Wakefield, Crewe, Diesel-Electric Power No.2 1985-1986,  B & R Volume 10 DVD - The Vale of Rheidol Railway
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

Wakefield, Crewe, Diesel-Electric Power No.2 1985-1986, B & R Volume 10 DVD

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A sequel to Volume 9 which concentrates on the modern image of BR motive power. Most classes active on BR in 1985/6 are featured including a glimpse of the then new class 59 on proving trials piloted by 56047 on the spectacular Foster-Yeoman stone trains. We start with scenes at Wakefield Kirkgate, a mainly freight location at the centre of a number of lines and during weekdays enjoys a wealth of traffic; locos featured include 20s(triple-headed), 25s, 31s, 37s, 47s and 56s. D200 is viewed at a number of locations on special runs including the “Tamar-Tyne Special” and the “Penzance Flyer” in 1985. On the WCML, Acton Bridge (north of Crewe) sees considerable activity on a weekday morning including 27066. Nearer Crewe, we see 97403 (46035) and 97201 (24061) as well as APT, HST, 87, 86, 85, 81, 58 and 47 classes. Our next location is Severn Tunnel Junction with wintry conditions. A 56 waits with oil tanks for a London bound HST as 25259 struggles gamely with a huge freight. 37s include “British Steel Shelton” also DMUs, 45, 47 (47078 “Sir Daniel Gooch” in green), 56, 33, 31 as well as an 08 on the Silcock Express!. At Chinley North Junction, unusual views of 31s and 20s as well as 45s and double-headed 37s as the trains negotiate the crossings on to the triangle or speed through to Manchester. We see a couple more double-headers at Chapel-en-le-Frith before moving to the dilapidated remains of Chinley Station where among others, 40057 powers through. Finally 40009/44 manoeuvring light engine in the yard at Warrington. 60 minutes.

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