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Volume 208

Great Western Steam Steam Miscellany No.3 (83-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED April 2017**

Jim Clemens Collection No.33.
The third of our “Miscellany” series to cover Great Western Steam. The film is taken from the Jim Clemens Collection and has mostly never been seen before. Once again the footage has been assembled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and especially features the lines around Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the Cambrian lines in Wales.

We begin with extensive coverage of the Worcester to Bromyard branch followed by scenes at Tyseley shed (1961), Tenbury Wells, the Kidderminster to Buildwas Severn Valley branch with a GWR railcar (1961), Buildwas to Much Wenlock (1961), Kidlington, Wolvercot Junction, Oxford and Radley (1965), Didcot (1963) and Basingstoke (1965).

Next, there is a visit to the Gloucester to Hereford line before covering the Gloucester to Stroud and Chalford push-pull (in some detail), Kemble, Trowbridge and Westbury (1962), Bristol, Swindon Works and the famous Crumlin Viaduct(1963).

Then onwards to Shrewsbury for the Cambrian lines at Welshpool, Montgomery, Newtown, Carno, Talerddig Bank, Machynlleth, Aberystwyth, Fairbourne, Barmouth Bridge, Barmouth, Llanbedr & Pensarn, Llandanwg, Harlech, Pent Briwet Bridge and Portmadoc.

Returning to the Cotswolds area, we visit Wotton Wawen, Stratford-upon-Avon, Long Marston, Honeybourne, Broadway, Laverton, Cheltenham (including the last day of the local service in March 1960), Leominster, Titley Junction, Kington, Presteign (in 1964 and witness its last ever in-bound freight), Worcester Shed, Worcester, Pershore, Evesham, Littleton & Badsey, Honeybourne, Chipping Campden.Bank, Moreton-in-Marsh and finally Ascott-under-Wychwood and Charlbury!

A huge variety of ex-GWR steam locomotives is seen ranging from all types of 4-6-0s (Kings, Castles, Counties, Halls, Granges and Manors), 28xx, 2251, 72xx, 45xx, 41xx, 66xx, 57xx, 94xx, 16xx, 14xx and some GWR railcars. Plus BR Standards, mainly 9Fs, Britannias, Class 4 4-6-0s.

There is something for everyone and a Great Western delight for all GW enthusiasts.

The archive film is in both colour and Black & White and was mostly filmed in the 1950s and 1960s. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of GWR steam.

Cover Photo:- Alan Maund, 7906 “Fron Hall” north of Fernhill Heath, 18/10/64

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Volume 199

Great Western Steam Miscellany No.1 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED November 2015**

Over the years, we have amassed a vast collection of archive cine-film from a variety of owners. Quite a lot has been used in our volumes but there is still considerable footage that remains unused because it either did not fit in with our volumes or we were not aware of the locations. Much of this film is now over half a century old and it is a shame to think that so much of it could end up being either thrown away and lost forever, unseen. To help solve this we are making this series of “Miscellanies” using most of this   previously unseen footage and assembled in the order it runs off the cine reel without any story.  Some could run into several volumes!

This is the first volume in our new “Miscellanies” series and it features Great Western Steam. It has something a bit different and the first 20 minutes or so is devoted to the 54xx, 64xx & 74xx light pannier tanks. The remainder of the footage features all the classes you love to see including 4-6-0 Kings, Castles, Counties, Halls, Granges, & Manors 4-6-0s, the freight 28xx 2-8-0 & 72xx 2-8-2T, the 57xx, 94xx 0-6-0 panniers, the Prairie 2-6-2T 45xx & 41xx and the diminutive 14xx 0-4-2Ts!. Of course, non-GWR power appears, perhaps the most noticeable being 0-4-0 dock tank No.41525.

Although we feature broad coverage across most of the former GWR empire, certain areas as seen in much greater detail. These include The Golden Valley push-pull to Stroud and Gloucester, Ponytpool Road to Neath, Swansea Victoria to Craven Arms and the delightful Exe Valley and Culm Valley branches with their 0-4-2 tanks.

Other include Yeovil Town to Yeovil Junction, Dymock, Cinderford, Coleford, the Dursley branch, the Aberayron branch, Barmouth, Hatton Bank, Oxford, Paddington, Langley, Slough, Worcester, Hereford, Carmarthen to Aberystwyth, Torquay, Birmingham Snow Hill and Chester.

