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Volume 239

Wales & The Marches (A Steam Miscellany) (82-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 12th. January 2022**

Covering Wales and The Marches area in the days of steam, this volume has been has been mostly compiled from previously unseen footage in the late Ellis James-Robertson’s Collection. Ellis was born in Swansea in 1922 and had moved to near Pwllheli at the age of 11 before taking up residence in Worcester in the mid 1950s.

We start with scenes at Bangor on 7th.April 1961, before moving to South Wales for a visit to the Swansea & Mumbles Railway. This was the first passenger carrying railway in the World and we feature both rare monochrome and colour footage.

We return to North Wales for glimpses of the Snowdon Mountain Railway and Vale of Rheidol Railway before the first of a number of visits to the area around Pwllheli. Ellis travelled on the SLS “farewell to the Cambrian Railways” rail tour that ran on 17th.January 1965 and features such places as Shrewsbury, Welshpool, Ellesmere, Whitchurch, Oswestry, Llanymynech and Llanfyllin.

On Saturday 6th.June 1964, a round trip was made from Hereford which included Pontypool Road, Hafodyrynys, Crumlin Viaduct, Hengoed, Quakers Yard, Aberdare, Neath and Landire to Swansea High Street before continuing along the Central Wales route to Swansea Victoria via Gowerton South, Pontarddulais, LLandovery, Cynghordy Viaduct, Builth Road, Llandrindod Wells, and Craven Arms.

There is excellent coverage, filmed on 7th.April 1964, of the freight only, 14xx worked branch from Leominster to Kington and Presteigne with Ellis travelling on the engine to and from Presteigne. Great Western enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy this 15 minutes and more of branch line delight!

Next we visit the old Carnarvonshire Railway north from Afon Wen with all steam action at Chwilog, LLangbi, Ynys and Brynkir including double-headed summertime specials. Ellis also filmed the last inbound freight train to Lydbrook Junction from Gloucester via Ross-on_wye and Kene Bridge on Friday 29th.October 1965. Other locations include Dolgellau, Porthywaen, Llynclys, the last day of operation in August 1963 over the town section of the Welshpool & Llanfair narrow gauge line.

We conclude with scenes at the NCB collieries of Merdy and Mountain Ash.

The film covers the period from 1960 to 1966. Motive power includes ex-GWR 14xx, 2251, 28xx, Hall 4-6-0s and pannier 57xx, 78xx, 94xx classes, an ex-MR Dock Tank, ex-LMS Fairburn 2-6-4Ts, Black 5s, Scots, 8Fs, Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2Ts & 2-6-0s, BR Standard Class 5 4-6-0 73000s, Class 4 4-6-0 75000s, Class 4 2-6-4T 80000s, Class 3 2-6-2T 82000s & Class 2 2-6-0s 78000s. Plus NCB industrials.

Filmed almost all in colour, an authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of steam across Wales and The Marches.

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Volume 238

Southern Steam Miscellany No.6 (93-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 29th.October 2021**

A further volume in our popular “Miscellany” series and the sixth episode to cover steam on the Southern Region of British Railways between 1961 and 1967. Here we feature much previously unseen footage from the South Western Division along with some footage of the Somerset & Dorset. The running order is that of the original cine film as it runs off the reels.

We start with film taken from West London Junction Signal Box before moving down to the Somerset & Dorset line. Here there is excellent coverage of the toing’s and froing’s at Templecombe including the station, the engine shed and even the little used lower platform. All followed by an Ivatt Class 2 hauled southbound trip to Blandford Forum via Henstridge, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton and Shillingstone.

We now return to the LSWR main line from London to cover it’s first fifty miles or so. At Waterloo there is quite a lot of activity in and around the station itself as well as lovely panoramas of the approaches filmed from (the well known and overlooking) block of flats to the west of the line. Moving on there are scenes at Vauxhall, West London Junction, and at Clapham Junction including it’s famous overhead signal box both before and after it’s partial collapse in May 1965. The activity at Clapham is continuous and busy with empty stock trains, milk tank workings, the odd freight train, EMUs (including the “Brighton Belle”), steam-hauled expresses (including the “Bournemouth Belle”), semi-fast and many other scenes which cannot be repeated from all these years ago.

Moving west, we visit Kew, Clapham cutting, Raynes Park, Surbiton, Esher, Hersham, Winchfield, Basingstoke and Battledown flyover. Further west and visits are made to Eastleigh shed, Southampton Central, Lyndhurst Road, Lymington Junction, the Christchurch area, Dorchester South before concluding at Upwey & Broadway.

Mysteriously (and a surprise) there was a brief visit to the Seaton to Stamford push-pull in the East Midlands on one of the Somerset & Dorset cine film reels. We have left that in as an added bonus!

