(Standard DVD) Modern Traction Archive: Volume 30 - Exeter St.Davids - one last call
Run-time 1 hour and 28 mins approx. Our final look at Exeter in our modern Traction Archive Series. highlights Include:
Exeter is one of the more well known stations for watching trains in the Westcountry; this programme looks at the variety of trains to be seen as far back as 1984, 1985, 1990 and 1991.
Class 50s and class 47s dominate the services to be seen with HSTs also witnessed on cross-country and services to and from London. Our filming also includes the period in early 1985 when the old semaphore signals and trackwork were replaced during engineering work and it is fascinating to see the transition taking place. Our 1984 material was filmed when video cameras where in their infancy and were just then available on the domestic market - the scenes show the old semaphore signals in action as well as the old trackwork, now long since replaced.
We have classes 33, 37, 45, 47, 50, HST and various DMU classes in action, including class 101 and class 117. Many of the HSTs filmed are in their original livery of blue/yellow with blue-grey coaching stock - and of course are all still fitted with the Paxman Valenta engines coupled with their distinctive sound.
Class 33s include 33011, 33014, 33009, and 33061. We see class 37s number 37 719 and 37 272 - the latter having arrived after piloting an HST up from Newquay. Class 45s numbers 45 009 and 45 029 are seen on passenger and freight respectively. Class 47s included in the programme are: 211, 236, 280, 375, 433, 438, 452, 526, 559, 576, 579, 581, 583, 585, 801, 802, 807, 817, 823, 843, 845 and 971 all seen working various trains or light-engine movements.
Exeter wouldn’t of course be without its class 50s and this programme features a host of locomotives at work, including 50 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007, 009, 016, 017, 019, 023, 028, 029, 030, 035, 037, 041, 043, 044, 048, 049 and 050. Services to the far South-West as well as trains to and from Waterloo and Brighton are all seen around the station area. If you’re into pure nostalgia or modelling the then railway scene, this programme is an ideal accompaniment to any collection.