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NETWATCH

Manchester Metrolink Queens Road
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag2IFTgPNgc
Manchester Metrolink Crumpsall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEJ3YCK-wMU
Manchester Metrolink – Victoria for the Airport First Day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuUAYSdAT6g
Deansgate Station Manchester
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMFBWoBtndI
Manchester Oxford Road Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN8d_Tvl6C0
(Martin Miller)

Netherlands Rail Wanderings
https://youtu.be/DPLl7oXnBU8
And a 68 at Dunfermline Town
https://youtu.be/FivLKOGL1cA
(Andrew Cook)

UK Railtours “The Thames Trumper” passes Royal Oak station hauled by Class 59 59204
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7QMFy9Rfc0
(FrontCompVids)

New FARSAP videos on the Signalling Record Society site: Greenloaning, Haslemere, Noblethorpe &
Dormer Green
https://www.s-r-s.org.uk/archivevideo.php
(John Lacy)

Flying Scotsman programme for 2018
http://www.flyingscotsman.org.uk/events/scotsman-on-the-tracks/
GE transportation moving assembly line introduced in Brazilian factory
http://www.railway-technology.com/?p=35836
Bridge removal in Canada
https://vimeo.com/167148571/9ac3397c6e
Memories of Portland branch
https://is.gd/jozimP
All electric aircraft?
https://is.gd/ijrmeY
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IFblXRiWNU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1KqfIo-ncQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h4w8KeT9uE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZPGpwsDQb0
Churnet Valley Railway Winter Steam Gala
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBctdsRDoas
35028 ‘Clan Line’, Belmond British Pullman, 3rd February
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVZ41SjNAz8
45699 Galatea with WCME, 3rd February
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5p1KSpCyTI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA5XEpAQpX8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7IfSlmhGyY
East Lancashire Railway, 4th February
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6irMS-Ovksk
1202, 1201, BRM001, 4911 & BRM002 – Cowan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTI4yGF4O-c
Driver’s View Dandenong to Caulfield
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRKM3qTb-Q4
Grafing station with 5 Werbeloks and a golden Vectron
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8wFd4MTI0g
Fotozug im Selketal mit 99 5906
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jkl749o9BF0
Dampf und Donner im Westerwald – 50 3501 auf Bergfahrt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg7wtQObn5c
Güterverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn – EBS 140er, TXL, HSL, EGP, MGW Vectron uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avWxqaNdgJM
41 1144 mit Rodelblitz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjrnJ3u0aMQ
20 Jahre Rodelblitz – 3 Februar in Bad Salzungen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW-quqrFp8k
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Railway station passenger numbers
http://oobrien.com/2018/01/railway-station-numbers/
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

Auf Wiedersehen BAOR – The last British Military Train, 2019
http://coldwarexpress.co.uk/info/
(Spotter: Nico Spilt)

A series of 5 programmes exploring railways in Wales (in Welsh, but English subtitles are
available)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p05rp57t
(limited availability on iPlayer)

A trip along the NSR from Uttoxeter to Macclesfield in the 1950s/60s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWHQHzOLQcE

Peak Rail Action Group
http://peakrailaction.co.uk/

Manchester Mayfield station tours
https://www.jonathanschofieldtours.com/exclusive-mayfield-station-tours.html

Winchester Chesil station and tunnel tours
http://winchestertouristguides.com/index.php/tours/themed-tours/38-chesil-railway-and-tunnel

A Sideways Launch — Shipbuilding in Faversham, Kent
http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2018/01/sideways-launch-shipbuilding-faversham-kent/
The Alabama
http://www.csa-dixie.com/liverpool_dixie/alabama.htm
(Alan Rushworth)

London Underground noise could damage hearing, says academic
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-42791299

How to refuel a jet in mid-air
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-suffolk-42834458/how-to-refuel-a-jet-in-mid-air

Why do the British drive on the left?
https://is.gd/qz5u7D

Bal maidens and mining women
http://www.balmaiden.co.uk/

Lego: The invention of the legendary brick
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-42821594/lego-the-invention-of-the-legendary-brick

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IN THE NEWS

Mark Carne to step down as Network Rail chief executive
https://is.gd/QgnsUl

Making the railway safer with big data
http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Comment/making-the-railway-safer-with-big-data

Alstom joins Stagecoach for South Eastern franchise bid
https://is.gd/KZ4hN0

Train fire at Berrylands
https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/berrylands-station-fire-rail-crash-14262614

Bristol stations will experience Easter disruption as NR completes £130m signalling upgrade
https://tinyurl.com/y7z9b3sb

