B&R .85 Dvd: Steam Routes West




Back in Volume 46 (B&R No. 46) we travelled west the Western Way as far as Plymouth.

This volume covers the Southern route from Waterloo to Plymouth, a bit like the Withered Arm programme really.

Along the way we visit various branches like Ludgershall and Bulford before a glorious interlude at Salisbury on a summer Saturday before the diesels came and altered the Atlantic Coast Express for ever.

Down to another Summer Saturday at Exeter Central via the Seaton and Sidmouth branches.

Onto the Withered Arm to Barnstaple and Ilfracombe.

A long look at Wadebridge to Wenfordbridge with a Beattie Well Tank even though the 1366 Class had arrived.

A brief view of the Callington Branch and finally Plymouth.

Plenty of Bulleids but many other types as well on a route that has now changed or closed forever.

A real West Country treat of steam.

An archive look at the route of the ‘Atlantic Coast Express’ from Waterloo to Plymouth.

Filmed from 1960 to 1966, over the lines to the West with views of some of the branches that fed the main line, such as Ludgershall, Bulford, Chard, Seaton and Sidmouth.

Busy Summer Saturdays scenes at Salisbury, Yeovil Junction and Exeter Central.

The last steam at Barnstaple and Ilfracombe.

Wadebridge for Beattie Well tanks and GWR 1366 Class.

A trip along the Wenfordbridge branch for china clay in 1960 before finally arriving at Plymouth via Bere Alston.

Besides Bulleids, rebuilt and un-rebuilt, there are Maunsell Moguls, Britannia, M7, Q1, Z, Beattie tanks, Pannier tanks, even a WR Castle, LMR Ivatt tanks and BR Standards.

This programme is 95% colour archive film and has an informative commentary and authentic sound track thereby achieving the best out of the original archive film.

Approx. 60 minutes.

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