B&R .59 Dvd: Southern Steam Finale, Part 5
As Southern steam went into its last winter, there was still no shortage of interesting events taking place.
Electrification marched on to Lymington Junction; new signalling reached Bournemouth except at Southampton.
Steam continued in some quantity to Salisbury and Weymouth.
There are plenty of scenes of normal steam workings on the South Western main line between Waterloo and Weymouth and visits to Nine Elms and Weymouth sheds.
Ashford Works is seen for the last workings of the C Class 0-6-0s.
Eight railtours are seen in detail which used a USA tank around Wimbledon, double headed un-rebuilt pacifics to Fareham and on to Blandford Forum with Standards.
35026 visited York, Newcastle and Doncaster.
The Shakespearian used 7029 and 70004 to Banbury and Stratford on Avon.
The Isle of Wight steam finished on December 31st 1966.
Normal service trains are shown leading up to their demise and the railtour to commemorate it.
Finally the ill-fated Bridport Belle tour, again double headed un-rebuilt Bulleids; the whole disastrous tour is recorded and the story told.
The next volume in this definitive series of the end of Southern steam, now being collected as the historical record of the time, covers the four months of October to December 1966 and into January 1967.
Once more, sixteen cameramen supplied material for this volume allowing the full story to be told for the period.
As a programme of Southern steam it also stands on its own since the general steam service is filmed over the South Western lines from Waterloo to Weymouth.
However, as with all titles in this series, full coverage of rail tours of the period is included.
The first seen is the RCTS Four Counties tour covering the Tooting branch with Guildford’s shed pilot engine 30072.
Next the Dorset and Hants tour with two un-rebuilt pacifics taking in the Somerset and Dorset to Blandford, the remains of the Ringwood branch and finally Hamworthy Goods.
Merchant Navy class 35026’s visit to Newcastle, Doncaster and York.
‘Clun Castle’ and Britannia 70004 took Bulleid stock to Stratford on Avon and Stourbridge Junction.
The end of steam on the Isle of Wight did come on the last day of December 1966 and coverage is given to the whole route remaining from Ryde Esplanade to Shanklin.
Lastly the rail tour to the Bridport branch via Salisbury, Westbury and Maiden Newton with all its troubles is fully related.
Oh yes, and also the last steam run to Exeter!
Approx. 60 minutes.
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