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Traction 2018 Part 1


Traction 2018 Part 1

Ref: LP524D


The early indications are that this looks like being another cracking programme, proving the old adage – ‘never say never on the privatised railway’.


Among the many eye-popping workings you can expect to see will be – the first Crompton to work on the Windermere branch (and service trains at that!), the first Class 50-hauled passenger train round the Cumbrian coast, 70814 on biomass trials with GB Railfreight, classmate 70811 working the ‘Scarborough Spa Express’, 47501 & 47805 return to the main line with Crewe-based Locomotive Services, 37521 is back on the main line after an absence of fourteen years, DRS’ 37716 on Peak Forest shunting duties, GBRf’s 66789 emerges from Eastleigh Works in Large Logo livery while 66783 is out-shopped in striking Biffa livery, 57316 hauling a track machine from Dundee to Guide Bridge, former GWR HST power cars transfer to Scotrail, 66304 rescuing a failed Freightliner on Beattock, ROG Class 47s hauling new Trans Pennine coaching stock to Longsight, 47580 hauling a ballast regulator from Guide Bridge to Dollands Moor, BR blue Class 20s leaving London Victoria and then arriving at Kings Cross on a wedding special, Swanage-based 33012 working over London Underground’s Metropolitan Line, 50008 hauling a rake of box wagons from Eastleigh to Wembley, ROG’s 37608 rescuing a DB cargo stone train at Clapham Junction, Northern Belle-liveried 57305+57312 on the Barrow-Sellafield flasks, 47813 hauling a rake of covered steel carriers, 70807 deputising for a failed Class 37 on a Colas test train, 55009 working the ‘Albert Gilmour Memorial’ charter from Newcastle to Kings Cross, the brief return of Corfe Castle-Wareham main line shuttles with 20007, 33012, 50049 & 66783, the long-awaited return to traffic of 40012 at the East Lancs Railway’s Class 40 gala…and DRS Class 37s and Colas Class 56s on winter snowplough duties.


Naturally, plenty more fascinating workings, traction developments, freight traffic changes and preservation highlights will complete a riveting 100 minutes of unrivalled modern traction coverage from the first six months of this year.





Narrated By: David Maxey
First published on DVD: August 2018
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 100 mins (1hr 40min)

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Traction 2017 Part 2


Traction 2017 Part 2

Ref: LP523D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 56302 working fuel tanks to Fort William and Lairg; DCR’s 31452 hauling a rake of redundant PNA wagons to Rotherham for scrapping; Colas’s 60047 working DB’s Lindsey-Kingsbury tanks; 56078 deputising for a Class 60 on the Drax-Lindsey tanks; 37425 & 37606 on the Crewe-Bescot departmental; 60085 makes a rare Tug appearance at Huntley; 60091 rescues failed classmate 60020 on the Robeston-Westerleigh tanks; a GBRf intermodal service is rescued by two DRS Class 57s on an autumn ‘leaf buster’; DB Class 66s rescue DCR’s failed 56104 at Denham Golf Club; GBRf purchases three Colas Class 47s and ten DB Class 66s; Colas takes over the Avonmouth to Aberthaw coal; four Class 90s on a Freightliner; 20007 returns to the main line after 25 years...and pairs of DCR Class 56s and ROG Class 47s on the Wembley-Foxton spoil trains!

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: ROG Class 47s working Chiltern Railways services between Birmingham and Marylebone; GBRf Class 66s working an East Midlands Trains service to Skegness; DRS’s 37716 is drafted onto Greater Anglia ‘Wherry Line’ services; both GWR heritage-liveried power cars in the same HST formation; 40145 and 56094 on the ‘Scarborough Spa Express’; 50007 & 50049 make a nostalgic return to Glasgow; DRS duo 37602 & 37609 hauling the Northern Belle to Oban; Pullman livery for DB Cargo’s 67021 and 67024; Greater Anglia’s Class 68 farewell tour; the Grand Central HST farewell; 20118 & 20132 on GBRf’s ‘Charitable Chibble’ charity train; 37685 working a railtour over the Borders Railway...and 57604 on a GWR HST drag!

THERE’S ALSO: 50008 Thunderer on the Bishop Auckland branch and on various departmental workings; ROG Class 47s hauling Class 442 units from Ely to Bournemouth; 56301 on the Ramsgate-Derby Class 375 EMU move; Southern’s 73202 ventures to Eastleigh; 66753 hauling a Eurostar to the breaker’s yard; 50017 & 50050 on a Colas RHTT move; Pullman-liveried 57306 hauling a London Midland EMU to Long Marston; Chiltern’s ‘bubble cars’ make their final journey; 33207 hauling a 2EPB unit from Slade Green to Southall; 60026 visits the East Lancs; a convoy of FIVE Class 31s heading for the Nene Valley; 33202 on the Isle of Wight....plus coverage of GWR’s open day at Old Oak Common, including many of the unusual movements of exhibits to and from London!





Narrated By: David Maxey
First published on DVD: 2018
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 100 mins (1hr 40min)

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Traction 2017 Part 1


Traction 2017 Part 1

Ref: LP519D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: Network Rail’s 31233 soldiers on into 2017; Class 67s start test train work for Colas; DRS take delivery of new Class 68 and 88 locomotives; 37602 & 37609 rescue the Daventry-Wentloog Tesco intermodal; 50017 & 50050 working a Bescot-Washwood Heath departmental; 60020 hauling the Swansea Burrows-Onllwyn coal; 66305 rescues Heavy Haul’s 4S44 intermodal; 56078 & 56087 on a new Colas aggregates flow from Pengam; 66754 & 66757 hauling a Crossrail concrete train out of the new Thames tunnel; 70802 becomes the first of its Class to work the Dalston and Prestwick tanks, former DRS Class 37/6s receive Europhoenix repaints; 88002 undergoing testing on the West Coast main line; the return of the Hamworthy stone traffic; GBRf take over the MoD traffic and ‘Silver Bullet’ china clay tanks; the military naming of 66756 at Swanage...and the Settle-Carlisle line re-opens to through traffic after a year of major repairs.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: The final day in service of Chiltern Railways’ heritage ‘Bubble Cars’ 121020 & 121034; passenger services between Wareham and Swanage resume after an absence of 45 years; 67010 working a loco-hauled GWR service to Weymouth; Colas Class 47s on the Caledonian sleepers; 73202 makes a brief appearance on the Class 442 farewell charity train; 68026 on the Preston Docks branch; 47815 works a Lincoln-Finsbury Park Foot-ex; 31452 & 37608 ‘top & tailing’ the Derby-Barrow Hill ‘Brunswick Flyer’ shuttles; the first Class 88-hauled passenger train; 47375 on a railtour in Hungary; Deltic D9009 Alycidon traverses the Central Wales Line....and four generations of ECML traction running alongside each other.

THERE’S ALSO: 37800 towing a Grand Central HST from London to Heaton; GBRf Class 73/9s on test train duties at Peak Forest; 47815 hauling Class 319 units to Long Marston for storage; the return to the main line after 26 years of 50008 Thunderer; 66599 with two 442 units in tow at Eastleigh; 73967 makes a rare ED appearance at Carlisle; 37884 hauling a rake of GWR HST stock from Old Oak Common to Derby; 47812 on hire to DRS hauling inspection saloon Caroline; 57310 hauling GWR Electrostar units to and from Reading depot; 66768 hauling a Eurostar out of St Pancras International to the scrapyard; the spectacular Severn Valley Railway diesel gala including DRS passenger débutante 88003...and D1062 Western Courier back in BR blue for the first time since 1976.





Narrated By: David Maxey
First published on DVD: October 2017
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 100 mins (1hr 40min)

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Traction 2016 Part 2


Traction 2016 Part 2

Ref: LP516D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: Overhauled 37403 and 37424 return to the main line for DRS in large logo livery; 59003 working the Tinsley-Bardon Hill aggregates; Heavy Haul’s 47830 on a Leeds-Crewe coal wagon move; 37069 & 37604 deputise for a Class 68 on the Mountsorrel-Crewe ballast; UK Rail Leasing’s 56104 is hired by Colas to work the Boston steel; 67015 on the Lairg tanks; 73964 & 73965 working a ballast train over the Bluebell Railway; the final Holybourne tanks and the subsequent end of rail traffic in and out of Fawley refinery; the naming ceremony of 66727 at Birch Coppice; the final Class 73/9 conversion emerging from Brush Traction; 37099 returns to the main line for Colas... and coverage of the autumn ‘leaf busters’ including Colas Class 56s on the North Wales coast, DRS Class 20s on South Humberside and the first Class 68 on RHTT duties.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: Class 68 haulage on Greater Anglia ‘Wherry Lines’ services; 86101, 87002 and GBRf Class 66s are drafted in to work Caledonian sleeper services; 37025 hauling its first main line passenger train in seventeen years; retro Inter City ‘swallow’ livery for GWR’s 43185; Colas Rail’s 56087 on the ‘Scarborough Spa Express’; 20107 leading the ‘Buffer Puffer 13.0’ off the Isle of Sheppey; 33207 hauling the ‘Cliffe Hopper’ railtour round Rugeley power station; 66779 Evening Star on the ‘Royal Scotsman’; 37800 & 37884 with the ‘Thrash Bash’ railtour; D1015 Western Champion at Bridlington; the naming of Chiltern’s 68010 at Oxford...and extensive coverage of GB?Railfreight’s extraordinary multi-traction four day ‘GBRf 15’ charity tour.

