The Power Hour
minutes of classic ‘thrash’ shots in glorious Hi-Fi sound!
As the new breed of Class 66s take over freight workings in
ever-increasing numbers, the traditional sound of a diesel locomotive
thrashing away at the front of a train is slowly becoming a thing of the
past. So here are sixty minutes of the very best thrash shots we can lay
our hands on - all of which have not previously been released on any
Locomaster video. Not only have we tried to provide a cross-section of
loco classes, but we have managed to include a good selection of
celebrity machines AND a variety of locomotive liveries. All of the
featured locos are on FULL BORE. Your neighbours may not be impressed,
but YOU will be!
The programme kicks off with some classic power scenes from the
infamous Lickey incline. Seen tackling the 1 in 37 gradient are 31105,
37716 and 33051 & 33116 on a charter! Another famous incline - that
between Exeter St David’s and Exeter Central - is tackled by 47712
Lady Diana Spencer on a Waterloo-bound NSE service. There’s some
superb action from the Central Wales line with 2 Class 37s tackling the
climb to Sugar Loaf summit with a steel train. Rousing scenes from
Scotland feature classes 37, 47 and 56 hard at work while, in the North
East, 56118 takes a stunning exit from the now-closed Westoe Colliery.
Meanwhile, 37895 spectacularly ‘wheelslips’ the Cardiff-Aberthaw
tanks! There’s major thrash from the Ebbw Vale ‘stopboard’ with
56010 and 37906, and 2 Class 20s staggering up to Llanvihangel summit
with a 1,700 tonne Freightliner! The programme concludes at Peak Forest
as 2 Class 37s struggle to start the Tunstead-Northwich ICI hoppers. The
racket is quite astonishing! THE POWER HOUR runs for 60 minutes and has
a superb Hi-Fi soundtrack which, for maximum effect, is best reproduced
when the video player is connected to a Hi-Fi system.
"A timely reminder of why many of us got
interested in railways in the first place." TRACTION Magazine
Now only available on the Power
Hour 3 DVD
Programme Fact File
Introduction: David Maxey
First Published: 1999
Route Featured: From all over the UK
Classes Featured: 20, 31, 33, 37, 47, 50, 52, 55, 56, 57, 58, 60.
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