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_IicOYNSKg
Apologies for losing the link last time!
(FrontCompVids)

King Edward 1 at Newport and Swansea 1998
https://youtu.be/sAmpgqU8qaI
60081/70 loaded coal at Silverdale Mine in 1998
https://youtu.be/AWmyD2PxttU
37410 at Canton and last run to Rhymney Dec.2006
https://youtu.be/GSjz_7YGlFw
Crash with 67002 at Lawrence Hill 2000, unedited clips/delivery too
https://youtu.be/LJWlf3apBnM
Lancaster/Carnforth. “Brief Encounters” with 48151 and more in 2005
https://youtu.be/2iO2IHo1ITg
(Mike Wilcock)

SRPS Diesel Gala 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ft8eCkRe4g
(Andrew Cook)

Why UK rail tickets are orange
http://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/rail-delivery-group-explains-exact-899829
SWR assisted travel booking form
https://www.southwesternrailway.com/travelling-with-us/assisted-travel
Croxley Rail link running out of time and money
https://www.londonreconnections.com/2017/the-metropolitan-line-extension-deadline-day/
35011 General Steam Navigation updates
https://wp.me/p9nWnB-1Cm
6880 Bretton Grange newsletter
https://wp.me/p9nWnB-1zR
Brighton Atlantic project
https://wp.me/p9nWnB-1vC
Clan project update
https://wp.me/p9nWnB-1GV
Rail cameramen exhibition at NRM Shildon
http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/shildon-2018/rail-cameramen
Underground railway in Kew Gardens
https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2018/01/10/kew-gardens-private-underground-railway/
W&L Santa Specials in the snow
https://www.national-preservation.com/threads/welshpool-santa-specials-with-snow.1058269/
Aikenknees Christmas Train
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIIefBXM8Qw
Maintenance problems for MV Balmoral
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/bid-lottery-millions-launched-ensure-926409
Hunting lost aircraft in USA
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42272952
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Severn Valley Railway, Santa Steam Specials
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3myDgfOnE5U
Sir Keith Park’s last months on the SVR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnq_O3k0TB0
60103 Flying Scotsman 5Z63 York NRM-Bury ELR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO9CsVPQbnI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xumsOS9P1qI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9bkZq0X7AA
Royalty in the Hills – LMS 46233 Duchess of Sutherland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Icv6LyUNyc
First ballast train into Broadway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bztP4GbdhBM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGU4TTG5YTE
Grand Central HST’s Final Month, Service & Farewell Tour, December 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFMwp0X7bRo
Monarchs Of The Mainline – UK Steam Train Review 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMLotbSayFQ
Best of 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WocDk51hYPE
Unseen Footage: 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTzQm74-rRE
Speed to the West: 2017 on the Railways
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppBKvuS2lLI
Farewell to Salwick Signal Box, 1889-2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX7Vj5jgqfY
Lokportrait Dampflok “4981 Mainz” 55 2204
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OSdjwtu_lw
Mit der 78 468 nach Warstein 06 Januar 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL2csqOPmnk
Güterverkehr im Maintal – Bayernbahn 140, 151, BoxXpress, Raildox uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08dqwmwTYko
Diesel Diary – USA part 5 – blu-ray preview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpX-ArijLv4
Australia: North Strathfield, New Year’s Day Trains, 1st January
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhsrpMM9pbM
Sydney single deck electric trains – Chullora – 1992
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzexOzTDHDQ
SSR – 2017 NSW Operations – blu-ray preview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2mUcDoZmnA
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

A Visit to Locomotive Works, Crewe (1913)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeojYgl5GFE
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

The Merthyr, Tredegar & Abergavenny railway – a new book
http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/15797844.The_spectacular_railway_that_crossed_Gwent/
(Spotter: Andrew Nummelin)

CCT, 94630, Roll Out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrT_piLPag8
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

The 1968 train crash that changed UK railways
https://is.gd/s74fl6

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDX02GolZEs

‘I travelled on the Hill of Howth tram; I would love to relive that memory’
https://is.gd/UF5GKD

Fifties Coach Travel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oFEPTgaKrY

Donald Campbell: The day my dad died chasing a world record
https://is.gd/0bNPQ4

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IN THE NEWS

There are serious questions about the health of Britain’s railways
https://is.gd/nMlgNp

Government helped make UK’s biggest rail franchise the ‘worst’, major report finds
https://is.gd/zNhdwy

Right or wrong, Labour is offering a solution to the legitimacy crisis of our privatised
railways
https://is.gd/466HM6

Train workers at five firms walkout in safety row
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42597824
Rail strikes hit Northern, Greater Anglia, South Western and Merseyrail
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42652245

Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after ‘once in a generation upgrade’
https://tinyurl.com/ybl8va5h

Thameslink test trains travel through new London Bridge platform for first time
https://tinyurl.com/ycrt7nqb

Freehold of Eastleigh Works sold
http://www.eastleighnews.co.uk/2018/01/railway-works-changes-hands-in-20-million-deal/

Weeknight engineering closure of the Berks and Hants in 2018
https://is.gd/kJnZKK

Delays and cancellations due to cable theft at Filton Abbey Wood
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-42617740

Pregnant woman dies after being hit by train in Slough
https://is.gd/GX2ZpQ

Branson heaps major criticism on NR for end of East Coast franchise
https://is.gd/J7B4f9

Huge blaze at Nottingham railway station
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-42660181

First electric trains through Bolton delayed by a further seven months
https://is.gd/Qgag16

Liverpool Lime Street closed for emergency repairs
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-42596580

Preston railway station branded as outdated and inadequate
https://is.gd/E9mjTk

Sink hole at Harrington on Cumbrian Coast line
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/feeds/rare-sink-hole-on-cumbrian-coast-railway/

