Opening Scene: 5224 heads the inaugural run of the Great Central Railway’s re-creation of the ‘Windcutter’ coal trains.
In The Beginning: The Bowes Railway’s celebration of the early days, with ‘Rocket’, ‘Locomotion’ and ‘Sans Pareil’, including a unique ‘triple-header’. Also the launch, at the World’s first public station, of the ‘Planet’ replica.
Preservation Focus: A Brighton E1 on the East Somerset, USA at Swanage, S&D weekend in Lancashire, with 44560 and 34072, NYMR Gala. A black Warship, 50008/15 at Bury and the Dutch Hymek.
NSE Specials: Taw Valley at Brockenhurst, E5001 at Eastleigh, Eastleigh Open Day, with E828, 46521 on test, 777 and 34027 at Andover, Exeter Central and Hewish, Henley branch specials with 46521.
Main Line Steam: 4498 Sir Nigel Gresley at Bewdley and on her main line return at Chepstow and Hereford, Flying Scotsman’s farewell, at Banbury and Saunderton, 5029 at Budbrooke and Bearley Junction, Black 5s 5407 and 44871 in Scotland, the Duchess returns, at Stainforth, Workington and Carnforth East, Bahamas at Garsdale and Birkett, Duke of Gloucester at Crewe and Wrexham, 80080 on the Cambrian.
Return to Raven Square: Our first full feature on the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, with The Countess taking us from Llanfair Caereinion to Welshpool Raven Square and back.
Cab Ride – Exeter to Bristol: Ride with us in the cab of an HST over the original route to the West! A fascinating journey on the Bristol & Exeter Railway through Taunton and Weston-Super-Mare.
BR Newslines: InterCity’s retrenchment, Cleethorpes’ HST to be withdrawn, seen at Swinderby, last through trains to Blackpool, 47624 at Preston, 31 ‘Brush Veteran’ at Shrewsbury, the Maesteg line re-opened to passengers, 143 at Tondu, the decimation of coal in South Wales, from open to closed pits. Cambois to close, Thornaby Open Day, with two 37s, two more 37s at Salisbury and one of the answers to autumn on NSE, the Chipmans Water Canon train.
Environmental Disaster: The threat to the scenic Redmire branch is now fact: it will close on 31 December 1992. We see a double-headed Class 20 railtour and then trace the branch from its junction with the ECML at Northallerton through Wensleydale to the loading terminal at Redmire. Scenes from the last three years show the transition from 37s to 60s.
Cover Photo: The National Railway Museum’s replica of Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’ on its ill-fated visit to the Bowes Railway, 30 August 1992.
Approximately 100 minutes.