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problem out of my control, but this week I have reverted to the previous system (which wasn’t
working at all last week!)

NETWATCH

Erewash Valley Variety at Ilkeston Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fszfNP_RlDY
Shipley Gate Erewash Valley Line
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzsc-npTQ4w
Belper Station Interlude
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5byNOzFWbhk
(Martin Miller)

Tornado with the Mad Hatter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nITjW5wqvaw
(Barry Knapper)

‘Flying Scotsman’ & The Trespassers Who Ruin It!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQUSu4ES8zI
(Spotter: Barry Knapper)

Big Boy #4014 UP #844 Double header Cheyenne to Rawlins, Wyoming
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REgH3pT4IH0
2019 Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 Transcontinental Railroad Celebration
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBFJ52hxhTo
Soviet submarine found on the bottom of the Baltic Sea
http://tinyurl.com/y3sxltny
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

Great Central Railway ‘Goods Galore’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tmrIJCWsyU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33zH8ZUm7cE
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – Diesel & Mixed Traffic Gala 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z5trNrgofM
60103 & 61306 at York & Darlington Highland &Islands on 9th May 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBHJkMzt5WU
Mid Norfolk Railway Vintage Bus & Coach Day 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yvU1we5r8E
Große Ohren 01 066 und 01 118 mit Schnellzügen in Thüringer Wald
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8okwUtyKiXQ
Großohren 01 2066-7 und 01 2118-6 unterwegs im Thüringer Wald am 11.05.2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYN9TLhYafU
Golden Spike Celebration at Steam Into History
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnMZcHfDozk
First 2019 Run to Silverton on the D&SNGRR!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mj5C0LPGaw
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

The long slow death of rail franchising
http://www.christianwolmar.co.uk/2019/04/rail-876-the-long-slow-death-of-franchises/
c2c launch children’s rail safety book
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2019/05/c2c-launch-rail-safety-book.html
Lost ferret at Bognor Regis station
https://tinyurl.com/yyjb8sdp
Coed-y- Bleddiau cottage on FR wins tourism award
https://tinyurl.com/y5ett4ny
Double track railway in Caithness
https://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/05/11/caithness-double-track-narrow-gauge-line/
Edgware Road signal cabin still in use
https://londonist.com/london/transport/signal-box-edgware-road-station-tube
Board room problems at First Group.
http://tinyurl.com/y6h9eun6
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Lost Days of Steam radio documentary
https://www.mixcloud.com/boolong/lost-days-of-steam-radio-documentary/

The Kestrel Railway Books mystery pictures pages have been updated – follow the link from the 
home page
https://www.kestrelrailwaybooks.co.uk/

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IN THE NEWS

BT Police web site hacked
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48281494

Limit HS2 speeds and move terminus to cut costs, say Lords
http://tinyurl.com/y56gy57y

Stagecoach Rail Director to join Network Rail
https://www.stagecoach.com/media/news-releases/2019/2019-05-16.aspx

Balfour Beatty takes on managing more Network Rail MPVs
http://tinyurl.com/y2wnnz8v

Engineering train contracts for CP6
https://tinyurl.com/yynpr52m

Criticism of DfT app for disabled passengers
https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/rmt-reacts-with-disgust-to-dft-app-suggestion/

Bombardier use 3D printing for rolling stock spares
https://www.plasticsnewseurope.com/news/bombardier-invests-stratasys-3d-printer-rail-parts

35 years of Gatwick Express
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2019/05/happy-birthday-gatwick-express.html

Track components reused to restore sidings at Eastbourne
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2019/05/disused-railway-siding-brought-back-to-life.html

SWR refurbished trains launch delayed over door safety
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48295838

Children travel free promotion on South Western Railway at half term
http://tinyurl.com/y2q3hrn7

Complaints about no buffet or space for surfboards on GWR IET units
https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2019/05/13-new-gwr-iets-under-fire.html

BAM Nuttall appointed as Dawlish sea wall contractor
http://tinyurl.com/yydeluvr

Proposed expansion of Newton Abbot station
https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/new-vision-newton-abbot-railway-2863221

The time and date of the last High Speed Train to run
http://tinyurl.com/yygnoglc

First LNER Azuma in service
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME_AO9nMvak
https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/main-line/lner-introduces-first-azuma/

