In the late 1950s & early 1960s many trains on the Western Region were still hauled by elderly steam locomotives, though titled trains and high speed schedules were still commonplace. Within 5 years, the diesel invasion was all but complete. However, the culprits - a fleet of stylish diesel-hydraulics, and other first generation diesel types, still provided a fascinating scene for the enthusiast.
This programme includes rare cine film to illustrate the change on the motive power front in this area of the country over a period spanning more than 50 years.
Volume 3 in the series looks at the route from Basingstoke to Torrimgton and Ilfracombe via Exeter.
Highlights include Steam and early Diesel Hydraulics at Basingstoke; mainline action between Basingstoke and Salisbury plus a visit to Salisbury shed in the early 1960s and then after closure, when we see all the withdrawn locos waiting to be towed away.
Steam & diesel at Templecombe, stations to Yeovil Jn and beyond; action from the Lyme Regis, Seaton, Sidmouth and Exmouth branches. 1960s & 1990s views at Exeter, then onto Okehampton, Barnstaple, Torrington and finally Ilfracombe. See an 'N' class and T9 at Okehampton, then the last day passenger services, Class 22s at Torrington and Hymek & Warship action on the Ilfracombe route.
Of added interest is the comparison in the railway infrastructure in this 50 year period, with contemporary views showing the scenes as they are now.
Steam / Diesel mix approx 45 / 55.
Produced by - Globe Video Films
Running time - 67 Minutes