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NETWATCH

Railway pension confusion and the possible end of franchising
https://www.christianwolmar.co.uk/2019/04/rail-877-pensions-confusion-spells-death-of-franchising/
Hitachi depot at Doncaster
https://tinyurl.com/yxcye644
East Midlands Trains – dog training guide
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2019/05/east-midlands-trains-release-dog-train-ing-guide.html
Train from Wigan to North Korea
https://tinyurl.com/yxcye644
GWSR heritage blog
https://haylesabbeyhalt.blogspot.com/2019/05/another-block-in-wall.html
WSR infrastructure blog
http://www.wsr.org.uk/news.htm#1780
Research agreement on hybrid and electric aircraft
https://tinyurl.com/y3eew3ep
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

A Performance To Remember: Black 5 44871 – The Cathedrals Express – 23rd May 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kanpRi8KfE
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Cotswold Festival of Steam 2019, Sunday 26th May
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lfThEy8gno
Chasewater Railway 60th Anniversary Gala 26-5-19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrZDiaUhgG8
Swanage Railway Diesel Gala – 12/5/19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUoPI2BxrBo
86 333 vor Containerzügen im Hamburger Hafen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs5nrbPQW5o
Fahrt ins Blaue mit 50 3501 am 25.05.2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ-PAcTkRM8
The Big Boy Lives! Union Pacific 4014 to Ogden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUTcGRPOMQ0
Goulburn 150th Anniversary Tour – 3526 to Goulburn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgecXJCsY-0
Morecambe Vintage Bus Day and Ribble 100
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anzDt6A8fWc
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Tupolev Tu-142 in action!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Effo_yzbrs
(Spotter: Alan Rushworth)

History of Britain’s lidos celebrated
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48446815

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IN THE NEWS

Financial problems and possible break up of First Group
https://tinyurl.com/y3vhwgeo
https://dailybusinessgroup.co.uk/2019/05/firstgroup-puts-bus-and-rail-businesses-under-review/

Five days of strikes called on South Western
https://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2019/05/30-five-days-of-strikes-called.html

Warning about trespass for 60103 visit to Wessex
https://tinyurl.com/y2o4t3jo
https://tinyurl.com/y4u3qmg4

Bridge cat ‘stuck’ for six days walks home after failed rescue
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-48455242

Public hearing over demolition of bridge at Steventon
https://tinyurl.com/y58nlrd8

June introduction for Stadler bi-mode units in Greater Anglia
https://tinyurl.com/yxat7pnb

Grand Central class 180 DMU to be modified for dual-fuel trial
https://tinyurl.com/y5an9lbq

Pacer trains ‘could be used as village halls’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48434379

Northern Fail app reveals full scale of passengers’ misery
https://tinyurl.com/y69hlq4m

Leeds station: Trains running again after disruption
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-48457460

Work starts on new Horden railway station
https://tinyurl.com/y4278uqs

BAM Nuttall awarded new Kintore station contract
https://tinyurl.com/y6ojoo44

Irish Rail seeks up to 600 electric and battery-electric vehicles
https://www.railjournal.com/fleet/irish-rail-seeks-600-vehicles/

Network Rail help Leighton Buzzard Light Railway install anti trespass barriers
https://tinyurl.com/y57c3wb3

GWR 4270 to visit Epping-Ongar Railway
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=25349

Caledonian Railway 419 withdrawn from visit to Epping-Ongar Railway
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=25344

40th Anniversary of West Somerset operations
https://tinyurl.com/y2hpx3qx

GWS Didcot Railway Centre wins Trip Advisor award
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=25292

New museum van opened at Bideford Railway Heritage centre
https://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/news/bideford-railway-new-centre-1-6079061

Funds to build fastest steam engine, Prince of Wales, in Darlington, are on target
https://tinyurl.com/y29ja3ka

Yorkshire heritage railways say coal ban is ‘threat’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-48398727

Waverley Route Heritage association
https://tinyurl.com/y3hjfagp

Waterloo Underground South Bank entrance reopens
https://tinyurl.com/yxta7dsz

Odd sights on New York Metro
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/05/28/nyregion/subway-dogs.html

Bombardier in Derby to build monorail trains for Cairo
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-48435983

Crossrail debts absorb funding for Croydon tramlink extensions
https://wp.me/pWK0J-gYT

Argyll and Bute seek government lifeline for their lifeline ferry services
https://tinyurl.com/y2ff2rdv

Battleship Texas leaving San Jacinto Battleground for good over decline in visits
https://tinyurl.com/y3pynqvs

Blade wear issues confined to Trent 1000 says Rolls Royce
https://tinyurl.com/y5mpfjyz

A320’s impeded line-up preceded Edinburgh incursion
https://tinyurl.com/yy9rnv2c

KLM signs up to 10-year bulk biofuel commitment
https://tinyurl.com/y2oqsf64

A350’s wake suspected in Dubai DA62 crash
https://tinyurl.com/y2okr6bf

Tokyo’s VVIP 747-400s to be-parted-out
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/tokyos-vvip-747-400s-to-be-parted-out-458526/

SpiceJet adds 100th aircraft to fleet
https://tinyurl.com/yyzdlyg3

Boeing 747-400 fire-fighting tanker
https://tinyurl.com/y2kx4267

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, John McCorriston, Reg Nerps, Mike Prince, Alan Rushworth

