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Volume 198

Austrian Steam Spectacular (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED October 2015**

Following the demise of steam on BR in 1968, enthusiasts sought out steam in other ways and many visited Austria where their passion could be combined with Alpine scenery. Even as late as 1972, there were still hundreds of steam locomotives in OBB (Austrian Federal Railways) stock.

Steam was concentrated in the east, including Vienna, Graz, and Linz. Numerically the largest were the German ‘Kreigslok’ (War Engine) Class 52 2-10-0s (the equivalent to the British WD classes) with their ‘Kabinetender’ (Cabin Tender) Other designs seen include the Class 50 (predecessor of Class 52) and the Class 152 (bar-framed Class 52).
We see steam on passenger services around Vienna with Class 77 4-6-2Ts, the big Class 78 4-6-4Ts, and the rugged Class 93 2-8-2Ts.

Unfamiliar to British rail fans were the lightweight 2-4-2Ts or ‘Dampftriebwagens’ (Steam Railcars) which included an integral guard’s and baggage compartment.

Austria was birthplace of the Giesel Ejector and 450 had been fitted to OBB classes by 1961. A highlight was the Erzberg rack railway. This spectacular line, seen in summer and winter, was home to massive 0-12-0 and 2-12-2 locomotives working ore trains.

The GKB system (Graz Koflacher Eisenbahn) included 2 cylinder compound 2-8-0s and a 103 years-old 0-6-0.
Austria had borders with Eastern Bloc countries and we see locomotives from Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Hungary plus an inter-city DMU from East Germany.

It was refreshing to see some Austrian steam narrow-gauge systems working for a living and not just tourist lines. We visit the Steyr Valley Railway from Garsten with its 0-6-2Ts, and the lines around Gmund with 0-8-0 articulated-tender engines and transporter wagons.

There were also old and interesting electric locomotives including the Mariazellbahn Railway whose locomotives dated from 1911, and the impressive ‘Crocodiles’ with their long noses reminiscent of the snout of a crocodile.

Filmed entirely in colour over the ten years or so from 1963, a detailed commentary plus sound track complements this nostalgic look at the railways of Austria.

Cover photo:- Colin White
GySEV 2-6-2T No.123 2-6-2T on the 12:18 to Fertoboz at Sopron, 1970s.

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Volume 182

Along LMS Lines Part 10 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED JANUARY 2014**

We start in 1968 near Todmorden with a Black 5 double headed train passing through followed a 1967 visit to Leeds for the last Jubilees. Here we see 45593 “Kolhapur” on a Thames-Clyde Express relief, with footplate scenes of the engine being fired. Then to Stockport to see Royal Scot 46115 “Scots Guardsman” on a service train, the Midland at Mansfield for a 4F leading a Brush Type 4 on a goods train and Market Bosworth with a Standard 2-6-0.

After a brief glimpse of Gloucester Eastgate, we visit the 1 in 37 Lickey Incline area between Bromsgrove, Blackwell and Barnt Green for a variety of banking activities between 1962 and 1967 using combinations of 3F Jinties, ex-GWR pannier 0-6-0Ts, 9Fs and Type 3 diesels. There is even a train being banked by two panniers and a Type 3 diesel! Plus trains hauled by ex-LNER and ex-SR interlopers and a DMU cab ride from Kings Norton to Bromsgrove.

At Bushby shed and Bescot, the last ex-LNWR Super Ds 0-8-0s are in action around the shed and on railtours including at Birmingham New Street. We even see a Peckett shunting at Walsall Gas Works exchange sidings. More railtour views at New Street in steam days contrast with a rail blue era glimpse of a rebuilt New Street with class 86 and 87s.
In London we visit a newly rebuilt Euston station for a 1960s electric arrival. But in earlier times we see a Black 5 on station pilot duties, visit Camden and Willesden sheds and see Royal Scots on the ex-GC main line. We return to the WCML at Roade in Northamptonshire for scenes of various trains passing by followed by a visit to Nuneaton for a Crab on a PW train and Super Ds on freight. Other workings are seen before visiting Tamworth for trains hauled by steam and EE Type 4s.

