Volume 204

A Miscellany of Electric & Diesel Power No.2 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED July 2016**

After the success of our previous miscellany of electric and diesel power (as well as the earlier Diesel Hydraulic and Diesel Electric Heyday series) we have delved further into our archives and complied a second miscellany of film clips that were not included in those earlier volumes. There is a whole variety of scenes across all of the UK mainland, most of which have never been seen before and were taken during the 1960s & 1970s, with a few later scenes from the 1980s.

We start our journey with scenes at Bangor in North Wales, Shap (with steam bankers!), Carlisle, Beattock and Carnforth. We visit the Settle & Carlisle and then the London Midland Region around Birmingham and the Lickey Incline, again with steam bankers! The Shrewsbury area is well covered with a number of workings.

We travel south to the Southern at Hither Green, Clapham and Waterloo, then to the Western at Paddington for a number of Western Class special charter trains, to celebrate the passing of those popular diesel hydraulics. There are a number of scenes around Bristol before we visit the Marlow and Bourne End branches

Back to Scotland for scenes at Fort William, the Mallaig Extension and the Far North line at Georgemas Junction, Thurso and Golspie. Other scenes take in Elgin, the Strathspey line, the Forth Bridge area and Edinburgh Waverley.

Returning south, we visit the Woodhead route with its unique electric locomotives before taking a look at the reopening of Barmouth Bridge in 1986. Then once more to the Southern in 1972 for a journey on the Brighton Belle.

Down in the West Country we explore some of the long forgotten branches and have scenes around Truro, Par, Penzance, Plymouth and Newton Abbot as well as heading up to Ilfracombe. There are indeed many other scenes too numerous to list here.

Virtually all classes of British Railways diesels are seen from Deltics and Warships to diminutive shunters. Electric power includes the EM1s on the Woodhead and those early Southern Bo-Bo electrics. We see DMU and EMU action as well as a number of shots of those infamous 4-wheel rail buses of the 1960s. The prototype HST is seen at Bristol as well as some early liveried HSTs.

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

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications. Peak Type 4 D78 on a Leeds to St.Pancras express near Sheffield Millhouses in 1964.

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Volume 200

A Miscellany of Electric & Diesel Power No.1 (83-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED January 2016**

Over the years, we have amassed a vast collection of archive cine-film from a variety of owners. Quite a lot has been used in our volumes but there is still considerable footage that remains unused and unseen because it either did not fit in with the “story theme” of our volumes or we were unaware of the locations. It is a shame to think that so many these clips could end up being lost and never seen. To help prevent this, our series of “Miscellanies” has been compiled from this footage and are assembled as found, leading to very interesting results!

This volume features an intriguing mixture of electric and diesel action, including some EMUs and DMUs. There is no particular date, order or location of the scenes, so prepare for the unexpected!

Just some of the diesel types seen include Deltics, Warships, Westerns, Hymeks, Peaks, Class 50s, BRCW type 2s & 3s, EE type 1s, 3s & 4s and Brush type 2s & 4s. There are a couple of scenes with the ill-fated Claytons in action. The Western Blue Pullman is glimpsed as well as a number of HSTs.

Electric traction covers Electro-diesels, EM1s & EM2s in action over the Woodhead route, Classes 83, 84 and 86 on the WCML, many in original livery and in pre-TOPS days. Multiple unit operations include the famous Brighton Belle, as well as vintage 502 units on the Liverpool lines. We also see Southern Electric EMUs in operation and a variety of DMUs including Trans-Pennine units, and Gloucester single car units. Plus a few scenes of GWR railcars in action.

Locations featured are from all over the UK , from Wick in the north to Southampton in the south, from Penzance in the west to Manningtree in the east. And almost everywhere else in between! Many locations are now long gone; there are others that we have been unable to identify, so you will no doubt have great fun in trying to establish those places yourself. You will be able to enjoy passenger and freight operations, as well as special charters. Pullman and Royal trains are also included as well as an accident at Great Chesterford involving D6729 and lots of new cars!

Most of the scenes were filmed between 35 and 50 years ago. Many of the locomotive types featured are no more; neither is much of the rolling stock and even the infrastructure in many cases is now long gone. We are sure you will enjoy this film, especially if you enjoy the unexpected, so do look out for others in this series, including those concentrating on steam.

All archive film is in colour except for one scene at Liverpool Central. Authentic sounds have been added together with an extensively researched and informative commentary.
Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications. EE Type 4 D370 between Abergele & Colwyn Bay, July 1963.

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Volume 195

Diesel Electric Heyday Part 2 (72-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED June 2015**

This is the second volume in a series featuring diesel-electric locomotives of British Rail. Here we feature the higher end of the power range dealing with Types 3, 4 and 5 as well as HSTs.

Many locations are visited, from the West Country to both East and West Coast Main Lines. Scenes also cover the Lickey Incline, Shropshire, Settle & Carlisle, Taplow, Manchester Victoria, Chester, King’s Cross and Hitchin to name a few.