Motive power seen in this volume includes (in no particular order) ex-SR Bulleid pacifics from the Merchant Navy, West Country and Battle of Britain classes, Schools, Lord Nelson, King Arthur, Q1, Maunsell 2-6-0 moguls, H, W, T9, M7, H16, S15, USA tanks, ex-GWR 57xx panniers, 2251 0-6-0s, ex-LMS 4Fs, S&D 2-8-0s, Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2Ts, BR Standard Class 5 4-6-0s, Class 4 2-6-0s, Class 4 2-6-4Ts, and 9F 2-10-0s (including 92220 “Evening Star” on the S&DJR). Also putting in appearances are the odd Warship, NBLType 2, EE Type 1 Bo-Bo, and even electro-diesels. Plus, of course, a variety of EMUs including the “Brighton Belle” Pullman.

Filmed entirely in colour we have added an authentic sound track and an informative commentary to complement another nostalgic look at the last years of Southern Region steam.

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Volume 237

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.9 (90-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 11th.August 2021**

THE JOHN RYAN COLLECTION.
The ninth volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover London Midland steam. This time it is compiled entirely from cine film taken by John Ryan from the Wirral and assembled in the running order of the original cine film. There is coverage across England, Scotland, and Wales and we include previously unused footage from the B & R archives with the emphasis on London Midland material.

There is some excellent film across the Wirral which includes 9Fs hauling ore trains from the dock at Bidston via Storeton, Heswall Hills, and Burton Point to the John Summers works at Shotton—the heaviest regular unfitted mineral workings on the whole of BR. The line from Birkenhead Woodside to Chester is covered in detail, such as Birkenhead shed, Rock Ferry, Bebbington & New Ferry, Spital, Hooton, Capenhurst, and Upton-by-Chester. We then move to Gresford bank, Wrexham, the Brymbo branch, Ruabon, Cefn.viaduct, Chirk, Chirk viaduct Gobowen, and Shrewsbury.

The North-West of England is another area well-photographed by John at locations such as Preston, Layton, Poulton-Ie-Fylde, Kirkham & Wesham, Croston, Ormskirk, Town Green & Aughton, Maghull, Aintree Sefton Arms, Wigan Wallgate, Hindley North, Clifton Junction, Bradshaw Brook viaduct, Southport, Banks, Hoole, Penwortharn (Cop Lane), the Horwich to Blackrod and Chorley push-pull, Royton, Manchester, Ashburys for Belle Vue, Guide Bridge, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Didsbury, Meir, Pleasington, Rose Grove shed, Hest Bank water troughs, and Whalley viaduct.

There is more film in Wales at Llandudno, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, Penmaenmawr, Rhyl, Gwersyllt, Gowerton South, Swansea Victoria, and Bynea Halt. Other locations visited include London Marylebone, Camden, the Newport Pagnell branch push-pull the “Newport Nobby” , Rugby, Alston, Lanarkshire, Gleneagles, Carlisle, Alston, Stanley Bridge Halt, Bristol, Berkeley Road, Gloucester, Fenn’s Bank, Birmingham, the Kingsbury branch & Baddesley colliery.

The time period for this film is through the 1960s up to 1968. Motive power includes ex-GWR 56xx, ex-LMS Stanier Class 3 2-6-2Ts, 1Fs, Class 4 2-6-4Ts, Crabs, 4Fs, Jinties, 8Fs, Ivatt Class 4 & 2 2-6-0s, Black 5s (including experimental types), Jubilees, Coronation Pacifics, Super Ds, BR Standard Britannias, Class 5 (including Caprotti examples) and 4 4-6-0s, Class 4 2-6-0s, Class 3 77000 2-6-0s and 82000 2-6-2Ts, Class 2 2-6-0s & 2-6-2Ts and 9F 2-10-0s.

An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

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Volume 236

Cambrian Steam Miscellany No.2 (96-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED May 2021**

THE JIM CLEMENS COLLECTION No.40 The second volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover the routes to the Cambrian Coast. Here it has been compiled almost entirely from cine film taken by the late Jim Clemens along with some additional previously unused material from the B & R archives.

We begin at Gobowen in the autumn of 1966 and see double-headed Class 2 2-6-0s on stone trains from Nantmawr Quarry. Steam still reigned supreme on the Paddington to Birkenhead services although the DMU shuttle to and from Oswestry via Park Hall Halt had just a few days of life left. There is excellent coverage of the Cambrian main line from Whitchurch via Ellesmere, Oswestry, and Llanymynech to Welshpool. Return journeys are also made over the Ellesmere to Wrexham and Llanyrnynech to Llanfyllin branches.

