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Transition to TOPS

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Diesel and Electric Traction during the period 1971 to 1975.

The years after the end of steam traction are particularly fascinating. Corporate blue was now dominant and starting with some electric locomotive classes in November 1971, the entire traction fleet was renumbered; a process which took four years to complete. Then came another change in appearance, when the practice of displaying headcodes on diesel and electric locomotives was ended. In this programme we’ll explore the network in the early 1970s and this period of transition for the motive power fleet.


LONDON TERMINII in 1971 - Electrics at Euston - Warships at Waterloo - Kings Cross with Brush Type 2s & Deltics - St Pancras - Paddington with 'Westerns', the 'Blue Pullman', Class 47s & 31s.

THE WESTERN MAIN LINE in 1972 with 'Westerns', Warships & Hymeks plus Class 50s & 47s on a variety of traffic. Western Region diesel-hydraulics – a ‘Warship’ & ‘Hymeks’ in their final days. None of the Hydraulics ever received TOPS numbers.

READING in 1975 with 'Westerns', Class 50s & 47.

FROM READING TO THE MIDLANDS Banbury, Hatton & the line through Stratford Upon Avon in 1974 feat. Freight & passenger workings with Class 20s, 25s, 31s, 47s & DMUs.

SWINDON in 1974 with Westerns & Class 47s.

BRISTOL - Traffic on Temple Meads & in and out of the diesel depot incl. Westerns, Class 50s & 'Peaks'.

CROSS-COUNTRY TRAFFIC - Through Cheltenham & north to Birmingham feat. Peaks.

TO THE SOUTH-WEST - Including Westerns at Paignton.

SOUTH WALES in 1975 with Class 37s & a Western.

BIRMINGHAM in 1974 with Class 85 and 85 electrics & the first Class 87s.

EAST COAST MAIN LINE in 1974 - York with Deltics & the main line over Stoke Bank to Essendine with Deltics, Class 47s, 31s, 25s & 40s.

EAST COAST MODERNISATION - Deltics & Class 31s on freight through the London Suburbs to Knebworth & Hitchin.

BIRMINGHAM 1975 - Class 37, 45, 25 & 'Western' power.

HATTON BANK in 1975 with a variety of freight & passenger.

WESTERNS - 'The Western Enterprise’ of April 1975 on the Lickey Incline & through the Midlands.

THE ROYAL TRAIN 40-019 & 40-025 with the 1975 rake of stock.

THE WESTERN REGION in 1974 with wagonload freight, Class 47, Peaks & Westerns.

THE WEST COUNTRY in 1974 with Peaks & Westerns on the line through Dawlish.
Colour with full commentary.

Produced by - Transport Video Publishing
Running time - 60 Minutes
DVD only

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