…or not, as the case may be! Boasts and excuses, in equal measure
For once, fortune favoured us. According to a friend on board, she reached 92 mph just around here. Here are two frame-grabs from the video. I won’t post more at the moment, because it might be included in OVP’s production, The Need For Speed, and I don’t want to steal David’s thunder.
I’ve now started editing The Great Britain VI. It looks like it will need 2 discs – TWR filled 5 tapes, and I shot 4. I contributed a few shots from Day 2 to Graham Briggs for his GB6 DVD (GB Productions web-site) so I have some footage from his cameramen to include, including a wonderful shot of 60009 at Cove Bay, just south of Aberdeen.
I’ll update this as I make progress…
- Vol. 52, LMS Locos – Princess Elizabeth, Leander, 8F 48151 and a plethora of Black Fives;
- Vol 53, BR Standard Class 7 locos – Oliver Cromwell’s third full year on the mainline and Britannia’s first since overhaul.
- Vol 54, 3-Cylinder Pacifics – Duke of Gloucester, Tornado and Bittern running as Dominion of Cananda.
It’s now time to archive the files, clear the project from my NLE program and return to 2012 footage. Looking at the number of camera tapes my chums and I have used up, there’s not quite so much material to work through as the previous year. There’s some good stuff in there, though, including winter Cumbrian Mountain Expresses, summer Wemouth Seaside Expresses and Royal Duchies, Christmas Cathedral Expresses and more from our visits to Scotland in the spring.
Part 1 covers The first 4 days, from London to the west coast of Scotland. For three of those days, the train was split into two parts. Scots Guardsman took one half to Inverness via Aberdeen, then 45305 took it to Kyle of Lochalsh and back. Meanwhile The Great Marquess took the other half to Fort William and Mallaig. Passengers were driven between Mallaig and the Kyle, and vice versa, so they got to ride both routes in one direction or the other.
Part 2 starts with a return trip from Glasgow to Stranraer, then follows the long trip south, via the Glasgow & South Western route via Dumfries to Carlisle and the Settle & Carlisle line to Preston, on via Shreswsbury and Abergavenny to Bristol, then Plymouth and Penzance. After returning to Bristol behind a diesel, the final day took the tour to Gloucester (in pouring rain) and back to London.
I can now return to Mainline 2011. I have LMS, LNER and BR locos to cover yet. I’ve not decided how to group them. There might be enough material for three discs, but if there’s only enough for two, I might divide it into Winter/Spring and Summer/Autumn.
It’s in geographical order, showing three shots between Bewdley and Foley Park Tunnel, but that means it’s in reverse chronological order. It also means that the best shot is saved for last. The loco catching a lift on the back of the train in the last shot is GWR Pannier Tank 3650, from Didcot Railway Centre.
30120 is part of the National Collection and is currently in the care of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway.
Work is well advanced on The Great Britain V. Looks like it will need two parts: Part 1 will cover days 1-4, Part 2 days 5-9.
I have to put 2011 aside for the next few months, since I’ve promised to work on this year’s Great Britain and Cathedrals Explorer tours. I’ve just finished Vol. 49, The Cathedrals Explorer, which features some footage from a new contributor. Michael Field has been one of TVP’s Scottish correspondants for a few years. I met him on a couple of rain-drenched Highland hillsides this spring and we agreed to swap footage. Hopefully, GB V will follow in a month or two.
Already completed from 2011 are the two round-Britain tours and two regional albums:
- Vol 45, The Great Britain IV
- Vol 46, The Cathedrals Explorer (6th – 13th May)
- Vol. 47, GWR Locomotives
- Vol. 48, Southern Locomotives
We didn’t manage quite the same comprehensive coverage of GB IV as for previous Great Britain tours, but even so, we recorded something worth publishing on each day that they used steam haulage.
2010 ended up producing 8 volumes:
- The Great Britain III – 2 parts
- GWR175 – 2 parts;
- Fells & Highlands (northern England and western Scotland in August and September)
- SR & GWR locos – Sir Lamiel, Clan Line, two winter GW tours with 6024 and 5043.
- BR & LNER locos – Oliver Cromwell, Duke Of Gloucester, Bittern, Tornado, Sir Nigel Gresley.
- LMS locos – Princess Elizabeth, Scots Guardsman, Duchess Of Sutherland, 48151 and rather a lot of Black Fives!
GWR 175 is selling well. Part 1 (1 hour 15 minutes) covers February to June, including the record breaking recreation of The Bristolian in April, pannier tank 9600 banking 6201 Princess Elizabeth on the Lickey Incline, and Steam Dreams’ 2-day Cornish Riviera Express in June. Part 2 (1 hour 25 minutes) covers July to October, featuring 9600’s trip to Princess Risborough and Chinnor, 9466 on the Looe branch and Earl Of Mount Edgcumbe storming over the Settle – Carlisle line.