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Volume 234

Southern Steam Miscellany No.5 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 22nd October 2020**

The Jim Oatway Collection
This volume is compiled entirely from much previously unseen footage taken by the late Jim Oatway, mostly across the ex-LSWR lines of the Southern Region.

Jim was a signalman working at various boxes on the LSWR line out of Waterloo. He was able to combine work with taking top quality cine film at privileged locations that were inaccessible to most. Southern steam fans are in for a real treat!

We begin with panoramic views at London Waterloo and an abundance of steam including Empty Coaching Stock (ECS) workings, Bulleid Pacific hauled expresses bound for the Salisbury and Southampton lines, the ‘Bournemouth Belle’ Pullman, semi-fasts and boat trains. We even see a Stanier Black 5 on a normal service train in 1965. Specials are also included such as the “South Western Rambler”, the ‘Wessex Downsman” and the “A2 Commemorative”.

Moving on to West London Junction box in 1962 and the ECS here is hauled by M7, H16 and even an ex-GWR pannier. Highlights are the “Schools” class 4-4-0s and “Lord Nelson” class 4-6-0s still at work plus preserved T9 No.120 in normal service. Jim was also able to film LNWR “Cornwall” passing the box on its way to Clapham Museum. We then spend some time around Clapham Junction in 1962 and include the carriage washing plant, milk trains and an H class tank on the service train to Kensington.

The famed “South Western Suburban” rail tour is shown in some detail, before we move to Walton-on-Thames and Horsham. Here Jim’s film contains such treats as a profusion of “King Arthurs”, summer Saturday workings, H16 hauled ECS and ex-LNER A4 60022 “Mallard” on a van train!

At Byfleet & West Haw there is a considerable variety of freight workings with classes such as S15s, Standard class 4 4-6-0s, and “King Arthurs” leaving and joining the LSWR main line on their way to and from Feltham Yards. Visits are also made to Feltham shed in 1961 and 1962 when it was still possible to see the giant ex-LSWR G16 4-8-0 tanks and the H16s. We even find a “Schools” class at the depot. In addition, Jim visited the Hayling Island branch with its diminutive Stroudley Terriers that were able to work over the weight-restricted Langstone viaduct. Finally, we conclude with a visit to the Isle-of-Wight for O2s hard at work in the summer sunshine.

Filmed between 1961 and 1967 a huge amount of different motive power is featured including the following classes: ex-SR “Merchant Navy”, “West Country” and “Battle of Britain” pacifics, Q1s, Us, U1s, Ns, Hs, S15s, M7s, A1Xs, G6s, 700s, E6s, N15s, O2s, “Lord Nelsons”, “Schools”, H16s, G16s, T9s and Beattie 0298s, ex-WR panniers, ex-LMS Stanier Black 5s, Ivatt 2-6-2Ts and 8Fs, ex-LNER A2 and A4 and finally BR Standard 73xxx Class 5s, 75xxx Class 4 4-6-0s, 77xxx Class 3 2-6-0s, 78xxx Class 2 2-6-0s and 82xxx Class 3 2-6-2Ts.

Filmed entirely in colour. An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of Southern steam.

Cover Photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, “Schools” Class 4-4-0 No.30926 “Repton” passing Paddock Wood, June 1960.

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Volume 233

A Miscellany of Electric & Diesel Power No.6 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 17th September 2020**

A further instalment of our popular miscellany series of classic “modern” traction featuring many of the diesel & electric classes that operated across the whole of the BR network during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. And in some cases even earlier! The majority of this collection has not been previously seen. As before we have simply compiled the clips and films in no particular order and thus a few surprises will be in store as you progress through the film.

Once again, a myriad of locations are covered; from Inverness & Edinburgh to Paignton and West Country. In between there is a look at a Cheltenham Race Day plus action around Honeybourne Junction, nearby Gloucester and the Lickey incline.

The 1985 Crewe re-modelling work is seen as well as the old Potts line oil terminal in Shrewsbury. Then south to Weymouth for a Channel Island Boat Train hauled by a Class 33 Crompton as well as a rare shunter in operation along the Quayside.

The ever popular Woodhead route gets an airing with EM1s, often-double heading. There are a few scenes on the Settle & Carlisle line and some very early film featuring the launch of LMS 10000, the Britain’s first main line diesel. Something different is a section on the Sharpness Docks with Hymek action.