The archive film is in both colour and Black & White and was mostly filmed between 1960 and 1965. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of GWR steam.

Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications. Pannier 5410 on the Yeovil Junction to Yeovil Town auto train, 1963.

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Volume 167

Diesel Hydraulic Heyday (72-mins) Price £19.75

**NOW IN STOCK MARCH 2012**

The Western Region of BR adopted diesel hydraulic traction rather than diesel electric. Nearly 400 examples, both express, mixed traffic and shunting were introduced from the late 1950s. By 1977 they had all gone, save for a few preserved examples.

We start with the original A1A-A1A D600 Warship Class 41 and a short B&W sequence of D600 leaving Paddington with an express and then passing Par. A D6xx in green with a yellow warning panel passes Lostwithiel and along Dawlish Sea Wall. Green D601 “Ark Royal” on shed contrasts starkly to a later scene on the Barry scrap line with blue liveried D600 “Active”.

The Class 42/43 Warships, in both maroon and green, are seen on the GW Main Line & in the West Country including scenes at Dawlish, Penzance and Par. Over to Waterloo for Warships of all colours including a short cab ride in D809 “Champion” as it departs. Back to Paddington for Warships double-heading, a blue Warship crossing Saltash Bridge and green D850 at St.Erth.

Inside Swindon Works for views of Class 52 Westerns being built. A rare shot of Desert Sand “Western Enterprise”. The comings & goings of a vast variety of maroon and blue Westerns on expresses at Paddington, out on the GW Main Line, Bristol, Dawlish Sea Wall, Newton Abbott, Plymouth and Penzance plus freight trains in the snow and china clay trains. Also featured are a number of rail tours such as “The Western Talisman” from Kings Cross and the “Western Finale”. Over 30-mins of pure Western nostalgia!

On to Class 35 Hymeks and with b/w film we peek inside the Beyer-Peacock works during their construction. Out on the main line and green and blue Hymeks on a variety of passenger trains including double-heading with steam.

We see NBL D63xx Class 22s shunting at Coleford and Boscarne Junction plus extensive footage of D6346 shunting at Charlbury! Scenes from a bygone era. Look out for the man with the pole!

Finally, the Class 14 0-6-0 “Teddy Bears” and shunting at Coleford Junction and Lydney with D9555. Many Class 14s were sold into industry and we feature No.28 in industrial use.

We close our film with a Western, heading into the sunset…

Apart from a few early scenes in black and white, most of the footage is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications,Hymek D7020 descends into Aberystwyth, September 1964

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Volume 160

Steam in Wales & The Borders Part 3 (70-mins) Price £19.75

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Part 3 begins at Shrewsbury in the 1970s and 1980s with a brief look at the main line runs with steam that returned here on the North-and-West route to Hereford. Back to the 1960s proper, and archive film at Hereford on its route to Gloucester. Then on to Talyllyn Junction for the northern section of the Brecon and Merthyr Railway with its pannier tank service through Talybont-on-Usk and Torpantau. The Aberystwyth to Carmarthen line was another route into South Wales and we  travel this route including a visit to its Aberayron branch, a source of important milk traffic. Then southwards to Pencarder and Bronwydd Arms, now home of the Gwili Railway. The Central Wales line from Llandovery to Portardulais and Swansea is shown in the early 1960s including a visit to Swansea East Dock for pre-grouping 0-4-0 tank engines. We travel the Vale of Neath line from Pontypool Road to Neath via Crumlin, Dowlais and Quakers Yard leading through the coal mining area of South Wales and visit Abersychan and Graig Merthyr collieries for their “Paddy” trains. The South Wales main line from Severn Tunnel to Cardiff and Newport in the 1960s is also covered. Our archive film has many types of Great Western locomotives from Castles, Halls, Granges and Manors to 28xx, 72xx, 56xx and Panniers.

All in colour with an authentic sound track and a highly researched and infomative  commentary.

Cover Photo:- Dr. Gaius Sutton, 3691 at Bedwas on a Newport to Brecon train.

