The Cumbria Coast Railway carries you on an intimate journey along one of the forgotten coasts of Britain. This DVD covers the section from Barrow-in-Furness to Whitehaven, surely one of Britain's great secret lengths of coastline.
We've installed five cameras on a class 153 diesel multiple unit of Northern Rail to ensure you get the best view possible of the railway, the scenery and even the driver at work in the cab. The weather is perfect with blue skies, and the sea sparkles in the sunshine.
Our journey begins in Barrow-in-Furness, once a centre for the UK's iron and steel industry, and now home to the builders of nuclear submarines, travelling on the old Furness Railway. There's little remaining of the peninsula's great industrial past, but the beauty of the coastline is breathtaking. We follow a long detour around the edge of the Duddon Estuary, which George Stephenson planned to cross on a mighty viaduct, and meet with the rails of the former Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway close to Foxfield.
From there we turn back south west, once again paralleling the coast towards Ulverston. To the north are the outliners of the Lake District mountains, and we squeeze between the might of Black Combe and the coast on the way to our next estuary crossing at Ravenglass. At the station, we glimpse the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, a narrow gauge line which runs outstanding miniature steam engines.
North, we encounter the Sellafield nuclear site, the busiest station on our journey, and then it's on to St Bees, passing two sections of the line which have suffered serious subsidence and caused a derailment. Finally we pass through the long, curving tunnel at corkickle before emerging on to the platform at Whitehaven.
Free Bonus Extra.
Our DVDs are used by Northern Rail to help their drivers learn the route, and we've a special added feature for you to understand the journey as quickly as possible.
We've re-interpreted the famous 1952 BBC film of London to Brighton in four minutes to bring you a high speed run from Whitehaven to Carlisle, viewed from the prime spot on the front of the class 153. It's the perfect way to round off this exclusive viewing experience.
Produced by - Creative Imagineers
Running time - 84 minutes
Format - 16:9 widescreen
Blu-ray or DVD