Class 92 Dvd: Music in Motion


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In May 1988, British Rail engineers were faced with a major problem in designing a locomotive capable of handling heavy freight working through the Channel Tunnel, which was still six years from opening.

After a long series of appraisals, the conclusion was reached that the most cost-effective solution was a dual-voltage locomotive capable of operating on both 25kV ac and third-rail 750v dc systems.

The result was the Class 92.

At its introduction it was the heaviest, longest and most powerful electric locomotive on the UK rail network, with 6700 horsepower driving its six powered axles, enabling it to re-start and accelerate 1600 tonne loads up the steep tunnel inclines!

Built by Brush Traction of Loughborough, the power and sophistication of the Class 92 set the locomotive apart from all previous designs.

The programme features the locomotives under test in Austria in addition to test runs on the West Coast Main Line, featured in a high-speed carbide in the cab of Class 92, 92 033 ‘Berlioz’, between Carnforth and Carlisle.

However, the locomotives primary role was Channel Tunnel operations and fascinating day and night film shows the locomotives operating through the Channel Tunnel from Dollands Moor, near Folkestone to Frethun yard, near Calais.

Complementing the film taken on both sides of the Channel is a journey with the driver through the Channel Tunnel that includes changing running tunnels at one of the two crossovers within the tunnel.

Approx. 60 mins.

Region 0/Region free. NTSC versions are available on request.

This dvd is being sold on behalf and with full permission of the copyright holder – Cinerail 2004.