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NETWATCH

Derby Midland Station Pouring day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_7_8q2kxB0
(Martin Miller)

Steam 1998 : 5029, 46441, 42765, 45337, 75014, 46428 at East Lancs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJBT6BY6eBA
Great Central Diesel Gala 2018 on train/shed visit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9pRh2Y5Stw
Trains at Llandudno Junction, Holyhead, Bangor and Chester 1996
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OynOnRZ8muk
Cumbrian Hoovers, New livery 67021/024, top/tail 57s and 37714
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTlVOkDstuI
40145 Thrash on train; Bury to Heywood. ELR Gala 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAFvckd_8PU
40012, 40013, 40106, 40135, 40145, D9009 Gala 2018 at ELR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dHBph6k_Zs
Great Central Railway, D8098, D123, D5830, 37764, Class 47 1705
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1_f8c5oASk
(Mike Wilcock)

Railway groups for autistic children
http://www.theengineshed.org.uk/
Network measurement train
https://goo.gl/JiQqCe
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Haddon Hall Railway Tunnel Exploration
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezpi6drOPIo
DRS Class 37s 37422 & 37425 plus ‘Caroline’ – Newcastle + Darlington 19th/20th April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZaC6k4mAQc
Double Yorkshire Steam 60103 Flying Scotsman & 35018 British India Line 20th April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsaxxAshUEg
North Norfolk Railway, Spring Steam Gala 21st April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA4dPRnKEwk
7903 & D8137 – The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway 22nd April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFn5VGenLVE
Flying Scotsman, British India Line & Double Headed Jubilees – The Great Britain XI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-Ph8J42DaI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEE3iyc9kgk
Class 31 Gala at The Weardale Railway 21st April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGUy1Di07_4
Red Dragon Diverted Along the Valley Line
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p7dFesJqVg
Leek & Rudyard Railway Diesel Gala 21st April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEhOznnHkwE
South African Steam: NGG11 to Hoekfontein and various other trains
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMODwgpFH-k
Australia: Trains @ Maitland Steamfest – Regular Services
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un8ozpufgdw
3801 – An Epic Struggle Up Young Bank
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSRCqFfso1Q
Macksville NSW Trains, Dorrigo Steam Museum, River Ferry Crossing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTT7JIUEQiw
BR 115 towed BR 120 from the Munich Hbf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWGI5E7lGoU
Dampfspektakel Rund um Trier April 2010 mit 41 018, 01 1066, 01 118
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93PthPCohLc
ICE-Schnellfahrstrecke Ebensfeld – Erfurt und Zugverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tD0n6bo1og
Taubertal-Dampf mit 01 519 am 22 April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT3_LmfyhyY
High-speed trains TGV – Thalys – Eurostar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvaNkb6Jc4g
Old Tram, New Tram Blackpool, April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IehZL0gTJm0
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Strange Locomotives – Paget locomotive (Midland Railway)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWZtJZ1o8OU
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

The Royal Oke HST railtour, 21st April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeBlenIt7M4
TS Queen Mary
http://www.tsqueenmary.org.uk
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Rare alley to a railway crossing in London
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9mDv-QR0eo

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IN THE NEWS

British Steel builds new rail mill
http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/track/british-steel-builds-new-rail-mill.html

RMT confirms further strike action over DOO working
https://goo.gl/kFNSkE
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43895158

New Thameslink timetable introduced on 20th May
https://goo.gl/BvCECF

GWR Mobile phone tickets
https://www.gwr.com/about-us/media-centre/news/2018/april/use-your-phone-as-a-rail-ticket

Prize for Bicester Station gardening volunteers
https://goo.gl/TBqHjH

Timetable for Kenilworth Station released
https://goo.gl/46RZ87

Hitachi ships the First Trans Pennine class 802 coaches
https://goo.gl/348oWQ

New rolling stock depot to be built at Springs Branch Wigan
https://www.railstaff.uk/2018/04/24/network-rail-to-build-46m-train-depot-in-wigan/

New freight service launched between Liverpool Port and Scotland
https://goo.gl/72hwNZ

Borders Railway talks ‘highly productive’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-43906069

West Highland Line timetable review suggested
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43836787

Strike dates announced over cuts to Scotrail CCTV monitoring staff
https://goo.gl/U8fiZq

Steam trains on track for Aberdeen after new turntable installed
https://goo.gl/TFpnrb
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-43907937

New ScotRail trains to ease crush on Edinburgh-Glasgow line
https://goo.gl/BLFWgb

Major work to double-track railway between Aberdeen and Dyce set to begin
https://goo.gl/BSXG7V

£160,000 ex-railway cottage which regularly sees the Hogwarts Express steaming past
https://goo.gl/VLmDTs
https://goo.gl/aKmVc2

First section of Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa electrification set to go live
https://goo.gl/7HCF6i

60163 railtour to Holyhead rescheduled to 29 September
https://goo.gl/6SBAas

61264 returns to NYMR by road
https://goo.gl/Ux9DKi

Churchward County trust
https://goo.gl/gvfnBL

73082 Camelot withdrawn after cylinder failure
https://goo.gl/hq875S

Reopening date announced for Merseyside transport museum
https://goo.gl/vMqtKD
http://www.mtps.co.uk/Transportmuseum.html

Emergency exercise on Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
https://goo.gl/hqVGKL

