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Changing Tains Vol 2 - Bristol to Exeter

In the late 1950s & early 1960s many trains on the Western Region were still hauled by elderly steam locomotives, though titled trains and high speed schedules were still commonplace.

Within 5 years, the diesel invasion was all but complete. However, the culprits - a fleet of stylish diesel-hydraulics, and other first generation diesel types, still provided a fascinating scene for the enthusiast.

This programme includes rare cine film to illustrate the change on the motive power front in this area of the country over a period spanning more than 50 years.


Volume 2 in the series looks at the routes from Bristol and Westbury to Exeter St Davids.

Highlights include S&D services at Highbridge; mainline action near Uphill, Westbury and Frome South Jn. with 'Kings', 'Castles' and 'Counties' in action; Hymeks, Warships & Westerns on the mainline including Western Champion in Golden Ochre livery; Taunton station with class 45, 47, 50 & 52 in action; Minehead in steam days, then the re-opening day first train in 1976; Wiveliscombe and Venn Cross stations on the Taunton-Barnstaple route with NBL D6300 type 2s in action; 1451 on the Hemyock branch; the very last TPO leaves Exeter St Davids station plus Warships, Westerns, Peaks, 50s etc ....


Of added interest is the comparison in the railway infrastructure in this 50 year period, with contemporary views showing the scenes as they are now.

Steam / Diesel mix approx 40 / 60


Running time 63 mins

£17.95 inc p&p


What the press say ...

This DVD, which is just over an hour long, is the second in the series looking at steam and diesel trains in the West of England over the last 50 years.

This volume covers Bristol to Exeter.

The footage varies in quality, of course that from the 1950s & 60s is of low quality, but understandable given it's age.

There is also coverage of some of the branches that diverged away from the route, such as to Hemyock (sadly a section with no sound, so music is dubbed over it) from Taunton to Barnstaple and also Taunton to Minehead.

There is about a 40/60 split in favour of diesel traction, with some nice scenes of the now extinct Class 22s and Class 43s at work as well as Hymeks,

Class 42s, Westerns & Diesel electrics such as Class 25s, 45s, 47s and 50s amongst others. More modern traction is also included on HSTs and Class 220s,

plus modern day heritage traction such as 37s, 50s and D9000.

Captions appear on screen to tell you the loco numbers where known and commentary sets the scene and provides a historical account.

An interesting film with plenty of nostalgia and one that should appeal to those with a penchant for this area."

Pip Dunne, Editor, Railways illustrated.

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This is the second in a five part series which will form a definitive DVD collection illustrating more than half a decade of change on this western peninsula.

Part 1: Bristol and the route to Weymouth

Part 2: Bristol to Exeter

Part 3: Basingstoke to Ilfracombe & Torrington

Part 4: Exeter to Plymouth

Part 5: Plymouth to Penzance


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