Catalogue Page 4 - Class 50s

National Grids Code: GVF110

As yet another famous diesel class faces decimation in the face of overseas imports, we set off to track down these popular type 5s. No less than 80 different class members are seen in action ranging from Cornwall and Kent to Scotland. 65 minutes of end-to-end ‘Grid Action’. See the class at work on freight and passenger duties both before and after privatisation in liveries that are now only history.

Comments from popular rail magazines.
A feast for modern traction fans with a well chosen variety of locations.
                                                                                          Professionally filmed with good sound and colour quality – Rail Express
                                                                                          Many strong images – Traction
                                                                                          Duration 65 mins

Western Renaissance   Code: GVF117

This is a ‘Western’ programme like no other! To coincide with the return to the main line of this type, Western Renaissance’ features unpublished and recently unearthed cine film of their final years. As a bonus feature we include views of the main line return of D1015 after 25 years.
A masterpiece – Diesel Traction Group

Comments from popular rail magazines:

Rail Express: Don’t they sound fabulous
Traction:  A Western Sensation
Brilliant – Western Locomotive Association
Full colour, captions & informative commentary. Duration 62 mins

Pulling Power - The Class 56s   Code: GVF118

The second in a series of programmes paying tribute to the popular Class of diesel locomotive.
Pulling Power features passenger and freight trains from all over the UK.
Material spans the years 1983 to 2002 and thus includes all main livery schemes. Includes wonderful views from North of the border.

Comments from popular rail magazines:

Rail Express: Great scenes from throughout the UK

Full colour, captions & informative commentary. Duration 75 mins

Bon Voyage  Code: GVF121

Now that these excellent British-built type 5 locomotives have reached the end of the road, in Britain at least, the time is right to pay tribute to 20 years of sterling service. With scenes from 1986 to 2002, the programme features every member of the class at work. With locations ranging from Cornwall and Kent to the North of Scotland, we see the ‘Bones’ on mgr and other freight traffic, passenger turns and rail tour duties.  All livery variations can be seen and as always special attention has been paid to the soundtrack.

Comments from popular rail magazines:
Rail Express: A collector’s item 
 
Full colour, captions & informative commentary. Duration 81 minutes

Western Heroes  Code: GVF125

AT LAST – the long awaited follow-up to the record braking Western Renaissance DVD.
In addition to the ever popular Western class locomotives, WESTERN HEROES features Warships, Hymeks and even a sprinkling of North British Type 2 locomotives. Just some of the highlights are: DOUBLE-headed and TRIPLE-headed Warships on the Cornish Riviera Express; green and blue Hymeks on freight and passenger workings, even double headings with steam; WESTERN RANGER only 2 months old; a visit to Swindon Works in 1968; Western Firebrand on the Hayle Wharf branch; D800 on passenger duty & FALCON in full flight. This programme features more than 50 different Westerns on film!

Full colour, captions & informative commentary. Duration 57 minutes

Flight of the 50s  Code: GVF130

Featuring every member of the fleet, as well as the prototype DP2, this programme takes the viewer through the whole era of the class from 1962 to the present date. The story commences with operations on the LMR of British Rail followed by early views after their transfer to the Western and Southern regions of the network. Highlights include action in Scotland & North-West England, both in pairs and singly, early Class 50 scenes of Reading, Paddington, Bristol & Penzance, 50149 in action in Cornwall, an extended look at Class 50 railtours, the first firing-up of 50049 on the scrap line and even a cab ride in 50029

Comments from popular rail magazines
Top notch programme with quality material – Rail

 

 

Full colour, captions & informative commentary. Duration 85 minutes

Western Legacy  Code: GVF131

Truly marvellous scenes from the 1960s & 1970s of the Western Region’s famous diesel-hydraulics in action. Westerns in all liveries, Warships on the Waterloo route, at Bristol, and in the West Country including scenes of D600s in Devon & Cornwall. Hymeks at Paddington, Gloucester, Bristol and in South Wales. A day at Reading in 1972. Laira sheds in 1972. ‘Falcon’ at Peterborough. A visit to Swindon Works in 1967. Plus much more.

Comments from popular rail magazines
Rail: Immensely enjoyable
Heritage Rail: A magnificent collection of archive offering
 Full colour, captions & informative commentary. Duration 57 minutes

Regiments and Racehorses   Code: GVF136

Back to the 1970s and beyond as we see all 22 of the class. Not only that, but the programme also includes views of the Prototype Deltic in action and even Baby Deltics on suburban workings at Finsbury Park and Hornsey. Locations include, Kings Cross in 1978, 1980 & 1981, Peterborough 1963 & 1981, Doncaster, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Carlisle and Edinburgh and many others.  Highlights include 55012 and 55018 on the now closed Selby route, D9003 unnamed diversions via Carlisle, ’Meld’ on the Aberdeen service in 1980 and a ride behind 55009 Alycidon on the 14:03 Kings Cross – York on 21 December 1981

Comments from popular rail magazines
Traction: A treat for all Deltic fans!  
Full colour, captions & informative commentary. Duration 62 mins

Western Blues   Code: GVF137

A look at the famous ‘Western’ diesel locomotives in their last four years of operation on British Rail, with scenes from around the region guaranteed to bring back glorious memories from a wonderful era!
We start the programme with scenes from 1974, at a time when only a handful of the class had fallen by the wayside; and when railway enthusiasts of the day were happy to travel hundreds of miles for a glimpse of the ‘Westerns’ in action. Into 1975 and the rundown gains pace. Who could forget that long hot summer of 1976, the last full year of operation of the Westerns, and a period that saw more than a third of the whole class withdrawn. Finally, we see views of their final duties in 1977.
Comments from popular rail magazines
Traction: Another superb archive treat – lap it up!
Full colour, captions & informative commentary. Duration 62 minutes