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*** This is the last Raildate of 2019
*** The next issue will be published on or around 12th January
*** Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers
*** And a huge “thank you” to all our contributors

NETWATCH

Mainline Steam Lineside 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh9cmKiEp2Y
44871 & 76017 Haul Mid Hants Railtours, 14th & 17th December
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lwqdE8M3fU
High Speed East Coast Steam – 6233 & 60009 ‘The Christmas White Rose’, 15th December
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4xRI4r5nj4
Festive Steam 6233 Duchess of Sutherland & 60009 Union of South Africa, 15th December
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLJNW2Ykkyk
LMS 48151 Barks up Wilpshire on the Santa Special, 16th December
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a5ckPmZrEE
Finland: Trains at Helsinki Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUe05zC3mi8
94 1538 von Schleusingerneundorf zur Bahnhofsweihnacht am Rennsteig
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cgEj_q8oBs
Die Jumbos kommen! Dampffinale im Werratal 2018 Tag 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66aH71r_8I8
Dampf zum 3. Advent in Sachsen, 15th December
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBXwOJbqLYQ
Victorian Railways K Class On The Branchline – K153 and K190
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm557urcmL0
Metrolink Trams at Manchester Victoria – 8th December
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja17CuoGnLg
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Tyne & Wear Metro to feature in TV documentary series
https://goo.gl/rXef6A
NYMR Civil Engineering blog
https://www.nymr.co.uk/blog/civil-engineering-diary-late-november-2018
Borough Market Jn signalling
https://goo.gl/Nu8Uny
http://www.wbsframe.mste.co.uk/public/Borough_Market_Junction.html
Gotthardbahn North Ramp (Old line) cab ride
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA7xH9ZFvhE
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

43020 & 43162 hauling 43079 + OC47 + 43180 arrive into Totnes on 5Z77, 18th December
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAYnYhzCpCo
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum – Enniskillen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hOcJlN3gTI
(Spotter: Nick Wheat)

General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society
https://www.35011gsn.co.uk/
(Spotter: Andy Fish)

Railwalks – to share and promote scenic walks from railway stations across the UK
http://railwalks.co.uk/

Smart ships using the wind and air bubbles to save fuel
https://goo.gl/GV3cBN

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IN THE NEWS

Vivarail moves ahead with battery deal
https://goo.gl/ZwkM76

Beacon Rail purchases COLAS loco fleet
https://goo.gl/oyQSSG

LNER offer free travel for passengers disrupted by Gatwick drone closure
https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/lner-gatwick-free-travel-glasgow-15578997

Swale is the quietest station in Kent
https://goo.gl/PpBS8q

Public inquiry into closure of footpath crossing in Whitstable
https://goo.gl/9tDJef

North Somerset Council funding for reopening Portishead branch
https://goo.gl/usFspC

Mendip Rail awards haulage contract to Freightliner
https://goo.gl/2Mqpw8

Footpath crossing to remain open despite misuse
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-46616746

New Greater Anglia Bi-mode train on test
https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/new-greater-anglia-train-takes-to-tracks-1-5820360

Greater Anglia to remove First Class from most services
https://goo.gl/qGbECU

Work to build footbridge at Lincoln Brayford Wharf level crossing
https://goo.gl/BsG8Cr

Electric trains to operate between Walsall and Rugeley from May 2019
https://goo.gl/rYQo1d

Pendolino is first electric train through Bolton
https://www.railengineer.uk/2018/12/14/pendolino-is-first-electric-train-through-bolton/

Trans Pennine loco hauled stock on test
https://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/2764870/video—nova-train-on-test-at-york/

Delay to new Northern fleet entering service
https://goo.gl/YA3i7c

Full trains service resumed through Ayr
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-46619170

ScotRail boss Alex Hynes promises improvements
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46595785

Springburn Works to close
https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/springburn-works-to-close

GWR 1466 leaves Didcot GWS for overhaul
https://goo.gl/Rdov6s

CFL (Luxembourg) order Alstom multiple units
https://goo.gl/vT5sdt

SOB orders more Stadler FLIRT units
https://goo.gl/5FcAMw

SBB order Stadler multiple units
https://goo.gl/XBCE4E

Heavy freight locos delivered to Azerbaijan Railways
https://goo.gl/vUo7d4

Richards Bay line in South Africa blocked by derailment
https://af.reuters.com/article/investingNews/idAFKCN1OJ1N8-OZABS

