Vol.174 - The Glory Days of Steam (1961-1965) (Released February 2013)
THE TERENCE DORRITY COLLECTION
The period 1961 to 1965 was arguably the last glory days of steam traction before its sad demise. Terence Dorrity took the opportunity to film steam during this period, on all regions of British Railways, the Welsh Narrow Gauge railways and on the Continent.
Our journey begins with an immaculate 4-6-0 "King George V" arriving at Birmingham Snow Hill contrasting starkly to the lines of stored Kings at Wolverhampton Stafford Road Shed. At Stratford-on-Avon there is much activity including freight trains with Halls and 2-8-0s, Castle hauled expresses to the West Country, and trains to Evesham and Leamington Spa. We visit Banbury, for more freight trains (including an ex-LNER L1 2-6-4T from Woodford Halse) and Kings on Birmingham expresses. Onwards and we visit Hereford Shed, Gloucester Shed, Cardiff station and steam workings at Pontypool station with 0-6-2 tanks.
We return to Tuffley Junction, Gloucester, where the ex-GWR and ex-LMS lines run in parallel, for a variety of trains passing by including the autotrains. We travel to Chalford to see workings there and return back to Gloucester on an auto train footplate ride. There are some scenes along the Honeybourne to Kingham line and at Moreton-in-Marsh.
In Wales again and there is rare footage of the Cardigan branch featuring Prairie 2-6-2Ts. We visit Morfa Mawddach, Oswestry, Welshpool and Talerdigg summit (with Manors and Standard 4 4-6-0s) before returning to Hatton Bank on the London to Birmingham line for 2-8-0 4707, Castle & King hauled trains plus Bulleid Pacifics on football specials.
Onwards to the Southern Region for scenes at Templecombe, Eastleigh Shed & Worgret Junction with M7 tanks on both the Swanage push-pull trains and the Lymington Pier line. There are Terrier 0-6-0Ts on the Hayling Island branch, O2 tanks on the Isle of Wight and a glimpse of the Yeovil Penn Mill shuttle.
Next, to Rugby on the Midland Region in 1962, for Princess Coronations, Britannias, Patriots, Scots & Jubilees. The film location was close to where the ex-GCR main line crossed the WCML and we see good views of "City of London" and "City of St.Albans" among others passing by on expresses.
A trip to Scotland features the ex-Caley Single and ex-GNSR 4-4-0 on tours along with A4s on the Aberdeen 3 hour expresses.
South and to the Eastern Region at Kings Cross where we see A1s and A4s (including 60008 "Dwight D Eisenhower" departing on an express) and A2s and A3s passing Wood Green..
Early preservation scenes contrast vividly with those of today. We feature the Bluebell (1963), the Isle-of-Man Railway (1963), Vale of Rheidol (1965), Welshpool & Llanfair (1965), Tal-y-llyn Railway (1962), Ffestiniog (1965) and the Snowdon Mountain Railway (1962).
Industrial steam is now long gone but here we see it at work in 1962 at Kettering Furnaces, Wellingborough, Bilston (Wolverhampton), Beckton (North London), Oxford Ironstone (Banbury, Roxton), Waterside (Ayrshire, 1965) and Coventry Colliery with ex-GWR 15xx 0-6-0PTs (1969).
Finally, we travel to Granada in Spain (1961) to see 240 No.2020 and many other types on the shed there, some of the residents being over 100 years old! Then to Nice in France (1962) to see the 141 Class and a variety of steam locos in the station and the shed, narrow gauge on the Reseau Breton in Britanny (1964) and French main line steam at Nantilles.
Our journey comes to an end with steam into the sunset at Coventry Colliery......
Cover photo:- Terence Dorrity, 7011 "Banbury Castle" at Wilmcote, 4th.July 1964.
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