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Volume 212

Southern Steam Miscellany No.2 (83-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED October 2017**

Jim Clemens Collection No.35.
The second volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to covering Southern steam. It again features previously unseen footage from the Jim Clemens Collection and is mostly compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels. In this volume we feature a wealth of Southern steam mainly from the South Western Division including some really rare footage.

The first 10 minutes or so take us on a journey in the 1930s over the Lynton & Barnstaple narrow gauge railway. In the 1960s, Jim Clemens purchased two 16mm cine reels covering this much missed line and both are included here.

Back to standard gauge and we begin at London Waterloo followed by coverage around Clapham Junction, Hook, Basingstoke, Micheldever, Bentley, Bordon, “The Alps” line, Eastleigh station (plus the Shed & Works) and Southampton Central including some views of the liners “Queen Mary” and “Queen Elizabeth” at the Docks.

The Warwick Railway Society’s “Farewell to Steam on the LSWR” rail tour on 11th.June 1967 is covered in some detail followed by a journey from Cowes through Newport to Ryde Pier Head on the Isle of Wight. We spend some time on New Year’s Day in 1967 watching the Lymington Branch (the last steam operated branch line in the country). Back on the main line we see activity at Lymington Junction and Brokenhurst.

Jim Clemens married in February 1948 and honeymooned in Bournemouth. He often visited this popular seaside resort for an anniversary break. Therefore a considerable amount of film was taken around this area covering the last years of steam including Christchurch, Bournemouth Central and Bournemouth West. We also journey over the old Salisbury & Dorset railway in the snow during 1963 and spend time around Salisbury itself. All followed by a trip in a push-pull train propelled by an M7 0-4-4T along the Swanage Branch from Wareham, Worgret Junction and Corfe Castle! There is also coverage of Dorchester, Upwey & Broadwey and Weymouth including a visit to the Shed.

We see a cross-section of 1960s Southern motive power during our travels including locomotives from classes M7, O2, Q, S15, U, USA as well as West Country and Merchant Navy Pacifics. BR Standards also put in an appearance with examples from Class 5 & Class 4 4-6-0s, Class 4 2-6-0s, Class 4 2-6-4Ts, Class 3 2-6-2Ts plus a few LMS Class 2 2-6-2Ts and a “Warship” diesel.

The archive film is in both colour and Black & White and apart from the L & BR footage mostly dates from 1963 to 1967. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of Southern steam.

Cover photo:- Alan Maund, 34095 “Brentor” arrives at Axminster, Summer 1967.

Narrated by: Mike Clemens.

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Volume 188

Along Southern Lines Part 8 – South West to Exeter & Beyond (65-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 9th October 2014**

Most of the Southern’s train journeys to the West commenced at Waterloo where we see a Merchant Navy pacific backing on to its train before departing. Double headed MNs depart from Weymouth followed by a Standard Class 5 at Wareham. There is Bulleid action at Seaton Jct and Barnstaple plus an N Class 2-6-0 at Okehampton.

At Bournemouth Central we see S&DJR 2-8-0s, Bulleid pacifics, Standard Class 5s and Ivatt class 2 tanks. Adding to this variety blue A4 “Sir Nigel Gresley” is on a rail tour racing through the New Forest. Scenes at Brockenhurst feature both Standard tender and tank engines. A Channel Island Bulleid hauled boat train hurries through Beaulieu Road. More Bulleid Pacifics are seen at Southampton Central and Eastleigh with one rushing through Shawford in wintery conditions. Some excellent shots of Bulleids and Standard class 4 4-6-0s at Battledown Flyover are followed by footage at Basingstoke with Bulleids roaring through and departing.

Along the Salisbury line we stop at Andover for some nice Bulleid action, as well as an S15 and a Standard class 5 plus a GWR Manor, Hall and an S&D 2-8-0 on enthusiasts specials. At Salisbury we are just in time to see the crack Atlantic Coast Express arrive. More Bulleid pacifics along with an N Class mogul. A USA tank has the melancholy task of shunting lines of withdrawn engines. Passing Salisbury shed, and Templecombe we reach Yeovil Junction to see a Maunsell King Arthur, an M7 on a push-pull and a Merchant Navy.

