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NETWATCH

Churnet Valley Railway. Steam Gala 2008
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB0qJjI5VFA
(Barry Knapper)

Mid Hants Railway Spring Gala 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOatVPGDBfI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s5BGOU_9AE
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Spring Steam Gala 2019, Saturday 9th March
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aapbzVJoEQ
A Spring day of action at Eardington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkKIKHSRIy4
East Lancashire Railway Spring Steam Gala 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0tMVX7gdNw
SR 926 ‘Repton’ on the Nene Valley Railway – 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqE8rEyD_2Y
Mayflower Solo Return Debut
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra4XWezuGNk
Abschied vom alten Bahnhof Köthen mit V60, E42, V100 2.3.2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXGHbh5WBFI
58 1111-2 mit Güterzug unterwegs auf alten G 12-Einsatzstrecken
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJMteNHxj7I
Bridgton & Saco River #7 (Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAZ53i5N-D8
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Refurbishing Barking station
https://goo.gl/9yg2rn
How to cut electrification costs
https://goo.gl/oDbDPi
Instructions on how to use unrefurbished HSTs in Scotland
https://www.scotrail.co.uk/travelling-classic-intercity-trains
Open top tours of Berlin U-Bahn
https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2019/03/11/open-top-underground-railway-tunnel-tours/
Tours of London Transport architecture
https://goo.gl/NeN36B
Private monorail under London, not accessible for visits
https://goo.gl/zMs4au
Reasons to use London buses instead of the Underground
https://goo.gl/2rpE3y
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

All the disused railway stations you could soon catch a train from in Merseyside
https://goo.gl/kaxWSq

Weirs and aerial walkways: the Bristol that might have been
https://goo.gl/aaZNFy

Cutty Sark 150th anniversary (UK), BBC News, 2nd February 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGrWjmtZSNk
HMY Britannia 1959 to Chicago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SITRLZgL5w8
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

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IN THE NEWS

LNER Azumas cleared for passenger service
https://goo.gl/rA1Fsz

GoVia Thameslink fined for May 2018 timetable troubles
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47567034

Earthslip near Wadhurst
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47567883

Proposals for refurbishment of Newbury station
https://goo.gl/Tg27ys

Staff training for new Stadler bi-mode trains for Greater Anglia
https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/greater-anglia-train-simulators-video-1-5938658

Preferred bidders announced for track renewal contracts
https://goo.gl/38bns6

Extra direct Lincoln to London trains coming this summer
https://goo.gl/EShRzC

Fresh calls to reconnect Fleetwood’s rail links
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-47494679

‘Great merit’ in reopening Eastriggs, Thornhill and Beattock stations
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-47583205

Thrown stone damages train windscreen at Galashiels
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-47530262

Opening of new £1.2m railway bridge reconnects Paisley communities
https://goo.gl/AvPsgH

Aberdeen MP claims north-east village being ‘cut off’ from Glasgow train route
https://tinyurl.com/y64a7mez

Aberdeen welcomes first steam engine in 25 years
https://goo.gl/tukGj4
https://goo.gl/kktYZ7

Class 385 Hitachi units to replace “happy trains” (class 365) in Scotland
https://goo.gl/Zn9ghm

Class 19 (former DVT) test run
https://www.railexpress.co.uk/class-19-on-trial/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KAQxwKHSAE

Train passengers forced to wear coats to shield from the rain
https://goo.gl/36MsVX

B1 1264 to attend GWSR May gala
https://goo.gl/LNV2Hi

35018 to work special train in memory of Nigel Dobbing
https://goo.gl/j8Bbsk

Eurostar advises passengers not to travel unless ‘absolutely necessary’
https://goo.gl/BrVT8K

Italy halts bids for Turin-Lyon train tunnel
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47511983

Details of new DB Talgo trains
https://goo.gl/wnRAuZ

Extension to Edinburgh trams to Leith approved
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-47555231

Bus fire at Polegate
https://goo.gl/sHTYax

Cow Lane bridge at Reading opened for two way traffic and double deck buses
https://goo.gl/msaKxA

Needles Breezer running from 9th March 2019
http://www.islandbuses.info/article.shtml?articleid=9084

Walks on bottom of Caledonian Canal
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-47496621

Japan ferry ‘hits whale’, injuring more than 80 on board
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-47509017

Historic Lincoln aircraft engine factory torn down
https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2019/03/historic-lincoln-aircraft-engine-factory-torn-down/

