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NETWATCH

Cheltenham Spa Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHRGz5uX-IU
Derby Station slow progress
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7XSm6F6umY
Derby Station Conscious Coupling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z90UG8u1MPk
Sheffield Supertram Malin Bridge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8FMQm97R28
Sheffield Supertram Spring Lane
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOe9UXPI1pM
Sheffield Supertram University
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pXStESvA9M
(Martin Miller)

Tornado Sandbach
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LApg2g7EaDM
(Barry Knapper)

Tube station name quiz
https://londonist.com/london/transport/tube-station-name-quiz
Saltburn Cliff lift (Funicular)
http://www.ipernity.com/doc/312383/album/404859
Level Crossings around Interlaken
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi5a27Ndabk
The Peak Tram (Funicular) Hong Kong
http://www.hongkongextras.com/peak_tram.html
Has Virgin Trains lost the plot?
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/04/has-virgin-trains-lost-the-plot/
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

BRDatabase – Complete British Locomotive Database 1923-1997
http://www.brdatabase.info/
Sentul Railway Works, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 2018
https://goo.gl/CjbDfW
New QE2 Hotel
https://www.qe2.com/
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Changing trains in Scotland
https://www.railengineer.uk/2018/04/05/changing-trains-in-scotland/
The Glasgow railway station that time forgot
https://goo.gl/7iPmA8
(Spotter: Richard Buckby)

Truck carrying massive windmill blade attempts a hard right turn
https://goo.gl/BQcWWv
(Spotter: Roger Smith)

Underground Manchester: The tunnels, tube station shops hidden beneath the city’s streets
https://goo.gl/UEopDU

Cable car in Sarajevo reopens after 26 years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43677286

‘My private classic car collection is Europe’s largest’
https://goo.gl/yP3wrC

How world’s first electrified road charges moving vehicles – video
https://goo.gl/cofpGu

Modest RAF hero’s wartime exploits only came to light during son’s research
https://goo.gl/5xRQif

The Story Behind an Unbelievable Photograph
https://fearoflanding.com/photography/the-story-behind-an-unbelievable-photograph/

Glasgow disused mines could hold key to heating city’s homes
https://goo.gl/Qe4aGw

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IN THE NEWS

Meet the man who stands to lose his life’s work to HS2
https://goo.gl/3wqawa

Hostile bid for First Group
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43733500

Network Rail to take over commercial management of Clapham Jn and Guildford stations.
https://goo.gl/fZrhBD

Network Rail submits application for major Gatwick station transformation
https://goo.gl/SMVz72

Famous train makes comeback after 46 years
https://goo.gl/G8Puwh

Yapton Level crossing to be converted to controlled full width barriers
https://goo.gl/jDtrrv

GWR online accounts breached
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43725640

Seven new railway stations on way – including routes to Merry Hill and West Midland Safari Park
https://tinyurl.com/ycpnyjvk

Virgin unveils new Newark Northgate forecourt as part of £1.2m scheme
https://goo.gl/2JQv9E

TPE launches one of ‘biggest timetable changes the north has seen’
https://goo.gl/SYN9nq

Blackpool to Preston railway to reopen following major upgrade
https://goo.gl/GNNvkR

Refurbished Grand Central Adelante unit
https://goo.gl/UazEt1

Will ScotRail’s plan to cut delays actually work?
https://goo.gl/mWZckx

Mark 5 sleepers on test on the West Highland line
https://goo.gl/x9Gm1n

Network Rail opens new station footbridge at West Calder
https://goo.gl/ZDMk6W

Ballater rail station on track to open for summer after £3million project
https://goo.gl/kpLD4K

Rhondda Tunnel sees first light of day in 40 years in major step forward
https://goo.gl/YQAbKW

Londonderry transport complex in old Waterside station approved
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-43725569

Extension to Helston Railway opened
http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/cornwall_news/16148494._/

Leighton Buzzard Light Railway reach agreement with land owner
https://goo.gl/DJ3Dwh

Grafitti attack on Churnet Valley Railway
https://goo.gl/bpkuNk

Runaway trolley on the East Lancashire Railway
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/runaway-trolley-on-the-east-lancashire-railway

Heritage railway train and car in level crossing crash
https://goo.gl/52QqWB

Welsh Highland Heritage Railway repaint brakevan BR Blue
https://goo.gl/JxX7HX

Campaign to preserve a NIR “Thumper”
https://goo.gl/PiWBWY

Upgrade of coaches for the Canadian planned
https://goo.gl/SmW8LQ

CSX short line sell off
https://goo.gl/E5WYQb

Austrian railways aim to electrify 85% of network by 2030
https://goo.gl/vY3scm

Bombardier win order for Swedish high speed trains
https://goo.gl/u1BtZ2

Phnom Phen airport shuttle started
https://goo.gl/TYjz6e

Kuala Lumpur to Singapore High Speed Rail
https://ijglobal.com/articles/131815/kl-sg-hsr-james-bonds-preferred-project