DfT and Abellio sign East Midlands franchise contract
http://tinyurl.com/y54ry4ez
Arriva sues government over East Midlands franchise
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48245323
https://www.railjournal.com/financial/arriva-legal-dft-east-midlands-franchise/

Queen Street window clean is a top glass job
http://tinyurl.com/y44x9uk6

Council backs plans for £100m global centre of rail excellence in Wales
https://tinyurl.com/y2stfc5e

Oh deer: Rambling ruminants lead to DART delay
http://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2019/0510/1048625-deer-causes-dart-delay/

Obituary: John Ransom, champion of railway and canal preservation
https://tinyurl.com/yxhovjlp

Great Western cart found in Wootton Bassett
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48237993

Proposed ticket office changes at Bishops Lydeard
https://tinyurl.com/y2glgmee

9351 restoration blog
https://www.wsra.org.uk/category/9351-blog/

Snapper Halt restoration
http://www.exmoor-associates.co.uk/2019/05/snapper-halt-track-panels/

Possible mainline ban for 60103 Flying Scotsman
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-48229400

Big Boy stubs its toe with derailment
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2019/05/16-big-boy-stubs-its-toe-with-derailment

Eurostar delays after Gare du Nord evacuated
https://is.gd/CRqNCA

Vegetarian menu on Eurostar for vegetarian week
https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2019/05/13-new-gwr-iets-under-fire.html

Eurostar guide for autistic passengers
https://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2037411

Zandvoort’s Formula 1 plans mean too much traffic for the railway
https://tinyurl.com/y228z9hh

Metrolink (California) rolling stock refurbishment contract awarded
http://tinyurl.com/yxzet49v

East African standard gauge development on hold
http://tinyurl.com/y4rw57ux

New target market for the Blue Train
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/business-48304115/luxury-train-travel-for-africans

Alfa-X, the world’s fastest bullet train – complete with a 72ft nose
http://tinyurl.com/yykwkcn5

A guide to London’s most stressful tube stations
https://www.railway-technology.com/features/londons-most-stressful-tube-stations/

Isle of Wight ferry failures blamed on ‘assembly errors’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-48295536

Wightlink to trial overnight FastCat sailings over the summer weekends
https://tinyurl.com/yxdzh3d9

Paddle steamer Waverley withdrawn for boiler replacement
https://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/

Scottish Government pressed on delays to new Calmac ferries
https://tinyurl.com/yy53nnhy

Light aircraft crash on A40 near Abergavenny
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48243610

RAF to get second hand jets as part of Wedgetail buy
https://tinyurl.com/y3jr7q8f

Berliners wonder why, 70 years after great airlift, new airport is a shambles
https://tinyurl.com/y5u4mu4a

Fuel truck hits Jazz Dash 8 in Toronto
http://tinyurl.com/y5wxqudv

Wheels up landing in Myanamar
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-48245203

Fatal seaplane collision near Ketchican, Alaska
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48264755

Problems with Boeing 737 Max raised last November by American Airlines pilots
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48281282

Science Museum plans 200 hectare site to show off lost treasures
https://tinyurl.com/y5ou3er2

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, John McCorriston, Reg Nerps

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TV and RADIO

18/05/19 BBC4 1900-1930
“The Return of Flying Scotsman”

18/05/19 Channel 4 1900-2000
“Great Canal Journeys” 1/5 Venice

18/05/19 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Britain’s Most Historic Towns” 1/6 Dover

18/05/19 Channel 5 2000-2100
“HMS Belfast: WW2’s Great Survivor”

19/05/19 ITV 2310-0010
“easyJet: Inside the Cockpit” 3/3

20/05/19 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great British Railway Journeys” Hessle to York

20/05/19 BBC4 2325-0025
“Clydebuilt: the Ships that Made the Commonwealth” 2/4 CS Mackay-Bennett

21/05/19 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great British Railway Journeys” Middlesbrough to Hexham

21/05/19 BBC4 2000-2100
“India’s Frontier Railways” 1/3 The Maitree Express

21/05/19 ITV 2030-2100
“Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport” 1/12

22/05/19 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great British Railway Journeys” Newcastle to Lindisfarne

22/05/19 ITV 2000-2030
“Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport” 2/12