THERE’S ALSO: Class 31, 37 and 47 haulage for redundant Gatwick Express Class 442 unit moves to Eastleigh and Ely; GBRf Class 66s hauling Eurostars to EMR Kingsbury for scrapping; Network Rail’s 31233 continues in traffic; 56098 & 56104 delivering new South West Trains Class 707 units to Clapham Junction; 67005 hauling the first Crossrail EMU to Asfordby for testing; 20189 & 20205 with the prototype HST in tow; 56081 & 56098 delivering a former Nightstar generator van to Brush Traction; 1920’s-style London Transport liveried 20142 hauling LUL’s 4TC set to Eastleigh Works; the return to traffic of the Growler Group’s resplendent D6948; ‘Slug’ 37901 leaving the Mid-Hants Railway after being acquired by Colas...and four Class 40s on one train at the East Lancs Railway.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2017





Running Time: 100-mins

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Traction 2016 Part 1


Traction 2016 Part 1

Ref: LP515D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 37025 and 37254 return to the main line to work for Colas; Tonbridge-based 20901 & 20905 on the East Coast main line hauling a single gypsum wagon to Peterborough; Freightliner’s 47830 on a Kilmarnock to Laira coaching stock move; Northern Belle 57312 hauling a rail train to Toton; Chiltern Railways’ 68011 working a nuclear flask train in Cumbria; 56087 & 56113 rescuing a failed 60087 on the Seaham cement; DRS’s 66425 ventures to Laira with HST coaching stock; 50007 Hercules & 50050 Fearless taking Heavy Haul coal hoppers to Donnington for storage; 90018 & 90036 hauling the Doncaster to Tyne Yard infrastructure service; the return to the main line of 37800 for Europhoenix; Heavy Haul Class 66s en route to Poland; new DRS Class 68s leaving Workington docks; the final batch of new-build Class 66s for GBRf being unloaded at Newport Docks...and the unveiling and naming of 66779 Evening Star at York.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: the extraordinary Caledonian sleeper drags diversions caused by the closure of the West Coast main line north of Carlisle, including re-routings via the ECML, the Durham coast, the GN&GE Joint Line and the G&SW with Riviera Class 47 and GBRf Class 66 haulage; 86401 arriving at King’s Cross with the overnight sleeper service from Inverness; 73968 hauling the diverted Fort William sleepers to Oban; 37259 working the Cumbrian Coast passenger diagram; GWR’s 57605 off the beaten track at Melton Mowbray en route to Derby for repairs; 55009 Alycidon travels over the Borders Railway to Tweedbank; 87002 working a GBRf ‘foot-ex’ to Liverpool; 50007 & 50050 powering a Derby to Swanage railtour; D1015 Western Champion’s non-stop run from Paddington to Plymouth...and 59202 hauling the VSOE.

THERE’S ALSO: Network Rail’s newly-converted ‘Ultra 73s’; 56098 & 56301 hauling refurbished GWR HST stock from Kilmarnock to Laira; 31233 on test train duties; four Class 86s towed to Barrow Hill by 37608 before shipping to Bulgaria; Vintage Trains’ 47773 with a Greater Anglia EMU in tow; 70003 hauling a brand new Gatwick?Express unit from Derby to Bletchley; 73966 towing Scotrail EMU 320315 from Springburn Works to Shields Road; 56113 and 66848 on test train rescues; 68025 on inspection saloon duties with Caroline; Network Rail’s 73951 & 73952 at the Severn Valley...and Class 40 D213 Andania blasting out of Swanage on its first passenger train in 32 years!

Narrated by David Maxey

First published: 2017





Running Time: 100-mins

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Traction 2015 Part 2


Traction 2015 Part 2

Ref: LP514D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 37401 Mary Queen of Scots returns to main line action with DRS; Colas’s 60096 working the Immingham-Santon iron ore; 70801 becomes the first of its Class to reach Colnbrook; Colas classmate 70802 being trialled on the Preston Docks bitumen; overhauled 60056 working the St Pancras-Ketton cement empties with its bodysides still in primer; recently-reinstated 56104 on the Calvert-Willesden spoil; 50007 Hercules & 50017 Royal Oak handle the Washwood Heath to Boston steel empties; the rare sight of a Class 56-hauled engineers train in East Sussex; GBRf’s 59003 Yeoman Highlander finally leaves Eastleigh Works; Colas take over the haulage of the Dalston tanks; a five loco convoy of Class 67s heading from Wembley to Dollands Moor for servicing; 70805 being trialled on the Carlisle to Chirk timber; pairs of GBRf Class 47s on the Drax to Hotchley Hill gypsum; Network Rail re-instates 31233 for test train duties; 37057, 37116 and 37421 all return to main line use with Colas; 92030 leaving Britain for Bulgaria...and Schenker’s 90040 is reinstated to traffic after a ten year absence!

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: Traction variety on Serco’s Anglo-Scottish sleepers is provided by 47812, 66710, 86101 & Freightliner’s 90045; GWR-liveried 57605 working its first sleeper train in eight months; 73966 working empty sleeper stock from Polmadie to Edinburgh; Deltic 55022 in its latest guise as 55007 Pinza; GBRf’s ‘Noah’s Arc’ charity train from Edinburgh to Crewe featuring pairs of Class 20s, 47s and 66s; 67026 working an empty stock move on the re-opened Borders Railway to Tweedbank; 86259 celebrates its 50th birthday by returning to the main line; 20305 & 20308 venture into Devon...and the first HSTs to work into London Marylebone!

THERE’S ALSO: Electrostar moves between Ramsgate and Derby using DCR’s 31452, Freightliner’s 47830, UKRL’s 56104 and Europhoenix’s reinstated 37884; preserved 58016 being moved from Barrow Hill to Leicester; 56098 & 56104 hauling FGW Mark 3 stock from Laira to Kilmarnock; GBRf Class 20s on RHTT duties on the Tattenham Corner branch; 56301 hauling a London Midland Class 323 EMU from Tyseley to Soho; 66769 delivering the first Siemens-built Class 700 EMU to Three Bridges; three Eurotunnel Krupp diesel locomotives hauling a new Eurostar E320 over the HS1 route in Kent; 47712 returns to action at the Weardale Railway in original Scotrail livery...and the extraordinary sight of a pair of Hastings DEMU power cars dragging a Southeastern Electrostar from Canterbury West to Ramsgate!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2016





Running Time: 100-mins

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Traction 2015 Part 1


Traction 2015 Part 1

Ref: LP513D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 50007 Hercules & 50017 Royal Oak working the Sinfin tanks and the Boston steel; Heavy Haul’s 66514 banking GBRf’s failed 66721 and its train up Beattock bank; 56091 on hire to DCR for the Willesden-Calvert spoil; 47727 hauling a Railvac to Liskeard; Large Logo 47847 enters traffic for GB Railfreight on the Drax gypsum; 68001 ventures to Scunthorpe with a rail train from York; 92033 hauling a rake of coal empties on the East Coast Main Line; 20096 & 20107 working a loaded ballast train across London; Colas take over the tank traffic to Preston Docks, Rectory Junction and Colnbrook; pairs of Schenker 90s take over West Coast automotive and intermodal services; newly-converted GBRf Class 73/9s on test; 50007 Hercules hauling two coal wagons to Gloucester; 20205 returns to the main line after 26 years on a loaded test run to Peak Forest; Freightliner return 47830 to the main line in British Railways two tone green livery...and the first main line outing in 19 years for GBRf’s repatriated 59003 Yeoman Highlander.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: 37516 and 87002 on Serco’s new Caledonian sleepers; DRS Class 37s on the first day of Northern?Rail passenger services on the Cumbrian Coast; GBRf operating the luxury ‘Royal Scotsman’ with Class 66 and Deltic haulage; DRS Class 68s take over the loco-hauled Fife Circle commuter trains; the return of 55003 Meld; Class 57 failures galore on the ‘Night Riviera’ sleepers; Deltic D9009 Alycidon hauling the Orient Express over the Chilterns...and 08644 arriving at Plymouth with the ‘Laira Liaison’ charity charter train.

THERE’S ALSO: 47798 Prince William repainted into Res Royal Train livery; 20901 & 20905 venture to Tattenham Corner on snow & ice duties; 50007 Hercules moving a tamper from Norwich to Washwood Heath; 47812 hauling the Wensleydale Railway’s Mark 2 coaches to Doncaster; 66522 moving DEMU 1118 from the West Somerset Railway to the Dartmoor Railway; Heavy Haul’s 70011 on an ‘Electrostar’ EMU move from Derby to Asfordby; 37706 returning a DMU to Swanage; 59003 Yeoman Highlander visits the West Somerset Railway; the Bluebell Railway’s Deltic diesel gala; the tenth Swanage diesel gala, featuring the first runs in preservation of 56006 and Class 37 D6757, the return of 50035 Ark Royal in BR blue....and the Grid clag shot of the year, courtesy of 56006!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2015





Running Time: 100-mins

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Traction 2014 Part 2


Traction 2014 Part 2

Ref: LP512D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: pairs of Riviera Class 47s on GBRf’s Drax gypsum traffic; new DRS Class 68s on Mountsorrel and Shap ballast and on Scottish intermodal traffic; 47812 ventures to Kilmarnock to collect new-build Ecofret wagons for GBRf; 50007 Hercules on the Boston steel; Balfour Beatty-liveried 20142 & 20189 on RHTT duties at London Victoria; Colas Class 37s on test runs and RHTT duties; 59003 returns to the UK from Germany; overhauled Colas Class 60s on test and in traffic; DB?Schenker’s 60040 rescuing Colas Rail’s Sinfin tanks; Scotrail-liveried 90019 on the Millerhill-Tyne Yard infrastructure trip; new GBRf Class 66s being unloaded at Newport Docks; 73961 undergoing testing at the Great Central Railway; the first Colas Class 70 to work the Boston steel; the first main line runs of re-instated 56091 for Heavy Haul and 56103 for DCR; 73128 returns to the main line for GBRf; West Coast Railways’ 37688 hauling a crane from Eastleigh to Hornsey; 66084 de-railed at Brocklesby...and 47812, 68009 and 70807 on RHTT moves from York Works.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS:

Tour De France additional loco-hauled services featuring DRS Class 47s & 57s and 67006 hauling the Virgin ‘Pretendolino’; a short-formation FGW HST working an Oxford-Paddington DMU service; 57305 & 57312 re-painted into Northern Belle livery; 68014 working the first Class 68-hauled charter train; D1015 Western Champion ventures to Kent on the ‘Canterbury Champion’ railtour; 40145 visits Saltburn on the ‘Cleveland Potter’; 47815 on a GBRf staff special to Great Yarmouth; DRS haulage for Virgin’s ‘Welsh Warrior’ Mark 3 farewell; multiple Class 57 failures and traction combinations on FGW’s Night Riviera sleepers...and 91111 unveiled in WW1 remembrance livery.

