Volume 225

1960s Iberian Railway Holidays No.2 (100-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED mid June 2019**

Jim Clemens Collection No.38.

With steam declining rapidly in the UK, Jim Clemens had decided that summer family holidays should be taken in Iberia chasing steam! Here in our second installment we continue his story of the rail scene in Spain and Portugal between 1966 and 1969.

The summer of 1966 found the family on the Costa Blanca in Spain. The ESA narrow gauge system is seen along the coast through Benidorm to Gandia. In Alicante a visit is made to the broad gauge engine shed and we spend some time at the now closed Benalua terminus including the through service from Cartaghena and Murcia to Valencia. A trip inland was also made to La Encina and Jativa.

In 1967 and 1968 Northern Portugal was the destination. Visits were made to the mixed gauge line at Regua in the Douro Valley. The broad gauge station pilot here was a Beyer-Peacock 0-6-0 dating from 1875 whilst on the metre gauge we see our first glimpse of the asymmetric 2-4-6-0 compound Mallet tank engines.

In Oporto, as well as watching the city’s tram and trolleybus systems, there is a visit to the narrow gauge terminus at Trindade to see 0-4-4-0 compound Mallets at work and a visit to the newly built (1965) broad gauge engine shed at Contumil.

Next we visit the narrow gauge system south of Douro at Sernada do Vouga, Oliveira de Azemeis and Espinho. Services are seen operating on the gauntleted track (narrow gauge set inside broad gauge) at Lousado and Famalicao with the branch onwards to Povoa de Varzim being particularly well covered. Other locations include Braga, Nine, Viana do Catelo,Valenca and Moncao.

In 1969 the base was Tarragona. By this time all the 2-8-2+2-8-2 Garratts had been concentrated here and we watch them at work on freight trains to Reus and Lerida. We also visit the Garratts home depot at Tarragona South, the refuelling point at Tarragona North shed and Lerida shed. More steam is seen at Mora La Neuva plus a glimpse of the 4000hp Spanish version of the BR “Warship” diesel, the RENFE Class 340.

Filmed in colour, a commentary plus sound track complement this look at the railways of lberia between 1966 and 1969.

Cover Photo: Jim Clemens,Garratt 2-8-2+2-8-2 leaving Reus for Tarrangona, July 1969.

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Volume 224

Southern Steam Miscellany No.4 (90-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED May 2019**

The fourth volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover Southern steam and compiled from much previously unseen footage from a variety of different collections. Straight from the reel!

We start at Waterloo before heading out to Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Nine Elms shed and Woking before visiting Guildford and it’s shed. Other locations include Chertsey, Virginia Water, Ascot, North Camp and Alton. Basingstoke is particularly well covered from the early 1960s until the end of steam. Here, in addition to the normal fare of Bulleid pacifics and BR Standards, we see Schools 4-4-0s and King Arthur 4-6-0s all hard at work.

In Sussex we visit Rowfant, Rotherfield, Hellingly, Keymer Junction, Hassocks, Clayton Tunnel, Slinfold and Newhaven plus a journey from Horsham to Brighton with an E4

At Winchester, both stations are seen before we travel to Eastleigh for visits to the works and the shed. Then to Southampton in 1963 for a tour of it’s extensive docks including the Ocean Terminal. Double-headed USA tanks then take us from Southampton Terminus along the branch to Fawley. There are brief scenes on the Isle-of-Wight in 1961 and the Hayling Island branch in 1963. Brockenhurst is another favoured location which includes the era when M7s worked to Lymington. Moving further west, more places visited include Christchurch, Bournemouth, Wareham, the Swanage branch and Weymouth plus a couple of clips of the S & DJR!

Further west, in “Withered Arm” territory, Z 0-8-0Ts are on banking duty at Exeter and we view the steeply graded line between Braunton and Ilfracombe as well as Beattie tanks at Wadebridge and Boscarne Junction. Southern locos are also seen away from their home region at locations such as Reading, Reading Central Goods, Oxford, Wellingborough, Stratford-upon-Avon, Leamington, Rugby and Banbury.

Motive power includes Bulleid pacifics, Q1, U, N, H, S15, USA, M7, AIX, B4, C, E4, E6, K, N15, O2, LN, V, H16, Z, 0298, 73xxx, 75xxx, 76xxx, 412xx, 80xxx and 82xxx classes.

Almost all the archive film is in colour and the majority of the film covers the years from 1961 to 1967. An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of Southern steam.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, 31599 with a two coach auto train, Tonbridge, June 1960.