The delightful Bourne End branch is covered along with WCML, ECML and Great Eastern lines and a couple of accidents! A brief interlude features the London Underground Northern Line with 1938 stock in action. Also in the capital, we look into King’s Cross and Paddington.

In addition to the above locomotive types, there is hydraulic action with Warships, Westerns and Hymeks. English Electric locomotives include 37s & 40s, the latter working out of the Bayston Hill Stone Quarry, as well as at Crewe and other locations. Plus a glimpse of a BTH Type 1 and a Co-Bo. Most Brush types are seen in various liveries. Several Peaks feature along with the fantastic Deltics operating on service trains and Charter work. EMUs & DMUs are seen working on various regions, including the Blue Pullman and Brighton Belle.

The above offers you a brief scenario of what is in store in this film – there is plenty more. An authentic soundtrack and an informative commentary accompanies all the scenes, so we hope you will enjoy this tour around the UK.

Cover Photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Peak 45007 on a ballast train at Foxlow Jct., Staveley, July 1986.

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Volume 230

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.8 (88-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED late January 2020**

The eighth volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover London Midland steam compiled from mostly unseen footage from a variety of different cameramen and in the order the film runs off the original cine reels. Here we feature Midland 2Fs, the GCR in LMR days, in & around Manchester, the WCML and The North-West.

The line between Desford Junction and Leicester West Bridge had restricted clearances and was the last home of the diminutive Johnsons 2Fs which had been introduced as far back as the 1870s! We visit the line during February 1963 with snow still on the ground.

Next, in LMR days, we make a journey along the Great Central main line from Marylebone which includes Aylesbury, Brackley, Banbury, Woodford Halse, Rugby, Lutterworth, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham, Chesterfield and Hasland shed. We even feature a 1962 journey behind a 9F in normal passenger service from Brackley to Aylesbury!

On to the North-West and the Manchester area where a famous steam working in 1964 and 1965 was the evening commuter service from Manchester Central to Buxton. This working is forever associated with ‘Jubilee’ No. 45705 “Seahorse” and we cover the journey in some detail. Following on from this, there is excellent footage around New Mills Junction, Gowhole Yards, Chinley, the Romiley and Marple area, Hayfield, Stockport, Stockport Edgeley shed, plus Manchester Victoria and Exchange.

Shrewsbury and Ruabon are visited next and time is spent at Rossett (between Chester and Wrexham) and Talacre plus Worleston on the North Wales coast line.

Finally, numerous locations are visited on the northern part of the West Coast Main Line starting at Crewe and Crewe South shed, Acton Grange, Winwick Junction, Wigan, Lostock Hall shed, Farrington, Preston, Carnforth shed, and Shap. Other locations include near Ormskirk and Hellifield, plus shed visits to Rose Grove, Bolton, Holbeck, and Normanton.

The time period for the majority of the film is from 1962 to 1968. Motive power includes BR standard Britannia pacifics, Standard Class 5 & 4 4-6-0s, Class 2 2-6-0s, 9F 2-10-0s and Austerity 2-8-0s, ex-LMS Black 5s, 8Fs, 4Fs, 2-6-4Ts, Royal Scots, Jubilees, Stanier 2-6-0s, Ivatt tanks and Class 2 & 4 2-6-0s, ex-MR 2Fs, and Jinties.

An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, Stanier 2-6-0 No.42960 heads an up excursion near Skerton, August 1962.

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Volume 229

Scandinavian Railway Memories (67-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED December 2019**

As well as satisfying their passion for steam in the British Isles, enthusiasts sought it out in other ways, with many making their way into Europe in search of steam.

In the summer of 1962, the late Brian Lockey visited Sweden and Finland on the Railway Correspondence & Travel Society (RCTS) rail tour of Scandinavia. Then in the autumn of 1970 Brian visited Denmark, this time with the Railway Enthusiasts Club (REC). Brian’s films make up the majority of this volume of Scandinavian Railway Memories.

The Swedish visit includes wooden-bodied jackshaft electric D Class 1C1 locomotives, a giant 0-10-0 originally from the Kiruna far north iron ore line, the Tomteboda Railway Museum plus Sweden’s largest railway exhibition of 1962. Visits are also made to Falun, Hagalund shed, Ludvika, and Kristianstad shed. Sweden’s largest private railway is seen at Eskilstuna, the TJOJ iron-ore line, where the Traffic Manager and Chief Engineer took the party around. The last steamship built in Scandinavia (and now-preserved SS “Bore”) takes the tour from Stockholm onwards to Turku.

