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NETWATCH

Railtour to Weymouth Quay 73106/138 and 37250 19 yrs ago!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Xvtsav7xc
GWR 2018 Festival of Steam at Gotherington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzv9cOBqddc
King Edward ll 6023 at Cotswold Festival of Steam 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kps4Dd1rnQ4
Spring Diesel Festival at SVR. 88010 Aurora arrives and travel behind her
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duRSpzMeV0A
Spring Diesel Festival SVR part 2, Hampton Loade-Kidderminster
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8izYxPQih0
(Mike Wilcock)

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Cotswold Festival of Steam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysCi_0taetc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p353LJdRhSs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxcZM4RzmPc
1940s Weekend East Lancashire Railway 26th May
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgWmxWSO9ec
Chasewater Railway, Made in Staffordshire, 28th May
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2hX5H6iaoI
Hitachi IEP Set No 800103 at Newcastle Central – Test Train 5X05, 29th May
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhF-Tgpdl0U
Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours, 28 May
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt13EpZ_3F4
Australian Trains: #6029 to Mount Victoria; Central – Strathfield
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITYzRho1T2I
British Columbia Revisited – blu-ray preview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wfxet7VCnc
Two BR 241 with extremely long freight train in Munich
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSlh2QMLkG4
Lokportrait Dampflok 99 788
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVBVUBebcQQ
Zugverkehr auf der Frankenwaldbahn – TXL Kaiser Franz, Duplo ICE, polnischer Militärzug uvm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD16MLeufNc
DR 1992 – Dampflok 38 205 (Rollwagen) im Bw Altenburg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWYLGzNnLbg
SNCF class Z 57000 “Regio 2N”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9EvVTd9eZY
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Restoration of Coed-y-Bleddiau cottage on Ffestiniog Railway
https://goo.gl/bJdfgU
House conversion of Haddiscoe station
https://goo.gl/W7DjpX
Moscow stations to have official “Selfie spots” marked
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-44213708
Hello Kitty Shinkansen
https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2018-hello-kitty-bullet-train-sanrio-shinkansen/
New HMRS web site
https://hmrs.org.uk/msc
League table of flight delays in UK
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44190066
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Dent station for sale (described as “barn conversion”!)
https://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/details/47664489

50 years since the first steam train ran on the Hoorn-Medemblik line
https://vimeo.com/252513327/5653252505
steam gala of the Stoomtrein Goes-Borsele line
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD0tE7MoklQ
(Spotter: Kees Wielemaker)

Britain’s ‘most scenic’ bus route revealed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44226761

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IN THE NEWS

Chris Grayling says rail industry ‘has failed passengers’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-44299902
Transport secretary may face grilling by MPs over rail chaos
https://goo.gl/F5YJWq
Minister ‘should resign’ over rail ‘chaos’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-44327233

FirstGroup boss departs after £327m loss
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44312684

Elizabeth Line trains undergoing final testing phases, travelling through tunnels at 60mph
https://goo.gl/nh7gNp
Photos of Elizabeth Line stations
https://goo.gl/WstZde

Flying Scotsman steam sets off London Victoria fire alarm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-44324691

Thameslink compares poor service to Poundland chocolate
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-44311928

Flooding in North Kent
https://goo.gl/DCKGzM

Fire at Eurostar Temple Mills Depot
https://goo.gl/qQRNoa

Government funding not available for Portishead branch reopening
www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/end-portishead-bristol-metrowest-rail-1580347

Upgrading the railway in the South West of England 12th-14th June
https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/swupgrade

Advance notice of Oxford to Didcot two-week blockade
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-44304516

Train gets ‘lost’ in Yorkshire after it goes the wrong way
https://goo.gl/RpnkJF

CalMac confirms interest in taking over railways
https://tinyurl.com/ybvxeolu

New ScotRail trains to finally run after windscreen problem fixed
https://goo.gl/VDKPGt

Largs station community garden opens to all
https://goo.gl/PtVbic

Plans for railway station in north-east town remain on track
https://goo.gl/N9uVTM

South Western Railway through workings to Wareham
http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/summersaturdayspecial

60019 Bittern to be stored in former Ti-ang Hornby factory in Margate
https://goo.gl/r5ropj

Update on East Lancs Railway Crab 13065
https://goo.gl/J7WCSb

Update on repairs to 73082 “Camelot”
https://goo.gl/xMJaTL

Steam traction on the Helston branch after 56 years
http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/cornwall_news/16253923._/

Level crossing misuse at Portmadog Britannia Bridge
https://goo.gl/uuHvTD

Dduallt Manor (Campbells Platform) for sale
https://goo.gl/LEX9tk

Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway extension opened
https://goo.gl/kRc2Ge

Fire at Manx Steam Railway shed
https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/train-shed-fire-in-douglas/

ProRail plans massive investment as train passenger numbers set to soar
https://goo.gl/vLGsVU

Bombardier unveil new TRAXX DC3 loco
https://goo.gl/eYGjsA

Gazpromtrans orders 24 lpg fuelled shunters
https://goo.gl/pJ1SH8

Malaysia to scrap Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed project
https://goo.gl/FnHmYg

Grant for Crich tramway museum
https://goo.gl/pjeiVx

Finnish railway manufacturer taken over by Skoda
https://goo.gl/hA5ynT

New tram design for Zurich
https://goo.gl/2HWJG6

Retired trams available for re-use in Melbourne
https://goo.gl/MkCJuJ

Transport for London bidding to run Buenos Aires metro system
https://goo.gl/awRZb8

End of the line for New Forest Beach Bus for tourists
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-44288062

Erewash canal group celebrate 50th anniversary with Bank Holiday event
https://goo.gl/1qihnf

