2000 was a transition year, being the last year that I was using a Super-VHS camera, and I don’t consider it to be a vintage year, exactly. From a technical point-of-view, I was struggling with different microphones that were either not picking up much sound or else were picking up too much camera and handling noise. I have cleaned the audio up a bit where necessary (but hopefully not so much that it sounds unnatural). From a personal point-of-view, I was busy with other things and many tours passed unrecorded. Also, there are one or two shots that I have included because they are of historical interest rather than great artistic merit. However, there were some true high points as well, not least Bodmin’s return to the main line in June, Blue Peter’s run over the Devon Banks in July and my move to a digital video camera in November. I have put the Digital footage towards the end. I think you’ll notice the improvement in picture quality! (programme details)
Steam On The Met, 1992 – 2000
Most years between 1990 and 2000, London Underground opened a section of the Metropolitan Line between Watford, Rickmansworth and Amersham to steam for a weekend of special trains. These were run to a frequent schedule amongst the regular Underground electric and Chiltern Railways DMU services and were driven and fired by volunteer crews.
Running time 70 mins approx.