Volume 203

A Tribute to the Southern (73-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED June 2016**

In this tribute to the Southern, we mostly feature footage taken at Waterloo and at a variety of different locations along the South Western main line to Southampton and beyond. There is even a brief glimpse of the Somerset & Dorset!

We start with a 1930s B & W clip of a King Arthur class 4-6-0 departing from Waterloo before moving on to the 1960s with views of passing trains, mostly Bulleid Pacific hauled, at Pirbright, Basingstoke and Battledown Flyover amongst others. In 1962, the preserved T9 passes through on a special!

Back at Waterloo there is a hive of activity in and around the station throat, with Ivatt 2MTs (fussing about on pilot duty), arrivals, departures, light engine movements and green EMUs.

We journey down the main line to Battersea, Clapham Junction, New Malden, Byfleet and Woking to see trains pass by hauled by Bulleid Pacifics and Standard classes. Even the “Bournemouth Belle” Pullman train passes by, both steam hauled and diesel hauled (by a green Class 47). Plus shunting in the carriage sidings with Standard Class 4 80089.

A brief interlude, and at Southampton Docks we see 34032, light engine, and over on the S&DJR, Ivatt 4MTs near Combe Down Tunnel.

More scenes follow at Clapham Junction and Farnborough before we head off to Brighton and Victoria to see apple green liveried LNER 3442 “The Great Marquess” and 4472 “Flying Scotsman” (twin-tendered) on rail tour duties as well as blue A4 “Sir Nigel Gresley” and Bulleid Pacific 34108 “Wincanton”.

We return to Waterloo for more steam hauled comings and goings, glimpses of Warship, Class 47 and 33 diesels, steam hauled Cartic and breakdown trains plus a quick look inside the Power Signal Box. A few more clips feature steam action at Brighton and Andover.

We conclude our tribute to the Southern with a cameo of Nine Elms Shed at the close of steam, followed by 35023 being coaled and watered before it heads off into oblivion.

All the archive film used is mainly in colour and a commentary along with an authentic soundtrack has been added.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications
34094 “Mortehoe” approaches Basingstoke in 1960.

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Volume 193

Along Southern Lines Part 9 – A Final Tribute (82-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED April 2015**

The magic and variety of the Southern is seen in this latest volume in our series. From the mighty and powerful Bulleid Pacifics and BR Standard locomotives on the main lines to the West Country to the tiny Brighton Terrier 0-6-0Ts on Hayling Island. Even a nice cameo of 35028 “Clan Line” from the real days of steam to early preservation. It is not all Bulleids though as we also feature BR Standards and Maunsell locomotives including a Lord Nelson and a Mogul on the West London extension plus a Schools Class 4-4-0 at Reading.

A veritable feast of A1X Terriers follows with them working in their home county of Sussex at Seaford, Newhaven and on Falmer bank double heading with a Brighton E6 Radial tank. More Terrier action is seen at Brighton and Brighton Works before we cross into Hampshire to see them hard at work in their last stronghold of the Hayling Island Branch.

Brighton’s E4 radials are at Horsham and there is even rare footage of Brighton Atlantic “Beachy Head” near Brighton!

Many Maunsell classes are seen in action with U and N Class Moguls, S15 and Q classes on rail tours in Surrey and Sussex (including the “Cuckoo Line”) and S15s and Q1s hauling freight trains through Byfleet, Walton, Clapham Junction and Micheldever.

Travelling away from the Southern, Class U 31639 and Q1 33006 double head a railtour into the Midlands and we see them at Kineton, Wilmcote, Leamington, near Rugby and Wellingborough. 31639 certainly gets around as she is next seen on her home territory at Fareham.

There were many BR Standard classes hard at work on the Southern from Britannias to 9Fs. We see Class 5s, 4s (both 4-6-0s and 2-6-0s), Class 4 2-6-4 and Class 3 tanks working all over the region including the much lamented Somerset & Dorset. There are even shots of 77014 and 78038!

Ex-LMS engines also worked on the Southern. We see Black 5s on the Waterloo to Dorchester main line and the S&DJR, an 8F at Feltham, a 4F and a 2P 4-4-0 at Evercreech and Bournemouth West plus Ivatt “Mickey Mouse” 2-6-2 tanks at Weymouth and Shepton Mallet Tucker Street. The Great Western even gets a look in with footage of three Halls!

We finish with the last days of steam on the Southern, with light engines running to Salisbury for disposal, and 35030 on the up 14.11 from Weymouth, the last steam duty of all.

All the archive film is in glorious colour with a short sequence in ‘black and white. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, “N” Class 31847 entering Exeter St.Davids, 1961.

