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NETWATCH

Ilkeston Station Passenger and Freight Trains
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4HoXt5ed2o
(Martin Miller)

GCR 567 loco group
https://goo.gl/wygTg3
Tram Museum Brussels
https://trammuseum.brussels/
Airline food
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/entertainment/travel/a15911181/airline-food-facts/
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Unseen Heritage Railway Footage of 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAevIDndAq8
The Great Britain XI, April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0_iio4xI5Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G0eWVXjjzo
Wartime in the Cotswolds, 28th April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T88fvh-cXwE
Bulleid Pacific Chasing In Cheshire & Wales
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4UK4Z8z4Po
An Evening With A School At The Seaside North Yorkshire Moors Railway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQFDfNa-ROo
Avon Valley Railway – Boys & Their Toys, 29th April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAmKgXeTkY8
Five Locomotives from Three Different Regions in One Spring Afternoon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-iXRPGBwO8
5910 & 3642 – Robertson tour – May 1993
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_epDULnVlDg
New York Subway Museum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKcnPEYL3q4
Dampfspektakel (und Diesel), 28 April
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijN6P2x7kW4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqJAC2TDg7o
Güterverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn – Lokomotion, Twindexx, Rennsteigbahn uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLYJSWC1Mik
Mulhouse Tram-train – Siemens Avanto U 25500
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZwcsJyZ9Z8
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

How to get help if you’re getting unwanted sexual attention on a train
https://goo.gl/ELNGKX
(Spotter: Mike Prince)

10 of the best station cafes and bars: readers’ travel tips
https://goo.gl/9gQuaG

Model Railroading With Jack Burgess Ep. 1 Get Organized
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2eEnMaQnfY

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IN THE NEWS

Passengers paying the price for broken model of rail franchising
https://goo.gl/ctSP9D
https://www.railstaff.uk/2018/04/27/mps-issue-scathing-attack-on-rail-franchising-system/

Network Rail CEO suggests opportunity of 24 hour service
https://goo.gl/UL4hVG

Network Rail criticised for felling trees
https://goo.gl/tLz9dU

Virgin Trains tickets available using Amazon Alexa voice recognition system
https://goo.gl/KAU4sn

Rebranding of Freightliner
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2018/05/freightliner-unveil-new-branding.html

National Audit Office criticism of Thameslink service and infrastructure maintenance
https://goo.gl/JQ5qqx

Class 717 units unveiled at start of testing
https://goo.gl/q6k82N

SWR strike action suspended for ACAS arranged talks with RMT
https://goo.gl/6TPLDD

Transport Secretary launches review into SWR performance failings
https://goo.gl/SnVSzg

Photos of new Anglia bi-mode trains under construction
http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/greater-anglia-shows-off-new-trains-1-5504011

First train in 53 years finally serves Kenilworth Station
https://goo.gl/QcUNa6
Council to probe why station opening was delayed
https://goo.gl/ss3PD6

Investigation into extending Borders Route from Tweedbank to Carlisle
https://goo.gl/XQHPjr

Major rail improvements coming to Elgin
https://goo.gl/RWpNoC

Multi-million pound rail upgrade starts in Aberdeen
https://goo.gl/uwm2Qc

Bid to boost case for reinstating Levenmouth rail link
https://goo.gl/XdYovQ

Major rail improvements coming to the Highlands
https://goo.gl/JGT4Gh

New Patron for Mid Hants Railway
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2018/04/new-patron-for-the-mid-hants-railway.html

Signalling Centre to open at Didcot on 23rd June
https://goo.gl/EsyJBE

Change of visiting loco at SVR diesel gala
https://goo.gl/iSbhDK

A pacer unit may be preserved at the NRM
https://goo.gl/wtrbB4

Fife Heritage Railway start restoration of Andrew Barclay 2292
https://goo.gl/K24ch2

Railway stalwart David Clucas dies suddenly at 72
https://goo.gl/5JpKDA

Summer reopening date for Snowdon Mountain Railway
https://goo.gl/2K1Lj8

Eurostar to Bordeaux from 2020?
https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/direct-st-pancras-bordeaux-trains-from-2020

Competition for Swiss inter city services
https://goo.gl/WUn99x

Swedish Railways invest in sleeper services
https://www.globalrailnews.com/2018/04/30/sj-invests-in-thriving-sleeper-trains/

Siemens SC44 Chargers ordered for Altamont Corridor Express commuter rail service.
https://goo.gl/5EkvfS