Humza Yousaf accused of ‘losing grip’ over ‘substandard’ ScotRail
https://is.gd/jszu04

Train passenger numbers on the up
http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=118475

Abermule LC damaged by tractor
https://tinyurl.com/ybnoqrny

Vandalism on SVR
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-42484761

Railway bike sharing scheme soars in popularity; 3.2 million trips last year
http://www.dutchnews.nl/?p=115575

LNG passenger train begins trials in Spain
https://is.gd/kfBssG

New funicular between Schwyz and Stoos opened
https://is.gd/bSHwcj

Mombasa-Nairobi commercial freight services begin
https://is.gd/Og4XAb

108-year-old rubber-tyred monorail system re-opened in India
https://is.gd/YNtxFr

Israel Railways orders 54 double deck coaches from Bombardier
https://is.gd/cOCKAG

Initial report into Seattle derailment issued
https://is.gd/72an8G

Slow train coming: SBS to air 17-hour Ghan trip on Sunday
https://is.gd/Wfaxmm

Solar powered train in Australia
https://is.gd/Ckd3yQ

DLR station reopens after nearly a year of Elizabeth Line prep
https://is.gd/t6Jvno

Dudley council looking to develop £25m ‘very light rail’ innovation hub
https://is.gd/ELtXNr

Tyne & Wear Tamper sold after 30 years service for refurbishment and a new role in South East
Asia
https://is.gd/s4fHZE

Glasgow Subway trains first in UK to run with no staff on board
https://is.gd/77tBYk

Science Museum plans Swindon storage expansion
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-42456778

Black Country Museum tram returned to service
https://is.gd/0bAoBx

Back in the driving seat: councils sense new hope for their beleaguered buses
https://is.gd/6BdThp

Express Motorways licence withdrawn on 31st December
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-42551666

Severn Bridge tolls cut for first time
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-42582523

Hayling Ferry ‘running out of money’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-42576310

Knott End ferry service saved for the next eight years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-42623419

World’s last D-Day Landing Craft Tank to be restored and displayed in Southsea
http://museumcrush.org/?p=4792

Australian Submarine Lost For More Than a Century Finally Located – Old Salt Blog
http://www.oldsaltblog.com/?p=48379

British expats in France charter plane to deliver curry takeaway from UK
https://is.gd/Vn2oVy

Lelystad airport won’t open next year, too many problems, says ChristenUnie
http://www.dutchnews.nl/?p=115579

Privatise Dutch air traffic control, says former Eurocontrol director
http://www.dutchnews.nl/?p=115742

The AG600 Kunlong large amphibious plane in maiden China flight
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-42471045

Airbus to increase production in China
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42623081

Found: 20,000 World War Two Aircraft Blueprints
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-world-war-two-aircraft-blueprints-mosquito

Rebuilding WWII aircraft inside RAF Museum Cosford’s Conservation Centre
http://museumcrush.org/?p=5228

Bristol Freighter aeroplane to be restored in city
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-42566093

First BelugaXL rolls out as work begins on second
https://is.gd/iNAsyq

Autonomous subs to make 90-day search for MH370
https://is.gd/IqhU3G

Circular runways: Engineer wants to use design for drones
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-42443334

The world’s most dangerous toy at Ulster Museum
http://museumcrush.org/the-worlds-most-dangerous-toy-at-ulster-museum/

Plans to demolish Bideford coal yard and build new homes
http://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/news/bideford-coalyard-demolition-plans-1-5352213

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

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TV and RADIO

13/01/18 BBC4 1900-2000
“Shipwrecks: Britain’s Sunken History”

14/01/18 Channel 4 2000-2100
“The Biggest Little Railway in the World” 2/5

15/01/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” 11/15 Hull to Malton

15/01/18 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Scandinavia (2)

16/01/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” 12/15 Leeds

16/01/18 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Czech Republic

17/01/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” 13/15 Sheffield to Eastwood

17/01/18 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” Bohemia and Bavaria

17/01/18 ITV 2340-0040
“Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport” 3/3

18/01/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” 14/15 Liverpool to N Wales

19/01/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” 15/15 Snowdonia

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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

13/01/18– Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition
14/01/18 Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, SG1 1LZ
1000-1730 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
https://www.cmra.org.uk

15/01/18 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
“Southampton’s Railways (Part 2)” by Gordon Adams
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

15/01/18 Peak Railway Association
Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
“Railways Remembered” a film show by Rob Foxon
Starts 1930, doors open 1900
Note: theatre will close if project to convert to luxury hotel goes ahead
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

18/01/18 Vale of Berkeley Railway
The Old Engine House, Dock Road, Sharpness, Berkeley, GL13 9UD
“The Severn & Wye Railway” by Ian Pope
Free entry, tea, coffee and biscuits but donations encouraged
http://valeofberkeleyrailway.co.uk/

19/01/18– London Model Engineering Exhibition
21/01/18 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY
http://www.londonmodelengineering.co.uk

20/01/18 DEFine Modellers Day
Risley Memorial Village Hall, Derby Road, Derby, DE72 3SS
1000-1600
https://www.definemodellers.wordpress.com

21/01/18 Astolat Model Railway Circle Model Railway Exhibition
Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7AD
1000-1700
https://www.astolatmrc.co.uk

26/01/18– Great Central Railway: Winter Steam Gala
28/01/18 http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

27/01/18– Southampton Model Railway Exhibition
28/01/18 Barton Peveril College, Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, SO50 5BX
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
https://www.southamptonmodelrailwaysociety.wordpress.com

27/01/18– Kendal Model Railway Exhibition
28/01/18 Kendal Leisure Centre, Kendal, LA9 7HX
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
https://www.kendalmrc.org

Cheers, Howard.
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