DVDs released during 2018

Volume 218

1960s Iberian Railway Holidays No.1 (85-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED August 2018**

Jim Clemens Collection No.36.

With the steam declining rapidly in the UK, Jim Clemens decided that summer family holidays should be taken in Iberia. This volume covers the rail scene in Spain and Portugal between 1965 and 1969.

The first holiday was at Sitges, south of Barcelona. In addition to modern traction, a Hungarian-built Ganz diesel railcar from 1936 is seen on an Inter-City working. Working steam included 4-6-0s, 2-8-0s, 0-8-0s, and even 4-6-2 Garratts on shed. We travel along the Reus to Salou road-side tramway in coaches made at Loughborough! Barcelona and its tram system are also visited.

The Summer of 1966 found the family on the Costa Blanca. The ESA narrow-gauge system is covered along the coast through Benidorm to Denia. The British-built Alcoy & Gandia narrow gauge line is visited and included Isle-of-Man looking 2-6-2Ts. We see the Alicante tram system that closed in 1969 and visit Alicante broad-gauge engine shed, while the now-closed Benalua terminus included an 1880′s 0-6-0 as station pilot. More Garratts are seen at La Encina and Jativa.

Northern Portugal was the destination in both 1967 and 1968 (1968 only in this volume). The broad-gauge includes Viana do Castello and the Douro Valley line. The extensive narrow gauge system still operated much steam and we include rush hour at Oporto Trindade, Boa Vista (including trams) and Sernada do Vouga. We see 2-6-0Ts from the 1880s, impressive 2-8-2Ts from the 1930s, 0-4-4-0 Mallets, and even the asymmetric 2-4-6-0 Mallets.

The base in 1969 was Tarragona. By this time the Garratts had been concentrated here; watch them on freight workings to Reus and Lerida. The Madrid passenger service at Lerida was still steam worked and we see 2-8-2s, 4-8-0s, plus the giant 4-8-2s. More steam is seen at Mora La Neuva, even the 4,000hp Spanish version of a ‘Warship’! The Reus to Salou line is again visited and we see some of the Tarragona to Reus trolleybuses.

Filmed in colour, a commentary plus sound track complement this look at the railways of lberian between 1965 and 1969.

Cover Photo:- Jim Clemens, Garratt 2-8-2+2-8-2 hauling a freight from Tarragona to Lerida, July 1969.

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Volume 217

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

**RELEASED June 2018**

The fourth part of in our “Steam Still at Work” series of films which feature the steam scene both at home and overseas 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.

We begin by visiting Woodham’s vast scrap yard of over 200 locomotives at Barry Docks in South Wales, followed by lineside at Blea Moor on 11th.August 1968 to witness the passing of the last BR steam train, “The Fifteen Guinea Special”. Then to the solemn lines of dead and withdrawn locomotives at the former BR steam depot at Carnforth. All was not lost here as a lease had been obtained lighting a preservation era spark which would transform the site into “Steamtown Carnforth” in subsequent years.

Next we visit the Keighley & Worth Valley and the Severn Valley lines in their very early preservation days. Quite a contrast to today!

Pockets of industrial steam still existed and we find “The Lady Armaghdale” and “Isabel” working for ICI near Manchester before preservation. The NCB was the largest user of steam locomotives nationally after 1968 and we travel to Widdrington Colliery where the one-time ‘J94′ No. 68078 is seen at work.

Flying Scotsman” made a final trip along the East Coast Main Line, complete with its two tenders, in August 1969 before heading to Liverpool for shipping to the USA. BR’s only remaining steam, the narrow gauge “Vale of Rheidol” line is visited followed by a trip around the Manchester Ship Canal system in September 1969. Steam was still active in Northern Ireland and operations are seen in 1969 including the famous spoil trains from Magheramore quarry to Belfast Lough.

We cross the Channel to France to enjoy the ruggedly handsome North American-built 141Rs at Boulogne. Plenty of steam could also be found in West Germany with the 012 4-6-2s on express passenger services (including a footplate run), heavy freight work with the class 044 2-10-0s and classes 023, 038, 050, 064, 065, and 078 on a variety of workings. A cornucopia of steam! Portugal was another favoured haunt, even including narrow-gauge 2-4-4-0 compound mallets.

Back to Blighty for a visit to Tyseley’s open day in September 1969, the LCGB ‘takeover’ of Bowaters paper mill system in October 1969, the Bluebell Railway, and finally to Didcot and the GWS, where ex-Wantage Tramway “Shannon” is seen in steam for the first time since 1942.A vast area of the country is covered from HSTs and Class 50s in the West Country, to the Midlands at Wichnor sidings, Bescot and then across to Norwich, with numerous other locations in between including Cosford and the Madeley route.

