STEAM DRIVER’S EYE VIEW – GREAT EASTERN MAIN­LINE

Steam Railway (UK) - - CHRISTMAS GIFT GUI THE FOUR SEASONS/ACTIVITY BOOK -

• OLD­HAM VIDEO PRO­DUC­TIONS

Unique view­point of an his­toric event. Foot­plate sound muted.

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If you’ve ever won­dered what is go­ing on at the busi­ness end of a main line rail­tour, then this is as close as it gets, short of ac­tu­ally be­ing on the foot­plate.

For Oliver Cromwell’s Great Eastern

Main Line fi­nale on Fe­bru­ary 24, David Old­ham re­peated his in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar trick of mount­ing for­ward-fac­ing minia­ture cam­eras on both sides of the fire­box to pro­vide a driver and fire­man’s per­spec­tive of the run be­tween Liver­pool Street and Nor­wich.

You re­ally do feel the thrum of the two-cylin­der beat as you will the ‘Brit’ to reach the top of Brent­wood bank and race down the gen­tler grades on the other side.

In ad­di­tion, there are sev­eral glimpses of the ac­tion on the foot­plate as for­mer Strat­ford man Micky Valla takes hold of the reg­u­la­tor and Craig St­inch­combe keeps the wide fire­box well fed.

Some ex­hil­a­rat­ing run­ning is sadly brought to a pre­ma­ture end north of Diss by a hot big end, but it ac­tu­ally doesn’t de­tract that much from an ab­sorb­ing watch. (NB)

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