A Day on the Clay

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A Day on the Clay

The Golden Ochre Years

A Double-Feature DVD featuring two programmes on D1015 Western Champion


When D1015 Western Champion spent a day working china clay trips off St Blazey depot in Cornwall on August 30th 2002, it became the first diesel-hydraulic to haul a revenue-earning freight train for more than 25 years. Combining exclusive footage from the footplate and a series of superb lineside sequences, this programme is a detailed record of the day when D1015 re-wrote the history books. The days activities begin at St Blazey, from where the ‘Thousand’ sets off light engine to Fowey Docks to collect a rake of china clay wagons. With D1015 Wired for Sound to capture the distinctive Maybach music, the loco departs with the 6G11 to Goonbarrow. The view from the cab features the scenic run along the Fowey estuary, the climb to Treverrin Tunnel, the spectacular climb through the Luxulyan Valley and the arrival at Goonbarrow sidings. Lineside views then capture the sight and sound of Champion as it works the 6G10 china clay back to Fowey Docks. Packed with Cornish nostalgia, this is a fascinating record of the day that time stood still.


D1015 became the first diesel hydraulic locomotive to return to the main line since the demise of the Class 52 ‘Westerns’ in 1977. This 45-minute programme features the best of Western Champion’s main line workings in its unique golden ochre livery which began on January 28th 2002 with a test run from Kidderminster to Sheffield. Over the following four years D1015 appeared on 22 railtours and special charters, most of which are featured here. As well as re-visiting classic ‘Thousand’ haunts, the loco is also seen off the beaten track at locations such as the S&C, Hest Bank, Euston, York and Abergele. Other scenes feature D1015 blasting its way up the Luxulyan Valley en route to Newquay, double-heading with steam and on freight and mail trains. Also featured is Champion’s infamous passenger rescue in October 2002 when it assisted a failed First Great Western HST into Swindon!

"marvelous cab-ride sequences...a 'must have' for any Western enthusiast worth his salt" TRACTION MAGAZINE

"Absolutely top notch sound...one of the most memorable videos of 2002"

Programme Fact File

Narration: David Maxey
First Published: 2002 DVD 2008
Route Featured: St Blazey - Carne Point - Goonbarrow. Plus bonus material
Class Featured: 52.
Availability: Now

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Other Locomaster Profiles Programmes featuring Class 52  motive power: 
Deltic Western Whistler and the Traction Series.

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