Volume 214

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

**RELEASED February 2018**

The fifth in our miscellany series covering London Midland steam is compiled from reviously unseen high standard footage taken by the late Harry Ashby. A bit different to the norm, it features a high proportion of freight trains.

We begin on the line from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton with coverage at Hollinswood Junction, Madeley Junction, Shifnal and in particular at Cosford. The latter was favourite haunt of Harry Ashby and much time is spent here watching the all-steam activity. It even includes footage of two passing V-bombers!

Next there are scenes along the old North Staffordshire line from Burton-on-Trent to Uttoxeter at Scropton and Tutbury while Aldridge is seen under a blanket of snow in February 1966.

Another well covered location is Elford Loop on the Midland route from Derby to Birmingham plus film taken near to Haselour water troughs. We watch a seemingly never ending stream of freight trains passing by at Wichnor Sidings and Wichnor Junction to the south of Burton-on-Trent.

Other locations visited include Lichfield Trent Valley, Lichfield City, Colwich and Winwick Junction to the north of Warrington on the WCML. There is excellent quality film of the Peak District including Buxton shed and yards, Great Rocks Junction and Peak Forest.

In 1967, Harry travelled on an SLS tour from Stockport over the Pennines and through Leeds to York behind Britannia No.70038 “Robin Hood” and also in 1965 on the WRS “Pennine” tour with plenty of coverage at Leeds and at Carlisle Kingmoor shed.

The time period for the majority of the film is the five or so years prior to the end of steam in 1968. Motive power includes BR Standard Britannia and Clan pacifics, Class 5s, Class 4 4-6-0s and 2-6-0s and 9F 2-10-0s as well as ex-LMS Black 5s, 8Fs, Jubilees, Ivatt Class 2 and 4 2-6-0s plus WD 2-8-0s and an ex-LNER B1 and K1!

The archive film is entirely in colour An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications:- Black 5 No.44810 passes Rowington Water Troughs, June 1962.

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Volume 210

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.4 (81-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED Mid July 2017**

The fourth in our miscellany series covering London Midland steam. Once again we feature much previously unseen film, largely assembled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels with scenes across much of the Region.

There is considerable coverage around the North-West including Crewe South Shed, Crewe Station, Crewe Works (with “Western” diesel-hydraulics under construction), Stoke-on-Trent Shed, Moore water troughs, Warrington Bank Quay and Warrington Arpley. A brake van tour of obscure lines around Warrington and Widnes behind Standard 2-6-0 No.76077 includes a refuge siding at Daresbury (part of the original Birkenhead route abandoned with the opening of the Manchester Shop Canal in the 1890s) plus that famous railway curiosity at Widnes, a rail flat crossing by No.4 Signal Box! There is plenty of steam action at Winwick Junction, Wigan North-Western and Wigan Wallgate before we move on to Leyland, Farington Junction, Pleasington and Preston. Further north, we visit Carlisle for scenes at Kingmoor Shed as well as at Citadel Station.

South once more and Chester, Gresford Bank, Llangollen Junction (Ruabon) and Hooton are all visited in March 1967 coinciding with the end of the direct Paddington to Birkenhead service. Further south, in 1964, visits are made to the Bletchley flyover, Aynho water troughs, Gloucester, Banbury, the Lickey Incline (including an amazingly long freight train ascending the bank) with summer Saturday holidaymaker trains being seen at Birmingham.

Finally, the last fifteen minutes or so are made up of interesting offcuts from Colin White such as Shap, Tebay Shed, Dillicar water troughs, Oxenholme, Carnforth, Hest Bank, Heaton Mersey and Warrington.

A cross-section of LM motive power is seen such as Black 5s (including the experimental examples plus one with a self-weighing tender), Jinties, 2-6-4Ts, 4Fs, ‘Princess’ and ‘Coronation’ pacifics, Jubilee, Rebuilt Patriots, 8Fs and a variety of Standard classes including Britannias, Clans, 73xxx, 75xxx, 76xxx and 9Fs (including ex-Crosti boilered).

The archive film is in colour and black & white and was filmed between 1963 and 1968. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 45339 returns Excursion C724 from Blackpool to Manchester, near Euxton Jct, Preston, Easter 1961.

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Volume 205

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.3 (88-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED September 2016**

THE JIM CLEMENS COLLECTION No.32. The third in our miscellany series covering London Midland steam. Using mostly unseen film taken from the Jim Clemens collection it is largely assembled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and has coverage across much of the Region.

We visit Bescot in December 1964 to witness the end of the LNWR ‘Super Ds’, Carlisle Kingmoor shed in both 1964 and 1967, the Crewe to Carlisle line behind ‘Coronations’ and ‘Britannias’, the last day of the Stanbridgeford to Leighton Buzzard line in June 1962, the Wolverton to Newport Pagnell branch in August 1964 and group action at Lichfield Trent Valley in 1963.