Next we follow the route of the “Cambrian Coast Express” from Shrewsbury to Welshpool, Abermule, Newtown, Moat Lane Junction, Carno and Talerddig. Here we spend time watching steam battling with Talerddig Bank before carrying on to Llanbrynmair, Machynlleth, Dovey Junction, Borth and Aberystwyth. Filmed from the Vale of Rheidol line in 1964, we even parallel a ‘Manor’ nearing Aberystwyth hauling a freight train. And at Aberystwyth “Manors” are seen in profusion!

Film along the coastal route includes the Dovey Estuary, Fairbourne, Morfa Mawddach, the famous Barmouth Viaduct, Barmouth itself, Llanaber Halt, Llanbedr & Pensarn, Llandanwg Halt, and Harlech. Then Tygwyn Halt (with class leader 82000), Llandecwyn Halt, Pont Briwet, Penrhyndeudraeth, Portmadoc, and Afon Wen. The old Caernarvonshire Railway route from Afon Wen is traversed in 1964, with film at most stations, including Dinas Junction and Caernarvon.

Also featured is the alternative Great Western line from Ruabon to the coast with scenes at Trevor (where Pannier No.1660 is shunting), Llangollen, Berwyn Halt, Bonwm Halt, Corwen, Llandrillo, Llandderfel, Bala Junction, Llanuwchllyn, Drws-y-Nant, Dolgellau, Penmaenpool (including the engine shed), and Arthog. We see the shuttle from Bala Junction to Bala plus film from 1959 of the passenger service onwards to Blaenau Ffestiniog Central including the SLS “Last Train” in January 1961.

The cine-film was taken between 1959 and 1966. Motive power seen includes ex-GWR Manor, 43xx, 2251, 45xx & Pannier classes, ex-LMS Black 5s, 8Fs and Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0s classes as well as BR Standard Classes 5, 75xxx, 78xxx, 80xxx, 82xxx and 84xxx. Plus the odd DMU! Most of the film is in colour and has been assembled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels. An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to compliment this further nostalgic look at these last years of steam on the Cambrian.

Cover Photo: Jim Clemens, BR Standard Class 4 4-6-0 No.75071 climbing Talerddig Bank, Summer 1966.

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Volume 235

Cambrian Steam Miscellany No.1 (86-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 6th. February 2021**

The first volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover the Cambrian Coast routes and compiled from mostly previously unseen footage from the B & R archives.

Travelling along the coastal route we visit places such as Pwllheli, Penychain, Afon Wen, Criccieth, Portmadoc, Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, and Harlech. Then back at Barmouth we see the up bay platform, opened by the GWR in 1923, and the Old Chapel Viaduct which was rebuilt in the early 1950s. All followed by glorious views of the world famous Barmouth Viaduct across the Mawddach Estuary.

Continuing south we pass Morfa Mawddach, Fairbourne, Friog Rocks, Llwyngwril and stop off at Towyn for a few minutes before heading up the Dovey Estuary.

We then spend some time at Aberystwyth, with ‘Manors’ everywhere, before heading back inland through Bow Street, after a token exchange, to Borth, Ynyslas, Glandyfi and Dovey Junction. This famous isolated junction has no road access and we make a number of visits including seeing the Pwllheli and Aberystwyth portions of the up ‘Cambrian Coast Express’ being combined together for the onward journey to Shrewsbury

Machynlleth is well covered and highlights include scenes at the shed showing the preparation of 82033 for duty, plus ‘Dukedog’ 9017 acting as pilot on both the up and down “Cambrian Coast Express” in 1960. There are overhead views here plus panoramas across the valley.
We continue inland via Cemmes Road with its token exchange before extended coverage of the final stages of the ascent of Talerddig Bank with passenger and freight trains battling their way up the grade. The final up “Cambrian Coast Express” is seen here in March 1967.

Other locations featured include Newtown, Welshpool, Buttington, Llanymynech, Llanfyllin, and Oswestry. Although not specifically Cambrian there is also film of Shrewsbury, Hookagate, Llangollen, Llandderfel, Bala Junction, Bala, Bontnewydd and Dolgellau (including on what is believed to be the last day of services).

The cine-film was taken between 1960s and 1967. Motive power seen includes ex-GWR Manor, 43xx, 2251, 45xx, Pannier & Dukedog classes as well as BR Standard Classes 75xxx, 78xxx, 80xxx and 82xxx. Even the odd DMU manages to put in an appearance!

Most of the film is in colour and has been assembled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels. An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to compliment this nostalgic look at these last years of steam on the Cambrian.

Cover Photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Manor Class 4-6-0 No.7828 “Odney Manor” at Aberystwyth Shed, August 1963.

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Volume 234

Southern Steam Miscellany No.5 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 22nd October 2020**

The Jim Oatway Collection
This volume is compiled entirely from much previously unseen footage taken by the late Jim Oatway, mostly across the ex-LSWR lines of the Southern Region.

