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Volume 207

North Eastern Steam Miscellany (85-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED January 2016**

This volume in our miscellany series covers steam in the North East. Once again we use mostly previously unseen film compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and largely without our usual detailed commentaries.

We start at Northallerton in August 1963 with a return journey to Newcastle where time is spent watching all the activities during a summer Saturday followed by visits to Gateshead and Darlington Sheds. At Scarborough, there are scenes that include Londesborough Road station and a train with an articulated twin-coach set.

Next we visit York in both 1961 and 1963 followed by visits to Leeds Central, Beverley, Malton and Filey Holiday Camp.

Much of this volume concentrates on the BR systems north and south of the Tyne where steam lasted until the summer of 1967. This was the last area where pre-grouping main line locomotives could still be seen at work. At Sunderland the shed is visited and we spend a lot of time at Ryhope Grange, Seaton Bank and the photogenic Silksworth branch.

Tyne Dock was famous for its 9F 2-10-0s working the Consett iron ore trains whilst at Pelaw we witness something for the diesel enthusiast, an English Electric Type 3 complete with brake tender!

In the area North of the Tyne during the period covered by our volume, Blyth was the largest coal shipping port in Europe. We see plenty of coal trains around Holywell, Bedlington, Percy Main, South Blyth and North Blyth. We also visit Immingham and Frodingham.

Gresley V2s are seen at Berwick on a special in 1966 whilst another special visits the Middleton-in-Teesdale branch in 1964. There is plenty of steam at Wakefield Kirkgate and Westgate stations as well as a Deltic interloper!

Classes of steam locomotives seen include A1, A3, A4, V2, B1, B16, J27, J37, V3, Q6, WD 2-8-0, LMS 2-6-4T, Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0, Black 5, 8F, BR Standard Britannia, 77xxx 2-6-0 and 9Fs.

Filmed entirely in colour during the 1960s, an authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Booklaw Publications, J27s in action at West Hartlepool Junction, June 1960.

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Volume 206

Scottish Steam Miscellany (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED October 2016**

Another in our steam miscellany series, but this time covering Scotland. Again, it uses mostly previously unseen film compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and largely without our usual detailed commentaries.

We begin at Carstairs with a very slippery 46244 “King George VI” and then move to Edinburgh Waverley for the first of a number of visits here that also includes St. Margaret’s shed and Craigentinny carriage sidings. Not forgotten is the now-closed Caledonian Railway terminus in the city at Princes Street.

Few would have thought that the final work of Gresley’ s famous A4s would have on the well known three-hour expresses between Glasgow and Aberdeen. In fact, by June 1964, only one class member was left in England. This route is covered in detail including at Glasgow Buchanan Street, Larbert, Plean, Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Gleneagles, Perth, Forfar, Laurencekirk, Stonehouse, and Aberdeen. There is also extensive coverage at Thornton Junction and Dundee,

At Montrose J37s are seen going about their daily duties, whilst at Aberdeen we make a visit to the Gas Works whose locomotives had tramway-type skirts enclosing their motion.

We next visit Glasgow Central and Paisley Gilmour Street whilst at Kilwinning a Caledonian ‘Jumbo’ is seen at work as we head towards the Glasgow & South Western stronghold of Ayr. Here there are 2-6-0 ‘Crabs’ aplenty on freight trains, a double-headed boat train from Stranraer, steam on the local to and from Kilmarnock, plus also a lightweight Park Royal railbus.

Sheds seen include Edinburgh St. Margaret’s, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen Ferryhill, Ayr and Hurlford. Classes seen include: Coronation, A1, A2, A3, A4, V2, J36, J37, J38, WD 2-8-0, Crab 2-6-0, ex-LMS 2-6-4T, Black 5, Caledonian 3F, Caledonian ‘Jumbo’ 2F, B1, BR Standard Britannia, & Clan pacifics, Standard Class 5 (including Caprottis), 76xxx, 77xxx and 80xxx.

Filmed largely in colour and mostly during the 1960s, an authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of Scottish steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Booklaw Publications, A4 No.60019 “Bittern” climbing out of Stonehaven, June 1966.

