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NETWATCH

Churnet Valley Railway Steam Gala 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h67Is80UK0g
Banking on Boltons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xXIoHfHv58
(Barry Knapper)

7029 Clun Castle Returns to The Mainline! Loaded Test Runs 21st February
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I0YvK9gOCw
7029 Clun Castle near Dorridge, 26/02/19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ8-L2_EyAA
Churnet Valley Railway, Winter Steam Gala 2019, Saturday 23rd February
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFLzISGw6QY
Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express 23 Feb 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEDSXMkMR9Y
GWR 813 & 7714 – Gems Of The Severn Valley Railway (2019)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3k8lrjghaw
February 2019 Half Term on the Severn Valley Railway
What do you want from RTR model makers? 24th Feb update
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRu0Rxa3iWA
Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours February Winter Gold 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA9ZAaVRuwI
Swiss Trains: Bernina Pass Descent, Alp Grüm – Cavaglia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVZVkWZQoHk
41 360 gibt alles in der Steigung
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApM2U53Gjcw
Mit 58 311 in den steigungsreichen Westerwald
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rwhl-Kzf0U
Snowstorm on the Durango & Silverton – 476 Flanger Extra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfppt2hdZrw
The Nevada Northern Railway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nluSEbKwKH4
Longest Staright Section of Railway in the World: Trains on the Trans Australian Railway #9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DYEVnc–7M
Steamship ‘Shieldhall’ And Engine Room In Rough Seas – August 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXmjEJVeMxg
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Broken railway franchise system
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47378448
Jessie’s Seat
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/people-and-the-railway-jessies-seat/
Railway related places to stay in Wales
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/travel/unique-beautiful-places-stay-wales-15863618
University of Cambridge historic aerial photographs
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-47319251
Delta Airlines warehouse sale
https://goo.gl/xkQDqS
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Nine videos about Blea Moor have been made available on the FARSAP section of the Signalling 
Record Society website
https://www.s-r-s.org.uk/archivevideo.php
(John Lacy)

The North Staffordshire Line Community Rail Partnership (Crewe-Stoke-Derby)
http://www.northstaffsrail.org.uk/

Model Railroading with Jack Burgess, Ep 5, Modelling with Styrene 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdeJJX-bxmg
Model Railroading with Jack Burgess, Ep 6, Modelling with Styrene 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTgLVDCfVC8

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IN THE NEWS

Rail passengers face another difficult year, warn MPs
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47376537

Scientists developing robots to clean train carriages
https://goo.gl/Hx5c4J

Virgin Trains rolls out Alexa feature to assist disabled passengers
https://goo.gl/wsqxpr

Crossrail bosses hope for new timetable estimate but Khan admits no confidence about opening 
date
https://tinyurl.com/y6n2acyb

Willesden Euro terminal cranes demolished for HS2
https://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/willesden-cranes-make-way-for-hs2

Drivers vacancies at Great Western
https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/firstgroup-hiring-westcountry-train-drivers-2580203

St Austell footbridge removed for preservation at Helston Railway
https://goo.gl/kugcWk

Railway station may return to Shepton Mallet
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-47290855

Anglia class 745 arrives at Crown point to start testing
https://goo.gl/9rLbKN

10th anniversary of Corby station
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-47337015

Relaunch of historic railway line for passengers could mean a huge boost for tourism
https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/burton-leicester-railway-reopen-benefits-2579885

Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport 
vision
https://tinyurl.com/y5e3n73a

Final 100mph speed checks on newly electrified Manchester to Preston railway
https://goo.gl/GcDmFr
https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2019/02/22-final-test-train-runs-on.html

First refurbished class 333 unit for Northern
https://goo.gl/kWq7bL

Restoration of Gisburn tunnel
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/the-ribble-valley-turrets-restoring-unique-railway-history/

First electric train runs on the Shotts line
https://goo.gl/WtpKpZ

Consultation for sale of Cardiff Valleys infrastructure to Transport for Wales
https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2019/02/25-network-rail-launches-sale-of.html

Brighton Belle could return to railway with a few modern twists after £6m restoration
https://goo.gl/WQM1Ai

1450 to visit Didcot for the summer
https://goo.gl/s6swiB

Caledonian 419 to visit GWSR spring gala
http://gwsrsteamloco.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-second-gala-visiting-loco-is.html