Jim was a signalman working at various boxes on the LSWR line out of Waterloo. He was able to combine work with taking top quality cine film at privileged locations that were inaccessible to most. Southern steam fans are in for a real treat!

We begin with panoramic views at London Waterloo and an abundance of steam including Empty Coaching Stock (ECS) workings, Bulleid Pacific hauled expresses bound for the Salisbury and Southampton lines, the ‘Bournemouth Belle’ Pullman, semi-fasts and boat trains. We even see a Stanier Black 5 on a normal service train in 1965. Specials are also included such as the “South Western Rambler”, the ‘Wessex Downsman” and the “A2 Commemorative”.

Moving on to West London Junction box in 1962 and the ECS here is hauled by M7, H16 and even an ex-GWR pannier. Highlights are the “Schools” class 4-4-0s and “Lord Nelson” class 4-6-0s still at work plus preserved T9 No.120 in normal service. Jim was also able to film LNWR “Cornwall” passing the box on its way to Clapham Museum. We then spend some time around Clapham Junction in 1962 and include the carriage washing plant, milk trains and an H class tank on the service train to Kensington.

The famed “South Western Suburban” rail tour is shown in some detail, before we move to Walton-on-Thames and Horsham. Here Jim’s film contains such treats as a profusion of “King Arthurs”, summer Saturday workings, H16 hauled ECS and ex-LNER A4 60022 “Mallard” on a van train!

At Byfleet & West Haw there is a considerable variety of freight workings with classes such as S15s, Standard class 4 4-6-0s, and “King Arthurs” leaving and joining the LSWR main line on their way to and from Feltham Yards. Visits are also made to Feltham shed in 1961 and 1962 when it was still possible to see the giant ex-LSWR G16 4-8-0 tanks and the H16s. We even find a “Schools” class at the depot. In addition, Jim visited the Hayling Island branch with its diminutive Stroudley Terriers that were able to work over the weight-restricted Langstone viaduct. Finally, we conclude with a visit to the Isle-of-Wight for O2s hard at work in the summer sunshine.

Filmed between 1961 and 1967 a huge amount of different motive power is featured including the following classes: ex-SR “Merchant Navy”, “West Country” and “Battle of Britain” pacifics, Q1s, Us, U1s, Ns, Hs, S15s, M7s, A1Xs, G6s, 700s, E6s, N15s, O2s, “Lord Nelsons”, “Schools”, H16s, G16s, T9s and Beattie 0298s, ex-WR panniers, ex-LMS Stanier Black 5s, Ivatt 2-6-2Ts and 8Fs, ex-LNER A2 and A4 and finally BR Standard 73xxx Class 5s, 75xxx Class 4 4-6-0s, 77xxx Class 3 2-6-0s, 78xxx Class 2 2-6-0s and 82xxx Class 3 2-6-2Ts.

Filmed entirely in colour. An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of Southern steam.

Cover Photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, “Schools” Class 4-4-0 No.30926 “Repton” passing Paddock Wood, June 1960.

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Volume 233

A Miscellany of Electric & Diesel Power No.6 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 17th September 2020**

A further instalment of our popular miscellany series of classic “modern” traction featuring many of the diesel & electric classes that operated across the whole of the BR network during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. And in some cases even earlier! The majority of this collection has not been previously seen. As before we have simply compiled the clips and films in no particular order and thus a few surprises will be in store as you progress through the film.

Once again, a myriad of locations are covered; from Inverness & Edinburgh to Paignton and West Country. In between there is a look at a Cheltenham Race Day plus action around Honeybourne Junction, nearby Gloucester and the Lickey incline.

The 1985 Crewe re-modelling work is seen as well as the old Potts line oil terminal in Shrewsbury. Then south to Weymouth for a Channel Island Boat Train hauled by a Class 33 Crompton as well as a rare shunter in operation along the Quayside.

The ever popular Woodhead route gets an airing with EM1s, often-double heading. There are a few scenes on the Settle & Carlisle line and some very early film featuring the launch of LMS 10000, the Britain’s first main line diesel. Something different is a section on the Sharpness Docks with Hymek action.

The delightful Bourne End branch is covered along with WCML, ECML and Great Eastern lines and a couple of accidents! A brief interlude features the London Underground Northern Line with 1938 stock in action. Also in the capital, we look into King’s Cross and Paddington.

In addition to the above locomotive types, there is hydraulic action with Warships, Westerns and Hymeks. English Electric locomotives include 37s & 40s, the latter working out of the Bayston Hill Stone Quarry, as well as at Crewe and other locations. Plus a glimpse of a BTH Type 1 and a Co-Bo. Most Brush types are seen in various liveries. Several Peaks feature along with the fantastic Deltics operating on service trains and Charter work. EMUs & DMUs are seen working on various regions, including the Blue Pullman and Brighton Belle.