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Volume 168

Steam Railtours in the Sixties (85-mins) Price £19.75

The Chris Noyle Collection No.1. Chris Noyle filmed railways in Britain and Europe from 1962 to 1972. This is the first part from his collection and features rail tours in England during the period 1964 to 1967. The area covered was from south to north including some long closed lines and using locomotives often to be withdrawn as the last in their class. And often a single tour would involve many changes of motive power.

With footage from a variety of rail tours, and many steam hauled normal service trains in the background, we visit the Weymouth Quay Tramway for 13xx panniers, the Bluebell line in the early preservation years, Kings Cross and the ECML with a double-tendered 4472 “Flying Scotsman”, Westbury, Nottingham Victoria, the Settle & Carlisle, Waterloo and Sussex. More scenes and Wellingborough, Higham Ferrers, Northampton Bridge Street, Kettering, Spondon, Derby and a 4F on the Wirksworth branch.

Also featured are tours in the Thames valley including Witney and to the north, Haydon Bridge with ex-LNER 62007, Newcastle with a V2 and passing green NE electrics. Among other locations and lines visited are Weymouth with A4s, Yeovil Junction, Eastleigh, Swanage, Bridport, Ilfracombe, Highbridge with two Ivatt 2-6-2Ts, Bath Green Park with two unrebuilt WC pacifics and the Isle-of-Wight. Are some of the Ventnor scenes a model? No, they are very real! Locomotives used include ex-GWR Panniers, Prairies, Halls & freight 2-8-0s, ex-Southern S15s, U Class 2-6-0s, Q1 and Bulleid pacifics, ex-LMS 3Fs, 4Fs, Patriots, Jubilees and Black 5s, ex-LNER J11, V2, A3 & A4 pacifics and even a B16. Also many BR Standard types including Britannias, 9Fs and the last one of all, 92220 “Evening Star”. A veritable variety!

We conclude with rail tours in and around Manchester, Carnforth and the North West during the dying days of steam between 1967 and 1968.  A mixture of 8Fs, 9Fs, Standard and Black 5s, Britannias and Standard 4 2-6-0s are seen in normal daily service as the rail tours pass by.

Chris always used Kodak colour film. This has served the test of time and all of the footage is in wonderful colour. An authentic sound track has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Britannia 4-6-2 No.70035 “Rudyard Kipling” crosses Dandry Mire Viaduct, April 1966

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Volume 157

Settle & Carlisle Remembered Part 2 (85-mins) Price £19.75

NOTE: This title was released *BEFORE* Volume 156 – Echoes of the Great Western Part 1

The second of our archive films covering the Settle & Carlisle route over the Pennines. We start with an introduction to the route, including a 1964 rail tour from London St.Pancras to Carlisle using a Jubilee locomotive and ex-LNER V2 and A3 classes. There are scenes of Leeds to Settle Junction and views at Skipton. Coverage of the “Little North Western” line to WENNINGTON and the Midland Railway’s first attempt to reach Carlisle in the 19th. Century. We then return to Settle Junction for a detailed look at the Settle & Carlisle line north with the ascent to SETTLE, HORTON, RIBBLEHEAD, DENT, GARSDALE and AIS GILL followed by the decent to APPLEBY, CULGAITH, ARMATHWAITE, CUMWHINTON and CARLISLE. The archive film features many ex-LMS engines such as Jubilees, Black 5s, Stanier 8Fs, Midland 0-6-0s, BR Standards, Princess Coronation pacifics and some ex-LNER A1 and A4s. The film includes brief sequences of the “Return to Steam” workings for continuity, and finishes with scenes of steam workings at Carlisle. With 85 minutes of coverage, the best of the original film has been taken and restored to the highest standards. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched and informative commentary. All the film material is in colour.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, 9F 92015 passes Dent, March 1967.

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Volume 113

Along LNER Lines Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Archive film of steam along the East Coast Route from KINGS CROSS to YORK before it ended south of Peterborough in 1963. There are detailed views of KINGS CROSS terminus, PETERBOROUGH and DONCASTER with visits to Top Shed and GRANTHAM. Motive power shows A1, A2, A3 and A4 Pacifics with B1 and V2 classes putting in appearances. The Eastern suburban services up to 1962 were worked by L1 and N7 classes and scenes from LIVERPOOL STREET to BETHNAL GREEN, CHINGFORD, HERTFORD EAST and BISHOPS STORTFORD are seen.The LTS line via DAGENHAM to SHOEBURYNESS is covered with LMS 2-6-4 tanks. SPALDING is seen as a diversion off the East Coast line before the North Eastern Region is reached. That is covered by a journey over the STAINMORE line on its last day of service in early 1962 and in 1967 with a K1 hauled special to BISHOP AUCKLAND. Rare footage of the Flying Scotsman train in the 1930′s is included and the GRIMSBY & IMMINGHAM line before it succumbed to closure.

