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NETWATCH

60009 Union of South Africa serviced at Barry Depot 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ymfQWgKY3o
Newport and Cardiff Stations 1990. Class 37 in excess!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yuR665RKmc
Newport Station 1998. 66001/03/04/05 and 6 x Iron Ore Trains
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKC9l5aTI2w
Blue Peter Mainline & more 18 yrs ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bz4RlDp30U
(Mike Wilcock)

November Pacifics: 60009 Union Of South Africa & 35028 Clan Line
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw6fBrlwjcc
Oliver Cromwell Bids Farewell, Great Central Railway Last Hurrah, 18th November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0howxzEAMg
BR Standard 2MT No. 78022 at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, 24th November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DALtuluRWWU
35018 British India Line Brings Father Christmas to The Lakes, 25th November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gBQhg50ZMU
Southampton Central to Fawley Esso – Hastings DEMU cab ride, 13th May 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ORQUzn4KLk
Australian Trains – At Eastwood & West Ryde Stations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhcJeAqBLLA
Betriebsausflug der IGE in den Hamburger Hafen mit 185 716-7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y3Qcons7u0
41 1144 mit Viba-Expreß am 24.11.2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxiqL_95nBw
Treinen in Berlin Zoologischer Garten, 23 September
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVrkNcCbKDc
Paris Tram – Line T3b extension
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycKUfPqP7v4
HMS Dasher P280 enters Devonport Naval Base at Artillery Tower, 23rd November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZQhp6_bbb0
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

NYMR Civil engineering blog – November
https://www.nymr.co.uk/blog/civil-engineering-diary-november-2018
Butts Bridge at Alton
https://www.buttsbridgeroadworks.co.uk/
Excellence luxury coaches for Glacier Express displayed
https://goo.gl/X6B2Q1
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Magnetic levitation: the return of transport’s great ‘what if?’
https://goo.gl/VsrAZK

GWR Benches
http://www.gwrbenches.co.uk

The real model army helping veterans with mental health issues
https://goo.gl/Db7JZ1

Model Rail Baseboards
http://www.modelrailbaseboards.com

Layouts4u
http://layouts4u.net

Famous Trains Model Railway, Markeaton Park, Derby
http://www.famoustrains.org.uk

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IN THE NEWS

Rail fares to rise by 3.1% in January
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46387030

ORR approves Network Rail CP6 finance
https://www.railengineer.uk/2018/10/31/orr-approves-network-rails-35bn-cp6-plans/

HS2 bidders Hitachi-Bombardier announce training initiative
https://goo.gl/NFZZdk

Improved and quicker isolations for engineering possessions
https://goo.gl/kqPgKT

Changes to fatigue management in Network Rail
https://goo.gl/BDf3AA

National Audit Office to investigate Crossrail over spend and delays
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46316587

Fire in WCRC depot at Southall
https://goo.gl/qfmuq1

Derailment at West Ealing (Signal passed at Danger.)
https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/derailed-train-causes-delays-to-london-paddington/

Last week of Paddington to West Ruislip service via Park Royal
https://goo.gl/6AkP1t

Report calls for short-term changes to London rail network
https://goo.gl/pjiFYn

Delays reduced after engineering works in Sevenoaks tunnel
https://goo.gl/joa7F3

South Western Railway rolling stock reliability awards
https://goo.gl/1dWEQz

Fire on Cross Country train at Brockenhurst
https://goo.gl/GN2Jnq

Flood resilience works at Cowley Bridge Jn and Axminster
https://www.railengineer.uk/2018/11/15/flood-resilience-schemes-in-southwest-england/

London North Western class 350/3 units win Golden Spanner reliability award
https://goo.gl/pwCw5U

Greater Anglia wins reliability award for two different fleets
https://goo.gl/tP5aqb

Enquiry into train not observing emergency speed restriction
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/overspeed-at-sandy-south-junction
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-46357040

Staffordshire station gets £5m overhaul to improve accessibility
https://goo.gl/c9fo4s

Rail delays after Manchester-Liverpool points failure
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-46383367

RMT offers to suspend Northern Rail
https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/rmt-offers-to-suspend-northern-rail-action291118/

