The 1970s and early 1980s were a happy hunting ground for those interested in the Modern Traction Scene. Loco hauled trains dominated on longer distance and express passengers workings. Freight traffic still saw plenty of wagonload traffic. There was plenty of variety, with Class 25s and Peaks and Class 40s in abundance. In this programme we’ll take a tour around the country and explore an era that would soon enter the annals of modern traction history!
THE WESTERN REGION - A ‘Western’ at Bristol, Class 47s, Class 50s, Class 33s, Class 25s and HSTs in early liveries on the main line from Swindon to Bristol and the West Country plus Gloucester and South Wales in the mid to late 1970s.
THE WEST COAST MAIN LINE - with Class 31s, Class 25s and ‘Peaks’ plus electrics.
THE MIDLANDS - Freight traffic around Toton with early ‘Peaks, Class 20s, Class 47s plus Saltley Depot and Class 56s.
THE LICKEY INCLINE - with ‘Peaks’, Class 50s and Class 47s plus Class 37 bankers.
THE WOODHEAD ROUTE - with Class 76 Electrics in the last year of operation.
CROSS COUNTRY - Class 140 DMU plus loco hauled trains from Birmingham to the South West.
THE WEST HIGHLANDS - Class 37s and Class 20 at Fort William.
THE NORTH WEST - Class 25s, Class 40s and ‘Peaks’ at Manchester and along the Hope Valley, Freight and Class 50s on the Settle and Carlisle.
THE EASTERN REGION - with Deltics on the East Coast Main Line, freight at March and Class 40s and Class 25s.
Produced by - Transport Video Publishing
Running time - 60 Minutes
Release date - 2013