Product Code: 10D-FCL

The Four Coupled Locomotive in Preservation
Steam Lives On


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Four coupled locomotives once hauled front line passenger trains. Well known exploits included the 'Railway Races' of 1888 and 1895 as well as City of Truro on the 'Ocean Mails'. Even when heavier trains meant that such locomotives had to be replaced by larger engines there was still a vital role for them on the many secondary lines and more local services.

Examples of such engines continued to be built until the 1930s. Then, of course, there was a need for small engines to work in docks, goods yards and lines where tight curves and weight restrictions prohibited the use of larger engines. It is unfortunate that the heritage scene came too late for the preservation of many classes of locomotive and a number that have been preserved seem destined to remain as museum pieces; but there have been some remarkable exceptions.

This film looks at some of those that have been in steam in recent times, allowing us today to see examples of past designs, often with period rolling stock; and demonstrating that 'Steam Lives On' No less than 16 heritage sites are seen, from Bo'ness in Scotland to the Isle of Wight. There is an emphasis on normal service trains supplemented by photo charter action.

Commentary is by Gary Boyd Hope, editor of Steam Railway magazine.

Filmed and edited by Ian Brownrigg.



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