Railscene Magazine 29 DVD: Winter 1991/92





Opening Scene: 73101 in Pullman livery at Victoria.

Folkestone Swan Song: 34027 Taw Valley and 80080 storm the 1 in 30 Folkestone Harbour branch just before its closure is announced.

Bury to Manchester Transition: Commissioning trials with the new trams precede views from both the cab and lineside of this northern suburban system at the end of the line for class 504.

The East Lancashire Railway (Part Two): Concluding our feature, this time we follow the newly-opened extension from Rawtenstall to Ramsbottom, featuring many locomotives, including visiting 34072 and 35005.

Preservation Focus: 40442 in large logo, all green D335, Bodmin diesel hydraulics, Bellerophon at Scunthorpe, Britannia on the Nene Valley, Repton at Leicester North, Tom Rolt and Corris No.4 on the Talyllyn, T9 and 1F special, Butterley and Yorkshire Dales extensions.

Dean Forest City: They are expanding down in the Forest of Dean and City of Truro was there to open the line to Lydney Lakeside. Footplate and lineside views record the event.

BR Newslines: The launch of the Parcels livery at Crewe and locos in service in the livery, last Whitehaven TPO, 20s on the Cumbrian Coast, D1500 on tour, Inter City 60, diversions to St Pancras, 73101 and 73128, Bluebell Special, HST at Branksome, all-blue 4TC, 50029 on tour.

Nightmare on Table 145 (Part 2.5): ‘The Smell of Fearless’. More problems for NSE on the Waterloo to Exeter route, with four 33s at Waterloo, Parcels 47s and the last few 50s still holding out.

Fiddlers Ferry Power: A detailed review of Trainload Coal’s major coal operation in the northwest, from 20s at Point of Ayr colliery, Mostyn and Newton-le-Willows, shunting at Warrington, double-headed 56s, 60s at Fiddler’s Ferry, close-ups inside the terminal and 20s taking the train away.

A Gaggle of Galas: Galas on the North Wales Coast, at Worksop, Old Oak Common. Laira and Cambridge gave rise to a bewildering variety of train formations and locomotive pairings! Multiple 20s, 58s, 37s, 59 and 60, 50s, 52s, 26s, 31s and even the blue 303 in East Anglia!

Main Line Steam: 80080 in South Wales, 8233s test and run, 48151 on S&C, 46203’s marathon, 46229 goes home, 60027 Merlin on the North Wales Coast, 4771 in North Wales, 777 and 34027 go south, 34027, 70000 and 4472 in East Anglia, 75069 on ‘Cam’ Special, 7819.

Cover Photo: 60027 Merlin, as reincarnated by courtesy of 60009, leaves Crewe with a ‘North Wales Coast Express’.

Approximately 120 minutes.