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NETWATCH

Derby Station More Project Progress
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1C7712qmOk
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Warship Invasion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4R1KJDeERo
(Martin Miller)

35018 Stretches Its Legs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbpolko8GNc
Severn Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS2Yfbg6Ky8
Statfold Barn Railway Spring Enthusiast Open Day, 24th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF62enNN0rw
West Somerset Railway – 2018 Spring Steam Gala
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxAtVjM2WmU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQsssxq0Drs
A Tornado in the Avon Valley – The Sulis & Sarum, 24th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQjF4_M9Hic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_th7-VRVs_E
Chasewater Railway Diesel Gala, 24th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4C9rVHDQR8
GWR 5619 on the Nene Valley Railway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da9fXilFiqw
Warship at EVR, 25th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi_RNDDzkt8
The Ribble Steam Railway Spring Steam Gala
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gquQ3NOzKos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWvbeXSODDA
Duke of Gloucester Flattens Shap with 13 on (2004)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuUhs9CIXgA
Australia: Trains @ North Strathfield (2013)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EolCmgO95Ps
2018 Thirlmere Steam Festival Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udQLHOr7Ov8
Driver’s View Port Melbourne (1989)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvxft9n6-U4
Puffing Billy Railway: 12A travelling bunker first
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrXQXt5nK2o
Mit 50 3501 durch das Siegerland 25 03 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=966nVKKWGzw
My first military train in Rosenheim
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKsEmhRN9V4
Zugverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn – TEE Rheingold, 193 777, MEG, TX Logistik, SBB Cargo uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv_M2o4vZK8
DR 1991 – Mit Dampflok 94 1292 von Meiningen nach Rennsteig
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNB632k9HgA
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

WSR Spring Steam Gala 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkIPbSygAWk
Black 5 beats Basingstoke
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSKbhsdINQQ
Super Star coming together in Auburn
http://www.sunjournal.com/super-star-coming-together-auburn/
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

The Navvies Who Died During The Construction Of The West Highland Railway
http://www.arrocharheritage.com/Navvies.htm
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Third Ryde Tube: Transfer Troublesome
https://www.londonreconnections.com/2018/third-ryde-tube-transfer-troublesome/

France by rail: 10 of the best summer trips
https://goo.gl/NP36Zr

Steam Train in the middle of the Freeway – Santa Fe 3751
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp-b4Ce4Mf4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to_idu0dp7k

The evolution of UK-Australia travel into a single flight
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-43453264

The University of York is recruiting for a Masters in Railway Studies (September start) –
online, part-time, over 3 years
https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/courses/ma-railway-studies/

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IN THE NEWS

Top 10 railway projects this Easter
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/top-10-railway-projects-this-easter/

First self-drive train launched on mainline track
https://goo.gl/YNHR2V

TfL orders more trains for Elizabeth Line
https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2018/03/27-tfl-orders-more-trains-for.html
https://goo.gl/K4PhEe

GWR to manage Heathrow Express service
https://goo.gl/otmL6D

YMCA to reopen Great Western Hotel at Taunton
http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/16120999._/

Another landslip on the Clacton branch
https://goo.gl/XNoZiA

Production of Greater Anglia trains in Switzerland
https://goo.gl/mfVkFs

Level crossing accident at Waterbeach
https://goo.gl/KeLvhZ

Cost of modifying East Midlands HST coaches for 2020 disability regulations
https://goo.gl/WGvDFE

Toton Depot not to be relocated for HS2
https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/toton-s-future-secured-for-now

Quarry firms and heritage operator consider Peak District railway line
https://goo.gl/N2GBfv

Near miss at Stafford
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/near-miss-with-train-driver-at-stafford

Doncaster Sheffield Airport unveils railway station plans to support ‘aerotropolis’
https://goo.gl/L2sYF8

Expansion at AV Dawson, Middlesbrough freight terminal
https://goo.gl/sRx7S5

Call to restore historic footbridge over Waverley Station roof
https://goo.gl/9kkivm

Scotrail withdrawal of 314 units depends on rolling stock cascades
https://goo.gl/L13udV

ScotRail train shortage prompts UK-wide search for stand-ins
https://goo.gl/kFm4YE

Another year of delay for Scotland’s ‘bullet trains’
https://goo.gl/NVz6VV

Preview of Scotrail HST refurbishment
https://goo.gl/CrxJ4b

NR set to reach major Shotts electrification milestone over Easter
https://goo.gl/iX5NXn

Prestatyn signal box has been earmarked for demolition after 120 years in operation
http://www.unseensteam.co.uk/News/Prestatyn-signal-box

Translink to increase security patrols on trains and stations
https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/translink-up-security-trains-stations-14471767

