Volume 247

Vol.247: Electric & Diesel Miscellany No.7 (100-mins) Price £19.75


A further installment of our popular miscellany series of classic “modern” traction featuring many of the diesel & electric classes that operated across the whole of the BR network during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, from Cornwall to Aberdeen and from Aberystwyth to Great Yarmouth. When creating our extensive steam volumes we often omitted scenes that included diesels and electrics simply because they were not part of the “story” at that time. And in our diesel and electric volumes, time constraints also resulted in much unused and unseen footage. Here, those “cutting room floor” clips are presented for the first time as well as that previously unused footage. All with a new soundtrack!

We begin on the !Southern Region (SR) at Waterloo with Brush Type 4s (latterly Class 47s) on the “Bournemouth Belle”, including the final working. Meanwhile at Clapham Junction the electric 5-BEL “Brighton Belle” Pullman passes through. Other locations visited are Redhill and the Guildford line, the Epsom Downs branch (Sutton, Belmont and Banstead), the New Forest, the electric Isle-of Wight in Network South-East days, diesel hydraulic “Warships” on Waterloo to Exeter services and Basingstoke and Weymouth.

Next to the Eastern Region (ER) and we visit locations such as Ipswich, Peterborough, King’s Cross, Hadley Wood, Hatfield, Great Yarmouth and Reedham plus Class 47s top and tailing off the wires on Inter-City services with a “dead” Class 90. Further north, we visit the North-East for scenes at York, Driffield, Scalby, Cloughton, Darlington, West Hartlepool, Bedlington, Darlington and Manors.

Even further north there are scenes on the Scottish Region (ScR) at Thornton Junction, Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

We return south to the London Midland Region (LMR) where we visit Euston, Tamworth, Norton Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe, Warrington, Allerton, Northwich, Preston, Mouldsworth, Manchester, the Bury third rail electrics, the 1500v DC Woodhead line electrics, Stockport, Giggleswick and the Settle & Carlisle. And a very sad journey from Wolverhampton Low Level to Birmingham Snow Hill just before closure amid total dereliction. Wales and the Borders are not forgotten, with visits to Barmouth, Aberystwyth, Shrewsbury, Weston Rhyn, Shotton, Much Wenlock, Caernarvon, Oswestry, Porthywaen and the Brymbo branch.

Finally, and completing this volume, we visit the Western Region (WR) for scenes at Bodmin, Saltash, Plymouth, Rattery Bank, Paignton, Bristol, Bath, Swindon and Reading, the London Approaches, Paddington, Oxford, Banbury, Kemble, Worcester, Newent, Ledbury, and the Lickey Incline. Plus Sunday diversions through Honeybourne and Winchcombe (on the now preserved Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway). WR Highlights include D6346 shunting at Charlbury and the Forest of Dean with D9555 and D6329. WR diesel-electrics are also not forgotten, even unique “Falcon”. Plus there is extensive coverage of the “Blue Pullmans”.

The period covered is mainly from 1959 to the end of steam and beyond. Motive power is of course very varied and features: English Electric Types 1 (Class 20) & 3 (Class 37), Brush Types 2 (Class 31) & 4 (Classes 47 & 50), BRCW Types 2 (Class 26/27) & 3 (Class 33), BR Type 2 (Class 24/25), North British Type 2 (Class 21/29), Clayton Type 1 (Class 17), Deltics (Class 55), and Baby Deltics (Class 23). Pioneers also seen are 10001, 10201, 10202, DP2, D0280 plus a Metrovick Bo-Bo. WR diesel-hydraulics seen are Westerns (Class 52), Hymeks (Class 35) and Warships (Class 41/42/43), NBL Type 2 (Class 22) and BR D95XX (Class 14). Not forgotten are the various AC Electrics (Classes 81-86) and a multitude of railbuses, DMUs, EMUs and shunters.!

Filmed almost entirely in colour, this plethora of electric and diesel power includes a informative commentary and an authentic sound track.

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