THERE’S ALSO: 50017 Royal Oak returns to the main line after 14 years; Crompton D6515 taking DMU vehicles from Swanage to Eastleigh?Works; FGW’s 57605 at Ipswich hauling the Virgin ‘Pretendolino’ from Wembley to Norwich; 73119 & 73136 hauling the vintage ‘Chesham’ coaches from the Bluebell Railway to West Ruislip; 73961 working its first passenger train on the GCR; 47714 on EMU shunting duties at Asfordby; DRS Class 57s on a snowplough test run in Kent; London Underground Schoma diesel locos hauling the 1960 Cravens tube stock at the Epping & Ongar Railway; 68007 visits the Mid-Norfolk Railway; nine Class 14s hauling a passenger train at the East Lancashire Railway...and prototype HST power car 41001 hauling its first passenger train in 38 years!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2015

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2014 Part 1


Traction 2014 Part 1

Ref: LP511D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 50007 Hercules returns to the main line for Colas to work the Boston steel; 87002 on hire to GBRf for the Mossend-Carlisle infrastructure trip; West Coast Railways’ 33029 on departmental duties; the only working of 56096 in Europhoenix livery - rescuing a failed Colas 66; Riviera Trains’ 47815 & 47843 on hire to GBRf for the Goole sand and on wagon moves to Immingham; 57306 also on hire to GBRf for biomass trains to Ironbridge power station; 60066 hauling the Halewood-Southampton cars; DCR Class 56s working over the Chilterns on spoil trains to Calvert, Colas Rail’s 70805 working the Bristol to Felixstowe Freightliner; test runs of the new DRS Class 68s including 68004 working the Daventry-Mossend intermodal; 55022 Royal Scots Grey on a Kilmarnock to Mossend wagon move; 60087 enters traffic for Colas; 20142 & 20189 receive Balfour Beatty livery; 37884 re-painted in Europhoenix livery; the first workings of Colas Rail’s new Class 70s ... and a look at GBRf’s Class 73/9 project at Brush Traction.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: West Coast Railway’s 57313 and Network Rail’s 57305 working FGW’s Penzance-Paddington sleepers; 90034 re-painted in DRS livery and hired to Virgin; 57602 on FGW’s Saturday loco-hauled Exeter-Penzance service; 33012 and 40145 return to main line charter work; 55002 climbing Shap with the stock of the Royal Scotsman - and then working its first railtour in more than 30 years; 33207 working a charter along the Seaford branch in East Sussex; the first passenger train to traverse the new North Doncaster Chord; 20303 & 20304 departing from Blackfriars ... and a South West Trains branded HST reaches Swanage!

THERE’S ALSO: West Coast West Coast Railways’ 37685 working a test train out of Mallaig; 33029 hauling two 4-CEP coaches to Eastleigh Works; Network Rail’s New Measurement Train becomes the first HST on the Oban line; 56311 towing a Grand Central HST?power car to Crewe; Southern-liveried 73202 on a rare main line outing; 47580 County of Essex on a FGW HST stock move to Kilmarnock; 33207 hauling the Swanage Railway’s Class 108 DMU to Eastleigh Works; two maroon-liveried ‘Westerns’ passing through Birmingham Moor Street; Colas Rail’s 37219 working at the North Norfolk Railway...and 50026 Indomitable shows off its new NSE livery at the Swanage.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2015

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2013 Part 2


Traction 2013 Part 2

Ref: LP502D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: D1015 Western Champion on hire to GB?Railfreight working welded rail and ballast trains; Freightliner’s 86605 & 86632 hauling GBRf’s Carlisle-Mossend infrastructure trip; Northern Belle liveried 47832 delivering a rake of new intermodal wagons to Daventry; 57306 rescuing two failed Colas 66s on a ballast train; 55022 Royal Scots Grey hauling a rake of Network Rail wagons from Carlisle to Kilmarnock; heritage-liveried 73205 & 73208 working the Northfleet-Willesden Crossrail spoil; 92041 on Royal Mail duties; 37261 single-handedly rescuing 66302 on the Coatbridge-Daventry intermodal; 20312 hauling a welded rail train from Doncaster to Hexham; the rare sight of a pair of Class 70s working in multiple; former Dutch and German Class 66s enter traffic for GBRf; overhauled and unbranded 60066 hauling a rake of Seacow wagons for scrapping; 60001 returns to traffic after more than six years; red stripe Railfreight duo 20118 & 20132 join the GBRf fleet...and the end of fuel traffic to the FGW depots at Bristol, Plymouth and Penzance.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: 37405 & 37425 working East Midlands Trains services between Derby and Crewe; FGW’s 57605 en-route to Kilmarnock hauling HST stock for refurbishment; DRS’ 57302 hauling Virgin’s Mark 3 ‘Pretendolino’ set over the Chilterns; 20142 departing from London Underground’s Uxbridge station; 47580 becomes the first of its Class to work over the Bluebell Railway; 67024 dragging the Sky One HD set over the Tyne Valley route; former Wrexham & Shropshire liveried 67015 on the Orient Express; D1015 on charters to Weymouth and Carlisle...and the first HSTs to visit the Swanage and East Lancashire Railways.

THERE’S ALSO: 20142 towing ‘Meridian’ DMU 222101 from Wakefield to Derby; West Coast ‘Crompton’ 33029 moving a breakdown crane from Eastleigh to Farnham; 47727 delivering a converted Class 458 EMU to Wimbledon; 67016 & 67026 on a ‘Southern’ Class 377 delivery move from Derby; 66749 on biomass wagon testing at the Great Central Railway; Heavy Haul Class 66s on RHTT duties; 56311 towing Mallard and ‘Deltic’ 55019 to Grantham; pioneer HST power car 41001 en-route to Ruddington; ‘Peak’ 45149 back in action after 26 years; the first time fire-up of 56006 in preservation...and the return to traffic of 47401 Mary Queen of Scots in large logo livery at Bo’ness.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2014

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2013 Part 1


Traction 2013 Part 1

Ref: LP500D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: Colas duo 47727 & 47749 hauling a 2,200 tonne ballast train to Eastleigh; WCRC’s newly-acquired 57316 on a Frodingham-Bescot departmental; Royal 67s on the Morris Cowley-Southampton Docks cars; DRS’s 47818 on hire to Colas for the Boston steel; 37688 & 37419 hauling a long welded rail train from Mossend to Ardlui; Colas Rail’s 66848 hauling the Thamesport-Lawley Street Freightliner; 37602 & 37607 on a waste trial to Winfrith in Dorset; 47739 working the Sinfin tanks; WCRC duo 57006 & 57316 rescue the Chirk timber; Chiltern’s 67015 on the Toton-Beeston departmental; pairs of DRS 37s and 57s on Anglo-Scottish intermodal services; the end of coal and oil trains to Didcot power station; DCR Class 56s on new traffic flows to Calvert, Butterwell and Thoresby; Class 37/4s return to traffic with DRS; 66750 arrives from Holland for GBRf...and 20189 and 20227 receive London Underground liveries.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: 47828 & 47802 ‘top & tailing’ a Norwich to Peterborough ‘Foot-Ex’; 20312 bonnet-first on the Chingford branch; LUL’s Sarah Siddons on London Underground 150 specials; 37218 & 37609 on the Exmouth branch; DRS 47s deputising for a DMU on Norwich-Lowestoft services; 66739 working the first through-train from London to Sheffield Park for 55 years; D9009 Alycidon on both the East Coast and West Coast; 66075 hauling the failed Glasgow to Euston Scotrail sleepers; Arriva’s 67001 & 67002 working over the Chiltern Line with a Wrexham-Wembley ‘Foot-Ex’...and four former Arriva Class 57/3s transfer to WCR.