There is excellent coverage of Finnish steam, but starts with an Hr12 (now Dr12) Co-Co diesel. Helsinki shed was visited and on the adjacent main line, there is continuous steam activity coming up the hill out of the City. Steam abounds including 0-6-0T, 0-6-2T, 4-6-0, 4-6-2, 2-8-0, 2-8-2, 2-8-2T, 0-10-0T and 2-10-0 classes. The Tr1 2-8-2s and Hr1 4-6-2s built up to 1957 are real beauties and include bar frames plus interchangeable boilers. Wood-burners are also seen, complete with spark-arresting chimneys.

The visit to Denmark includes one of the ‘P’ class Atlantics, single and double chimney ‘E’ class Pacifics, a visit to Fredericia shed, a trip on the World’s oldest steam paddle steamer, and haulage of standard-gauge stock by a narrow-gauge locomotive. Modem traction includes ‘Lyntog’ inter-city units and East German 175s on the Berlin service.

Trams and trolleybuses are not forgotten. Some Scandinavian steam locomotives found a later home in the UK and visits are made to see them, including filming for the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’. Finally there are some ‘Railway Roundabout” type 16mm offcuts and unused film of Finnish steam purchased from Pat Whitehouse by Jim Clemens.

Cover Photo:- SJ 2-6-4T No.1393 (built 1918) at Vitaby, Sweden.
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Volume 227

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.7 (82-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED mid September 2019**

The seventh volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover London Midland steam compiled from mostly unseen footage from a variety of different cameramen and in the order the film runs off the original cine reels. This volume mostly features the North-West of England up to the Scottish border.

Our journey starts in Carlisle with extensive coverage of the area including Kingmoor and Upperby sheds as well as near the long-closed station at Floriston, close to the Scottish border.

Next we travel south on the WCML to Shap Bank for a feast of steam action including scenes at Tebay and Oxenholme. We also cover Carnforth, Skipton, Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster.

Then to the Fylde area, where in addition to a Clan pacific, we see the last working of a Royal Scot in the area, in 1965.

There is plenty of steam action around Preston including the town itself, Farringdon Junction, Leyland and Lostock Hall shed. Further locations also include the stations at Accrington, Wigan, Warrington, Crewe and the sheds at Edge Hill, Speke Junction, Crewe South and Bolton.

The Manchester area is covered next with locations such as Victoria station, Miles Platting Bank, Stockport Edgeley (station and shed), Heaton Mersey shed, New Mills and Chinley.

Finally we travel away from the North-West to the East Midland to visit the impressive station at Nottingham Victoria on the Great Central in 1964 along with East Leake, Mansfield, Penistone and Canklow shed plus a 9F cab ride.

The archive film is entirely in colour and the majority was taken in the last years leading up to the end of steam in 1968. Motive power includes BR standard Britannia and Clan pacifics, Standard Class 5 & 4 4-6-0s, Class 2 2-6-0s, 9F 2-10-0s and Austerity 2-8-0s, ex-LMS Black 5s, 8Fs, 4Fs, 2-6-4Ts, ex-MR dock tanks, Jinties, Class 2 & 4 Ivatts, Duchesses, Jubilees, Royal Scots and Patriots.

An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, Fowler 4F 44580 passing Fladbury, March 1963.

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Volume 223

A Miscellany of Diesel & Electric Power No.5 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED April 2019**

The fifth in our popular electric and diesel miscellany series covering classic ‘modern’ traction from the 1960s through to the 1980s. Much of this footage is over 50 years old and once again we travel far and wide with a multitude of locomotive types in a huge variety of very different locations.
We start with diesel hydraulic activities, including “Warships”, at Bristol, Plymouth and around Swansea. Then on to the Pembroke Dock branch for DMUs and Hymeks.

Travelling north we witness scenes at Scarborough (including a Royal Train working), York (for Deltics in action) and Class 56s near Selby.
Back south again and to the Weymouth line for Class 33s on push-pull operations through the Bincombe tunnels.

