B&R ..9 Dvd: Diesel-Electric Power, Part 1




Since 1955 modernisation has eliminated steam locomotives from the system, prototype diesel and electric locomotives have come and gone as have most of the first generation of diesels such as Warships, Hymeks, 40s and several other types.

A few had survived, Peaks and Class 31s being among them.

Today’s image although still changing has developed into a pattern which is illustrated by this programme filmed during 1984 and 1985.

Section 1 – Westbury Area 09.03.84: The Westbury to Warminster line is the scene for the heavy Foster-Yeoman stone trains with Class 56s pulling and banking on occasions.

Other types include double-headed 37s, 45147 (pre-Eccles) and 47s.

Section 2 – A day at Warrington 14.03.84: A very busy centre on the main London to Glasgow route featuring Classes 25, 37, 40, 45, 47 and 86.

Section 3 – Toton and Worksop 12.05.84 and 13.05.84: Toton and Worksop are hubs of freight operation and provide spectacular ballast and coal trains for dispersal throughout the Midlands.

Class 31, 37, 47, 56 and 58 provide the power.

Section 4 – A day at Carlisle 03.05.85: We move to Carlisle which even then this very busy centre sported a wide variety of diesel and electric power including APT and Classes 26, 27, 37 and 81.

Section 5 – The West Country 25.05.85: A surprisingly busy part of the network with many cross-country workings. Scenes from Tiverton, Exeter, Exminster, Starcross, Dawlish and Teignmouth feature Classes 45, 47, 50 (Hoovers) and HSTS.

Section 6 – Retford and Worksop 03.10.85: More MGR and coal traffic workings are seen at this extremely heavy worked location with Classes 56s, 58s and 20s providing the power.

Section 7 – Exminster and Truro 25.10.85: Main line passenger workings along this ex-GWR line with 47s, 50s and HSTs featured.

Approx. 60 minutes.

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