The above offers you a brief scenario of what is in store in this film – there is plenty more. An authentic soundtrack and an informative commentary accompanies all the scenes, so we hope you will enjoy this tour around the UK.

Cover Photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Peak 45007 on a ballast train at Foxlow Jct., Staveley, July 1986.

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Volume 232

A Miscellany of East Midlands Ironstone Railways (77-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 9th July 2020**

The Jim Clemens Collection No.39

Jim Clemens had a passion for steam that did not end just with BR. He also took a keen interest in the industrial railways of Britain. This volume in our miscellany series is a compilation of the entire ironstone film archive he created, and has been assembled in the order the film runs off his original cine reels.

The most extensive ironstone system in the country was at Corby, This comprised about 40 route miles of track and covered an area of around 10 miles between the most northerly and southerly points. It boasted a fine newly-built (1954) engine shed with eight roads and rollup shutters. A number of visits were made here in the mid-1960s, plus trips commemorating the end of steam at the quarries (1969) and the steel works (1973). Included are the World’s largest quarrying machine (1,675 tons of it!), the Corby complex’s ‘Indus’ 0-8-0 diesel plus ex-BR Class 14 No.D9547

The narrow-gauge Kettering Furnaces system is visited during June 1961. This also included a rare Lingford Gardiner-built standard-gauge locomotive. Another narrow-gauge ironstone line is seen at Scaldwell where this railway’s eponymous locomotive is at work during May 1962.

The last operating narrow-gauge ironstone system was at Finedon Quarries, near Wellingborough and visits were made here in 1961 and 1966. The whole process is seen: empties on their way to Finedon Quarry, loaded wagons on their return, the very narrow tunnel under the Midland Main Line, plus the rather daunting transfer method used from narrow to standard-gauge.

The newest ironstone system in the Midlands was at Exton Park, and in 1963 we can admire their fleet of clean and modern 0-6-0s dating from the 1950s. Visits are made to the Irchester complex near Wellingborough, plus also Storefield. Blisworth. Pitsford, Loddington. Hanging Houghton, Desborough, Pilton, Charwelton, Cranford, Oxfordshire Ironstone Quarries (near Banbury and including a ‘Sentinel “) and Byfield. We conclude with a visit to Nassington, near Peterborough.

This ironstone railways enthusiast’s delight was filmed mostly in colour on both 8mm and 16mm cine-film. A commentary plus sound track complement our look at the ironstone railways of the East Midlands between 1960 and 1973.

Cover Photo:- Jim Clemens, Peckett No.87 at Finedon Quarry (Wellingborough) in September 1966.

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Volume 231

Great Western Steam Miscellany No.6 (88-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED late May 2020**

The sixth volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover Great Western steam compiled from mostly unseen footage from a variety of different cameramen and in the order the film runs off the original cine reels.

We begin at Shrewsbury station and visits are made to Coton Hill Yards, Shrewsbury Shed, Sutton Bridge Junction, and Hookagate. We include a weed killing train at Llangollen Junction, Ruabon and we call in at Brymbo, Wellington (Salop) and Whitchurch.

Next we take trips to Worcester, the nearby Norton Junction and the Gloucester area in addition to Ross-on­Wye, Stroud, Bromyard, and Hereford. Then to Birmingham Snow Hill, Bordesley and Hatton followed by visits to the shed at Wolverhampton Oxley and The Lickey Incline. Plus film at Oxford, Didcot, Langley (Bucks), and Paddington.

Travelling down to the South-West, time is spent at Tiverton Junction before enjoying the rural delights of the Culm Valley branch to Hemyock and the Exe Valley branch to Exeter. In North Devon we visit the steeply graded line to Ilfracombe via Braunton along with visits to Barnstaple Junction and Dulverton on the Taunton line. We then take a trip along the Cheddar Valley line and call in at Glastonbury & Street on the S&DJR.

Both South and West Wales are covered and include Cardiff General, Cardiff Queen Street, Abercynon, Merthyr, Woodham’s Scrap Yard, Letterston Junction, Tenby, Carmarthen, Duffryn Yard Shed, Newport, Pontypool Road, Aberdare High Level, Crumlin, Quakers Yard, Dowlais Cae Harris, Nelson & Llancaiach, and Hengoed High Level. We even manage to see Great Western steam at Portsmouth & Southsea!

The time period for the majority of the film is between about 1961 and 1966. Motive power includes many ex-GWR classes such as King, Castle, County, Hall, Modified Hall, Grange, Manor, 14xx, 15xx, 16xx, 2251, 28xx, 41xx, 42xx, 43xx, 45xx, 47xx, 56xx, 57xx, 64x, 72xx, 94xx plus the occasional ex-LMS engines and BR Standards.