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Volume 223

A Miscellany of Diesel & Electric Power No.5 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED April 2019**

The fifth in our popular electric and diesel miscellany series covering classic ‘modern’ traction from the 1960s through to the 1980s. Much of this footage is over 50 years old and once again we travel far and wide with a multitude of locomotive types in a huge variety of very different locations.
We start with diesel hydraulic activities, including “Warships”, at Bristol, Plymouth and around Swansea. Then on to the Pembroke Dock branch for DMUs and Hymeks.

Travelling north we witness scenes at Scarborough (including a Royal Train working), York (for Deltics in action) and Class 56s near Selby.
Back south again and to the Weymouth line for Class 33s on push-pull operations through the Bincombe tunnels.

Returning north once more, we visit Crewe during the modernisation in 1985 and the Woodhead Route for Class 76s on freight and passenger workings.
Down in London, at Paddington station, we see even more hydraulics plus a variety of English Electric traction before visiting King’s Cross. Other locations seen briefly include the Settle & Carlisle line, the Shrewsbury area, Hanwell, Weston Rhyn and Loggerheads.

We also feature some unusual footage of an excursion with a Southern 2-BIL electric multiple unit at the very end of their working lives. A brief look at the “Class 44 Farewell” tour is followed by a section devoted to the Metropolitan electric locomotive tour of 1972 starring the two now preserved examples Nos. 5 & 12 hauling a rake of Guards Vans. We return to Crewe to see a “Royal Scot” tour departing with a Class 40.

The Brymbo branch and Bersham colliery are well covered with Peaks and Class 47s on coal trains. Plus we include a glimpse of a couple of industrial steam engines!
Returning north once again, vintage electric multiple units are seen on the Morecambe branch of the unique experimental line from Lancaster Green Ayre.

Finally, to bring back memories for some, we conclude with some footage of DMUs on now long lost and closed lines.

Many of the locomotive classes that existed during this period are seen: 03, 08, 20, 24, 25, 31, 33, 35, 37, 40, 44, 45, 47, 50, 52, 55, 76, 81 – 86, 87…in fact there very few are left out!

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

Cover Photo:- Hugh Ballantyne/Courtesy Book Law Publications,
86258 “Talyllyn—The First Preserved Railway” passes Stafford, 19/5/1984.

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Volume 222

Steam Still at Work after August 1968 – Part 5 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED February 2019**

The fifth part in our “Steam Still at Work” series of films which mostly features 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 in Kent during 1969 where Mogul U-class 2-6-0 No.31618 (the 2nd locomotive rescued from Barry scrapyard) is seen near Maidstone, followed by the first of two journeys to the Ashford Steam Centre where there is a strong South Eastern & Chatham representation. We next visit Bridgnorth during 1965 at the very beginning of the Severn Valley Railway followed by scenes of the early days of workings to Hampton Loade featuring Nos.46443, 3205, 8233, 43106, and GWR railcar 22.

Many ex-GWR pannier tanks found a new commercial working life after BR and visits are made to see them on London Transport (No.L92) and on the NCB at Coventry (No.1502), Merthyr Vale (No.9600), and Mountain Ash (No.7754) collieries. In South Wales further NCB sites seen are Hafodyrynys, Celynen South, Brynlliw, and Maesteg.

Although not steam, another system of interest to enthusiasts visited at the end of 1969 was the “Woodhead” electrified system from Manchester to Sheffield Victoria.

Next we visit the Dart Valley Railway in May 1970 with its first ever through trains from the BR network – one by the LCGB with Praire No.4555 & Pannier No.1638 and the other one by Ian Allan with 0-4-2T No.1420 & again No.1638.

Further locations include Quainton Road, Bulmer’s at Hereford, Carnforth, Tyseley, and the Bluebell Railway on the occasion of their tenth anniversary. In North Wales visits are also made to the Welshpool & Llanfair (including the Legendary “Monarch” 0-4-4-0), Talyllyn and Vale of Rheidol railways.
Steam could also still be found across the Channel. We visit the last entirely steam-worked terminus in Paris at Gare-de-la-Bastille using 2-8-2 tanks during December 1969 plus also near Boissy and Vincennes. A trip was also organised to North Germany by the LCGB in April 1970 and includes Lingen (with a visit to the locomotive works) and Emden. Motive power features double-headed 011 Pacifics, Nos. 012, 023, and even an 082 0-10-0 tank.

The archive film is entirely in colour. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement our nostalgic look at this period from 1969 to 1970.

Cover photo:- Colin White, Andrew-Barclay 0-4-0ST No.8 at Celynen Colliery, June 1970.

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