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NETWATCH

Derby Station Project Progress
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1HYNj3vk88
Northfield Station Birmingham
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r24Cw2EjNGA
Birmingham New Street Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIlXVuIxzQI
University Station Birmingham
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFQ-kHTW8bM
Redditch Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ocuCmkQ7aw
(Martin Miller)

Group for autistic transport enthusiasts in London
https://twitter.com/transportsparks
Isle of Wight Railway C&W site
http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/news/carriage-and-wagon-news-march-2018-318..aspx
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Extra rail line between Kettering and Corby enters into use
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qojWw-LRlOo
35028 ‘Clan Line’, Belmond British Pullman, 9th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzPtD3b9X94
First steam hauled train out of Broadway, 9th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjO0yKMRIkM
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dOcdoMvuAU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU9tlRJ6tmM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXUUfIz6ZIs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdR0rj9Zgy0
Steam, Diesel & Electric Trains at Lancaster, 10th/12th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDJ5GFk4hBk
A Storm On The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZXqmzQSYao
Bradley Manor’s Epic Climb From Totnes to Dainton
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBMPQEbWfZ0
Australia: Trains at North Strathfield, 24th February
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TytDOSQ0vqg
3237 & 5917 – Cowra to Harden – March 2008
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRvsSqDmDcI
2018 Thirlmere Steam Festival Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh0p8R-kAUM
Lokportrait Dampflok 52 8154
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jUdjkYGtvI
Güterzüge im Blockabstand – TXL, Kaiser Franz, BoxXpress, RTB, ÖBB uvm im Maintal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KSwvep8F9Y
Winterzauber im Thüringer Wald mit DR-Dampfloks (Februar 1993)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZHkjXo1T2o
Mulhouse Tramway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JIIR-oZgfQ
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The little-known airfields of Wales and the fascinating stories behind them
https://goo.gl/oA3Q4f
(Spotter: Mike Price)

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IN THE NEWS

Drones trialled for the inspection of large railway structures
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/drones-trialled-inspection-large-railway-structures/

Restricted general release for 26-30 railcard
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43374187
web site crashes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43384908

Political protests delays trains at Kings Cross
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-43363703

RAIB investigation into stranded trains near Lewisham during bad weather
https://goo.gl/9soTLM

GW main line flooded between Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St David’s
http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/16089126._/

Colchester-Clacton line blocked by embankment slip
https://www.essexlive.news/news/greater-anglia-services-stopped-two-1343729

Green light for new station between Walsall and Wolverhampton
https://goo.gl/AJWCJr

Government finalises plans for HS2 Crewe Hub
https://goo.gl/m53HoV
Campaigners welcome Crewe HS2 commitment
https://goo.gl/JFEC98

Manchester Piccadilly railway station closed by protest
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-43363588

Lime Street services to make temporary comeback this summer
https://goo.gl/RvGRBd

First Trans-Pennine Express Mk 5A coaches head to Velim
https://goo.gl/bZoG6S

‘Stark reminder’ after HGV bridge bash closes line
https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2018/03/15-stark-reminder-after-hgv-bridge.html

Class 68 diesel locomotive to be introduced in Cumbria next week
https://goo.gl/cb3Gyw

Abseilers complete overnight snow battle to re-open North Berwick rail line
https://goo.gl/UNK4Vc

Big increase in ScotRail trains missing station stops
https://goo.gl/Zmyn1u

ScotRail performance down for sixth month in a row
https://goo.gl/BNENEL

Train driver stops to help vulnerable man near Inverness
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43332907

D832 Onslaught arrives at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
https://goo.gl/LAuPRx

K&WVR Spring Gala
https://goo.gl/N2tXxC

First steam loco to Broadway after restoration of line
https://goo.gl/fJnCPh

B1 1264 not attending the SVR gala
https://goo.gl/XMEdii

Steam engine Tornado trapped on North Yorkshire Moors Railway
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-43387839
60163 moved to Severn Valley by road
https://goo.gl/UpUMWS

French rail strikes: Here are the 37 days to avoid train travel this spring
https://goo.gl/FTWk2k
Paris commuters face Metro and RER transport strike
https://www.thelocal.fr/20180314/paris-commuters-face-metro-and-rer-strike

Double track installation contract signed for Sicily railway
https://goo.gl/evqthM

British Steel to supply rail to Deutsche Bundesbahn
https://goo.gl/eNatYV

DSB choose Siemens to supply new electric locos
https://goo.gl/Juoimu

MOB orders dual gauge rolling stock
https://goo.gl/MxP1AG

Slovakian open access operator takes delivery of rebuilt diesel locos
https://goo.gl/EShUUa

