Side One :-
A) Cumberland :-
1) Whitehaven Harbour, June 1970 : 0-4-0 ST/1942 pulls fifteen ton wagons loaded with coal brought down from Ladysmith washery. Clatters over points, passes, grinds to a halt. Engine reverses around the train, then pushes wagons forward. The four-coupled loco, with its 450 ton load, is now running over sharply curved track. Slips a bit, as the rake slowly moves by, and eventually comes to a halt, as curve is too much, for an engine with a limited adhesion weight, of 35 tons.
2) Whitehaven, April 1971 : No.8/0-4-0 ST/1931 - a small engine with an immaculate blue coat, pulls a short train round the docks.
3) Whitehaven, April 1971 : "Victoria"0-4-0 ST/1942 approaches from the left side, with a load from Ladysmith washery. However, on the right, the No.8 in a fork line now decides to move forward on to main line, directly in the path of the "Victoria". "Victoria" shrieks a warning whistle, which makes No.8 (on main line, now) reverse.
4) Harrington Coal Preparation Plant, Lowca, June 1970 : a "Warspite" /0-6-0 ST/1952 battles against a 1-in-25 gradient, on the line to Harrington. It is carrying eight 21 ton loaded wagons from Solway Colliery, and has a harsh sound, due to its Giesl exhaust system. This sound bounces off local buildings and hills. Now, an "Amazon"/0-6-0 ST/1045 starts "cold" on a steep gradient, making a cautious start, then opening up, heading for summit, giving off warning whisltes.
B) Northumberland :-
5) Backworth, June 1970 : a No.29/0-6-0 T/1950 pulls 20 empty wagons from stone pit, towards Eccles Colliery, then warns a crossing keeper of its approach, by whistling. Train slows, as gradient increases, and slips a bit, over crossing. Then, a No.47/0-6-0 ST/1955 approaches from Burradon, also with empty wagons. Driver has brief talk with crossing keeper, and hands over tablet.
6) Backworth, June 1970 : No.44/0-6-0 ST/1953 creates fireworks, in a vain attempt to shift its train. A No.0-6-0 ST/1944 passes with light train to Burradon.
7) Weetslade Coal Preparation Plant, June 1970 : Leaving busy depot, a No.9/0-6-0 ST/1943 slips slightly while pulling heavy train to Burradon. With train flagging on rising gradient, driver opens flat out, while still slipping.
Side Two :-
C) Ayrshire , April 1971 :-
1) Pennyvenie Colliery : No.21/1949 labours up steep gradient to colliery with empty wagons, from Waterside. Gradient eases, engine still going flat out, picks up speed and clears colliery yard. Points are changed, and rake reverses down falling incline. Runs into string of stationary wagons, almost stopping, and then needs to open up, to keep moving. Whistles to shunter to switch points. Shunter uncouples wagons, and secures brakes. Driver stokes up firebox.
2) Waterside : No.19/0-4-0 ST/1918 does heavy shunting, with long train of loaded wagons up an incline. No.17/0-6-0 T/1913 moves forward, pushing wagons, then eases up to a heavier train opening up and slipping. No.10/0-4-0 ST/1947 furiously charges bank at rear of fifteen loaded wagons.
3) Minnivey Colliery : No.10 slowly moves out of sidings, with heavy train to Waterside. Wheels slip, as curve and gradient increase, but eventually picks up speed as gradient eases.
4) Craigmark Crossing : No.10 moves into a side loop, so through line is cleared. No.21 battles against gradient, pulling train from Waterside, thenheads towards Minnivey after going over summit. Slows, then picks up water.
D) County Durham :-
5) Gateshead, April 1971 : No.32/0-4-0 ST/1920 pushes a short rake of wagons up to bridge spanning main road.....and two other tracks.
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) VG+/EX-.