(Standard DVD) Modern Traction Archive: Volume 4

(Standard DVD) Modern Traction Archive: Volume 4

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The fourth in our series of UK modern traction at work in the mid-1980s and early 1990s. Run-time 60mins approx.

This programme contains material of classic modern diesel and electric traction at work in the UK during the 1980s and early 1990s. The DVD is ideal for modellers keen to witness historic liveries and train formations, or for those who just want to reminisce about days gone by. The original video material was filmed using broadcast cameras recording on to portable VHS equipment, as a result the picture quality is very good for the period and with modern digital editing, this programme represents material as close as you can get to the quality of the original.

West Coast Mainline hotspot: Stafford. Largo-logo class 47s, BR blue 20s, 85s, 86s and 87s all feature. Included is a rare shot of 45038 on passenger, also 37 428 on ballast and blue 47 471, 627 and 402. We also witness early intercity-liveried locos as well as blue/grey coaching stock in this nostalgic period beginning in 1985 and going through to 1988.

Rotherham-Masborough: A journey back to October 1986 as we see Metro-Cammel DMUs, blue 37 203, 56016, class 20s on engineers duties, blue/yellow HST, Research Centre Wickham railcar Lab 20 and 45052 on a long vacuum-braked train of coke for Scunthorpe.

Westbury Station Profile: A wide range of motive power is seen on passenger and freight dating back to 1984. We see 45147 (the Manchester crash loco) on freight, class 33s on Portsmouth-Cardiff services and ballast trains from Meldon Quarry, 56116 hauling 47901, a class 205 'Thumper' Unit and 50017, 50019 and 50046. We also see 59003 - now resident in Germany , 31175. class 155 and 156 DMUs and plenty of class 56s and 47s, including 47063, 277, 295 and 705 - and not forgetting class 37s, including 37308 in original blue livery.

Thornaby: Situated at the entrance to Tees Yard, class 31s, 37s, 47s and class 60 are seen on a variety of freight services between 1987 and 1990. Highlights include, pairs of 31s on cement, large-logo 37408 and 37420, 37515 in railfreight red-stripe, 60008 on driver training duties and even a trainspotting dog - totally barking!

Warrington 16th March 1984: Class 25s and class 40s are amongst some of the classes witnessed in our fascinating day out at this popular train-watching location. 25259, 315, 40044, 063, 085, 37165, 45140, 47103, 118, 338, class 86s and 87s all appear on a variety of long-gone workings - and nothing but corporate BR blue livery to be seen!