Union Pacific orders low emission shunting locos
https://goo.gl/djoaJk

New locos delivered to Ivory Coast railways
https://goo.gl/q4pQ2H

Work starts on new Underground booking hall at Paddington
https://goo.gl/yPKfrX

Anger over Campbeltown ferry service suspension
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43934613

MSC Meravigli calls at Invergordon
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-43961011/huge-cruise-liner-stops-off-in-scotland

Anger as decades-old gliding club says it feels forced to leave its home at Daedalus
https://goo.gl/qMQFFb

Power cut at Amsterdam Schipol airport
http://www.rte.ie/news/2018/0429/959008-power-outage-disrupts-amsterdams-schiphol-airport/

Vietnam Airlines A321 landed on unfinished runway
https://goo.gl/gSCixC

First Cathay Pacific A350-1000 takes to the air
https://goo.gl/4cWdG7

MH370 hunt to make final push as weather window closes
https://goo.gl/aT1WhR
MH370 search uncovered shipwrecks from 19th Century
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-43998983

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

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TV and RADIO

05/05/18 Channel 4 1900-2000
“The Restoration Man: Best Builds” Settle-Carlisle water tower

07/05/18 BBC2 1800-1830
“Great British Railway Journeys” Southern Scotland

07/05/18 BBC4 2000-2100
“Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies” 2/2 The shape of things to come

07/05/18 BBC Radio 4 2030-2100
“The Belarus Tractor Factory”

07/05/18 BBC Radio 4 2100-2130
“A River of Steel” Development of Sheffield’s steel industry

07/05/18 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Paddington Station 24/7” (new series)

08/05/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” Greenock to Larkhill

08/05/18 Channel 5 2100-2200
“British Airways: 100 Years in the Sky” 2/2

08/05/18 ITV 2245-2315
“Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport” 1/6

08/05/18 BBC4 2300-0000
“Timeshift: Penny Blacks to Twopenny Blues – How Britain Got Stuck on Stamps”

09/05/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” Motherwell to Linlithgow

09/05/18 ITV 2030-2100
“Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport” 2/6

10/05/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” Stirling to Crieff

10/05/18 BBC4 2200-2300
“Timeshift: The Engine that Powers the World” Story of the diesel engine

11/05/18 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great British Railway Journeys” St Andrews to Edinburgh

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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

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– Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: Steam & Diesel Gala
13/05/18 http://www.rhdr.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– Great Central Railway: Goods Galore
13/05/18 http://www.gcrailway.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

14/05/18 Swansea Vale Railway Society
“The Gwachel” Pontardawe Inn, 123 Herbert Street, Pontardawe, Swansea, SA8 4ED
“Railways in the Western USA” by Jeff Morgan
Starts 2000, there is a small entrance charge
https://www.facebook.com/Swansea-Vale-Railway-Society-106667059417000/

14/05/18 North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society
David Wilmot Memorial Lecture
“The History of Railways in and around Chesterfield” by Glynn Waite
http://nedias.co.uk/?page_id=52

17/05/18 Vale of Berkeley Railway
The Old Engine House, Dock Road, Sharpness, Berkeley, GL13 9UD
“The Clifton Rocks Railway” by Maggie Shapland
Free entry, tea, coffee and biscuits but donations encouraged
http://valeofberkeleyrailway.co.uk/

17/05/18– Severn Valley Railway: Spring Diesel Festival
19/05/18 http://www.svr.co.uk
https://goo.gl/JbPMAB

17/05/18– Barrow Hill Roundhouse Rail Ale 2018
19/05/18 http://www.barrowhill.org

18/05/18– Bluebell Railway: Branch Line Weekend
19/05/18 http://www.bluebell-railway.com

19/05/18 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
1100-1600, Adult: £2.50 (under 16, free)
http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk/

19/05/18 Littlehampton Model Railway Exhibition
The Littlehampton Academy, Fitzalan Road, Littlehampton, BN17 6FE
1000-1630
http://swing.model-railway.org.uk

19/05/18– Hollycombe Steam in the Country: Steam in Miniature
20/05/18 Iron Hill, Liphook, Hants, GU30 7LP
http://www.hollycombe.co.uk

19/05/18– EM Gauge Society expoEM Spring
20/05/18 Bracknell Leisure Centre, Berkshire, RG12 9SE
1030-1730 (Sat), 1000-1630 (Sun)
http://www.emgs.org

19/05/18– Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Multiple Memories Railcar Gala
20/05/18 http://www.e-v-r.com

20/05/18 Severn Valley Railway: Mixed Traction Day
http://www.svr.co.uk

Cheers, Howard.
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