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Volume 152

Steam in Wales & The Borders Part 2 (80-mins) Price £19.75

In this second part, we begin at Gobowen on the Shrewsbury to Chester main line before looking at the connection to Oswestry and the Cambrian line south to Llanymynech and Llanfyllin, prior to its closure in 1965.
We return to Gobowen with a stone train and then onwards to Shrewsbury. Steam finished here in 1967 and there is a rare appearance of the Blue Pullman amongst the Black 5s. Onwards, we travel west along the Cambrian route to Machynlleth and Aberystwyth, using ex-GWR Manors and the later BR Standards for motive power. Along the way we see steam scenes at the narrow gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Railway both before and after preservation. The Vale of Rheidol is also visited when its original Aberystwyth terminus was in use. Finally, with steam reigning supreme, we return to Shrewsbury via Talerddig Incline with some contrasting views of steam returning to the route in later years. Included are some black & white film scenes of the estwhile Corris Railway. Manors, Halls, Black 5s, Ivatts and BR Standards are all featured, even a Dukedog!

The archive film material used is in colour, except for the Corris Railway scenes, with an authentic soundtrack and an informative commentary.

Cover Photo:- Dr. Gaius Sutton, 75012 climbs Talerddig, 20/8/66.

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Volume 138

Cambrian Coast Route Part 4 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A video covering the last section of the route of the CAMBRIAN COAST EXPRESS from ABERYSTWYTH to PWLLHELI and what could be seen in the area from the 1950s to the 1980s. We cover four narrow gauge railways, the Vale of Rheidol, the Talyllyn, the Welsh Highland (1964) and the Ffestiniog, and two miniature railways, the Fairbourne and Butlins, Pwllheli. We even cover the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway!

The coast route would see steam and diesel motive power but this film is mainly steam with Standard Classes 4MT, Class 2MT, Class 3 2-6-2Ts and Class 4 2-6-4Ts, GWR 43xx 2-6-0s and Manor Class 4-6-0s, Ivatt 2MTs and even Class 4. The picture is completed by the reopening of Barmouth Bridge in 1986 and Electric Electric Class 37s.

There is much truly archive material used in this production recapturing a bygone era of this popular Cardigan Bay coastal area. The lines still survive today so compare the scenes of that era shown here with modern day or witness the efforts made by the preservations to recreate it.

There is an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover photo: Keith Pirt, 7810 “Draycott Manor” on Llanbadarn Bank, 1963.

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Volume 128

Cambrian Coast Route Part 3 (80-mins) Price £19.75

This third volume in the series covering the Cambrian Coast Express Route from London to Aberystwyth and Pwhelli, takes a look at the line west of SHREWSBURY through the hills of Mid-Wales over TALERDDIG summit.

Using archive steam material from the 1960s with occasional diesel footage such as the first ever visit of an HST working in 1983, WELSHPOOL is reached. Here there is extensive coverage of the Welshpool and Llanfair line in its pre-1956 working days with freight.

Onwards over TALERDDIG with Manors and Standards and a few views of the return to steam tours. MACHYNLLETH is seen also in great detail and variety with film sometimes from the 1950s; ex-Western motive power including Dukedogs and eventually their Standard class replacements up to 1967.

The Aberystwyth line through GLYNDFI and BORTH is followed by some scenes on the Vale of Rheidol when it had its own terminus station.

Filmed in colour except for the earliest material, this video takes a fascinating and nostalgic look back at the steam scene of the 1960s. The film has an authentic sound-track and has been researched in detail to give an informative commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt. 7828 “Odney Manor” meets 7810 “Draycott Manor” at Newtown in July 1963.

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Volume 100

Cambrian Coast Route Part 1: Paddington to Shrewsbury (60-mins) Price £19.75

The CAMBRIAN COAST EXPRESS followed a route from Paddington to Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Talerddig to Aberystwyth and Pwhelli. In this first volume of the series, we trace the route from Paddington to Shrewsbury. Using archive footage, the route is seen with steam haulage over a period from 1960 to the 1970’s with some early diesel film of the Hydraulics and Blue Pullman as well. There is mainly ex-GWR motive power from Kings, Castles. Halls and Praire tanks.  See steam powering up Hatton bank in 1962 with Kings and Castles and on through the Birmingham suburbs to Tyseley and into the old Snow Hill Station. We visit both the old and new Snow Hill stations. A diversion to the Old Hill and Dudley branches and then on to Wolverhampton, Wellington and Shrewsbury.

