B&R 169 Dvd: Steam Routes, Part 3




‘Steam Routes’ is a series of films featuring steam traction along specific routes rather than areas and mostly using previously unseen archive film from the 1960s.

Here our third instalment features the West Coast Main Line starting at Lancaster for the forty mile journey to Shap Summit.

At Lancaster Castle station (WCML) there are many scenes of steam activity and over at Lancaster Green Ayre we also see 3-car EMUs on the ex-MR Heysham line electric services.

We pay a short visit to the Morecambe to Heysham line with Black 5s on service and special trains plus Lostock Hall breakdown train attending a derailment.

Back to the WCML with footage at Hest Bank and its troughs.

A variety of steam hauled trains pass by with some picking up water.

Overflowing tenders plus a line side fire!

Northwards and we make an extensive visit to Carnforth and its shed.

This was the main depot on this routes and we show the operations there mainly in 1967 and 1968 when Stanier Black 5s and BR Standards were being serviced as well as the last few Britannias and 9Fs.

There are many scenes and even include the odd diesel: a Clayton Class 17, a blue Class 40 and Metrovick Co-Bo D5714.

Scenes at the station include Bulleid 35012 ‘United States Lines’ on a special and Britannia 70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’ on a service train.

Plus a brief glimpse of preserved ex-LNER B1 61306 in a siding!

We continue through Oxenholme to climb to Grayrigg, Low Gill and Dillicar for the troughs including a view of the troughs from the 4ft!

Tebay was the shed for the bankers over Shap and the climb on the 1-in-75 incline is very well covered by this new archive footage.

There is much footage of the variety of passing trains, including doubleheaders and many assisted by banking engines, before we finally arrive at Shap Summit.

The occasional Princess Coronation (both red and green), Royal Scot and Jubilee engines as well as the staple Black 5, 8Fs, 9F and Standard classes.

All the footage is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track has been added.

Approx. 78 minutes.

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