THERE’S ALSO: 20142 & 20227 on London Underground’s District Line; 33207 hauling four Orient Express coaches to Selhurst; various Snow & Ice Treatment Trains with haulage by 37516, 47802, 66846 & 73109; Deltic 55022 on hire to GB Railfreight for Scottish EMU moves; 37425 hauling three overhauled Network Rail DVTs to Derby; 31190 on the ECML towing Union of South Africa; 37685 working a GB Railfreight EMU move to Kilmarnock; 66705 hauling the last two VOP units from Ashford to Barrow Hill; 47727 hauling two ‘Juniper’ EMUs; 33103 working on the Bluebell Railway...and the probable ‘clag shot of the year’ featuring 56103 at the Nene Valley Railway!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2013

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2012 Part 2


Traction 2012 Part 2

Ref: LP363D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: Former Virgin ‘Thunderbird’ 57302 working for DRS, former DRS locos 20311 and 20314 re-enter traffic for HNRC, Heavy Haul’s 70001 undergoing testing on the Great Central Railway, 33012 being moved from Southampton Docks to Eastleigh Works for repair, 56087 and 56302 re-enter traffic with Colas, 37606 + 37611 on Beattock with DRS’ 4S44 Daventry-Coatbridge intermodal, 56303 + 56311 working DB Schenker’s 6M11 Washwood Heath-Peak Forest stone empties, Network Rail Class 57s on nocturnal engineering trains and autumn RHTT duties in East Anglia, 37518 returns to the main line to travel from Carnforth to Fort William, 73205 + 73212 on the West Coast Main Line hauling two box wagons from Wolverton Works to Tonbridge, 31601 and 56312 on FGW stock moves from Kilmarnock.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: 67006 piloting 6201 Princess Elizabeth on the Royal Train, 56311 + 56312 on the Peak Forest-Attercliffe stone, 50044 returns to south Devon working a GB Railfreight special from Cardiff, 57310 + a Class 377 EMU undergoing a coupling test run from Selhurst to Hove, the return to the main line of Deltic’s 55002 Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and 55009 Alycidon, Class 73s towing a withdrawn Class 508 unit from Eastleigh Works to Southampton Docks, GBRf’s 92032 hauling a new rake of foreign-built tanks from Dollands Moor to London, 31601 + 31602 venture to South Wales with scrap wagons, 87017 + 87023 and 86217 being towed from Long Marston to Willesden prior to being sent abroad, 20304 + 20312 hauling a CWR set from Scunthorpe to York, Turkish-built 70099 arriving at Loughborough Works, 20189 emerges from Hastings in London Underground red, pairs of DRS Class 66s take over the Daventry-Mossend ‘Tesco Express’ from DB Schenker, GBRf’s 66737 on an inspection saloon, 56087 hauling five scrap classmates from Crewe to Kingsbury for breaking, 31128 returns to the main line re-painted in BR blue, and 73205 + 73206 towing London Underground’s Sarah Siddons from West Ruislip to Eastleigh Works.

THERE’S ALSO: 37259 + 37607 working DRS’ 4V38 Daventry-Wentloog intermodal, the Mid-Norfolk Class 47 gala celebrating 50 years of the Brush Type 4, the first Class 70 on the West Thurrock cement, 20901 +20905 receive GB Railfreight livery for the London Underground S stock moves, former Spanish exiles 37800 + 37884 being towed from Dollands Moor to Wembley, DCR’s 56312 and the Class 56 Group’s 56301 working the Didcot-Calvert flyash, Colas-liveried 86701 arriving at Euston on a freight trial from Daventry, 47580 hauling a rake of box wagons from Chaddesden to Shipley, West Coast’s 37676 working an engineers train from Hinksey Yard to Doncaster….and the only main line run in 2012 of D1015 Western Champion.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2013

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2012 Part 1


Traction 2012 Part 1

Ref: LP366D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: Three DRS Class 37s rescue a DB Schenker coal train; 56094 returns to traffic for Colas; 66701 hauling LUL battery locos and wagons from West Ruislip to Stonebridge Park; 37688 on hire to GBRf to work a ballast train to Arisaig; Royal 67s on the Toton-Whitemoor departmental; BARS Class 56s working the Shipley-Cardiff Tidal scrap; 97302 working a Bescot to Eastleigh rail train; DRS’ 66434 emerges in a new Malcolm livery; 67011 on the Jaguar ‘car carriers’ to Washwood Heath; Colas take on the aviation fuel to Prestwick, Linkswood & Sinfin; 73119 returns to traffic for GBRf in BR blue; DRS acquire former Virgin Class 57s; the first Colas timber train out of Baglan Bay... and a ten loco convoy of GBRf locos – eight of which are Class 73s!

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS:
67014 working the empty stock of the Caledonian sleepers over the Chiltern Line; two HST power cars rescuing a FGW Penzance-Paddington HST service; 57315 & 57308 and the Virgin Mark 3 set working West Coast Virgin diversions over the Chiltern Line; the end of Class 57s on Arriva’s ‘WAG Express’; a silver repaint for 67026 for Royal Train duties; 37409 & 37601 rescue failed Class 47s on DRS’ Edinburgh to Southampton Docks boat train; 57308 towing two ‘Voyager’ coaches to York; DRS Class 37s and 47s working the Carlisle-Sellafield’ commuter train; 66213 crossing Bletchley flyover with the ‘Concrete Cow’ charter, the spectacular unveiling at York of 91110 as ‘Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’ and Anglia’s 90009 is decorated and named ‘Diamond Jubilee’.

THERE’S ALSO: Two Eurotunnel KRUPP diesel locos dragging a French TGV over the HS1 route; Network Rail Class 57s on ‘snow train’ tests; 60015 towing a ‘Javelin’ unit from Dollands Moor to York; 47798 ‘Prince William’ with ‘Green Arrow’ and ‘Mallard’ in tow; 73205 ventures along the Folkestone Harbour branch; 50049 hauling 37308 & 50044 & 50135 from Cardiff to Kidderminster; 47245 towing Hungary-bound 86215 from Long Marston to Wembley; 50027 ‘Lion’ moves to the Mid-Hants Railway; 56312 hauling a re-painted Mark 3 coach from Bristol to Wembley; 47739 moving Class 507 EMU’s between Kilmarnock and Birkenhead; 47812 on hire to BARS hauling Mark 3 coaches from Bletchley to Doncaster; Class 56s arriving at EMR Kingsbury for breaking…and after 22 years, 50026 ‘Indomitable’ returns to traffic in spectacular style at the Swanage diesel gala!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2012

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2011 Part 2


Traction 2011 Part 2

Ref: LP368D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 56311 working a Grimsby Docks to Cardiff Tidal scrap train; Royal loco 67006 on the Edinburgh bins; 47500 moving track machinery from Nottingham to Hitchin; DB Schenker’s 66221 working Freightliner’s Trafford Park to Southampton service; ‘Super Tug’ 60007 fails on the Ketton cement and is rescued by 67030; Colas 47s taking two convoys of stored Class 92s from Crewe to Dollands Moor; 66847 working the first timber train out of Teigngrace on the re-opened Heathfield branch; 20096 & 20227 on a Doncaster-Toton engineer’s train; Arriva-liveried 67003 on the Sinfin tanks; 37601 & 37611 on hire to DB Schenker for the Didcot-Bicester MoD trip; 47375 & 56302 hauling a rake of china clay wagons from Burngullow to Burton...and Network Rail’s 57306 rescuing GBRf’s Daventry to Dollands Moor intermodal.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS
: 47841 & 47810 on the Norwich-Lowestoft/Great Yarmouth DMU replacement services; the last Virgin working of 57312 before its transfer to Network Rail; 92042 with the stock of Scotrail’s ‘Caledonian’ sleepers; a First Great Western HST set on hire to East Coast; 47832 goes into Northern Belle livery; 50044 & the Virgin Mark 3 ‘Pretendolino’ on a Euston-Holyhead charter; 55022 on railtours to Weymouth and Oban; 67002 piloting Tornado on a Victoria to Weymouth steam charter; 37706 rescuing the Scarborough Spa Express; 37607 & 37608 working DRS’s Glasgow to Southampton Docks boat train...and 'Crompton' D6515 working NYMR Grosmont-Whitby shuttles with 73136.

THERE’S ALSO: Extensive coverage of Network Rail’s autumn RHTTs with loco classes 20, 37, 57, 66, 67 & 97; a five-loco Deltic convoy running from Shildon to Bury; 57310 on two MPV rescues in two days; GBRf Class 66s at the Nene Valley Railway on a snowplough test; 92041 delivering the last Class 380 EMU from Germany; 47739 & 47749 hauling a rake of 12 FGW HST buffet cars from Eastleigh Works to Kilmarnock; 57009 & 57011 on a Scottish snowplough test; 66723 Chinook moving by road from Alresford to RAF Odiham; 37409 on a GBRf Class 422 move; triple-headed Class 50s at the East Lancs Railway, 59001 & 59101 on the Mid-Norfolk Railway; newly-repainted 40106 at the Severn Valley Railway...and six Virgin Class 57s transferring to Network Rail.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2012

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2011 Part 1


Traction 2011 Part 1

Ref: LP371D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 55022 on hire to GB Railfreight working the Alcan alumina tanks between North Blyth and Lynemouth plus its extraordinary appearance on the Fort William-North Blyth tanks; DBS-liveried 59206 working the Theale-Robeston tanks; GBRf-liveried 92032 hauling the Daventry-Dollands Moor intermodal; 20304 & 20305 hauling a rake of container flats from Harwich to Peterborough; DRS’ 66433 working the Northolt-Calvert ‘Binliner’; 92026 hauling a rake of 41 Seacow ballast wagons; 47739 hauling stored KSA wagons to Hamilton; 73206 shunting in Peterborough Yard; 66842 works the first Colas coal train over the Weardale Railway; 92009 emerges in DB Schenker livery; damaged 70012 leaving Newport Docks by road on its way back to the USA….and an amazing 10 loco convoy of Class 66s.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: The Wrexham & Shropshire farewell at London Marylebone; DRS start hauling Boat Trains to Southampton Docks and then take over the Northern Belle; a FGW HST ventures along the Exmouth branch in Devon; FGW’s 57603 arriving at Brush for a re-paint; Class 67 haulage for Chiltern Trains; 91101 arriving at Kings Cross on its maiden run in ‘Flying Scotsman’ livery; 31190 & 31601 traversing the Hope Valley; ‘Bubble Car’ W55034 re-enters traffic for Chiltern Railways in two-tone green; 20303 & 20309 deputising for steam on the Northern Belle to Holyhead…and 47790 emerges in Northern Belle livery.