Mostly filmed in colour from 1959 to 1967 but some black and white footage is included. A detailed commentary and authentic sound-track completes a nostalgic look at LNER steam.

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Volume 74

Scottish Railways Remembered No.2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A concentrated look at the railways from Inverness to Aberdeen and Perth. Scenes at Forres, Keith and the GN of S route are seen in 1962 with a railtour behind HR 103 and GN of S 49. Aberdeen in 1961 had A2, A3, WD and even 4F classes. The Ballater branch still lived, albeit with DMU, and we travel the whole line. Back at Aberdeen the A4′s had arrived amongst B1′s, V2′s and Standards. On to Perth via Stonehaven and Forfar. Pickersgill 4-4-0′s at Leysmill and Blairgowrie. The Aberfeldy branch, by Type 2 diesel, did exist then. Perth in 1961, whose pilots were 4F and Caley tank. Later, Clan, Duchess, A4, A2, Al, V2 and LMS 2-6-4T and Black 5.

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Volume 68

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

A nostalgic look back to London’s termini for the Big Four in the 1960′s and on lines radiating from them. We begin at Euston, 70032 departs on the “Comet” and first generation diesels 10201/2 on the “Royal Scot”. At Marylebone, we go north to Chorley Wood with 2-6-4 tanks, Rickmansworth for a B1. Growler No.11 of London Transport leads us to Neasden and the work of LT’s pannier tanks at Croxley and Farringdon. A Britannia and Patriot are at St.Pancras with Scot and Jubilee. Next door was King’s Cross and the East Coast main line to Hatfield. This section is full of A1, A2, A3 and A4 pacifics, V2, WD and B1 all appear in the early 1960′s. Next, the Great Eastern from Liverpool Street, through North London and east to Colchester and Ipswich, Britannia, J15 and even a D16 4-4-0. Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness with 2-6-4 tanks. Over to Paddington and the Western main line to Reading via the Marlow branch, Castles, Halls and auto-tanks. At Reading we meet the Southern Railway. Return to Waterloo via Feltham for S15 and Q1, Clapham for M7, ex-GWR pannier tanks, W Class and Fowler tank. A Schools and Lord Nelson appear before nostalgic views of Beattie well tanks and an H16. See what a 1960′s railway enthusiast and all the cockney sparrows witnessed on a visit to England’s Capital City.

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Volume 63

Scottish Railways Remembered Vol 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A general look at the railways of Scotland from 1960 to 1966, from Ayr to Wick and Mallaig in the west. Beginning with the Caley single No.123 we move on to see the route from Perth to Aberdeen with A4 and V2 classes. A look at South West Scotland around Ayr, and Carlisle with Crab, Black 5, Standards, a Princess Royal and Caledonian 0-6-0 tanks. A tour of Glasgow sheds in 1960, infinite variety here. The Killin branch and Ballachulish with steam, and on to Fort William and Mallaig with K1, K2, and J36. The Far North line with steam at Inverness and early diesels to Wick and Thurso although a Pickersgill 3F 4-4-0 appears at Thurso. South to Perth via Inverurie and Craigellachie for more steam at Gleneagles and Stirling. Via Kinross to the Forth Bridge brings us to Edinburgh Waverley when A3′s still had the “Queen of Scots” Pullman. Finally, No.123 again on that infamous Scottish Rambler tour of Easter 1963 from Dunblane to Crianlarich via Killin when it snowed! Of all this will the steam railways of Scotland be remembered.

