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Volume 216

A Miscellany of Electric & Diesel Power No.4 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED May 2018**

The fourth in our popular electric and diesel miscellany series. Although the “classic traction” seen in this series is “modern” compared to “steam traction” it should be remembered that much of the footage is 50 years or more older having been taken during the period from the 1960s to the 1980s. Most of the scenes selected have not been previously seen. As before with these films, we have simply compiled them in no particular order and thus a few surprises will be in store as you enjoy the video.

A vast area of the country is covered from HSTs and Class 50s in the West Country, to the Midlands at Wichnor sidings, Bescot and then across to Norwich, with numerous other locations in between including Cosford and the Madeley route.

We watch high speed operations on both the East Coast Main Line (ECML) and West Coast Main Line (WCML) before moving southwards to Stonehouse Junction on the Birmingham to Bristol main line for scenes including glimpses in the signal box and a Class 14 on the nearby Nailsworth branch (closed in 1966).

A couple of rail incidents are covered at Catholme Level Crossing and near Lichfield, followed by a visit to Derby Works during the 1968 Open day.

More action is seen on the Great Western Main Line at Reading, Taplow and Acton. In London, we visit King’s Cross, St Pancras and Waterloo.

Northwards again for footage around Shrewsbury which includes a couple of Crewe test trains. The reopening of Barmouth Bridge is also touched on, plus a few scenes from around the long demolished Buxton Lime Works. Manchester Victoria is also visited.

Classes covered include Brush Type 4s in both two-tone green and corporate blueliveries, English Electric Type 4s, again in green and blue plus we cover their last days in service in 1984. Blue Pullmans are seen as well as their HST successors. AC Electrics are in in action as well as Deltics at King’s Cross and at speed on the main line.

Passenger and freight trains pass by, including a number of car­carriers. We see Classes 03, 08, 14, 20, 31, 33, 35, 37, 40, 44, 45, 47, 50, 52, 55, 73, 74 and virtually all the AC electric types. A couple of steam shots are added for further interest. One or two DMU/EMU scenes are included and a finally a couple of shots include the rarely seen Brake Tenders.

The archive film is mostly in colour An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of Great Western steam.

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

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications:- An unidentified Class 37 near Langwith, March 1980.

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Volume 214

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

**RELEASED February 2018**

The fifth in our miscellany series covering London Midland steam is compiled from reviously unseen high standard footage taken by the late Harry Ashby. A bit different to the norm, it features a high proportion of freight trains.

We begin on the line from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton with coverage at Hollinswood Junction, Madeley Junction, Shifnal and in particular at Cosford. The latter was favourite haunt of Harry Ashby and much time is spent here watching the all-steam activity. It even includes footage of two passing V-bombers!

Next there are scenes along the old North Staffordshire line from Burton-on-Trent to Uttoxeter at Scropton and Tutbury while Aldridge is seen under a blanket of snow in February 1966.

Another well covered location is Elford Loop on the Midland route from Derby to Birmingham plus film taken near to Haselour water troughs. We watch a seemingly never ending stream of freight trains passing by at Wichnor Sidings and Wichnor Junction to the south of Burton-on-Trent.

Other locations visited include Lichfield Trent Valley, Lichfield City, Colwich and Winwick Junction to the north of Warrington on the WCML. There is excellent quality film of the Peak District including Buxton shed and yards, Great Rocks Junction and Peak Forest.

In 1967, Harry travelled on an SLS tour from Stockport over the Pennines and through Leeds to York behind Britannia No.70038 “Robin Hood” and also in 1965 on the WRS “Pennine” tour with plenty of coverage at Leeds and at Carlisle Kingmoor shed.

The time period for the majority of the film is the five or so years prior to the end of steam in 1968. Motive power includes BR Standard Britannia and Clan pacifics, Class 5s, Class 4 4-6-0s and 2-6-0s and 9F 2-10-0s as well as ex-LMS Black 5s, 8Fs, Jubilees, Ivatt Class 2 and 4 2-6-0s plus WD 2-8-0s and an ex-LNER B1 and K1!

