Judging by the content of this latest instalment in the Traction series, the predicted doom and gloom has failed to materialise so far.
Despite an infestation of Class 66s and a downturn in loco-hauled passenger services, there has been no shortage of activity from the older loco classes. And there have been plenty of other traction developments too. Enjoy them while you can!
FREIGHT TRAFFIC AND TRACTION:
The unveiling of 47635 and 56078 in Large Logo blue livery
ACTS colours or Dutch-bound Class 58s
Inter City repaints for 31454 and 37685
Pairs of DRS Class 47s on the Daventry - Grangemouth
The end of the Willesden - Dover TPO
Class 56s finish on the Scunthorpe coal and the Boulby potash
Class 33s on EWS's Hoo Junction - Eastleigh departmental
Police-liveried 47829 on the Dagenham - Calvert 'Binliner'
67029 on the Eastleigh - Quidhamton china clay tanks
56100 ventures to Brighton on a stock delivery move
47843 on the Moorswater cement
37248 working the Swansea - Willesden mail
GBRf's 66715 on Scottish coal trials
47749 with china clay tanks on the Heathfield branch
56006 on the Acton - Westbury Mendip Rail empties
47292 on the Dagenham - Calvert 'Bins'
37114 and 37216 hauling the Longbridge - Swindon Rover vans
67008 hauling containers from Southampton Docks!
PASSENGER TRACTION, WORKINGS, RAILTOURS AND SPECIALS:
Virgin's 47841 on its extraordinary trip to Inverness with the Scotrail 'sleepers'
47784 leaving Gourock with the 'Royal Scotsman'
Top and tail Class 37/4s start on Arriva's new loco-hauled service from Leeds to Harrogate and Carlisle
The first test run of First Great Western's 57602
The visit of 87001 'Stephenson' to Newcastle
DPS Deltics visit Stranraer and Thurso
Re-named D1015 hauling the Orient Express
LoadHaul 'Grids' visit Paignton
Cotswold Rail's 47200 and 47316 make their railtour debut
North Berwick Class 90 trial
Class 101 DMU and EWS Class 73 farewells
59002 hauling a failed steam charter into Merehead Quarry
45112 rescuing the track measurement HST
86631 hauling a Crewe - Wembley Serco test train
Green-liveried 47851 hauling a Pendolino unit around the Hamilton Circle
67004 on the Scotrail sleeper trial to Fort William
Class 31s visit Aberdeen with the ultrasonic test train
Redundant Virgin HSTs go into store
Class 86s en route to Immingham for scrapping
Class 37s on snowplough tests
Top and tail 47s on the Dungeness branch
40145 in green livery on the S&C and in BR blue storming through Hadley Wood
Former Gatwick EDs being towed from Shoeburyness to Norwich
FOUR pioneer locos in one convoy
47292 visits Bo'ness
Plus highlights of the Severn Valley and Keighley & Worth Valley diesel galas
News stories, factual information, an astonishing assortment of strange workings and locomotive classes - all mixed with plenty of thrash - make this programme the most comprehensive and authoritative video record of the last seven months of 2003.
Produced by - Locomaster Profiles
Running time - 90 Minutes