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NETWATCH

Derby Station – Interesting Times
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3P7MhEdS6Q
Leicester Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb64djTH1Gk
(Martin Miller)

Unbuilt rail links to Heathrow
https://goo.gl/HSn5wj
Why the Southern Railway close 3rd rail not overhead wires
https://goo.gl/CiCAV5
Could timetables become obsolete?
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/rail-boss-says-train-timetables-will-soon-obsolete/
A brief history of cable laying ships
http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/cable-ship-history-communication-11364253516243
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Broken 6201 Princess Elizabeth Butterley MRC to Carnforth Steamtown, 22nd February
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btWilg2XtHA
Severn Valley Railway, 24th February
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5-SnvnAZIs
A Failed 60163 Tornado & 66014 on The North Briton, 24th February
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tq7WU4x7c0
Galatea Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express, 24th February
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scv2b49Grm0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9G_VG9vfAI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5plsdYokxY
A1 60163 ‘Tornado’ and Midland 4F 43924 – Skipton & Keighley, 24th February
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aUMOtrsrFA
800101 Azuma at Newcastle & Darlington, 27th February
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lqf3z-Fqag
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsIhLDzGdGU
Oliver Cromwell on the Great Eastern main line
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZp_gZRqMUw
2705, 3830 & 5910 – Thirlmere – March 1998
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ymEPnMkIss
NSW North Coast Freight 2005
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxsO73ujFk0
Raubling station with three advertising trains
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt9DI5y-948
Güterzüge im Blockabstand – Maintal: TXL, Metrans, BoxXpress, Bayernbahn uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=986dgC0MvVY
DR – Winterdampf um Lauscha (Thüringen) mit 95 1016 – 95 1027 – 58 311
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQlwuqO30b8
Krokus Express und Umleiter auf der KBS 445 (Dillstrecke) Siegen Ost
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEjkek8K_64
Luxembourg’s new tram
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLW7hNE1Rck
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Middlewich to Northwich token
http://middlewichdiary.com/2018/02/middlewich-northwich-railway-token.html

Unseen photos of East End London in glorious colour
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-43141667

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IN THE NEWS

Why is my train cancelled in cold weather?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43210425

Elizabeth line train makes successful maiden voyage through tunnels
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEGyP3A2PmE

Paddington station closed due to ice on platforms
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-43239972

London railway could be revived after more than 100 years to create new ‘orbital metro’
https://goo.gl/wViCvy

Plans released for two new platforms at East Croydon and additional flyover at Windmill Bridge
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https://goo.gl/DapgaT

Poor track renewal and uneven load led to derailment at Lewisham – RAIB report
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/report-042018-freight-train-derailment-at-lewisham

Passengers left stranded by rail replacement bus service to Gatwick Airport
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-43194917

Stone Crossing LC replaced by footbridge
https://goo.gl/3iuYN9

Vivarail Units confirmed for Bedford-Bletchley line
https://goo.gl/Ri6dLL

Colchester stations renamed
https://goo.gl/DSNN3G

Sidings to be restored near Norwich
https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/sidings-returning-to-use-in-norwich

Chiltern Railways named operator of the year
https://goo.gl/9bkqML

All trains cancelled on Buxton route because of snow
https://goo.gl/gBjvHH

Borders Railway’s success ‘sustained’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-43173456

Fears over the future of Caledonian Sleeper train
https://goo.gl/AK7Wcz

Welsh railways to be devolved
https://goo.gl/EsHkdg

Abellio withdraw from Wales and Borders franchise bid
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-43169116

Arriva Trains Wales services suspended over wheel damage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-43223415
https://goo.gl/3Expcg

Revised plans for proposed Bow Street station
http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=119409

Cross border services from Belfast suspended on Thursday
https://goo.gl/YdhFUC

Lynton and Barnstaple extension likely to get planning approval
https://goo.gl/Dguf9s

Broadway station to reopen on 30th March
https://goo.gl/6r4Aaw

Class 33 confirmed for Great Central diesel gala
https://goo.gl/kQtyHZ

Restoration report on 6695
https://goo.gl/i2kSBi

Funds secured for assessment of Falling Sands viaduct at Kidderminster
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-43229442

New livery for B1 1264
https://goo.gl/Uw8cRD

NYMR cancel operation of Tornado this weekend
https://goo.gl/H7Jrh2

Restructuring of SNCF proposed – with inevitable strike action
https://goo.gl/GCCN5i
https://tinyurl.com/y96hqhsg

Ukranian Railways to buy General Electric diesel locos
https://goo.gl/bxFqGz

SBB Twindexx Bombardier built units enter service
https://goo.gl/sFm9Ng

Hydrogen powered train to be trialled on the Zillertahlbahn
https://goo.gl/ENhGuu

Fatal head-on collision in Egypt
https://goo.gl/vbQbcB

Rolls Royce to supply MTU engines to Knoxville Locomotive Works
https://goo.gl/JnSAA1

METRA (Chicago) to buy surplus AMTRAK locos
http:..www.globalrailnews.com/2018/02/27/metra-to-buy-21-former-amtrak-locomotives/

Tyne & Wear Metro strikes cancelled after settlement between NEXUS and RMT
https://goo.gl/anvCA8

Free public transport in Brussels at emergency air-pollution levels
https://goo.gl/oW5Ni6

Dubai public transport passenger carryings rise
https://goo.gl/BKKsGi

Alstom Citadis tram on test in Sydney
https://goo.gl/EpLHP1

Lost property on Auckland public transport
https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/101748195/.html

