3 hrs. 45 mins.
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A stunning collection of films detailing the everyday workings of very different steam locomotives.
THE STANDARD ENGINES
This film looks at the many surviving types of Standard engines in Britain. Among them is the unique “Duke of Gloucester” the last express passenger engine ever built by British Railways. Also featured are the more successful 9F freight engines and the Class 4 tank engines described as perfection on wheels.
THE SOUTHERN ENGINES
From the diminutive tank engines to Bulleid’s express machines, this programme is a detailed examination of the Southern locomotives demonstrated by the enginemen who worked them. The result is a wonderfully colourful and comprehensive account of one of Britain’s most interesting fleets of steam trains.
THE WESTERN ENGINES
Join the drivers and firemen aboard the Great Western engines for live footplate action sequences as you’ve never seen before. With more than a dozen GWR types profiled and filmed over the course of five years, this programme is believed to be the most comprehensive survey of steam ever attempted. • The cameras are everywhere – on the trackside, on the footplate and in the shunting yard – the footage is stunning, the script is engaging and the input from enginemen and owners adds depth and interest.
• Southern engines include: Bulleid Pacifics, Battle of Britain & West Country class, U class, Terrier Tank engines, Q1’s • Standard engines include: 41312 / 45407 / 80104 / 71000 Duke of Gloucester / 45231 / 73082 / 73096 / 73096 / 73129 / 41312 / 78019 • Western Engines include: Panniers, Dukedogs, Churchward designs, Halls, Manors, Castles and, of course, Kings.