Southern Way West Dvd




Mike Arlett explores the former Southern Region main line from Salisbury to Exeter.

Mike Arlett takes us back to the days of working steam on the Southern Region main line to the West Country.

Along the way we explore the passenger and freight workings, stations and gradients to provide the definitive portrait of a fascinating route.

We conclude with a brief overview of the line in the years since the demise of steam.


Salisbury to Yeovil Junction: Salisbury station and shed, and a journey over the undulating line through Templecombe to Yeovil Junction.

Around Yeovil: A detailed look at this busy junction and the services to Penn Mill and Town.

Includes everything from special workings to Auto Trains, Railbuses and Bulleid Pacifics.

Axminster and the Lyme Regis Branch: With the veteran Adams Radial Tanks and the Ivatt tanks introduced during the last years of steam.

Seaton Junction and the Seaton Branch: Including a detailed look at the junction with a wide range of steam power.

Great Western 0-4-2 and Panniers are featured on the branch along with BR Standard power.

Seaton Junction to Honiton: With main line traffic over the steep grades to the summit at Honiton Tunnel.

Sidmouth Junction & the Sidmouth and Exmouth Branches: A brief view with BR Standard and Southern motive power.

Exeter Central: A classic Southern station in the latter years of the steam era.

Decline and Resurgence: The rationalisation of the route in the late 1960s, and the diesel traction scene of the post steam era.

Approx. 94 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Transport Video Publishing (TVP).