Freight No More Vol 1

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Freight No More Volume 1

Today’s rail freight scene is very different from that of 25 years ago. Block trains are the mainstay of the current scene - a far cry from the vast amount of wagonload traffic carried by Speedlink and, more recently, Enterprise services. But it’s not only the traffic that has changed - so has the traction. This - the first of two programmes - looks back on freight trains that no longer run and features many branch lines and terminals that no longer exist. This first volume covers Scotland, Wales, the North West, the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside. Among the many nostalgic items to be featured in this 100-minute DVD are …..

Hunterston-Ravenscraig iron ore; Chivas Regal whisky; Larbert-Oakleigh ICI tanks; Clitheroe-Gunnie cement; Scottish coal from Knockshinnoch and Westfield; Dundee and Inverness Speedlink’s; grain to Roseisle on the Burghead branch; coal to Georgemas Junction; Oban fuel tanks; Taynuilt timber; Welsh coal from Pontycymer, Marine and Point of Ayr; Trawsfynydd flasks; Maentwrog Road explosives; Holyhead Freightliner’s;  surplus coal being removed from Padiham power station; Ellesmere Port-Amlwch chemicals; Burry Port-Coedbach coal; Stanlow-Aberystwyth fuel tanks; domestic coal to Preston Deepdale and Llandudno Junction; Ebbw Vale steel; Ripple Lane -Kilnhurst tanks; Eastgate cement; Redmire limeston; salt from Middlewich; coal trains leaving Wearmouth, Westoe and Easington collieries; Corkickle ICI chemical tanks; Freightliner’s Lynemouth-Pengam aluminum ingots; North East coal trains arriving at Blyth Staithes and Bates export terminal; coal from Bickershaw colliery and the Selby Drift Mine; coal traffic on the Sunderland South Dock branch; Grimbsby Tioxide-Roxby gypsum waste; Broughton Moor MoD....and many more.

Also featured are the last rites at Ashington colliery along with  Blyth Cambois and Sunderland South Dock stabling points, plus some fascinating views of some of the closed branch lines and freight terminals as they are today. Not only are there a vast array of commodities and traffic flows but there is also plenty of nostalgic traction variety too, featuring loco classes 03/08/20/25/26/31/37/45/47/56/59/60/85/86 and 87.

Programme Fact File

Narration: David Maxey
First Published: 2010
Areas Featured: From all over the UK
Class Featured: 03/08/20/25/26/31/
37/45/47/56/59/60/85/86 and 87.
Availability: Now

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