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
Picture: 1.33:1 / Colour / Black and White
Time: 119 mins approx
Number of Discs: 1
Sound: Mono / English
Region: 0 / PAL
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