(Standard DVD) Modern Traction Archive: Volume 32 (Doncaster, Newport, Warrington and Westbury)

(Standard DVD) Modern Traction Archive: Volume 32 (Doncaster, Newport, Warrington and Westbury)

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We begin at Doncaster station in 1991 where electrification of the East Coast Main Line saw services operated by Class 91 electrics in their original colour schemes, including the Intercity ‘Swift’ logos. Also featured here are class 56s, class 31s, class 37s, class 47s, DMUs and recently transferred class 307 units on local turns to Leeds.

Our next stopover comes from Newport in South Wales where it’s the class 37 that dominates the locomotives on show. We are now very much in the British Rail Sub-Sector livery period with a wide range of colour schemes present, as well as railfreight livery variations and ‘Dutch’ departmental. We also see class 47, 56 & 60s on a variety of freight workings, all filmed in 1991.

Travelling north we head for the West Coast Main Line at Winwick Junction, just north of Warrington, on two occasions in 1990 and 1991. There’s plenty of light-engine movements here as locomotives ply their way to and from the yard and stabling point at Warrington. Classes 20, 31, 37, 47, 86, 87 and class 90 dominate the locomotive classes to be seen. Highlights include the use of Railfreight-liveried class 90s on passenger trains.

Our final section comes from Wiltshire as we study stone traffic around the junction town of Westbury in 1989 and 1990. Locations include Merehead, Frome, Westbury, Dilton Marsh and Upton Scudamore. Foster Yeoman Class 59s and British Rail class 56s are the most common classes to be seen, which includes 59 003 before its export to Germany and subsequent import back to the UK. Class 33s and 37s also feature, as well as HSTs, DMUs and class 47s. The unique 47 901 is filmed on a banking turn as well as at the head of a stone train on Upton Scudamore bank. There is also a contrast in wagon types from the 4-wheel PGA hoppers and ex-British Steel tipplers to the more modern purpose-built open and hopper wagon types used by foster Yeoman and ARC.