The very best of diesels and electrics in the mid-1980s, with a strong emphasis on West Country workings. See Class 56s pulling stone trains on the Westbury to Warminster line – and enjoy a wealth of Classes in action around Tiverton, Exeter, Exminster, Starcross, Dawlish and Teignmouth. There’s also great coverage of passenger workings on the ex-GWR line from Exeter and Truro.
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Since 1955 modernisation has eliminated steam locomotives from the system, prototype diesel and electric locomotives have come and gone, as have most of the first generation of diesels.
A few survive and today’s image although still changing has developed into a pattern which is illustrated by this DVD filmed during 1984 and 1985. The Westbury to Warminster line is the scene for the heavy Foster-Yeoman stone trains with Class 56s pulling and banking on occasions.
Other types include double-headed 37s, 45147 (pre-Eccles) and 47s.
A day at Warrington, a very busy centre on the WCML, features classes 25,37,40,45,47 and 86. Toton and Worksop are hubs of freight operation and provide spectacular ballast and coal trains for dispersal throughout the Midlands. Class 31, 37, 47, 56 and 58 provide the power.
We move to Carlisle which sports a wide variety of diesel and electric power including APT, 26, 27 and 81 classes.
A surprisingly busy part of the network with many cross-country workings is the West Country. Scenes from Tiverton, Exeter, Exminster, Starcross, Dawlish and Teignmouth. Locos include class 45s and 50s.
At Retford and Worksop, more M.G.R. and coal traffic workings are seen at this extremely heavy worked location with 56s, 58s and 20s.
Finally Exminster and Truro are visited with passenger workings along this ex-GWR line.