Next a trip to Yeovil Town on a Western auto train before returning to the Junction for more Bulleid action. After passing through Crewkerne and Chard, where a pair of S15s are seen, we arrive at Axminster. We travel the Lyme Regis branch, first behind the legendary 0415 tanks and then by two Ivatt class 2 tanks on the LCGB East Devon Railtour. Next to Seaton Junction for a trip to Seaton behind an M7 tank before returning to the Junction to see S15′s, Pacifics and a 64XX pannier . Onwards to Sidmouth for M7, Standard Class 3 and an Ivatt class 2 plus Pannier hauled special train to Exmouth. We travel past Exmouth Junction Shed where an A4 is being serviced and arrive at Exeter Central for the ACE. A W tank is seen amongst the usual motive power.

Finally we traverse the steep gradient down towards Exeter St Davids to see two West Countries departing, then to Cowley Bridge for the Southern’s Withered Arm with some nice shots of N class 2-6-0s at Eggesford, Halwill Jct. and Braunton plus an Ivatt tank at Instow.

All the archive film is in colour apart from a few sequences in black & white.. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with a researched commentary.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 34078 “22 Squadron” enters Exeter Central. 1963.

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Volume 173

Along Southern Lines Part 5 – The Withered Arm 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED DECEMBER 2012**

This is our second volume featuring the Southern Region “Withered Arm” in the West Country and starts with scenes along the SR main line to Exeter Central including railtours with 60022 Mallard, T9 No.120 and BR Standard Tanks on the “Exeter Flyer”.

We travel along the North Devon line to Barnstaple and then northwards pausing at Braunton to see the Mortehoe bankers at work with a variety of passing trains before arriving at Ilfracombe for views of the station and the harbour. A paddleboat ferry departs for Bristol!

Back to Barnstaple with a Hymek and glimpses of Rolles Quay Sidings, Pottingham swing bridge, Town station with its erstwhile L & B platform, the Taw viaduct (with steam footage) and into Barnstaple for scenes around the station and the shed. After closure we see footage of the now derelict viaduct, Town station and swing bridge.
There is extensive coverage of the Torrington line with Class 25s & 31s on milk, china clay and special trains plus the comings & goings at Fremington Quay and Instow including many scenes inside the signal box. At Bideford and Torrington we see activities in both steam and diesel eras, with Ivatt 2-6-2Ts, SR Moguls and Classes 22 & 25.

Next, along the ex-SR Devon main line with diesel hauled ballast trains at Yeoford & Sampford Courtenay, before arriving at Okehampton for steam with SR Moguls, Ivatt 2MTs and BR Standard 2-6-4Ts plus later diesel scenes.

We travel onto the North Cornwall line at Meldon Junction and at Halwill Junction visit the Bude branch with steam plus green DMUs. Then onwards to Wadebridge for extensive footage of T9s, ex-GWR 1369 panniers, BR standard tanks, Bulleid Pacifics and the Beattie tanks at Wenford Bridge and Pencarrow Woods before arriving at Padstow.
Finally, we return to the ex-SR main line at Bere Alston for a trip along the Gunnislake branch to Callington with Ivatt 2-6-2Ts and close with steam scenes at Exeter Central, including Class Z bankers, and at Salisbury.

All the archive film used is mainly in colour and an extensively researched commentary along with an authentic soundtrack has been added.

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Volume 125

Steam Into Devon (68-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.21. An archive video film of mainly steam on the lines of Devon that includes Western and Southern motive power.

The Southern lines include the Sidmouth Junction to Exmouth branch via Budleigh Salterton and on to Exeter Central. There is also coverage of the Exmoor Ranger tour, that went to Barnstaple and Ilfracombe.

