Opening Scene: Mallard at Greenfields on the climb to Diggle.
The End of the News: Newspaper traffic ceased on 10 July 1988. During the last week we see a 50 at Dawlish, a 31 giving way to an 85 at Preston, a DPU at Blackpool, a van train at Lancaster and a 73 at London Bridge.
Cab Ride – Aberdeen to Inverness: The Great North of Scotland and Highland Railways’ main line viewed from the cab of 47515 on the 09.05. See what the driver sees!
Archive Film: The ‘Scottish Tour 1960’ was filmed by Cam Camwell, covering the same area as our Cab Ride, but twenty-eight years earlier! Gordon Highlander is seen at home in the GNSR line to Macduff and on the main line at Invararie and an immaculate 2P takes the train on. A Black 5 takes the Dava line at Forres and we end at Inverness with the ‘Jones Goods’ (all in colour).
Salisbury Steam: Gerald Daniels has acquired a name for innovation and this year’s “Blackmore Vale Express” programme included an 8F on main line goods. Andover to Romsey trains and an exciting ride in an Inspection Saloon as City of Wells ran alongside on a parallel track! Detailed coverage of what may be the last ‘Southern Steam’ ever!
Drummond Over the Alps: The Mid-Hants Railway was the temporary home of the NRM’s non-working M7 No. 245 in the summer of 1988 and ran it ahead of T9 No. 120 on a unique ride over the line “double headed”. This is the full story of a never to be repeated day.
The Foxfield Railway: One of the lesser-known preserved railways, the Foxfield Railway celebrated 21 years of preservation in 1988, featuring industrial tanks on fierce gradients. This is one of the most fascinating lines there is!
Sentinel at Middleton: Repainted into BR Departmental livery on the 1950’s, No.54 captures the real flavour of those years as she takes a good train along the Middleton Railway in the heart of industrial Leeds.
Rails at Westoe: 1980’s industrial working at and around Westoe Colliery on South Tyneside featuring the unique NCB electric shunters on the quayside.
Freight in South Wales: The first part of a review on BR freight workings in the heartland of Wales, around Newport and district, featuring 37’s in Railfreight liveries, a 08 shunting at Newport Docks, East Usk Yard, etc.
News: Includes a 90 on revenue work, 91 and 89 with a DVT Mallard, Silver Link and Sir Nigel Gresley at York. “Mallard 88” tours on the East Coast, S&C etc, 92220, 3440, Defiant, 6201, 80080, 34092, 48151 on main line tours. 41708 at Swanage, 5572 at Llangollen, 6106 on the Nene Valley, red 141s, the green 45, etc.
Cover Photo: 34092 City of Wells, near Milborne Port on the LSWR West of England main line on 9 July 1988.
Approximately 120 minutes.