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The first volume starts with Tudor Minstrel slogging up the Waverley Route! It also follows Clan Mackintosh tackling Beattock in 1965 and, during the same period, there is a suburban rail tour around Edinburgh. We also see 44903 departing Haymarket before moving on to Thornton Junction with B1s, a J36 and J37s, Aberdeen Ferryhill, Dundee Tay Bridge Depot and much more!
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This is the first volume of a series of DVDs recreating the heady days of the ‘train spotter’ using a mixture of colour archive, professional video and digital footage.
Starting with ‘Tudor Minstrel’ slogging up the Waverley Route, there follows ‘Clan Mackintosh’ tackling Beattock in 1965. During the same period the Edinburgh area features along with an Edinburgh Suburban rail tour in 1989 behind 5305.
Back to 1965 and 44903 departs Haymarket before moving on to Thornton Junction with B1s, a J36 and J37s. Aberdeen Ferryhill is next visited with A4s, Black 5s, B1s and a WD. Diesel haulage takes us to Fraserburg, Cairnie Junction and the Craigellachie – Aviemore line all in 1965. Dundee Tay Bridge Depot and Alloa both feature steam. The Glasgow Suburban is covered with LMS and Standard Class 4 2-6-4Ts and a 2-6-0. 60004 is seen at Buchanan Street before A4 haulage takes the train to Stirling with Black 5 and A4 arrivals and departures. 73149 then works to Perth for a visit to the depot and station. Diesel haulage then ensues for a run between Dunblane and Oban with a short trip up the Ballachulish branch.
Moving forward to October 2004, a series of special workings on the West Highland Line are filmed with 44996, 62012 and 61264 in glorious autumn sunlight. Picking the best of the shots, all the locomotives are seen working hard at classic locations including the climb to Courror Summit culminating in a double headed run towards County March Summit with 44996 and 61264. Five scenes on the West Highland are seen with 5305 in not so perfect weather conditions before the closing shots of Stranraer Depot and a Forth Bridge special with 60009.