Deltic . .Western . .Whistler . .


Produced as a companion title to DIESELS IN PRESERVATION, this video is another of our "Wired for Sound" specials, featuring THREE footplate journeys aboard THREE classes of diesel locomotive - each on a different line!

The action is provided by a trio of popular machines - 55015 Tulyar, running at the Midland Railway Centre in Derbyshire between Riddings and Hammersmith, D1062 Western Courier on a return trip over the delightfully scenic Severn Valley Railway and, finally, 40145 powering uphill between Bury and Rawtenstall on the East Lancashire Railway.

The locomotives are each fitted with a different type of power unit - the Napier - engined Deltic, the Maybach-powered Western, and the classic English Electric 16SVT of the Class 40. To capture the audio characteristics of these machines, microphones were strategically placed in each locomotive and the soundtrack recorded in Hi-Fi. The Western and Whistler are heard at their best from the rear cabs, while the sound of the Deltic was recorded as few have heard it before - from inside the engine-room!

Thanks to some fine spirited running, these three classic classes produce some outstanding audio entertainment and offer a nostalgic reminder of the era of loco-hauled travel.

"This video brings back the feeling of the classic ‘diesel thrash’ we used to experience on the main line." RAILWAY MAGAZINE


Programme Fact File

Narration:   Neil Rice
First Published: 1994
Route Featured: Midland Railway Centre, Severn Valley Railway, East Lancashire Railway.
Classes Featured: 40, 52, 55.
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Other Locomaster Profiles Programmes featuring Class 55 "Deltic" motive power: 
Diesels in Preservation
, All The Way, The Traction Series and the Power Hour.

Other Locomaster Profiles Programmes featuring Class 52 "Western" motive power: 
Diesels in Preservation
, A Day on the ClayThe Traction Series and the Power Hour.

Other Locomaster Profiles Programmes featuring Class 40 "Whistler" motive power: 
Diesels in Preservation
, The Class 40 StoryDouble Scotch and the Power Hour.

 

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