The third volume in 'The Train Spotter's Notebook' series takes you on a journey from Waterloo to Weymouth with some interesting diversions.
Shortly after leaving Waterloo, steam is observed near Esher on engineers trains with the first stop-off at Woking. A variety of Bullied Pacifics and Standard Classes are seen on all types of trains along with an N Class number 31408 on a van train. The next location visited is Guildford in a snow storm. Lurking in the shed and shed yard are representatives of Class N, Q1, a Bullied Pacific and the shed pilot, a USA Class along with the odd Standard. A boat train diverted off the Bournemouth line passes through the station.
Returning to Woking we see the passage of a number of boat trains and service trains. So it's on to the footplate for a ride along the LSWR main line. Basingstoke witnesses the passage of Pacifics and Standards before visiting Banbury for steam operation back to Basingstoke. The depot is visited where various classes are seen including a Black 5. Eastleigh produces many interesting locomotives including an S15 on a special, passenger and freight services along with engines to and from the shed including steam coming to the rescue of a failed Class 47! A brief visit to the shed is made.
The Ocean Liner Terminal in Southampton Docks sees the arrival and departure of boat trains.
Time is spent at Southampton Central where The Pines Express is seen departing before travelling via Portsmouth to The Isle of Wight with a trip to Cowes and Ventnor. Starting out again from Millbrook a stop-over is made at Brokenhurst for a trip down the Lymington branch behind a Q1 and returning with a Standard tank before arrival at Bournemouth Central. Time is spent at the station and in the shed before visiting Branksome with main line workings, empty coaching stock and light engine movements to and from Bournemouth West. A Black 5 arrives on a 15 coach 08.30 a.m. Newcastle to Poole.
Several movements are seen at Poole. Some time is spent at Upway and Broadway on a Summer Saturday with double headers and bankers slogging up the climb towards Bincombe Tunnel with heavily laden holiday trains including Black 5s on through workings to the Midlands. Clun Castle appears on a special as does a Black 5 and West Country on a special that leads us to the final section of the journey, the through working of this train to Weymouth Quay. The shed at Weymouth is not forgotten showing the variety of locomotives then available.
All shots have been digitally enhanced and sound tracks added as accurately as possible. This DVD comes with a mix of narration and captions in order to maximise the marvelous sound of all these locomotives.
Produced by - Videolines
Running time - 64 Minutes
Released - 2014