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GWR Steam Action Dvd: 2011-2014
The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company that linked London with the south-west and west of England and most of Wales.
It was founded in 1833, received its enabling Act of Parliament in 1835 and ran its first trains in 1838.
With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the GWR returned to direct government control, and by the end of the war a Labour government was in power and again planning to nationalise the railways.
After a couple of years trying to recover from the ravages of war, the GWR became the Western Region of British Railways on 1 January 1948.
The Great Western Railway Company continued to exist as a legal entity for nearly two more years, being formally wound up on 23 December 1949.
Passenger traffic was the main source of revenue for the GWR when it first opened but goods were also carried in separate trains.
It was not until the coal-mining and industrial districts of Wales and the Midlands were reached that goods traffic became significant.
Many classes of steam engine were produced by the GWR by several different engineers, Charles Collett was Chief Mechanical Engineer between 1922 and 1941 and designed several engines including the famous ‘Castle’ and ‘King’ express passenger classes.
The GWR first painted its locomotives a dark holly green but this was changed to middle chrome or Brunswick green for most of its existence.
They initially had chocolate brown or Indian red frames but this was changed in the twentieth century to black.
Name and number plates were generally of polished brass with a black background, and chimneys often had copper rims or ‘caps’.
This dvd features a whole collection of GWR Engines hauling passenger and freight services at preserved railways and on the mainline between 2011 and 2014.
Some of the preserved railways include:
North Norfolk Railway
Great Central Railway
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
East Lancashire Railway
Severn Valley Railway
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway
Plus many others including mainline charters around the UK.
Some of the steam engines featured on the dvd include:
GWR 14XX No.1450
GWR 15XX No.1501
GWR 28XX No.2807
GWR 45XX No.4566
GWR 51XX No.4141
GWR 51XX No.5164
GWR 56XX No.5619
GWR 56XX No.6619
GWR 78XX No.7812 ‘Erlestoke Manor’
GWR 78XX No.7820 ‘Dinmore Manor’
GWR 78XX No.7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’
GWR 78XX No.7828 ‘Odney Manor’
GWR Hall No.4936 ‘Kinlett Hall’
GWR Castle No.5029 ‘Nunney Castle’
GWR Castle No.5043 ‘Earl of Mount Edgecumbe’
Approx. 74 minutes.
This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Steaming Around Yorkshire Film Productions – SAY.