Crewe is a hive of steam activity with Duchesses, including 46256 “Sir William A Stanier FRS”, Patriots, Jubilees, Britannias and 3F station pilots. A brief glimpse of the future with AL5s passing by! We visit Crewe South Shed for scenes of both steam and diesel motive power.

We travel northwards along the WCML with 8Fs, Black 5s, Jubilees and others to Warrington and its shed including 45221 being coaled. Then to Winwick and along the 4 track main line to Wigan followed by a visit to Walkden Colliery for Austerity 0-6-0T and ex-NSR 0-6-2Ts on coal trains.

We close with views of passing steam trains on the Midland main line at Belper, shed scenes at Bolton, and finally Jubilee 45658 “Keyes” departing Sheffield Midland.

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

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, 45593 “Kolhapur”, April 1967.

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Volume 181

Along Southern Lines Part 6 (72-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED OCTOBER 2013**

This volume features steam traction in the Somerset and Dorset areas of the West Country and in particular the famous Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway from Bath to Bournemouth with both normal service and special trains.

We start with a glimpse of the ex-SR West of England main line before witnessing Bulleid Pacifics and BR Standards at Bournemouth Central and Weymouth. This is followed by a trip along the line visiting locations such as Radipole Halt, Upwey Wishing Well Halt, Bincombe Tunnel and Dorchester South. Spot the ex-LMS Black 5 interloper!

Next, we visit the ex-GWR Bridport branch from Maiden Newton with a number of specials along the branch featuring Ivatt 2-6-2 tanks using both black & white and colour footage. By contrast, there is a DMU trip along the line shortly before it closed in 1975.

In earlier times, we visit the Somerset & Dorset line with black & white scenes of Bath Green Park shed including ex-SD&JR 2-8-0 7Fs. Back to colour and footage of Bath Green Park station and views inside its famous train shed. We now travel along the line through Devonshire and Combe Down tunnels, Midford, Wellow and Radstock to see coal trains hauled by 7F 2-8-0s. On past Chilcompton, we climb to Masbury Summit, Shepton Mallet and Evercreech Junction. There are scenes of the line to Glastonbury, at Burnham-on-Sea, and Highbridge and Bridgwater.

Travelling south from Evercreech, we pass through Wincanton and arrive at Templecombe for the junction with the ex-SR main line. A busy scene here, with a variety of trains and engines in and around the station, shed and junction. Even 92220 “Evening Star” is on a normal service train! We continue south to Stalbridge, Sturminster, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum and Bailey Gate joining the main line at Broadstone Jct. before continuing to Poole and arriving at Bournemouth West.

Finally, there are views of the LCGB S & D farewell special with two unrebuilt Bulleids, some final scenes from the S&DJR line and we close with a classic S&DJR 7F under the train shed at Bath Green Park station.

Steam traction featured includes many Standards, Bulleid Pacifics, 4Fs, 7Fs, Black 5s, 9Fs, and Panniers plus Collett 0-6-0s on the Glastonbury line including the now preserved 3205.

All the archive film used is mainly in colour but some black & white footage is used. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover Photo:- Jim Clemens. 80138 at Evercreech Junction, March 1966.

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Volume 175

East Anglian Miscellany (93-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED MARCH 2013**

The first in a series featuring the lines in East Anglia in the 1960s; from Liverpool Street in London to the North Norfolk Coast, from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness and many more in between.

Steam was eliminated from East Anglia early during the changeover period from steam to diesel and so footage is quite rare. However here we feature a variety of steam scenes as well as some early diesel scenes with both green and blue liveries including some interesting DMU journeys over long lost lines.

In 1970, we witness the early days of preservation at Chappel & Wakes Colne station (now the East Anglian Railway Museum) with the arrival of “Gunby” from Harlaxton Quarry and Fred Youell’s Class N7 0-6-2T No.69621, from Leeds via Lincoln and Colchester.

