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Volume 82

Severn to Dee Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

This video covers the line from Wrexham to Chester. Volume 56 ended on arriving at Wrexham. This film begins there and looks at the steam scene around the town, especlally near Croess Newydd. The branch to Brymbo and Minera was steep and engines worked hard over it with panniers, 8F and 9F. The coal mine at Gresford supplied traffic to the railways and the bank here should need no introduction for its scenery and hard working engines. Saltney Junction saw North Wales traffic working alongside the Western with Castle, Jubilee, Scot and others filmed here and over the Roodee. Chester station saw steam until 1967, the last rites are seen with some specials as well.

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Volume 77

Memories On The Somerset & Dorset (60-mins) Price £19.75

The Somerset and Dorset closed in 1966. A local enthusiast and railwayman, Terry Nicholls, whose still photography is quite well known, he has been in the Glorious Years in the Steam Railway magazine, turned his cine camera to the line in its last two years. Unlike some videos of the line, this covers the Bristol to Bath via Mangotsfleld route before venturing south to Templecombe and the Highbridge branch from Evercreech. Specials are also covered right up to the last day of working, with 4F, 8F and West Country pacifics.

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Volume 67

Railways of the East Midlands No.2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Again, the success of our Volumes 29 and 42 have led to this production centred on the Midland main line through Wellingborough and Kettering. However, views at Leicester, Nuneaton, Nottingham and Staveley set the scene to begin at Marylebone for the GC and St.Pancras to Luton. Remember when Class 27′s in their original livery worked suburban stock and the Wheathampstead to Dunstable branch was still with us? This time it is with diesel and early DMU as steam was covered in Volume 29. Next the steam scene north of Irchester Junction to Wellingborough and Kettering. In the early 1960′s freight dominated the railway here; 9F, WD and 8F engines pulled loaded and empty trains along the four track main line. Wellingborough shed and station saw Fowler and Jinty tanks and the 84000 Standard tanks on the locals to Northampton. We traverse the route to Northampton Bridge Street with a 78000 Class mogul. The main traffic from the area was ironstone; visit Irchester, Finedon, Cranford and Kettering Furnaces industrial systems. There was a line to Butlins, Butlins Sidings that is! Engines working hard and fast, slow and branch line work, a feast of steam in an area now mostly devoid of the traffic you see in this video.

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Volume 64

Along LMS Lines Part 1 (Euston to Stafford) (60-mins) Price £19.75

The demand for LMS steam scenes seems insatiable. Following on from our successful Lancashire & Yorkshire volumes we now look at the London & North Western lines. We will cover the West Coast Main Line and some of its branches and secondary routes from Euston to Glasgow. This first volume looks at the scenes of the 1960′s from Euston to Stafford via Northampton, Rugby and the West Midlands. With fifteen Duchess pacifics, four Princess Royals, Scots, Jubilees, Super D’s and Patriots, mixing it with Crabs, Jinties and Black 5′s, we have it all in this video. Visit Camden and Willesden Sheds, steam over Bushey troughs, steam and early electrics at Watford Junction plus five different Duchesses at Bletchley. More steam power at Roade and an in-depth look at Northampton with even a GWR interloper here!. The Highlight of the video has to be Rugby before and after the wires went up. Four Princess Royals pass the camera, Duchesses galore, Jubilee, Scot, Standards and even a 2P 4-4-0. There are sights of green liveried Class 40′s and a WD. Into the West Midlands with Super D and 8F at Saltley and Bescot. There is a Scot and a Duchess at Wolverhampton High Level; the trolleybuses were still here and an industrial Garratt works a colliery. This is how it was in the early 1960′s. Sheer magic.

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Volume 57

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part 4 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A fourth volume of our series on the lines of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. Firmly in Lancashire, this film will delight all that loved the scenes towards the end of steam in the North West. It covers an area from Burnley to Blackburn and south to Bolton, Horwich and Chequerbent. Mostly filmed in sunny bright weather by competent cameramen, we see Rose Grove at its best (or worst!) with duties over Copy Pit. 8F’s struggle up the Padiham branch and run freely through Huncoat to Accrington. West to Blackburn, Pleasington and Hoghton summit. South of Blackburn, we follow the now singled line through Sough Tunnel to Entwhistle and Bolton. We visit the shed there before moving west to Horwich to see the passenger service to Chorley worked by 84xxx tanks. An in depth look at the Chequerbent incline from the lineside, guards van and footplate, trains having to be split to just three wagons because of the severity of the climb. Although the odd 2-6-4 tank and WD 2-8-0 appear, the most prolific engines were the Black 5′s and 8F’s but all are beautifully filmed, another fitting tribute to the end of steam in the North West and Lancashire in particular.