Update on LMS Mogul 42968
https://goo.gl/Eu82Y9

Boiler certificate for 70013 extended
https://goo.gl/WYKBJT

News from Bluebell Railway
https://goo.gl/KdYfnE

Asparagus day celebration on GWSR
https://goo.gl/DThbYd

Tickets on sale for visit of 60163 Tornado to Midland Railway Centre
https://goo.gl/849TpG

Hampton & Kempton waterworks railway gets permission to extend
https://goo.gl/7W1yPc
https://goo.gl/17h39s

One of Yorkshire’s best-loved railways back on right track for future after station sale
decision
https://goo.gl/uRAXCE

Disused railway lines in Italy to be rehabilitated for community use
https://goo.gl/iqRQP2

Approval for VTG to acquire NACCO wagon leasing business
https://goo.gl/suUvrp

French Government orders 100 new TGV sets
https://goo.gl/3yRCH1

Siemens amd Mistui to build joint loco works in Rotterdam
https://goo.gl/oXEbFZ

BNSF capital expenditure programme for California
https://goo.gl/4U9U6R

Amtrak to stop operating special trains, charter moves
https://goo.gl/jmo57y

Presidents officially open Azerbaijan–Iran rail link
https://goo.gl/mdqcYr

Kim Jong-un and the mystery of the ‘special green train’
https://goo.gl/5e1GEB

Vintage PCC tram restored in El-Paso
https://goo.gl/p1yQCu

New information sheds light on ‘miraculous’ discovery of Willington waggonway
https://goo.gl/GRvjtr

Pub miniature railway needs more volunteers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-43544366

Dispute over ferry to Toraigh resolved
http://www.rte.ie/news/ulster/2018/0324/949883-ferry-service-toraigh/

New Alexander Dennis buses for Southern Vectis
http://www.islandbuses.info/article.shtml?articleid=8200

50 year old temporary bridge at Langwathby
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-43527352

First non stop flight between Australia and UK
http://www.rte.ie/news/world/2018/0325/949927-uk-australia-flights/

Large fire breaks out at Rochdale mill
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-43532218

Massive incomplete TV tower in Russia demolished
https://goo.gl/rohAf9

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

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TV and RADIO

31/03/18 Channel 4 1900-2000
“Coastal Railways with Julie Walters” 2/4 Northumberland

31/03/18 BBC Radio 4 2000-2100
“Archive on 4: Per Ardua Ad Astra: RAF Voices”

01/04/18 BBC4 2100-2200
“WW1: Aces Falling – Timewatch”

01/04/18 BBC4 2200-2330
“The Battle of Britain” Documentary

01/04/18 BBC4 2330-0030
“Operation Jericho” 1944 RAF mission

02/04/18 ITV 2100-2200
“Paddington Station 24/7” 2/4

02/04/18 BBC4 2100-2200
“Battlefield Britain: The Battle of Britain”

02/04/18 BBC4 2200-2330
“Bomber Boys” A look at Bomber Command in WW2

02/04/18 BBC4 2330-0030
“The Lancaster: Britain’s Flying Past”

03/04/18 BBC2 2000-2100
“Great Indian Railway Journeys” 3/4 South Indian states

03/04/18 BBC4 2200-2300
“Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here”

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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

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

09/04/18 Swansea Vale Railway Society
“The Gwachel” Pontardawe Inn, 123 Herbert Street, Pontardawe, Swansea, SA8 4ED
“Oop North – Railways of Northern England & Scotland in the last 30 years” by
Stuart Warr
Starts 2000, there is a small entrance charge
https://www.facebook.com/Swansea-Vale-Railway-Society-106667059417000/

10/04/18 Great Western Society Bristol Group
BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
“Bulgarian Steam Extravaganza” by Dave Winter
1930 for a 1945 start
Non-members welcome – suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses
http://www.gwsbristol.org

11/04/18 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“Tiny Stations” by Dixe Wills
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/

13/03/18- East Lancashire Railway: 40s at 60
15/04/18 http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

14/04/18 Fordingbridge Model Railway Exhibition
Avonway Community Centre, 36 Shaftsbury Street, Fordingbridge, SP6 1JF
1030-1630
http://www.fmr.uk
https://goo.gl/QGG7JX

14/04/18 Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways: The Snowdonian
http://www.festrail.co.uk

14/04/18– Crawley Model Railway Society Exhibition
15/04/18 Tanbridge House School, Horsham, RH12 1SR
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
http://www.crawleymrs.org.uk

14/04/18– Tame Valley Scout Council presents
15/04/18 Rail ‘n’ Road 2018 Model Railway and Transport Show
Astley Sports College, Yew Tree lane, Dukinfield, SK16 5BL
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
Adult: £4.00, Concession: £3.00, Child: £1.50, Family (2+2): £9.50

15/04/18– Hollycombe Steam in the Country: Easter Bunny Event
16/04/18 Iron Hill, Liphook, Hants, GU30 7LP
http://www.hollycombe.co.uk

Cheers, Howard.
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