Thoroughbreds of Steam - Railway History

Thoroughbreds of Steam
From the final years of the steam locomotive-hauled rail services of the 1960s, through the pioneering enthusiast's specials and mainline steam excursions of the 1970s and 1980s, Kenneth Oldham MBE chronicled a time of great transition for the railways of Britain including the fledgling days of the railway line preservation movement. Kenneth travelled around Britain to film on 16mm Colour stock some of the most dramatic working steam locations, among them Hellifield, Seahouses, Tyseley and Rainhill as well as Ribblehead, Ais Gill and Dent Head Viaduct on the then threatened Settle and Carlisle line.

BRITISH STEAM LOCOMOTIVES FEATURED INCLUDE:
- Green Arrow
- The Duke Of Gloucester
- The Flying Scotsman
- Mallard
- Streamlined Pacifics
- The Duchess Of Hamilton
- Unrebuilt Bulleid Pacifics
- Blue Peter
- Black Fives
- City Of Truro
- GWR Castle and King Classes
- SR Lord Nelson and Maunsell Classes

Catalogue Number: SN6535
Classification: Exempt
Picture: 1.33:1 / Colour
Subtitles: None
Time: 113 mins approx
Barcode: 5027626653545
Number of Discs: 1
Sound: Mono / English
Region: 0 / PAL

Our Price: £11.99
Code: SNA6535
Weight: 200
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Steam in the Sixties
Kenneth Oldham MBE and his 16mm camera bore witness to a period of great change on British Railways that included the cessation of scheduled steam services. In this, steam's final decade, he filmed a great many working steam types including an impressive array of mainline steam express classes: ex-S.R. 'Merchant Navy' and 'West Country'/ 'Battle Of Britain' Class Pacifics, B.R. Standard Class 7 'Britannia's', ex-LNER Gresley-designed A1s, A3 'Pacifics' (including Flying Scotsman) and A4 'Pacifics' (including Mallard) as well as Black 5s, Green Arrow V2s and ex-Great Western Castles, Manors and Halls. Kenneth also filmed one-off rarities such as 'Gordon Highlander' and the last operating single, the Caledonian Railway 'No.123'.

The official 'Steam Ban' provided the impetus for a flurry of privately organised steam-hauled rail tours. The Flying Scotsman was the locomotive of choice for a great many of those featured, including the 'Great Central Tour', the 'Moorlands Special' and the 'Pegler Pullman'. Also covered are a great many other named tours, the highlights of which are 'The Solway Ranger Rail Tour', 'The Scottish Lowlander Tour', 'The Three Summit Tour', 'The Scarborough Limited' and the Gresley Society's 'London North Eastern Flier' as well as many 'final runs' of specific loco classes and 'Farewell To Steam' specials.

Other points of interest include shots at the Dillicar water troughs, scenes on the now defunct Ripon to Northallerton line and the old North British Line at Silloth.

Making this programme the definitive visual history of the last decade of mainline steam, many original newsreel stories are also interspersed within the chronology, giving unique insights into locomotives such as the 'Dominion Of Canada', 'Stepney', 'Clun Castle', 'Evening Star' and 'Invincible' - an industrial tank engine seen at work on the now dismantled Royal Aircraft Establishment railway line, which ran through the streets of Farnborough.

Catalogue Number: SN6550

Classification: Exempt
Picture: 1.33:1 / Colour / Black and White
Subtitles: None
Time: 119 mins approx
Barcode: 5027626655044
Number of Discs: 1
Sound: Mono / English
Region: 0 / PAL

Our Price: £11.99

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