ScotRail adds extra carriages in lead up to Christmas
https://www.scotrail.co.uk/about-scotrail/news/scotrail-adds-extra-carriages-lead-christmas

ScotRail blasted by MSPs and union over worst performance levels in more than a decade
https://goo.gl/C36DfL

ScotRail driver who failed drugs test resigns before hearing
https://goo.gl/K15aT5

ScotRail train decouples speeding off and leaving carriage full of passengers stranded
https://tinyurl.com/ybrxyms2
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-46357219

Jellicoe Express plaque-unveiling at Hawick on 30 November
https://www.railscot.co.uk/news/14/318/

First electric train for Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa line
https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/first-electric-train-on-sda#

Renewal of footbridge at Paisley
https://goo.gl/Fub5a5

£2m Carfin station investment delivered
https://goo.gl/MNX5mW

Met 1 to stay on Epping and Ongar line for another year
https://goo.gl/mnJLx3

Steam hauled Santa Specials on Corris Railway
https://goo.gl/HPZ88S

Russell’s return to the Welsh Highland Line
https://goo.gl/HbeV7B
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21UskbZFaL4

WSR organisation difficulties
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-46360510

Dutch plan turn-up-and-go main line services
https://goo.gl/QaFDQM

Netherlands to eliminate ungated level crossings within five years
https://goo.gl/5Z8H4F

Dutch rail to pay compensation for transporting Jews to Nazi death camps
https://goo.gl/io1k6q

Cyclist’s near miss on level crossing in The Netherlands
https://goo.gl/YLSVaY

ECTS fitted to BLS rolling stock for testing
https://goo.gl/398i93

Clear up and repairs after fatal Spanish derailment on 20th November
https://goo.gl/pGWZTM

Province of Alberta to buy Rail Tank Cars for crude oil traffic
https://goo.gl/MKQGv8

New York MTA to purchase Grand Central station
https://goo.gl/xbonxS

Chinese staff charged over Kenya Railway bribery
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-46341910

Funding for Etihad Rail stage 2 agreed
https://goo.gl/XB1vwc

Saudi Rail affiliation with RSSB
https://goo.gl/SnCrVu

Albanian southern rail link proposed
https://goo.gl/XrRsYP

South Korea begins 18-day inspection of the North’s railway
https://goo.gl/jhqxjK

Plans for Colindale underground station
https://goo.gl/Nptvzo

Northern Line extension update
https://goo.gl/SrHhyP

Another suggestion of a metro system for Bristol
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/new-tram-underground-system-could-2261672

Proposal to extend metrolink to Rawtenstall
https://goo.gl/edMs2N

Tyne & Wear Metro system wide radio failure
https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2018-11-24/system-wide-failure-on-tyne-and-wear-metro/

New Metro depot to be built at Howdon
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/new-metro-depot-howdon-nexus-15473234

Cairngorm Mountain company placed into administration
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46389488

Hornby Hobbies to bring offices and showroom back to Margate
https://goo.gl/fXe5P5

Coventry supermarket death crash bus firm fined £2.3m
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-46357500

Poole twinsails bridge to stay up indefinitely
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-46318147

Hythe ferry county council funding cut
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-46389420

Boeing 767 era ends at British Airways
https://goo.gl/Jf8csm
https://goo.gl/ebQE6S

Virgin Atlantic talks with Flybe
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46317706

Air France considers A380 fleet reduction
https://goo.gl/2b4Czn

Airbus delivers first A330neo to TAP
https://goo.gl/xEYj3g

Modified Boeing 737 used for firefighting
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-46312633

‘Asleep’ pilot missed destination in Australia, officials say
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-46353819

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Prince

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TV and RADIO

01/12/18 BBC4 1900-2000
“The Secret History of Our Streets” 3/3 Fittie Squares, Aberdeen

02/12/18 BBC2 1900-2000
“Britain’s Biggest Warship” HMS Queen Elizabeth 2/3

03/12/18 BBC4 2000-2100
“Hidden Wales with Will Millard” 2/3 Lead mining & a sea fort

04/12/18 BBC4 2000-2100
“The Story of Wales” 5/6 Coal mining

04/12/18 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Lego Masters” 5/5

04/12/18 ITV 2320-2350
“Heathrow: Britain’s Biggest Airport”

