This double album covers railway activity on the West Coast Main Line, and some
of its connecting services over a period of more than 30 years.
This disc features the 1970’s and 80’s. Much of it was filmed at principal stations,
and covers a wide variety of trains. Whilst electric locomotive haulage is much in
evidence, many classes of diesel locos, DMU’s, EMU’s, and freight are covered,
and even tube trains on the Bakerloo Line that paralleled the main line between
Queen’s Park and Watford, using the DC tracks.
Apart from stations on the main route, between Euston and Glasgow,such as Crewe,
Preston, and Carlysle, visits are made to Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton,
Chester, Liverpool, and Manchester Piccadilly. A major feature shows intense
activity at Glasgow Central in 1988, including several classes of EMU and DMU in
Strathclyde orange livery. We also see glimpses of the APT prototypes in action.
Duration: 67 minutes
The story continues further into the era of sectorisation and privatisation of British
Rail during the 1990’s, including the Virgin and Silverlink franchises. The highlights
of a cab ride from Euston to Stafford are included. Finally, bringing the story up to
date, we see the entry into service of the first of the class 334 EMU’s in the Glasgow
area, and the initial introduction of Pendolino’s and Desiro’s to the West Coast Route.
Duration: 52 minutes