World famous Waverley sets off on her first summer sailing
https://goo.gl/GihMQk

Paddle Steamer Monarch for sale
http://paddlesteamermonarch.wixsite.com/ps-monarch/the-future

Paddle steamer MV Oliver Cromwell sinks off Anglesey coast
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-44258998

Fire on board cargo ship in Southampton Western Docks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-44260922

Belgian labour investigation of Ryanair
https://goo.gl/pmRasN

Blue Island to start service between Guernsey and Cardiff
https://goo.gl/1S7S6s

Virgin Atlantic adds Los Angeles to Manchester network
https://goo.gl/WLxGb8

SIA to start its longest flight with nonstop Newark service
https://goo.gl/eCXCtL

Denver airport begins work on 39-gate expansion
https://goo.gl/w2q296

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

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TV and RADIO

03/06/18 BBC4 1900-2000
“Locomotion: Dan Snow’s History of Railways” 2/3

03/06/18 BBC4 2000-2100
“How to Build… Britain’s Secret Engineers”

03/06/18 Channel 5 2000-2100
“The Unstoppable Flying Scotsman”

03/06/18 Channel 5 2100-2200
“The Flying Scotsman: a Legend Reborn”

04/06/18 BBC2 1900-1930
“Great American Railroad Journeys” Nevada

04/06/18 BBC4 1930-2000
“Canals: the Making of a Nation” 6/6 Heritage

05/06/18 BBC2 1900-1930
“Great American Railroad Journeys” San Francisco

06/06/18 BBC2 1900-1930
“Great American Railroad Journeys” Yosemite

06/06/18 BBC4 1930-2000
“Canals: the Making of a Nation” 5/6 The Boat People

06/06/18 ITV 2000-2030
“Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport” 5/6

06/06/18 Channel 4 2000-2030
“Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow” 1/4 Carriages

06/06/18 BBC4 2300-0000
“Indian Hill Railways” 2/3 The Nilgiri Mountain Railway

07/06/18 BBC4 2100-2200
“City in the Sky” 2/3 Airborne

08/06/18 BBC2 1900-1930
“Great American Railroad Journeys” Southern California

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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

01/06/18– Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway: Steam Gala & Real Ale Festival
03/06/18 http://www.bodminrailway.co.uk

01/06/18– Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Diesel Gala
03/06/18 https://www.watercressline.co.uk/

01/06/18– Churnet Valley Railway: Anything Goes Festival
03/06/18 http://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk

02/06/18– Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Miniature Traction Engine Rally
03/06/18 http://www.bucksrailcentre.org

02/06/18– Llangollen Railway: Railcar Gala
03/06/18 http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk

03/06/18 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
1100-1600, Adult: £2.50 (under 16, free)
http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk/

04/06/18 Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
The Underhill Centre, St. John’s Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
“The Withered Arm – A Personal Journey ” by Howard Sprenger
Doors open 1930, talk starts 1945
www.hias.org.uk

04/06/18 Swansea Vale Railway Society
“The Gwachel” Pontardawe Inn, 123 Herbert Street, Pontardawe, Swansea, SA8 4ED
“The Railways of Briton Ferry & District” by Martin Davies
Starts 2000, there is a small entrance charge
https://www.facebook.com/Swansea-Vale-Railway-Society-106667059417000/

04/06/18 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“Big Diesels in the Landscape” by Duncan McEvoy
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

08/06/18– Epping Ongar Railway: Steam Gala
10/06/18 http://www.eorailway.co.uk

08/06/18– West Somerset Railway: Diesel Gala
10/06/18 http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/

09/06/18 Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways: Snowdonian Limited
http://www.festrail.co.uk

09/06/18– Mid-Suffolk Light Railway: Special Engine Month
10/06/18 http://www.mslr.org.uk

09/06/18– Chesterfield Railway Modellers: Peak Model Railway Exhibition
10/06/18 The Agricultural Business Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, DE45 1AH
http://www.chesterfieldrailwaymodellers.co.uk/

10/06/18 Friends of King Alfred Buses: Archive film show with Rob Foxon
Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB
The British Transport Commission & Nationalised Transport
Starts at 1400
Refreshments will be available at the Discovery Centre cafe
Tickets: £8.00 from the Discovery Centre Box Office (01962 873603)
https://www.kingalfredbuses.org.uk/article.php?page=FilmShow

10/06/18 South Devon Railway: Trains and Triumphs
http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

10/06/18 Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: British Legion Fun Day
http://www.bucksrailcentre.org

13/06/18 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“Broad Gauge Part 2” by Brian Arman
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/

15/06/18– South Devon Railway: Ticket to Ride – a ‘Sixties Celebration
17/06/18 http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

15/06/18– North Norfolk Railway: Diesel Gala
17/06/18 http://www.nnrailway.co.uk/

15/06/18– Great Central Railway: Model Event
17/06/18 http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/

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

16/06/18– Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Surrey Border & Camberley Weekend
17/06/18 http://www.steamtrain.co.uk

16/06/18– Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway: Model Railway Expo
17/06/18 http://www.exbury.co.uk

16/06/18– Mid-Hants Watercress Line: War on the Line
17/06/18 https://www.watercressline.co.uk/

16/06/18– Mere Model Railway Exhibition
17/06/18 Mere Lecture Halls, Salisbury Street, Mere, BA12 6HA
1000-1600 (both days)
http://www.mererailwaymodellers.co.uk

16/06/18– Mid-Suffolk Light Railway: Special Engine Month
17/06/18 http://www.mslr.org.uk

17/06/18 Epping Ongar Railway: Fathers’ Day Classic Car Show
http://www.eorailway.co.uk

17/06/18 Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Fathers’ Day
http://www.bucksrailcentre.org

Cheers, Howard.
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