THERE’S ALSO: ‘Crompton’ D6515’s main line test run following its Eastleigh Works overhaul; 56312 on hire to Colas towing a ballast cleaner; the bizarre combination of 86101 towing 73109; FOUR Class 59s on a freight train on the West Somerset Railway; Network Rail Class 97s at work on the Cambrian route; DRS Class 37s on the Bourne End and Henley-on-Thames branches; 57601 towing 2 Grand Central HST power cars to Loughborough; Freightliner-liveried 57001 ventures to Barry; 57314 towing 2 ‘Voyager’ coaches; 50044 returns to the main line re-painted in BR blue; 20308 on inspection saloon duties at York; 31190 towing 40106 from the Nene Valley to Washwood Heath; 37254 ventures to Eridge on the Spa Valley Railway …and the ‘Clag shot of the Year’ as former Fastline 56301 returns to traffic at the Swanage diesel gala in spectacular style.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2011

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2010 Part 2


Traction 2010 Part 2

Ref: LP374D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 59 206 hauling the Robeston-Westerleigh tanks, 67 006 in the Peak District with the Warrington-Dowlow trip, 37603 + 37 604 hauling a rake of former Fastline coal hoppers, 57 001 leaving Brush Traction at Loughborough under its own power, Euro Cargo Rail Class 66s return to the UK for autumn RHTT duties, 47 739 hauling the first Colas timber train out of Ribblehead, 73 109 & 73 201 on GBRf Thameslink engineering trains, the first Class 57s to work the Hitchin-Sheerness scrap, DB Schenker hire in DRS Class 37s for Scottish ballast and charter trains, Mendip Rail 59s on DB Schenker infrastructure work, 60 099 receives Tata Steel livery, Class 58s en route from Toton to Kingsbury for breaking…and a 9-loco Peterborough to Doncaster GBRf light engine convoy.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: Freightliner’s 90 045 on hire to Virgin West Coast, 08 483 arriving at Paddington with the stock of the ‘Night Riviera’ sleepers while 60 059 works into Glasgow Central with Scotrail’s Euston beds, DRS’ 47 790 working East Anglian drags between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, 57 604 ventures to Weymouth with FGW’s final Bristol-Weymouth loco-hauled service, 67 025 rescuing an East Coast HST at Grantham, FGW HST diversions into London Waterloo and over the Chiltern line, 40 145 on its ill-fated ‘East Lancs Explorer’ charter, 33 207 ventures to Whitby, 47 500 returns to traffic, Grand Central’s Paxman Valenta HST farewell, 55 022 on a GB Railfreight staff special…..and D1015 conquering Ais Gill summit on the S&C.

THERE’S ALSO: DRS Class 37s testing the new Airdrie to Bathgate line, 86 101 & 87 002 and 86 701& 86 702 working Network Rail’s radio survey train, 47 739 towing former Fastline ‘Grids’ 56 301 & 56 302 from Doncaster to Hitchin, a bizarre combination of the Scotrail sleepers and slurry tanks, 66 845 hauling a new 11-car Pendolino set from Dollands Moor to Edge Hill, 47 580 hauling a staggering 8-loco convoy of heritage locos, two GBRf Class 73s venture to Devon as barrier vehicles for a FGW stock move, D444 Exeter hauling preserved locos from the East Lancs Railway to Barrow Hill, D9009 high-speed wagon-testing on the GCR, 31 128 works North York Moors Grosmont-Whitby shuttles….and 25 059 on the newly re-opened Caldon Low branch in Staffordshire.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2011

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2010 Part 1


Traction 2010 Part 1

Ref: LP377D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 37 601, 86 101 & 87 002 working Royal Mail trains, 20 901 & 20 905 with a rake of GBRf coal hoppers, Riviera duo 47 805 & 47 839 on hire to Colas for the Boston steel, 67 026 ventures onto the Swanage Railway to work a ballast train, 60 096 makes a rare foray to Onllwyn colliery, 20 142 & 20 189 with deliveries of new London Underground S stock, 56 311 & 56 312 hauling a rake of 100-tonne tankers up the Lickey, 57 301 working the Fort William-Lynemouth alumina tanks, 37 425 on ballasting duties on the Oban Line, Fastline Freight’s 66 305 ventures to Thorney Mill, the first Class 70 to venture to Scotland and Immingham, FIVE Class 92s on one train….and after a 10 year absence 37 409 returns to traffic with DRS.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: 20 304 working East Anglian passenger trains between Norwich, 37 667’s Inverness-Perth East Coast HST drag, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, 57 602 & 57 605 and the Night Riviera sleepers on a Oxford-Paddington service, 91 121 on a rare ECML HST drag, 66 402 & 66 721 deputising for failed Class 57s on FGW’s Cardiff-Taunton service, 37 425 working the empty stock of the Euston sleepers into Glasgow Central, 70 003 becomes the first of its class to work a passenger train, D1015 pairs up with 40145 for a trip to Cornwall, the welcome return of 55 022 to railtour action….and the unveiling of re-painted 57 604 Pendennis Castle in GWR green at Didcot.

THERE’S ALSO: 57 603 hauling a Hull Trains Class 180 DMU, 47 739 hauling 4-CIG unit 1881 from Eastleigh Works to Barrow Hill, the extraordinary visit of 73 107 to London Paddington, 66 728 hauling two Class 325 Royal Mail units to Fort William, 47 739 hauling Grand Central HST stock from Stoke Marcroft to Heaton, Floyd-liveried 86 232 moving from Crewe to Long Marston, 86 701 & 86 702 on a DVT test run for Chiltern Trains, 57 306 works over the Chilterns with WSMR stock from Crewe, Class 50 D444 returns to the main line to haul 50 026 from Kidderminster to Eastleigh Works, former EPS loco 73 118 shunting at Barry…and 46 010 returns to action at the Great Central Railway.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2010

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2009 Part 2


Traction 2009 Part 2

Ref: LP379D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: The unveiling of Freightliner’s new Class 70s at Newport Docks and their very first revenue earning trains, 31 190 on the Boston steel, 47 727 & 47 739 on the Tilbury to Burton Cemex tanks, 37 602 on ballast duties at Barmouth, D1015 hauling redundant china clay tanks from Quidhampton to Burngullow, 67 003 rescuing the Felixstowe-Birch Coppice intermodal, 47812 hauling two ballast cleaners from Plymouth to Rugby, 87 701 & 87 702 return to the main line on hire to GB Railfreight, 47 270 & 56 303 return to the main line for Hanson Traction, Large Logo 37 425 returns to traffic for DBS, Stobart livery for 92 017, Class 58s in France and Class 87s in Bulgaria.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: 37 401 & 37 670 venture to Weymouth for FGW, DRS Class 47s on summer Saturday services to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, DRS 37s and 47s on the temporary Workington-Maryport passenger ‘Flood-ex’ shuttles, D1015 breaks new ground at Scarborough and Blaenau Ffestiniog, 20 302 on the West Highland Line heading for Fort William, 40 145 slogging its way up to Drumochter summit en route to Inverness, 47 580 & 55 022 work North York Moors trains to Whitby, 33 207 working over the Chiltern Line…and South West Trains’ 73 235 shunting a charter train at Weymouth.

THERE’S ALSO: 20 189 & 20 227 on hire to GBRf delivering new London Underground S stock from Old Dalby to Neasden, Virgin Class 57s hauling Class 321 EMU’s to Eastleigh Works, 20 306 hauling a buffet car coach from Southampton Eastern Docks to Eastleigh Works – bonnet first, 86 401 shunting coaching stock at Willesden TMD, 33 202 returns to action at the Mangapps Farm Railway, Class 27 D5394 hauling its first trains in ten years at Bo’ness, 50 008 returns to action at the Nene Valley, 56 101 re-emerges at Barrow Hill while 20 059 & 37 264 do likewise at the Severn Valley.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2010

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2009 Part 1


Traction 2009 Part 1

Ref: LP382D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 59 206 unveiled in DB Schenker livery at the NRM, DRS 37s working ballast trains over the Cambrian and West Highland lines, Arriva’s 57 313 working the Carlisle-Chirk timber, 47 375’s penultimate working for Advenza Freight, FIVE Class 37s at the front of the Willesden-Crewe DRS flasks, a staggering 10 loco convoy conveying Class 56s from Old Oak Common to Crewe, Mendip Rail 59s on a weekend infrastructure train, BR blue re-paints for 31 106 and 73 201 Broadlands, long-term Ipswich scrapper 47 370 being towed to Felixstowe, new Colas Class 56-hauled Dollands Moor-Hams Hall intermodal traffic, the first coal train out of Guan Cae Gurwen for 10 years, 66 193 hauling the last Quidhampton tanks.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: 47 832 departing from Southampton Western Docks with the first boat train in 15 years, 47 245 hauling the very last train into Folkestone Harbour, 66 152 arriving at Swanage with the first through train from London for 37 years, former Royal Train loco 47 798 Prince William working charter trains for West Coast Railways, 47 826 departing from Glossop with a foot-ex to London, FGW run HST’s to Fratton and Weymouth, 57 309 working the Penzance to Paddington sleepers, D1015’s 3-day ‘Western Chieftan’ foray to Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh, 47 804 & 47 826 venture to Aberystwyth.