05/12/18 Channel 5 2100-2200
“HMS Belfast: WW2’s Great Survivor”

06/12/18 BBC Radio 4 1500-1530
“Open Country: Life on the Canals at Foxton Locks

08/12/18 BBC Radio 4 0605-0630
“Open Country: Life on the Canals at Foxton Locks

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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

01/12/18 Hailsham Model Railway Show
The Community Hall, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AX
http://www.healthylivingcommittee.co.uk/hailshammrs.html

01/12/18 Letchworth MRS Exhibition
Etonbury Academy, Stotfold Road, Arlesey, Beds, SG15 6XS
http://www.letchworthmrs.org.uk

02/12/18 Romsey Signal Box Open Day
1100-1600, Adult: £2.50 (under 16, free)
http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk/

03/12/18 Swansea Vale Railway Society
“The Gwachel” Pontardawe Inn, 123 Herbert Street, Pontardawe, Swansea, SA8 4ED
“Review Of The Year”
Starts 2000, there is a small entrance charge
https://www.facebook.com/Swansea-Vale-Railway-Society-106667059417000/

03/12/18 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
Pie, Pea & Chips Supper with a Peak Rail Director
“QuickQuiz” and “YourPix”
Roy Wilson’s “Review of 2018 Around the Sheffield Area”
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

04/12/18 Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership and Romsey & District Society
Crosfield Hall Annexe, Broadwater Road, Romsey, SO51 8GL
“Railwayman of the Great War” by Jeremy Higgins
Starts 1730
http://www.threeriversrail.com/

04/12/18 Monmouthshire Railway Society
University of South Wales City Campus, Usk Way, NP20 2BP
“The Woodham’s Barry Story” by Roger Hardingham
1900-2100
http://www.mrsoc.co.uk/diary

07/12/18 RCTS Bristol
St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
“From Saltash Auto to HST” a journey with Branch Vice-President Terry Nicolls
Starts 1930 (room open from 1900)
A donation of £1 (members) or £2 (non-members) is requested
https://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/bristol/

11/12/18 Great Western Society Bristol Group
BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
“The Right Kind of Snow – 200 slides on the UK, China, North America & Ukraine”
by Terry Nicholls
Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
Non-members welcome – suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses
http://www.gwsbristol.org

12/12/18 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“Steam in a different light – railways in North East England in the 1960s”
by Richard Gaunt
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/

13/12/28 Wings and Wheels Society
Dursley and District Community Centre, GL11 4BX
“A History of the Cirencester Branch” by John Thomas
2000-2200
http://www.wingsandwheelssociety.org.uk

17/12/18 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
Buse photographs and possibly railway films by Robin Doe
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

20/12/18 Vale of Berkeley Railway
Berkeley Arms Hotel, Canonbury St, Berkeley, GL13 9BG
“Rebuilding Broadway Station” by Jo Roesen
1930-2130
http://valeofberkeleyrailway.co.uk

21/12/18 RCTS Bristol
St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
Christmas Buffet & Quiz set by Branch Secretary Paul Udey
Starts 1930 (room open from 1900)
A donation of £1 (members) or £2 (non-members) is requested
https://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/bristol/

22/12/18- Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Mince Pie Specials
24/12/18 http://www.steamtrain.co.uk

26/12/18 Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: Mince Pie Specials
http://www.steamtrain.co.uk

26/12/18 Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Boxing Day Specials
http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

26/12/18- Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Christmas Leave
27/12/18 https://www.watercressline.co.uk/

26/12/18- Llangollen Railway: Mince Pie Specials
27/12/18 http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk

28/12/18- Llangollen Railway: Winter Warmer
29/12/18 http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk

29/12/18 N Gauge Society, North Wales Area Group, Model Railway Show
St Michael’s Church, Rosemary Lane, Conwy, LL32 8HY
https://ngaugesocietynorthwalesareagroup.weebly.com/

29/12/18- West Somerset Railway: Winter Gala
30/12/18 http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/

29/12/18- Spa Valley Railway: Mince Pies Specials & Kids for a Quid
01/01/19 https://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

30/12/18- Llangollen Railway: Mince Pie Specials
01/01/19 http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk

31/12/18 Leek & Rudyard Railway: Goodbye to 2018
http://www.rlsr.org

Cheers, Howard.
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