Engineless runaway train in India gives passengers a scare
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-43695813

Meet the Brit in charge of fixing NYC’s subway
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43561378

Alstom opens LRV factory in Canada
https://www.globalrailnews.com/2018/04/12/alstom-opens-new-lrv-assembly-site-in-canada/

New Douglas horse tram depot to cost over £1.5 million
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-43669226

Catenary free trams for Istanbul
https://www.globalrailnews.com/2018/04/05/new-istanbul-tram-line-to-be-catenary-free/

Weston’s Crosville to close its doors
https://cbwmagazine.com/westons-crosville-close-doors/

Residents protest over “singing road” in Netherlands
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43725796

Fears parts of world’s longest sea bridge are floating away
https://goo.gl/SQsUxS

MSC Armonia Cruise Ship Crashes Into Dock in Roatan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IaXf171iDE

Drone bird of prey to scare clear birds from Southampton Airport
https://goo.gl/gdVcm1

Entire contents of Heathrow Terminal 1 to be sold off
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-43656024

Air traffic controller sickness forces Gatwick Airport runway to close
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43698803

BelugaXL emerges with its Trent engines
https://goo.gl/M3wkwG

Emirates to ‘transform’ cabin on new A380s
https://goo.gl/cKZuqd

Boeing gets $24m for extra Air Force One design work
https://goo.gl/uhCf8j

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

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TV and RADIO

14/04/18 Channel 4 1900-2000
“Coastal Railways with Julie Walters” 4/4 North Wales

14/04/18 Channel 5 2000-2055
“QE2: The World’s Greatest Cruise Ship” 1/2

15/04/18 Channel 4 1630-1730
“Speed With Guy Martin: F1 Challenge”

15/04/18 BBC2 2000-2100
“Britain’s Biggest Warship” HMS Queen Elizabeth 1/3

15/04/18 BBC4 2100-2200
“Titanic’s Tragic Twin: the Britannic Disaster”

15/04/18 BBC4 2200-2300
“Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here”

16/04/18 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Paddington Station 24/7” 4/4

17/04/18 BBC4 2200-2300
“Majesty and Mortar: Britain’s Great Palaces” Dan Cruickshank 2/3

18/04/18 BBC4 2300-0000
“Timeshift: The Last Days of Steam”

19/04/18 BBC Radio 4 1130-1200
“The Man Who Buries Planes”

20/04/18 Channel 5 2330-0015
“Paddington Station 24/7” 4/4

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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

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

14/04/18– Great Central Railway: Diesel Gala
16/04/18 http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

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

19/04/18 Vale of Berkeley Railway
The Old Engine House, Dock Road, Sharpness, Berkeley, GL13 9UD
“It’s a Mystery to Me” by Iain McCall, publisher of “Locomotive International
Magazine”
Free entry, tea, coffee and biscuits but donations encouraged
http://valeofberkeleyrailway.co.uk/

20/04/18– North Norfolk Railway: Spring Steam Gala
22/04/18 http://www.nnrailway.co.uk/page.php?pid=97

21/04/18 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
1100-1600, Adult: £2.50 (under 16, free)
http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk/

21/04/18– Liverpool Model Railway Show
22/04/18 Ian Robertson Sports Centre, Merchant Taylors School, Liverpool Rd, Crosby, L23 0GP
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
Adult: £5.00, Child: £2.00, Family (2+2): £12.00

21/04/18– Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways: Join the Volunteers
22/04/18 http://www.festrail.co.uk

23/04/18 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
“Canada” by Neil Kearns
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

28/04/18– Epsom & Ewell MRC Exhibition
29/04/18 North East Surrey College of Technology, Reigate Rd, Ewell, KT19 3DS
1000-1730 (Sat), 1000-1700 (Sun)
http://www.eemrc.org.uk

28/04/18– West Essex Model Rail 2018
29/04/18 St Edwards School, London Road, Romford, RM7 9NX
1000-1700 (Sat), 1000-1600 (Sun)
http://www.iwemrc.org.uk

28/04/18– Epping Ongar Railway: Spring Diesel Gala
29/04/18 http://www.eorailway.co.uk

28/04/18– Nene Valley Railway: Travelling Post Office Demonstrations
29/04/18 http://www.nvr.org.uk

28/04/18– Neepsend Model Railway Society Exhibition
29/04/18 Park Centre, Samson Street, Sheffield, S2 5QT
https://neepsendmrs.weebly.com/

Cheers, Howard.
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