The archive film used is mostly in colour. An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of Great Western steam.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, Castle Class No.5007 “Rougemont Castle” on Hatton Bank, March 1962.

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Volume 230

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.8 (88-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED late January 2020**

The eighth volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover London Midland steam compiled from mostly unseen footage from a variety of different cameramen and in the order the film runs off the original cine reels. Here we feature Midland 2Fs, the GCR in LMR days, in & around Manchester, the WCML and The North-West.

The line between Desford Junction and Leicester West Bridge had restricted clearances and was the last home of the diminutive Johnsons 2Fs which had been introduced as far back as the 1870s! We visit the line during February 1963 with snow still on the ground.

Next, in LMR days, we make a journey along the Great Central main line from Marylebone which includes Aylesbury, Brackley, Banbury, Woodford Halse, Rugby, Lutterworth, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham, Chesterfield and Hasland shed. We even feature a 1962 journey behind a 9F in normal passenger service from Brackley to Aylesbury!

On to the North-West and the Manchester area where a famous steam working in 1964 and 1965 was the evening commuter service from Manchester Central to Buxton. This working is forever associated with ‘Jubilee’ No. 45705 “Seahorse” and we cover the journey in some detail. Following on from this, there is excellent footage around New Mills Junction, Gowhole Yards, Chinley, the Romiley and Marple area, Hayfield, Stockport, Stockport Edgeley shed, plus Manchester Victoria and Exchange.

Shrewsbury and Ruabon are visited next and time is spent at Rossett (between Chester and Wrexham) and Talacre plus Worleston on the North Wales coast line.

Finally, numerous locations are visited on the northern part of the West Coast Main Line starting at Crewe and Crewe South shed, Acton Grange, Winwick Junction, Wigan, Lostock Hall shed, Farrington, Preston, Carnforth shed, and Shap. Other locations include near Ormskirk and Hellifield, plus shed visits to Rose Grove, Bolton, Holbeck, and Normanton.

The time period for the majority of the film is from 1962 to 1968. Motive power includes BR standard Britannia pacifics, Standard Class 5 & 4 4-6-0s, Class 2 2-6-0s, 9F 2-10-0s and Austerity 2-8-0s, ex-LMS Black 5s, 8Fs, 4Fs, 2-6-4Ts, Royal Scots, Jubilees, Stanier 2-6-0s, Ivatt tanks and Class 2 & 4 2-6-0s, ex-MR 2Fs, and Jinties.

An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, Stanier 2-6-0 No.42960 heads an up excursion near Skerton, August 1962.

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Volume 229

Scandinavian Railway Memories (67-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED December 2019**

As well as satisfying their passion for steam in the British Isles, enthusiasts sought it out in other ways, with many making their way into Europe in search of steam.

In the summer of 1962, the late Brian Lockey visited Sweden and Finland on the Railway Correspondence & Travel Society (RCTS) rail tour of Scandinavia. Then in the autumn of 1970 Brian visited Denmark, this time with the Railway Enthusiasts Club (REC). Brian’s films make up the majority of this volume of Scandinavian Railway Memories.

The Swedish visit includes wooden-bodied jackshaft electric D Class 1C1 locomotives, a giant 0-10-0 originally from the Kiruna far north iron ore line, the Tomteboda Railway Museum plus Sweden’s largest railway exhibition of 1962. Visits are also made to Falun, Hagalund shed, Ludvika, and Kristianstad shed. Sweden’s largest private railway is seen at Eskilstuna, the TJOJ iron-ore line, where the Traffic Manager and Chief Engineer took the party around. The last steamship built in Scandinavia (and now-preserved SS “Bore”) takes the tour from Stockholm onwards to Turku.

There is excellent coverage of Finnish steam, but starts with an Hr12 (now Dr12) Co-Co diesel. Helsinki shed was visited and on the adjacent main line, there is continuous steam activity coming up the hill out of the City. Steam abounds including 0-6-0T, 0-6-2T, 4-6-0, 4-6-2, 2-8-0, 2-8-2, 2-8-2T, 0-10-0T and 2-10-0 classes. The Tr1 2-8-2s and Hr1 4-6-2s built up to 1957 are real beauties and include bar frames plus interchangeable boilers. Wood-burners are also seen, complete with spark-arresting chimneys.

The visit to Denmark includes one of the ‘P’ class Atlantics, single and double chimney ‘E’ class Pacifics, a visit to Fredericia shed, a trip on the World’s oldest steam paddle steamer, and haulage of standard-gauge stock by a narrow-gauge locomotive. Modem traction includes ‘Lyntog’ inter-city units and East German 175s on the Berlin service.

Trams and trolleybuses are not forgotten. Some Scandinavian steam locomotives found a later home in the UK and visits are made to see them, including filming for the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’. Finally there are some ‘Railway Roundabout” type 16mm offcuts and unused film of Finnish steam purchased from Pat Whitehouse by Jim Clemens.

