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Volume 166

Industrial Steam Part 2 (79-mins) Price £19.75

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With the plethora of main line and branch line steam film footage from the 1960s, the co-existing but equally fascinating industrial steam scene in Britain is often neglected. It is easy to forget that it continued until around 1980. Although we have featured some scenes of industrial steam in other volumes, our last dedicated volume to Industrial Steam was way back in 1997 with our Volume 52! Here we have further look at industrial steam at work in England and Scotland from 1960 to 1980, this time mostly featuring the larger locomotives which worked at collieries and iron stone mines. These locomotives were usually built by private builders, although some ex-BR tank classes were used. The North East and Midland areas are well covered and there are many scenes of long gone engines working in an industrial environment now often vanished. Many of these engines survived into the preservation era and were eventually saved from oblivion. It is only fitting that we conclude our video with 2011 views of a selection of these industrial locomotives at work on preserved lines such as the Tanfield, Foxfield and Blaenavon railways.

All the footage is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, A Hawthorn-Leslie tank shunting at Nunnery Colliery, Sheffield, 1956.

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Volume 136

Steam To North Wales (100-mins) Price £19.75

An archive programme of the CREWE to HOLYHEAD route via CHESTER and BANGOR. Filmed from 1960 to 1967 with occasional 1980’s visits from preserved steam locomotives providing a contrast. Motive power is mainly London Midland Region with Western Region at Chester. Branches from the route include BIRKENHEAD via HOOTON, the DYSERTH branch from PRESTATYN, DENBIGH from MOLD and RHYL, BLAEANAU FFESTINIOG and TRAWSFYNDD from LLANDUDNO JUNCTION and the AMLYCH branch.

The PORT PENRHYN slate quarries to BETHESDA and DINORWIC system are also seen with narrow gauge locomotives.

Locations visited include CREWE, CHESTER, SALTNEY JUNCTION, FLINT, TALACRE, RHYL, ABERGELE, LLANDUDNO, LLANDUDNO JUNCTION, BANGOR, MENAI BRIDGE and HOLYHEAD.

Motive power includes Princess Coronations, Royal Scots, Jubilees, Britannias, Black 5s, 8Fs, Standard Classes and early diesels of Class 40 and 47, usually in green livery.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, 44780 near Abergele, June 1963.

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Volume 130

London Transport Archive (60-mins) Price £19.75

Using all archive film taken over many years up to 1980, this film covers the operations on the LONDON TRANSPORT network on rail and road. Metropolitan Railways are seen with steam at Rickmansworth in 1961 taking over from electric locos. Lots of coverage of the LT pannier tanks at NEASDEN, CROXLEY, WATFORD, FARRINGDON and LILLIE BRIDGE. The Metropolitan electric locomotive tours of 1972. Tube trains of ‘Q’ stock, ’38′ stock on the Northern Line and A62 stock on the Epping to Ongar line and others.

Road transport covers trams, trolleybuses in EDMONTON and some ex LT vehicles in Spain. Horse buses back on the London streets in 1979 with their history mixing with a few preserved examples of early motor buses. The RT buses in central London up to the last on Route 62 at BARKING. RLH types in East London and Routemasters including FRM1 at POTTERS BAR. WR. Witness a visit to ALDENHAM WORKS and the skid pan at CHISWICK with an RT. LONDON COUNTRY routes with green RT, RML, RMC and RF. GREEN LINE with RM’s and RP’s around HARLOW. There are all-over advert liveried Routemasters, Silver Jubilee and Shoplinkers examples. RTW’s at NIAGARA FALLS. A very nostalgic period remembered of LONDON TRANSPORT’s history.

Filmed virtually all in excellent colour, with a sound track and informative commentary.

Cover photo:- Colin White, Pannier L94 at Watford LT Station, 1968.

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Volume 109

Cambrian Landcruise Part 2 (90-mins) Price £19.75

Shrewsbury-Ruabon-Barmouth.

A second volume of our land cruise around the Cambrian Mountains. This journey continues from SHREWSBURY to BARMOUTH via RUABON, LLANGOLLEN and DOLGELLAU.

Extensive coverage of SHREWSBURY is seen in the early 1960’s at the station and a detailed look at steam locomotives on Coleham sheds. Here LMS and GWR engines were serviced from Panniers to Black 5s, Manors and Granges. The station saw Jubilees and through and transfer freights behind 28xx, Manors, and Halls. Journey north via LEATON BASCHURCH and GOBOWEN with diversions to WHITCHURCH and OSWESTRY. A visit to IFTON colliery and CHIRK to RUABON. Sun and snow at LLANGOLLEN LINE JUNCTION. Continue down the Dee Valley via LLANGOLLEN. Here we see how it used to be in the 1960’s and comparative views of the preserved line from LLANGOLLEN to CARROG using 1980’s and 1990’s views of visiting engines to this railway. Some home based engines as well! On to BALA and DOLGELLAU in 1964. Finally MORFA MAWDDACH and BARMOUTH, even track recovery trains on the Dee valley route that closed in 1965.