Returning north once more, we visit Crewe during the modernisation in 1985 and the Woodhead Route for Class 76s on freight and passenger workings.
Down in London, at Paddington station, we see even more hydraulics plus a variety of English Electric traction before visiting King’s Cross. Other locations seen briefly include the Settle & Carlisle line, the Shrewsbury area, Hanwell, Weston Rhyn and Loggerheads.

We also feature some unusual footage of an excursion with a Southern 2-BIL electric multiple unit at the very end of their working lives. A brief look at the “Class 44 Farewell” tour is followed by a section devoted to the Metropolitan electric locomotive tour of 1972 starring the two now preserved examples Nos. 5 & 12 hauling a rake of Guards Vans. We return to Crewe to see a “Royal Scot” tour departing with a Class 40.

The Brymbo branch and Bersham colliery are well covered with Peaks and Class 47s on coal trains. Plus we include a glimpse of a couple of industrial steam engines!
Returning north once again, vintage electric multiple units are seen on the Morecambe branch of the unique experimental line from Lancaster Green Ayre.

Finally, to bring back memories for some, we conclude with some footage of DMUs on now long lost and closed lines.

Many of the locomotive classes that existed during this period are seen: 03, 08, 20, 24, 25, 31, 33, 35, 37, 40, 44, 45, 47, 50, 52, 55, 76, 81 – 86, 87…in fact there very few are left out!

All the archive film is in colour and an informative commentary and authentic soundtrack has been added

Cover Photo:- Hugh Ballantyne/Courtesy Book Law Publications,
86258 “Talyllyn—The First Preserved Railway” passes Stafford, 19/5/1984.

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Volume 220

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.6 (83-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED October 2018**

The sixth volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover London Midland steam compiled from mostly unseen footage and in the order the film runs off the original cine reels. Not only do we cover London Midland engines operating in their home region but also elsewhere.

In fact, we start with a few shots of them working on the Southern Region in 1965, before visiting the Gloucester and Bristol areas for a variety of steam action, including some rare footage of ex-MR dock tank No.41537 going about it’s business, and then on to North Wales for scenes at Bangor, Menai Bridge and Bodfari.

Next we visit Rugby in January 1962 and amongst all the action, the unique Class 8 Pacific No.71000 “Duke of Gloucester” passes by. Two visits are then made to Staveley Ironworks to see the Victorian ex-MR 1F “half-cabs” at work followed by visits to Boroughbridge, Shap, Carlisle (including Canal Shed), Oxford, Hereford and Bletchley.

The “East Devon” rail tour is seen in 1965 on the Lyme Regis branch and near Exmouth, followed by the “Farewell to the Stratford-on-Avon and Midland Junction Railway” tour of April 1965, and a few months later by the “Northamptonshire Branches” brake van tour with 2-6-0 No.78028. Other tours covered in 1965 are the Warwickshire Railway Society’s “Midlander” plus the SLS’s “Midland Locomotive Requiem”.

Travelling south once again, we visit the S&DJR at Shepton Mallet, Evercreech Junction and Templecombe. Then to Stonehouse (Bristol Road), the Nailsworth branch and Coaley Junction plus the west bank of the Severn Estuary including Aylburton, Bullo Pill, Lydney and Undy.

There is extensive coverage at Banbury with steam on passenger and freight workings including the short time when Britannias were allocated there. Super “D”s are seen in the West Midlands and other places such as Crewe, Wakefield, Wrexham, Chester and Birkenhead Woodside.

Finally we visit the North-West for steam action at locations such as Farrington Junction, Preston, Carnforth, Rose Grove, Bolton and Manchester.

The archive film is almost entirely in colour and was taken in the six years leading up the end of steam in 1968. Motive power includes ex-LMS Black 5s, 8Fs, 4Fs, 2-6-4Ts, ex-MR dock tanks, Jinties, Class 2 & 4 Ivatts, Duchesses, Jubilees, Royal Scots, Patriots, Super “D”s and BR standard Britannias, 72xxx, 73xxx, 75xxx, 84xxx and 9F 2-10-0s. An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications:- Britannia 70014 “Iron Duke” at Carlisle Upperby, July 1967.