Cover Photo:- SJ 2-6-4T No.1393 (built 1918) at Vitaby, Sweden.
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Volume 228

London North Eastern Steam Miscellany No.1 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED late October 2019**

In this volume of our popular “Miscellany” series, we cover steam across the former London North Eastern (LNER) area and beyond. Once again it is compiled from mostly unseen footage from a variety of different cameramen and in the order the film runs off the original cine reels.

Our journey commences at Nottingham Midland with V2 2-6-2 No.60916, a locomotive temporarily loaned to the Southern Region in 1953 to cover for the “Merchant Navy” broken axle emergency. We then visit the former GCR stations at Nottingham Victoria and Sheffield Victoria, followed by York, Beverley, Aysgarth, Barnard Castle, Staveley, Doncaster, Langwith Junction, Stainforth and Hatfield.

Next to Kings Cross station and shed, Hadley Wood, Hatfield, Welwyn (and it’s famous viaduct), Langley Junction, Hitchin, Sandy, Peterborough (and Northampton), Eye Green for Crowland (M&GN) and Stoke Bank plus an extended visit to Spalding in 1963.

Moving to the North East, visits include Darlington, Newcastle Central, Gateshead Shed, Tyne Dock Shed, Sunderland Shed, Seaton Bank (including the pinning down of brakes), Ryhope Junction and the Silsworth Colliery branch.

Scotland is well covered with steam action at Aberdeen, the shed at Ferryhill, Dundee, Perth, Dunblane, Larbert, Hawick, Edinburgh, Ayre, Girvan (goods), Muirkirk, and the branch from Lugton to Giffen.

In the late 1960s, Jim Clemens purchased a significant quantity of original 16mm offcuts and unused film from Pat Whiltehouse, all relating to the BBC “Railway Roundabout” TV programmes. Included in this source are the new engine shed at Thornaby (opened in 1958), York, two “Glens” to Fort William over the West Highland line and Inverness shed.

Most of the film was taken in the period 1959 to 1967 with an exception of the LNER Garratt hauling demonstration freight in Sheffield during March 1930. Motive power seen includes ex-LNER classes A1, A2, A3, A4 pacifics, B1, B16, K1, K2, D34, Q6, O1, O4, J11, J27, V3 and J72 plus BR standards and some WD locomotives.

The majority of the archive film is in colour and an authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of London North Eastern steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, Gresley O2 2-8-0 No.63933 passing under Eaton Wood road bridge, July 1961.

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Volume 227

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.7 (82-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED mid September 2019**

The seventh volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover London Midland steam compiled from mostly unseen footage from a variety of different cameramen and in the order the film runs off the original cine reels. This volume mostly features the North-West of England up to the Scottish border.

Our journey starts in Carlisle with extensive coverage of the area including Kingmoor and Upperby sheds as well as near the long-closed station at Floriston, close to the Scottish border.

Next we travel south on the WCML to Shap Bank for a feast of steam action including scenes at Tebay and Oxenholme. We also cover Carnforth, Skipton, Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster.

Then to the Fylde area, where in addition to a Clan pacific, we see the last working of a Royal Scot in the area, in 1965.

There is plenty of steam action around Preston including the town itself, Farringdon Junction, Leyland and Lostock Hall shed. Further locations also include the stations at Accrington, Wigan, Warrington, Crewe and the sheds at Edge Hill, Speke Junction, Crewe South and Bolton.

The Manchester area is covered next with locations such as Victoria station, Miles Platting Bank, Stockport Edgeley (station and shed), Heaton Mersey shed, New Mills and Chinley.

Finally we travel away from the North-West to the East Midland to visit the impressive station at Nottingham Victoria on the Great Central in 1964 along with East Leake, Mansfield, Penistone and Canklow shed plus a 9F cab ride.

The archive film is entirely in colour and the majority was taken in the last years leading up to the end of steam in 1968. Motive power includes BR standard Britannia and Clan pacifics, Standard Class 5 & 4 4-6-0s, Class 2 2-6-0s, 9F 2-10-0s and Austerity 2-8-0s, ex-LMS Black 5s, 8Fs, 4Fs, 2-6-4Ts, ex-MR dock tanks, Jinties, Class 2 & 4 Ivatts, Duchesses, Jubilees, Royal Scots and Patriots.

An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, Fowler 4F 44580 passing Fladbury, March 1963.

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Volume 226

Scottish Steam Miscellany No.2 (67-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED mid August 2019**

The second volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover steam in Scotland. This time we see much previously unseen footage mainly across the Central Lowlands and Southern Uplands.

