As part of the Modernisation Plan of the 1950s, BR designed, and commissioned designs for, a large number of locomotive types. The Western Region employed a policy of using diesel-hydraulic traction including classes 35, 42 & 52!
The Woodhead Route
The Woodhead Route linked Sheffield, Penistone and Manchester and was known for the EM1 (class 76) and EM2 (class 77) electric locomotives that were used on this line until its closure in 1981.
When things go wrong
Britains railways remain one of the safest ways to travel, but from time to time derailments do occur. In the following videos we withness incidents caught on camera. Don't worry, nobody was seriously hurt in these videos!
The Lickey Incline
The Lickey Incline is the steepest sustained main line railway incline in the UK. The climb is a gradient of 1-in-37 for a continuous distance of two miles. Some trains still require the assistance of banking locomotives to ensure that the train reaches the top!
The Railway Roundabout programmes were made during one of the most historically interesting periods in BR history. They began three years after the BR Modernisation Plan of 1955 was announced and they ended a year before the Beeching Report.
Have you ever dreamt of being a train driver?
Well sit back, relax and put yourself in the driving seat watching our cab ride videos!
Latest train videos
Anglia Railways Liveried class 86 at speed heading South towards Barkston Junction 6th June 1999
Here is my footage from the Saturday of the Nene Valley Railway Spring Diesel Gala 2013.
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BR Blue 25059 on an EMPRS charter on the Keighley and Worth Valley on a few run pasts 21/05/1...
Northern Belle livery 47790 & DRS livery 47802 depart Nuneaton on the Northern Belle.
West Coast Railways 33207 & 33029 thrash past Tamworth hauling an impressive 16 coaches 23/5/13...
A Paxman Valenta engined HST intercity 125 opens up on full power leaving Derby and passing Derby w...
A visit in July 1993 to the currently O.O.U. 12.25" gauge Exmoor Steam Railway in North Devon...