This series of three DVDs looks at the first week of the 1998 Irish 'Sugar Beet Campaign' and this volume concentrates on the heavily loaded beet trains from Wellington Bridge to Mallow, 113 miles away over an operationally difficult, steeply graded and fully occupied single line route. Starting with a double headed 141 departure, an 071 is next seen working flat out up Taylorstown bank. We visit Waterford where no less than three successive beet trains appear. Filmed at most of the interesting locations on the route, this programme follows the beet trains including floodlit night shots on Carrick-on-Suir, the flat crossover and reversal necessary at Limerick Junction through to the final arrival at Mallow. No production would be complete without an overall appreciation of the railways of this less travelled backwater of South East Ireland. Other trains shown include beet train light engine movements, palletised and bulk cement, fertiliser, ammonia and container trains. Some of the illusive Rosslare - Limerick 141 hauled passenger trains with their steam heated Cravens coaches, Dublin -Tralee and Cork Inter Cities along with both old and new generation Limerick Junction - Limerick shuttles. Even the Mallow - Tralee shuttle takes a corner of the stage. Travel back in time to a railway adorned with semaphore signals and quaint level crossings. A little history and a few technical details too, but overall a programme of an area of fascinating railway operation.
Running time 55 minutes.
Originally filmed on digital equipment and in stereo.
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