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Volume 210

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.4 (81-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED Mid July 2017**

The fourth in our miscellany series covering London Midland steam. Once again we feature much previously unseen film, largely assembled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels with scenes across much of the Region.

There is considerable coverage around the North-West including Crewe South Shed, Crewe Station, Crewe Works (with “Western” diesel-hydraulics under construction), Stoke-on-Trent Shed, Moore water troughs, Warrington Bank Quay and Warrington Arpley. A brake van tour of obscure lines around Warrington and Widnes behind Standard 2-6-0 No.76077 includes a refuge siding at Daresbury (part of the original Birkenhead route abandoned with the opening of the Manchester Shop Canal in the 1890s) plus that famous railway curiosity at Widnes, a rail flat crossing by No.4 Signal Box! There is plenty of steam action at Winwick Junction, Wigan North-Western and Wigan Wallgate before we move on to Leyland, Farington Junction, Pleasington and Preston. Further north, we visit Carlisle for scenes at Kingmoor Shed as well as at Citadel Station.

South once more and Chester, Gresford Bank, Llangollen Junction (Ruabon) and Hooton are all visited in March 1967 coinciding with the end of the direct Paddington to Birkenhead service. Further south, in 1964, visits are made to the Bletchley flyover, Aynho water troughs, Gloucester, Banbury, the Lickey Incline (including an amazingly long freight train ascending the bank) with summer Saturday holidaymaker trains being seen at Birmingham.

Finally, the last fifteen minutes or so are made up of interesting offcuts from Colin White such as Shap, Tebay Shed, Dillicar water troughs, Oxenholme, Carnforth, Hest Bank, Heaton Mersey and Warrington.

A cross-section of LM motive power is seen such as Black 5s (including the experimental examples plus one with a self-weighing tender), Jinties, 2-6-4Ts, 4Fs, ‘Princess’ and ‘Coronation’ pacifics, Jubilee, Rebuilt Patriots, 8Fs and a variety of Standard classes including Britannias, Clans, 73xxx, 75xxx, 76xxx and 9Fs (including ex-Crosti boilered).

The archive film is in colour and black & white and was filmed between 1963 and 1968. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 45339 returns Excursion C724 from Blackpool to Manchester, near Euxton Jct, Preston, Easter 1961.

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Volume 161

Along LMS Lines Part 9: Onwards to Glasgow (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED April 2011**

Our series of films along the West Coast Main Line has nearly come to an end, reaching Glasgow Central this time. However, we start at Stockport with 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” in April 1968 before moving on to Preston in 1965, the stepping point for a visit to Blackpool Central just before it closed in 1964, with views of the shed there. We return to Preston to travel north again over Shap to Carlisle. Another way to Carlisle is via the Settle and Carlisle route and we show scenes from this line using previously unused new footage. At Carlisle, there is extensive coverage of lines and locomotives including a visit to Kingmoor shed. Many engine classes are seen including Princess Coronation Pacifics, Royal Scots, Jubilees, Black 5s and BR standard types such as Class 5s, 9Fs, Britannia and Clan Pacifics. Onwards and we visit Dumfries on the old G&SWR route before returning to the West Coast line over Beattock including scenes from the footplate as we reach the summit. Preserved Highland Goods 4-6-0 No.103 is seen on the Inches branch before we finally reach Glasgow Central.
An all colour film with excellent detail and locations, mastered with an authentic sound track and an extensively researched, detailed and informative commentary. Details of our extensive collection of archive films of the steam scene all over Britain filmed from the 1950s to 1960s are available from the address below.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Class 4 2-6-4 tanks at Glasgow Central, July 1959.

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Volume 126

Along LMS Lines Part 5 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Wigan-Preston-Carnforth The fifth volume in our series ALONG LMS LINES, takes the story further north along the West Coast main line and covers WIGAN to Preston, Lancaster and Carnforth.

There are diversions to look at the East Lancashire line from Preston Farington to ROSE GROVE, BLACKPOOL North on the Fylde, and Morecambe.

Filmed in colour from 1965 to 1968 it is mainly about the end of steam in the North West of England and so Stanier and Standard locomotives predominate with Jubilees, Black 5s, 8Fs, 2-6-4 Tanks and Britannias.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt. Rebuilt Patriot 45512 “Bunsen” near Leyland, 1963

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Volume 118

Electric Traction Archive (60-mins) Price £19.75

The story of electric traction in the British Isles from the Volks Railway to the West Coast Main Line electrification over nearly 80 years.

