B&R .49 Dvd: Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, Part 3

This is the third volume in a series of programmes covering the railways of Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Another fascinating look at the railways using ex-L&Y lines.

This programme is firmly in Lancashire on the joint railway to the popular resort of Blackpool from Preston and the Fylde.

A comprehensive look at the Preston area covers half the hour long programme.

It takes that long to do justice to the area with its many junctions!

They were all steam worked in the 1960s and notable rarities include a Super D at Fishergate and on the Longridge branch and the occasions when A2 ‘Tudor Minstrel’ and 7029 ‘Clun Castle’ worked through the specials.

Normal working saw Jubilee hauled summer excursions, 2-6-4 tanks on the locals and heavy freight to Wyre Dock off the East Lancs line.

Preston was complex with L&Y and LNWR routes to its main station.

Sadly the East Lancs side has now completely disappeared.

Using archive film from 1962 up to 1968 this programme covers all routes to Preston, from the south and out to the north-west onto the Fylde and Blackpool.

It covers all the many junctions and types of traffic passing through, freight, coal, cement and of course the busy passenger traffic especially to Blackpool.

See Farrington yards, a bird’s eye view of Preston station, Lostock Hall shed and a glimpse of the Preston North shed after it had burnt down.

The Longridge branch was visited by a Super D in 1962.

Preston Docks had steam up until 1968.

We visit Lostock Hall and see the stored engines in a burnt out Preston shed.

A whole series of steam trains heading on to the Fylde via the two routes to Blackpool South, Central and North.

Specials pass through, we cannot show a Southern engine but there is an LNER A2 and a GWR Castle.

Crabs, Jubilees, Patriots, Scots, WDs, Britannias and Clans, Royal Scots and the occasional Duchess appear.

Also the occasion when 60114 ‘W.P. Allen’ arrived.

The two routes to Blackpool Central and North are covered, this time a Clan and an LNER A1 put in appearances alongside LMS and Standards.

There is a superb sequence of a pick-up freight at Lytham St. Annes and holiday traffic at Blackpool Central with Royal Scot 546160 especially clean and visit Blackpool Central shed.

Preston Docks are seen as well as some fine aerial views of Preston.

This is the first time this area has been seen on film in such detail.

Fourteen cameramen contributed archive film for this programme including Eric Woods whose still material has been published in the 'Glorious Years' features of Steam Railway magazine.

His cine film was rare too and this programme covers the glorious years of steam around Preston.

Approx. 60 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner - B&R Video Productions.

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