By the mid 1970s the diesel and electric motive power fleet had been renumbered, with TOPS taking over, with the familiar Class categories. However, the fleet itself remained as varied as ever, with everything from ‘Westerns’ to ‘Deltics’ on main line services. This programme explores the network when loco hauled services still dominated.
THE MIDLAND MAIN LINE - ‘Peaks’ at Derby, Nottingham and Leicester in 1976.
THE EAST COAST MAIN LINE - 1977 with ‘Deltics’ at Edinburgh, Doncaster, Peterborough plus Class 47s, 46s, 40s, 31s and 44 004 ‘Great Cable’.
LONDON TERMINII - Kings Cross in 1977 with more Deltics and Liverpool Street with Class 47s, 37s and 31s on loco hauled services.
THE WESTERN MAIN LINE - in 1976 with Class 50s, 47s, 31s and Class 52 ‘Westerns’ including scenes at Reading.
THE WEST COUNTRY - Dainton Bank, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Dawlish Warren and Dawlish plus the Saltash Bridge with a detailed look at freight and passenger workings featuring ‘Westerns’, ‘Peaks’, Class 50s and Class 25s.
CAMBRIAN SPECIAL - 24 081 & 24 063 along the Cambrian Coast in 1976.
THE MIDLANDS - 1976 and Cross Country workings with Class 47s and Type 2s.
THE NORTH - Class 25s and Class 40s at Northwich, Class 40s, Class 25s and a Class 50 at Manchester Victoria, Class 40s at Healey Mills Marshalling Yard.
THE WOODHEAD ROUTE - 1500 DC Class 76 electrics on freight at various locations on the Manchester to Sheffield line.
Colour with full commentary.
Produced by - Transport Video Publishing
Running time - 60 Minutes
Release date - 2013