THERE’S ALSO: the first fire-up in 19 years of 50 026 Indomitable, D1015 Western Champion arriving at Southampton Docks hauling a track machine, 20 901 & 20 905 towing scrap locos to Long Marston and Stockton, 73 136 hauling spoil trains and the first diesel-hauled passenger train on the Bluebell Railway, 66 709 hauling the first train of new London Underground ‘S’ stock from Derby to Old Dalby, 50 035 Ark Royal performing the last rites at Old Oak Common’s famous ‘Factory’, the first runs in preservation of 33 002 Sea King, 37 418 Pectinidae and 56 040 Oystermouth. There’s also coverage of the Eastleigh Works open weekend plus the pick of the action from the Swanage, Mid Hants and Mid-Norfolk diesel galas!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2010

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2008 Part 2


Traction 2008 Part 2

Ref: LP385D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 86 101 and 87 002 working Royal Mail trains, 56 311 & 56 312 on hire to Colas Rail for Immingham-Washwood Heath steel trains, Large Logo 47 580 on a Tyseley-West Ealing departmental working, 37 608 & 37 609 working the Daventry-Grangemouth intermodal, 56 303 at Ratcliffe power station having rescued a Fastline Freight coal train, newly re-liveried 59 001 working an Eastleigh-Westbury EWS departmental service, 67 011 & 67 028 hauling a Scunthorpe-Crewe CWR train, 57 303 passing through Banbury with the diverted PRDC-Shieldmuir mail, 57 008 & 57 011 hauling a rake of new Fastline coal wagons, 59 202 is off the beaten track with the Walsall-Tunstead cement….plus the best-ever selection of ‘Dead Shed’ spots!

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: Colas Rail’s 47 739 working FGW’s ‘Night Riviera’ sleepers, 86 259 making a debut for its Class at Hadfield on a BBC charity train, 90 003 passing through Nottingham in the consist of a Freightliner service, former Virgin Class 57s commence new duties on Arriva’s Holyhead-Cardiff service, Virgin Class 57s on diverted West Coast services over the Chiltern Line, 20 189 working London Underground Met Line specials, 55 022 making a Deltic debut over the Cambrian route to Pwllheli, SWT’s 73 109 working Brockenhurst-Lymington Pier services, 47 375 working Norwich-Lowestoft services, the end of the Stobart Pullman.

THERE’S ALSO: 20 905 hauling a Grand Central HST power car from Craigentinny to Heaton, 31 454 & 31 459 visiting St Albans Abbey Wood with a test train, Class 87s moving by road from Crewe to Hull docks en-route to Bulgaria, re-liveried Class 58s en route to Spain, 20 901 & 20 905 hauling the Blue Pullman charter set from Barrow Hill to East Ham, 73 210 being towed to Dereham by 73 136, Grand Central HST power car 43 067 working Network Rail’s NMT HST, 20 307 & 20 315 hauling a ‘stoneblower from Trent Junction to Ashford, Class 20 D8142 working its last trains at Llangollen, 57 311 visits Bo’ness….plus extensive coverage of the autumn RHTT’s.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2009

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2008 Part 1


Traction 2008 Part 1

Ref: LP386D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 56 057 returns to the main line re-numbered as 56 311, Riviera Class 47s and Virgin Class 57s hauling GB Railfreight Royal Mail trains, 37 401 working the Sinfin tanks, 37 401 + 37 422 hauling a rake of HAA coal hoppers from Millerhill to Mossend, 47 818 rescuing an EWS stone train in Suffolk, Colas Rail’s 47 727 hauling a rake of Mega-Fret wagons from Aberthaw to Dollands Moor, the first coal train over the newly re-opened Stirling-Alloa line, freight traffic returns to the Tolworth branch, 37 422 on the Daventry-Bescot intermodal, 47 848 hauling a Royal Mail Class 325 unit to Ayr, Royal Mail and DRS diversions following the new year Rugby engineering fiasco.

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: 86 259 Les Ross returns to the main line, 47 712 + 47 802 launch the short-lived ‘Stobart Pullman’, Riviera Class 47s & Virgin Class 57s & EWS Class 67s on hire to Grand Central, Cass 87s going into store at Long Marston – and then emerge to head for Bulgaria, Class 25 D7628 working NYMR service trains to Whitby, DRS Class 20s rescuing a steam charter on the Cumbrian coast, 55 022 ventures to Oban and Penzance, 40 145 travels to Lowestoft and Aberystwyth, 37 069 + 37 423 working to Oban with the Stobart Pullman, ground-breaking trips to Edinburgh and Whitby for D1015 Western Champion, the ACTS Class 58 farewell tour in Holland.

THERE’S ALSO: 40 145 at Marsden with a RHTT in tow, 67 005 hauling the Royal Train over the Severn Valley Railway, Class 31 + DBSO testing, the first two Network Rail Class 97s (formerly Class 37s) on main line test runs, 31 601 + 31 454 venture to Largs, Chiltern Trains ‘bubble car’ visits London Euston, D9009 Alycidon in action at Quainton Road, 73 204 going for a spin on the M25, 57 009 + 57 010 hauling a ‘stoneblower’ to Wymondham, 73 107 arriving at Moorgate GN underground station, D1023 Western Fusilier returns to action at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway…and 07 007, 37 275 and 37 906 star at the Swanage diesel gala.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2008

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2007 Part 2


Traction 2007 Part 2

Ref: LP389D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: the unveiling and test runs of the first two Colas Rail Class 47s, 87 022 + 87 028 hauling a rake of new GBRf coal hoppers along the East Coast main line, 47 811 working the Dagenham-Calvert ‘Binliner’, heritage-liveried 37 411 & 37 425 return to traffic for EWS, 20 901 + 20 905 on Lafarge ballast trains from Mountsorrel to Hope cement works, 67 014 working the Sinfin tanks, 60 012 on the Edinburgh ‘Binliner’, 37 038 ventures to Scunthorpe to work a CWR train, 47 237 hauling four RHTT sets from York to Stowmarket, DRS Class 57s on the Anglia autumn ‘water jet’ trains…and the final Class 87 workings in Britain, including the aborted farewell trip.

PASSENGER WORKINGS, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: Class 20s return to Skegness, 50 049 hauling the ‘Silverlink Swansong’ charter over the Watford DC Lines, Virgin Class 57s ‘top & tailing’ the vintage ‘Queen of Scots’ coaches, 47 802 hauling the blue & grey Cargo D set from Manchester to Brighton, 66 081 rescuing not one but two failed Class 57s on the Penzance-Paddington sleepers, Barrow Hill-Deepcar Class 20 specials, Grand Central HST enters service, 55 022 Royal Scots Grey’s autumn trip to Oban, 37 601 + 37 603 on Pathfinder’s ‘Atomic Harbourmaster’, 40 145 reaches Fort William and Dartmouth….and D1015 Western Champion’s groundbreaking run over the Cambrian route to Aberystwyth.

THERE’S ALSO: 773 205 + 73 209 ‘top & tailing’ a Serco test train at Moorgate underground station, BR blue 33 202 on a FGW HST power car move, 33 025 on the West Highland Line hauling a snowplough to Glenfinnan, D1015 Western Champion hauling a ballast cleaner from Reading to Eastleigh Works, re-painted 73 107 hauling Hastings DEMU vehicles, 20 301 & 20 305 hauling DRS’ newly re-painted Mark 3 charter set from Oxley to Kingmoor, 31 190 + 31 106 making a rare appearance at Glasgow Queen Street…and 37 025 & 37 175 return to action at Bo’ness.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2008

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2007 Part 1


Traction 2007 Part 1

Ref: LP391D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 47 840 North Star hauling the Millbrook-Coatbridge Freightliner and on various FGW stock moves, 37 411 + 37 425 on the Westerleigh-Robeston tanks, 31 128 + 31 454 hauling a rake of box wagons to Scunthorpe, 47 703 with Cornish china clay tanks, 37 087 on a Doncaster-Bescot departmental working, 20 310 ‘bonnet first’ on a Grangemouth-Hamilton trip, 37 410 at Lostwithiel with a Tavistock-St Blazey freight, 47 813 with fuel tankers on South Humberside, 56 303 working a March-Doncaster ballast, 37 405 + 37 422 on the East Lancs ‘ski jump’ with ballast for the Manchester Metrolink, 47 843 hauling the diverted Willesden-Shieldmuir mail and Virgin Class 57s start on the Chirk timber.

PASSENGER WORKINGS, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: 47 703 + 57 301 help out the Penzance-Paddington sleepers, 73 201 on the last-ever ‘Wessex’ unit drag for SWT, 37 406 on Scotrail’s Inverness sleepers, 47 805 + 50 049 on the last ATW loco-hauled rugby specials, 86 101 returns the main line, 40 145 ventures to Aberystwyth, Whitby and Stranraer, 37410 arriving at Falmouth Docks, Network Rail’s 31 105 + 31 285 on the ‘Bristol Coal Stone Haul’, DRS’ 47 802 ventures to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Far North Line, D1010 & D1015 on a double-headed departure from Minehead, London Underground’s Sarah Siddons returns to traffic.

