B&R 247 DVD: A Miscellany of Electric & Diesel Power, Part 7




A further instalment of our popular miscellany series of classic ‘modern’ traction featuring many of the diesel and electric classes that operated across the whole of the BR network during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, from Cornwall to Aberdeen and from Aberystwyth to Great Yarmouth.

We begin on the Southern Region at Waterloo with Brush Type 4s on the ‘Bournemouth Belle’, including the final working.

Meanwhile at Clapham Junction the 5-BEL ‘Brighton Belle’ passes through.

Other locations visited are Redhill and the Guildford line, the Epsom Downs branch (Sutton, Belmont and Banstead), the New Forest, the electric Isle-of Wight in Network South-East days, diesel hydraulic ‘Warships’ on Waterloo to Exeter services and Basingstoke and Weymouth.

On the Eastern Region (ER) and we visit locations such as Ipswich, Peterborough, King’s Cross, Hadley Wood, Hatfield, Great Yarmouth and Reedham plus Class 47s top and tailing off the wires on Inter-City services with a ‘dead’ Class 90.

Then to the North-East for scenes at York, Driffield, Scalby, Cloughton, Darlington, West Hartlepool, Bedlington, Darlington and Manors.

Travelling further north we visit the Scottish Region with scenes at Thornton Junction, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

South again and to the London Midland Region where we visit Euston, Tamworth, Norton Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe, Warrington, Allerton, Northwich, Preston, Mouldsworth, Manchester, the Bury third rail electrics, the 1500v DC Woodhead line electrics, Stockport, Giggleswick and the Settle & Carlisle.

Plus, a sad journey from Wolverhampton Low Level to Birmingham Snow Hill just before closure amid total dereliction.

Wales and the Borders are not forgotten, with visits to Barmouth, Aberystwyth, Shrewsbury, Weston Rhyn, Shotton, Much Wenlock, Caernarvon, Oswestry, Porthywaen and the Brymbo branch.

Finally, we visit the Western Region for scenes at Bodmin, Saltash, Plymouth, Rattery Bank, Paignton, Bristol, Bath, Swindon and Reading, the London Approaches, Paddington, Oxford, Banbury, Kemble, Worcester, Newent, Ledbury, and the Lickey Incline, as well as Sunday diversions through Honeybourne and Winchcombe (on the now preserved Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway).

Highlights include D6346 shunting at Charlbury and the Forest of Dean with D9555 and D6329. WR diesel-electrics are also not forgotten, even unique ‘Falcon’.

Plus, there is extensive coverage of the ‘Blue Pullmans’.

Covering the period from 1959 to the end of steam (and beyond) motive power includes EE Types 1 (Class 20) and 3 (Class 37), Brush Types 2 (Class 31) and 4 (Classes 47 and 50), BRCW Types 2 (Class 26/27) and 3 (Class 33), BR Type 2 (Class 24/25), North British Type 2 (Class 21/29), Clayton Type 1 (Class 17), Deltics (Class 55) and Baby Deltics (Class 23).

Pioneers include 10001, 10201, 10202, DP2, D0280 plus a Metrovick Bo-Bo. Also, WR diesel-hydraulics seen are Westerns (Class 52), Hymeks (Class 35) and Warships (Class 41/42/43), NBL Type 2 (Class 22) and BR D95XX (Class 14).

Not forgotten are the various AC Electrics (Classes 81-86) plus railbuses, DMUs, EMUs and shunters!

Filmed almost entirely in colour, this plethora of electric and diesel power includes an informative commentary and an authentic sound track.

Approx. 100 minutes.

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