Stobart is to take over the management of UK regional airport Durham Tees Valley
https://goo.gl/B699hZ

Fatal crash near Addis Ababa
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-47513508
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-47519467

Boeing 737 Max aircraft grounded until May
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47567039

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Andrew Nummelin, Andy Sollis

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TV and RADIO

16/03/19 BBC2 1730-1830
“James May’s Cars of the People” 1/3

16/03/19 Channel 4 1900-2000
“Great Canal Journeys” The Nile

17/03/19 Channel 5 1900-2000
“Building the World’s Most Luxurious Cruise Ship”

17/03/19 BBC4 2000-2100
“James May’s Big Trouble in Model Britain” A look at Hornby 2/2

18/03/19 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” 9/10 France

18/03/19 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson” 4/6

19/03/19 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” 10/10 Marseilles

20/03/19 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” 1/10 The Balkans

21/03/19 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” 2/10 Istanbul

22/03/19 BBC2 1830-1900
“Great Continental Railway Journeys” 3/10 Vienna

15/03/19 Channel 5 2000-2100
“HMS Victory: Nelson’s Great Warship” 1/6

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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

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 Railway Exhibition
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

18/03/19 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
“The Devon Belle Part Two” by Ken Mumford
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

22/03/19- Swanage Railway: Flying Scotsman
10/03/19 http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk

23/03/19- Statfold Barn Railway: Family Day
24/03/19 http://www.statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk

23/03/19- Ribble Steam Railway: Spring Diesel Gala
24/03/19 http://www.ribblesteam.org.uk

24/03/19 Alsager Railway Association: 0 Gauge Open Day
Off Moorhouse Avenue, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 2DH
1300-1600
http://www.alsagerrailwayassociation.co.uk/

27/03/19 RCTS South Wales
Grand Hotel, Port Talbot, SA13 1DE
“Re-shaping Rail in South Wales – the Railways of Briton Ferry and District”
by Philip Adams (co-author of the recently published book of the same title)
Starts 1930
https://www.radyr.org.uk/clubs/5984-2/

30/03/19 Kidderminster Railway Museum Film Show
Station Approach, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster, DY10 1QX
“Worcestershire and the Severn Valley” an evening of films with Michael Clemens
1930 to about 2200
http://www.krm.org.uk/

30/03/19- Sheffield Model Railway Enthusiasts Exhibition
31/03/19 Birkdale School, Oakholme Road, Sheffield, S10 3DH
https://www.sheffieldmodelrailwayenthusiasts.com/

01/04/19 Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
The Underhill Centre, St. John’s Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
“Trolleybus Technology – the early days” by John Stainforth
Doors open 1930, talk starts 1945
http://www.hias.org.uk/

01/04/19 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“From Monochrome to Fujichrome” by Peter Skelton
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

05/04/19 RCTS Bristol
St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, BS34 7BX
“Penwyllt – The Neath & Brecon Railway Country Station” by Tudor Watkins & John 
Miles
Starts 1930 (room open from 1900)
A donation of £1 (members) or £2 (non-members) is requested
https://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/bristol/

05/04/19- Mid-Norfolk Railway: Spring Diesel Event
07/04/19 http://www.mnr.org.uk

05/04/19- North Norfolk Railway: That’s Yer Lot Gala
07/04/19 http://www.nnrailway.co.uk

05/04/19- Didcot Railway Centre: Launch of The Saint
07/04/19 https://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

06/04/19 N Gauge South East
Riddlesdown Collegiate, Honister Heights, Purley, CR8 1EX
https://www.ngaugesoutheast.co.uk

06/04/19 West Wiltshire Model Railway Circle Exhibition
Holt Village Hall, The Street, Holt, BA14 6QH
http://www.westwiltsmrc.club/

06/04/19 South East Bus Festival
Detling, near Maidstone, Kent
1000–1600
https://kentshowground.co.uk/heritage-transport-show/

06/04/19 Kidderminster Railway Museum Film Show
Station Approach, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster, DY10 1QX
“Railways Remembered” a special programme for the KRM with Rob Foxon
1930 to about 2200
http://www.krm.org.uk/

06/04/19- Nailsea Model Railway Show
07/04/19 Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, BS48 2HJ
https://www.nailsea-district-mrc.co.uk

06/04/19- South Devon Railway: 50th Anniversary Gala
14/04/19 http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

06/04/19- Kent & East Sussex Railway: Lego Bricks Civilisations Show
22/04/19 https://www.kesr.org.uk

Cheers, Howard.
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