B&R .16 Dvd: Modern Traction Memories




B&R Volume 16.

Colin White Collection No. 6.

This sixth volume from the Colin White Collection of films, taken on BR from 1962 to the present day, covers diesel traction in the sixties and seventies.

Included are fourteen different classes of traction and several locomotives seen in BR service and now in preservation.

In collating Colin White’s steam films for production B & R noticed that there were enough scenes of early diesels to make a one hour programme of types of diesel traction mostly lost in BR service in the 1980’s.

Certainly some liveries are gone and generally all the film was taken before the video age.

So we can relive these early diesel scenes from the 1960’s and early 70’s, starting with the Hydraulics of Western, Warship and Hymek classes.

They are seen at work on railtours and normal service including a journey on the double-headed Hymek Swansong from Paddington to Hereford.

The Blue Pullmans looking so much like early HSTs at Paddington, on the Western region in both blue and cream liveries.

BR Class 50 Hoovers at work on the Midland Region including the double-headed ‘Royal Scot’ working in 1973, in pre-electrification days.

Followed by a view of the unique ‘Kestrel’ diesel seen briefly at a Cricklewood open day in 1969.

Electric traction is represented by views of the now lost ‘Brighton Belle’ units at Clapham Junction and Victoria in 1969, seen in both liveries.

A complete journey by Channel Islands boat train along the Weymouth tramway on BR with and express ending its way through the streets of the town.

Class 33 and 12 haulage, 15233, having arrived behind D6529 a class 33 in blue, featured in this 1968 film.

The Deltics have their own place in the story of the East Coast Main Line.

Locations include Kings Cross, Peterborough and even their wanderings to Harlow and Wandsworth.

We see Class 31s in green and blue liveries on a variety of workings including the Royal Train at Cambridge, Nassington, Harlow and Knebworth are featured.

The whistling Class 40s follow at Bersham, Kings Cross and Manchester Victoria when they hauled stock to Rainhill in 1980.

D200 restored to its green livery is seen at Whitchurch on a Cardiff to Manchester.

Memories of Peak haulage on the Midland main line are relived.

Brush Class 47 locomotives in a unique form which started the new era of colourful liveries are featured by 47164 at Chelmsford in 1977 with the large Union Jack on its sides.

We end this look at the locos of this age with green-liveried 47s on the East Coast Main Line.

All told there are fourteen different classes of traction and several locomotives seen in BR service now in preservation on this compilation.

Approx. 60 minutes.

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