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Updated 16/07/2017  


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Traction 2017 Part 1

After 23 years of compiling these programmes, we are still amazed by some of the workings that continue to materialise on the national rail network. And there were plenty of those during the first six months of this year. Here’s a small selection of what you can expect to see in Traction programme number 44 – Network Rail’s 31233 soldiers on into 2017 before being withdrawn in the spring, Class 67s start work for Colas on test trains; DRS take delivery of new Class 68 and 88 locomotives following their arrival at Workington Docks; GB Railfreight’s 59003 turns up at Brush Traction’s Loughborough Works; 73967 makes a rare ED appearance at Carlisle; 37602 & 37609 rescue the Daventry-Wentloog Tesco intermodal; the return of the Hamworthy stone traffic; GB Railfreight take over the MoD traffic from DB Cargo; Margam steel traffic diverted via Tondu; the last day of Chiltern Railways’ heritage ‘Bubble Cars’; passenger services between Wareham and Swanage resume after 45 years; 88002 working the very first Class 88-hauled passenger train; 67010 hauling the first loco-hauled service train to Weymouth in seven years; Deltic 55009 traverses the Central Wales Line; 37800 towing a Grand Central HST from Bounds Green to Heaton; 47815 taking ‘off lease’ Class 319 units to Long Marston for storage; the return to the main line after 25 years of 50008 Thunderer; 57301 hauling Network Rail’s Class 313 test train; 56303 towing a Loram rail grinder from Derby to the Weardale Railway; 37884 hauling a rake of GWR HST stock from Old Oak Common to Derby; 57310 on hire to GWR for movements of ‘Electrostar’ units to and from Reading depot; DRS-owned 37714 receives retro Trainload Metals livery; 20142 & 20227 in heritage London Transport livery; newly re-painted D8 Penyghent joins D182 and 45133 for  the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ at the North Norfolk Railway diesel gala; the spectacular Severn Valley Railway diesel gala including Inter City repaint 47828, DRS passenger debutante 88003...and D1062 Western Courier back in BR blue for the first time since 1976.

We hope to have this action packed 100-minute programme released in mid-August priced at £19.95.


It will be time for Traction 2017 Part 1, covering the period January to June, which should be available in early August.


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…


This is the fourth programme that Locomaster have produced exclusively for The Fifty Fund to help raise money for the group. This 110-minute DVD covers the progress of 50031 Hood, 50035 Ark Royal, 50044 Exeter and 50049 Defiance over the seven year period from 2006 to 2012. Far from being confined to preserved railways, most of the footage covers the locos in action on the main line. And there’s no shortage of Class 50 thrash either! It is available now, so why not help contribute to a worthy cause (Class 50 repairs don’t come cheap!) by purchasing a copy of this DVD? We can even give you the link to the Fifty Fund website ... ...

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We offer free postage and packing on DVDs ordered directly from us. Please note that orders of 2 or 3 DVDs are sent out separately as it is cheaper than sending them in one packet. Orders of 4 or more DVDs will be sent in one packet. For overseas orders we charge a flat rate of £2 postage per DVD, irrespective of their destination. However, overseas orders are sent post free if they are ordered online from our website via Paypal.


Although our website contains details on our current range of programmes you may prefer to browse through a ‘hard copy’ of our catalogue. We are frequently asked for these and a brand new, revised and updated colour brochure is available from 5th Mach 2017 which reflects our entire range of products. You can request a copy by e-mailing us your details at and we will send a copy out to you in the post.

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