Traction 2004 Pt1


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TRACTION 2004 Part 1

As the Traction series enters its tenth year, it’s business as usual! Programme number 18 covers not only a period of farewells, but of comebacks and nostalgia to. Believe it or not, it features only THREE Class 66-hauled workings!  

FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION  Extensive coverage of the final Royal Mail TPO workings, GB Railfreight’s first Class 73 is released from Derby, 47 776 on the Furzebrook LPG tanks, 09 020 on the WCML with limestone wagons from Shap Quarry, 60 023 on a Derby-Brighton ‘Electrostar’ delivery, 37 669 + 37 695 on a Bescot-Ironbridge MGR, 47 843 visits Aberthaw cement works, Class 37s return to the West Country on china clay and Meldon ballast duties, Heavy Haul 47/8’s on Thameslink EMU stock moves, the last ever Class 56 MGR working, 56 078 on Worksop MGR duties and on two departmental workings on the former Southern Region and Class 58 loco 5111 working abroad in Holland. There’s also extensive coverage of the run-down of EWS’ Class 47 and 56 fleets.

PASSENGER TRACTION  Class 31-hauled passenger trains return to the North West, EWS Class 47s finish for First North Western, ‘top & tail’ Class 37/4s working to Merthyr Tydfil, 45 112 on Midland Main Line passenger duties, Class 87s going into store at Bicester, 37 203 on the Rhymney-Cardiff, Virgin’s 47 851 works an EWS charter train to Wales, Large Logo 47 635 is re-instated to work a Cardiff-York charter, 40 145 storming the South Devon banks of Rattery and Dainton. There’s also extended coverage of the two final Class 56 railtours – the ‘Sarum Flyer’ and the ‘Twilight Grids’.  

PLUS  ‘top & tail’ Res Class 47s on the Uckfield and Chingford branches, Network Rail’s 73 213 on Serco duties on the Shepperton branch, 31 106 ventures to the West Highlands with an inspection saloon, former Tinsley favourite 47 145 on Serco duties, 73 109 rescuing Wessex Class 31s after they ran out of fuel, TWO Class 67s on test hauling SIXTEEN Scotrail sleepers round the Hamilton Circle, Crompton’s return to the Meldon Quarry branch, six Spanish-bound Class 58s at Newport Docks, 57 601 on an inspection saloon in Suffolk. There’s also coverage of the North York Moors, West Somerset and Mid-Hants diesel galas. 

The usual strong selection of weird and wonderful locomotive workings. This series continues to be very collectable and the 90 minutes whizzed by.” TRACTION MAGAZINE

 


Programme Fact File

Narration: David Maxey
First Published: 2004
Areas Featured: From all over the UK
Class Featured: Most current UK loco types, including some preserved.
Availability: Now


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