B&R .90 Dvd: Woodhead Remembered




The Woodhead route across the Pennines is much lamented by enthusiasts and arguably should not have been closed in 1981.

Stated as the most modern means of rail transport when opened in 1954, its electrification was out of date just six years later.

This programme reminds us of the motive power used on this 1500v DC line, the EM1 Bo-BO, EM2 Co-Co and Class 506 EMUs.

Some early liveried diesels appear on the route and various steam power also, especially at Sheffield Victoria and Guide Bridge.

Visitors to not now extinct Dinting Steam Centre are included and there was ‘Lion’ on the mainline!

Filmed mainly from 1964, most of the electrics are in their early liveries of blue and green with and without yellow warning panels.

The entire route is seen, Manchester, Sheffield and Worsborough incline.

The EM2s in Holland also appear with a triple header.

A programme for electric traction fans.

Not entirely, for steam was seen occasionally on the route especially west of Dinting, but this is the story of the 1500v dc system across the Pennines from Sheffield to Manchester.

Filmed mainly in the 1960’s, you will see the EM1’s and EM2’s as they were in their green livery as much as they were in blue towards the end.

Passenger services are there throughout the route.

Class 506 units are seen on the Glossop service and there is coverage of the EM2 class in Holland.

All told a pretty comprehensive film of this period of electrification on an ex-LNER line.

One day it may reopen again although not at 1500v dc!

Approx. 60 minutes.

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