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Modern Traction Archive Vol. 1 (60-mins)


Modern Traction Archive Vol. 1 (60-mins)

Ref: LN101D


Cornish class 50s: Filmed in the mid to late 1980s we view the class on both passenger and freight services in the Royal Dutchy. With some superb soundtracks we cover the mainline to Penzance through the St.Austell and Par areas as well as Summer Saturday workings along the Newquay branch.

Chesterfield: A real hotspot for enthusiasts to this very day. Class 20s on coal, class 56s, 45s, 37s, 47s, 31s all feature in this look back at operations in the BR-blue era.

Stockport: Filmed from the front coach as 40 044 departs with nostalgic thrash!

Class 56s in action: We study the class in action from the Yorkshire coalfields to Cornwall - yes, that’s right, we even have rare footage of 56013 on test in China Clay country!!!

The class 26s & 27s: In the twilight of their years we cover their last workings, such as class 27s on Dundee to Edinburgh stoppers, 26s at Mossend Yard and on the line to Ayr.

Severn Tunnel Junction: where do you start at such a fascinating loaction? Mid-1980s material reveals, class 25, 31, 33, 37,45, 47, 50 and 56 on all manner of workings at this freight hot-spot.

Class 45s in the West: Summer Saturday action in 1985 and 1986, from Exeter to Paignton and on the Dawlish sea-wall.

The clag shot - triple-headed 37s!!





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MODERN TRACTION ARCHIVE 2 (??-mins)


MODERN TRACTION ARCHIVE 2 (??-mins)

Ref: LN073D






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MODERN TRACTION ARCHIVE 3 (??-mins)


MODERN TRACTION ARCHIVE 3 (??-mins)

Ref: LN072D






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Modern Traction Archive Vol.4 (??-mins)


Modern Traction Archive Vol.4 (??-mins)

Ref: LN114D


This programme contains material of classic modern diesel and electric traction at work in the UK during the 1980s and early 1990s. The DVD is ideal for modellers keen to witness historic liveries and train formations, or for those who just want to reminisce about days gone by. The original video material was filmed using broadcast cameras recording on to portable VHS equipment, as a result the picture quality is very good for the period and with modern digital editing, this programme represents material as close as you can get to the quality of the original.

West Coast Mainline hotspot: Stafford. Largo-logo class 47s, BR blue 20s, 85s, 86s and 87s all feature. Included is a rare shot of 45038 on passenger, also 37 428 on ballast and blue 47 471, 627 and 402. We also witness early intercity-liveried locos as well as blue/grey coaching stock in this nostalgic period beginning in 1985 and going through to 1988.

Rotherham-Masborough: A journey back to October 1986 as we see Metro-Cammel DMUs, blue 37 203, 56016, class 20s on engineers duties, blue/yellow HST, Research Centre Wickham railcar Lab 20 and 45052 on a long vacuum-braked train of coke for Scunthorpe.

Westbury Station Profile: A wide range of motive power is seen on passenger and freight dating back to 1984. We see 45147 (the Manchester crash loco) on freight, class 33s on Portsmouth-Cardiff services and ballast trains from Meldon Quarry, 56116 hauling 47901, a class 205 'Thumper' Unit and 50017, 50019 and 50046. We also see 59003 - now resident in Germany , 31175. class 155 and 156 DMUs and plenty of class 56s and 47s, including 47063, 277, 295 and 705 - and not forgetting class 37s, including 37308 in original blue livery.

Thornaby: Situated at the entrance to Tees Yard, class 31s, 37s, 47s and class 60 are seen on a variety of freight services between 1987 and 1990. Highlights include, pairs of 31s on cement, large-logo 37408 and 37420, 37515 in railfreight red-stripe, 60008 on driver training duties and even a trainspotting dog - totally barking!

Warrington 16th March 1984: Class 25s and class 40s are amongst some of the classes witnessed in our fascinating day out at this popular train-watching location. 25259, 315, 40044, 063, 085, 37165, 45140, 47103, 118, 338, class 86s and 87s all appear on a variety of long-gone workings - and nothing but corporate BR blue livery to be seen!





