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In what is believed to be the most intensive coverage of a single steam railtour, a team of professional TV cameramen follow “Green Arrow” to the West Country. But it was a railtour that Green Arrow was never scheduled to make. The original plan was to take a Gresley A4 to Plymouth. Filming had already started aboard 60007 “Sir Nigel Gresley” when mechanical faults ruled the engine out. As luck would have it, the only survivor of the V2 class, “Green Arrow”, had just come back from major surgery and she came to the rescue in spectacular fashion. No-one could have imagined the volcanic efforts the big 2-6-2 engine would have to produce, particularly on the infamous Devon banks, in order to reach Plymouth. Heart-stopping action comes from the footplate crew as they worked extremely hard in wet conditions to overcome water trouble at Newbury, coal difficulties at Exeter, a leaking brake pipe at Cockwood Harbour and a disastrous red light at the foot of the Rattery Bank. Despite this, Green Arrow became the first V2-class locomotive to reach Plymouth and in doing so upheld the honour of the LNER in the West Country. This brilliant programme reveals the drama of steam traction at its most volcanic.

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