Volume 5

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The West Midlands in the early 1960's was a hive of activity and the yards at Stourbridge Junction handled large tonnages of freight for the Birmingham area. Power stations were still coal fired and even the small Buildwas power station had a daily train.

To the north-west, Shrewsbury handled a constant flow of passenger traffic with the Western Region running London to Birkenhead trains as well as through trains to the Cambrian coast. Plus, north to south expresses (Liverpool and Manchester to Cardiff and Portsmouth), local branch trains and stopping trains all had to be found routes through the area.

The steelworks at Brymbo are shown en route to Chester, where North Wales coast traffic competed with freight workings for a path through the station. Loose coupled goods trains, boat trains from Birkenhead and branch passenger trains have long since disappeared and this programme is a vivid reminder of the steam era.

DVD Info

Region: 2
Running Time: 55 minutes

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