The archive film is entirely in colour 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:- Black 5 No.44810 passes Rowington Water Troughs, June 1962.

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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 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 115

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

Derby to Stockport.

Filmed from 1963 to 1968, this video shows steam at its best through the Peak District. Starting at DERBY a northbound journey is taken to STOCKPORT. This includes steam locomotives doing battle with gradients up to the 1000 foot contour in both directions in the Derbyshire hills. The northbound descent to Stockport is through CHAPEL EN LE FRITH, CHINLEY and NEW MILLS. There is also a journey along the Hope Valley to SHEFFIELD.

A detailed look at the Cromford and High Peak route with normal service freight and specials, a brief look at the CRICH Tramway in its earlier days and the fascinating engines at WIRKSWORTH QUARRY are also included.

To reach STOCKPORT there is detailed coverage of the line through ROMILEY and STRINES with a visit to HAYFIELD. In Stockport visit HEATON MERSEY shed.Motive power includes Jubilees, Scots, Black 5’s, 8F’s, 4F’s, WD’s and B1′s. Visiting railtours give further variety.

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Volume 86

Along LMS Lines Part 3 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The previous two volumes in this series covered London to Crewe via Wolverhampton and Manchester. Before continuing our journey north, this video gives a flavour of the ex-LMS in general. Using film from the Ray Webb collection we cover the area from Derby to Manchester, the Settle and Carlisle, the CLC around Northwith, Crewe of course and the West Coast main line to Carlisle. Filming from 1962 the motive power is a wealth of Coronation pacifics, Scots, Jubilees, Patriots, 4F’s, Super D’s, 1F’s, Black 5’s and 8F’s. There are visiting engines along the way to give immense variety. Even the demise of Jubilee “Minotaur” which crashed near Altrincham. Recommended viewing for all fans of the Midland Region.

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Volume 54

Steam through the Peaks (60 mins) Price £19.75

The Midland Railway route from Derby to Manchester traversed the Peak District of limestone hills. It was this limestone which produced much traffic for the railway, the ICI works around Buxton provided steam haulage up to 1968. First there is an introduction to the route using the last steam hauled train over the entire route in 1968. Beginning at Derby we go north to Wirksworth and its quarry. A detailed look at the Cromford and High Peak line with its steep incline at Sheep Pasture, J94’s storming Hopton incline, even a B1 at Parsley Hay.

Steam around Rowsley where the long climb to Peak Forest begins. We follow the route and stop off at Millers Dale for a trip up the Buxton branch with push-pull trains hauled by 2P 0-4-4T tank engines 58083 and 41905. There are 8F’s in the snow at Buxton and Patriot 45522 turns up from Manchester. Chinley with its four track main line down to Gowhole yards. Peak Forest, Dove Holes and Chinley North and South Junctions. Chinley with a Midland Spinner, absolutely unique film from 1980. Buxton and Gowhole yards,New Mills with it’s branch following the original Midland Railway route to Manchester through Birch Vale, Bredbury and Woodley with fine views at Brinnington and then down through Stockport Tiviot Dale, Georges Road to Heaton Mersey. The shed at Heaton Mersey is seen from 1962 to closure in 1968. London expresses pass Cheadle Heath and a commuter service to Manchester Central was still worked by steam in 1965. We see Royal Scots, 4F and 2-6-4 tanks. Finally a journey along the now closed route through Didsbury and Chorlton brings the film to an end at Manchester Central. Once again this video covers an area in great detail and well filmed.

