Power Hour 4 & a half


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Power Hour 4 (and a half)

The fourth volume in the POWER HOUR series continues with the theme of the previous three programmes – main line diesel locos being pushed to the limit (and beyond!) to deliver rousing audio and visual spectacles. This spectacular collection of scenes from around Britain’s national rail network (and on 2 high-speed routes in France!) were filmed over a 15 year period from 1993 and 2008.

FREIGHT WORKINGS: 47 330 climbing through Micheldever with a Freightliner, 56 090 pounding up Hatton Bank with the Swindon-Longbridge Rover vans; 33 025 + 33 202 storming through Oxford with scrap wagons; 37 425 blasting pigeons out of Castle Bar Park tunnel; 57 005 screaming out of Milllbrook Freightliner terminal; a freezing winter scene in Kent as 33 065 clags away from Tonbridge on a weekend infrastructure train; 37 890 at full tilt on the 6E89 Mossend to Immingham enterprise; 20 075 + 20 187 powering out of an engineering possession; 37114 slipping and sliding on the Birch Coppice branch; 31 154 + 31 420 hauling the 1,600 tonne Northolt-Calvert ‘Binliner’, 60 033 + 56 037 in tandem struggling up Sapperton with a 3,060 tonne steel train; 31 552 proving that load is not equal to thrash; 66 227 clagging and sounding anything like a ‘Shed’; multiple roaring from 58 041 + 58 049 on the Hoo Junction-Eastleigh departmental; a clagging 47 306 on a EMU delivery move from Derby to Stewarts Lane…plus classes 37, 56 and 58 all suffering major meltdown in France!

PASSENGER WORKINGS & RAILTOURS: Classic Napier sounds as 55 022 departs from Tyndrum Lower en route to Oban; D1015 obliterating Dolau on the Central Wales Line….followed by a repeat performance at Preston; spectacular fireworks from 37 416 as it tackles the climb off the Preston Docks branch; 33 103 + 33 202 powering up the Lickey incline en route to Buxton; 37 411 shattering the peaceful countryside at Little Kimble; 47 812 ‘chirping’ as it climbs towards Copy Pit summit; Vac thrash on the Kyle of Lochalsh line as 50 049 departs from Strathcarron; trademark ‘Deltic’ clag as 55 019 sets off from Tyndrum Upper; 40 145 tackling the Camp Hill incline at 05.25 in the morning; D1015 and 40 145 climbing Tallerdig; 33 030 + 33 116 storming out of Grantham with the ‘Whitby Jet’ charter; 50 031 doing battle with Hemmerdon bank; 37 401 climbing out of Rannoch with the luxury ‘Royal Scotsman’…plus Virgin CrossCountry thrash with D9000 powering away from Didcot, 31 110 + 31 203 blasting through the Birmingham suburbs and 56 035 screaming out of Coventry.

POWER HOUR 4 features 14 different locomotive classes – 20, 31, 33, 37, 40, 47, 50, 52, 55, 56, 57,58, 60….and even a Class 66!

The good news is that this programme is not actually an hour long as the title suggests, but is 90 minutes. The bad news is that this DVD is NOT environmentally friendly. You are also strongly advised to close all windows and doors to avoid disturbing your neighbours!

 



Programme Fact File

Introduction: David Maxey
First Published: 2009
Route Featured: From all over the UK
Classes Featured: 20, 31, 33, 37, 40, 47, 50, 52, 55, 56, 57, 58, 60, 66.
Availability: Now

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Other Locomaster Profiles Programmes featuring a similar range of motive power: Freight No More Vol 1, Freight No More Vol 2, The Traction Series, and Stay of Execution.
 

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