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Volume 211

A Miscellany of Electric and Diesel Power No.3 (83-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED September 2017**

In this volume we continue our “Classic Traction” theme covering many of the different classes of locomotives that were in operation across all regions of the network during the 1970s and 1980s. Most of the clips selected have not been previously seen. As before with we have simply compiled the film clips in no particular order and thus a few surprises will be in store as you enjoy the video.

Starting with the Southern, we see Class 33s in action and then over on the Western we see Class 52s and Class 50s in and around the Paddington area. At Old Oak Common Depot a number of Hymeks and other types are stabled around the last of the four round-house turntables. Class 47s are seen all over the network hauling all manner of trains. Several Hymeks are seen working, including D7017 emblazoned with the D & EG signs after purchase by the Group.

On the East Coast Main Line, the famous Deltics are in action (including a glimpse of the first ever Deltic visit to Inverness) and we visit King’s Cross, Brookmans Park, Welwyn Viaduct, Hitchin, Cadwell, York plus several other locations. In Scotland we see class 26s on the Kyle line.

Class 20s were well known for working pairs and we see these on MGR coal trains at locations such as Warrington for the Fiddlers Ferry Power Station. At Tinsley Yard we see one of three class 13s stabled. These were a development from the class 08 and especially built for the yard. Most unusual are the scenes from the old Burry Port and Gwendraeth Railway with triple-headed 03s, working on the restricted height line, which in its early days was actually a canal!

More freight action includes parcels traffic, steel coil, fuel & chemical tank trains and Presflow wagon workings. A few scenes of London Underground units are followed by BR DMUs and EMUs on the Southern, Watford and Southport lines. A rarely seen Motor Parcels van is captured hauling two baggage vans out of Paddington. A German built railbus is also spotted meandering around Kemble. Plus a few shots taken around the South Wales Collieries.

On the West Coast Main Line we see class 85 & 86 electrics followed by a pair of EM1 Bo-Bos on the Woodhead route. Other locations include Churchdown, Banbury, Didcot, Bishops Stortford, (where we see a special guards-van railtour) as well as Barnetby and Chester. Harlow Mill features several stone trains arriving and departing with a variety of 37s, 47s, 56s, 58s, a 59 and 60s providing the power. We also visit High Wycombe, Bletchley, Cheltenham and Shrewsbury areas. Plus a couple of scenes from Wennington and the Settle & Carlisle.

With such a diverse range of locomotives there is an equally diverse range of liveries, from original green two-tone, BR Corporate Blue, Large-Logo, Railfreight sector variants, Inter-City and more including special ‘one-offs’ such as the ‘Yellow Peril’ No.47803. We also see the Crewe Test Train in action plus a couple of passing Motorail services.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Type 4 D1576 in the New Forest with the up “Bournemouth Belle”, July 1967.

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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 205

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.3 (88-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED September 2016**

THE JIM CLEMENS COLLECTION No.32. The third in our miscellany series covering London Midland steam. Using mostly unseen film taken from the Jim Clemens collection it is largely assembled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and has coverage across much of the Region.

We visit Bescot in December 1964 to witness the end of the LNWR ‘Super Ds’, Carlisle Kingmoor shed in both 1964 and 1967, the Crewe to Carlisle line behind ‘Coronations’ and ‘Britannias’, the last day of the Stanbridgeford to Leighton Buzzard line in June 1962, the Wolverton to Newport Pagnell branch in August 1964 and group action at Lichfield Trent Valley in 1963.

Next we travel to Bromsgrove for scenes on the Lickey Incline between 1961 and 1964, including the now-preserved Jubilee “Kolhapur” making an unaided ascent on a freight train. We continue along the ‘loop line’ from Barnt Green, through Redditch, Alcester, and Evesham to Ashchurch just before its closure as a through route in 1962. Onwards to the Worcester area and then along the branch from Ashchurch to Tewkesbury, Ripple, and Upton-on-Severn in 1959 and 1960 with 4Fs and 3Fs. This is followed by scenes at Halesowen, Dowery Dell Viaduct, Saltley shed in November 1961, the Gloucester area and Bristol Temple Meads between 1960 and 1965.

A visit to Birkenhead shed in February 1967 sees a profusion of 9Fs plus the end of the ‘Crabs’. There is footage of Shrewsbury to Ruabon line, Wrexham, Chester in the mid-1960s and Northwich, Patricroft and Lostock Hall sheds at the beginning of 1968. The last train is seen over the SMJR from Stratford to Woodford Halse in April 1965 with a 4F and we visit Banbury in the summer of 1966 with Black 5s. Finally there are visits to the branches from Bedford to both Northampton and Hitchin in 1959 hauled by Ivatt 2-6-2Ts.

