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Volume 206

Scottish Steam Miscellany (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED October 2016**

Another in our steam miscellany series, but this time covering Scotland. Again, it uses mostly previously unseen film compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and largely without our usual detailed commentaries.

We begin at Carstairs with a very slippery 46244 “King George VI” and then move to Edinburgh Waverley for the first of a number of visits here that also includes St. Margaret’s shed and Craigentinny carriage sidings. Not forgotten is the now-closed Caledonian Railway terminus in the city at Princes Street.

Few would have thought that the final work of Gresley’ s famous A4s would have on the well known three-hour expresses between Glasgow and Aberdeen. In fact, by June 1964, only one class member was left in England. This route is covered in detail including at Glasgow Buchanan Street, Larbert, Plean, Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Gleneagles, Perth, Forfar, Laurencekirk, Stonehouse, and Aberdeen. There is also extensive coverage at Thornton Junction and Dundee,

At Montrose J37s are seen going about their daily duties, whilst at Aberdeen we make a visit to the Gas Works whose locomotives had tramway-type skirts enclosing their motion.

We next visit Glasgow Central and Paisley Gilmour Street whilst at Kilwinning a Caledonian ‘Jumbo’ is seen at work as we head towards the Glasgow & South Western stronghold of Ayr. Here there are 2-6-0 ‘Crabs’ aplenty on freight trains, a double-headed boat train from Stranraer, steam on the local to and from Kilmarnock, plus also a lightweight Park Royal railbus.

Sheds seen include Edinburgh St. Margaret’s, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen Ferryhill, Ayr and Hurlford. Classes seen include: Coronation, A1, A2, A3, A4, V2, J36, J37, J38, WD 2-8-0, Crab 2-6-0, ex-LMS 2-6-4T, Black 5, Caledonian 3F, Caledonian ‘Jumbo’ 2F, B1, BR Standard Britannia, & Clan pacifics, Standard Class 5 (including Caprottis), 76xxx, 77xxx and 80xxx.

Filmed largely in colour and mostly during the 1960s, an authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of Scottish steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Booklaw Publications, A4 No.60019 “Bittern” climbing out of Stonehaven, June 1966.

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Volume 187

Scottish Railways Remembered Part 6 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 28th AUGUST 2014**

In this sixth part of our series, we cover the lines around the Scottish Lowlands, the Borders area and the South West.

We begin with steam and diesel activity at Edinburgh Waverley including a visit to St.Margaret’s Shed.
North of the Border, regular Easter features were the “Scottish Rambler” rail tours. In 1963 these were jointly organised by the Stephenson Locomotive Society and Branch Line Society. It gave an opportunity to travel over branch lines that had lost their passenger service years earlier.

On Easter Sunday, 14th.April 1963, we visit Reston to Duns, Tweedmouth to Wooler and the Coldstream, Roxburgh, Jedburgh and Greenlaw lines.

Two strategic routes that are sadly no longer with us were the Waverley Route from Edinburgh to Carlisle and the Port Road from Dumfries to Stranraer. We feature footage along both lines.

Also included are the branches to Lockerbie, Kirkcudbright, Whithorn and Garlieston. In the middle of the Galloway Moors we visit the lonely passing place of Loch Skerrow with no road access and the impressive “Big Water of Fleet” viaduct.

Coal traffic was thriving around Newton-on-Ayre and we also visit the NCB steam operated system at Waterside.

All the archive film used is mainly in colour and was filmed between 1963 and 1966. Motive power seen varies from ex-Caledonian and ex-North British types through to BR Standards. We even include the last ever passenger working with a Caley “Jumbo” 0-6-0!

A detailed commentary and authentic sound track completes a nostalgic look at the railways of Southern Scotland.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, V2 2-6-2 No.60882 passes Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh in 1962

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Volume 176

Steam Routes No.4 Shap to Glasgow (62-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED MAY 2013**

“Steam Routes” is a series of films featuring steam traction along specific routes rather than areas, mostly using previously unseen 1960s archive film. Here our fourth instalment contains film of the West Coast Main Line from Tebay and Shap Summit to Carlisle, Beattock Summit and onwards via Carstairs to Glasgow.

We start at Tebay with views of the banking operations to the summit at Shap plus operations at the quarry exchange siding, before descending to Penrith for scenes at the station and its approaches. The line to Keswick, Bassenthwaite & Arnside is visited with an Ivatt 2-6-0 hauled railtour in 1966.