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Volume 94

Steam North of Swansea (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.10. (Including the Central Wales Line). A video of the steam age of railways in Mid and West Wales, north of SWANSEA with full coverage of the Central Wales line from SWANSEA to CRAVEN ARMS in both directions. The CARMARTHEN to ABERYSTWYTH line closed in February 1965 and this is a detailed look at the line in the days when Manors worked the services. Two branches ran from this route to NEWCASTLE EMLYN and ABERAYRON. These are seen in great detail worked by pannier tanks on pick-up and milk traffic. ABERYSTWYTH to WELSHPOOL and LLANYMYNECH was the Cambrian Railways route through Mid Wales and a return journey from the train and the line side is undertaken, all in Wales. Standard, Manors, panniers and LMS power, including a Jubilee over the Central Wales line, all feature in this production covering a beautiful part of Wales seen through the camera of photographer JIM CLEMENS.

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Volume 75

Shrewsbury and the Cambrian (60-mins) Price £19.75

A superb film of the steam age from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth. From local enthusiast cameraman and Radio commentator Russell Mulford’s collection of railway films, we offer an in depth look at the steam scene of Shrewsbury. Many types of locomotive are seen at the station and shed. Castle, King, Grange, Manor, 28xx, pannier, Jubilee, Black 5 and Standard designs are a few. Servicing on the shed when the turntable stuck! A comprehensive journey through Westbury, Welshpool, Talerdigg, Machynlleth to Aberystwyth. Token exchanges vividly portrayed, an action packed railway so loved by enthusiasts to its last steam train in 1967.

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Volume 34

Cambrian Coast Steam Holiday (60-mins) Price £19.75

Do you remember those long summer days in the early 60′s when it appears the sun shone and steam reigned supreme? Whether you went to North Wales or not this video will delight you and perhaps make you wish you did. It is based on the Cambrian system of the Western Region and we arrive at Aberystwyth from Paddington via Reading, Shrewsbury and Talerdigg bank. In 1962 Manors still dominated here and the Carmarthen line was still open. The Vale of Rheidol worked out of its own terminus by the harbour with Brunswick green engines and chocolate and cream coaches.

Our journey along the coast via Bow Street to Dovey Junction follows and onwards to Tywyn calling at Aberdovey with even a view of the harbour branch. Manors, Standards, 43xx and 2251 pass through Tywyn and a visit is made to the Talyllyn Railway; No.4 had a Giesel ejector in those days. North via Friog to Barmouth, calling at Fairbourne, different gauge then, and Panniers still worked to Ruabon. Through Harlech we arrive at Portmadog and the obligatory visit to the Ffestiniog. How Tan-y-Bwlch has changed since then when Bill Hoole was driving. The slate quarries also had steam. All the sights you would have enjoyed more than thirty years ago primarily from the camera of Jim Oatway whose superb film was used in Vol.32 “Southern Pride”. You are sure to enjoy this one!.

Cover photo: Jim Oatway. 7801 “Anthony Manor” at Aberystwyth.

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Volume 19

Steam on the Cambrian (60-mins) Price 15

The most well-known film maker around Shrewsbury was Bill Cross who really loved the Cambrian and Borders country. Thankfully he had the forsight to record the lines of this area when steam still reigned supreme. He used a 16mm camera. The Cambrian system is probably only second to the Somerset and Dorset in popularity with enthusiasts. Steam returned to Cambrian metals in 1987 and 1991 so here is the chance to see it when steam arrived on every train. We travel from Whitchurch in the east to Aberystwyth in the west calling at Barmouth, Dovey Junction and Borth to see local trains and the famous “Cambrian Coast Express”. Nostalgic scenes on the Mid-Wales line from Moat Lane Junction through Llanidloes, Rhayader, Three Cocks Junction, Pantydwr and Builth Wells are seen on this long closed line. Oswestry where the Cambrian had their headquarters was full of steam and we visit Gobowen, Tinkers Green and the Ellesmere to Whitchurch line via Fenns Bank. The locos of the early `60s were Standard and Ivatt designed but we also see six different Manors and the Talylynn special hauled by 7827 and 4555 in GWR livery. The final section of the tape covers services that are no longer with us including the Caernarvon branch and a journey by DMU from Wolverhampton to Birmingham Snow Hill. Bill rarely filmed far from home but he did visit the Isle-of-Wight in 1966 and 1967. We include a short section on this popular venue. A highlight of the film is what is believed to be the only known piece of film of the Corris Railway in the 1920s!. The Vale of Rheidol railway ends this beautiful programme filmed in the early `60s when the terminus was near the river. Bill, himself an authority on all things Cambrian, narrates this video and of course the equally fascinating Volume 22.

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