THERE’S ALSO: 73 136 + 73 204 on the Royal Ascot ‘Queen of Scots’, 2 HST power cars ‘back to back’ hauling a FGW HST set, triple-headed GBRf Class 73s on the Midland Main Line, 40 145 towing DRS acquisition 47 145 from Carnforth to Carlisle, 31 128 hauling FGW power cars to Brush, newly re-painted 47 840 North Star working a freight on the West Somerset Railway, 33 065 & 56 098 on Nene Valley freights, the final run of 47 575 on the East Lancs before being scrapped. There’s also the return to traffic of 37 152 and D9016 at Peak Rail, 37 906 on the Severn Valley, 47 635 at Swanage and 47 768 at Barry.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2008

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2006 Part 2


Traction 2006 Part 2

Ref: LP392D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: Double-headed Class 56s on Fastline’s Doncaster-Grain containers, 87 012’s last main line working, 37 405 on the Healey Mills-Clitheroe coal, 47 145 hauling a rake of 60 PGA wagons, triple-headed Class 31s on the FM Rail coal trial from Daw Mill to Rugeley power station, 60 038 makes a rare visit to Aberdeen, 87 022 working GBRf’s Hams Hall-Felixstowe intermodal, 47 815 + 47 769 hauling the Trafford Park-Southampton Freightliner, 37 406 with a rake of HTA coal hoppers, 37 248 working the diverted Willesden-Shieldmuir mail, re-painted Riviera Class 47s on hire to DRS for nuclear flask traffic.

PASSENGER WORKINGS, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: Class 37s bow out on Scotrail’s West Highland sleepers…and then make a swift return, Class 87’s return on Virgin West Coast services, 47 828 and 47 714 on the Penzance sleepers, 37 410 working the last weekday loco-hauled Rhymney-Cardiff commuter train, Virgin’s 57 313 rescuing a failed First Great Western HST at Exeter, Class 50s on Arriva service trains to Fishguard and Llandindrod Wells, 2 HST power cars ‘back-to-back’ hauling a complete HST set, Arriva’s ‘bubble car’ DMU on the Cardiff Bay branch, 40 145 on the Far North Line, 55 022 Royal Scots Grey on its test run and two charter trains, 33 025 + 33 029 on the Cambrian returning from Aberystwyth, the return of D1015 Western Champion in maroon livery.

THERE’S ALSO: 20 096 + 20 905 on a ‘one’ Anglia stock move to Norwich, DRS’ 37 029 on the Royal Scotsman, 60 019 hauling four Class 86s away from Immingham, Class 31s on the vintage ‘Queen of Scots’ to Royal Ascot, DRS Class 20s star in the autumn leaf-fall season, 50 012 Benbow towing Arriva’s ‘bubble car’ DMU from Crewe to Cardiff, two GBRf Class 73’s sandwiched between two snowploughs, French returnee 20 228 in CFD livery working at Barry Island, the return to traffic of 33 116 at the GCR, 37 905 on Dartmoor and 47 004 at Embsay.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2007

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2006 Part 1


Traction 2006 Part 1

Ref: LP396D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: Class 56s return to the main line for Fastline Freight, 37 419 hauling Class 56s to Old Oak Common for component recovery, 47 802 on the Warrington-Willesden mail, 47 840’s two trips to Shoeburyness on scrap EMU moves, ex-DRS Class 87s return to traffic on Royal Mail trains, 37 425 on the Dagenham-Bridgend Ford vans, the first DRS Class 47s to reach Plymouth, 47 145 hauling box wagons from Stoke to the Isle of Grain, 90 001 hauling EWS’ Garston-Dagenham automotive service, 47 830 on the Ayr-Oxwellmains cement, 37 425 reaches Exeter with the ‘silver bullet’ china clay tanks, 31 128 & 31 190 hauling steel wagons from Doncaster to Stoke…and the West London ‘Tractor’ bonanza including 37 425 & 37 405 on the Brentford-Appleford ‘Binliner’!

PASSENGER TRACTION, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: the unprecedented sight of two HST power cars ‘back to back’ hauling the Penzance-Paddington ‘sleepers’, Class 47 haulage returns to the Riviera ‘sleepers’ with 47 813, Class 37s back on Cardiff-Rhymney services, Virgin Class 57s on Arriva North Wales services, 47 840 rescuing a Penzance-Paddington service, Class 50-hauled service trains for Arriva, 57 604 ventures to Shoeburyness in Essex to collect redundant slam-door stock, 47 245 returns to the main line for West Coast Railway Company…and the launch of the ‘Blue Pullman’ with newly re-painted 47 709 & 47 712.

THERE’S ALSO: Network Rail Class 73s and converted Gatwick MLV’s on de-icing duties, 37 411 & 37 425 on the Serco test train in Kent, 33 103 breaking new ‘Crompton’ ground on Devon and Cornwall branches, 56 057 working the Lafarge self-discharge train on the Nene Valley Railway, former DRS ‘Cromptons’ return to traffic for West Coast Railway Company, track re-laying trains on the closed Ebbw Vale branch, Class 87s en-route from Oxley to Long Marston, Class 37-hauled railtours along the Cambrian, 67 020 hauling redundant TPO stock away from Exeter…and 45 112 making a mega-rare ‘Peak’ visit to Kingswear!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2006

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2005 Part 2


Traction 2005 Part 2

Ref: LP462D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 47 298 reaches Kent to rescue the Dungeness flasks, 67 014 + 67 022 at Oxcroft colliery with a 1,600 tonne MGR, 67 015 + 67 025 on the Ardingley-Whatley stone empties, 47 200 on the first Royal Mail train to Aberdeen for more than a decade, 37 411 on the Toton-Castleton departmental, Riviera’s 47 839 on Heavy Haul’s Dagenham-Wembley stone train, mixed-livery 67 005 + 67 029 on a Daw Mill-Toton MGR, Anglia-liveried 47 714 on a Freightliner, 37 416 on the Bescot-Birch Coppice trip, 47 145 on a Toton-Crewe ballast train, GBRf Class 73s reach Scotland and Plymouth, end of the DRS ‘Cromptons’.

PASSENGER TRACTION & WORKINGS, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: the final Virgin West Coast Class 87-hauled service, the Gatwick Express Class 73 farewell, Anglia’s second Class 86 farewell, ‘Top & Tailed’ Class 57s deputising for a ‘Turbo’ DMU on a Paddington-Twyford commuter service, former Scottish Class 47/7s return to passenger duties in Fife, Class 47s return to Cardiff-Rhymney services, the first Class 87-hauled passenger train on the Anglian main line, D1015’s marathon 3-day tour from London Euston to London Victoria – via Exeter, Birmingham and the Central Wales Line, 40 145’s Scottish adventure to Aberdeen and Inverness, 87 012 on Silverlink’s ‘Cobbler’ service, 55 019 on the Southern Region en-route to Havant…and coverage of the Norwich gala with classes 20, 31, 33 on passenger services to Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

THERE’S ALSO:DRS Cass 20s on the ‘weedkilling’ train, Royal-liveried 67 005 on scrap ‘slammers’ to Caerwent, 47 145 on test train duties in West Wales, DRS Class 20s and 37s on Network Rail ‘s autumn ‘water jet’ trains, GB Railfreight Class 73s visit York, four Cotswold Rail Class 47s running light engine from Oxley to Willesden, five Class 73s running from Eastleigh to Tonbridge, 73 136 returns to the main line, 37 605 towing a ‘stoneblower’ from Ashford to Cambridge, 56 057 on Nene Valley freight…and 47 826 reaches Mallaig!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2006

Running time: 100-mins





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Traction 2005 Part 1


Traction 2005 Part 1

Ref: LP459D


Although it was almost certain that 2005 would fail to produce the usual ‘two-parter’ this was not the case. In fact we had the usual problem of trying to cram all the footage into 90 minutes! So here are just a few of the items covered in this programme….the first and last Class 87-hauled DRS trains, three Class 57s towing a ‘Pendolino’ from Asfordby to Oxley, four Class 73s on one GBRf ballast train, 37 427 rescuing a failed 66 on an Ironbridge MGR, ‘silver machine’ 67 029 on steel trains, 87 014 hauling a Class 325 mail train, Large Logo 37 425 on china clay duties in Cornwall, Royal Scotsman Class 31s, Railtrack-liveried 73 212 + 73 213 on ballast duties, DRS’ 37 606 working a Liverpool Street-Norwich service, 47 810 rescuing a Virgin ‘Pendolino’, Class 50s break new ground in Scotland, 40 145’s three-day ‘Silver Jubilee’ railtour, D1015 storming Luxulyan bank en-route to Newquay, 55 019 returns to the ECML, 33 103 on the East Grinstead and Lowestoft branches, Class 31s rescue Network Rails’ HST, 56 057 on the Nene Valley…plus coverage of the West Somerset, Mid-Hants and North York Moors diesel galas.





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Traction 2004 Part 2


Traction 2004 Part 2

Ref: LP397D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: 37 416 + 37 421 on a Millerhill-Thornton MGR, Royal-liveried 67 005 on the Colnbrook tanks, DRS Class 20s on the Chiltern Line with nuclear flasks, French-liveried Class 56s and 58s emerge from Toton and Old Oak Common, triple-headed ‘Tractors’ on the 6S75 Bescot-Mossend enterprise, 2xClass 09 shunters working the Llanwern-Newport trip, the first freight working for GB Railfreight’s Class 73’s, 37 114 + 37 698 working a Daw Mill-Ratcliffe MGR, celebrity Class 37s return for the sandite season, GBRf’s 87 013 hauling new ballast wagons from Thameshaven to Carlisle…and Class 20s D8056 + 20 168 on coal and cement traffic in Derbyshire.

