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NETWATCH

HS2 engineers discover ancient coastline under Ruislip
https://goo.gl/2TGSc7
254 people undertake the shortest journey on London Underground every day
https://londonist.com/london/transport/how-many-people-do-your-commute
Photo charter with 70013 on K&WVR
https://goo.gl/nM3bSB
Erlestoke Manor fund newsletter
http://www.erlestokemanorfund.co.uk/february-march-update/
Southern Locomotives march newsletter
http://www.southern-locomotives.co.uk/News/news.html
Infrarail 2018
http://www.infrarail.com/2018/
Revelations from old timetables
https://goo.gl/qgD4wz
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

45407 The Lancashire Fusilier & 45690 Leander on The High Peak Explorer, 17th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_eDbBp2OgM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SAaLDVvTtQ
LMS 45699 Battles the Snow on the Cathedrals Express, 17th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkFuWwOdjAI
Severn Valley Railway – Spring Steam Gala, 16th-18th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pXVHC_eR_c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfbMBdQo-Ks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv45S2WE7q4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyZEcXxM_7c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5Oxxo_EXpk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5lj4n5jz_w
DRS Class 37 No 37403 ‘Isle of Mull’ – Carlisle & Drigg, 19th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKnLBjZM1ak
South African Steam – Class 24 3664 Pretoria to to Millsite
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-zswWftS-Q
Australian Trains: Peak Hour at Sydney’s Petersham Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyaSsPii4SQ
Twenty years of Streamliners – NSW – 1996 to 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3IgaZXFGXk
Red Rattlers In The Metro – Steamrail Victoria’s Essendon Shuttles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY3AVacUJKw
V90 im Hamburger Hafen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3_hR4xUzYU
Mit der Altbau 52er nach Hachenburg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDf-CE8XgCw
Güterzüge auf der Frankenwaldbahn – PRESS, TX Logistik, EGP 151er, Stock Voith Maxima uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o73Q1zImi1o
Winterzauber im Thüringer Wald mit DR-Dampfloks / 1993
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIiVxqYf8uM
KTX trains in Seoul
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ygb1I4Ub90
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Snowdrift at Lenham Heath, 17th January 1987
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGqdV9A0Zns
March 2018 Steam Update: Putting the ‘Big Boy’ Back Together
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdScWfMg4mg
Wreck of USS Juneau Located by R/V Petrel Team
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TrPylyJRBg
Abandoned Soviet Space Shuttles (Buran) in Baikonur
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q7ZVXOU3kM
Abandoned Car Factory (Brand New Cars)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPrkQQEFCck
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The engineering giant with ‘short man syndrome’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-43323013

Railway Photographs
http://railwayphotographs.co.uk/

All Change! – 150 Years Since Rail Came to Elstree and Borehamwood – until 21st July
http://elstree-museum.org.uk/

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IN THE NEWS

Grayling seeks private investment for rail
https://goo.gl/aEqzAr

TfL to charge Heathrow premium on Elizabeth Line
https://goo.gl/wsNp5R

First commercial use of ATO over ETCS in London
https://goo.gl/RSrDVJ

Further strikes planned over guards on SWR and Anglia trains
https://goo.gl/iVxYsp

Engineering works planned in Sevenoaks tunnel
https://goo.gl/kEknDa

Barnes Green LC reopened after fatal accident
https://goo.gl/rjsxSq

Cable theft disrupts Havant rail services
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-43483833

RAIB report on traction equipment explosion at Guildford July 2017
https://goo.gl/Tcoauq

First look at the new “Castle set” HST train
https://goo.gl/Xsr32Q

NR fined for track maintenance lapse and derailment at Gloucester
https://goo.gl/Ceprt6

Work to start on partial doubling of Felixstowe branch
https://goo.gl/EUMVUE

Nestboxes for swallows installed at Woodbridge station
https://goo.gl/HmXxcb

More money needed for ECML upgrades
https://goo.gl/mNhfs3

First Azuma trains for Virgin East Coast arrive in UK
https://goo.gl/i1xTNf

Northern announces plans to increase number of trains on Buxton to Manchester line
https://goo.gl/aGt5Ro

ACAS suggested breakthrough on Merseyrail train crew dispute
https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/rmt-thrashes-out-terms-for-acas-talks-in-merseyrail-dispute/

