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Rail Freight Today - Box Set 2 Volumes 6-10
Rail Freight Today Boxed Sets

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The Rail Freight Today series was an immediate hit when it was first launched in the late 1980's. Inevitably though an incredible amount has changed over the years and this authoritative series now provides an interesting historic comparison with today's traffic flows and loco classes.

Each volume includes lineside action, cab rides, interviews and site visits to many private locations.

Volumes included are - Vol 6 South West, Vol 7 Eastern Counties, Vol 8 Wales, Vol 9 Update, Vol 10 Ireland.

For full details of each volume see the individual titles below.

Volume 6

The Rail Freight Today series was an immediate hit when it was first launched in the late 1980's. Inevitably though an incredible amount has changed over the years and this authoritative series now provides an interesting historic comparison with today’s traffic flows and loco classes. Produced with the full co-operation of both British Rail and many key users, this programme provides an unrivalled source of reference and entertainment to one of the most attractive parts of the British Isles.

Besides being a deservedly popular holiday area, the West Country also boasts some less well known, but equally appealing, rail freight operations.

This DVD features in some detail, the unique china clay traffic and rural scenic locations, which dominate rail freight activities in Cornwall. Also examined, near to Frome, are site operations at the important main Merehead and Whatley quarries of Foster Yeoman and ARC.

There’s also a visit to MOD Ludgershall, and Taunton cider. As well as China Clay and Aggregate traffic, other rail freight flows featured include: Cider, Oil, Fertiliser, Automotive, Freightliner, Nuclear, LPG, and Waste.

Additional topics include traffic in the Bristol area and the new Tiger Rail services.

BR Locomotive types shown at work include: Class 08, 37, 47, 56, 59, 60, plus industrial shunters.

With plenty of lineside action, cab rides and site visits to key private user locations.

Volume 7

The Rail Freight Today series was an immediate hit when it was first launched in the late 1980's. Inevitably though an incredible amount has changed over the years and this authoritative series now provides an interesting historic comparison with today’s traffic flows and loco classes. Produced with the full co-operation of both British Rail and many key users, this programme provides an unrivalled source of reference and entertainment to a particularly fascinating area.

Renowned for steel production throughout the world, the Northern part of the ‘Eastern Counties’ are still dominated by this important basic industry.

This volume takes a close look at rail freight operations on site at the giant Steel works at Scunthorpe, and on the little known nearby Flixborough branch. Also examined, are the important coal fields around Selby, and the power stations in the Aire valley. Significant trans Pennine traffic flows are observed, as well as site operations at Hope where one of the country’s largest cement works is situated.

Steel traffic around the industrialised Rotherham area is contrasted with the substantial traffic flows to be found in the more rural parts of East Anglia.

As well as steel and coal traffic, other rail freight flows featured include:- oil from Immingham, chemical traffic, Freightliner traffic, cement, nuclear and aggregates, petfood, and sand.

BR Locomotive types shown at work include:- Class 08, 20, 31, 37, 47, 56, 58, 60, 90 plus many unique industrial shunters.

With plenty of lineside action, cab rides (Class 20 and industrial) and site visits to key private user locations.

Volume 8

The Rail Freight Today series was an immediate hit when it was first launched in the late 1980's. Inevitably though an incredible amount has changed over the years and this authoritative series now provides an interesting historic comparison with today’s traffic flows and loco classes. Produced with the full co-operation of both British Rail and many key users, this programme provides an unrivalled source of reference and entertainment to a particularly appealing region.

This volume covers the most interesting freight flows in Wales, where for generations, steel and coal, have been the traditional twin mainstays of rail freight.

Featuring many stunning views of rail freight action in South Wales and ‘the valleys’, there’s also a close look at oil to Aberystwyth in Central Wales, and Anglesey traffic along the picturesque branch to Amlwch. Other featured traffic flows include iron ore to Llanwern, coke at Anglesey Aluminium, Mostyn Docks, Ebbw Vale, Newport, freightliner traffic, and coal from Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen.

Also a site visit to British Steel Port Talbot, and Allied Steel Cardiff. As well as nuclear traffic from Valley, and coal from Cwmmawr, Penallta and Taff Merthyr.

BR Locomotive types shown at work include:- Class 08, 31,37 47, 56, 60, plus many industrial shunters.

Featuring class 47 and industrial cab rides, with plenty of lineside action, and site visits to key private user locations.

Volume 9

The Rail Freight Today series was an immediate hit when it was first launched in the late 1980's. Inevitably though an incredible amount has changed over the years and this authoritative series now provides an interesting historic comparison with today’s traffic flows and loco classes.

Some remarkable changes have occurred during the short time it has taken to produce the entire first series of Rail Freight Today.

While there have been a few notable gains, many freight flows have ceased. Wagon load traffic in the form of the Speedlink network has been abandoned, although several private companies have tried (and failed) to market viable Rail freight services.

Scottish rail freight has been decimated, and much of the remaining MGR traffic is now at risk. These major changes plus privatisation, probably the most important change to rail freight ever announced, are examined in this programme. Shot mainly during the Summer of 1992, for the well established and popular Rail Freight Today series, it covers all the most appealing freight flows including:-

Coal traffic flows from Plenmellor, Padiham, Gladstone Docks, Parkside, Longannet, Pontchymmer. Requiem for the Class 20 and 26, with action in the North West and the last remaining Class 26 freight working in Scotland.

Freightconnection 1992, a review of the most interesting exhibits. Scotland, what future now for rail freight? A look at traffic flows since the closure of Ravenscraig. Freightliner services. Wagon load traffic review, including the old Speedlink services, compared with Tiger Rail, Charterail and the new RFD services, including grain on the Burghead branch in Scotland, Bulklink, Albright and Wilson, and the new block wood service to Shotton.

A comparison with some interesting European traffic flows, including French and German wagon load traffic and a nostalgic look at the last steam hauled rail freight to work regularly in Eastern Germany.

Ireland

Throughout the early 1980s TeleRail charted the entire rail freight operations of the UK in one of our most popular series to date - Rail Freight Today.

Due to the immense changes since privatisation, these programmes have now become a part of history. The early volumes featured Speedlink operations with many historic pick up operations, as well as many flows that have long since been lost.

Throughout the series it was possible to literally witness the decline of rail freight in the UK as BR set about rationalising it's freight network in preparation for privatisation.

As well as some traffics, many of the locos; like the class 20s and 26s are no longer to be seen in revenue earning service and of course, all of the liveries featured are all redundant.

This interesting compilation DVD features highlights from the entire series and includes action from all parts of the country, including many defunct traffics that hopefully may once again return to rail.

Deepdale coal, Garston coal, Cement from Clitheroe, Littleton colliery, Auchmuty branch, Menstrie branch, Crombie branch, Eastgate cement, Murton colliery, Hexham glue, Akeman Street, Chatham docks spoil, Channel rail ferry from Dover, Taunton Cider, Lapford, Tytherington branch, Duxford, Amlwch branch, Aberystwyth oil, Parkside colliery, Maxwelltown oil and the Burghead branch.

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DVD Runtime:
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