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Built by English Electric at their Vulcan Foundry in Newton-Le-Willows, Class 50 represents the last mixed traffic diesel type to be built for British Rail and, at the end of its career was one of only three classes of diesel capable of 100mph duties.
The Railscene programme was started in 1984, three years before the first Hoover was withdrawn (it only required an F exam!). Four and a half years later less than ten of the original fifty fifties remained in use. This dvd includes thirty-two of the class in action, it is compiled from the Railscene archives and is a tribute to probably the last of the great express diesel class.
Opener A classic view the Dutch fifty, Valient and plain blue Thunderer, as they cross the River Tamar on the Saltash bridge with Pathfinder Railtours Cornish Centurian.
Part One Fifty Miscellany Variety is the spice of life. We start with railtours: Courageous and Victorious on the WCML.
The Fellsman II at Long Meg, Sir Edward Elgar on Windsor Gala Day and an unscheduled duty for Archilles banking Drysllywn Castle and Hagley Hall up Dainton Bank complete these mid-80s views.
The former DCWA celebrities are seen at Penzance (Dutch Valient again) and double-heading at Truro and Ocean sidings.
More double-heading follows with Ark Royal and Furious at Par on the last official loco-hauled train from Newquay.
St. Vincent, Furious, Glorious and Howe are seen on passenger duties at Lostwithiel, Ledbury, Aldermaston and Old Oak Common, whilst crash victim Invincible and the first to go, Centurian are seen looking sad.
Exeter works a passenger turn near Stoke-on-Trent in 1988 and Archilles a freight from Parkandillack.
The unique 50149 Defiance is seen on the Heathfield at Cutmadoc in addition to views on a Meldon quarry trip working.
Another celebrity, Ramillies, heads the HST generator set at Severn Tunnel Junction in 1989 and Victorious provides rare footage at Winfrith and Wool with the track recording train.
Large logo celebrity Hood works ECS near Romsey and Lion is diverted via the Southampton mainline: Superb and Temeraire are seen in action at Southampton and Portsmouth.
Finally Dauntless climbs the Portsmouth Direct Line at Rowlands Castle in 1989.
Part Two Waterloo to Exeter (The Last Stand).
Fearless, D400, Ajax, Lion, Renown, Resolution, Glorious, Tiger, Vanguard, Defiance, Dauntless, Eagle, Repulse, Exeter, Illustrious, Thunderer, Victorious, Royal Oak, Sir Edward Elgar, Leviathan, Swiftsure, Dreadnought and Temeraire in action on Table 125 duties.
We start at Waterloo with 50050 on the very last newspaper train and the same loco as D400, arriving on its inaugural run.
Other locations are New Covent Garden, Clapham Junction (top n tail ECS), Wimbledon, Byfleet, Newhaw, Woking, Brookwood, Farnborough, Fleet, Basingstoke, Battledown, Overton, Whitchurch, Hurstbourne, Andover (50008 in large logo), Grateley, Tunnel Junction,
The Salisbury sequence (046, 043, a failed 007 and substitute 033), Wilton, Barford Street, Martin, Dinton, Tisbury, Gillingham, (Renown in freezing fog and Dauntless doubleheading wih 47707), Buckhorn Weston, Templecombe, Milborne Port, Sherborne, Yeovil Junction in 1986, Crewkerne, Chard Junction, Seaton Junction, (a diverted Paddington-Penzance train in 1985, Ajax at the Summit, Honiton (HST and Repulse pass), Whimple (1985), Exmouth Junction, Exeter Central and Exeter St. Davids.
50049 Defiance approaches Redbridge with the 11.25 Paignton to Waterloo service on 25 June 1989.
Number of discs:
60-mins (1hr 0min)
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