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Volume 188

Along Southern Lines Part 8 – South West to Exeter & Beyond (65-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 9th October 2014**

Most of the Southern’s train journeys to the West commenced at Waterloo where we see a Merchant Navy pacific backing on to its train before departing. Double headed MNs depart from Weymouth followed by a Standard Class 5 at Wareham. There is Bulleid action at Seaton Jct and Barnstaple plus an N Class 2-6-0 at Okehampton.

At Bournemouth Central we see S&DJR 2-8-0s, Bulleid pacifics, Standard Class 5s and Ivatt class 2 tanks. Adding to this variety blue A4 “Sir Nigel Gresley” is on a rail tour racing through the New Forest. Scenes at Brockenhurst feature both Standard tender and tank engines. A Channel Island Bulleid hauled boat train hurries through Beaulieu Road. More Bulleid Pacifics are seen at Southampton Central and Eastleigh with one rushing through Shawford in wintery conditions. Some excellent shots of Bulleids and Standard class 4 4-6-0s at Battledown Flyover are followed by footage at Basingstoke with Bulleids roaring through and departing.

Along the Salisbury line we stop at Andover for some nice Bulleid action, as well as an S15 and a Standard class 5 plus a GWR Manor, Hall and an S&D 2-8-0 on enthusiasts specials. At Salisbury we are just in time to see the crack Atlantic Coast Express arrive. More Bulleid pacifics along with an N Class mogul. A USA tank has the melancholy task of shunting lines of withdrawn engines. Passing Salisbury shed, and Templecombe we reach Yeovil Junction to see a Maunsell King Arthur, an M7 on a push-pull and a Merchant Navy.

Next a trip to Yeovil Town on a Western auto train before returning to the Junction for more Bulleid action. After passing through Crewkerne and Chard, where a pair of S15s are seen, we arrive at Axminster. We travel the Lyme Regis branch, first behind the legendary 0415 tanks and then by two Ivatt class 2 tanks on the LCGB East Devon Railtour. Next to Seaton Junction for a trip to Seaton behind an M7 tank before returning to the Junction to see S15′s, Pacifics and a 64XX pannier . Onwards to Sidmouth for M7, Standard Class 3 and an Ivatt class 2 plus Pannier hauled special train to Exmouth. We travel past Exmouth Junction Shed where an A4 is being serviced and arrive at Exeter Central for the ACE. A W tank is seen amongst the usual motive power.

Finally we traverse the steep gradient down towards Exeter St Davids to see two West Countries departing, then to Cowley Bridge for the Southern’s Withered Arm with some nice shots of N class 2-6-0s at Eggesford, Halwill Jct. and Braunton plus an Ivatt tank at Instow.

All the archive film is in colour apart from a few sequences in black & white.. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with a researched commentary.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 34078 “22 Squadron” enters Exeter Central. 1963.

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Volume 184

Along Southern Lines Part 7 (75-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED MAY 2014**

The Southern always seemed to be the happy friendly holiday line. Their public relations officer the great Sir John Elliot’s slogan was the sun always came soonest to the Southern. This volume begins at Waterloo Station where many happy parents weighed down with suitcases, and their excited children carrying their buckets and spades started their holidays.

We see rebuilt Bulleid pacifics depart from Waterloo. The prestigious Bournemouth Belle is seen passing through Clapham Junction and Common. One of Maunsell’s famous Schools is seen at Woking. A brief visit across country to Guildford where an N Class mogul departs on a train. We quickly return to the Bournemouth main line and several rebuilt pacifics are seen at SouthamptonCentral. This is followed by a nice sequence at Millbrook. The Redbridge causeway is crossed and a Maunsell S15, Standards and Bulleids are seen at Totton station. A trip is taken down the Fawley branch behind two USA tanks. An earlier special sees an H16 tank at Fawley.

Rejoining the mainline, we have a footplate trip into the New Forest complete with views of it’s famous ponies. There are scenes at Lyndhurst Road and shots of Bulleids at Brockenhurst. The Lymington branch train is seen arriving and departing. Standard Class 4, Ivatt and M7 tanks are seen on the branch. There is even a trip behind a Q1 on a railtour. Travelling further west we see Bulleids and Standards climbing Sway bank. A nice long sequence of film at Bournemouth Central station and shed follows, with many engines seen including Lord Nelsons and M7s. Next stop is the now closed line to Bournemouth West. The severely curved platform at Poole sees plenty of activity.

The rarely filmed lines to the west of Poole and the Oxbow bridge are seen, before we head for Wareham and the Swanage branch which is fortunately beautifully preserved. Standard and Ivatt tanks are seen on the line, along with specials top and tailed by Bulleids and Standard 4s. The sun did not always shine and we see some shots taken in the pouring rain. On departing the branch and Wareham, several shots are seen across Ashley Heath before arriving at the old Dorchester South Station with its separate up and down platforms and its complex movements before the station was rebuilt. Bulleids reign supremely here. A train is then boarded for the journey to Weymouth.

