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GWR DIESELS: Proving to be the most successful diesel event ever held on the line, Novembers gala saw test and clearance runs for Class 42 Warship No. D821 'Greyhound' and the inaugural run of the freshly restored No 47105. The gala also saw the entry into traffic of the lines 31 No. D5541 - superbly restored to all over green livery.
30777 'SIR LAMIEL': Waterloo to Yeovil Junction Freshly outshopped in BR Brunswick green King Arthur class 4-6-0 'Sir Lamiel' is filmed on a mainline run from Waterloo to Yeovil, via Salisbury.
CITY OF SOUTHAMPTON NAMING: Southampton Central was the location for the naming of Class 442 unit 2420 'City of Southampton'.
MAINLINE FREIGHT LAUNCH: The former "Trainload Freight South East" business officially changed its trading name to Mainline Freight on November 14th. Class 37/7 No. 37798 showed the distinctive new livery at Eastleigh depot.
MAIN LINE STEAM: 70000 'Britannia's' resumption of S&C steam excursions, following the leaf fall season, and 70000 Britannia standing in for the stranded No.9. This was to be the first S&C working running under WCML wires and terminating at Crewe.
FRATTON DEPOT RELAUNCH: Lord Major Dr. Alan Burnett visited Fratton depot near Portsmouth to mark the re-launch of the depot, which has undergone a wide range of improvements since 1990.
LOOKING BACK -THE K&ESR: Footage from 1986 shows the progress made at the Kent and East Sussex railway, with the third 'Looking Back' feature filmed during Novembers recent steam and diesel weekend.
46521 and 80079 SANTA SPECIALS: Starting with a positioning special to move the SVR engines to Old Oak Common, 46521 & 80079 double-heading out of Worchester Shrubb Hill and down the Cotswold line. Next we see 80079 on subsequent Santa Special duties from Kensington Olympia.
LOCOMOTIVE PROFILE: 60532 'Blue Peter' After reporting the tragic events that forced 'Blue Peter' out of action previously, we dip into our archive to show the engine enjoying happier times.
PERSONALITY PROFILE: We talk to Peter Kelly, Editor of Rail magazine, about his great interest in railways. We also discover some of his other talents and watch him as an early trainee at the Great Central Railway's recently introduced course. "Learning to drive a Diesel train".
CAB RIDE: Highlights of the Merseyrail North line from Hunt's Cross Southport aboard unit 507001.
DUCHESS OF HAMILTON: Highlights of this engines southern tour. Also footage of the tender derailment at Temple Meads -by courtesy of one of our viewers.
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 - 80 minutes
Format - 4:3
Released - June 2016