Norfolk Southern to move HQ to Atlanta
https://goo.gl/cFh2zq

Costa Rica orders new DMUs
https://goo.gl/YiZv9h

Work starts on “Inland Corridor” across part of Australia
https://goo.gl/Dm58ka

HIE takes control of CairnGorm Mountain
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46566040

Tram accident in Lisbon
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46577352

Bus shelter and cattle trough get listed status
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-46618992

Stagecoach abandons North American subsidiary
https://goo.gl/A1aMYB

Electric buses for National Express West Midlands
https://www.machinery-market.co.uk/news/22687/First-fully-electric-bus-trialled-

Met Police nuisance 999 calls: Annoying bus drivers and tardy pub grub
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46633632

Severn bridges: Final day of at least 800 years of tolls
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46539168

Bloodhound supersonic car project saved
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-46591860

Elon Musk launches high-speed underground tunnel
https://goo.gl/zX7v2X

Wightlink ferry speed restrictions introduced after fires
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-46593604

Russian cargo ship runs aground off Cornwall coast
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-46602615

‘Major incident’ as lorries topple on Larne to Cairnryan ferry
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-46604175

Ferguson Marine says it will lose £40m on new CalMac ferries
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-46632583

NY-based real estate group plans to revitalize SS United States
https://goo.gl/B7HcWp

Gatwick closed by unauthorised drones
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-46640033
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-46632892

Stansted Airport: Drone ‘missed landing plane by 15m’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-46540592

Emirates to use A380 for Glasgow when Dubai runway shuts
https://goo.gl/nsezRr

BA to restore Islamabad flights after more than a decade
https://goo.gl/EHaPyh

SIA 777 excursion at Munich sparked by ILS interference
https://goo.gl/zmCaAo

Boeing completes Ryanair 737-800 deliveries
https://goo.gl/jGtf7W

Spotters: Brian Billing, Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps

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TV and RADIO

22/12/18 BBC4 1930-2055
“The Toys That Made Christmas”

24/12/18 BBC2 0925-1130
“Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines” 1962 comedy film

26/12/18 BBC1 2100-2200
“The ABC Murders” Agatha Christie’s ABC Railway Guide whodunnit 1/3

28/12/18 BBC2 1030-1130
“Great Indian Railway Journeys” Amritsar to Shimia

27/12/18 Channel 5 2000-2100
“Paddington Station 24/7”

27/12/18 BBC1 2100-2200
“The ABC Murders” Part 2

28/12/18 BBC2 1130-1230
“Great Indian Railway Journeys” Jodhpur to Delhi

28/12/18 BBC4 1900-2000
“Flying Scotsman – Sounds from the Footplate”

28/12/18 BBC1 2100-2200
“The ABC Murders” Part 3

29/12/18 BBC2 0930-1030
“Great Indian Railway Journeys” Mysuru to Chennai

31/12/18 BBC2 1150-1250
“Great Indian Railway Journeys” Lucknow to Kolkata

31/12/18 Channel 4 1520-1750
“The Dam Busters” 1954 WW2 drama

31/12/18 BBC4 1900-2000
“The Trains That Time Forgot: Britain’s Lost Railway Journeys”

01/01/19 BBC1 1300-1445
“The Railway Children” 1970 movie

02/01/19 BBC2 0940-1100
“The Titfield Thunderbolt” 1952 Ealing comedy

02/01/19 Channel 5 1900-2000
“Colossal Cruise Ship” Freedom of the Seas

03/01/19 BBC2 0805-0940
“Angels One Five” 1952 WW2 drama

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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

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

04/01/19 RCTS Bristol
St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
“From Hawksworth to Hellfire, Swindon Works 1939-86” by Branch Chairman, Brian 
Arman
Starts 1930 (room open from 1900)
A donation of £1 (members) or £2 (non-members) is requested
https://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/bristol/

08/01/19 Great Western Society Bristol Group
BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
“Paddington to Bristol Before 1892” by Brian Arman
Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
Non-members welcome – suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses
http://www.gwsbristol.org

09/01/19 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
Annual General Meeting plus…
“Behind the Iron Curtain: (Mainly) Narrow-gauge Steam in East Germany, 1970-1992”
by Nigel Wassell
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/

12/01/19 DEFine Modellers Day
Risley Memorial Village Hall, Derby Road, Risley,Derby, DE72 3SU
http://www.definemodellers.wordpress.com

12/01/19- Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition
13/01/19 Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ
http://www.cmra.org.uk

20/01/19 Astolat Model Railway Circle – Guildford Model Railway Exhibition
Surrey Sports Park Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, GU2 7AD
http://www.astolatmrc.co.uk

Cheers, Howard.
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