All the archive film is in colour apart from a few seconds in black & white.. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with a researched commentary.

Cover Photo:- Jim Clemens. 34095 “Brentor” between Bournemouth and Poole, 1965.

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Volume 181

Along Southern Lines Part 6 (72-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED OCTOBER 2013**

This volume features steam traction in the Somerset and Dorset areas of the West Country and in particular the famous Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway from Bath to Bournemouth with both normal service and special trains.

We start with a glimpse of the ex-SR West of England main line before witnessing Bulleid Pacifics and BR Standards at Bournemouth Central and Weymouth. This is followed by a trip along the line visiting locations such as Radipole Halt, Upwey Wishing Well Halt, Bincombe Tunnel and Dorchester South. Spot the ex-LMS Black 5 interloper!

Next, we visit the ex-GWR Bridport branch from Maiden Newton with a number of specials along the branch featuring Ivatt 2-6-2 tanks using both black & white and colour footage. By contrast, there is a DMU trip along the line shortly before it closed in 1975.

In earlier times, we visit the Somerset & Dorset line with black & white scenes of Bath Green Park shed including ex-SD&JR 2-8-0 7Fs. Back to colour and footage of Bath Green Park station and views inside its famous train shed. We now travel along the line through Devonshire and Combe Down tunnels, Midford, Wellow and Radstock to see coal trains hauled by 7F 2-8-0s. On past Chilcompton, we climb to Masbury Summit, Shepton Mallet and Evercreech Junction. There are scenes of the line to Glastonbury, at Burnham-on-Sea, and Highbridge and Bridgwater.

Travelling south from Evercreech, we pass through Wincanton and arrive at Templecombe for the junction with the ex-SR main line. A busy scene here, with a variety of trains and engines in and around the station, shed and junction. Even 92220 “Evening Star” is on a normal service train! We continue south to Stalbridge, Sturminster, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum and Bailey Gate joining the main line at Broadstone Jct. before continuing to Poole and arriving at Bournemouth West.

Finally, there are views of the LCGB S & D farewell special with two unrebuilt Bulleids, some final scenes from the S&DJR line and we close with a classic S&DJR 7F under the train shed at Bath Green Park station.

Steam traction featured includes many Standards, Bulleid Pacifics, 4Fs, 7Fs, Black 5s, 9Fs, and Panniers plus Collett 0-6-0s on the Glastonbury line including the now preserved 3205.

All the archive film used is mainly in colour but some black & white footage is used. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover Photo:- Jim Clemens. 80138 at Evercreech Junction, March 1966.

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Volume 173

Along Southern Lines Part 5 – The Withered Arm 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED DECEMBER 2012**

This is our second volume featuring the Southern Region “Withered Arm” in the West Country and starts with scenes along the SR main line to Exeter Central including railtours with 60022 Mallard, T9 No.120 and BR Standard Tanks on the “Exeter Flyer”.

We travel along the North Devon line to Barnstaple and then northwards pausing at Braunton to see the Mortehoe bankers at work with a variety of passing trains before arriving at Ilfracombe for views of the station and the harbour. A paddleboat ferry departs for Bristol!

Back to Barnstaple with a Hymek and glimpses of Rolles Quay Sidings, Pottingham swing bridge, Town station with its erstwhile L & B platform, the Taw viaduct (with steam footage) and into Barnstaple for scenes around the station and the shed. After closure we see footage of the now derelict viaduct, Town station and swing bridge.
There is extensive coverage of the Torrington line with Class 25s & 31s on milk, china clay and special trains plus the comings & goings at Fremington Quay and Instow including many scenes inside the signal box. At Bideford and Torrington we see activities in both steam and diesel eras, with Ivatt 2-6-2Ts, SR Moguls and Classes 22 & 25.

Next, along the ex-SR Devon main line with diesel hauled ballast trains at Yeoford & Sampford Courtenay, before arriving at Okehampton for steam with SR Moguls, Ivatt 2MTs and BR Standard 2-6-4Ts plus later diesel scenes.

We travel onto the North Cornwall line at Meldon Junction and at Halwill Junction visit the Bude branch with steam plus green DMUs. Then onwards to Wadebridge for extensive footage of T9s, ex-GWR 1369 panniers, BR standard tanks, Bulleid Pacifics and the Beattie tanks at Wenford Bridge and Pencarrow Woods before arriving at Padstow.
Finally, we return to the ex-SR main line at Bere Alston for a trip along the Gunnislake branch to Callington with Ivatt 2-6-2Ts and close with steam scenes at Exeter Central, including Class Z bankers, and at Salisbury.

All the archive film used is mainly in colour and an extensively researched commentary along with an authentic soundtrack has been added.

