So we can re-live these early diesel scenes from the 60′s and early 70′s starting with the Hydraulics of Western, Warship and Hymek classes.They are seen at work on railtours and normal service including a journey on the double-headed Hymek Swansong from Paddington to Hereford.Finally tribute is paid in the North-East Locomotive Preservation Group from their early days when they restored Q6 63395 to BR livery, an engine seen at work earlier in the video.Their locomotives were to be seen immaculately turned out at Shildon in 1975 and lastly the Q6, J27, K1 and Black 5 44767 are seen hard at work on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in 1976.Steam returned to Cambrian metals in 19 so here is the chance to see it when steam arrived on every train.We travel from Whitchurch in the east to Aberystwyth in the west calling at Barmouth, Dovey Junction and Borth to see local trains and the famous “Cambrian Coast Express”.railtour to Windsor and Reading using 77xxx, 76xxx, 80xxx and West Country complete this section. We profile 6000 “King George V” in its preservation life from 1970 to 1987 covering its travels to Paddington, Didcot, Swindon, Gloucester and the North-to-West route to Chester.The trip for Swindon Borough in 1974 with unique smokebox side-plates is featured.
A complete journey by Channel Islands boat train along the Weymouth tramway with Class 12 haulage, 15233, having arrived behind D6529 a class 33 in blue.
Steam returned to the North Wales coast in the late `80s but we visit it in 1966 with an LCGB railtour along the coast and up the Conway Valley to Blaeneau Ffestiniog and Denbigh with Britannia, Crab and ex-LMS 2-6-4Ts.
Soak up the steam atmosphere with LNWR signalling at Chester.
The most well-known film maker around Shrewsbury was Bill Cross who really loved the Cambrian and Borders country.
Thankfully he had the forsight to record the lines of this area when steam still reigned supreme. The Cambrian system is probably only second to the Somerset and Dorset in popularity with enthusiasts.