Tracing the history of Sir Nigel Gresley's world record breaking locomotives. For many the LNER A4s have captured the imagination more than any other class. Their striking, streamlined design set them apart from the other express locomotives of the period. In this programme we document the A4s at work on a variety of duties, from their introduction in the 1930s, through the 1960s and their final days in Scotland.
This programme includes all the post-war A4s and comprises:
An Appreciation of the A4s: The history behind the class, their introduction and early days in service.
The A4s in Service: A locomotive by locomotive look at the A4s at work in a variety of locations. Includes the 'celebrities' like 'Mallard' and 'Sir Nigel Gresley'.
Features of the Class: The design features from the corridor tender to the chime whistle.
Memories of the A4s on the East Coast Main Line: Archive film and personal memories.
Maintenance of the Class: Keeping the A4s at work on the East Coast Main Line.
The A4s in Scotland: The final fling north of the Border.
A4s in Preservation: Action from 'Mallard', 'Sir Nigel Gresley', 'Union of South Africa' and 'Bittern'.
Plus additional material:
The A4s in Scotland: Past and present footage from the lines around Perth.
6009 'Union of South Africa' and 4498 'Sir Nigel Gresley' running as 60007 in blue livery in recent years. Comprises action from the main line and preserved network.
Produced by - Transport Video Publishing
Running time - 90 Minutes