We also include some extremely rare footage of the Hawker-Siddeley “Kestrel” in action at the Brush Works in Loughborough. Other classes include 33, 37, 40, 45, 46, 47, 50, 55 and 56, plus some odd glimpses of Metro Vick Co-Bos, Baby Deltics and a Class 13 at Tinsley with 40 001 running around.

Spread over a number of years we see many types in their original green liveries as well as their later Corporate Blue. Other features include a Class 45 working with a brake tender, a couple of shots of the ill-fated DP2 plus an extraordinary scene on Shap where following a EE Type 4 failure a steam banker is used behind which is another EE Type 4 complete with its own train!

A number of special workings also feature such as the “Deltic Fenman” and the “Deltic Devonian”. We also see the 1977 introduced “Jubilee” at Chelmsford with a pristine 47 164 complete with a Union Jack emblazoned on its sides. Several Pullman trains are seen including the “Tyne-Tees Pullman”, “Yorkshire Pullman” and “Queen of Scots”. We enjoy scenes of 47s, 50s and HST along the sea wall at Dawlish as well as the comings and goings at York with numerous Deltics in action.

There are some brief shots of the HST prototype at Shildon; now the subject of “Project Miller”. We do not ignore freight and many different types of goods traffic are seen from early mixed consists, Speedlink, tanks, stone and Merry-go-Round trains, the latter in the hands of both Class 47s and 56s.

All in colour throughout except for the Kestrel film. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, D9013 “The Black Watch” near Gamston Signal Box, June 1963.

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Volume 191

Diesel Electric Heyday Part 1 (75-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED February 2015**

This is the first volume in a series featuring the diesel electric locomotives of British Rail. Here we mostly cover the low powered Types 1 & 2 . Many scenes are from the early days with locomotives in their original green liveries ; others show the changes into BR Corporate Blue.

We start with glimpses of English Electric Type 4s, Deltics (including some rare footage of the blue prototype on action of the ECML), and a Metrovick Co-Bo! We also see Southern DEMUs including those specially designed for the narrow tunnels on the Hastings Line.

A brief visit to Crewe Works is followed by footage of the very successful EE Type 1s in action at Bescot, Loggerheads, on the WCML and at several collieries. The less successful centre-cab Clayton Type 1s are seen in action at Shotts, Millerhill, Pelaw and on Hest Bank.

The workhorse Brush Type 2s were introduced in 1957 and there are scenes of them at work at many locations across the network including Harringay, Hadley Wood, Cambridge (on the Royal Train), Paddington, Wennington, Instow on the Bideford branch and on the last train along the Dunstable branch (“The Skimpot Flyer”).

In Scotland, the short lived North British Type 2s are seen at Elgin, Perth, Inverurie, Gleneagles and Stirling.

The numerous BR Sulzer Type 2s operated throughout the UK. We see them as far afield as on Tyne Dock Iron Ore trains, the Tay Bridge, Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso, Ais Gill, Manchester, North Wales and Dawlish. We also see them on the Cambrian at Llynclyss, on milk Trains at Torrington, china clay trains around Bodmin, and at Bredbury Junction being banked by a Stanier 8F. Even a pair triple heading with a BRCW Type 2 on the “Royal Highlander”!

Finally, there are scenes of BRCW Type 2s working commuter trains at Luton before we head north to see them in later life working on the Kyle of Lochalsh line. There is also rare footage of D6547 hauling Schools Class “Repton” and M7 30053 en route to Canada. Plus footage of piloting Bulleid Pacifics up the ferocious Bincombe Bank, and around Shrewsbury during Crewe Station refurbishment

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

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Brush Type 2 D5691 approaches Millhouses, 1965

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Volume 167

Diesel Hydraulic Heyday (72-mins) Price £19.75

**NOW IN STOCK MARCH 2012**

The Western Region of BR adopted diesel hydraulic traction rather than diesel electric. Nearly 400 examples, both express, mixed traffic and shunting were introduced from the late 1950s. By 1977 they had all gone, save for a few preserved examples.

We start with the original A1A-A1A D600 Warship Class 41 and a short B&W sequence of D600 leaving Paddington with an express and then passing Par. A D6xx in green with a yellow warning panel passes Lostwithiel and along Dawlish Sea Wall. Green D601 “Ark Royal” on shed contrasts starkly to a later scene on the Barry scrap line with blue liveried D600 “Active”.

The Class 42/43 Warships, in both maroon and green, are seen on the GW Main Line & in the West Country including scenes at Dawlish, Penzance and Par. Over to Waterloo for Warships of all colours including a short cab ride in D809 “Champion” as it departs. Back to Paddington for Warships double-heading, a blue Warship crossing Saltash Bridge and green D850 at St.Erth.

Inside Swindon Works for views of Class 52 Westerns being built. A rare shot of Desert Sand “Western Enterprise”. The comings & goings of a vast variety of maroon and blue Westerns on expresses at Paddington, out on the GW Main Line, Bristol, Dawlish Sea Wall, Newton Abbott, Plymouth and Penzance plus freight trains in the snow and china clay trains. Also featured are a number of rail tours such as “The Western Talisman” from Kings Cross and the “Western Finale”. Over 30-mins of pure Western nostalgia!