Caledonian 419 to visit North Norfolk Railway in April
https://goo.gl/AzKWUa

Gertrude moved from WHHR Porthmadog to Leighton Buzzard
https://goo.gl/5Z26zD

Ballater Royal Station and Stonehaven restoration project shortlisted for building awards
https://tinyurl.com/y5fmyk9p

Bradford care home turns room into train carriage
https://goo.gl/jJuP4P

Eurostar owner allays Brexit chaos fears
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47365583

SBB joins Open RCTS foundation
https://goo.gl/83QFmV

Follo Line tunnelling completed
https://goo.gl/Yw4gg2

Small Dutch stations to benefit from €65m improvement programme
https://goo.gl/9ssx5p

AMTRAK train stuck for 24 hours after hitting a fallen tree
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/26/amtrak-train-delay-passengers-stuck-hit-tree

Cairo station fire: Train driver ‘left brakes off’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-47401140

Amtrak train stranded for over 36 hours returns to Eugene
https://goo.gl/Ge5T5n

London transport network junk food advert ban starts
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47318803

London Underground 1938 stock on tour
https://goo.gl/48qwf4

Council set to back Edinburgh tram extension
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-47402066

Drop in bus travel in Scotland
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-47388550

Celebrations mark Sheffield & Tinsley canal bicentenary
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-47333264

Foreign flagged ships detained in the UK during January
https://goo.gl/gyzv6W

Expansion at the port of Tilbury
https://www.acenet.co.uk/news/industry/green-light-for-port-of-tilbury-s-200m-expansion/

Windermere chain ferry out of service for 3 weeks
https://www.in-cumbria.com/news/17448859.windermere-ferry-out-of-action-for-three-weeks/

BEA A319 to be next British Airways retrojet
https://goo.gl/3ybYoq

Inter-island flight market shrinks by 27% in five years
https://goo.gl/B8Fce5

Blue Islands warns of losses as Aurigny returns to Jersey route
https://goo.gl/3jLpSU

Bangladesh plane ‘hijacker’ shot dead by special forces
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-47350138

Flights through Pakistani airspace reduced or diverted
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47392300

Video shows Atlas 767F in ‘steep’ dive prior to crash: NTSB
https://goo.gl/Cimdfn

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, John McCorriston, Simon Moppett, Reg Nerps, Andrew 
Nummelin, Mike Price, Mike Prince

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TV and RADIO

02/03/19 BBC4 2000-2100
“Concorde: a Supersonic Story”

02/03/19 Channel 5 2000-2100
“Edwardian Britain in Colour” 2/2

03/03/19 Channel 5 1800-1855
“Inside Hamleys: the World’s Most Famous Toy Store”

04/03/19 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Indian Railway Journeys” 5/6 Lucknow to Kolkata (1)

04/03/19 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson” 2/6

05/03/19 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Indian Railway Journeys” 6/6 Lucknow to Kolkata (2)

06/03/19 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” 1/10 Tula to St Petersburg

06/03/19 BBC4 2100-2200
“James May’s Big Trouble in Model Britain” A look at Hornby 1/2

06/03/19 BBC4 2200-2300
“The Joy of Train Sets: the Model Railway Story”

06/03/19 BBC4 2300-0000
“Sailors, Ships and Stevedores: the Story of British Docks”

07/03/19 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” 2/10 St Petersburg

07/03/19 BBC4 2100-2200
“WWII: Operation Crossbow”

07/03/19 BBC4 2200-2300
“Britain at War: Imperial War Museums at 100”

07/03/19 BBC4 2300-0000
“Bridging the Gap: How the Severn Bridge Was Built”

08/03/19 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” 3/10 Rome to Sicily

08/03/19 Channel 5 1900-2000
“Edwardian Britain in Colour” 1/2

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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

01/03/19 RCTS Bristol
St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
AGM and Members Evening
Starts 1930 (room open from 1900)
A donation of £1 (members) or £2 (non-members) is requested
https://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/bristol/

02/03/19 Gauge O Guild – Spring Show, Kettering
Kettering Leisure Village, Thurston Drive, Kettering, NN15 6PB
https://www.gaugeOguild.com

02/03/19- Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Exhibition
03/03/19 Royal Leamington Spa College, Warwick New Road,CV32 5JE
https://www.lwmrs.co.uk