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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 51

Shap’s Steam Glory (60 mins) Price £19.75

When we produced Volume 20 Shap’s Steam Twilight, we advertised it with only Britannia’s, Black 5′s, Standards and 8F’s, all at the end of steam over this famous incline. It has been one of our best sellers over the years and now it is time to produce another version filling in the gaps in the story as more well taken views have come to us. This video does include all the previous types of locomotive but here there is the odd Duchess, Clan, Royal Scot and the 2-6-4 Tanks which banked on Shap before the Standard Class 4′s. Instead of Crewe as a starting point we begin at Lancaster and visit the Arnside line and Windermere branch. There is more action on Grayrigg than before. Excellent action on the troughs of Hest Bank and Dillicar. We had to include yet another cab ride on a Shap banker. Shed scenes at Tebay and Carnforth provide nostalgic viewing as engines are prepared for the struggles over the one thousand foot summit of Shap. One Britannia really struggles as it is brought to a stand at Scout Green in a westerly gale! A double header out of the loop at Tebay was not staged but the crews entered into the spirit of things for the cameraman. Thirteen cameramen provided the film for this production. The men who worked this railway are seen at work, the grime and the glory of what was Shap, even a cow could almost disrupt the West Coast Main Line traffic! Sit back and enjoy this one if nothing else, taken on 8mm & 16mm film with authentic sounds taken at the time for your enjoyment.

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Volume 45

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

In this title we leave Yorkshire and head for Lancashire via the ex LNWR route from Heaton Lodge Junction, through Huddersfield and the climb to Stanedge. Local enthusiast Geoff Lumb of Huddersfield filmed almost yard by yard from Springfield Junction to Stanedge tunnel. This involves virtually all the types of traffic and locomotives to be seen from 1963 to 1967. So summer extras (just look at the stock on some of the trains), coal trains westwards, empties returning, general freight, and oil tank trains feature with Jubilee, Black 5, Crab, 8F, 9F, WD and 2-6-4 Tanks as motive power on this six mile climb over the Pennines mainly on a 1-in-105 gradient. As in Part 1snow scenes are included, this time at Longwood. Then it is down the other side of Stanedge through Diggle to Stalybridge. Although not Lancashire or Yorkshire specifically, there is a look at the Woodhead Route over the Pennines with excellent footage at Guide Bridge including steam and electric traction running side by side. To return to our route for Manchester we journey via Denton Junction to Miles Platting and are now on L & Y territory. There follows a look at traffic through Newton Heath before a journey with Fowler 2-6-4 Tank 42343 over the L & Y railway lines of Middleton Junction, Rochdale, Whitworth branch, Royton and Oldham Werneth ending at Manchester Ducie Street Goods. Finally a look at Manchester Victoria station which is our stepping off point for Part 3!

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Volume 32

Steam in the Fells (60-mins) Price £19.75

This is a second offering of Douglas Haines 16-mm film following on from his highly successful video of the lines south of Birmingham and the Lickey in Volume 27. We turn our attention to the Fells working north from Birmingham and Uttoxeter to reach the Settle & Carlisle line in the early sixties when Jubilee, Royal Scot, A3 and Clan classes worked alongside Crab, 4F, and 8F over the Pennines. Cumbrian steam includes Maryport, the Keswick branch and early days on the Ravenglass line. Shap Incline was always a good location for engines working hard in superb countryside and the last Duchess workings preclude the more usual sightings of 1967 with long freights banked by the Standard 4′s. As with Volume 27, a tripod was used for steadiness of picture and most views are of sufficient length that one does not feel rushed from one sequence to another.

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Volume 29

Steam Around the Midland (60-mins) Price £19.75

Film from Brian Lockey of Luton who recorded so many of the events around the Midland Main Line from 1958 onwards with the accent on Luton Midland and Bute Street, from Napsbury to Sharnbrook before steam finished on this busy route into the capital. Early railtours over closed branches and secondary lines are included with sometimes quite unusual motive power such as both tours with J52 No.1247 in the early sixties to Hertford and over the Hatfield to Luton Line. A journey around Midland and London & North-Western lines centred on Luton is the main theme of this video with all the usual LMS types associated with the area included such as Jubilee, Royal Scot, 4F, 2P, Fowler and Stanier tanks, 9F, Black 5, Super D, 8F and Standards, Northampton to Olney and Bedford locals, Wellingborough and excursion traffic at Luton (just look at those headboards). The Hemel Hempstead and Higham Ferrers branches preclude a visit to Derby Works and the “Farewell to Midland” steam tour of June 1968 with “Oliver Cromwell” to Manchester brings to an end another fascinating insight into a long vanished scene.

