Over the weekend of 11/12th April a diesel gala took place at the Nene Valley Railway. This cab ride features the locos which took part in the event, returning to the East Lancs Railway.
Filmed on-board DC Rail Class 31, No.31601, the entire journey from the NVR to the ELR is shown - running via Leicester and various freight-only lines and curves.
Including a stop at Leicester to detach and shunt, this turned out to be an epic journey of almost six hours and is available on two superb programmes:
Starting at Wansford we run along the NVR as far as Orton Mere where we take the curve towards Fletton Junction and join the main line. From here we go forward on the ECML to Peterborough and branch off towards Stamford and then Oakham, Langham and Melton Mowbray.
Upon arrival at Leicester the train runs forward to the UK Rail Leasing depot where 56104 is detached. 50008 and 33109 are started, the train is reformed and 31601 is refuelled. After various shunt moves we run back to Leicester, where we await the passage of two pairs of Class 20s on an LU stock move and continue to Loughborough.
Passing a superb variety of passenger and freight trains, numerous signal boxes and semaphore signals and, as well as running over two freight-only lines, a special 'thrash cam' was located in the back cab at all times, recording the 31 hard at work.
Filmed in fine weather and with the full assistance of DC Rail. Part narration, on-screen captions and maps. Filmed in 16:9 widescreen.
Produced by - Train Crazy
Running time - 2 hours 50 minutes
Format - 16:9 widescreen
DVD and Blu-Ray
Released - May 2015