Daily Okehampton to Exeter trains promised by transport minister
https://is.gd/GIvxVC

Refurbishment of 442 units for South Western Railway
https://is.gd/VZow5g

New station proposed for development near Fareham
https://is.gd/UmPvIu

Second Corby to Kettering railway track to be tested
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-42837792

Stagecoach East Coast rail franchise to end early
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42945709
East Coast rail route bail-out has a strange twist for taxpayers
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/east-coast-rail-route-bail-11830598

Chris Grayling faces dilemma over Virgin East Coast
https://is.gd/XVusAH

Direct award of West Coast franchise to Virgin and Stagecoach announced
https://is.gd/YXiHec

Nottingham railway station fire: Woman arrested
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-42918004v

Train stranded after splitting outside Leeds station
https://is.gd/injwjj
https://is.gd/coN3us

Skipton-Colne railway: Study to look into reopening line
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42930678

CAF presents first Civity EMU for Northern
https://is.gd/1g6hsj
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42937218

Middleton-in-Teesdale caravan park fire – arson suspected after house destroyed
https://is.gd/vReHE4

Borders Railway campaigners maintain Carlisle extension goal
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-42944151

Up to 20 ScotRail trains a day skip their scheduled stops
https://is.gd/MtTGHM
https://is.gd/g8XzXj

ScotRail passenger satisfaction falls
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42872531

Minister blasts ‘unacceptable’ ScotRail communication over stop skipping
https://tinyurl.com/y7x82bqy

£41m Edinburgh railway station branded a flop as it fails to attract passengers
https://tinyurl.com/y82fe646

Passengers evacuated from burning train in Fife
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-42903643

RAIB summary of derailment near Glenfinnan
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/derailment-due-to-a-landslip-at-loch-eilt

‘Pop up’ railway stations could test passenger demand, say Greens
https://is.gd/fH8aH4

Future plans for railways in the Scottish Highlands
https://is.gd/8FTlaf

Trolley service back on track on Caithness rail route
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/?p=1402876

Affect of Carillion collapse on rail franchising
https://is.gd/wRkqER

Splott bridge in Cardiff closed for replacement
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-42908326

Refurbishment of Welsh Pacer units
https://www.railstaff.uk/?p=53271

Derelict tunnel in Wales could become longest underground cycle route in Europe
https://wp.me/p2Vnvc-uuz0

Belfast Central station set for makeover and name change
https://is.gd/F7QTVY

41312 returns to Mid Hants
https://wp.me/p9nWnB-1XP

West Somerset Railway to complete overhaul of Thornbury Castle
https://wp.me/p8klit-1cS

S160 5197 delivered to Dartmouth Steam Railway
https://wp.me/p9nWnB-23q

Invicta to return to Whitstable
https://is.gd/YaoJd6

Renewable energy to power Eurostar fleet by 2030
https://is.gd/3zd2wl

Work begins at Rotterdam Centraal station in preparation for Eurostar services
https://tinyurl.com/y8wawn86

Finland-Estonia rail tunnel feasibility study completed
https://is.gd/FQ17qW

Tunnel breakthrough on Switzerland’s Eppenberg tunnel
https://is.gd/EUW2vd

Danish Inter City emu purchase approved
https://is.gd/HHrnoW

BNSF capital investment for 2018
http://www.railway-technology.com/news/bnsf-invest-3-3bn-railway-network-year/

Fatal AMTRAK / CSX collision in South Carolina
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42938148

Coupling failure on AMTRAK service to Boston
https://is.gd/8nBaQK

Camel trains delaying Ethiopia’s new railway
https://is.gd/pr4JQ6

Transnet (South Africa) to lease locos and wagons to Zambian Railways (repeating the 1980s)
https://af.reuters.com/article/africaTech/idAFKBN1FS264-OZABS

Train driver in Washington derailment ‘mistook’ signal ahead of speed-restricted curve
https://tinyurl.com/ycnoqzgw

Classic cars taken up Lynton and Lynmouth cliff railway
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-42862839

Worries for Hornby after firm admits Christmas losses were ‘bigger than expected’
http://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/worries-margate-based-toy-giant-1132586

Marvel of Victorian engineering in Liverpool’s docks to become visible to the public
http://www.lbndaily.co.uk/?p=58109

Plan to reopen Monmouthshire and Brecon canal to boats
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-42876367

Isle of Wight Wightlink ferry launches off Turkey
https://is.gd/tQWLQu

Wightlink deck officer saved man in Portsmouth Harbour
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-42937301

Port of Southampton acquires Eling Wharf to expand
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-42845101

Ryanair recognises UK Pilots union
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42870811