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Volume 55

Along LNER Lines Part 1 (60 mins) Price £19.75

To delight all LNER fans this video portrays the end of North Eastern steam in Northumberland and Durham. More than that, it includes a journey along the East Coast main line from Kings Cross when Al’s, A3’s and A4 ‘s ruled south of Peterborough. Lineside action from Wood Green, Brookmans Park and Hatfield in 1962. Visit Retford for 02 and WD, travel north to York via Doncaster. A shed visit at York and a works visit at Darlington. Newcastle had a visit from 60019 and 7029 “Clun Castle”, a K1 emulating the Western product with its own copper cap! Bedlington and Blyth on north Tyneside in detail for J27, Ivatt and K1 moguls and Q6. Tyne Dock where engines came home for a rest. Hartlepool shed provided engines for the Durham coalfield, Hall Dene has lineside action. Ryehope Grange was never quiet and traffic for Silksworth and Seaton very spectacular. Amongst all this, visits are made to Ashington, Philadelphia and Seaham Harbour. A footplate ride on a J27, visits to signal boxes all included in this tribute to North Eastern steam as you have never seen it before.

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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 28

Eastern Steam Recalled (60-mins) Price £19.75

A valued supplier of early material, Bob Todd, has allowed us to bring to life steam on the Great Eastern lines from Liverpool Street and Kings Cross. Over 30-minutes is spent on the steam suburban services to Edmonton, Enfield and Chingford, steam to Epping and Ongar, The North Woolwich branch, steam in the Lea Valley to Bishops Stortford and a railtour over the Colne Valley line. Cambridge follows before visiting Kings Cross and lineside locations to Hatfield for express and suburban workings. Ex-LNER locomotives featured are N7, N2, L1, J50, J15, J17, B1, B2, B12, B17, A1, A2, A3, A4, V2, 01, 04 backed up by Britannias and J69 at Liverpool Street and the odd WD and 9F. The last few minutes remember the early diesel changes on the ECML when Deltics took over from Pacifics and Kings Cross station was rationalised for electrification. A truly magnificent record of events from 1957.

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Volume 23

Steam North & East (60-mins) Price £19.75

Complementing Volume 21 we cover main lines and branches from the Midlands to Scotland and the East Coast Main Line. The “Wandering 1500” railtour using B12 61572 from Broad Street to Stratford-upon-Avon via Bedford and Northampton is followed by steam at Tebay and a long section of steam in 1967 on the Settle and Carlisle line. Scotland is reached via a railtour from Manchester using Merchant Navy 35026, Jubilee “Bihar & Orissa” and 4472 “Flying Scotsman” via the S & C and Waverley Routes. Through Fife with J37s and V2 60813. Then a look at A4s, Standards and Black 5s between Aberdeen and Perth. Duchess 46245 “City of London” is motive power Kings Cross to Doncaster for a visit to the Works where we see 60014 “Silver Link” withdrawn but still intact. Scenes at KIngs Cross and Wood Green in 1963 with A4, A3, A1 and WD are relived. Tours with 60007 in 1963 and later as 4498 in 1967 at Peterborough preclude seeing “Flying Scotsman”’s last departure from the `Cross as 60103 and its early forays on BR as 4472 with two tenders and even a Chime whistle. Oh yes, even “Clun Castle” climbing Potters Bar all go to making this a video you should not be without.

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Volume 7

Tribute to the 40s (55-mins) Price £15

The 40’s are gone – long live the 40’s! From their inception their distinctive shape and sound made the English Electric Type 4’s more acceptable to the average steam enthusiast than did most other classes of diesel. Based on the WCML and ECML as well as G.E.Metals with occasional forays into Southern and Western areas, the EE Type 4’s headed many of the crack expresses during the 1960’s. They took over from A3’s, A4’s, Britannias, Princesses and Coronations. Now they themselves have been superseded by the next generation of power in the shape of 47’s, HST’s, 56’s, 58’s, 60’s and electric power.

Section 1:- Covers the wide ranging activities of the Class across the country on passenger and freight duties. Approximately 15 different locos are featured.

Section 2:- A feature on 40 143 as she heads for Northwich off the main line at Hartford Junction with her load of tanks for the Winnington Branch. Having deposited these she immediately runs round and returns to the main line.

Section 3:- On the Shrewsbury-Hereford line 3-4 times a week aggregates are collected in hopper wagons. This had been a Class 40 duty for some time and we see a number of locos active on this operation including the quite complex run-round procedure.

Section 4:- A short section of 40’s working with other locos, with one or two quite dated scenes in evidence.

Section 5:- The Final Hours. Class 40’s stacked up at Crewe in readiness for breaking up.

Section 6:- Special workings including various tours from both on-train and lineside view points, featuring 40 106 in Green and D200 on her first run since being repainted in original colours.

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