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Changing Trains - Vol 1

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In 1960 many trains on the Western Region were still hauled by elderly steam locomotives, though titled trains and high speed schedules were still commonplace. Within 5 years, the diesel invasion was all but complete. However, the culprits - a fleet of stylish diesel-hydraulics, and other first generation diesel types, still provided a fascinating scene for the enthusiast. This programme includes rare cine film to illustrate the change on the motive power front in this area of the country over a period spanning more than 50 years.

Changing Trains Vol 1 - Bristol and the route to Weymouth.

Volume 1 in the series looks at the area around Bristol, including the routes to Stoke Gifford, the Severn tunnel, and the western approach through Bedminster. We then follow the route to Bath, with a break to see steam on the S&D at Green Park, Midford, Radstock, and other locations, together with a Class 22 diesel at Shillingstone. Then onto Westbury, Castle Cary, Yeovil and finally Weymouth, including scenes filmed on the Weymouth Quay branch. The programme includes a variety of ex-GWR steam types such as Castles, Granges, Kings, Counties & Halls, plus various others such as Britannias, West Country, classes 3MT, 4F, 7F and 9F etc.

And for the diesel fans - see the early Diesel-hydraulics at the new Bath Road depot together with Peaks, Sulzer type 2s, Brush type 4s. The Royal Train at Temple Meads hauled by class 31s, Metro Cammells’ famous Bristol Pullman train and the prototype HST in action.

A Peak diesel and class 5 4-6-0 at Mangotsfield.

Class 31s, 33s & 37s on the Weymouth route, with the latter also seen on aggregate traffic.

A Warship & Hall combination at Westbury, and prototype D0226 passing Bath on a goods train in 1960.

Of added interest is the comparison in the railway infrastructure in this 50 year period, with contemporary views showing the scenes as they are now.

Changing Trains Volume 2 provides an insight covering 50 years detailing the change from Steam engine locomotives to the more modern stylish diesel first generation hydraulic engines. This entertaining DVD programme includes rare cine film to illustrate the change on the motive power front in the Western Region of the country, spanning more than 50 years. Enjoy nostalgic footage looking at the routes from Bristol and Westbury to Exeter St Davids. Highlights also include Steam & Diesel services at Highbridge & mainline action near Uphill, Westbury and Frome South Junction. Experience historic steam engines including 'Kings', 'Castles' and 'Counties' in action.

Be enthralled by other footage such as Hymeks, Warships & Westerns on the mainline including Western Champion in Golden Ochre livery; Taunton station with class 45, 47, 50 & 52 in dramatic action; Going back in time we visit the re-opening of the first train in 1976 at Wiveliscombe and Venn Cross stations on the Taunton-Barnstaple route with North British Locomotive (NBL) D6300 type 2s in action; 1451 on the Hemyock branch. In addition the very last Travelling Post Office (TPO) leaves Exeter St Davids station. Of added interest is the comparison in the railway infrastructure in this 50 year period, with contemporary views showing the scenes as they are now.

Changing Trains Vol 3 - Basingstoke to Ilfracombe

Volume 3 in the series looks at the route from Basingstoke to Torrimgton and Ilfracombe via Exeter. Highlights include Steam & early diesel hydraulics at Basingstoke; mainline action between Basingstoke and Salisbury plus visits to Salisbury shed in the early 1960s and then after closure, when we see all the withdrawn locos waiting to be towed away. Steam & diesel at Templecombe, stations to Yeovil Jn and beyond; action from the Lyme Regis, Seaton, Sidmouth and Exmouth branches. 1960s & 1990s views at Exeter, then onto Okehampton, Barnstaple, Torrington and finally Ilfracombe. See an 'N' class and T9 at Okehampton, then the last day passenger services, Class 22s at Torrington and Hymek & Warship action on the Ilfracombe route.

Of added interest is the comparison in the railway infrastructure in this 50 year period, with contemporary views showing the scenes as they are now.

Volume 4 looks at the routes Exeter St Davids to Newton Abbot, Kingswear, Heathfield, Ashburton and Plymouth. Highlights include: Dawlish Summer Saturday in 1970, with Warships, Westerns, Brush, Peaks and Hymek diesels; 'Warship' and 'Peak' double-head 'The DevonIan'; scenes inside Newton Abbot shed and locomotive works; A Western on the Stoneycombe ballast; Raging seas at Dawlish 2002; Present and past at Paignton; Clay traffic from Heathfield: HST drags over the banks; steam at Ashburton station; freight to Cattewater; Laira depot in 1962 with NBL type 2s, Warships, Westerns etc. Of added interest is the comparison in the railway infrastructure in this 50 year period, with contemporary views showing the scenes as they are now.

Volume 5 is the final part in a five part series and looks at the route from Plymouth to Penzance, including the Gunnislake, Looe, Bodmin, Fowey, Newquay, Falmouth and St Ives branches, plus scenes from Wadebridge and Padstow. Highlights include: early diesel-hydraulic scenes at Plymouth North Road plus Western & Southern steam, Warship at Devonport Junction; Moorswater freight; Warship & Grange at Redruth; 25s & 37s on Cornish Clay traffic; 37s and 50s at Par and an 08 on the Harbour branch: Prarie tank & NBL D6342 at Falmouth; West country Mail trains; classes 25, 42, 50 & 52 at Hayle and a 37 on the wharf branch; the Prototype HST on test at St Erth, etc. Of added interest is the comparison in the railway infrastructure in this 50 year period, with contemporary views showing the scenes as they are now.

 

For volumes 2, 3 and 4, please email [email protected]

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