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NETWATCH

Dove Holes Station and Buxton works
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrWp3gw_TIw
Peak Forest moving stone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrWem9mHkdE
Stourbridge Town Station – Flywheel power!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra0_CMgFLN8
Stourbridge Junction Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD1z8fp6bSs
(Martin Miller)

London Railway Roundabout November 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIOU-0p_F_Y
45305, A Day in Life, 18th November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHL_dJvS8DM
70000 Britannia returns, 2nd December
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETzv2wjcabs
Australian Trains – 6029 in the West, Clandulla-Kandos-Rylstone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PSz7igJBHU
Lok Hoya bleibt in der Steigung liegen, 1st May
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUTE_xD60mw
Die Jumbos kommen! Dampffinale im Werratal 2018 Tag 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC4jwH8O5Tg
50 3501 auf der Fahrt von Meiningen nach Gera, 2nd December
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLrn5k3alFA
Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours, 25th November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMyTt9DlgXg
Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours, The Illuminations 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcZNgWatsx0
Leicester Buses and Landmarks 2018 and 2019 Preview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdOlJfeNw1Q
Weathering Model Railway Coaches
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS6z3BWbzv0
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Emergency speed restriction advice from RAIB
https://goo.gl/FajHv9
Watercress the link between the crop and railway
https://goo.gl/KaZVYj
35005 Canadian Pacific blog
https://preservation.watercressline.co.uk/blog/entry/its-christmas
Jubilee Line door open buttons for sale
https://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/christmas-gifts/for-collectors/jubilee-line-buttons
RhB Engadin line engineering works 2019
https://www.rhb.ch/en/company/projects-dossiers/total-closure-of-the-lower-engadin-line
Linesiding in Western Canada
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We7jyYPDDlw
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

60009 ‘Union Of South Africa’ On Tricky Terrain – Plymouth Xmas Market
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHIAkL_-uA0
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

The history of level crossings
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/the-history-of-level-crossings/

Reality Check: Where does your train fare go?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46398947

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IN THE NEWS

Rail passengers asked to look out for their friends’ safety this Christmas
https://goo.gl/eC5Bsh

Williams railways review to look at ‘all options’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46476431

Chairman of HS2 resigns
https://www.railjournal.com/regions/europe/chairman-of-crossrail-and-hs2-resigns/

MPs call for fare freeze for those most affected by rail timetable fiasco
https://goo.gl/HK74xP
Rail chaos: GTR ordered to spend £15m on improvements for passengers
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46432260

Extensions to Oyster card area announced
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-46397470

Kings Cross resignalling deferred
https://goo.gl/fsYWhU

Flood barriers to be installed on Newhaven branch
https://goo.gl/io5JfX

Special Stop at Watford for Man City players
https://goo.gl/94pwFA

Suggestion of MAGLEV to Barrow Gurney
https://goo.gl/E17n6Z

Two new railway lines into Bristol Temple Meads completed to help improve passenger journeys
https://tinyurl.com/yawm3ref

‘It’s a joke!’ – MPs slam ‘crawling bone-shaker’ trains on Crewe-Derby line
https://goo.gl/ANCp1f

West Yorkshire PC sacked for dodging train fares
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-46442800

Overhaul of Tees Valley’s two biggest stations gets £45m boost, but DfT help still needed
https://tinyurl.com/y7latzbr

Scotrail and RMT dispute resolved
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46456970

ScotRail stations open for new business
https://www.scotrail.co.uk/about-scotrail/news/scotrail-stations-open-new-business

The case for reopening the Edinburgh Suburban & South Side line
https://www.citymetric.com/transport/here-s-case-reopening-edinburgh-s-lost-circle-line-4377

Dingwall Level Crossing upgrades delivered
https://goo.gl/c7nDHA

New class 40000 coaches ordered by Northern Ireland Railways
https://goo.gl/pdSdzo

Head of department changes at WSR
https://goo.gl/f2e8ga

WSR long service awards
https://goo.gl/ozLkgn

Free public transport in Luxembourg from 2020?
https://futurism.com/luxembourg-public-transportation-free/
https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2018/1206/1015685-luxembourg-public-transport/

