A Train Spotter’s Notebook Dvd, Part 4


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A Train Spotter’s Notebook Dvd – Volume Four – The Cambrian Line, North Wales, The Wirral, The Fylde & Cumbrain Close

Having covered Scotland in Volume 1 and the Southern Region in Volumes 2 and 3, this programme moves northward. Locations and depots visited are Banbury, Saltley and the Cambrian line. This is seen on a busy Summer Saturday in 1966 with double-headed Standards on holiday trains, a busy Machynlleth shed and station and a journey to Pwllheli double-headed behind 75052 and 46521. The engines are then serviced at Pwllheli shed. Talerddig is tackled behind steam on the return journey.

North Wales is covered with a visit to Holyhead depot followed by a journey to Llandudno Junction, Chester and Croes Newydd – where the last operational Pannier Tanks are filmed.

The Liverpool area sees the following locations and depots: Birkenhead, Edge Hill, Speke Junction, Bank Hall, Aintree and Heaton Mersey, finishing at Stockport depot.

The journey to Preston is behind a Black 5 out of Liverpool Exchange. An interval at Preston is spent observing everything from Big 8s to Britannias passing through.

Its then steam to Blackpool and Poulton-le-Fylde before a Black 5 takes our train, a diverted relief ‘Royal Scot’ via Lostock Hall over the Settle & Carlisle. A detour is made to visit Rose Grove shed and observe the Copy Pit banker.

Carnforth bustles with steam hauled freight, so a session here, when all four platforms were in use is well spent. Two Jubilees head out on the Leeds line. The Cumbrian Coast could rival that of the WCML in steam interest and is demonstrated with a visit to Barrow-in-Furness, Whitehaven and Workington.

It is then up the main line to Carlisle, but not before a stopover at Tebay and Shap Summit to see those freights being banked northward.

The final section returns the traveller down the WCML towards Crewe, but the final leg is made behind steam from Preston to Manchester-Victoria with a visit to Bolton shed.

Most classes in use during 1966 to 1968 are seen including many Jintys, Ivatt Class 2 and 4 2-6-0s, Pannier Tanks, 4F, Jubilee, WD and Fairburn Class 4 2-6-4Ts among others.

All colour footage digitally enhanced to improve picture quality and sound tracks added as accurately as possible.

Approx. 60 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Videolines.