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Western Region Memories: Bristol & South Wales

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The bulk of this video was filmed between the 1970s and 1990s, the period when the regions gave way to sectorisation.

The programme starts in South Wales, when coal provided massive business for the areas railways, mainly hauled by Class 37s.

DMUs provided passenger services in the Valleys. A cab ride in a DMU from Swansea to Carmarthen is included. A brief visit to Abergavenny is followed by a visit to Bristol Temple Meads, featuring a variety of loco types, including Class 33s and 45s. A journey past Severn Tunnel Junction brings us to Newport, with a wide variety of freight and passenger trains. At Cardiff, the Valley Lines were still worked by DMUs, bearing Welsh Dragon logos. Another cab ride on one of these takes us to Pontypridd.

Our scene then jumps to Bristol in 1989. Bath Road shed is also featured. Newport and Cardiff are revisited in 1996, including a brief visit to Barry Island. To bring things more up to date, we see Cardiff in April 2016. when Pacers and Class 150s were operating many local services.

Produced by - J & K Video
Running time - 64 Minutes
DVD only
Released - October 2018

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