A Decade of Steam: Mainline Steam Blu-Ray

2009 - 2019

Steam hauled train services were once a common sight on the UK mainline. Services were hauled around the UK and operated by the 'Big 4' operating companies before nationalisation by British Rail in 1948.

With hundreds of steam hauled charter services running each year around the UK, once destined for the scrap yard, many steam engines have been beautifully restored to mainline standards. Since mainline steam ended in 1968, the mainline steam industry has grown and grown into a multi-million pound industry. Throughout this four disc Blu-Ray, sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of many different steam engines, from the past 10 years, hauling passenger services across the country.

Featuring over five hours of footage, split across four discs, re-live the mainline steam movement from the past decade. Many popular locations are included throughout the Blu-Ray including Shap, the Settle & Carlisle Railway, Copy Pit, Miles Platting, Cambrian Coast, West Highland Extension, East Coast Mainline, plus many others too.

Yearly Highlights:

2009:
2009 saw the return of LMS 7P No.46115 'Scots Guardsman' running in BR Brunswick Green and the offical mainline launch of newly built LNER A1 No.60163 'Tornado'. 2009 also saw 'The Scarborough Spa Express' run for the final time around the popular Harrogate circle, including the popular climbs from Knaresborough, out of Leeds to Cross Gates / Headingley and many others.

2010:
2010 saw LNER A4 No.60019 'Bittern' run with its second tender for the first time in preservation, running on the mainline, 'Bittern' ran from London to York via the East Coast Mainline.

2011:
LNER K4 No.61994 'The Great Marquess' is seen hauling the world famous 'Jacobite' service from Fort William to Mallaig, Great Western Castle No.5043 'Earl Of Mount Edgecumbe' tackled the climb to Copy Pit for the first time, LNER A4 No.60019 'Bittern' appeared in LNER Garter Blue, running again with its second tender and the National Railway Museum ran steam hauled shuttle services between York and Shildon for their September gala events..

2012:
2012 saw BR 7MT No.70000 'Britannia' return to the famous Settle & Carlisle Railway, complete with a white cab roof and LMS 7P No.46115 'Scots Guardsman' hauled the 2012 'Olympic Torch' from York to Shildon.

2013:
LNER A1 No.60163 'Tornado' appeared for the first time in BR Blue, LMS 5XP No.45699 'Galatea' hauled its first passenger services in preservation and the famous 1T57 'Fifteen Guinea' charter service was re-created from 1968.

2014:
2014 saw the rare consist of a steam hauled triple header on the mainline, returning from the Mid Norfolk Railway, LMS 8F No.48151, LMS 5XP No.45699 'Galatea' and LMS 7P No.46115 'Scots Gaurdsman' hauled an empty coaching stock movement to Carnforth. LNER A4 No.60019 'Bittern' hauled its final mainline tour before withdrawal for overhaul.

2015:
LMS 5XP No.45690 'Leander' appeared from overhaul at Carnforth and LNER A4 No.60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley' hauled its final mainline service before withdrawal for overhaul.

2016:
2016 saw the return of LNER A3 No.60103 'Flying Scotsman', venturing around the country, 'Flying Scotsman' drew the crowds in their droves. Beautiful conditions were observed in Scotland on the West Highland Extension featuring LNER K1 No.62005, LMS 5MT No.44871 and LMS 5MT No.45407 'The Lancashire Fusilier'.

2017:
LNER A1 No.60163 'Tornado' hauled the first timetabled steam hauled passenger services in preservation from Appleby to Skipton and LMS 7P No.46115 'Scots Guardsman' hauled its final services before withdrawal for overhaul.

2018:
LMS 8P No.6233 'Duchess Of Sutherland' returned once again sporting a LMS Crimson Lake red livery. SR MN No.35018 'British India Line' hauled its first passenger services in preservation after overhaul at Carnforth.

2019:
2019 saw the long awaited return of LMS 5XP No.45596 'Bahamas', running from Oxenhope on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway over the Settle & Carlisle Railway. January saw LNER B1 No.61306 'Mayflower' return once again to the mainline running with SR MN No.35018 'British India Line' over the Settle & Carlisle Railway and Shap.

A wide variety of steam engines are included on this Blu-Ray, these include:
- LMS 5MT No.44871
- LMS 5MT No.44932
- LMS 5MT No.45231 'The Sherwood Forester'
- LMS 5MT No.45305
- LMS 5MT No.45407 'The Lancashire Fusilier'
- LMS 5XP No.45596 'Bahamas'
- LMS 5XP No.45690 'Leander'
- LMS 5XP No.45699 'Galatea'
- LMS 7P No.46100 'Royal Scot'
- LMS 7P No.46115 'Scots Gaurdsman'
- LMS 8P No.6201 'Princess Elizabeth'
- LMS 8P No.6233 'Duchess Of Sutherland'
- LMS 8F No.48151
- LNER A1 No.60163 'Tornado'
- LNER A3 No.60103 'Flying Scotsman'
- LNER A4 No.60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley'
- LNER A4 No.60009 'Union Of South Africa'
- LNER A4 No.60019 'Bittern'
- LNER B1 No.61264
- LNER B1 No.61306 'Mayflower'
- LNER K1 No.62005
- LNER K4 No.61994 'The Great Marquess'
- SR BoB No.34067 'Tangmere'
- SR MN No.34046 'Braunton'
- SR MN No.35018 'British India Line'
- GWR 'Castle' No.5043 'Earl Of Mount Edgecumbe'
- GWR 'Hall' No.5972 'Olton Hall'
- BR 7MT No.70000 'Britannia'
- BR 7MT No.70013 'Oliver Cromwell'
- BR 8P No.71000 'Duke Of Gloucester'

The Blu-Ray features no commentary, allowing you fully appreciate the sound of the steam locomotives working hard. Short titles are included throughout informing you of the charter date, name, route and location.

The Blu-Ray lasts approx. 308 minutes and is split across four discs for maximum quality. The Blu-Ray is available in 16:9 widescreen format only. The Blu-Ray is available for £24.98 which includes free P&P.

Below is a short trailer with some clips taken from the Blu-Ray, please note due to upload restrictions the quality of the trailer may not reflect that of the Blu-Ray.

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Run Time: 308 Minutes

Total number of discs: 4 Discs

Blu-Ray Format: 16:9 widescreen

Price: £24.98

Blu-Ray Release Date: 29th June 2019

 

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