Original Strangford Lough car ferry sails to new route after 48 years service
https://goo.gl/4fnEFF

Feasibility study into a hydrogen powered ferry
https://www.obantimes.co.uk/2018/02/22/feasibility-study-into-hydrogen-ferry-for-western-isles/

Plans for new P&O ferry berth at Tilbury
https://www.logisticsmanager.com/po-ferries-move-150m-tilbury-berth/

Cut and splice extension for cruise ship
https://nitravelnews.com/news/silver-spirit-gets-refurbishment-for-new-mid-section/

Bridge demolition in Cambridgeshire
https://goo.gl/Y9uzXp

Eddie Stobart nears end of the road
https://goo.gl/XupGJN

50 years of adventures for islands’ community airline
https://goo.gl/XH6hzG

Long range Airbus 350 first airframe completed
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/airbus-jet-fly-worlds-longest-14347944

Ryanair to close operating base in Glasgow
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-43209126

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

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TV and RADIO

03/03/18 Channel 5 2000-2055
“The Queen Mary: Cruising with the Royals” 2/2

04/03/18 BBC4 2100-2200
“Timeshift: Full Throttle – the Glory Days of British Motorbikes”

05/03/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys Goes to Ireland” Wexford

05/03/18 BBC4 1930-2000
“Sea City” Fly-on-the-dock look at Southampton 1/3

05/03/18 Channel 5 2100-2200
“The Flying Scotsman: a Legend Reborn” 2/2

06/03/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys Goes to Ireland” Dublin

06/03/18 BBC4 1930-2000
“Sea City” Fly-on-the-dock look at Southampton 2/3

06/03/18 BBC4 2300-0000
“Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain” 3/3 A revolution in the city

06/03/18 Channel 5 2305-0005
“The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard” NYMR 1/3

07/03/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys Goes to Ireland” County Meath

07/03/18 BBC4 1930-2000
“Sea City” Fly-on-the-dock look at Southampton 3/3

08/03/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys Goes to Ireland”

08/03/18 BBC2 2000-2100
“Great Continental British Railway Journeys” New – Ukraine 1/2

09/03/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys Goes to Ireland” Wexford to Westport

09/03/18 Channel 5 2000-2100
“The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard” NYMR 2/3

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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

02/03/18 RCTS Bristol
St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
*** CANCELLED ***
https://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/bristol/index.htm

02/03/18– East Lancashire Railway: Spring Steam Gala
04/03/18 http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

03/03/18– Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Exhibition
04/03/18 Royal Leamington Spa College, Warwick New Road, Leamington, CV32 5JE
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
http://www.lwmrs.co.uk

03/03/18– Mansfield Model Railway Exhibition
04/03/18 St Peters Church Hall, Church Side, Mansfield, NG18 1AP
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
http://www.mansfieldmodelrailway.co.uk

03/03/18– Kirklees Light Railway: Volunteer Recruitment Weekend
04/03/18 http://www.kirkleeslightrailway.com

05/03/18 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“Ten Years Plus at Platform 5” a slideshow by Robert Pritchard
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

09/03/18– Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Spring Gala
11/03/18 http://www.kwvr.co.uk

10/03/18 EM Gauge Society 5th Chris Kedgley Memorial Skills Day
Kidderminster Railway Museum, DY10 1QX
1100-1630
http://www.emgs.org

10/03/18 Burton Railway Collector Fair
Burton Town Hall, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 2EB
1030-1530
http://www.tobaz.co.uk

10/03/18– Basingstoke Model Railway Exhibition
11/03/18 Aldworth Science College. Western Way, Basingstoke, RG22 6HQ
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
http://www.basingstokemrs.org

10/03/18– East Anglian Model Railway Exhibition
11/03/18 The Britten Arena, Wood Green Animal Charity Centre, Huntingdon,PE29 2NH
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
http://www.stneotsmrc.com

12/03/18 Britain on Film: Railways
Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre, Corporation St, Chesterfield, S41 7TX
A major new collection of rare archive films
Running time 83 minutes
Adult: £7.70, Concessions/Students: £5.70, Child: £5.40
http://www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk/

13/03/18 Great Western Society Bristol Group
BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
“The Great Way Round – Paddington to Penzance via Bristol & Plymouth Millbay”
by Terry Nicholls
1930 for a 1945 start
Non-members welcome – suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses
http://www.gwsbristol.org

14/03/18 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“Railways in the Cornish Landscape Part 2” by Stephen Gay
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/

16/03/18– Mid-Norfolk Railway: Spring Diesel Gala
18/03/18 http://www.mnr.org.uk

16/03/18– Severn Valley Railway: Spring Steam Gala
18/03/18 http://www.svr.co.uk

17/03/18– Wimborne Railway Society: WimRail 2018
18/03/18 Queen Elizabeth School, Blandford Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4DT
1000-1630 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
Adult: £6.00, Child: free

17/03/18– Nene Valley Railway: Open Weekend
18/03/18 http://www.nvr.org.uk

17/03/18– Large Scale Model Rail – The Midlands Garden Rail Show
18/03/18 Warwickshire Event Centre, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN
http://www.largescalemodelrail.co.uk

17/03/18– Nottingham Model Railway Exhibition
18/03/18 Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Wigman Road, Bilborough, Nottingham, NG8 4PB
http://www.nottingham-modelrailway.org.uk

17/03/18– Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Diesel Locomotive Weekend
18/03/18 http://www.e-v-r.com

Cheers, Howard.
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