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British Diesel Directory Vol.1 - English Electric Types 4 & 5(60-mins)


British Diesel Directory Vol.1 - English Electric Types 4 & 5(60-mins)

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The first volume covers English Electric Type 4s and 5s classes 40, 50 & 55). English Electric were in the forefront of British diesel traction development from early LHS prototypes through to the mighty class 40s, Hoovers and Deltics featured in this programme.

The characteristic EE roar is evident in the first two classes, while the distinctive Napier drone from the famous Deltic comes over loud and clear. Enjoy 40s on their last BR excursions and on preserved lines, Hoovers hard at work between Waterloo and Exeter and Deltics both on preserved lines and D9000s mainline phoenix representing their new and expanding role as excursion engines.





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British Diesel Directory Vol.2 - Western Region Diesel Hydraulics (60-mins)


British Diesel Directory Vol.2 - Western Region Diesel Hydraulics (60-mins)

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The birth of the hydraulics was a direct result of the extent to which the former BR regions existed as separate companies even under the overall banner of nationalisation. The firm belief in hydraulic as opposed to electric transmission by the Western Region management gave birth to Warships, Westerns Hymeks and the class 14 O-6-O. These types continued the GWR tradition of distinctive and nonstandard power for some years after the end of steam, before the corporate railway of the late 70s swept them off the mainline.





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British Diesel Directory Vol.3 - Sulzer Engined (60-mins)


British Diesel Directory Vol.3 - Sulzer Engined (60-mins)

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This volume features classes 24, 25, 33, 44, 45, 46, and 47. Built initially in Switzerland and later under licence at Barrow in Furness, Sulzer power units have been at the heart of the British diesel fleet since its inception and are still ongoing in the ubiquitous class 47. Many examples survive in preservation, many of which are featured in this programme, both on private lines and eking out their final days on the mainline.





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British Diesel Directory Vol.4 - English Electrics (60-mins)  (DVD-R


British Diesel Directory Vol.4 - English Electrics (60-mins) (DVD-R

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In this programme we'll be looking at the smaller classes that owe their origins to the English Electric Company. We've already seen classes 40, 50 and 55 in Volume 1 of this series. Now we'll look at classes 08, 20, 31, 37 and 73. All these classes are currently still enjoying working careers on the national network, though in some cases these are drawing inevitably to a close.





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British Diesel Directory Vol.5 - BR Second Generation Diesels (60-mins)


British Diesel Directory Vol.5 - BR Second Generation Diesels (60-mins)

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The diesel Directory Series looks at the development of British Diesel Rail Traction. Volume Five, filmed and compiled by Railscene's Jeremy English, covers BR Second Generation Diesels. The modernisation of the Great western and East Coast Main Lines required much higher speed trains than could be handled by the existing classes so the High Speed Train (HST) came into being, powered by two class 43 locomotives, one at each end..

The HST instantly became one of Britain's railway's greatest-ever trains and remains in front line service today.

On the freight front new Type 5s were ordered for specific tasks, so classes 56, 58 and 60 came into being. We see them all in this new programme including the "second lives" of 56s and 58s on the Continent of Europe.





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British Diesel Directory Vol.6 - General Motors (60-mins)


British Diesel Directory Vol.6 - General Motors (60-mins)

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The Diesel Directory is a series of programmes looking at the development of British Diesel Rail Traction. In the 1980s the independent stone producing company Foster Yeomans ordered a small series of locomotives from General motors of the USA.

Delivered as Class 59 they became progenitors of all the subsequent orders by the privatised railway companies including ARC, National Power, EWS, Freightliner, DRS and GB Railfreight, all of whom bought either more class 59s or the class 66 variant to form the backbone of the British railway freight locomotive fleet in the 21st century.

Freightliner also pioneered a rebuild of the venerable class 57, which also spawned the only modern passenger locomotives, operated by Virgin and First great Western. Finally, EWS bought 30 class 67s for Postal traffic, which have since been seen on many other types of trains. All these classes are included here.





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