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Modern Traction Archive Vol.5 (??-mins)


Modern Traction Archive Vol.5 (??-mins)

Ref: LN127D


Church Fenton: 1986 material in which we feature classes 20, 31, 37, 43, 45, 47 and 56 on a number of passenger and freight turns. Look out for the BR breakvans being used on some of the freight services!

Cornish DMUs: A look at multiple unit activity on the branch lines to Newquay and Falmouth as well as the china clay lines at Parkandillack and the freight-only Fowey branch. Classes 117 and 142 feature.

Reading: Mainline activity at this gateway to London; plenty of blue & large-logo liveries to be seen including HST, 31, 45, 47 & 50 from January 1986. We also visit in the early 1990s in the Network Southeast era with class 47s in NSE livery and class 37, 56 and 60 in trainload freight colours as well as ARC and Yeoman liveried 59s.

Lincoln: Semaphore signals abound as a Cravens DMU in BR blue is one of three types of DMU to be seen. We also see BR blue 31293 on a speedlink freight, 47214 on oil and an 08 on a local trip working.

Carlisle: On 3rd May 1985, the BR scene was still the corporate blue - with some amazing scenes we see 81s and 85s on Mk 1 passenger stock, 86/0 and 86/3s, blue 87s on steel coil trains, the APT on test, class 37s, pairs of 25s on oil trains, class 26, class 27 on passenger stock and loads more in this classic footage straight from the archive!





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Modern Traction Archive Vol.6 - WCML Electrics (??-mins)


Modern Traction Archive Vol.6 - WCML Electrics (??-mins)

Ref: LN085D


Carlisle - Class 85s on freight dominate as we hear the famous 'roar' of these popular electrics. Also witnessed are class 86 and 90 on passenger and freight services in early intercity and railfreight grey liveries;

Gretna Junction - is visited where class 90s head express passenger services;

Northampton - class 85 on 'cobbler' passenger service from London as well as a class 81 on freight;

Bletchley - 1987 material is used as we see classes 81, 85, 86 and 87 locomotives once again on a variety of workings;

Crewe - station scenes as we view class 85 to 90 on class 1 passenger services;

Mossend - close up action shots of class 86s on freightliner duties, class 81, 85 and 90 in and around the yard complex;

Leighton Buzzard - evening shots taken in 1988 during the rush-hour as trains of Mk1 coaches call to set down passengers, class 310 EMUs on local services, an 86 on the Royal train, 85s on parcels and freight as well as class 86s on Intercity Expresses;

Warrington/Winwick Jn - Freight and passenger traffic dominate with many BR-blue liveried locomotives seen in action;

Bescot - Sunday diversions through the station with class 85 and 86;

Coventry - blue-liveried class 86 and 87 locos on passenger turns in April 1987;

Carstairs/Lune Gorge - overnight sleeper trains are just some of those seen behind class 86, 87 and class 90s;

Preston Lostock Hall Jn - a mixture of trains with classes 86, 87 and 90 doing the honours;

Lichfield - derailment damage from March 1991;

Stafford/Norton Bridge - classes 85, 86, 87 and 90 peform in the rain!





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Modern Traction Archive Vol.7 - King Coal (??-mins)


Modern Traction Archive Vol.7 - King Coal (??-mins)

Ref: LN086D


This is just a summary of the main contents of this fascinating programme:

We begin at Warrington and Winwick Jn where we see pairs of class 20s and single class 56 heading trains to Fiddlers Ferry Power station;

Thornaby is our next stop as 60008 is seen very much in its early days of trafic on a test train formed of HEA hoppers;

Sunderland - filmed in 1990, Gateshead allocated 56s work the coal trains;

The South of England is covered as we witness the early days of class 60-hauled MGR coal trains to Didcot Power station; a class 56 and 60-hauled MGRs at Cheltenham, 58s at Bedford and 31159 on hoppers through Bletchley;

