This programme was made as a Souvenir Edition of the 1985 events which commemorated the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Great Western Railway in 1835. This dvd covers the many steam specials run to commemorate the 150 years which ran all over the old GWR system, mostly to the South West. Locomotives included are the Severn Valley Railway’s Manor’s and Hall’s, plus the specially turned out gem, City of Truro. The Severn Valley railway also turned out a goods train, complete with 2-8-0 No. 2857 which ran down to Newport for a special event.
Other footage is included of the Exhibition train which toured the Region and of the Open Days held at various depots on the Great Western Railway system. All in all, a great tribute to this wonderful event. Contents: Iron Duke – The Broad Gauge replica seen in close up and in steam in Hyde Park, at Didcot, Tyseley, Old Oak and the NRM. Didcot – Open Days and GW150 steamings featuring the largest line up of preserved GW locomotives during 1985 together with visiting locomotives including Blue Peter, LMS 8F and Nord 4-6-0. Swindon-Gloucester – The principal steam route during the year, featuring a wide variety of main line steam locomotives including 6000, 7029, 6819, 4930, 75069, etc. Main Line Goods – The main line working of the Severn Valley Railway’s 2857 with a loose coupled goods train to Newport.
Archive Film – Great Western steam working from the 1930’s to the 1960’s from Stirling Video’s collection.
BR Open Days – Scenes at various Western Region T.M.D.’s which held Open Days in connection with GW150. GW Preservation – Many GW locomotives, rolling stock and artifacts are covered including workings on the Severn Valley and Dart Valley Railways. Exhibition Train – The official GW150 Exhibition Train is seen both inside and out, with commentary by Isambard Kingdom Brunel! Tyseley – The Birmingham Railway Museum at Tyseley with visiting locomotives and main line steam workings.
West Country Steam – GW locomotives at work again in South and West Wales. Bristol to Plymouth and over the Royal Albert Bridge in Cornwall, including ‘City of Truro’ along the River Severn to Newport.
Approx. 90 minutes.