Marsden Rail 23 Dvd: Routes around Gloucester


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Situated on the upper reaches of the River Severn, Gloucester handled the once immense traffic transported by rail between the West Midlands and South Wales via Severn Tunnel Junction.

Scenes at Gloucester focus on the wide variety of services using the former Midland Railway’s Eastgate and Great Western Railway’s Central stations,  together with their attendant loco depots of Barnwood and Horton Road, which played host to ‘Halls, Castles, Granges, Manors’ and freight locos of all descriptions.

Heading south from Gloucester to Severn Tunnel Junction, a fascinating record of ex-GWR operations and engineering is featured, including the now demolished Severn Railway Bridge, which spanned the River Severn at Lydney.

At Severn Tunnel  Junction the scale of rail operations is impressive, with diesel power making its presence felt and a visit  to the depot finds an ex-Southern Railway ‘Z’ class loco, transferred to the area for shunting trials!

In addition to main line traffic, the classic GWR ‘autotrains’ are  viewed in the Golden Valley between Gloucester and Chalford and, on branch line services, railbuses were being introduced in an effort to reduce costs.

Their use enabled cameramen to record detailed views of the routes, a practice illustrated on branch line journeys from Kemble to Cirencester and Tetbury.

Gloucester was also a major inland port, linked to the navigable lower reaches of the River Severn by the 19th century Gloucester and Berkeley Canal.

The sedate passage of heavily laden barges contrasts with the often frantic bustle of rail operations.

Finally, a journey to Bristol Temple Meads Station, with a mixture of ex-GWR and LMS locomotives on view, brings this fascinating programme to a close.

Between 1959 and 1968, railway enthusiast and cine-cameraman, Michael Marsden, recorded views and sounds of the rapidly changing face of Britain’s rail network.

For over twenty-five years after steam ended, he captivated audiences throughout the country with his unique film collection that captured steams’ last decade and the full emergence of the diesel locomotive.

The blending of this film and that of other cameramen with true sounds of the era, plus an informative narrative, has resulted in the creation of a superb range of railway programmes detailing the last decade of British mainline steam operations.

Approx. 60 mins.

Region 0/Region free. NTSC versions are available on request.

This dvd is being sold on behalf and with full permission of the copyright holder – Marsden Rail 2004.