B&R .70 Dvd: Along GWR Lines, Part 1




A look at the popularity of the Great Western Railway, the longest serving company of British railways.

After a brief resume of what was best in the GWR, we begin our journey from Paddington, where else?

Kings, Castles and pannier tanks come and go from Brunel’s terminus and at Westbourne Park.

At Old Oak we follow Castles and Grange classes to High Wycombe before resuming our journey west to Reading via Southall in its last days of steam.

From this event, the Great Western Society emerged with their open days at Taplow.

The early 1960’s provided steam on the Marlow branch and Reading General was a veritable paradise for Castles and chocolate and cream.

Visit Reading shed to see engines that worked out over Goring water troughs; three minutes. of water splash.

Pity the Southern engines that had no scoops!

The next port of call is Didcot when it played host to Castles, Halls, Panniers and 28xx Class, and a pre-preservation shed visit.

Oxford was the place to be for steam in the early 1960’s.

Southern engines handed over to Western here.

Finally another look at Didcot in 1965 and a preview of later volumes with steam at Pilning, Dawlish and Penzance.

A programme covering the steam days in the London Division of the Western Region of British Railways from Paddington to Oxford.

Filmed between 1960 and 1965, the motive power seen includes Kings, Castles, Halls and Granges, through to Prairie and Pannier tanks.

Expresses and suburban trains, freight and shunting movements are all portrayed.

Follow the GWR main line out of Paddington to Westbourne Park and Old Oak Common to High Wycombe.

From Southall to Reading with scenes on the Marlow branch.

Reading saw much activity from the North and West of England main lines and the inter-regional trains with the Southern West to Goring troughs.

Then Didcot, now home to the Great Western Society, but in the early 1960’s very busy with passenger and freight.

Oxford saw the last Castle workings from Worcester and Banbury Inter Regional trains changed motive power here as well as a freight centre from the Midlands, Halls, Castles, Manor and Southern pacifics passed through with Standards and ex-GWR moguls.

Filmed mainly in colour the programme has authentic sound and 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.