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The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway, based in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales opened to passengers in 1981, today running from Bolton Abbey to Embsay via Stoneacre Loop and Holywell Halt. This DVD allows you to hop onboard the footplate of visiting ‘Terrier’ locomotive No.2678 and travel in both directions of the railway.

About the railway

The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway formed part of the Midland Railway route from Skipton to Ilkley, which opened in 1888. Excursion traffic proved popular in transporting tourists to Bolton Abbey and Skipton. Due to a decline in use, the line was closed down by British Railways in March 1965 as part of the ‘Beeching Cuts’.

Around 14 years after closure, a group of volunteers put forward a plan in 1979 to reopen the line as a preservation route. This plan went ahead and Embsay Railway Station was refurbished throughout the second half of the 1970s and reopened in 1981. By 1987, further extensions brought the line to a newly constructed halt at Holywell and later to Stoneacre Loop. Bolton Abbey Railway Station reopened for passengers in 1998.

The railway currently runs for a total distance of 4 miles, travelling through the picturesque scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, with lovingly restored stations at both Bolton Abbey and Embsay. Today, the E&BAR has grown to be a popular tourist attraction in Yorkshire, carrying approximately 100,000 passengers a year.

0-6-0T ‘Terrier’ No.2678 ‘Knowle’

2678 is a “Terrier” class 0-6-0 tank engine built in 1880 by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway. The locomotive entered service on the 23rd July 1880, between then and the formation of the Southern Railway in 1923, the locomotive clocked up nearly one million miles. It wasn’t until the 5th October 1963 that the locomotive was withdrawn from traffic. No.2678 first moved to Butlins in the spring of 1964, since then it’s had several owners, including the West Somerset Railway and Resco Ltd before moving to the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

Now owned by The Terrier Trust, the locomotive is based at the Kent & East Sussex Railway. No.2678 returned to steam in December 2020 after its most recent overhaul.

0-6-0T No.2678 visited the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway during June 2021 for their ‘Railway Rally’ gala, travelling from the Isle Of Wight, the locomotive was a last minute replacement for failed CR 0-4-4T No.419.

Route map

The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway runs for a total of 4 miles through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales. Passengers travel from Embsay Station to Bolton Abbey, passing Holywell Halt and Stoneacre Loop.

What is included on this DVD?

Join the crew of ‘Terrier’ No.2678 and travel in both directions of the railway between Embsay and Bolton Abbey, watching the crew tackle the gradients. Using new technology and filmed in 4K, you’re able to witness No.2678 working hard through the Yorkshire Dales from a whole new prospective.

Whilst watching the DVD, you’re able to follow No.2678 from a series of different angles, including onboard the footplate, both the driver and fireman’s cab side views, the front lamp bracket and from the motion gear (a total of 8 camera views are included).

Footage is also included from the lineside showcasing No.2678 at several different viewpoints along the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway.

Viewing options when watching the DVD:

There are two viewing options to this DVD, these include:
Option 1: Sit back and watch the action from the footplate, from several different camera angles including the lineside. You’ll travel from Embsay to Bolton Abbey non-stop, followed by the return trip from Bolton Abbey to Embsay, calling at Stoneacre Loop. This option includes short titles informing you of key locations and the gradient profile along the route.
Option 2: Take in the picturesque scenery as you watch the Yorkshire Dales pass by, this option allows you to watch from the locomotives bunker between Embsay and Bolton Abbey, followed by the smokebox on the return journey, unedited in both directions.

Product Overview:

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 key locations and gradients. This DVD & Blu-Ray lasts approximately 51 minutes and is available in UK 16:9 widescreen format only.

Footplate filming took place on the 28th June and 4th July 2021.

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