B&R .89 Dvd: Along GWR Lines, Part 3
The third volume in the series takes us from Cardiff, South Wales to Penzance with an introduction at Paddington.
Cardiff and Newport scenes in 1965 when there was still steam hauled freight by both large and small tank engines.
Freight with steam is also seen climbing Pilning Bank out of the Severn Tunnel including the car ferry train.
Down to Bristol on Stapleton Road bank.
Another visit to the Staple Hill Bank on the old Midland, but by now under Western Region control.
While at Bristol see 4079 being loaded onto a ship for Australia.
We thought it would never come back, but it did.
Westwards via Taunton, Exeter and the sea wall to Plymouth.
Cornwall and its branches to Penzance.
All scenes unrepeatable!
This has a mixture of steam and diesel-hydraulic power.
After a brief look at the steam scene at Paddington and Swindon, the journey begins at Cardiff taking in the main line to Penzance.
Newport station is seen with varied motive power in 1964 and 1965.
Much of this traffic then went through the Severn Tunnel and is seen at the tunnel mouth and Pilning including the car ferry train.
On through the suburbs of Bristol at Ashley Hill, Narroways and Stapleton Road.
Temple Meads has the last steam workings alongside early diesel hydraulics.
A visit to Avonmouth sees Pendennis Castle being loaded for Australia in 1977.
The Western main line at Exeter, Dawlish, Newton Abbot and Plymouth also includes the Kingsbridge branch.
Into Cornwall for the main line and branches to Looe, Bodmin, Wadebridge, Fowey, and St. Blazey.
Finally via Hayle and St. Ives into Penzance.
The steam scene shows many classes of GWR motive power from express to tank engine types.
Early diesel hydraulics are also seen in this fascinating transition in the West of England.
This programme has all colour archive film and has an informative commentary and authentic sound track thereby achieving the best out of the original film.
Approx. 60 minutes.
This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – B&R Video Productions.