The Western branches see steam on the Exeter to Tiverton, Dulverton and Barnstaple lines using 14xx, 73xx and pannier motive power. On the way, the Hemyock branch is seen in ordinary traffic days and finally the 1963 visit from 60022 and the corresponding visit to Hemyock by 14xx and assorted brake vans. 3205 heads the Exmoor Ranger from Barnstaple to Venn Cross.

The Western main line from Exeter to Newton Abbott with a 28xx precludes a visit to the Paignton branch. Then the Totnes to Ashburton branch from 1958 to 1970; Launceston to Plymouth with Prairie tanks.

Many of the railways seen here have long gone, along with the motive power. This was the time of living branch, secondary and main line traffic in the County of Devon.

Photo:- Jim Clemens. 1451 at Hemyock

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Volume 88

Southern Recollections (60-mins) Price £19.75

A film of the steam railway around the Southern Region taken by enthusiast TERRY NICHOLLS from 1964 to 1967. Journey down to Plymouth to traverse the Withered Arm via BERE ALSTON and the CALLINGTON branch, TAVISTOCK to OKEHAMPTON and BUDE. A railtour along the WENFORDBRIDGE branch with 0-6-0 PT 1369 in 1964 is followed by the Exmoor Ranger Tour from EXETER to OKEHAMPTON, HALWILL TORRINGTON, BARNSTAPLE and ILFRACOMBE. A 1964 Summer Saturday at EXETER CENTRAL is alive with Bulleid pacifics. Eastwards via Salisbury to BASINGSTOKE for a 1965 Summer Saturday when Inter-Regionals were still hauled by Halls and Black 5’s. Further down the line, time is spent at SHAWFORD for similar traffic. Over to the Isle of Wight visiting RYDE, NEWPORT and VENTNOR. Finally WEYMOUTH and Bincombe bank, before travelling via BOURNEMOUTH to end at SOUTHAMPTON.

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Volume 85

Steam Routes West (The Southern Way) (60-mins) Price £19.75

Back in Volume 46 we travelled west the Western Way as far as Plymouth. This volume covers the Southern route from Waterloo to Plymouth, a bit like the Withered Arm video really. Along the way we visit various branches like Ludgershall and Bulford before a glorious interlude at Salisbury on a summer Saturday before the diesels came and altered the Atlantic Coast Express for ever. Down to another summer Saturday at Exeter Central via the Seaton and Sidmouth branches. Onto the Withered Arm to Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. A long look at Wadebridge to Wenfordbridge with a Beattie Well Tank even though the 1366 Class had arrived. A brief view of the Callington Branch and finally Plymouth. Plenty of Bulleids but many other types as well on a route that has now changed or closed forever. A real West Country treat of steam.

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Volume 69

The Withered Arm (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.3. Jim visited North Devon and Cornwall often in the early 1960′s sometimes using the Atlantic Coast Express. This is a classic journey on the Atlantic Coast Express to the far flung reaches of the Southern Railway known as the Withered Arm, that part of the route west of Exeter.

Join this celebrated train at Waterloo and travel via Basingstoke, Salisbury and Sidmouth Junction to EXETER CENTRAL seeing the line from the train and lineside in steam days, no single lines then. Onto the Withered Arm itself to BARNSTAPLE JUNCTION and ILFRACOMBE, virtually every station is seen. Return to BARNSTAPLE and travel south via INSTOW and BIDEFORD to TORRINGTON with 02 and Ivatt tank engines.

Forward to busy HALWILL JUNCTION before an in depth visit to the BUDE branch and its harbour line. T9′s still visited here in 1961. Further west via LAUNCESTON to WADEBRIDGE, more classic steam with Beattie Well tanks, and T9′s to Padstow. BODMIN is visited, both General and North stations. Return via BERE ALSTON, GUNNISLAKE and OKEHAMPTON to EXETER Central. There is a visit to PENZANCE by a Bulleid Pacific, steam once again at BARNSTAPLE VICTORIA ROAD.

This has to be the definitive video of the Southern in Devon and Cornwall superbly filmed in those sunny days of the early 1960′s all in colour.

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