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Steam Still At Work Work (after August 1968 to October 1971) - The "Wilderness Years" Series

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Vol.92 - Steam Still At Work After August 1968 Part 1* (60-mins)  (Released January 2003)


Vol.92 - Steam Still At Work After August 1968 Part 1* (60-mins) (Released January 2003)

Ref: BR092D


Steam traction was eradicated on British Railways in August 1968. Gone with regret and steam was dead! But was it really?

In our "Steam Still at Work" series of films (formerly called "Return to Steam") we discover that steam never really went away during this these "Wilderness years" when main line steam was officially banned from British Railways after the end of steam in 1968. The ban ended with the "Return to Steam" tours in October 1971 when steam officially returned to BR with 6000 "King George V". There are six volumes in total covering these often forgotten (but historically significant and fascinating) times of over 40 years ago when main line steam was supposed to be banned.

Here we follow how a typical enthusiast could find steam again, mainly in Great Britain. It’s 11th August 1968 and we see Pacific 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" with that last BR steam hauled train on the Settle & Carlisle, followed by the last leg into Liverpool with Black 5 No.45110. Later the Pacific is seen running light engine to Norwich and into preservation at Bressingham (see Part 2 for footage there). Earlier in 1968, 9F 92203 is seen en route to Longmoor for preservation along with 75029. This was the first steam on the Southern since July 1967. At Woodhams scrapyard at Barry there are rows and rows of mostly now preserved steam. But at Cashmores none survived and at Cohen’s Yard, Kettering, the scrap man is busy with his cutter!.

However hundreds of engines could still be seen at work on industrial sites. We feature many scenes including unique Beyer-Garratt "William Francis" and 0-6-0STs fly-shunting at Hadley Colliery. We even see some ex-BR tank engines such as 3F 47745 at Williamthorpe Colliery and ex-GWR Panniers both at South Wales collieries and in daily use on London Transport. We visit Northern Ireland to see "Jeep" 2-6-4Ts on passenger and motorway construction trains.

Overseas also became a popular destination, especially when as close as Calais and Boulogne where Pacifics still hauled trains including the GOLDEN ARROW. There were years of steam traction left in Germany and most of Europe; even behind the Iron Curtain for the adventurous few. Further away was South Africa for main line double headers and Garratts!

In the UK, a few preserved railways had started up and there is rare footage of the early days on the Bluebell, Keighley, Middleton, Severn Valley and Dart Valley railways. Over on the Lochty Private Railway, we see A4 60009 "Union of South Africa" and a matching beaver-tail observation coach! We tour the various narrow gauge and miniature lines with a variety of scenes including a BR blue liveried Vale-of-Rheidol, the Talyllyn with "Dolgoch" and the Ffestiniog with "Prince" hauling trains.

Back on the mainlines, 4472 "Flying Scotsman" still had a further year to go before the start of its infamous USA trip and occasionally other preserved engines strayed on to BR tracks if you knew about it. Our series is an in depth look at all of this. Part 1 is only an introduction to memories of steam from over 40 years ago. We close with one of those "Return to Steam" specials in October 1971 with newly restored 6000 "King George V" hauling the Bulmers Pullman train , 4472 at Kings Cross and, for contrast, 45110 hauling last BR steam train on 11th.August 1968.


Please note this DVD was formerly called "Return to Steam Part 1". It has been renamed and now has a different cover photograph but the content is mostly the same.


Cover Photo:- 3F No.47289 at Williamthorpe Colliery, May 1969.


Part two of the series can be found here: Steam Still At Work (after August 1968) Part 2


All text is © Wolverton Rail


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Vol.170 - Steam Still At Work Work (after August 1968) Part 2 (60-mins) (Released July 2012)


Vol.170 - Steam Still At Work Work (after August 1968) Part 2 (60-mins) (Released July 2012)

Ref: BR170D


Steam traction was eradicated on British Railways in August 1968. Gone with regret and steam was dead! But was it really?

In our "Steam Still at Work" series of films (formerly called "Return to Steam") we discover that steam never really went away during this period which lasted until the "Return to Steam" tours in October 1971 when steam officially returned to BR with 6000 "King George V". There are six volumes in total covering these often forgotten (but historically significant and fascinating) times of over 40 years ago when main line steam was supposed to be banned.

In this second part, we cover 1968 to 1969 and include some preserved railways that started running in those years. Their early preservation scenes contrast starkly with what we see today! From 1968 to 1971, 4472 "Flying Scotsman" was the only steam locomotive permitted on the main line (due to a unique contract negotiated with BR by Alan Pegler) and so we feature a number of its tours. Yes, it had two tenders!

We begin, on 11th.August 1968, with that last steam hauled train on BR, the "15 Guinea Special" seen on the Settle & Carlisle along with views of the last steam locos at Carnforth. The latter include the locomotives used on the last train plus some now preserved. In the Autumn 1968 we visit the Severn Valley Railway and Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for early preservation scenes plus 4472 on the ECML. Next, a maritime interlude for rare footage of paddle steamers on the BR owned Humber ferry. BR still employed firemen... on these steamers!
Then to the Wallingford & Cholsey line for steam with the GWS‘s 1466 & auto-trailer. A visit to the Longmoor Military Railway at Liss before it closed for views of blue-liveried 0-6-0ST "Errol Lonsdale" and 2-8-0 "Gordon" in use on service trains. At Tyseley Open Day we see "Clun Castle" and "Kolhapur" on shuttles with 4472 arriving on the main line (I was there!). Count the number of steam whistles on display!

A short trip to France, where steam was still in everyday use, to see SNCF 141Rs on rail tours and service trains. Back to the UK for 4472 on the "Yorkshire Harvester" train from Kings Cross to York and a visit to the old York Museum. At Bath Road Depot Open Day, we see steam visitors & electric loco AL4 E3044! We next visit Bulmer’s at Hereford to see newly restored No.6000 "King George V" pulling their Pullman train up & down the lengthy sidings. Then off to Bury depot for 5596 "Bahamas" and, despite the ban, its transfer trip (in steam with no diesel pilot) along BR lines to a new home at Dinting!

We visit Northamptonshire for the industrial workings in the quarries and the steelworks at Corby. Some special trains feature including a wagon train of enthuiasts. I bet they were cold!

Then more early views in 1968 of the KWVR and the Bluebell Railway. These are such a contrast to today. At Bressingham Gardens, a "caged" 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" is seen giving cab rides plus scenes of the narrow gauge lines there. More 4472 tours include the Midland (in the snow), ECML, Ely & March. At Finsbury Park Shed, the narrator (Colin White) is seen cleaning 4472’s nameplate!

Finally a few visits in 1969 to Dinting, the KWVR (for a glimpse of unrestored 46115 "Scots Guardsman" before its transfer to Dinting), the Bluebell Railway for restored "Earl of Berkeley" and lastly to the newly reopened Dart Valley Railway for auto-train workings of "engine in the middle" (i.e. two 2autocoaches-pannier-2 autocoaches).


Cover Photo:- Colin White, Fairburn 2-6-4T No.2085 at Haverthwaite, L&HR.


Part one of the series can be found here: Steam Still At Work (after August 1968) Part 1 Buy both Part 1 & Part 2 together and get Part 1 for £14.99 inc VAT!


All text is © Wolverton Rail





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