Next we travel to Bromsgrove for scenes on the Lickey Incline between 1961 and 1964, including the now-preserved Jubilee “Kolhapur” making an unaided ascent on a freight train. We continue along the ‘loop line’ from Barnt Green, through Redditch, Alcester, and Evesham to Ashchurch just before its closure as a through route in 1962. Onwards to the Worcester area and then along the branch from Ashchurch to Tewkesbury, Ripple, and Upton-on-Severn in 1959 and 1960 with 4Fs and 3Fs. This is followed by scenes at Halesowen, Dowery Dell Viaduct, Saltley shed in November 1961, the Gloucester area and Bristol Temple Meads between 1960 and 1965.

A visit to Birkenhead shed in February 1967 sees a profusion of 9Fs plus the end of the ‘Crabs’. There is footage of Shrewsbury to Ruabon line, Wrexham, Chester in the mid-1960s and Northwich, Patricroft and Lostock Hall sheds at the beginning of 1968. The last train is seen over the SMJR from Stratford to Woodford Halse in April 1965 with a 4F and we visit Banbury in the summer of 1966 with Black 5s. Finally there are visits to the branches from Bedford to both Northampton and Hitchin in 1959 hauled by Ivatt 2-6-2Ts.

There is something for all LM enthusiasts with a variety of classes ranging from ‘Coronations’, ‘Royal Scots’, ‘Jubilees’, and Black 5s, all the way down to even 2Fs – a London Midland delight!!

The archive film is mostly in colour and filmed in the late 1950s and the 1960s. An authentic sound track has been added along with commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover photo:- Jim Clemens, 3F 0-6-0T No.43645 at Ashchurch in 1961.

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Volume 201

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.2 (73-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED February 2015**

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 because it either did not fit in with our volumes or we were not aware of the locations. Much of this film is now over half a century old and it is a shame to think that so much of it could end up being either thrown away and lost forever, unseen. To help solve this we are making this series of “Miscellanies” using most of this previously unseen footage and assembled in the order it runs off the cine reel without our usual detailed commentary.

This volume is the second in our miscellany series to cover London Midland steam and it mostly features previously unseen colour film. The only black & white content is a brief look in the late 1940s at the last days of the LMS in Leicester and on the Lickey Incline.

During May 1964 there is still plenty of LM steam to be found at Derby including a Royal Scot normally allocated to Carlisle.

The steeply graded Lickey Incline at Bromsgrove was always a favourite with enthusiasts, and we feature 9F 2-10-0 No.92079 plus a host of 0-6-0 assistants helping trains up the hill.

A route not often covered is that from Nuneaton to Leicester and this is seen around Elmesthorpe and Burbage Common in 1963 & 1964.

A number of visits are made to Crewe and we see a variety of Coronation Pacifics, including the last ever pre-preservation departure in September 1964. Plus two different types of double chimney Black 5s and a host of other classes all bustling around this busy major railway junction.

We stay a while at Rose Grove shed, and then time is spent around Chinley and Buxton watching steam labouring up the grades of the Peak District.

After a short visit to Beattock with its bankers, an enjoyable time is had on Shap Bank watching and listening to steam doing battle with the grades over the bleak moorlands.

There is much coverage around Manchester and Stockport while other areas visited include Preston, Lostock Hall Shed, Leeds, Carnforth, Shrewsbury, Stoke-on-Trent, Lancaster, Giggleswick and Settle.

The archive film is in both colour and Black & White and was mostly filmed between 1960 and 1965. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Ivatt 2-6-0 No.46520 at Crewe in March 1967.

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Volume 190

London Midland Miscellany No.1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED January 2015**

We originally put this volume together over 10 years ago but after we received much more North Western film we abandoned its release and instead made the 10 volume series “Along LMS Lines”. However the demand for LMS steam scenes seems insatiable and so we have decided to release this volume as the first of a new series. Some sequences appear in “Along LMS Lines” but we are sure you will enjoy this volume in its own right! More “London Midland Steam Miscellanies” will follow using previously unseen material.

We begin at Preston with plenty of steam action around the station area, including the engine shed, and then head north. After passing through the 1939 closed station at Barton & Broughton there is a visit the signal box. Brock station also closed in 1939 but there were water troughs nearby. Here, 45531 is making an impressive display dousing its train! Then on to Garstang & Catterall where the local pick-up goods is shunting the yard, and onwards to arrive at Lancaster.

The route of the Midland Railway’s pioneering electrification to both Morcambe and Heysham is covered and includes one of the very last times a steam hauled breakdown train was called out. There is also a journey along the “Little North Western” route from Settle Junction to Lancaster.

We return to the West Coast Main Line and visit Hest Bank and Bolton-le-Sands, before finally arriving at Carnforth. This last bastion of steam is covered in detail and we witness the comings and goings plus the daily routines of a working steam depot before it ceased forever.

All the archive film is in colour and mostly from the last few years of steam traction on these routes. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 9F No.92016 on a empty coaching stock train near Preston, 1963.

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