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B&R .22 Dvd: Steam on the Marches
A second volume from Bill Cross originated on 16mm colour film.
Long closed branches in Shropshire and the Welsh Borders are featured, such as Welling to Much Wenlock behind a 61xx Prairie tank.
Arrivals and departures on the Severn Valley line to Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth via Berrington, Cressage and Ironbridge with ex-LMS tank locomotives.
The Llanfyllin branch from Llanymynech on the old Cambrian is followed by an idyllic rural scene at Crudgington Station in 1962 on the Wellington to Crewe line.
The Cambrian branch from Ellesmere to Wrexham, features an auto-train with ex-GWR 14xx as motive power.
A rare shot filmed in 1929 on the Bishops Castle Railway precludes a look at the Shrewsbury to Stafford via Newport line.
Colonel Stephen’s Shropshire & Montgomery Railway was always a favourite with enthusiasts and Bill Cross covered the SLS last day railtour to Llanymynech with WD 0-6-0ST No.193 (now preserved) in 1960 and a look at the surviving section at Shrewsbury in the 1980s.
Rare footage of the Clee Hill Quarry branch from Ludlow is visited on the last day of operation.
46446 Hauled freight on the Hanwood to Minsterley branch is a real gem.
An early DMU visits Park Hall Halt on the Oswestry to Gobowen branch (was the GWR route into the Cambrian system with its little halt at Park Hall).
Finally a goods train passes through the streets of Welshpool on the N.G. Welshpool-Llanfair Railway in 1963.
A trip through the backstreets with steam is the penultimate section before looking at Bill’s offcuts on the Cambrian which, as a whole, were not used in Volume 19 – ‘Steam on the Cambrian’.
Cambrian Requiem: This short section utilises the ‘offcuts’. Scenes at Aberystwyth, Borth, Dovey Junction and Oswestry lead to Gobowen and Shrewsbury.
Return of Steam: 1972 saw the return of steam specials to Shropshire.
No.6000 ‘King George V’ arrives and turns at Shrewsbury Station and No.5596 ‘Bahamas’ arrives at Hookgate Depot for servicing in her new red livery.
Most of this film is in colour, obviously Bishops Castle is not! Clee Hill and the Shorpshire/Montgomery which are also in black and white.
We think you will enjoy this video of rare branch line coverage wherever your loyalties lie with its ex-GWR and LMS motive power.
Approx. 60 minutes.
This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – B&R Video Productions.