RAILTAPE No. 4 - December 1994

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WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY: The autumn steam gala saw an intensive service over Britain's longest independent railway. 7802 ‘Bradley Manor’ and four other locomotives amassed 732 miles as the engines kept pace with an ambitious timetable.

SEVERN VALLEY: Guest appearances by 60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’, 6024 ‘King Edward I’ and 60009 ‘Union of South Africa’, ensured that the Severn Valley's autumn steam gala was as popular as ever. This year saw at least 15 locomotives in steam over a non-stop 48 hour period, from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September. 

BODMIN AND WENFORD: 1963 saw the last passenger services to Bodmin General. Passenger services ended altogether on 30th January 1967. Six years later, on 21st October 1989, the first passenger trains of the preserved line, steam and diesel, ran from Bodmin General to Bodmin Parkway. Filmed during the recent diesel gala, this feature about the railway includes interviews with two of the enthusiasts currently restoring engines on the line. A cab ride aboard the resident Class 50 and other coverage brings exciting action from the event.

LOOKING BACK AT THE EAST LANCS RAILWAY: The line from Bury to Rawtenstall is the second in the 'Looking Back' series. We include footage from the railway's grand re-opening, the extension of the line to Rawtenstall and up to date action with August's month long steam events, plus highlights from the diesel gala of October 1st and 2nd. 

NYMR STEAM GALA: BR Standard Class 5 4-6-0 No. 75014 made its gala debut over the weekend of the 8th/9th of October, after officially entering service last month. However the event also marked the farewell of main line regular, Bulleid 'West Country' No. 34027 Taw Valley, due to undergo an extensive overhaul following expiry of its main line certificate.

NEWSFLASH - BLUE PETER FAILING AT DURHAM: The recent Edinburgh to York outing for ‘Blue Peter’ was marred by a failure. This sad happening was captured on tape by one of our viewers, who generously shared the scenes with you. 

Available on DVD for the first time - exclusive from Videoscene!

What is Railtape?
Railtape was launched in 1994 as the successor to the popular and best-selling Railscene series. Released either monthly or bi-monthly, it was a video magazine featuring all aspects of railway news. From steam and diesel footage, galas, preservation, railtours, to new locos, new liveries and much more, this series provided an in-depth look at the railway scene at that time. Many of the tapes also featured a short cab ride!

VHS tapes: The original series was professionally filmed and released on cassette with running times between 60 and 120 minutes, depending on how much news there was to cover in that specific month. A total of 72 issues were produced, right up to 2004. With the demise of VHS the series was deleted over a decade ago.

Now on DVD: Videoscene has recently acquired the master tapes for the
entire series and will be releasing them in batches.

Produced by - Railtape
Running time - 67 minutes
Format - 4:3
DVD only
Released - June 2016

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