British Steam Locomotives is a series of programmes which looks at the power and majesty of some of Britain’s most famous steam locomotives. Each programme covers an individual named locomotive and looks at its history, restoration and more recent working.
Disc One: Flying Scotsman (100 mins) Known as the most famous steam locomotive in the world, there are few people who have not heard of this magnificent machine. Illustrated by evocative footage of the engine working on the British railway network in various guises, the first programme on this dvd traces the story from the time when the locomotive returned from Australia up to it’s acquisition by the National Railway Museum at York.The second programme features its visit to Australia where it achieved it’s most recent record – the world’s longest non-stop run behind steam.
Disc Two: City of Truro (55 mins)
The 2000th locomotive to be built at the famous Swindon Works of the Great Western Railway, this programme is a tribute to the graceful Edwardian locomotive, at work on both main and preserved lines after she was restored to full working order by the Severn Valley Railway.
Disc Three : Duchess of Sutherland (55 mins)
The story of the restoration to main line steam work of one of Sir William Stanier's magnificent "Princess Coronation" class Pacifics built for the London Midland and Scottish Railway. After many years of static exhibition it was the subject of a complete overhaulto restore her to her full glory, an achievement which is recorded here for posterity.She then returned to the main lines and her early runs form the main part of this film.
Disc Four: Mallard (55 mins) Number 4468 Mallard is a LNER Class A4 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and built at Doncaster, England in 1938. While in other respects a relatively typical member of it’s class, it is historically significant for being the holder of the official world speed record for steam locomotives 125.88 mph, recorded at milepost 90 ¼, between Little Bytham and Essendine on 3rd July 1938. It was restored to working order in the 1980s and is now part of the National Collection at the National Railway Museum in York.
Disc Five: Princess Margaret Rose (55 mins) ) Designed by Sir William A Stanier, she was the first production Pacific locomotive for the LMS railway, entering service in July 1935.During her twenty seven years of service to the LMS and British Railways, she covered one and a half million miles. In 1962 she was sold to Sir Billy Butlin and put on static display at Butlins, Pwllhi. In November 1975 she arrived at the Midland Railway Centre and on 11th May 1990 she was fully restored and moved under her own steam again.
Disc Six : Standard Class 4 Tanks (55 mins)
The subjects of this programme are some of the popular mixed traffic British Railways Standard Class 4 2-6-4 tank engines built in the mid 1950s. They were part of a 155-strong class of go-anywhere locomotives, which were the final development of a type, which can trace it’s origins back through LMS designs to it’s early days. A number of them have survived into the preservation era and are operated over both Railtrack and private lines today. This programme concentrates on the three, which have worked on the main lines in the 1990s, numbers 80079, 80080 and 80098.