Newlines – ‘Open & Shut’: New stations and lines reopened, the Mid-Hants at Alton, closure of Tunbridge Wells to Eridge, including a now historic cab ride over the line!
Cab Ride – West Coast Main Line: Under the wires from Euston to Liverpool, through the old Crewe, aboard 86257 Snowden. One of the boldest moves by British Rail in 1985 was the complete shut-down of Crewe station in order to bring the track layout in line with modern standards. Our cab ride features the old layout a few days before it was swept away.
Preservation – The Great Central Railway: The only preserved trunk line in the country, featuring both diesel and steam.
Archive Film: BR (SR) steam working in the 60s from Waterloo and Nine Elms depot, filmed by BR drivers and firemen (from 8mm film).
News: Marylebone and West Country steam – Fort William steam – Shakespeare Expresses – Dorchester singling – GW150 events – Crewe modernisation, etc.
GW150’s second run, with 4930 and 5051 in the West Country, 7029 and 5593 on ‘Shakespeare Expresses’, 46229 at Aylesbury, 777 at York, with 34092, Engineers’ 40s – 97407 at Crewe, the first ‘Ethel’, ‘The Royal Scotsman’ at Tulloch, 45143 at Andover, Hastings unit at Ropley (on Mid-Hants), Green EMU’s City of Truro at Bridgnorth, 6000 at Swindon and Didcot’s GW150 Gala.
Approximately 60 minutes.