Using 1960s archive film, the development of the Manor class is told featuring the GWR and BR built Manors of this thirty-strong class – but this is really the story of Llangollen’s 7822 Foxcote Manor. Its stripping down, rebuild and naming are all featured, together with later duties including passenger, freight, parcels, Santa trains, double headers with visitors – and Thomas events!
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Here is a programme to commemorate one particular locomotive of the Great Western designed Manor class, 7822 “Foxcote Manor”. Rescued from Woodhams Barry Island scrapyard, it was restored to full working order in 1987 and spent the next ten years at work on the Llangollen Railway in Wales. The time came when 7822 needed another full overhaul and this DVD has been made to further the work necessary to allow her to work a further ten years. Using archive film from BR days, the story of the development of the class is first told from the 43xx class moguls to scenes depicting ten of the Manor class on their duties from Redhill in the south to the Cambrian lines in the north. More archive film of its dismantling at Oswestry, through to steaming trials at Llangollen.
Highlights of 7822s work at Llangollen shows her working service trains, freight, parcels and special events like Santa trains. Spectacular double heading with another Manor, two prairie tanks, Standard Class 4, Castle and uniquely with A4 60009. The whole profit from this programme goes to the Foxcote Manor Society, all material used in this production being free of charge, for B & R Video Productions and Foxcote Manor members wish to see her back in service once again.