Classic British Steam Locomotives (DVD)
The power and majesty of some of Britain's most famous steam locomotives
Each programme covers an individual locomotive and looks at its history, restoration and more recent working.
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. In many respects it is a typical member of it's class, but it is also historically significant for being the holder of the official world speed record for steam locomotives125.88 mph, recorded at milepost 90, 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.
Princess Margaret Rose
Designed by Sir William A Stanier, this was the first production Pacific locomotive for the LMS railway, entering service in July 1935. During 27 years of service with the LMS and British Railways, the locomotive covered 1.5 million miles. In 1962 it was sold to Sir Billy Butlin and put on static display at Butlins, Pwllhi. In 1975 it was sent to the Midland Railway Centre and on 11th May 1990 the Princess Margaret Rose was fully restored and moved under her own steam again.
These 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, the final development of a type which can trace it's origins back through LMS designs to it's very early days. Several locomotives have survived into the preservation era, and are operated today over both Railtrack and private lines. This programme concentrates on the three locomotives that have worked on the main lines in the 1990s: numbers 80079, 80080 and 80098.
Release Date: 4 Dec. 2017
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