**DUE OUT - JULY 15th 2024**

Z48 - 'GREAT WESTERN' 60th Anniversary Special




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Join us for this very special edition in this series, where we commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the ‘Great Western’ High Speed special train, which took place on May 9th 1964 which, in turn, commemorated the 60th Anniversary of ‘City of Truro’s 100 mph run on May 9th 1904. We ride onboard one of the original participants from that very special day. 

Highlights include:
Volume 1: Starting from Taunton, we follow in the footsteps of classmate No.7025 ‘Sudeley Castle’ and recreate the non-stop run to Plymouth, when she took over from fallen comrade, No. 4079 'Pendennis Castle'. We compare our performance over the South Devon Banks almost 60 years to the day, as 7029 'Clun Castle' makes a welcome return to the West Country for the first time since the GWR 150 celebrations in 1985. This would be her first solo run over the Devon Banks since 1964.

Volume 2: Starting from Plymouth, ‘Clun Castle’ will retrace her footsteps over the South Devon Banks, almost 60 years to the day when she broke the record for the fastest time between the Naval City and Bristol. It will be her first solo run over the banks since May 9th 1964. With her original record bettered by classmate and Tyseley shedmate, No. 5043 'Earl of Mount Edgcumbe' on May 10th 2014, we will attempt to take that record back.

Volume 3: Starting from Bristol Temple Meads, we travel along the original Great Western Mainline. On one of the oldest and most historic Mainline railways in the world, we will attempt a non-stop run via Bath, before tackling the climbs through the famous Box Tunnel, and Dauntsey Banks. Once clear of these challenges, we attempt to run at high-speed along Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 'Billiard Table', racing through the Vale of the White horse and along the Thames Valley towards London Paddington. It will be No.7029 'Clun Castles' first visit to Paddington in nearly 60 years, when she hauled the last BR Steam working out of the famous terminus in June 1965.

With live sound recorded from the locomotive, we bring the action right to you. We have been also fortunate to include plenty of lineside material, as well as aerial shots of this unique event.

This program also features on screen titles & locations. Driver's Commentary is also included.

Total Running Time: 6 hours 30 minutes (380 minutes)

Locomotive Featured: BR(W) Castle Class, No. 7029 ‘Clun Castle’