The revival in loco-hauled passenger trains continued throughout 2016 with Class 68s working in East Anglia, Class 73s on Scottish sleepers and the ever popular Class 37s in Cumbria. To celebrate another year of revival, the Diesel Hauled Passenger Trains series continues with a brand new release - The Story of 2016.
Starting with Class 37s in Cumbria and 30 years after it was first introduced, the 'Large Logo' liveried Class 37 made an amazing comeback with 37401, 37402 and 37403 all painted in this popular livery. The trio were regular performers on the coast during 2016 and all three plus other 37/4s are featured here.
A shortage of DMUs in East Anglia prompted a top and tail Class 68 set working off Norwich. Add this to the existing Class 37 set and the scenic lines to Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth saw numerous loco hauled trains. Both sets are featured here.
Class 68s continued to work for Chiltern out of Marylebone. Footage this year comes from the Stourbridge/Kidderminster end with various locos featured.
In Scotland, morning and evening peak Fife Circle commuter trains were Class 68 hauled and not always by the Scotrail-liveried 68006 and 68007! Footage comes from scenic locations.
In Wales the Class 67 hauled trains are featured working the longstanding Holyhead-Cardiff service and the second set between Manchester and Holyhead.
During 2016, Class 73s finally took over the Highland portions of the Caledonian Sleeper. Not everything went to plan and for much of the year the 73s were topped by GBRf Class 66s! The amazing sight of 66+73+sleeper stock is featured here!
The Great Western Sleeper is seen at Taunton with 57603 and 57605.
Bonus Footage: Following the closure of the WCML in January, for a short while both sleeper trains were diverted via the GSW route and hauled by pairs of 47/8s. Overnight footage from Carlisle shows the amazing sight of these 47s arriving and departing and Class 90s on the AC sections.
Produced by - Train Crazy
Running time - 100 minutes
Format - 16:9 widescreen
DVD and Blu-Ray
Released - November 2016