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TV and RADIO

01/06/19 Channel 4 2000-2100
“Britain’s Most Historic Towns” 3/6 Cardiff

01/06/19 Channel 5 2000-2100
“The QE2: Queen of the Seas”

02/06/19 BBC4 2000-2100
“Battle of Jutland: the Navy’s Bloodiest Day”

02/06/19 Channel 4 2000-2200
“Guy Martin’s D-Day Landing

03/06/19 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great British Railway Journeys” Oxford to Luton

03/06/19 BBC4 2300-0000
“Clydebuilt: the Ships that Made the Commonwealth” 3/4 The Robert E Lee

04/06/19 BBC4 1930-2000
“Great British Railway Journeys” Oakham to Cambridge

04/06/19 BBC4 2000-2100
“India’s Frontier Railways” 3/3 The Samjhauta Express

05/06/19 ITV 2000-2030
“Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport” 3/12

06/06/19 BBC4 2000-2100
“Normandy ’44: the Battle Beyond D-Day”

06/06/19 BBC4 2100-2200
“Double Cross: the True Story of the D-Day Spies”

06/06/19 BBC4 2200-2300
“D-Day to Berlin: Newsnight Special”

07/06/19 Channel 5 2030-2130
“The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard” 4/6

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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

31/05/19- Bodmin & Wenford Railway: 30th Anniversary (Fri)
01/06/19 Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Volunteer Open Day (Sat)
http://www.bodminrailway.co.uk

01/06/19 Sleaford Model Railway Show
St George’s Academy, Westgate, Sleaford, NG34 7PP
https://www.sites.google.com/site/sleafordmrc

01/06/19 Breedon Cement – Hope Works Open Day
The Earle’s Club, Pindale Road, Hope, S33 6RP
Shuttle bus to works and from Hope railway station
Quarry and works tours 0930-1630
Works Museum open 1000-2200, 29th May to 5th June, admission free
https://www.hopeworksclub.com

01/06/19 Gauge O Guild – Summer Show, Doncaster
The Dome Leisure Centre, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, DN4 7PD
https://www.gaugeOguild.com

01/06/19- Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: 1940s Weekend
02/06/19 https://www.bucksrailcentre.org

01/06/19- Leawood Pump Engine House Steaming
02/06/19 Engine in motion 1200-1630 (Sunday only)
http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/

02/06/19 Middleton Top Engine House Steaming
Engine in motion 1300-1630
http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/

02/06/19 Gwili Railway: 4×4 and Classic Bike Show
https://www.gwili-railway.co.uk/

03/06/19 Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
The Underhill Centre, St. John’s Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF
“The Panama Canal” by Jon Sims
Doors open 1930, talk starts 1945
http://www.hias.org.uk/

03/06/19 Peak Railway Association
The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG
“55 years of Railway Photography” by Les Nixon
£3 donation requested on the door, non-members welcome
Starts 1930
http://www.peakrail.co.uk/sheffieldbranch

04/06/19- East Lancashire Railway: Summer Diesel Spectacular
05/06/19 https://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

07/06/19- Didcot Railway Centre: Hall & Saint Event
09/06/19 https://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

07/06/19- Epping Ongar Railway: Steam Gala
09/06/19 https://www.eorailway.co.uk

07/06/19- Dean Forest Railway: Steam Gala
09/06/19 https://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/

08/06/19 Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Progressive Blues Rock & Real Ale
https://www.e-v-r.com

08/06/19- East Anglian Model Railway Exhibition
09/06/19 The Arena, Kettering Conference Centre, Thirston Drive, NN15 6PB
https://www.stneotsmrc.com

08/06/19- Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Kids for a Quid
09/06/19 https://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

08/06/19- Churnet Valley Railway: Classic Car Weekend
09/06/19 https://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk/

08/06/19- Peak Model Railway Exhibition
09/06/19 Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, DE45 1AH
http://www.chesterfieldrailwaymodellers.co.uk/

11/06/19 Monmouthshire Railway Society
University of South Wales City Campus, Usk Way, NP20 2BP
1900-2130
“Steam Railmotor No. 93” by Peter Jennings (GWS)
http://www.mrsoc.co.uk

12/06/19 RCTS South Wales
Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“My Railway Career in South Wales” by David Maidment
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/

14/06/19- North Norfolk Railway: Mixed Traction Gala
16/06/19 http://www.nnrailway.co.uk

14/06/19- Great Central Railway: Model Railway Exhibition
16/06/19 https://www.gcrailway.co.uk

15/06/19 Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways: The Snowdonian Limited
https://www.snowdonian.org.uk/

15/06/19- Mid-Hants Watercress Line: War on the Line
16/06/19 https://www.watercressline.co.uk/

15/06/19- Exbury Gardens Model Railway Event
16/06/19 https://www.exbury.co.uk/

15/06/19- Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Fathers’ Day Weekend
16/06/19 http://www.bodminrailway.co.uk

15/06/19- Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Steam in the Valley Weekend
16/06/19 https://www.e-v-r.com

15/06/19- Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum: Yorkshire Weekend (plus Classic Cars, Sunday)
16/06/19 Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster, DN8 5SX
https://www.sandtoft.org

16/06/19 Lappa Valley Railway: Fathers’ Day
https://www.lappavalleyrailway.co.uk

16/06/19 Corris Railway: Fathers’ Day
http://www.corris.co.uk

Cheers, Howard.
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