Early scenes on the North Norfolk Railway contrast vividly with more recent steam at Sheringham and Holt. There is some interesting DMU activity around Cromer Beach.

We journey over the Marks Tey to Sudbury line in 1967 with DMUs and visit Wisbech, Kings Lynn, Hunstanton, Ipswich and Yarmouth, with scenes over the years from 1967 to the present day.

Locomotives seen include Britannia’s, J15s and ex-LMS and Standard tank engines on the Southend Line. A veritable miscellany!

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

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Volume 162

Remembering the Southern Part 4 (72-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED JULY 2011**

The final volume of Southern Steam memories from the JIM CLEMENS archive film collection, this time covering the Bournemouth to Weymouth section of the main line as steam came to an end. We begin with extensive footage at Bournemouth including rarely filmed freight workings and M7 0-4-4 tanks as well as the usual Bulleid Pacifics and Standard classes. The Bournemouth trolleybus system is also featured with its turntable at Christchurch. Onwards and we cover southern end of the Somerset & Dorset Joint from Templecombe to Blandford and Bournemouth West before we journey westwards through Poole and Wareham to the Swanage branch. Here we see footage from its M7 hauled days through to the Ivatts and Standards hauled era plus the last visiting steam rail tours in 1967 with Bulleid Pacifics. Travelling westwards via Wool, we reach Dorchester and visit the Maiden Newton to Bridport branch with steam hauled railtours plus coverage of the replacement DMU service just prior to closure. Finally there is a look at the Dorchester to Weymouth line with good scenes of trains on the Bincombe bank through Upwey.

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

Cover photo: Jim Clemens, 76005 on a parcels train at Upwey.

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Volume 151

Along LMS Lines Part 8: Shap to Carlisle (65-mins) Price £19.75

In this next part of our detailed journey of the West Coast Main Line from London Euston northwards to Carlisle and Glasgow, we cover the 30 mile descent from SHAP back to sea level at CARLISLE, with many views of steam hauled trains featuring BR Standards, Princess Coronations, Royal Scots, Patriots, Jubilees and freight trains worked by Stanier Black 5s, Stanier 8Fs and BR Standard 9Fs.

Shap Quarry is served by Harrisons Sidings and there is a detailed look at traffic passing and visiting the quarry with 9F and Britannia haulage.On to PENRITH, where more steam power is seen through the station, followed by a DMU trip along the line to KESWICK just before it closed.

We reach CARLISLE, where we see plenty of steam action on service trains to this border city as well as rail tours featuring engines such as A4s off the Waveley Route, preserved Scottish engines and even an ex-GWR Castle!

KINGMOOR depot is visited at length both before and after the building of the goods yard. Full of steam in the 1960s, there is much variety here including visiting engines off the Settle & Carlisle route.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications. 9F 92054 at Hackthorpe, July 1967.

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Volume 133

Western Steam South of Birmingham (70-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.23. A video film of JIM’s travels around BIRMINGHAM and south thereof, eventually reaching SWINDON and onto some Wiltshire branches.
There is coverage of the main line south of Birmingham Snow Hill through Hatton to Leamington. Early film of an SLS 56xx class hauled tour to Henley in Arden. Standard Class 2 hauled normal journey from WOLVERHAMPTON to STOURBRIDGE via Round Oak. Bordesley steam and plenty of SNOW HILL steam scenes. Visit Tyseley shed and just for interest, the 1500 panniers at Coventry Colliery. The North Warwick line is traversed in 1968 by a DMU showing the journey and all the stations in great detail.

South through FENNY COMPTON to BANBURY and a visit to the ironstone quarries there.
In 1963 a visit to SWINDON works with the last King Class 6018. Other visits there show County class and a Clan. A little of the M&SWJR to Swindon Town. The HIGHWORTH branch, Marlborough, Savernake and Calne.

A very varied programme with some rare scenes on which much of the railway was Great Western. Motive power ranges from panniers to Kings, Prairies and Counties.

