Volume 247

Vol.247: Electric & Diesel Miscellany No.7 (100-mins) Price £19.75


A further installment 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, from Cornwall to Aberdeen and from Aberystwyth to Great Yarmouth. When creating our extensive steam volumes we often omitted scenes that included diesels and electrics simply because they were not part of the “story” at that time. And in our diesel and electric volumes, time constraints also resulted in much unused and unseen footage. Here, those “cutting room floor” clips are presented for the first time as well as that previously unused footage. All with a new soundtrack!

We begin on the !Southern Region (SR) at Waterloo with Brush Type 4s (latterly Class 47s) on the “Bournemouth Belle”, including the final working. Meanwhile at Clapham Junction the electric 5-BEL “Brighton Belle” Pullman passes through. Other locations visited are Redhill and the Guildford line, the Epsom Downs branch (Sutton, Belmont and Banstead), the New Forest, the electric Isle-of Wight in Network South-East days, diesel hydraulic “Warships” on Waterloo to Exeter services and Basingstoke and Weymouth.

Next to the Eastern Region (ER) and we visit locations such as Ipswich, Peterborough, King’s Cross, Hadley Wood, Hatfield, Great Yarmouth and Reedham plus Class 47s top and tailing off the wires on Inter-City services with a “dead” Class 90. Further north, we visit the North-East for scenes at York, Driffield, Scalby, Cloughton, Darlington, West Hartlepool, Bedlington, Darlington and Manors.

Even further north there are scenes on the Scottish Region (ScR) at Thornton Junction, Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

We return south to the London Midland Region (LMR) where we visit Euston, Tamworth, Norton Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe, Warrington, Allerton, Northwich, Preston, Mouldsworth, Manchester, the Bury third rail electrics, the 1500v DC Woodhead line electrics, Stockport, Giggleswick and the Settle & Carlisle. And a very sad journey from Wolverhampton Low Level to Birmingham Snow Hill just before closure amid total dereliction. Wales and the Borders are not forgotten, with visits to Barmouth, Aberystwyth, Shrewsbury, Weston Rhyn, Shotton, Much Wenlock, Caernarvon, Oswestry, Porthywaen and the Brymbo branch.

Finally, and completing this volume, we visit the Western Region (WR) for scenes at Bodmin, Saltash, Plymouth, Rattery Bank, Paignton, Bristol, Bath, Swindon and Reading, the London Approaches, Paddington, Oxford, Banbury, Kemble, Worcester, Newent, Ledbury, and the Lickey Incline. Plus Sunday diversions through Honeybourne and Winchcombe (on the now preserved Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway). WR Highlights include D6346 shunting at Charlbury and the Forest of Dean with D9555 and D6329. WR diesel-electrics are also not forgotten, even unique “Falcon”. Plus there is extensive coverage of the “Blue Pullmans”.

The period covered is mainly from 1959 to the end of steam and beyond. Motive power is of course very varied and features: English Electric Types 1 (Class 20) & 3 (Class 37), Brush Types 2 (Class 31) & 4 (Classes 47 & 50), BRCW Types 2 (Class 26/27) & 3 (Class 33), BR Type 2 (Class 24/25), North British Type 2 (Class 21/29), Clayton Type 1 (Class 17), Deltics (Class 55), and Baby Deltics (Class 23). Pioneers also seen are 10001, 10201, 10202, DP2, D0280 plus a Metrovick Bo-Bo. WR diesel-hydraulics seen are Westerns (Class 52), Hymeks (Class 35) and Warships (Class 41/42/43), NBL Type 2 (Class 22) and BR D95XX (Class 14). Not forgotten are the various AC Electrics (Classes 81-86) and a multitude of railbuses, DMUs, EMUs and shunters.!

Filmed almost entirely in colour, this plethora of electric and diesel power includes a informative commentary and an authentic sound track.

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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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