On to Class 35 Hymeks and with b/w film we peek inside the Beyer-Peacock works during their construction. Out on the main line and green and blue Hymeks on a variety of passenger trains including double-heading with steam.

We see NBL D63xx Class 22s shunting at Coleford and Boscarne Junction plus extensive footage of D6346 shunting at Charlbury! Scenes from a bygone era. Look out for the man with the pole!

Finally, the Class 14 0-6-0 “Teddy Bears” and shunting at Coleford Junction and Lydney with D9555. Many Class 14s were sold into industry and we feature No.28 in industrial use.

We close our film with a Western, heading into the sunset…

Apart from a few early scenes in black and white, most of the footage is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications,Hymek D7020 descends into Aberystwyth, September 1964

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Volume 10

Dieselelectric Power 2 (60-mins) Price £15

A sequel to Volume 9 which concentrates on the modern image of BR motive power. Most classes active on BR in 1985/6 are featured including a glimpse of the then new class 59 on proving trials piloted by 56047 on the spectacular Foster-Yeoman stone trains. We start with scenes at Wakefield Kirkgate, a mainly freight location at the centre of a number of lines and during weekdays enjoys a wealth of traffic; locos featured include 20s(triple-headed), 25s, 31s, 37s, 47s and 56s. D200 is viewed at a number of locations on special runs including the “Tamar-Tyne Special” and the “Penzance Flyer” in 1985. On the WCML, Acton Bridge (north of Crewe) sees considerable activity on a weekday morning including 27066. Nearer Crewe, we see 97403 (46035) and 97201 (24061) as well as APT, HST, 87, 86, 85, 81, 58 and 47 classes. Our next location is Severn Tunnel Junction with wintry conditions. A 56 waits with oil tanks for a London bound HST as 25259 struggles gamely with a huge freight. 37s include “British Steel Shelton” also DMUs, 45, 47 (47078 “Sir Daniel Gooch” in green), 56, 33, 31 as well as an 08 on the Silcock Express!. At Chinley North Junction, unusual views of 31s and 20s as well as 45s and double-headed 37s as the trains negotiate the crossings on to the triangle or speed through to Manchester. We see a couple more double-headers at Chapel-en-le-Frith before moving to the dilapidated remains of Chinley Station where among others, 40057 powers through. Finally 40009/44 manoeuvring light engine in the yard at Warrington.

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Volume 9

Dieselelectric Power 1 (60-mins) Price £15

Since 1955 Modernisation has eliminated steam locomotives from the system, prototype diesel and electric locomotives have come and gone as have most of the first generation of diesels. A few survive and today’s image although still changing has developed into a pattern which is illustrated by this video filmed during 1984 and 1985. The Westbury to Warminster line is the scene for the heavy Foster-Yeoman stone trains with Class 56s pulling and banking on occasions. Other types include double-headed 37s, 45147 (pre-Eccles) and 47s. A day at Warrington, a very busy centre on the WCML, features classes 25,37,40,45,47 and 86. Toton and Worksop are hubs of freight operation and provide spectacular ballast and coal trains for dispersal throughout the Midlands. Class 31, 37, 47, 56 and 58 provide the power. We move to Carlisle which sports a wide variety of diesel and electric power including APT, 26, 27 and 81 classes. A surprisingly busy part of the network with many cross-country workings is the West Country. Scenes from Tiverton, Exeter, Exminster, Starcross, Dawlish and Teignmouth. Locos include class 45s and 50s. At Retford and Worksop, more M.G.R. and coal traffic workings are seen at this extremely heavy worked location with 56s, 58s and 20s. Finally Exminster and Truro are visited with passenger workings along this ex-GWR line.

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Volume 7

Tribute to the 40s (55-mins) Price £15

The 40’s are gone – long live the 40’s! From their inception their distinctive shape and sound made the English Electric Type 4’s more acceptable to the average steam enthusiast than did most other classes of diesel. Based on the WCML and ECML as well as G.E.Metals with occasional forays into Southern and Western areas, the EE Type 4’s headed many of the crack expresses during the 1960’s. They took over from A3’s, A4’s, Britannias, Princesses and Coronations. Now they themselves have been superseded by the next generation of power in the shape of 47’s, HST’s, 56’s, 58’s, 60’s and electric power.

Section 1:- Covers the wide ranging activities of the Class across the country on passenger and freight duties. Approximately 15 different locos are featured.

Section 2:- A feature on 40 143 as she heads for Northwich off the main line at Hartford Junction with her load of tanks for the Winnington Branch. Having deposited these she immediately runs round and returns to the main line.

Section 3:- On the Shrewsbury-Hereford line 3-4 times a week aggregates are collected in hopper wagons. This had been a Class 40 duty for some time and we see a number of locos active on this operation including the quite complex run-round procedure.

Section 4:- A short section of 40’s working with other locos, with one or two quite dated scenes in evidence.

Section 5:- The Final Hours. Class 40’s stacked up at Crewe in readiness for breaking up.

Section 6:- Special workings including various tours from both on-train and lineside view points, featuring 40 106 in Green and D200 on her first run since being repainted in original colours.

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