Steam on Lakeland Passes 64 mins DVD (SALE)
One of the most enjoyable films I have seen in ages, this professionally produced video follows Stuart Harrison and his Fowler road locomotive No. 12899 of 1912, Western Star in October 2002, as they tackle a round Lakeland trip which included 6 major climbs, and descents. The trip finished with the Wrynose and Hard Knott Passes, the last with 1 in 3 gradients and ferocious hairpins. As anyone who has driven these in a car will appreciate, they are the best free white knuckle rides in the U.K.! Also climbed were Birker Moor, and Whinlatter, Newlands and Honister Passes, names which may not mean much if you don't know Cumbria, but they are steep in a car, let alone on an 80 year old traction engine. During the trip, visits were made to the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, and the Threlkeld Mining Museum, and Western Star is also seen driving a stone crusher and hauling timber, jobs she undertook in her commerical life. For at least part of the trip, a 1932 Sentinel DG4 steam lorry is seen acting as back up vehicle. But the real stars are Western Star and her crew as they accomplish this hair-raising challenge, and the spectacular Lake District scenery. Humorous, spectacular, highly enjoyable and highly recommended!