Train Crazy

Train Crazy 30 Years: Class 31s 1994 to 2022 Compilation

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2024 marks the 30th anniversary of Train Crazy railway videos and DVDs. Starting out as a hobby in 1994, then a full time job from 1998, over the last three decades, just about every type of locomotive and unit has featured, with more than 400 passenger, freight, cab ride and tram titles, released on VHS tape, DVD, Blu-ray and download.

Starting now in 2023 - to mark the occasion - a series of special low-price compilation DVDs and Blu-rays are being produced using the original film shot 30-years ago, right up to more recent times. Presented in a class-by-class format, and delving deep into the archives, some of this footage has been released before on VHS tape, some on DVD and some has never been seen at all.

Here's the good bit... In the last few years, software to restore old grainy and wobbly film has become more accessible. Previously it was expensive, slow and not very good, but in 2022 huge advances were made. The old film used on these new compilation programmes is all being reworked, improved, cleaned up and upscaled. For the first time, all of the film shot in standard-definition (720 x 576 or less) can be upscaled and presented in top quality high-definition (1920 x 1080).

Long gone and long scrapped EMUs, DMUs, 31s, 37s, 47s, 86s and many other locos and coaches which were only ever filmed in SD, can now be appreciated in full HD! Whether on DVD or Blu-ray, the picture quality of this new series is better than anything seen before, of trains filmed in the same era.

The second release features the Train Crazy film of the Class 31s, from 1994 right through to 2022. Most of the film comes from the North West and North Wales with the 31s hauling passenger trains. All of the Regional Railways locos are included, alongside some no-heat and lesser-seen ETH examples. Staying with the passenger theme, the Fragonset 31s are seen on the Bedford Bletchley line, working for Wessex and that bizarre St. Annes to Greenbank service from 2004. In later years the locos are seen on football specials, stock moves and odd workings. This is far from a complete record of the class in these years but this is what was filmed, now re-edited, re-worked and upscaled. 45 different locos are featured.

Presented in a no-nonsense format of on-screen captions with unit number, location and date, sit back and enjoy some top quality Class 31 action from up to 30-years ago - with much improved picture quality and in HD for the very first time. This is far from a complete record of the class in these years but this is what was filmed, now re-edited, re-worked and upscaled.


Produced by - Train Crazy
Duration - 83 minutes
Format -
DVD and Blu-Ray
Released - July 2023



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