Shortage of 787 engines prompts Virgin Atlantic to add A330s
https://is.gd/UsR123

Rare KB-50 Superfortress Arrives at New Home, Restoration to Follow
https://is.gd/ZoE1C9

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

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TV and RADIO

10/02/18 Channel 4 1900-2000
“Great Canal Journeys” Monmouthshire & Brecon

10/02/18 Channel 5 2000-2100
“The World’s Most Luxurious Cruise Ship” 1/2

12/02/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great American Railway Journeys” 16/20 Silicon Valley

12/02/18 BBC1 South 1930-2000
“Inside Out” An IoW bus is converted into a shelter for the homeless

12/02/18 BBC4 1930-2000
“Railways of the Great War with Michael Portillo” 4/5

12/02/18 Channel 4 2100-2200
“The World’s Most Luxurious Airline”

13/02/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great American Railway Journeys” 17/20 Monterey and Paso Robles

13/02/18 BBC4 1930-2000
“Railways of the Great War with Michael Portillo” 5/5

13/02/18 Channel 5 2000-2100
“QE2: Cruise Ship, War Ship, Money Pit” 2/2

13/02/18 BBC4 2230-2300
“Tornado: the 100mph Engine”

13/02/18 Channel 5 2305-0005
“Paddington Station 24/7” 2/8

14/02/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great American Railway Journeys” 18/20 Los Angeles (1)

15/02/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great American Railway Journeys” 19/20 Los Angeles (2)

15/02/18 BBC2 2000-2100
“Sea Cities” 1/3 Sunderland

16/02/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great American Railway Journeys” 20/20 San Diego

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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

09/02/18– Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Pre-Spring Gala
11/02/18 http://www.watercressline.co.uk

10/02/18– Festival of British Modelling
11/02/18 Doncaster Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, Doncaster, DN2 6BB
https://is.gd/nPJAeO

13/02/18 Great Western Society Bristol Group
BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting
“GWS Locomotive Projects” by Richard Croucher
Incorporating The Bristol Group Annual Meeting
1930 for a 1945 start
Non-members welcome – suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses
http://www.gwsbristol.org

14/02/18 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“Great Rail Journeys : Germany, Switzerland and India” by Alex Green
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/

17/02/18 Tonbridge Model Railway Club Exhibition
The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, TN9 1SF
1000-1700
http://www.tonbridgemrc.com

17/02/18 East Reading Model Railway Exhibition
The Warehouse, 1a Cumberland Road, Reading, RG1 3LB
1000-1630

17/02/18 East Beds Model Railway Society Exhibition
Stratton School, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JB
1000-1630
http://www.ebmrs.org.uk

17/02/18 Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: “Join the Team” Day
http://www.e-v-r.com

19/02/18 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
“Car, Lorries and Buses” by Robin Doe
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

19/02/18 Friends of Cromford Canal
Ironville Church Hall, Casson Street, Ironville, NG16 5NN
“Bennerley Viaduct” by Tina Cordon
http://www.cromfordcanal.org

21/02/18 Vale of Berkeley Railway
The Old Engine House, Dock Road, Sharpness, Berkeley, GL13 9UD
“The S&D from the Air” by Rich Kelsey
Free entry, tea, coffee and biscuits but donations encouraged
http://valeofberkeleyrailway.co.uk/

22/02/18 Hampshire Record Office: Transport in the Archives
Entry, £12 (earlybird ticket deal: £10 – extended until 15/02/18)
6.30-8.30pm
Entry price includes a drink reception and nibbles
https://www.hants.gov.uk/shop/product.php?productid=50866&cat=513&page=1

23/02/18– Bluebell Railway Diesel Gala
25/02/18 https://www.bluebell-railway.com

23/02/18– Model Rail Scotland
25/02/18 SEC Glasgow
http://www.modelrail-scotland.co.uk

24/02/18– Solent Model Railway Group Model Railway Show
25/02/18 Incorporating Eurotrack
Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill, Romsey Road, Southampton, SO16 OXN
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
http://solentmodelrailwaygroup.webs.com/modelrailwayexhibition.htm

24/02/18– Lincoln & District Model Railway Exhibition
25/02/18 Lady Eastwood Pavilion, Newark Showground, NG24 2NY
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
https://ladmrc.wixsite.com/ladmrc

24/02/18– Chapel-en-le-Frith Model Railway Exhibition
25/02/18 Leisure Centre, Long Lane, Chapel-en-le-Frith, SK23 0TQ
Adult: £6, Concessions: £5, Family: £15
http://www.nmdrm.co.uk

Cheers, Howard.
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