Vol 36: GWR 175 Part 2 : July – October 2010

On two discs, a record of the mainline events that marked the 175th anniversary of the formation of the Great Western Railway.

In Part 2: 11 tours, including the first mainline tour to visit the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Nunney Castle climbing Evershot and Bincombe banks unassisted and 5043’s record breaking run over the Settle-Carlisle line.

Featuring 5029 Nunney Castle, 5043 Earl Of Mount Edgcumbe, 6024 King Edward I, pannier tanks 9466 & 9600 and 5960 Leander.

Available on Blu-ray or DVD.

Special Offer: Buy Vol 35 and get Vol 36 half price. £15 for both DVDs or £22.50 for both Blu-ray Discs.

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What counts as a “GWR 175” tour? There are 3 inclusions in this volume that may need explanation. The Severn Valley Limited is included because most of the route was over GW metals and the part played by 9600. It and The North Wales Explorer are examples of inter-regional holiday excursions. The Pride of Swindon was run a very long way from GW territory, but how could we not include a tour with such a name?

Featured locomotives:

  • Castle class 5029 Nunney Castle& 5043 Earl Of Mount Edgcumbe
  • King class 6024 King Edward I
  • 57xx class pannier tank 9600
  • 94xx class pannier tank 9466
  • LMS Jubilee class 5690 Leander

Contents

3rd Jul The Centenary Steam Express

9600: Banbury-Princes Risborough-Chinnor and return. Aynho (2 locations); Haddenham; Princes Risborough; Chinnor; Wainhill; Princes Risborough; Ashendon Junction; Ardley; Kings Sutton.

10th Jul The Royal Oak

6024: Paddington-High Wycombe-Birmingham Snow Hill-Worcester SH-Cheltenham-Kemble-Reading. Bradenham; Saunderton; Thrupp (Gloc.)

14th Jul VSOE Special

6024: Victoria-Slough-Swindon-Bristol-Swindon-Paddington. Uffington.

15th & 29th Aug The Weymouth Seaside Express

14th Aug Light engine movement: 5029: Tyseley-Bristol. Kings Sutton.

5029: Bristol-Weymouth-Bristol. Bath; Batheaston; Fairwood Junction, Westbury; Woolcombe; Winterborne Monkton; Upwey; Bincombe Tunnel; Holywell; Cole; Clink Rd Junction, Frome; Berkley Marsh; Corston.

21st Aug The North Wales Explorer

5043: Tyseley-Wolverhampton-Crewe-Llandudno Jc-Wolverhampton-Langley Green. Llandudno Junction; Old Colwyn.

28th Aug The Bristolian

6024: Bristol-Bath-Swindon-Paddington and return. Dauntsey; South Stoke; Uffington.

30th Aug The Towy Tornado III

6024: Bristol-Carmarthen and return. Horfield,Bristol; Llanharan; Llansteffan; Cattybrook. (6024 was a late substitute for 60163 Tornado, which was suffering firebox problems.)

19th Sep The Looe Valley Explorer

9466: Liskeard-Coombe Jc-Looe and return (x4). Various locations along the Looe River estuary.

2nd Oct The Severn Valley Limited

5690: Bridgnorth-Bescot-Shrewsbury-Crewe-Blackpool, banked by 9600 Stourbridge Jc-Bescot. Old Hill; Shifnal.

16th Oct The Pride Of Swindon

5043: Hellifield-Settle-Carlisle-Settle-Crewe. Helwith bridge; Selside (2 locations, on opposite sides of the valley); Ribblehead; Waitby Common; Birket Common; Ais Gill; Whalley (2 locations).

February – June is covered on Steam Age Pictures Vol. 35.

Gallery

9600: Banbury-Princes Risborough-Chinnor and return. Aynho (2 locations); Haddenham; Princes Risborough; Chinnor; Wainhill; Princes Risborough; Ashendon Junction; Ardley; Kings Sutton.

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