B&R .50 Dvd: The GWR Recalled




Great Western Railway motive power on the Western Region from 1958 to 1966.

A look at the Western Region of British Railways from 1958 to 1965 covering all the major classes of ex- GWR motive power.

Beginning at Paddington, our programme moves down Brunel’s main line to Swindon via Westbourne Park, Maidenhead and Reading.

There is Paddington in all its steam glory with Kings, Castles, Halls and pannier tanks.

It was the starting point for a unique railtour in 1963 to Swindon Works behind 72006 ‘Clan Mackenzie’, a rare visitor indeed to the Western Region.

We join the tour and see Swindon Works while it was still overhauling steam followed by a visit to the shed.

A return to Paddington for lineside action through Westbourne Park in 1962, more Kings, Castles, County, Hall and a view of 4704 the ultimate 2-8-0 of the GWR.

The Birmingham route, South Wales and Sapperton are visited in the quest for six Kings, five Counties, numerous Castles, Halls, Granges and Manors, even 2-8-0 4704.

As rare as the Clan’s visit to Swindon, we also cover the day in 1963 when Bulleids visited the Western metals of Handsworth & Smethwick.

Westward via Southall in 1963 to Maidenhead and a nostalgic look at the Marlow branch and its ‘donkey’.

At Reading, also in 1963, more Castle action and a couple of SR engines pass through en-route to Moreton yards.

Station pilot was 7817 ‘Garsington Manor’.

Didcot provides us with another County class and the last GWR Castle ‘Great Western’.

Sapperton for the Chalford auto trains lead on to the Birmingham route at Hatton and yet another rare event, Bulleid Pacifics on football specials at Handsworth & Smethwick.

Farewell to the Kings with 6018 to Swindon, then Oxford and the last steam train to Fishguard with 6859.

Returning to London there is a look at the Brentford and Windsor branches before 7029’s last Farewell tour.

Lots of copper caps and lower quadrant signals to delight all GWR enthusiasts.

Approx. 60 minutes.

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