Starting at Carlisle, a brief call is made to Canal Shed before seeing a locally based J39 on the Langholm branch followed by a visit to Hawick on the Waverley Route. At Kelso and Northam we catch a glimpse of the local Tweedbank service between St. Boswells and Berwick.

Back to the WCML, there are visits to Beattock, Beattock Bank and Lockerbie where an ex-Caley 0-4-4T is shunting. On the ex-GSWR main line, Dumfries is well covered (including it’s shed), before we head off along the “Port Road” to Stranraer via Castle Douglas visiting New Galloway, Newton Stewart, the Whithorn branch, Dunragit and Stranraer shed along the way. At Ayr there are 2-6-0 “Crabs” in action on the coal trains and we watch passenger services on the Heads of Ayr branch, Prestwick, Dreghorn, Barleith Halt and Mauchline as well as visiting Hurlford shed.

Brief scenes of Glasgow Trams are a prelude to extensive coverage of the railway suburban services south of the Clyde including Gourock, Paisley, Pollockshaws West, Corkerhill and East Kilbride followed by Hamilton, Hamilton shed, Larkhall, Tollcross, Mossend, Motherwell shed, Carluke (including the West Coast Postal), Carstairs and it’s shed.

We return to the east coast for views in and around Edinburgh including Haymarket shed, Waverley station, St. Margaret’s shed, Bathgate, Portobello and Reston.
Then into Central Scotland for steam action around Stirling followed by visits to Alloa, Killin and Connel Ferry. Time is next spent at Forteviot including seeing a “Princess Royal” and the local pick-up freight. Finally we visit Perth, Dundee shed, Wormit, Broughton Ferry, Thornton Junction, Bankfoot, Forfar, Kilmany, Lindores and the Carmyllie branch.

Almost all the archive film is in colour and the majority of the film covers the last few years of Scottish steam up to 1966. Motive power includes ex-Caley “Jumbo” 0-6-0s, a Caley Bogie, Caley 0-4-4Ts, ex-LMS 2Ps 4-4-0s, Dock Tanks, 2-6-4Ts, Crabs, 4Fs, Jubilees, Patriots, Royal Scots, Princess Royal and Duchess pacifics, ex-LNER A1, A2, A3, A4 pacifics, B1s, V2s, J36, J37, J38, J39 and V3s. BR Standards include Britannias, Clans, Class 5s, Class 4 2-6-0s, Class 2 2-6-0-s and Class 4 2-6-4Ts. An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of Scottish steam.

Cover Photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, 44703 with the midday Aberdeen-Glasgow (Buchanan St.) near Drumlithe, Sept 1966.

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Volume 225

1960s Iberian Railway Holidays No.2 (100-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED mid June 2019**

Jim Clemens Collection No.38.

With steam declining rapidly in the UK, Jim Clemens had decided that summer family holidays should be taken in Iberia chasing steam! Here in our second installment we continue his story of the rail scene in Spain and Portugal between 1966 and 1969.

The summer of 1966 found the family on the Costa Blanca in Spain. The ESA narrow gauge system is seen along the coast through Benidorm to Gandia. In Alicante a visit is made to the broad gauge engine shed and we spend some time at the now closed Benalua terminus including the through service from Cartaghena and Murcia to Valencia. A trip inland was also made to La Encina and Jativa.

In 1967 and 1968 Northern Portugal was the destination. Visits were made to the mixed gauge line at Regua in the Douro Valley. The broad gauge station pilot here was a Beyer-Peacock 0-6-0 dating from 1875 whilst on the metre gauge we see our first glimpse of the asymmetric 2-4-6-0 compound Mallet tank engines.

In Oporto, as well as watching the city’s tram and trolleybus systems, there is a visit to the narrow gauge terminus at Trindade to see 0-4-4-0 compound Mallets at work and a visit to the newly built (1965) broad gauge engine shed at Contumil.

Next we visit the narrow gauge system south of Douro at Sernada do Vouga, Oliveira de Azemeis and Espinho. Services are seen operating on the gauntleted track (narrow gauge set inside broad gauge) at Lousado and Famalicao with the branch onwards to Povoa de Varzim being particularly well covered. Other locations include Braga, Nine, Viana do Catelo,Valenca and Moncao.

In 1969 the base was Tarragona. By this time all the 2-8-2+2-8-2 Garratts had been concentrated here and we watch them at work on freight trains to Reus and Lerida. We also visit the Garratts home depot at Tarragona South, the refuelling point at Tarragona North shed and Lerida shed. More steam is seen at Mora La Neuva plus a glimpse of the 4000hp Spanish version of the BR “Warship” diesel, the RENFE Class 340.

Filmed in colour, a commentary plus sound track complement this look at the railways of lberia between 1966 and 1969.

Cover Photo: Jim Clemens,Garratt 2-8-2+2-8-2 leaving Reus for Tarrangona, July 1969.

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