22/05/19 BBC4 2100-2200
“Victorian Sensations with Hannah Fry” 1/3 Electric Dreams

23/05/19 Channel 5 2000-2100
“The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard” 2/6

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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

16/05/19- Severn Valley Railway: Spring Diesel Festival & Mixed Traction Day
18/05/19 https://www.SVR.co.uk

17/05/19 Gosport Railway Club
Methodist Church, 33 Stoke Road, Gosport, PO12 1TJ
“The history of Hythe, The Pier, Ferries and Railways” by Sarah Marden
Starts 1930
http://grsupdate40.blogspot.com/

17/05/19- Welsh Highland Railway: Rail-Ale Festival
19/05/19 https://www.festrail.co.uk/

18/05/19- Salisbury Model Railway Exhibition
19/05/19 Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton, SP2 0JS
https://www.sswrs.org.uk

18/05/19- Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Wallace & Gromit
19/05/19 http://www.bodminrailway.co.uk

18/05/19- EM Gauge Society – expoEM Spring
19/05/19 Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berks, RG12 9SE
https://www.emgs.org

18/05/19- Dean Forest Railway: 1940s Weekend
19/05/19 https://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/

18/05/19- Foxfield Railway: War Weekend
19/05/19 http://www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/

18/05/19- Immingham Model Railway Show
19/05/19 Immingham Museum & Civic Centre, Pelham Road, Immingham, DN40 1QF
https://www.imminghammuseum.org

19/05/19 The Garden Railway Show 2019
Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Wigman Road, Nottingham, NG8 4PB
https://www.gscalesociety.com

19/05/19 Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Watercress Festival
https://www.watercressline.co.uk/

20/05/19 Newbury and District Transport Group
The Community Space, Kennet Academy, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL
1915 for a prompt 1930 start
“A different view of The Southern” by Neil Kearns
Non-members welcome
Admission and car parking free, but donations towards expenses welcome

20/05/19 Peak Railway Association
Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
“Railways Remembered” a film show by Rob Foxon
Starts 1930, doors open 1900
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

20/05/19 Friends of the Cromford Canal
Ironville Church Hall, Casson St, Ironville, Nottingham, NG16 5NN
“The Ashby Canal” by Geoff Pursglove
Admission: £2, starts 1930
Non members welcome
http://www.cromfordcanal.info/

24/05/19- Churnet Valley Railway: Staffordshire at War
27/05/19 https://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk/

25/05/19 Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Jazz & Real Ale on Rails
https://www.e-v-r.com

25/05/19 Symposium: “Bollington Railway History Day” at the Civic Hall
above Bollington Library, Palmerston Street, Bollington, Macclesfield, SK10 5JX
Two sessions:
1100-1300 “Browse the Records” a chance to study early railway maps and plans of 
the
MB&MR, and of Bollington from the 1840s onwards, specially brought over for the day
from Chester by the Cheshire Archive Service – open to all
1330-1630 “The Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway Revisited” – an 
afternoon
of illustrated talks, photographs, film and documents with three expert speakers, 
David
Kitching (Poynton), Ian Moss (Marple) and Martin Welch (Macclesfield)
Tickets for the second part of the day are £5.00, payable at the door or in advance
through the Festival website – refreshments will be available
https://www.bollingtonfestival.org.uk .

25/05/19- RAILEX
26/05/19 Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury, HP21 9PP
https://www.railex.org.uk

25/05/19- Isle of Wight Steam Railway: Spring Locomotive Gala
27/05/19 https://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

25/05/19- Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway: Cotswold Festival of Steam
27/05/19 https://www.gwsr.com

25/05/19- Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Kids Go Free
27/05/19 https://www.e-v-r.com

25/05/19- Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum: Bournemouth Trolleybuses Pageant
27/05/19 Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster, DN8 5SX
https://www.sandtoft.org

25/05/19- Fairbourne Miniature Railway: Annual Steam Gala
27/05/19 https://www.fairbournerailway.com

26/05/19 Corris Railway: Special Gala Day
http://www.corris.co.uk

26/05/19- Helston Railway: Return to the ’40s
27/05/19 https://www.helstonrailway.co.uk

26/05/19- Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Spring Steam Gala
27/05/19 https://www.bucksrailcentre.org

26/05/19- Middleton Top Engine House Steaming
27/05/19 Engine in motion 1300-1630
http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/

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