There is something for all LM enthusiasts with a variety of classes ranging from ‘Coronations’, ‘Royal Scots’, ‘Jubilees’, and Black 5s, all the way down to even 2Fs – a London Midland delight!!

The archive film is mostly in colour and filmed in the late 1950s and the 1960s. An authentic sound track has been added along with commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover photo:- Jim Clemens, 3F 0-6-0T No.43645 at Ashchurch in 1961.

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Volume 191

Diesel Electric Heyday Part 1 (75-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED February 2015**

This is the first volume in a series featuring the diesel electric locomotives of British Rail. Here we mostly cover the low powered Types 1 & 2 . Many scenes are from the early days with locomotives in their original green liveries ; others show the changes into BR Corporate Blue.

We start with glimpses of English Electric Type 4s, Deltics (including some rare footage of the blue prototype on action of the ECML), and a Metrovick Co-Bo! We also see Southern DEMUs including those specially designed for the narrow tunnels on the Hastings Line.

A brief visit to Crewe Works is followed by footage of the very successful EE Type 1s in action at Bescot, Loggerheads, on the WCML and at several collieries. The less successful centre-cab Clayton Type 1s are seen in action at Shotts, Millerhill, Pelaw and on Hest Bank.

The workhorse Brush Type 2s were introduced in 1957 and there are scenes of them at work at many locations across the network including Harringay, Hadley Wood, Cambridge (on the Royal Train), Paddington, Wennington, Instow on the Bideford branch and on the last train along the Dunstable branch (“The Skimpot Flyer”).

In Scotland, the short lived North British Type 2s are seen at Elgin, Perth, Inverurie, Gleneagles and Stirling.

The numerous BR Sulzer Type 2s operated throughout the UK. We see them as far afield as on Tyne Dock Iron Ore trains, the Tay Bridge, Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso, Ais Gill, Manchester, North Wales and Dawlish. We also see them on the Cambrian at Llynclyss, on milk Trains at Torrington, china clay trains around Bodmin, and at Bredbury Junction being banked by a Stanier 8F. Even a pair triple heading with a BRCW Type 2 on the “Royal Highlander”!

Finally, there are scenes of BRCW Type 2s working commuter trains at Luton before we head north to see them in later life working on the Kyle of Lochalsh line. There is also rare footage of D6547 hauling Schools Class “Repton” and M7 30053 en route to Canada. Plus footage of piloting Bulleid Pacifics up the ferocious Bincombe Bank, and around Shrewsbury during Crewe Station refurbishment

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

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Brush Type 2 D5691 approaches Millhouses, 1965

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Volume 178

Steam Memories of the Sixties Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED JULY2013**

THE CHRIS NOYLE COLLECTION No.2. Chris Noyle filmed railways in Britain and Europe from 1962 to 1972. This is the second volume from his collection and features the steam scene in England, Scotland and Wales in the 1960s.We start in Scotland at Aberdeen and Perth for B1s & A4s including 60016 “Silver King” before views at Derby in 1962 of the last remaining unrebuilt Patriot, 45543 “Home Guard” and of “Clun Castle” on the first part of the Paddington to Gloucester to Birmingham Snow Hill rail tour in 1965.

Chris then visited Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway in 1968. In those very early preservation days, steam trains only ran as far as Hampton Loade. A far cry from the scene today!

Then onto the Southern in 1967 and a variety of scenes right up to the end of steam at a number of locations including Basingstoke, Guildford and Nine Elms Shed featuring Bulleids, Standards, USA Tanks and even an A4 Pacific! The very last “Bournemouth Belle” Pullman passes by…

In 1966, Chris went on a rail tour, this time from London to North Wales hauled by Britannia 70004 from Crewe, a pair of Stanier 2-6-4Ts from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog and a Crab to Denbigh. Another rail tour is Black 5 hauled around the Walsall & Wolverhampton area before going forward via Shrewsbury to Chester with 7029 “Clun Castle” and then returning to Crewe with a former Crosti boilered 9F.

In 1967, he visited the Banbury area to see the last two ex-GW steam hauled trains to Chester pass by with preserved Castles and he also visited the shed to see the last remnants of steam.

