No.17 in the highly-acclaimed and best-selling Big Freight series. Produced in conjunction with Freightmaster, this programme features another superb feast of freight trains, filmed countrywide during 2016/2017.
North and Mid-Wales RHTT: One of the highlights of the autumn rail head treatment season was the Colas Railfreight operated loco-hauled set, working off Coleham depot at Shrewsbury. Hauled by a Network Rail Class 97, the train ran to Machynlleth overnight, swapping to top and tail Class 56s for a daytime run to Holyhead. The train is featured in detail with a visit to Coleham depot showing the 97s and 56s being prepared and serviced, followed by footage of the overnight and daytime trains. Includes the final day with three Class 56s to Holyhead!
Peterborough to Leicester Line - Part Two: At 53 miles in length, this east-west route links the East Coast and Midland Main Lines. With fine station buildings and traditional signalling, the volume of freight has increased in recent years and part two looks at the section from Langham to Leicester. All major locations are featured including Melton Mowbray and a Class 20 LU move coming off the Old Dalby Branch. Numerous different freight flows are included.
Colas Railfreight Class 60s: A mini-feature looking at all ten Colas Class 60s.
West Coast Pairs: Intermodal and container trains on the WCML have gone through many changes over the years but as of 2016 and into 2017 a number of key trains are now double-headed. This feature looks at pairs of 66s and 68s working for DRS, 86s and 90s working for Freightliner and 90s working for DB Cargo.
1Q82/1Q83: This Network Rail PLPR train, usually top and tailed by Colas Railfreight Class 37s, has gained a cult following. Running out of Derby on an 11-day circuit every four weeks, the train heads to Scotland via the Cumbrian Coast and then visits some remote out-posts, returning via Blackpool to Derby. Various locos are featured including newly-returned 37099 and that gorgeous spring day when 37025+37116 were in charge.
Plus: Brand new DRS Class 88, 88002 on test and working a loaded train; Colas Railfreight’s 67023+67027 and action from numerous other locations including 3-in-a-row at Woodborough, 3-in-a-row at York and much more.
Produced by - Train Crazy
Running time - 150 minutes (2hr 30min)
Format - 16:9 widescreen
Blu-Ray and DVD
Released - May 2017