Volume 199

Great Western Steam Miscellany No.1 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED November 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 any story.  Some could run into several volumes!

This is the first volume in our new “Miscellanies” series and it features Great Western Steam. It has something a bit different and the first 20 minutes or so is devoted to the 54xx, 64xx & 74xx light pannier tanks. The remainder of the footage features all the classes you love to see including 4-6-0 Kings, Castles, Counties, Halls, Granges, & Manors 4-6-0s, the freight 28xx 2-8-0 & 72xx 2-8-2T, the 57xx, 94xx 0-6-0 panniers, the Prairie 2-6-2T 45xx & 41xx and the diminutive 14xx 0-4-2Ts!. Of course, non-GWR power appears, perhaps the most noticeable being 0-4-0 dock tank No.41525.

Although we feature broad coverage across most of the former GWR empire, certain areas as seen in much greater detail. These include The Golden Valley push-pull to Stroud and Gloucester, Ponytpool Road to Neath, Swansea Victoria to Craven Arms and the delightful Exe Valley and Culm Valley branches with their 0-4-2 tanks.

Other include Yeovil Town to Yeovil Junction, Dymock, Cinderford, Coleford, the Dursley branch, the Aberayron branch, Barmouth, Hatton Bank, Oxford, Paddington, Langley, Slough, Worcester, Hereford, Carmarthen to Aberystwyth, Torquay, Birmingham Snow Hill and Chester.

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 GWR steam.

Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications. Pannier 5410 on the Yeovil Junction to Yeovil Town auto train, 1963.

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Volume 197

Southern Steam Finale No.10 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED September 2015**

The final(!) of our Southern Steam Finale series which covers the last 18 months leading up to the end of steam on the Southern Region in July 1967. Here we use material that was not included in the first 9 volumes plus a few minutes of early preservation footage; but even that is from over 30 years ago! Luckily some Southern engines survived to bring back memories of those halcyon days. We look at some of the older classes the Lord Nelsons, King Arthurs & Schools, which although all withdrawn in 1962, have examples which have been in steam since July 1967.

Twenty years on from the end of steam, Merchant Navy “Clan Line” was seen on the Blackmore Vale Expresses from Salisbury to Exeter, with grateful thanks to Gerald Daniels the then Area Manager. Bullied Battle of Britain 34067 “Tangmere” and West Country 34092 “City of Wells” are also seen on specials, some far away from their comfort zone.

But back to 1967. The majority of the engines at the end were unkempt but not unloved by their drivers, with many a tale being told of a Bulleid Pacific thundering along the track at over 100mph! Most of this volume concentrates on the last steam main line from Waterloo to Bournemouth and Weymouth, but we also take a trip across the Solent to the Isle of Wight to see the Victorian Adams 02 class 0-4-4 tanks. These really useful engines, were sent to the Island by the Southern Railway in the 1920s to replace the ancient engines inherited from the various Island railways. They lasted to the end of steam on the Island, and one W24 “Calbourne” has been preserved.

As well as the more glamorous express engines, we see Urie and Maunsell S15s, Maunsell N & U class Moguls, Bulleid’s Q1s and the USA 0-6-0 dock tanks. Standard Class 4s & 5s are seen, working alongside Standard Class 3 and 4 tanks. LMS Black 5s and Ivatt tanks are also seen plus A4 60024 “Kingfisher” and A2 60532 “Blue Peter” on enthusiast specials.

So pour yourself a glass of Tizer, tuck into that individual apple pie and sit back and enjoy the DVD.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Schools Class 30926 “Repton” passing Paddock Wood, 1962.

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Volume 196

Steam Still at Work after August 1968 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED July 2015**

Our “Steam Still at Work” series of films features the steam scene after the end of main line steam on British Railways in 1968. The series continues until the “Return to Steam” tours on BR in October 1971. In this third part we discover that whilst BR main line steam did indeed finish in August 1968, enthusiasts could still find their cherished ‘Iron Horses’ at work around the country during 1969.

That bête noire of 1960s railways, Dr. Richard Beeching, proved that a leopard can change its spots, as in April 1969 he reopened a line – the Dart Valley Railway.

London Transport was still using steam for things like permanent way trains with ex-GWR pannier tanks doing the job. Whilst we would have to wait until October 1971 before 6000 King George V removed the main line steam ban, in 1969 this magnificent locomotive could be found at Bulmer’s cider factory, Hereford.

Dedicated steam hunters could also venture over the water, and we follow the RPSI two-day tour from Belfast to Cork. “Flying Scotsman” was the exception to the ban on main line steam, as owner Alan Pegler had secured a contract with BR allowing him to do so. There was also narrow-gauge steam, and we visit the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent during May 1969. In the same month a trip is also made to the Talyllyn Railway.