Filmed entirely in colour, a commentary plus sound track complement this nostalgic look at working steam after August 1968

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Vale of Rheidol 2-6-2T No.7 “Owain Glyndwr” at Aberystwyth, 1969.

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Volume 216

A Miscellany of Electric & Diesel Power No.4 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED May 2018**

The fourth in our popular electric and diesel miscellany series. Although the “classic traction” seen in this series is “modern” compared to “steam traction” it should be remembered that much of the footage is 50 years or more older having been taken during the period from the 1960s to the 1980s. Most of the scenes selected have not been previously seen. As before with these films, we have simply compiled them in no particular order and thus a few surprises will be in store as you enjoy the video.

A vast area of the country is covered from HSTs and Class 50s in the West Country, to the Midlands at Wichnor sidings, Bescot and then across to Norwich, with numerous other locations in between including Cosford and the Madeley route.

We watch high speed operations on both the East Coast Main Line (ECML) and West Coast Main Line (WCML) before moving southwards to Stonehouse Junction on the Birmingham to Bristol main line for scenes including glimpses in the signal box and a Class 14 on the nearby Nailsworth branch (closed in 1966).

A couple of rail incidents are covered at Catholme Level Crossing and near Lichfield, followed by a visit to Derby Works during the 1968 Open day.

More action is seen on the Great Western Main Line at Reading, Taplow and Acton. In London, we visit King’s Cross, St Pancras and Waterloo.

Northwards again for footage around Shrewsbury which includes a couple of Crewe test trains. The reopening of Barmouth Bridge is also touched on, plus a few scenes from around the long demolished Buxton Lime Works. Manchester Victoria is also visited.

Classes covered include Brush Type 4s in both two-tone green and corporate blueliveries, English Electric Type 4s, again in green and blue plus we cover their last days in service in 1984. Blue Pullmans are seen as well as their HST successors. AC Electrics are in in action as well as Deltics at King’s Cross and at speed on the main line.

Passenger and freight trains pass by, including a number of car­carriers. We see Classes 03, 08, 14, 20, 31, 33, 35, 37, 40, 44, 45, 47, 50, 52, 55, 73, 74 and virtually all the AC electric types. A couple of steam shots are added for further interest. One or two DMU/EMU scenes are included and a finally a couple of shots include the rarely seen Brake Tenders.

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

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

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications:- An unidentified Class 37 near Langwith, March 1980.

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Volume 215

Great Western Steam Miscellany No.4 (81-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED March 2018**

The fourth volume in our miscellany series covering the former Great Western empire is compiled from mostly previously unseen footage and includes film from Jim Clemens, Harry Ashby, Alan Blencowe and David Cooper.

We begin at Bromsgrove and the Lickey Incline. Although the tracks here were London Midland Region, in later years the Western Region exerted a considerable influence, especially with the bankers, and this extended along the main line and branches to places such as Ashchurch, Bredon, and Tewkesbury.

Along the route from Wellington to Wolverhampton we see Hollinswood Junction, Madeley Junction and Cosford, plus Wolverhampton Low Level and Birmingham Snow Hill.

There is film at Bristol Temple Meads and a visit to St. Philips Marsh shed. Gloucester has excellent coverage including Horton Road shed, the Golden Valley auto-trains, Standish Junction, Stonehouse, Grange Court Junction, Woolaston and Aylburton. We watch the all-steam activity at Hereford and before visiting Banbury. At Worcester we start a journey up the Severn Valley to Bewdley and the colliery sidings at Alveley.

Oxford is another location seen in detail including film at Wolvercote and Kennington, locals for the Princes Risborough branch, plus visits to Eynsham and Fairford. There is film at Reading, West Drayton, Iver, and Paddington. Welsh coverage includes Carmarthen, Bronwydd Arms, Llandilo, Pontardulais and Aberystwyth.

In the South-West visits are made to Shepton Mallet, Washford, Montacute, Tavistock, Brent, Saltash and Wadebridge.

The time period for the majority of the film is the years onwards from 1961. Motive power includes virtually all the ex-GWR classes you would expect including: King, County, Castle, Hall, Grange, Manor, 28xx, 43xx, 2251, 42xx, 45xx, 4lxx, 66xx, 1366, 64xx, 57xx, 94xx, and 14xx. BR standards are represented by Britannia pacifics, Class 5 73xxx and Class 4 75xxx 4-6-0s, Class 2 78xxx 2-6-0s plus there is even a ex-LNER B1!

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

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications:- 2-8-0 No.3806 returning home with empty mineral wagons, Sonning Cutting, 1962.

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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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