02/03/19- Romsey & District Railway Modellers Society – Romsey 2019
03/03/19 Crosfield Hall, Romsey, Hants, SO51 8GL
https://www.rdrms.com

02/03/19- Mansfield Model Railway Exhibition
03/03/19 St Peters Church Hall, Church Side, Mansfield, NG18 1AP
https://www.mansfieldmodelrailway.co.uk

02/03/19- Preston Model Railway Exhibition
03/03/19 Sports Hall, Preston College Fulwood Campus, St Vincents Road, PR2 8UR
https://www.prestonanddistrictmrs.org.uk

03/03/19 Cosham Indoor Transport Fair
Cosham Community Centre, Wotton Street, Cosham, PO6 3AP

03/03/19 Chesham Model Railway Exhibition
White Hill Centre, Chesham, HP5 1AG
http://www.chesham-mrc.co.uk/

04/03/19 Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
The Underhill Centre, St. John’s Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
“Great Western Railway in Devon & Cornwall” by Howard Sprenger
Doors open 1930, talk starts 1945
http://www.hias.org.uk/

04/03/19 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“Trains and Terrains” by Geoff Proctor
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

06/03/19 Bideford Railway Heritage Centre
Pannier Pantry, 1 Bridgeland Street, Barnstaple
“The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway and its Exciting Future”
Free entry
1900 for a 1930 start
https://www.bidefordrailway.co.uk/

08/03/19- Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Spring Steam Gala
10/03/19 https://www.watercressline.co.uk/

08/03/19- Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: Spring Gala
10/03/19 https://www.kwvr.co.uk/

09/03/19 Norfolk Railway Society Annual Show
Poringland Community Centre, Overtons Way, Poringland, NR14 7BW
http://www.norfolkrailwaysociety.org.uk/

09/03/19- Basingstoke Model Railway Show
10/03/19 Aldworth Science College, Western Way, Basingstoke, RG22 6HQ
https://www.basingstokemrs.org

09/03/19- Macclesfield Model Railway Group Exhibition
10/03/19 Tytherington School, Manchester Road, Macclesfield, SK10 2EE
https://www.macclesfieldmrg.org.uk

12/03/19 Great Western Society Bristol Group
BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG
“Island Treasures (Isle of Wight)” by Colin Brading
Starts at 1930 (room open from 1900)
Non-members welcome – suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses
http://www.gwsbristol.org

13/03/19 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“From Railways to Royalty” by Jack Boskett
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/

14/03/19 Radyr Local History Society
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“Confessions of a Trolleybus Enthusiast” by Stephen Phillips
1930-2200
https://www.radyr.org.uk/clubs/743-2/

15/03/19 Gosport Railway Club
Methodist Church, 33 Stoke Road, Gosport, PO12 1TJ
“The Selsey Tramway” by Bill Gage
Starts 1930
http://grsupdate40.blogspot.com/

15/03/19- Severn Valley Railway: Spring Steam Gala
17/03/19 https://www.SVR.co.uk

16/03/19 Transport Collectors Market
Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, London, W4 4JN

16/03/19 Abingdon & District Model Railway Club Exhibition
Abingdon & Witney College, Wootton Road, Abingdon, OX14 1GG
http://www.admrc.org.uk/

16/03/19 Kidderminster Railway Museum Film Show
Station Approach, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster, DY10 1QX
“Never Again – Tales from the Master Neverers” by members of the MNA
1930 to about 2200
http://www.krm.org.uk/

16/03/19- Wimborne Railway Society – Wimrail 2019
17/03/19 Queen Elizabeth’s School, Blandford Road, Wimborne, BH214DT
https://www.wimrail.org.uk

16/03/19- Midlands Garden Rail Show
17/03/19 Warwickshire Event Centre, CV31 1XN
https://www.midlandsgardenrailshow.co.uk

16/03/19- Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Multiple Memories Railcar Gala
17/03/19 https://www.e-v-r.com

16/03/19- Perth Green MRC (Jarrow) Model RailwayExhibition
17/03/19 Perth Green Community Centre, Inverness Road, Jarrow, NE32 4AQ
https://www.perthgreenmrc.org

17/03/19 Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Kids for a Quid
https://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

Cheers, Howard.
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