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Volume 42

Railways of the East Midlands No.1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Three main railways ran through the East Midlands. The Midland itself, the LNWR and the last to arrive was the Great Central. This video looks at these lines and their connections and branches from 1959 to 1967. The GC is followed from Marylebone to Nottingham, with views from 1964 with B1, Hall, Jubilee and 9F, plus the last workings of Stanier’s Black 5’s when things did not always go to plan; a failure of 44936 at Brackley is a gem! The Newport Pagnell branch is covered before a long look at the Leighton Buzzard to Luton secondary line. Luton is featured before a journey along the original Midland route to London, from Hitchin to Bedford, when 3F’s still worked the freight. Northampton to Peterborough East follows before viewing the Seaton to Stamford push-pulls from the lineside, on the footplate and on train. Ironstone was once the big industry in the East Midlands and n in depth look at the systems and BR’s role in taking it away is featured. Derby Works and shed are visited as well as the Wirksworth branch. Motive power seen is predominately LMS, 0F, 2F, 3F, 4F, Black 5, Jubilee, Super D, Scot and Duchess. Seven Bl’s appear, even an Al pacific, GW Hall and Castle, and Merchant Navy 35030. Along with Standard types this shows that the East Midlands certainly had variety. Early liveried diesels also appear, including DP2 and the Blue Pullman.

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Volume 29

Steam Around the Midland (60-mins) Price £19.75

Film from Brian Lockey of Luton who recorded so many of the events around the Midland Main Line from 1958 onwards with the accent on Luton Midland and Bute Street, from Napsbury to Sharnbrook before steam finished on this busy route into the capital. Early railtours over closed branches and secondary lines are included with sometimes quite unusual motive power such as both tours with J52 No.1247 in the early sixties to Hertford and over the Hatfield to Luton Line. A journey around Midland and London & North-Western lines centred on Luton is the main theme of this video with all the usual LMS types associated with the area included such as Jubilee, Royal Scot, 4F, 2P, Fowler and Stanier tanks, 9F, Black 5, Super D, 8F and Standards, Northampton to Olney and Bedford locals, Wellingborough and excursion traffic at Luton (just look at those headboards). The Hemel Hempstead and Higham Ferrers branches preclude a visit to Derby Works and the “Farewell to Midland” steam tour of June 1968 with “Oliver Cromwell” to Manchester brings to an end another fascinating insight into a long vanished scene.

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Volume 26

Yesterdays Steam (60-mins) Price £19.75

This film starts in Scotland with a visits to St.Margarets and Dundee sheds featuring V2, B1, J37 and A2 60532 “Blue Peter’’ among others. Returning to Glasgow Centrall we follow Standard Class 3MT 77005 on a brake van tour around Holytown and Motherwell in 1965.

Southwards to Stoke-on-Trent for an exhibition of locomotives there in 1960, followed by film of Kidsgrove and the WCML between Stafford and Whitmore featuring Crab, Patriot and Super D locos. Then to the Peak District for a look at the Buxton to Millers Dale auto train, lineside and on train journey with LMS tanks 58083 and 41905. Over the Irish Sea we find ex-LMS NCC division 2-6-4Ts at work on the spoil trains from Belfast in 1968 with a visit to York Road depot included. Now south through Dundalk to Athlone and beyond with a railtour with run pasts in the Emerald Isle. Jeep No.4 and CIE 0-6-0 No.186 star in this 2-day railtour.

Back to England, we cover the Midland Ltd tour of 1962 from Marylebone to Derby via Nottingham behind ex-LNER B16 61438 and then utilising a Johnson 3F and the last “Pom-Pom’’ in service, No. 64354. A visit to Derby shed is included with views of Patriot 45543 “Home Guard’’ which hauled this tour on its last leg to St.Pancras. The “Banburian’’ tour from Luton Bute Street to Banbury Merton Street via Dunstable with Super D 48930 in 1962 precludes scenes at Banbury in 1966. Then travelling onto Woodford Halse to join GWR engines 2246 and 6388 on a tour via Worcester, Birmingham and on to Cheltenham viewing 45552 “Silver Jubilee’’ and Castle 7005 “Sir Edward Elgar’’.

The film ends with a return to Scotland via Carlisle where we see A4, Britannia and Jubilee locos and scenes of the Jones Goods on a tour around Glasgow and GNSR No.49 with Caledonian Single No.123 at Glasgow Central in 1965. Much of this film was shot by Bob Todd and Tony Powell who contributed much to Volumes 23 and 25, all excellent material.

Cover photo: Dave Mills. A2 60530 “Sayajiro”.

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