Motive power seen includes Manors, Granges, Halls, 28xx, 2251, Panniers and 43xx. LMS Black 5s, Jubilee, 8Fs and 2MT, backed up by a few Standard Classes. The scenery on this route is again superb forming a great backdrop for the steam action on these main and secondary lines. Some views date from 1959, one from 1930, in this comprehensive account of the line from SHREWSBURY to BARMOUTH via the Dee Valley.

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Volume 54

Steam through the Peaks (60 mins) Price £19.75

The Midland Railway route from Derby to Manchester traversed the Peak District of limestone hills. It was this limestone which produced much traffic for the railway, the ICI works around Buxton provided steam haulage up to 1968. First there is an introduction to the route using the last steam hauled train over the entire route in 1968. Beginning at Derby we go north to Wirksworth and its quarry. A detailed look at the Cromford and High Peak line with its steep incline at Sheep Pasture, J94’s storming Hopton incline, even a B1 at Parsley Hay.

Steam around Rowsley where the long climb to Peak Forest begins. We follow the route and stop off at Millers Dale for a trip up the Buxton branch with push-pull trains hauled by 2P 0-4-4T tank engines 58083 and 41905. There are 8F’s in the snow at Buxton and Patriot 45522 turns up from Manchester. Chinley with its four track main line down to Gowhole yards. Peak Forest, Dove Holes and Chinley North and South Junctions. Chinley with a Midland Spinner, absolutely unique film from 1980. Buxton and Gowhole yards,New Mills with it’s branch following the original Midland Railway route to Manchester through Birch Vale, Bredbury and Woodley with fine views at Brinnington and then down through Stockport Tiviot Dale, Georges Road to Heaton Mersey. The shed at Heaton Mersey is seen from 1962 to closure in 1968. London expresses pass Cheadle Heath and a commuter service to Manchester Central was still worked by steam in 1965. We see Royal Scots, 4F and 2-6-4 tanks. Finally a journey along the now closed route through Didsbury and Chorlton brings the film to an end at Manchester Central. Once again this video covers an area in great detail and well filmed.

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Volume 16

Modern Traction Memories (55-mins) Price £15

In collating Colin White’s steam films for production B & R noticed that there were enough scenes of early diesels to make a one hour programme of types of diesel traction mostly lost in BR service in the 1980′s. Certainly some liveries are gone and generally all the film was taken before the video age. So we can re-live these early diesel scenes from the 60′s and early 70′s starting with the Hydraulics of Western, Warship and Hymek classes. They are seen at work on railtours and normal service including a journey on the double-headed Hymek Swansong from Paddington to Hereford. The Blue Pullmans looking so much like early HSTs at Paddington. Class 50s double-heading the “Royal Scot” in pre-electrification days is followed by a view of “Kestrel” at a Cricklewood open day in 1969. Electric traction is represented by views of the now lost “Brighton Belle” seen in both it’s liveries. A complete journey by Channel Islands boat train along the Weymouth tramway with Class 12 haulage, 15233, having arrived behind D6529 a class 33 in blue. Deltics are well covered at Kings Cross and Peterborough and even their wanderings to Harlow and Wandsworth. We see Class 31s in green and blue liveries on a variety of workings including the Royal Train at Cambridge. The whistling Class 40s follow at Bersham, Kings Cross and Manchester Victoria when they hauled stock to Rainhill in 1980. D200 restored to its green livery is seen at Whitchurch. Memories of Peak haulage on the Midland main line is relived. Brush Type 4s in a unique form which started the new era of colourful liveries is featured by 47 164 at Chelmsford with the large Union Jack on its sides. We end this look at the locos of this age with green-liveried 47s on the East Coast Main Line. All told there are 14 different classes of traction and several locomotives seen in BR service now in preservation on this compilation.

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Volume 8

Steam Northbound (60-mins) Price £15

This production features pre-1968 BR steam in the North, much of it in Scotland with some extraordinary special workings dating back to 1959 with locomotives that have been in museums for 30-years since. The first section shows BR steam in and around the Dumfries area in the early 1960′s. The inevitable Black 5 is well covered, but also a 2P, Jubilees, Scots, Clans, an A2, A4s and Britannias. Locations include Beattock and Quintishill. The second section shows main line specials with a difference. “Gordon Highlander” double-heading with the Caley Single. Jones Goods and a McIntosh 0-6-0. 46255 “City of Hereford” is seen, as is 60004 “William Whitelaw”. The last Highland Railway No.103 is captured before she was ensconced in Glasgow Museum. “Flying Scotsman”, “Sir Nigel Gresley” and “Clun Castle” (in Carlisle) are seen in the 1960s and “Maude” in 1980. The final section (25-minutes) brings us up to date with glorious scenes of the Highlands as we follow and ride behind 5407 on the Fort William to Mallaig line in 1984. Breathtaking line shots of the locomotive bounding away through the Scottish hills and along lochs in glorious sunshine, over Glenfinnan viaduct and into tunnels.

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