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The Class 40s celebrated their 60th anniversary last year. That
prompted a number of requests for us to produce a programme on the
Whistlers, so at long last we have finally got round to it. Some of you
may recall that way back in 1993 we released ‘The Class 40 Story’ on
good old fashioned VHS. However, that is now hopelessly out of date and
so we have therefore taken the best material from it, digitally
remastered it, added a whole lot of new archive BR and post-BR footage –
and the result is a brand new programme called ‘Roaring Forties’. It is
subtitled ‘the fall and rise of the English Electric Type 4’ which
perfectly sums it up.
The 100-minute programme will feature more than 50 different locos
while charting the demise of the Class from 1979 right through to the
withdrawal of D200 in April 1988. It will include plenty of passenger,
freight and railtours as well as the last operational 40s working during
their last weeks of service in the bitterly cold January of 1985. The
departmental Class 97s will also be featured, and there will be
extensive coverage of D200 on various passenger and freight turns, plus
its final run from Liverpool Street to Norwich and York.
British Railway’s Board’s former Freight Engineer David Russell will
also explain how the D200 restoration project came about. The BR era
amounts to approximately 75 minutes and the rest of the programme will
cover the fascinating preservation era which began way back in 1984 with
40106 at the Great Central Railway. With the exception of 40 118, all of
the preserved Forties will be featured working on various heritage
railways – and in a variety of liveries. Also included will be coverage
of 40 145’s remarkable return to the main line in November 2002 (plus
some of its subsequent railtours) as well as the equally-remarkable
sight of D213 returning to the big railway in August 2018. The programme
will conclude with last year’s epic ‘40s @ 60’ gala at the East Lancs
Railway, which saw the long-awaited return to traffic of 40012. David
Maxey will be providing the narration. The release date for this
programme is June 8th to coincide with the Crewe open day.
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Some of our older DVDs are now priced at £14.95. The individual
programme pages with the revised prices have been updated accordingly on
our website. Also, some of the older Traction programmes – those from
T2003 Part 1 to T2010 Part 2 – are now available at £9.95. Postage &
packing is still free.
FIFTIES AT FIFTY
From 4th-6th October 2018, the Severn Valley Railway staged an ambitious
and hugely successful diesel gala to celebrate fifty years of the
English Electric Class 50. The SVR is now the spiritual home of the
Fifties and at sixteen miles long it was the perfect location to stage
this landmark event. This 110-minute DVD not only includes lineside
footage of all ten locos in action, but also features the sold-out
evening of talks covering the history of these iconic locos, from their
introduction on the London Midland Region in 1967 to the current
preservation era. The talks were given by three noted Class 50 experts -
David Clough, Geoff Hudson and Jonathan Dunster.
Here’s the link to the Fifty Fund website where you can order the DVD…:
Fifties at Fifty
THE BLUEBELL CONNECTION
In March 2013, we filmed and
produced a cab ride for the Bluebell Railway on board the first through
train from London Victoria to Sheffield Park since 1963. This was made
possible by the re-opening of the line between East Grinstead and
Kingscote. It was filmed from the cab of GB Railfreight’s 66739 and is
narrated by David Maxey. The 110-minute DVD of this historic journey
from London can be purchased directly from the Bluebell Railway by
clicking the link below…
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teh number of DVDs ordered.
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irrespective of their destination. However, overseas orders are sent
post free, if they are ordered online from our website via Paypal.
Please note that we no longer supply any of our programmes on VHS as
most of our older titles are now available on DVD. Please also note that
the early years of the TRACTION series (1995 to 2002) which are not
available on DVD are covered in our TRACTION DECADE DVD. Old Locomaster
VHS titles which are not available on DVD can sometimes be found for
sale on Ebay.
Although our website contains details on our current range of
programmes you may prefer to browse through a ‘hard copy’ of our
catalogue. You can request a copy by e-mailing us your details at
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