New Stadler multiple units ordered for TILO cross border Swiss/Italy service
https://goo.gl/Dz73Tt

New cross border service between Germany, Netherlands and Belgium postponed
https://www.railjournal.com/regions/europe/three-country-passenger-service-postponed/

Alstom to build an emu car per day for NS new Katowice factory
https://goo.gl/xSX3Ta

New electric locos for Uzbekistan railways
https://goo.gl/DB7sCb

Brightline propose Tampa-Orlando Inter City service
https://goo.gl/SUWurh

Funeral train for George HW Bush
https://goo.gl/19czjs

Ford Kicks Off Renovation of Detroit’s 105-Year-Old Michigan Central Station
https://goo.gl/fBMkZu

Volkswagen emissions settlement to fund low emission locos for Chicago METRA services
https://goo.gl/4dJpf9

Trains return to Churchill on Hudsons Bay
https://goo.gl/hns1gn

New high capacity grain cars enter service in Canada
https://goo.gl/LxaKUM

New Zealand Coastal Pacific reopens after earthquake damage
https://goo.gl/Mcu4PH

Testing of Caen light rail system started
https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/light-rail/caen-light-rail-testing-underway/

Chemnitz receives new trams from Skoda
https://www.railjournal.com/fleet/chemnitz-receives-first-skoda-forcity-tram/

Dispute over bus stops in Castletown Isle of Man
https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/parade-bus-stop-dispute-in-castletown/

Supersonic Bloodhound car project axed
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-46480342

Decaying paddle steamer PS Ryde to be restored
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-46385127

Call for huge Inchgreen dry dock to be ‘saved for the nation’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46371503

Self navigating ferry
https://goo.gl/a8yUis

Maersk aiming for zero CO2 emissions by 2050
https://www.ship-technology.com/news/maersk-zero-co2-emission/

NYK working towards fuel cell powered ships
https://goo.gl/C6Upbg

The First Official Report On Norway’s Sunken Frigate
https://goo.gl/rK1zH6

Southampton Airport expansion plan backed by public
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-46465109

Cargo plane in dive after controls failure
https://guernseypress.com/news/2018/12/07/cargo-plane-in-dive-after-controls-failure

Ryanair agrees deal with German pilot union VC
http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2018/1204/1014965-ryanair-passenger-numbers/

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

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TV and RADIO

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

08/12/18 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Hunt for the Arctic Ghost Ship” HMS Erebus

08/12/18 BBC Radio 4 2000-2100
“Pevsner: Through Outsider’s Eyes”

09/12/18 BBC2 1800-1900
“Britain’s Biggest Warship” HMS Queen Elizabeth 3/3

09/12/18 BBC4 2000-2100
“Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here”

10/12/18 BBC4 2000-2100
“Hidden Wales with Will Millard” 3/3

11/12/18 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Celebrity Lego Masters at Christmas”

11/12/18 ITV 2250-2320
“Heathrow: Britain’s Biggest Airport”

12/12/18 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Secrets of SS Great Britain”

13/12/18 BBC1 South West 1930-2000
“Coastal Path” A ride on the Paignton Steam Railway

15/12/18 BBC4 2000-2100
“The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner”

16/12/18 BBC4 2000-2100
“Concorde: a Supersonic Story”

16/12/18 Channel 5 2000-2100
“Inside Hamleys” A look at the toy shop

17/12/18 BBC1 1930-2000
“HS2: Going off the Rails?” Panorama

17/12/18 ITV 2000-2030
“Britain’s Busiest Motorway” The M25 5/6

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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

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
Bus 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

27/12/18 Alsager Railway Association Open Day
Club House is off Moorhouse Avenue, Alsager, ST7 2DH
(then follow signs to the Cadet Training Centre)
1100-1630
http://www.alsagerrailwayassociation.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

01/01/19 Isle of Wight Steam Railway: New Year’s Day Specials
http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

01/01/19 Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: New Year Trains & Fizz
http://www.e-v-r.com

01/01/19 Leek & Rudyard Railway: Welcome to New Year
http://www.rlsr.org

Cheers, Howard.
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