Newslines – Electrifying Progress: 1986 sees the completion of the Hastings and Cambridge electrification, further work towards Norwich in East Anglia, on the East Coast Main Line and in Ayrshire and commencement of the East Grinstead electrification. This feature shows work in progress and illustrates current workings on these lines.
Cab Ride – The Settle to Carlisle, or rather, Carlisle to Settle: Recorded from the cab of 47474 on 8th January 1986, the view from the cab shows the celebrated line in winter with snow everywhere! We pass D200, two 31s and a 25 and hear anecdotes from Driver George Parker and Inspector Ron Gerrard.
Archive Film – Ivo Peters’ Somerset & Dorset Railway: Ivo Peters is as celebrated as the S&D itself and his 16mm colour film of the line in its heyday from 1959 to its demise brings it back to life twenty years after closure on 6th March 1966. The pictures are enhanced by Peter Handford’s fabulous recordings of locomotives hard at work on the S&D.
News: 1985 Review: Mogul at Wapping Wharfe. 6000 and 7819 on the last South Devon run, 46443 at Bristol. GW150’s final fling. Stewarts Lane Open Day, Mid-Hants at Alton, Maude (NM 0-6-0) on the Edinburgh ‘Sub’. Black 5 5305 at Scarborough in the snow, 4930 and 3440 at Worcester, Malvern Ledbury and Hereford, 4472 at West Ruislip and Banbury, 34092 at Bearley Junction and High Wycombe, Class 59s arrive at Southampton, all four at Salisbury and 59001 on test at Kettering. Naming ceremonies – APT – City of Truro and Hagley Hall. Hastings in Devon. City of Wells in the South. Flying Scotsman – Class 59!, etc.
Cover Photo: DMU in the snow, at Wychwood on the Marylebone to Aylesbury line on 10 February 1985.
Approximately 105 minutes.