Having covered Scotland in Volume 1 and the Southern Region in Volumes 2, 3 and 6, (Volume 5 concentrates on Manchester and the North East), this programme covers the west side of the country. Locations and depots visited are Banbury, Saltley and the Cambrian line. This is seen on a Summer Saturday in 1966 with double headed Standards on holiday trains, a busy Machynlleth shed and station and a journey to Pwlleli double headed behind 75052 and 46251. The engines are then serviced at Pwlleli shed. Talerddig is tackled behind steam on the return journey. North Wales is covered with a visit to Holyhead depot followed by a journey to LLandudno Junction, Chester and Croes Newydd- where the last operational B.R. pannier Tanks are filmed.
The Liverpool area sees the following locations and depots. Birkenhead, Edge Hill, Speke Junction, Bank Hall, Aintree and Heaton Mersey finishing at Stockport. The journey to Preston is behind a Black 5 out of Liverpool Exchange. An interval is spent at Preston observing everything from Big 8s to Britannias passing through. Its then steam to Blackpool and Poulton-Le-Fylde before a Black 5 takes our train, a diverted relief 'Royal Scot' via Lostock Hall over the Settle and Carlisle. A detour is made to visit Rose Grove shed and observe the Copy Pit banker.
Carnforth bustles with steam hauled freights, so a session here, when all four platforms were in use is well spent. Two Jubilees head out on the Leeds line. The Cumbrian Coast could rival that of the WCML with regards it's interesting steam workings and this is shown with a visit to Barrow in Furness, Whitehaven and Workington. Its then up the main line to Carlisle but not before a stop-over at Tebay and Shap Summit to see those freights being banked northward.
The final section returns the traveller down the WCML towards Crewe and Stoke-On-Trent, but the final leg is made behind steam from Preston to Manchester Victoria with a visit to Bolton shed.
Most classes in use during 1966 to 1968 are seen including many Jintys, Ivatt Class 2 and 4
2-6-0s, Pannier Tanks, 4F, Jubilees, WD and Fairburn Class 4 2-6-4Ts among others.
Running time 1 hour.
ALL SCENES HAVE BEEN DIGITALLY ENHANCED TO MAXIMISE PICTURE QUALITY. APPROPRIATE LOCOMOTIVE CLASS SOUND TRACKS HAVE BEEN ADDED AS ACCURATELY AS POSSIBLE. CONTAINS AN INFORMATIVE BUT UNOBTRUSIVE NARRATION. SOME CAPTIONS USED TO IDENTIFY LOCOMOTIVES WHERE A NARRATION IS NOT NECESSARY.