PASSENGER TRACTION & WORKINGS, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: 37 372 and 37 698 plus the last day of Class 37s on Arriva’s Leeds-Carlisle service, Cotswold Class 47s on diverted London-Norwich services during the Ipswich tunnel blockade, 37 425 hauling Virgin’s Newquay-Manchester HST, FGW’s heritage-liveried 47 815 on a HST drag from Old Oak Common to Bristol, 47 200 + 47 316 hauling the ‘Queen of Scots’ to Chichester, Riviera Class 47s on North Wales services, 37 197 + 47 853 working the ‘Royal Scotsman’, 37 261 deputising for steam on the Fort William-Mallaig ‘Jacobite’, 40 145 storming through Warrington, DRS’ 37 229 on an HST drag, Class 50s venture to Kings Lynn…and 45 112 arriving at Edinburgh.

THERE’S ALSO: 47 355 + 73 107 hauling a rake of Southern Region de-icers from Ramsgate to Immingham, 37 197 + 37 261 towing a fire-damaged Class 175 DMU along the Preston Docks branch, 50 049 reaches Llandudno, 31 602 rescuing Iris test DMU, 47 145 and 47 829 hauling redundant Virgin Mark 3 stock to Bicester, four GB Railfreight Class 73s on Bethnal Green bank, 45 112 hauling a Network Rail inspection saloon over the S&C, ‘silver machine’ 67 029 + DVT on a test run to Crewe, 57 601 hauling two DEMU’s from Redhill to Swindon…and 56 057 returns to action at the Nene Valley Railway.

Note this is a DVD not a VHS tape despite what the sleeve says

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2004

Running time: 90-mins





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Traction 2004 Part 1


Traction 2004 Part 1

Ref: LP399D


FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: Extensive coverage of the final Royal Mail TPO workings, GB Railfreight’s first Class 73 is released from Derby, 47 776 on the Furzebrook LPG tanks, 09 020 on the WCML with limestone wagons from Shap Quarry, 60 023 on a Derby-Brighton ‘Electrostar’ delivery, 37 669 + 37 695 on a Bescot-Ironbridge MGR, 47 843 visits Aberthaw cement works, Class 37s return to the West Country on china clay and Meldon ballast duties, Heavy Haul 47/8’s on Thameslink EMU stock moves, the last ever Class 56 MGR working, 56 078 on Worksop MGR duties and on two departmental workings on the former Southern Region and Class 58 loco 5111 working abroad in Holland. There’s also extensive coverage of the run-down of EWS’ Class 47 and 56 fleets.

PASSENGER TRACTION: Class 31-hauled passenger trains return to the North West, EWS Class 47s finish for First North Western, ‘top & tail’ Class 37/4s working to Merthyr Tydfil, 45 112 on Midland Main Line passenger duties, Class 87s going into store at Bicester, 37 203 on the Rhymney-Cardiff, Virgin’s 47 851 works an EWS charter train to Wales, Large Logo 47 635 is re-instated to work a Cardiff-York charter, 40 145 storming the South Devon banks of Rattery and Dainton. There’s also extended coverage of the two final Class 56 railtours – the ‘Sarum Flyer’ and the ‘Twilight Grids’.

PLUS ‘top & tail’ Res Class 47s on the Uckfield and Chingford branches, Network Rail’s 73 213 on Serco duties on the Shepperton branch, 31 106 ventures to the West Highlands with an inspection saloon, former Tinsley favourite 47 145 on Serco duties, 73 109 rescuing Wessex Class 31s after they ran out of fuel, TWO Class 67s on test hauling SIXTEEN Scotrail sleepers round the Hamilton Circle, Crompton’s return to the Meldon Quarry branch, six Spanish-bound Class 58s at Newport Docks, 57 601 on an inspection saloon in Suffolk. There’s also coverage of the North York Moors, West Somerset and Mid-Hants diesel galas

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2004

Running time: 90-mins





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Traction 2003 Part 2


Traction 2003 Part 2

Ref: LP402D


The predicted doom and gloom had so far failed to materialise. Despite an infestation of Class 66s and a downturn in loco-hauled passenger services, there was no shortage of activity from the older loco classes. This instalment make the most of it!

FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION: The unveiling of 47 635 and 56 078 in Large Logo blue, Inter City re-paints for 31 454 and 37 685, ACTS-liveried Class 58, 37 174 rescued by 37 517 on the Bow-Heck Plasmor empties, 56 100 ventures to Brighton on a stock delivery move, 67 029 on the Eastleigh-Quidhampton china clay tanks, 47 843 on the Moorswater cement, 37 248 working the Swansea-Willesden mail, GBRf’s 66 715 ventures to Hunterston and Longannet on a coal trial, 56 006 on the Acton-Westbury Mendip Rail empties, 47 292 on the Dagenham-Calvert ‘Bins’, 47 778 hauling the Brentford-Appleford ‘Bins’, 37 114 + 37 216 working the Longbridge-Swindon Rover vans…and 37 308 takes star billing in our regular ‘Dead Shed’ spot!

PASSENGER TRACTION, WORKINGS, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS: Virgin 47 841 on its extraordinary trip to Inverness hauling the Scotrail ‘sleepers’, 47 784 leaving Gourock with the ‘Royal Scotsman’, ‘Top & Tail’ Class 37/4s on Arriva’s new loco-hauled service from Leeds to Harrogate and Carlisle, the first test run of First Great Western’s 57 602, the visit of 87 001 Stephenson to Newcastle, D1015 Western Champion hauling the Orient Express, the first Class 50 out of Waterloo in nine years, Load Haul ‘Grids’ visit Paignton, 33 202 deputising for steam over the Chiltern Line, 67 002 hauling the Royal Train…and 59 002 hauling a failed steam charter into Merehead Quarry.

THERE’S ALSO: 86 631 hauling a Crewe-Wembley Serco test train, 45 112 hauling the measurement HST, Class 31s visit Aberdeen with the ultrasonic test train, Class 86s en-route to Immingham for scrapping, Class 37s on snowplough tests, ‘top & tail’ 47s on the Dungeness branch, 40 145 in green on the S&C and in blue livery on the ECML, D9016 re-painted back into original two-tone green livery, former-Gatwick Class 73s being towed from Shoeburyness to Norwich, 47 367 debuts at the Glocs & Warwks, 47 292 visits Bo’ness,…plus highlights of the Severn Valley, East Lancs and Keighley & Worth diesel galas!

Note this is a DVD not a VHS tape despite what the sleeve says!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2003

Running time: 90-mins





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Traction 2003 Part 1


Traction 2003 Part 1

Ref: LP403D


We thought we had covered just about every working imaginable in the previous 15 programmes in this series. We were wrong!! and no one is more surprised than us, because yet again we have more than enough footage to fill 90 minutes with just 5 months!! Here’s a small taster of what you can expect to see…

DRS Class 47s leaving Springburn Works following overhaul, Class 58s leave the UK for Spain, 20 301 + 37 610 on the mothballed Methil branch with the DRS freight trial to Cameron Bridge, Royal Mail diversions over the Chiltern Line, Class 31s venture to Fort William with the Ultrasonic Test Train, 56 114 working a Rhymney-Cardiff service, 37 038 on the Avonmouth-Crewe Cars, 47 270 hauling the Stanlow-Humber tanks, 47 197 on Heavy Haul coal duties, 46 035 hauling the Bristol-Old Oak Common mail vans, 56 018 at Tiverton (that’s Tiverton in Devon!) with a rake of HAA coal hoppers, 4 x DRS Class 37s on the Grangemouth-Daventry, Class 14 D9504 shunting steel traffic at Chatham Docks, 47 812 on the Dagenham-Calvert ‘Bins’, Class 31s return to Portsmouth Harbour on service trains, 87 001 transformed back into BR corporate blue, D1015 on the North Wales coast, 57 306 visits Whitby, EPS’s 73 130 on the Shepperton branch with the Serco Test Train, Class 33s on ‘Desiro’ stock moves for South West Trains, 31 459 ventures to Stranraer and Milngavie with an Inspection Saloon, Class 73s on the Barnstaple branch en-route to Meldon Quarry…and FOUR HST power cars running light engine from Longsight to Laira.

Note this is a DVD not a VHS tape despite what the sleeve says!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2003

Running time: 90-mins





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Traction Decade - 10 years of the Traction Series


Traction Decade - 10 years of the Traction Series

Ref: LP393D


A project that has been eighteen months in the making is at long last available. TRACTION DECADE features the very best of the first 10 years of the TRACTION series which started back in 1995. Because of the volume of footage, this programme has a running time of three-and-a-half hours. Hence it is a double-disc DVD set. We shan’t even begin to attempt to list what’s on it, but if you’ve been collecting the series over the years you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. If you’ve yet to sample any of these highly-acclaimed programmes, it’s a great way of having the first 10 years all in one DVD box. Suffice to say, given the changes that have happened to the modern traction fleet over the past ten years, the content is, quite simply, staggering! In it you will see 10 years of…Rescues, Passenger substitutes, Freight substitutes, Off the beaten tracks, Arrivals, Farewells & departures, Liveries…and Railtours.

The programme features no fewer than 30 classes of diesel and electrics at work on the national network the length and breadth of Britain, from the humble 03 through classes 08, 09, 20, 31, 33, 37, 40, 43, 45, 46, 47, 50, 52, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 66, 67, 71, 73, 86, 87, 89, 90, 92 to the French Class 22000’s. As if that’s not enough, if also features a staggering 70 different locomotive liveries!

Although this is a ‘best of’, it is in fact a brand new programme as we have not only sourced all the original footage and digitally enhanced it, but it comes with a new and lively script which has been written and narrated by David Maxey. The programme also contains previously unseen footage as well as a few surprises in the running order!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2006

Running time: 210-mins





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