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NETWATCH

35018 British India Line 15/7/19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3ue2JANhLI
(Barry Knapper)

ORR comments about railway drainage
https://tinyurl.com/yy3tw6xz
DfT should not manage railway network – Williams Report
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48995511
Franchising has had its day – Williams Report
https://www.railmagazine.com/news/current-franchising-model-has-had-its-day-williams
Rebirth of Michigan Central
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/KnxBMVGAcn/michigan_central_detroit
Unmanned commercial shipping development
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48871452
(Spotter: Neil Kearns)

Clan Line Visits Warwickshire! 35028 Clan Line on The Belmond British Pullman 10th July 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuxF3T8-1uI
“Back to Back Merchant Navy’s” 35018 ‘British India Line’ & 35028 ‘Clan Line’ July 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-G8Nz_pKwps
Vintage Trains Day at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway 7th July 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9VvgWn0T8o
Amazing ‘Standard Gauge’ Weekend at Echills Wood Railway 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMGMC-N3bQk
Blackpool Bus Driver of the year 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afBHh0ZzB2c
(Spotter: Ted Millward)

Model Railroading with Jack Burgess Ep 8 Structures 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HzQFRYRMME

Skiathos 2019 – Lowest Landing Ever? The European St Maarten
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcpUmynoQVo
(Spotter: Barry Knapper)

Flying Legends 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2Z60ogTbeo

Killed for spying: The story of the first factory
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48533696

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IN THE NEWS

Thameslink unit gets livery makeover for Brighton “Pride” event
https://tinyurl.com/yy54ro5n

GTR fined £1m for fatality at Balham after passenger leant out of droplight
https://tinyurl.com/y4qbxzr3

Cable fire at Waterloo blocks platforms 16 to 24
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-49017556

Improved satisfaction levels on GWR
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2019/07/new-iets-drive-record-satisfaction-levels-for-gwr.html

Cows on GW Main Line after fencing damaged
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-49009906

GWR West country timetables revised from December 2019
https://tinyurl.com/y45rrx7j

Trans Pennine stock imported via Port of Tyne
https://www.shieldsgazette.com/business/express-delivery-at-port-of-tyne-478404

Conway valley line to partially reopen in time for National Eisteddford
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48997935

Swansea’s Bascule Bridge to be moved for restoration
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48949587

Fire at Boat of Garten workshops
https://tinyurl.com/y2bo8dvw

Zillertalbahn loco to visit Weshpool and Llanfair Railway
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/?p=28322

PKP Vectron locos start cross border duties
https://tinyurl.com/y6osewtk

German ICE4 deliveries resumed
https://tinyurl.com/y2ogzr4u

Start of testing for SBB Aem940 electro diesels
https://tinyurl.com/y3bqpsvt

Portuguese electrification energised
https://tinyurl.com/y5tgwg5z

Chief ministers offer political support for Guernsey-Jersey-France tunnel
https://tinyurl.com/y2q3rw9m

Worst airline delays from the UK
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48983749

Ryanair to close some bases due to Boeing 737 max delays
http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2019/0716/1062304-ryanair-cuts-traffic-growth-forecasts/

Rare Constellation at Auburn airport dismantled, wrapped for return to Germany
https://tinyurl.com/y4tvrpbq

Spotters: Richard Buckby, Neil Kearns, Reg Nerps, Mike Price

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TV and RADIO

20/07/19 Channel 5 2000-2155
“The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson”

21/07/19 ITV 22245-2310
“Yorkshire Airport” Leeds-Bradford 1/6

22/07/19 BBC4 1930-2000
“Canals: the Making of a Nation” Engineering

23/07/19 BBC4 1930-2000
“Decisive Weapons” The Harrier: Jumping Jack Flash

23/07/19 BBC4 2000-2100
“Planespotting Live” 1/3

23/07/19 ITV 2020-2100
“Yorkshire Airport” Leeds-Bradford 2/6

23/07/19 BBC4 2100-2200
“Revolutions: Ideas that Changed the World” 1/6 Planes

24/07/19 BBC4 1930-2000
“Decisive Weapons” The P-51: Cadillac of the Skies

24/07/19 BBC4 2000-2100
“Planespotting Live” 2/3

24/07/19 BBC4 2100-2200
“James May’s Toy Stories” Flight club

25/07/19 BBC4 2000-2100
“Planespotting Live” 3/3

25/07/19 BBC4 2100-2200
“Concorde: a Supersonic Story”

26/07/19 Channel 5 2100-2200
“Celebrity Five Go Barging” 2/5 The Potteries

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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

19/07/19 Gosport Railway Club
Methodist Church, 33 Stoke Road, Gosport, PO12 1TJ
“Steam in the Hills” by Simon Foote
Starts 1930
http://grsupdate40.blogspot.com/

19/07/19- Epping Ongar Railway: Real Ale Festival
21/07/19 https://www.eorailway.co.uk