Cover photo:- Jim Clemens, 6991 “Acton Burnell Hall” passing Wolvercot Jct, 1965

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Volume 101

Peak Line Steam (60-mins) Price £19.75

A detailed film of the railway in the Peak District of Derbyshire which closed as a through route in 1968. There is extensive coverage of the CROMFORD & HIGH PEAK RAILWAY which ran over the 1000 ft. contour in windswept conditions. It had the formidable HOPTON incline at 1-in-14 which taxed loco skill to the limit for the J94’s seen here. Then there were the 8F’s from BUXTON shed where a visit is made to see them in the snowy February of 1968. They are seen taking the limestone traffic through PEAK FOREST. There is also a DMU journey from Millers Dales along Ashwood Dale to Buxton. HEATON MERSEY shed is visited (showing shed activities such as coaling 8Fs) including the last day of steam there and some views along the line to MANCHESTER CENTRAL and return to MILLERS DALE. This is a worthy record of those halcyon days of steam, filmed mostly in colour on 16mm format. Accompanying the film is an authentic soundtrack with an informative commentary.

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Volume 91

Somerset Steam Railways (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.9. Today the railways of Somerset have been decimated. In the 1960’s there were so many interconnecting branches feeding the main lines through the county. Once again, Jim visited them before closure and has left us this invaluable record of the country railway. We begin in the north of the country with rare 1930’s footage of the Weston Clevedon and Portishead Railway. Scenes of the Clevedon miniature railway before the complete length of the Cheddar Valley and East Somerset line from Yatton to Witham. The long lamented Somerset and Dorset line from Bath to Templecombe with its 2-8-0’s and 4F’s mingling with Standards and Ivatt tanks. The Highbridge and Burnham branch the whole length to the sea before heading for Taunton and all stations to Chard. Eastwards to Yeovil Junction, Town and Pen Mill to traverse the route back to Taunton via Martock and Athelney all stations. A Summer Saturday at Norton Fitzwarren in 1959 leads to a journey by DMU over the Minehead line before closure and preservation. Finally with GWR moguls to Dulverton from Taunton. A veritable wealth of nostalgia.

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Volume 79

North Wales Steam Line (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.6. A video film of a circular tour around North Wales from Chester to Llandudno via Llangollen, Bala, Barmouth, Pwllheli, Caernarvon, Holyhead and Bangor. Featuring 75xxx, 63xx and pannier tanks, the line through the Dee Valley via Llangollen shows all stations and halts before the whole route was closed,. Plenty of activity at Bala Junction including scenes at Bala Town and the route to Blaenau. Continue via Dolgellau and Penmaenpool to Morfa Mawddach. North now through Barmouth and all stations to Portmadoc and Afon Wen with GW and Standard classes. A quick visit to Pwllheli before continuing to Caernarvon via Ynys. Then Bangor to Holyhead with a return journey on the Almwch branch. Returning to Bangor and a visit to the Penrhyn narrow gauge system. Eastwards and the Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog branch. There is also a look at the Corwen – Ruthin – Denbigh line by DMU and archive film of the famous Land Cruise train via Afon Wen and Corwen. Filmed mainly in colour from 1959 to 1966, a memorable record of the time steam reigned in this part of North Wales.

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Volume 74

Scottish Railways Remembered No.2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A concentrated look at the railways from Inverness to Aberdeen and Perth. Scenes at Forres, Keith and the GN of S route are seen in 1962 with a railtour behind HR 103 and GN of S 49. Aberdeen in 1961 had A2, A3, WD and even 4F classes. The Ballater branch still lived, albeit with DMU, and we travel the whole line. Back at Aberdeen the A4′s had arrived amongst B1′s, V2′s and Standards. On to Perth via Stonehaven and Forfar. Pickersgill 4-4-0′s at Leysmill and Blairgowrie. The Aberfeldy branch, by Type 2 diesel, did exist then. Perth in 1961, whose pilots were 4F and Caley tank. Later, Clan, Duchess, A4, A2, Al, V2 and LMS 2-6-4T and Black 5.

