During the 1960s the railtour became an integral part of steam operation. As the steam era drew to its close throughout the UK, the interest, extent and scope of the railtour increased steadily and at the same time attracted widespead publicity.
Using high quality 16mm colour film taken by Kenneth Oldham MBE this production looks at classic railtours of the period against the backdrop of working steam.
The programme includes:
Classic Performers 1963:
60022 Mallard, 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley, 60114 W P Allen, Lydham Manor, Hinton Manor, plus 4472 Flying Scotsman on the Great Central.
Including the 3 summit tour of '63, 60023 Golden Eagle, Duchesses and the 'Jones Goods' with 46251.
LNER Pacifics Tour in 1964:
Including 60051 Blink Bonney at York, 4472 mixing with working steam in Scotland plus rare film of 60009 Union Of South Africa and 60016 Silver King on revenue earning expresses.
The Scottish Lowlander:
The tour of September 1964 with Duchess and A4 Haulage along the West Coast Main Line.
To The North East:
A variety of specials are featured alongside steam worked freight on the East Coast Main Line in 1964, including rare film of 35007s run to York.
Plus film of Standard 5s through central Wales, Jubilees in the north west, on the Waverley Route with an A2 and A4, 60019 Bittern at Derby, an A1 on the Settle & Carlisle, The Whitby Moors Railtour, 78046 and veteran performers in Scotland in 1965, East Coast steam with A3s and A4s, 70015 Apollo in the north west and 0-4-0 Pug on the mainline.
Steam's Final Fling:
With 70013 Oliver Cromwell, 8fs and The Last Steam Train on 11th August 1968.