B&R .17 Dvd: Archive Newsreel, Part 3




This is the seventh volume of the series using film from the Colin White Collections with additional material by George Woods and Chris Noyle.

The contents date back to 1966 and cover locomotives of all the ‘Big Four’ companies so there is something to please everyone.

With full electrification on the Southern main line to Weymouth now operating we return to Dorchester to witness the operation of steam trains reversing ‘Up ‘trains into this now ex-LSWR terminus.

Southampton and Eastleigh in 1967 and steam’s last fling in the London suburbs on the LCGB 100th Railtour to Windsor and Reading using 77xx, 76xx, 80xx and West Country Pacific types complete this section.

Tribute to a King: We profile 6000 ‘King George V’ in its preservation life from 1970 to 1987 covering its travels to Paddington, Didcot, Swindon, Gloucester and the North and West route to Chester.

The trip for the Swindon Borough in 1974 with unique smokebox side-plates is featured.

Steam in the North-East of England in 1966/67 where ex-NER type Q6 and J27 locomotives worked to the last around the collieries of Tyne & Wear.

The last Tyne Dock-Consett steam working with 92063 is seen complete with headboard.

K1, WD 2-8-0, Q6 and J27 workings at Pelaw, Ryehope and Seaton Bank make this selection relive the days of steam as they really were.

So popular was this section of the programme with our customers that Volume 18 (B&R No. 18) was devoted to this area for even more power to the pit.

Steam on the North Wales coast in 1966.

Chester station with its LNWR atmosphere opens the section.

Followed by a rail tour from Crewe to the Conwy Valley and Denbigh branches using 70004, two 2-6-4Ts and Crab 42942 compares with today’s operations.

Steam returned to the North Wales coast in the late 1980s but we visit it in 1966 with an LCGB railtour along the coast and up the Conway Valley to Blaeneau Ffestiniog and Denbigh with Britannia, Crab and ex-LMS 2-6-4Ts.

Soak up the steam atmosphere with LNWR signalling at Chester.

We still had three minutes left to give a full hour so we inserted the industrial scene in South Wales.

At Maerdy Colliery in 1970 where ex-GWR pannier tank 9792(in a very run-down condition) breathed its last in the summer sunshine.

To say it was in full steam would be an understatement!

Approx. 60 minutes.

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