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Volume 15

Archive Newsreel 2 (55-mins) Price £15

The second video in the series offers a further multitude of fascinating subjects in nine sections. We begin with a look at the 9Fs on British Railways (including the ex-Crosti type) and 92203 and 92220 on railtours in the 70′s. Others are seen around Warrington and the Lune Gorge. The Marlow Donkey was famous in Great Western history and was re-lived in 1973 using 1450, 6106 and 6998 on the branch from Maidenhead to Marlow via Bourne End. When main line steam on BR came to an end in 1968, many farewell specials were run and we next include two of them, the Lancastrian No.2 Railtour and an SLS tour from Stockport to Carnforth using Britannia 70013 and Black Fives 45156 and 44949. Narrow gauge working is depicted by scenes on the Bowaters Paper Mills in Kent before closure. The scenes contrast the locomotives working days with the pleasure they now give to passengers at Whipsnade. There is a tribute to steam power out of Waterloo in 1967. Featured are the Bournemouth Belle, an immaculate 34057 (as only Salisbury shed could do), 75069 (now preserved on the SVR), Bullied Pacifics, Standard 5s, 80xxx and 82xxx tanks. The steam shed visited on the volume is Stockport Edgeley showing Stanier Class 5′s and 8F’s in their natural environment, the motive power depot and the men who worked on them while they were turned and coaled. The continental section shows Pacific power with action from France and Germany which lasted some years after the end of steam in the UK. Both preserved continental pacifics at Carnforth are seen in action in 1976 and the French Pacific at the head of the Golden Arrow leaving Calais Maritime. Hof, Trier, Crailsheim, Lathen and Berlin feature 01 and 03 classes at work. WD 2-10-0 “Gordon” is shown over the last 25-years from its rare appearance on the Southern Region in 1966 through its days at Longmoor to its visit to Shildon and preservation on the Severn Valley Railway. We conclude with industrial steam at Shilbottle Colliery in Northumberland where 0-6-0 tanks worked hard on the three mile branch of the NCB in 1969. Again another good mix of steam traction in full variety from the humble colliery tank to the great expresses of yesteryear.

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Volume 13

Steam Heritage (60-mins) Price £15

A profile of Buxton MPD on a snowy St.Valentine’s Day in 1968 with 8F’s storming up to Peak Forest well loaded, steams last winter in the hills. With steam gone from the Western region, BR still allowed the occasional special working in 1967 and 1968. A glimpse of the GWS at Taplow as 7808 brings in a special from Birmingham. 7029 (filthy) takes over from 35023 at Banbury. 4079 (immaculate) and 7029 (spotless) work up to Chester in March 1967. What must be almost unique film of 1466 double-heading 6998 on the main line at Hemerdon, Totnes, Tiverton Junction and the Teignmouth sea wall follow on a dark day in 1967. After a clean-up and a repaint 1466 delights us on the Wallingford Branch with its auto-coach. Southern steam in 1961/2 with a complete mixture of SR classes around Staines, Havant, Guildford, Woking and the SR Main Line. Classes include Beattie Well Tanks, U, N, C2X, M7, A1X, Q, N15, and Lord Nelson amongst the usual Bullieds and Standards. Rare footage of the French President’s train and the Royal train amongst the Bournemouth Belles and 34042 hauling a train of LNER articulated stock. As this is Volume 13, we include the lucky and unlucky results of accidents and incidents which happened in front of the camera over the years. Many accidents however almost have a touch of humour about them. It is these that follow. At Lytham Motive Power Museum a coach is re-railed; at Nine Elms the breakdown train completely blocks the exit at the turntable; 34092 has demolished a set of level crossing gates in 1982; 841 “Greene King” with a buckled coupling rod at Ipswich; a German turntable incident when a steam engine clouts a DMU; loco upset at Bedlay Colliery and shunting problems at Amble Staithes. Continuing the Industrial theme of the last two incidents, we have lively shots of colliery engines working their rods off as they pound up and down some ridiculous trackwork at Brynlliw and Pontardulais; the last engine skidding into the future! This video really has some interesting and rare footage from the great days of steam.

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