Hitachi to supply driverless trains for Copenhagen metro
https://goo.gl/TkSGCt

Mott Macdonald to manage Seattle light rail extension
https://goo.gl/dT7qqA

Potential route of €2.9bn Arctic rail line to be scrutinised after initial study
https://tinyurl.com/ybd34zdp

London Underground enhancement updates
www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2018/03/15/london-railway-upgrades-a-progress-report-5/

Cairngorm Funicular blocked by snow
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43414616

Steam locomotive ‘Samson’ set for April return on the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
https://goo.gl/K3oXnK

Scheme to build replica of an early Bassett-Lowke 15-inch gauge loco “Colossus”
https://www.facebook.com/giganticlocomotive/

Cleethorpes Coast Railway announces first guest loco for gala
https://goo.gl/XMaq3g

Grandt Line closing
https://www.grandtline.com/

Florida university bridge collapses leaving ‘several fatalities’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43418898

Union call port protest at Condor’s ‘£2.46 an hour’ pay for Ukraine crew
https://goo.gl/Ax5W95

Hainan Airlines to begin Dublin, Edinburgh flights
https://goo.gl/B1b4nN

Sunken aircraft carrier USS Lexington located after 76 years
https://goo.gl/KUDdyk

Q400 crash: Extraordinary exchange reveals runway mix-up
https://goo.gl/dFPJHz

Boeing rolls out 10,000th 737
https://goo.gl/SaAzfP

Cathay’s operating loss nearly triples in 2017
https://goo.gl/dJcLPw

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

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TV and RADIO

17/03/18 BBC2 2030-2100
“Dad’s Army” The Royal Train

20/03/18 BBC2 2000-2100
“Great Indian Railway Journeys” 1/4 Amritsar to Shimla

21/03/18 BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
“On and Off the Valley Lines” 2/3

21/03/18 ITV 2245-2345
“easyJet: Inside the Cockpit” 1/3

21/03/18 ITV 2345-0035
“Heathrow: Inside Britain’s Busiest Airport” 1/3

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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

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

19/03/18 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
“Berkshire Fire and Rescue”
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

19/03/18 Friends of Cromford Canal
Ironville Church Hall, Casson Street, Ironville, NG16 5NN
“Roses and Castles” by Suzie Litton-Wood
http://www.cromfordcanal.org

20/03/18 South West Wales Industrial Archaeology Society
Bethel Chapel Hall, Carnglas Road, Sketty, Swansea, SA2 9BJ
A selection of slides featuring NCB Steam in South Wales after a short AGM
Formal meeting starts at 1930, the slides will start about 2000
Finish will be by 2100

22/03/18 Vale of Berkeley Railway
The Old Engine House, Dock Road, Sharpness, Berkeley, GL13 9UD
Film Night: “The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery”
Free entry, tea, coffee and biscuits but donations encouraged
http://valeofberkeleyrailway.co.uk/

22/03/18 Barrow Hill Roundhouse – a History & the Redevelopment
Dronfield Hall Barn, High Street, Dronfield, Sheffield, S18 1PY
Mervyn Allcock, Chairman of Barrow Hill, talks about the history redevelopment
of the roundhouse
1930-2100
Members: £2, Non-members: £4
https://www.dronfieldhallbarn.org/

22/03/18– West Somerset Railway: Spring Steam Gala
25/03/18 http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/

23/03/18– Bluebell Railway: Diesel Gala
25/03/18 http://www.bluebell-railway.com

23/03/18– Swanage Railway: “Works Outing” Spring Gala
25/03/18 http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk

24/03/18– Sheffield Model Railway Exhibition
25/03/18 Birkdale School, Oakholme Road, Sheffield, S10 3DH
http://www.sheffieldmodelrailwayenthusiasts.com

29/03/18– East Lancashire Railway: Tornado – the 100mph Steam Engine
02/04/18 http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

30/03/18– South Devon Railway: Easter Heritage Gala
02/04/18 http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

30/03/18– Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Easter Weekend
02/04/18 http://www.e-v-r.com

30/03/18– Isle of Man Railways: Rush Hour on the Railways
02/04/18 http://www.rail.im

30/03/18– Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Day Out With Thomas
08/04/18 http://www.watercressline.co.uk

31/03/18 Essex N Gauge Show
Weeley Village Hall, Clacton Road, Weeley, CO16 9DH
http://www.engaugeshow.co.uk

31/03/18– Peak Rail: Easter Treasure Hunt & Bonnet Competition
02/04/18 http://www.peakrail.co.uk

01/04/18– Mid-Suffolk Light Railway: Easter Steam Up
02/04/18 http://www.mslr.org.uk

02/04/18 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“From Monochrome Memories to Medium Format” a slideshow by Peter Skelton
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

Cheers, Howard.
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