The North East Region was of great interest to Chris. There are many scenes in this area before steam finished in September 1967, including at Tyne Dock shed. Onto the Midland Region for footage around Carlisle and Leeds in 1966 including a visit to Holbeck Roundhouse and Farnley Junction sheds featuring Britannias and ex-LMS Black Fives. Whilst in the area, Chris also visited Wakefield to see WD 2-8-0s and the other engines there. Finally, back to the North Eastern Region in 1967 for extensive footage of J27s, Q6s (including the now preserved 63395), WDs and K1s hauling coal trains and empties to and from Seaham, Hall Dene and Vane Tempest Collieries.

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

Cover photo: K4 2-6-0 No.62050 on coal empties, 1967.

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Volume 155

North of Shrewsbury Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The first of two videos covering the lines in an area north of Shrewsbury to Chester. This video features the line to Crewe as far as Willaston via Whitchurch, the Shrewsbury to Gobowen line and the Gobowen to Oswestry and Blodwell line. Archive film of steam traction is shown on these routes including ex-GWR and Standard classes. There is also footage of some of the main line steam hauled tours in the 1970s.
We visit the signalboxes at Shrewsbury, Leaton, Whittington and Gobowen , observing the passing railway scene featuring both steam and diesel traction in the 1960s and early 1970s. At Gobowen the steam archive footage takes us south to Llanymynech with a look at the Shopshire & Montgomery and its last steam hauled tour. There is also extensive lineside and cab views of the diesel hauled stone trains from Gobowen to Blodwell Quarry. The traffic ceased in 1989. All film and video material used is in colour except for the Shropshire and Montgomery scenes. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Ivatt 46512 arrives at Oswestry from Llanfyllin, August 1963.

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Volume 148

The Demise of Steam (90-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.27. A record of the demise of steam on British railways during 1967 and 1968 in the North-West of England, seen mainly through the camera of Jim Clemens.

We feature scenes of steam at CREWE, WARRINGTON and PRESTON followed by shed visits to Dallam, Lostock Hall, Bolton, Buxton, Northwich, Carnforth, Liverpool Edge Hill and Speke Junction. Then off to the Manchester area to see the last dying days of main line steam with Black 5s, 8Fs, 9Fs and Standards.

There were rail tours to Ravenglass and around the North-West in July and August 1968. We include the last tours from Manchester on the 4th.August 1968, especially the SLS tour plus some views of the very last steam hauled train on BR, the 15 Guinea Special on 11th.August 1968.

Into the early days of standard gauge preservation in 1968 and we cover the opening of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. We next visit Tyseley shed in September 1968 and finally 6000 “King George V” returned steam to British Railways in 1971 to end a record of what was to be seen in these declining years of steam traction.

The film has been mastered with an authentic sound-track and researched in detail to give an informative commentary.

Further volumes are available covering the age of steam on British Railways throughout Great Britain, including many others from the Jim Clemens collection. Details may be obtained from the address below.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications : 45342 and 45156 at Nappa, 20/4/68.

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Volume 139

Steam Routes Manchester to Crewe (67-mins) Price £19.75

A video featuring the line between MANCHESTER and CREWE. Particular emphasis is on the two places, one a city and the other a railway town. Filmed in the 1960s, steam traction predominates.

MANCHESTER VICTORIA and the nearby MANCHESTER EXCHANGE stations were busy with passenger, freight and parcels traffic. It was at the foot of MILES PLATTING incline where banking often took place. At the summit was NEWTON HEATH shed and a visit is made there.

The line from MANCHESTER PICCADILLY was electrified from 1960 but steam power existed here alongside the new AC electric locomotives. At the northern end, STOCKPORT kept steam until 1968 and as well as the station, EDGELEY shed is visited.

We then travel southwards through CHEADLE HULME, WILMSLOW, GOSTREY and on to CREWE where a wide range of motive power is seen from 1962 to 1968; Princess Coronations, Jubilees, Royal Scots, Crabs and Jinties along with BR Standards, Stanier Black 5s and Stanier 8Fs.

There is much nostalgic archive material used in this video of a past history when steam power could still be seen regularly on British Railways.

Cover photo: Keith Pirt, 8F 48765 at Manchester Piccadilly, April 1965.

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