This dvd covers British Steam in the 1950s and carries on ‘Cam’ Camwell’s personal record during the years 1956 to 1958. These were years of change, as the Modernisation Plan had been announced in 1955 and various older classes were being sent to the scrap heap. In addition, branch line closures were beginning to accelerate and some minor cross-country lines had succumbed. Standardisation was starting to become apparent as the Riddles classes made their mark from north to south, but steam was still ‘king’!
VOLUME 3 ~ This third volume of the series covers B.R. on a geographical basis from the West Country to Scotland.
THE WEST COUNTRY – From Penzance to Chard, via the Cornish Main Line and Branches, through Exeter and around North and South Devon, with Counties, Castles, Kings, Prairies, T9s, M7s, West Countries, etc.
WORKS VISITS – Brighton, Eastleigh and Swindon, with a mass of SR and WR locos, including LN, N15 10XX, City of Truro, Q1, etc.
SOUTH WALES – Both Western and LMS in Wales is covered, from Barry Pier to Moat Lane Junction, through Swansea Victoria, Pantyffynon, Dowlais Top, New Tredegar, Three Cocks and so on, featuring Jinties, Black 5s, Ivatt 2-6-0s, Panniers, Collett 0-6-0s, etc.
SHROPSHIRE AND MONTGOMERYSHIRE – The ‘Col. Stephens’ Railway’ under the heel of the military! A trip over the line, mostly in colour.
THE MIDLANDS – The North Staffs from the train, the Great Central in Nottinghamshire, train spotting at Clay Cross and the last days of the ‘Varsity Line’ to Kettering, with ‘Directors’, ‘Crabs’, 8Fs, 5s, 9F and Compound and an LTSR 4-4-2T at Uppingham, etc.
THE NORTH EAST – The East Coast Main Line at Thirsk, the Coast Line from Whitby through Sandsend, double heading at Goathland, with A2s, A3s, V2s, L1s, A8s and B1s, etc.
SCOTLAND – An interlude at Dumfries, then around the South West Coast to Largs, ending at Kilmarnock and Larkhall, with 2Ps, 3Fs, 4Ps, 5s and 6P!, etc.
VOLUME 4 ~ This volume covers the important last years of the 1950s and the first of the 1960s – the year in which B.R.s last steam locomotive was built. Change all around is seen, from branch line closures to locomotive withdrawals and this programme covers most parts of the United Kingdom except the South of England and North Wales.
SOUTH WALES – The last train, with a ‘Coal Tank’ and ‘Super D’, over the ex-LNWR ‘Heads of the Valley’ line from Abergavenny to Merthyr, and the branch from Risca to Tredegar.
WELSH BORDERS – Chepstow to Monmouth and Ross, also Ledbury to Ross, with 14XX, 57XX, 2251, 43XX, a Castle, Railcars, etc.
CROSS COUNTRY – Stow on the Wold, Savernake and then the Midland & Great Northern Joint from Great Ormsby to Sutton Bridge, with Ivatt 2-6-0s, D16/3, J6, etc.
BIRMINGHAM AND THE BLACK COUNTRY – Railtours around Birmingham, visiting Henley-in-Arden and the goods branch and lines around Wolverhampton, as well as Royal Oak industrials.
WORKS VISITS – Horwich and Crewe, with L&Y 0-6-0STs and 0-6-0s, Black 5s, etc.
LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE – Lines radiating from Blackburn, to Hellifield, Burnley, Bolton and Preston, including an interlude at Todd Lane Junction – with 8Fs, 5s, Fairburns, etc. Then GCR lines around Barnsley and a long feature on York Station, with many East Coast types featured.
SCOTLAND – Starting at Inverness, the 1960 Scottish Tour down the Highland Main Line to Perth with the ‘Jones Goods’, then the branch to Crieff with a Caley 4-4-0, and the West Highland from Tyndown to Fort William.
Please note this programme was filmed in black and white with some colour in Volume 3.
All material was filmed on 16mm film telecined to 3/4′ BVU and edited to 1′.
Approx. 110 minutes.