After about three hours of tussling with various video ripping freeware, I think I may have succeeded in capturing a few test videos from the vault.
Bear in mind that these were initially recorded onto a mini tape, converted to VHS tape, played quite a few times, then ripped onto DVD. And now ripped off the DVD in little grabs. And then loading into Youtube (my first ever) - another way to lose resolution, if there was anything there in the first place.
I thought I would start by showing the photo of the train in question - it is 44240 leading 44226 (I think) and 4497 (I think - it could be 4495) through Gloucester on 11 February 1993.
And now, if you click this link, you should be able to see the train run past....
Given this has taken me nearly 4 hours I am not sure that Rail Rambler will be a regular video blog, but it does give a few options to show just how noisy and decrepit trains were in past decades.