An ideal companion cab-ride programme to our hugely popular ‘Joint Diversion’ DVD, this time filmed on board 66737. The train is GB Railfreight’s 4L78 Selby to Felixstowe service and the programme will feature the route as far as Peterborough. This covers a fascinating contrast of routes, travelling over slower-speed rural lines as well as part of the high-speed East Coast Main Line. This cab-ride was filmed before the semaphores, manual crossing gates and signal boxes were replaced on the GN&GE Joint Line on the section of route between Doncaster’s Black Carr Junction and Lincoln. The General Motors Class 66 hauling the train demonstrates why these locos have been so successful - as the spirited run from Newark up to Stoke tunnel proves!
The journey starts at the Potters terminal at Selby and travels over the 125-year-old Selby Swing Bridge before heading along the original route of the East Coast Main Line to Temple Hirst Junction. After joining the East Coast Main Line there’s a good run to Doncaster. South of there, we leave the ECML at Black Carr Junction and take the former GN&GE Joint Line and head through Finningley and Beckingham to Gainsborough Trent Junction. After passing its fine array of semaphores we continue south through nearby Lea Road station, before passing the semaphores and signal boxes at Stow Park and Saxilby. On the outskirts of Lincoln we take the single-track avoiding spur from Pyewipe Junction to Boultham Junction and continue past Hykeham, Swinderby (with its surviving semaphores) and Collingham before reaching Newark. Here, a standing start at the beginning of the 20-mile climb to Stoke tunnel provides a stiff test for 66737 as the 4L78 has to fit in between 125mph express passenger trains. After breasting the summit, the train finally reaches its 75mph maximum speed on the downhill run through Little Bytham, Tallington and Werrington Junction before slowing to access Peterborough Yard.
Produced by - Locomaster Profiles
Running time - 110 Minutes
Released - October 2014