KATIE return to the Ravenglass & Eskdale
https://goo.gl/PmdqnT

Samson returned to traffic on RH&DR
https://goo.gl/SGqrSo

Apedale Railway start restoration of Baldwin shunting loco
https://goo.gl/hh8rKD

Workshop building delivered to Ruislip Lido Railway
https://goo.gl/n3ntZy

Abellio, NS and why the Amsterdam express always goes via Dublin
https://goo.gl/NkFgR7

EU to fund ETRMS upgrade of TGV route
https://www.globalrailnews.com/2018/04/26/eu-to-fund-ertms-upgrade-on-lgv-sud-est/

Long Island Railroad upgrades planned
https://goo.gl/SK2tw6

Reduction of Amtrak on train catering services
https://goo.gl/D7GvZJ

CN to lease 350 new wagons
https://goo.gl/jWXmev

1.8km long grain train in Australia
https://goo.gl/Uv75TC

Metro North West in Sydney completed under budget
https://goo.gl/7tqcSq

Priority seating helps with invisible health problems
https://goo.gl/wn85CH

Half of all TfL journey are paid for with contactless cards
https://goo.gl/cLm2zg

Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry service axed
https://goo.gl/Xoewfg

First Titanic menu fetches £100k at auction
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-43852127

First A350-900ULR starts flight-test campaign
https://goo.gl/zsYWjx

Trent troubles force Air NZ 787-9s to make refuelling stops
https://goo.gl/qjUZDL

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

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TV and RADIO

29/04/18 BBC2 2000-2100
“Britain’s Biggest Warship” HMS Queen Elizabeth 3/3

30/04/18 BBC4 2000-2100
“Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies” 1/2 Military Marvels

30/04/18 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Paddington Station 24/7” (new series)

01/05/18 Channel 5 2100-2200
“British Airways: 100 Years in the Sky” 1/2

01/05/18 Channel 5 2200-2305
“Missing Flight MH370: Inside the Situation Room”

01/05/18 Channel 5 2305-0030
“The Secret Life of the Long-Haul Flight”

02/05/18 Channel 4 1930-200
“The Culture Show: Lego – the Building Blocks of Architecture”

02/05/18 ITV 2000-2030
“Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport” 1/6

03/05/18 BBC Radio 4 1100-1130
“The Belarus Tractor Factory”

03/05/18 BBC4 2100-2200
“Jumbo: The Plane that Changed the World”

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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

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/

29/04/18 The French Railways Society: Model Railway Exhibition, Talks & Slideshows
The Aston Court Hotel, opposite the main entrance to Derby station
11.10 Gavin Lake – Brits Abroad
12.00 Andrew Martin – French Trains (and others) in My Writing (non-illustrated)
13.40 Michael Bunn – Eighty Years of the SNCF
14.30 Duncan McEvoy – SNCF Classic Diesels’ Swansong
15.15 Peter Lovell – From the Society’s Archive
Adult: £3.50, Children: free
http://frenchrailwayssociety.org/

04/05/18 RCTS Bristol
St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
“Building a Brand New LNER Sandringham” by Brian Hall, B17 Steam Loco Trust Chair
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

05/05/18 Billericay Model Railway Group Exhibition
Galleywood Heritage Centre, The Common, Chelmsford, CM2 8TR
1000-1700
http://www.billericaymrg.org

05/05/18– South Devon Railway: Day Out with Thomas
07/05/18 http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

05/05/18– Nene Valley Railway: Tornado 10th Birthday
07/05/18 http://www.nvr.org.uk

05/05/18– 40th Rushden Cavalcade of Historical Transport
07/05/18 http://www.rhts.co.uk

06/05/18– Romsey Signal Box Open Day
07/05/18 1100-1600, Adult: £2.50 (under 16, free)
http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk/

06/05/18– Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Steam Gala and Model Railway Exhibition
07/05/18 http://www.bucksrailcentre.org

06/05/18– Mid-Suffolk Light Railway: Middy in the War Years
07/05/18 http://www.mslr.org.uk

07/05/18 Friends of King Alfred Buses: Winchester Bus Running Day
Free travel on vintage buses all day
0930-1700
http://www.fokab.org.uk

07/05/18 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“Doug Copley’s Lineside Images” + “The David Odd Collection”
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

08/05/18 Great Western Society Bristol Group
BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
“The Somerdale Railway & Rebuilding the Fry’s Sentinel”
by Eric Miles
1930 for a 1945 start
Non-members welcome – suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses
http://www.gwsbristol.org

09/05/18 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“Strictly Freight Only Part 2” by Brian Ringer
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/

12/05/18 Winchester Chesil Railway and Tunnel Tours
1115 and 1415, Adult: £7.50, Child: £3
Booking advised
https://is.gd/2NGod0

12/05/18 South West Herts Model Railway Society Watford Model Railway Exhibition
Queen’s School, Aldenham Road, Watford, WD23 2TYT
1000-1630
http://www.southwesthertsmrs.org.uk

12/05/18– Epping Ongar Railway: LT Weekend & Bus Rally
13/05/18 http://www.eorailway.co.uk

12/05/18– Statfold Barn Railway: Giant Miniature Weekend
13/05/18 http://www.statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk

12/05/18– Mickleover Model Railway Group: Derby Model Railway Exhibition
13/05/18 The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE
1030-1700 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
http://www.mmrg.org.uk

13/05/18 South Devon Railway: Boundless by CSMA (Car Rally)
http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

Cheers, Howard.
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