Scotland is visited where class 26s are seen at Cockenzie Power station, class 20s at Kincardine Colliery and triple-headed 37s leaving Mossend Yard in 1991;

Newport features class 37s and 56s on coal trains to and from Llanwern Steel works, including scenes of trains in the station and crossing the main river bridge to the east;

Stenson Jn (south of Derby) features pairs of class 20s on trains to Willington Power station, class 58s on trains to Didcot as well as class 60s on other coal workings;

A journey is made to the Yorkshire coalfiels around Whitley Bridge, next to Eggborough Power station and to south Milford next to the now closed Selby complex - class 56s doinate here both in terms of sight but also sound!

Crewe and Chesterfield are the next location as 20s and 56s are sen on more power station and domestic coal flows;

The busy lines through Doncaster and Worksop are included with 56s and 58s providing the power;

And finally we visit Cardiff where heavyweight 37s abound before we head off to Stormy Bank where class 56s 'storm' their way up the grade!





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MODERN TRACTION ARCHIVE 8 (??-mins)


MODERN TRACTION ARCHIVE 8 (??-mins)

Ref: LN151D






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Modern Traction Archive Vol.9 - Warrington and Doncaster (70-mins)


Modern Traction Archive Vol.9 - Warrington and Doncaster (70-mins)

Ref: LN152D


are archive video material from two of the north’s most popular rail watching locations, from 1988 to 1992 where we see a variety of freight and passenger trains, involving locomotives and stock that are now, sadly, just part of history.

At Warrington we see and hear the distinctive sound of class 20s on coal and Speedlink freight trains, class 47s on coal, engineers, containers, chemical and parcels services; class 31s on local trip freights appear in all sorts of guises. The electrified side of things features classes 81, 85, 86 and 87 on various freight and passenger duties and even a rare shot of 89 001 on a test train hauling five of the then Derby-based International train coaches.

Over at Doncaster, we see two class 45/0s on freight, BR-blue liveried class 31s on passenger and freight, blue 56s on long trainloads of coal hoppers, split-box ‘tractors’ – again in blue, on speeedlink trip workings, green 20030 on a light engine move to and from Immingham and rather an oddly painted class 08 shunter going about its business.

The early days of class 91s are also witnessed as we see some of their first workings through this busy station – including one example on a train of blue/grey Mark 111 sleepers. Also seen are HSTs in their original colour scheme on ECML intercity services and a South Yorkshire PTE-liveried DMU, as well as a class 31/4 on passenger.

We witness class 47s in BR-blue and early railfreight colours going about their business, in this real blast from the past!





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MODERN TRACTION ARCHIVE 10 (??-mins)


MODERN TRACTION ARCHIVE 10 (??-mins)

Ref: LN153D






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Modern Traction Archive Vol.33 - Gloucestershire


Modern Traction Archive Vol.33 - Gloucestershire

Ref: LN433D


This programme looks at the British Rail era of the early 1990s in the county of Gloucestershire. The main cross-country route linking The Midlands with Bristol and South Wales heads south through the county through the large town of Cheltenham and Gloucester. We have chosen a number of well-known photographic locations to view the activity including on stations with Cheltenham being the focal point. We also look at the line along the river Severn towards Chepstow - including a view of the Severn Bore - and south along the line through Standish Junction towards Cam. Filmed largely in 1993 and early 1994 a wide selection of motive power is seen including Classes 20, 31, 37, 43, 47, 50, 55, 56, 59, 60, 117, 150/1, 150/2, 156 and 158. Class 47s and Paxman-powered HSTs feature on Cross-Country passenger turns with parcels, china-clay, fertiliser, tanker trains, steel, car-component, engineers all making an appearance as we turn the clock back to a time when locomotives still dominated the rail network. Many different liveries are also seen, including BR-blue, railfreight grey, Parcels Red, Scotrail, EWS, Mainline Blue, Transrail, Regional Railways, Centro, Departmental and Virgin colours.





First published on DVD: September 2017
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 110 mins (1hr 50min)

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