Weather blamed for delays to railway upgrade work between Blackpool and Preston
https://tinyurl.com/y9dg3mox
Blackpool trains delayed for extra three weeks
https://goo.gl/fnsemG

TransPennine Express Mk 5As begin testing at Velim
https://goo.gl/ha42Yq

Misplaced rail not removed after engineering works
https://goo.gl/7vtPPD

The Grand Opening of Billingshurst Signal Box
https://goo.gl/4JFPKQ

Camping coaches, Blue Anchor
http://www.britishrailholidays.co.uk/

East Somerset Railway wins lottery grant
https://goo.gl/YgyXTg

Visiting locos for North Norfolk Railway spring gala
https://goo.gl/gufjcM

First Guest for Midland Railway Butterley’s 2018 Diesel Gala Announced
https://goo.gl/vpBzFW

LEDs embedded in platforms to show where doors will be on S Bahn trains
https://goo.gl/xxZcWu

D Trains to target US transit market
https://goo.gl/DSVAbt

Federal funding for new Via Rail trains
https://goo.gl/dhLnZY

Amtrak’s plan to end discounts for veterans is ‘inexcusable,’ Democratic senator says
https://goo.gl/W3RoMY

BC Government to fund investigation into Pacific Coast high speed rail route
https://goo.gl/YRQBBK

Indian Railway delivers diesel locos for Myanma Railways
http://www.railway-technology.com/news/india-delivers-18-locomotives-myanma-railways/

Hello Kitty pink Shinkanshen
https://goo.gl/mBxmaz

Extra Police for overnight tube services
https://goo.gl/7TiWuk

Volk’s prepares for grand Easter reopening after £1.65m revamp
https://goo.gl/UtJfLS

Work begins on 10 year programme to modernise the famous Snowdon Mountain Railway
https://tinyurl.com/y9w7w7jd

Bus Éireann loses rights to operate six Kildare routes
http://www.rte.ie/news/leinster/2018/0316/947911-bus-eireann-kildare/

Jobs saved after luxury Southampton-based yacht firm buyout
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43483832

Major funding for Balloch-based Maid of the Loch
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43450390

Thousands sign petition to save Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club from being ‘forced’ to close
https://goo.gl/39TF4g
https://www.change.org/p/fareham-borough-council-keep-pngc-at-daedalus-airfield

Fatal Red Arrow crash at RAF Valley
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-43476222

Ryanair to acquire 75% of Laudamotion
https://goo.gl/9o7GWu

Aerolineas grounds 15 737s after hailstorm
https://goo.gl/cNm6JJ

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Richard Maund, Reg Nerps, Mike Price

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TV and RADIO

24/03/18 Channel 4 1900-2000
“Coastal Railways with Julie Walters” 1/4 West Highland Railway

25/03/18 BBC1 2030-2200
“RAF at 100 with Ewan and Colin McGregor”

26/03/18 ITV 2100-2200
“Paddington Station 24/7” 1/4

27/03/18 BBC2 2000-2100
“Great Indian Railway Journeys” 2/4 Rajasthan to Delhi

28/03/18 BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
“On and Off the Valley Lines” 3/3

28/03/18 ITV 2320-0015
“easyJet: Inside the Cockpit” 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

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 Presentation of Peter Gray slides of the Taunton to Barnstaple line
Parish Hall, Brushford New Rd, Brushford, Dulverton, TA22 9AH
by Freddie Huxtable and Amyas Crump
1830 for 1900 start
https://goo.gl/MJEsPL

24/03/18– Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Spring Diesel Gala
25/03/18 http://www.steamtrain.co.uk

24/03/18– Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Warship Weekend
25/03/18 http://www.e-v-r.com

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– Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Easter Egg Hunt
02/04/18 http://www.steamtrain.co.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 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
1100-1600, Adult: £2.50 (under 16, free)
http://www.romseysignalbox.org.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

06/04/18 RCTS Bristol
St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
“Early BR days in South Wales” by David Maidment, former Railway Manager
Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
Non-members are very welcome – a donation of £2.00 is requested
https://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/bristol/index.htm

06/04/18– Nene Valley Railway: Diesel Gala
08/04/18 http://www.nvr.org.uk

08/04/18 North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Volunteer Recruitment Day
http://www.nymr.co.uk/volunteer

Cheers, Howard.
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