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Volume 165

Along Southern Lines Part 4 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**IN STOCK LATE SEPTEMBER**

The fourth in our series of archive films showing the general scenes of the Southern Region in the 1960s with both service trains and enthusiast rail tours. We start with a visit to Portsmouth in 1960 before travelling along the coast towards Havant and a detailed look at the Terrier tank engines on the Hayling Island branch. Onwards to Brighton for scenes in 1960 plus a visit by ex-LNER No.3442 “The Great Marquess” in 1967. At the former Pullman Works, we see the stored locomotives belonging to National Collection before the site closed and they were sent to other locations.The Bluebell Line is featured during the early days of preservation in the 1960s, including visits of Caledonian Single No.123 and ex-LSWR T9 No.102 and footage of other early locos on the line. A visit to Tunbridge Wells West for Standard and H Class tank locomotives. South again to Southampton Docks in 1962 and the activities of USA 0-6-0 tanks and E Class 0-6-0s. A variety of engine types can be seen at Eastleigh shed. Around Southampton and into the New Forest, there is extensive coverage of the many different locomotive types to be seen during last days of steam on the Southern, including Bulleid Pacifics, Standards and even some ex-GWR and ex-LMS locomotives on inter-regional workings.

Apart from a few scenes, all the material is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track

Cover photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Terrier Class A1X 0-6-0T No.32678 on Hayling Island, July1960.

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Volume 158

Along Southern Lines Part 3 (65-mins) Price £19.75

**IN STOCK 4th.January 2011**

The third in our series of archive films showing the general scenes of the Southern Region in the 1960s with both service trains and enthusiast rail tours. This volume was filmed between 1959 and 1967 and covers railway locations from BASINGSTOKE to MICHELDEVER, EASTLEIGH, FAREHAM, GOSPORT, PORTSMOUTH and the ISLE-OF-WIGHT. Many Southern classes are seen including Lord Nelson 4-6-0s, ex-LSWR T9s, Bulleid Pacifics, USA, L1, M7, E1 and B4 tanks, Q1, N class Moguls and BR Standards. Early preservation scenes of 34023 contrast with previous BR service views. There are even brief scenes of ex-GWR and ex-LMS locos on inter-regional trains. We visit the Mid-Hants railway at Ropley in pre-preservation times with 31768 4-4-0 on a railtour. At Eastleigh there are many scenes dating back as far as 1959 including views inside the Locomotive Works erecting shop. We visit the shed to see the many classes of engines present including LSWR T9 No.120. Eastleigh was the junction for Fareham and Portsmouth and we visit Droxford and Gosport on railtours before arriving at Portsmouth Harbour. Finally we visit the ISLE-OF-WIGHT for extensive coverage of the last O2 tanks on the Southern at work on the Ryde, Newport, Cowes and Ventnor lines, including the last day of steam.
Apart from a few scenes, all the material is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, 30859 “Lord Hood” at Battledown Flyover, April 1960.

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Volume 150

Along Southern Lines Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

An all archive film of the Southern Region in the 1960s featuring both service trains and a few enthusiast rail tours in the area around the London Suburbs and the main line from Waterloo to Basingstoke. At Clapham there is extensive coverage of the area with many varieties of motive power from 1960. We include Schools 4-4-0s, King Arthur 4-6-0s and the now long extinct EMUs of 5-BEL, 6-PUL and 2-BIL types, ex-GWR pannier tanks, M7 0-4-4 tanks, Maunsell Moguls, H16 and W classes, all alongside the various Standard designs and Bulleid Pacifics. Travelling westwards through Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Surbiton, Hersham, Walton, Woking and Guildford, we see a further variety of motive power with S15 4-6-0s and more Maunsell Moguls. Onwards along the South Western main line and we travel to Pirbright, Sturt Junction, Fleet and finally Basingstoke where T9, Schools, more moguls, Q1s and Inter-Regional motive power are seen.

Nearly all the material is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications. 35023 “Holland Africa Lines” at Basingstoke, September 1964.

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Volume 142

Along Southern Lines Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

An archive video film of many types of Southern locomotives on various lines of the Southern Region. The South Western Division was the last to survive with steam traction up to the Summer of 1967. There is ample coverage of these lines from Waterloo to Basingstoke during a period from 1960 to 1967.

The South Eastern Division lost most of its steam in 1962 but Folkestone is seen when its harbour branch was still worked by steam traction albeit by Western pannier tanks. In this Division Tonbridge, Westerham, Gravesend, Gillingham and the Allhallows branch are also seen. Lydd to New Romney with the last DMUs. The famous Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch line is also visited.

Many specials in the last days of steam on the Waterloo to Basingstoke line are covered, with visiting Eastern and Scottish locos included.

The usual Bulleid pacifics are seen in quantity alongside Schools, King Arthurs, S15s, moguls and pannier tanks.

Nearly all the material is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt, 30908 & N class at Basingstoke, June 1960.

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