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TRACTION 2017 Part 1

FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: Network Rail’s 31233 soldiers on into 2017; Class 67s start test train work for Colas; DRS take delivery of new Class 68 and 88 locomotives; 37602 & 37609 rescue the Daventry-Wentloog Tesco intermodal; 50017 & 50050 working a Bescot-Washwood Heath departmental; 60020 hauling the Swansea Burrows-Onllwyn coal; 66305 rescues Heavy Haul’s 4S44 intermodal; 56078 & 56087 on a new Colas aggregates flow from Pengam; 66754 & 66757 hauling a Crossrail concrete train out of the new Thames tunnel; 70802 becomes the first of its Class to work the Dalston and Prestwick tanks, former DRS Class 37/6s receive Europhoenix repaints; 88002 undergoing testing on the West Coast main line; the return of the Hamworthy stone traffic; GBRf  take over the MoD traffic and ‘Silver Bullet’ china clay tanks; the military naming of 66756 at Swanage...and the Settle-Carlisle line re-opens to through traffic after a year of major repairs.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: The final day in service of Chiltern Railways’ heritage ‘Bubble Cars’ 121020 & 121034; passenger services between Wareham and Swanage resume after an absence of 45 years; 67010 working a loco-hauled GWR service to Weymouth; Colas Class 47s on the Caledonian sleepers; 73202 makes a brief appearance on the Class 442 farewell charity train; 68026 on the Preston Docks branch; 47815 works a Lincoln-Finsbury Park Foot-ex; 31452 & 37608 ‘top & tailing’ the Derby-Barrow Hill ‘Brunswick Flyer’ shuttles; the first Class 88-hauled passenger train; 47375 on a railtour in Hungary; Deltic D9009 Alycidon traverses the Central Wales Line....and four generations of ECML traction running alongside each other.  

THERE’S ALSO: 37800 towing a Grand Central HST from London to Heaton; GBRf Class 73/9s on test train duties at Peak Forest; 47815 hauling Class 319 units to Long Marston for storage; the return to the main line after 26 years of 50008 Thunderer; 66599 with two 442 units in tow at Eastleigh; 73967 makes a rare ED appearance at Carlisle; 37884 hauling a rake of GWR HST stock from Old Oak Common to Derby; 47812 on hire to DRS hauling inspection saloon Caroline; 57310 hauling GWR Electrostar units to and from Reading depot; 66768 hauling a Eurostar out of St Pancras International to the  scrapyard; the spectacular Severn Valley Railway diesel gala including DRS passenger débutante 88003...and D1062 Western Courier back in BR blue for the first time since 1976.

 


Programme Fact File

Narration: David Maxey
First Published: 2017
Areas Featured: From all over the UK
Class Featured: Most current UK loco types, including some preserved.
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