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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 DVD, 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 DVD including Shap, the Settle & Carlisle Railway, Copy Pit, Miles Platting, Cambrian Coast, West Highland Extension, East Coast Mainline, plus many others too.
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 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.
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..
p>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.
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 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.
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 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’.
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.
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 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.
Locomotives featured on this product
A variety of steam locomotives are included on this DVD, these include:
This product features no commentary, allowing you to fully appreciate the sound of the steam locomotive working hard. Short titles are included throughout informing you of the date, charter name, route and location name. The DVD & Blu-Ray last approximately 308 minutes and are split across four discs for maximum quality. Copies are available in UK 16:9 widescreen format only.