Great Western Railway Locomotives and Shakespeare Express
Two films on one double length DVD. The first explores preserved GWR locos and combines brilliant action footage of working engines, together with a clear explanation of the different types and how they fit into the epic GWR story. The second presents the steam Shakespeare Express service between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon with a footplate ride on ‘Rood Ashton Hall.’
Full description from the producer:
A record of GWR locomotives that can still be seen and appreciated today, on preserved lines all over Britain. The sights and sounds of steam continue in the extra feature – Shakespeare Express. About “Great Western Locomotives” The grace and power of Great Western Locomotives, with their green paintwork, shining brass nameplates and copper-capped chimneys, makes them a favorite with railway enthusiasts. Today there are many more examples of the order than from any other company. This video combines brilliant action footage of working engines, together with a clear explanation of the different types and how they fit into the epic GWR story. The glorious sights and sounds of steam come to a wonderful climax in the additional feature – SHAKESPEARE EXPRESS, which takes you on the steam trains that work between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon. A visit behind the scenes to Tyseley, scenes at the lineside to see the train rush past at 60mph and a thrilling, roaring ride on the footplate of ROOD ASHTON HALL, provide a fitting climax to this DVD. The clarity of vision and clear sound allow you to really enjoy the expert photography that takes you to places not open to the public. 4965 ROOD ASHTON HALL stands at Birmingham Snow Hill station with the Shakespeare Express from Stratford. In the video there are scenes from her footplate.
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