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B&R .67 Dvd: Railways of East Midlands, Part 2
The success of our Volumes 29 and 42 have led to this production centred on the Midland main line through Wellingborough and Kettering.
However, views at Leicester, Nuneaton, Nottingham and Staveley set the scene to begin at Marylebone for the GC and St. Pancras to Luton.
Remember when Class 27s in their original livery worked suburban stock and the Wheathampstead to Dunstable branch was still with us?
This time it is with diesel and early DMU as steam was covered in Volume 29.
Next the steam scene north of Irchester Junction to Wellingborough and Kettering.
In the early 1960’s freight dominated the railway here; 9F, WD and 8F engines pulled loaded and empty trains along the four track main line.
Wellingborough shed and station saw Fowler and Jinty tanks and the 84000 Standard tanks on the locals to Northampton.
We traverse the route to Northampton Bridge Street with a 78000 Class mogul.
The main traffic from the area was ironstone; visit Irchester, Finedon, Cranford and Kettering Furnaces industrial systems.
There was a line to Butlins, Butlins Sidings that is!
Engines working hard and fast, slow and branch line work, a feast of steam in an area now mostly devoid of the traffic you see in this programme.
This is a programme centred on the Midland main line around Wellingborough.
After a general look at the steam scene that was the Midland Railway through the East Midlands the programme travels up the line through Luton and the long closed branches to Welwyn and Dunstable.
Next an in-depth look at steam scene at Wellingborough in the early 1960s with its shed and non-stop shunting.
Loaded coal trains to London would be matched by the returning empties in the hands of 9Fs and Stainier 8Fs and WDs. Local passenger trains were using Fowler and Standard tanks even a Stainer mogul puts in an appearance.
Travel the now closed LNWR route to Northampton.
Back at Wellingborough a Peak diesel is replaced by a 9F after catching fire.
Visits are made to the source of so much traffic on the line, the Ironstone quarries at Finedon, Kettering Furnaces and Cranford.
Kettering station has much traffic also all steam hauled.
A few early diesels are also seen on the main line such as Peaks and Class 27s on suburban duties
No modem day material has been used in this one hour mainly colour production.
Relive the early 1960s when these lines echoed to the sound of steam and branches were still open.
The programme is fully sound-tracked and includes an informative commentary.
Approx. 60 minutes.
This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – B&R Video Productions.