20/07/19 Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Diesel Day
http://www.bodminrailway.co.uk

20/07/19 “The Hope Valley Line” book launch
The Institute, Main Road, Bamford, S33 ODL
A talk by author Ted Hancock
Starts 1445

20/07/19- Foxfield Railway: Summer Gala, Kids Go Free
21/07/19 http://www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/

20/07/19- Cupar & District MRC – Cupar Model Rail
21/07/19 The Corn Exchange, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4BT
https://www.cuparmrc.co.uk

21/07/19 Middleton Top Engine House Steaming
Engine in motion 1300-1630
http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/

23/07/19- The War & Peace Revival, Paddock Wood, Kent
27/07/19 https://www.warandpeacerevival.com

24/07/19- Isle of Man Railways: Transport Festival
28/07/19 https://www.rail.im

26/07/19- Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway: Summer Diesel Weekend
28/07/19 https://www.gwsr.com

27/07/19 “The Hope Valley Line” book launch
Sir William Hotel, Grindleford, S32 2HS
A talk by author Ted Hancock
Starts 1445, admission £5 including refreshments
Tickets available from the Sir William Hotel and Grindleford Community Shop

27/07/19- South Coast MRC Exhibition
28/07/19 The Arnewood School, Gore Road, New Milton, BH25 6RS
https://www.southcoastmodelrailwayclub.co.uk

27/07/19- Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum: Sandtoft Gathering ’19
28/07/19 Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster, DN8 5SX
https://www.sandtoft.org

28/07/19 East Anglian Railway Museum: Summer Steam Saturdays
http://www.earm.co.uk

28/07/19 Mid-Suffolk Light Railway: Vintage Tractor Day
http://www.mslr.org.uk/

28/07/19 Middleton Top Engine House Steaming
Engine in motion 1300-1630
http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/

31/07/19 James Watt Bicentenary
Etruria Industrial Museum, Etruria Vale Road, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4RB
“James Watt’s Life and Achievements” by Dr Malcolm Dick
Followed by a tour of the 1857 bone & flint Mill and its 1820s Watt engine
£8.00 per person, light refreshments included
1415 to 1645 (approx) – booking essential
http://www.etruriamuseum.org.uk/

31/07/19- James Watt Bicentenary
04/08/19 Etruria Industrial Museum, Etruria Vale Road, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4RB
Display in the Visitor Centre with panels supplied by the Lunar Society of 
Birmingham
and a model of a Watt engine
http://www.etruriamuseum.org.uk/

01/08/19 James Watt Bicentenary
Etruria Industrial Museum, Etruria Vale Road, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4RB
“James Watt’s Lap Engine of 1788” by David Hulse
Followed by a tour of the 1857 bone & flint Mill and its 1820s Watt engine
£8.00 per person, light refreshments included
1830 to 2100 (approx) – booking essential
http://www.etruriamuseum.org.uk/

02/08/19 James Watt Bicentenary
Etruria Industrial Museum, Etruria Vale Road, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4RB
“The achievements of James Watt” by Dr Jim Andrew
Evening commences with the 1820s beam engine driving the bone & flint mill
£20.00 per person, drinks and buffet included
1815 to 2100 (approx) – booking essential
http://www.etruriamuseum.org.uk/

02/08/19- Spa Valley Railway: Summer Diesel Gala
03/08/19 http://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

03/08/19 Exmoor Rail 2019
The Minehead Eye, Mart Road, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BJ
https://goo.gl/vwR3Jy

03/08/19- Epping Ongar Railway: Come and see Paw Patrol
04/08/19 https://www.eorailway.co.uk

03/08/19- Mid-Norfolk Railway: Railway at War
04/08/19 http://www.mnr.org.uk

03/08/19- James Watt Bicentenary
04/08/19 Etruria Industrial Museum, Etruria Vale Road, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4RB
Bone & flint mill in steam from 1230 to 1630, engine starting on the hour
Entry to the mill £4, or £6 to include a guided tour with the emphasis on James 
Watt
Children under 16 free if accompanied by a paying adult
http://www.etruriamuseum.org.uk/

03/08/19- Leawood Pump Engine House Steaming
04/08/19 Engine in motion 1200-1630 (Sunday only)
http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/

03/08/19- Cleveland Model Railway Club Annual Show
04/08/19 http://www.clevelandmrc.club/

03/08/19- Corris Railway: Wizards and Dragons Day
04/08/19 http://www.corris.co.uk

03/08/19- Mid-Hants Watercress Line: Day Out With Thomas
11/08/19 https://www.watercressline.co.uk/

04/08/19 East Anglian Railway Museum: Summer Steam Saturdays
http://www.earm.co.uk

04/08/19 Middleton Top Engine House Steaming
Engine in motion 1300-1630
http://www.middleton-leawood.org.uk/

Cheers, Howard.
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