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Volume 72

Steaming Through Shropshire Part 2 – The Severn Valley (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.4. A nostalgic look back at the railways of South Shropshire in the early 1960′s. After a visit to GOBOWEN and IFTON colliery in the north, the scenes south and west of SHREWSBURY are covered. A journey from WELSHPOOL to SHREWSBURY, most of it in Shropshire, is taken. Very rare 1932 footage of the SHROPSHIRE & MONTGOMERY RAILWAY shows LNWR 0-6-0′s, llfracombe Goods engines and petrol railcars between SHREWSBURY ABBEY, KINNERLEY and the CRIGGION branch. A comprehensive journey the whole length of the Severn Valley now follows via BERRINGTON, CRESSAGE, BUILDWAS and IRONBRIDGE. The line to LONGVILLE and MUCH WENLOCK is recalled as is the eastern side of the River Severn at DAWLEY and COALPORT in 1959. Steam at BRIDGNORTH before preservation.and on past HIGHLEY and ARLEY to BEWDLEY. The line through the Wyre Forest to TENBURY WELLS and WOOFERTON with steam hauled passenger trains and Western railcars, a return journey along the CLEOBURY & DITTON PRIORS line is shown. Next a round trip from BEWDLEY to KIDDERMINSTER, HARTLEBURY to STOURPORT, before it lost its steam service, and at the end the last day DMU operation before the line was closed. A return journey on the KIDDERMINSTER to WOOFERTON pick-up freight with a Prairie tank leads to the south west corner of the county to see a Jubilee working from KNIGHTON to CRAVEN ARMS, all in the county of Shropshire.

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Volume 67

Railways of the East Midlands No.2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Again, the success of our Volumes 29 and 42 have led to this production centred on the Midland main line through Wellingborough and Kettering. However, views at Leicester, Nuneaton, Nottingham and Staveley set the scene to begin at Marylebone for the GC and St.Pancras to Luton. Remember when Class 27′s in their original livery worked suburban stock and the Wheathampstead to Dunstable branch was still with us? This time it is with diesel and early DMU as steam was covered in Volume 29. Next the steam scene north of Irchester Junction to Wellingborough and Kettering. In the early 1960′s freight dominated the railway here; 9F, WD and 8F engines pulled loaded and empty trains along the four track main line. Wellingborough shed and station saw Fowler and Jinty tanks and the 84000 Standard tanks on the locals to Northampton. We traverse the route to Northampton Bridge Street with a 78000 Class mogul. The main traffic from the area was ironstone; visit Irchester, Finedon, Cranford and Kettering Furnaces industrial systems. There was a line to Butlins, Butlins Sidings that is! Engines working hard and fast, slow and branch line work, a feast of steam in an area now mostly devoid of the traffic you see in this video.

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Volume 25

Steam Remembrance (60-mins) Price £19.75

If you want steam in its last glorious year then this production will delight. No, not 1967, but 1964 when so many loved classes went from the scene.

The film taken so well by Bob Todd and seen by many at railway meetings around the country will interest many who mourn the loss of steam traction. Bob used an all lines railrover to visit such locations as Paddington for Panniers, 61xx and Castle classes, even a condensing pannier tank. Exeter for four engines on the Meldon Quarry stone train, Wadebridge for 1366 class and the North Cornwall line to Okehampton. Yeovil for 6430 and push-pull working to Sherborne and a railtour to Hereford with 5054 preclude a visit to the Cromford and High Peak line with ex-LMS 47006.

On via York with B16, 04, WD to Scotland. Thornton Junction had B1, V2, J38 and J37. Six different A4s are seen at Aberdeen, Perth and Stirling along with three Princess Coronation Pacifics in their last working week, green and maroon. Britannia 70035 puts in an appearance with Jubilee, Standard Class 5s and ex-LMS Black 5s. Bob’s failed DMU is rescued by a B1.

The film ends with a journey to Carlisle with now preserved 70013 ‘‘Oliver Cromwell’’. With nearly 90 different engines of 30 classes this is a superb compilation of 1964.

Cover photo: Dave Mills. A4 at Stonehaven.

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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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