At Didcot the Great Western Society had moved in during 1967 and were preparing for their first open day in May 1969. Another first open day was the Steamtown Railway Museum, Carnforth on 1st. June 1969.

We cover the Longmoor Military Railway in Hampshire in detail – David Shepherd is present for the naming ceremony of 92203 and famous engine driver Sammy Gingell helps with 35028. WD 2-10-0 “Gordon” is seen hauling a BR special around the system during July 1969. By now the Keighley & Worth Valley in Yorkshire had been operating for one year and we see this delightful line basking in the summer sunshine.

Industrial steam is not forgotten – the Walkden system near Manchester featured North Staffordshire 0-6-2T “Sir Robert”, and the British Oak Coal Disposal Point near Wakefield used “Jinty” 47445. Another trip in the summer of 1969 was to the Cricklewood open day with 7029, 5593, 5428, and the legendary “Kestrel” – the 4,000hp diesel later sold to the Soviet Union.

Filmed entirely in colour, a detailed commentary plus authentic sound track complements this nostalgic look at steam after August 1968.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 3F 0-6-0 shunting NCB wagons at Williamthorpe Colliery.

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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 194

Scottish Railways Remembered Part 7 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED May 2015**

The seventh volume in this series and this time our one hour long production includes Carlisle, Edinburgh, Glasgow Buchanan Street, Stirling, Thornton Junction and Perth before ending at Aberdeen.

From Carlisle we travel to Edinburgh on the Warwickshire Railway Society’s three day epic tour in 1966. Steam action is seen a plenty at Waverley station, plus the diesel hauled Royal Train in September 1964. We spend time at St. Margaret’s shed as well as the new marshalling yards at Millerhill. The Railway Society of Scotland’s J36 tour takes us to Portobello, Musselburgh, Smeaton and Corstophine before we explore the former Caledonian Railway’s Princes Street station.

Another new marshalling yard was built at Thorntom Junction where we see J37s, J38s, B1s and WD 2-8-0s all working on the then expanding coal traffic around Fife. Our journey then takes us to the “other” Forth Bridge at Throsk, near Alloa.

A surprise for many enthusiasts was that the final home for Gresley’s A4 Pacifics was not the East Coast Main Line but on the 3-hour expresses from Glasgow to Aberdeen. By May 1964 all the remaining class members were allocated to Scottish Region sheds bar one, and they settled down to several good years of work on this route being quite at home on the tightly timed 3-hour expresses.

We visit the Glasgow terminus of these 3-hour expresses at Buchanan Street before moving on to Stirling to watch the steam activity there including the last workings of Stanier’s Coronation class Pacifics. At Perth more steam action is seen at the station plus a visit to the shed.

Our journey continues via Coupar Angus, Stonehaven and Cove Bay before concluding at Aberdeen. Here we see the joint station that opened in 1867 and then visit Ferryhill shed which was the home, in June 1965, of seven A4 Pacifics.

All the archive film was filmed entirely in colour and mostly during the 1960s. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary complementing this nostalgic look at the railways in Scotland.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, “A2” Pacific No.60532 “Blue Peter” on an Aberdeen to Glasgow express.

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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 192

Turkish Delight Part 2 (75-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED March 2015**

Turkey is a country with a landscape full of dramatic contrasts from the largely flat western side in Europe to the rugged, mountainous eastern side in Asia separated by the Bosphorus waterway. To cope with this challenging environment, the railways used simple but powerful steam locomotives and continued to do so until the late 1980s. Turkey was one of the last countries in the world to use steam traction and it became a mecca for steam enthusiasts.

In Part 1, we visited the Asiatic side around Izmir and the Black Sea coast around Zonguldak before moving east to the Euphrates Gorge and then south to Konya.
In this Part 2, we revisit the Zonguldak area and the Burdur system before returning to Izmir and then continue along the Konya and Afyon line. We visit several of the lines in the Afyon area before revisiting the Burdur system and return to Izmir from Denizli.

Although the named express trains were usually diesel hauled, most of the country was steam worked using a variety of steam engines of many different types. Here we see both main line and secondary line, passenger, freight and mixed trains hauled by a mixture of 2-10-2s, 2-10-0s, 0-10-0s, 2-8-2s, 2-8-0s and 0-8-0s passing through some dramatic scenery and weather.

There are double-headed and banked (even some double banked) trains. Prussian, German and USA built locomotives abound. We see some British Stanier 8F “Churchill” 2-8-0s working trains plus a brief glimpse of a steam crane on shunting duties!. In addition to the main and secondary lines footage there are some steam shed scenes. There is even footage of a rail-across-rail level crossing!

An absolutely fascinating record of the last years of steam traction in Turkey!

This all colour film has been brought to life with superb sound and commentary.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Colin White. 57009 arrives at Basmane from Kars and leaves on the 11am to Soma, 13/12/75.

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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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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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