B&R .33 Dvd: Steam North of Carlisle




The basis for this programme was film from the collection of Geoff Lumb who visited the south western area of Scotland in the early sixties.

The area covered was bisected by the West Coast Main Line over Beattock summit between Carlisle and Glasgow.

Using this route as a basis the film begins at Carlisle Citadel station and Kingmoor shed for Scot, Clan and B1 classes, for this was the time before the Waverley route was closed.

Scenes from lines radiating from the city to branches such as Alston, Silloth and Langholm before moving on to the Port road to Stranraer viewing Dumfries, Newton Stewart and Kirkcudbright.

We visit the Dumfries to Stranraer route with its branch to Kirkudbright, and by the link to Lockerbie cover the climb to Beattock in detail.

The colliery area around Ayr offers many fine views of Fowler’s Crabs (2-6-0s) working coal trains to and from the pits of Barony and Killoch.

We move on to Ayr, visiting the shed and their workings to the local collieries in the hands of Crab 2-6-0s.

Also featured are Mauchlilne, Killoch and Waterside.

Along the Ayrshire coast we arrive at Gourrock on our way to the West Coast Main Line approaches to Glasgow Central via Motherwell.

A link by coastal steamers visiting Fairlee pier brings us via Gourrock to the lines south of Glasgow around Wishaw, Cobbinshaw and Motherwell.

The four main routes out of Glasgow from Central, St. Enoch, Queen Street and Buchanan Street close this film of South West Scotland.

Ex-Caley engines still exist with Cowlairs bank echoing to the sound of steam and the preserved Scottish locomotives are seen touring the system.

The immense variety of motive power seen is a glory to behold from ex-Caledonian classes, usual BR Standards and Stanier classes.

With three Duchesses, Scot, five A4s, A2, B1, V2, Jubilee, a WD on passenger duty as well as the preserved Scottish locos working railtours in 1965.

Approx. 60 minutes.

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