Video codec: XviD
Bit rate: 1208 and 1436 Kbps
Frame size: 640 x 416
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Frame rate: 25 fps
Audio: 48000Hz 128 kb/s total (2 chnls) mp3
Runtimes: Part One 33:16
Part Two 29:20
Until as recently as the 1960's, it was the railway that held far-flung communities together and brought the seaside closer to the cities.
In the high summer of 2003, and in glorious August sunshine, the Manor-class locomotive 7802 "Bradley Manor" set out on the first of a series of Torbay Express excursions between Bristol and Kingswear.
Built in 1938, Bradley Manor was the 3rd of 30 Manors ever made, but steam engines were always subject to such things as burst pipes and hot bearings, and when the engine failed in South Devon, another mainline certified engine was needed to take over. The race was on to prepare the Castle-class locomotive 5051 "Earl Bathurst" to take over. But how would a museum piece cope with a 75 mile an hour dash to the seaside and, in particular, some of the daunting Devon banks?
This DVD is a testament to the heroic efforts by members of the Great Western Society to get the engine ready in time and a stunning record of how the Castle compares with the Manor on the same route, with footplate commentary as both engines storm Wellington Bank.
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