In the beginning, trams took away trade from the railways who had to look to electric traction themselves in the towns and cities to retake that trade. Electric services grew up around places like London, Manchester, Southport, Glasgow, Morecambe, Tyneside and Altrincham over the years. Using archive film these systems can be seen, some still using early rolling stock into the 1960′s.

Main line electrification followed with the Woodhead route in the 1950′s and then the West Coast main line in stages with new AL electrics at Crewe.

Other systems examined are the Grimsby and Immingham, Swansea and Mumbles, Isle of Man and Blackpool. An industrial line in the North East is also featured.

There are many different voltages and third rail and overhead systems shown.

Fascinating and rare views are in this film. Filmed mainly in colour but with some black and white footage. A detailed commentary and authentic soundtrack completes a nostalgic record of electric services throughout the British Isles. with something different to offer.

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Volume 97

The Western around Worcestershire (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.11. This film shows the days of steam on the line from Hereford to Worcester and through Campden to Moreton-in-the-Marsh. This was the last Western Region Class “1″ service to be worked by steam, notably by Castles allocated to Worcester shed. There are other Western types on view such as Halls, Granges, Prairies and Panniers. Some LMS types also pass through the region and even an LNER A1 came to Worcester. Branch lines are included such as the Bromyard Branch which was also visited by a Collett 0-6-0 on a driving special for enthusiasts and also a decorated pair working an excursion to Blackpool on the last day in 1964! The Shipston branch is also featured with the daily freight. Filmed in the early 1960’s there is a wealth of memories here through MALVERN, WORCESTER, PERSHORE, HONEYBOURNE, EVESHAM and climbing CAMPDEN bank. This was the route of the ‘Cathedrals Express’, all Brunswick Green and sometimes chocolate and cream stock, all competently filmed by local Worcester enthusiast JIM CLEMENS.

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Volume 49

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part 3 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Another fascinating look at the railways using ex-L&Y lines. This video is firmly in Lancashire, Preston and the Fylde. Preston was complex with L & Y and LNWR routes to its main station. Sadly the East Lancs side has now completely disappeared. Using archive film from 1962 up to 1968 this video covers all routes to Preston, from the south and out to the north-west onto the Fylde and Blackpool. It covers all the many junctions and types of traffic passing through, freight, coal, cement and of course the busy passenger traffic especially to Blackpool. See Farrington yards, a birds eye view of Preston station, Lostock Hall shed and a glimpse of the Preston North shed after it had burnt down. The Longridge branch was visited by a Super D in 1962, Preston Docks had steam up until 1968. Specials pass through, we cannot show a Southern engine but there is an LNER A2 and a GWR Castle. Jubilees, Royal Scots and the occasional Duchess appear. The two routes to Blackpool Central and North are covered, this time a Clan and an LNER A1 put in appearances alongside LMS and Standards. See the pick-up freight at Lytham St.Annes and visit Blackpool Central shed. Twelve cameramen filmed for this video including Eric Woods whose still material has been published in the “Glorious Years” features of Steam Railway magazine. His cine film was rare too and this video overs the Glorious years of steam around Preston.

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Volume 30

Farewell to Steam 1968 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Cine film of the steam railway was well into its stride by 1968 when hundreds of photographers were recording the dying days of steam traction on British Railways.

We are fortunate in that we have access to thousands of feet of film taken of these events and needed only to use the best from cameramen who had already been filming for years and had therefore got the “hang” of it by 1968, thereby producing some excellent footage.

This is a definitive look at the happenings and events of these last seven months from January 1st. with all remaining steam sheds visited at least once surrounded by normal steam workings of the time as they come to an end, culminating in the 4th and 11th of August specials.

Highlights of the last workings are Chequerbent and Padiham branch freights, Windermere branch, the last steam workings to Liverpool and Blackpool, the last steam derailment (48666 at Rose Grove!), the last Copy Pit banker disposed and all the notable specials of the year. All in all a balanced look at the last days of steam in glorious colour and sound.

Cover photo: George Woods. 45305 at Liverpool Lime Street

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