At Carlisle Citadel station, steam is all around and being used on normal service trains as well as railtours. Engines featured include Ivatt 2-6-2Ts, Britannias, Clans, Black 5s, Coronations plus some ex-LNER locomotives from Edinburgh. There is plenty of steam action at Carlisle Kingmoor depot!

Northwards, we travel along the ex-NBR Waverley Route to Riddings and visit the Langholm branch with a J39 0-6-0. A4s and A2s are also seen on specials on the Waverley Route. We return back to the WCML at Rockcliff and Gretna for views of passing steam hauled trains.

Travelling further northwards, we visit Dumfries, on the ex-GSWR main line, and the former “Port Road” to Stranraer for scenes at Castle Douglas plus token exchanging at Crossmichael with a Crab 2-6-0! More scenes at Dumfries station include 4472 on a special and we return to the WCML at Lockerbie for some depot shunting with a Pickersgill tank! We continue on to Beattock for footage of the station, yard and the banking operations for the climb to the 1015ft summit. There are even views inside Beattock Summit signal box and passing locomotives include Clan Pacifics and A4 “Kingfisher” on a freight!

Finally, we descend to Carstairs, Carluke, Motherwell and into the suburbs of     Glasgow including Wemyss and Gourock before arriving at Glasgow Central with steam and blue electrics.

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: Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Britannia No.70025 “Western Star” on Shap Summit.

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Volume 154

Scottish Railways Remembered No.4 (60-mins) Price £19.75

An archive film covering the railways in Central Scotland from LARBERT to GLASGOW BUCHANAN STREET when A4 pacifics such as 60007 “Sir Nigel Gresley” ran on Glasgow to Aberdeen duties. Other motive power is also shown on this route. We then visit BEDLAY colliery with steam motive power before moving to the FIFE area on lines from DUNFERMLINE to THORNTON JCT, MARKINCH, ALLOA and ALVA. The “Aberdonian” railtour using two ex-NBR J37s is featured. Two collieries at KINNEIL and DYSART are seen in the Fife coalfields followed by a visit to the now closed LOCHTY Railway in the 1970s. From PERTH to DUNDEE in steam days with its variety of motive power in the mid 1960s. At Dundee, although diesel hauled, the Royal Train is seen. Finally over the TAY and FORTH bridges to EDINBURGH WAVERLEY.Among the steam motive power typicial of this area are 0-6-0 freight types through to WD, Black 5, B1, V2, A2, A4 and Standard 5s including Caprotti examples along with the preserved Scottish locomotives Nos. 246, 256 and 673 on railtours when out on the main line and branch lines.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, B1 61262 comes off the Tay Bridge, June 1966.

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Volume 123

Scotland Revisited Part 3: The Borders (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.20. This is the third volume in a trilogy of videos on Scottish railways from the JIM CLEMENS archive film collection and covers the Border region of Scotland south of a line from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Some of the SLS/BLS Easter railtours were good opportunities to visit long lost branches that were just hanging on for freight but passenger working had ceased years before. Covered in this volume are the RESTON to DUNS, TWEEDMOUTH to WOOLER, COLDSTREAM, ROXBURGH, JEDBURGH and GREENLAW lines. Then MORPETH to REEDSMOUTH, BELLINGHAM, SCOTSGAP and ROTHBURY lines on the 1963 WANSBECK WANDERER Railtour.

A main line now closed was the PORT ROAD to STRANRAER and with a Jubilee hauled railtour, we traverse the route and also visit KIRKCUDBRIGHT, WHITHORN and GARLEISTON. A second run is with a normal service train to STRANRAER.

North to GIRVAN and AYR with a B1 around MAUCHLINE and MUIRKIRK; Caley No.123 around AYR and KILMARNOCK in 1962. There is also a railtour over the WAVERLEY route with an A4. The Ayrshire coalfields are seen at WATERSIDE.

Filmed in colour from 1962 to 1966 some interesting motive power is seen from Caledonian types to Standards. The odd Duchess comes in as well. A detailed commentary and authentic sound-track completes a nostalgic look at the railways north of the border.

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Volume 114

Scotland Revisited Part 2: The East Coast (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.17. This is the second volume in a trilogy of videos on Scottish railways from the JIM CLEMENS archive collection and covers the eastern areas of the railways north of the border.

EDINBURGH WAVERLEY using 1930′s film with a comparison to the 1960′s using a Deltic diesel. Visit ST.MARGARETS and DALRY ROAD sheds in Edinburgh before leaving on a 1963 railtour with North British No.256 and J36 and J37 types to QUEENSFERRY, THORNTON and ALLOA. There is a visit to FIFE for NCB workings at Dysart before leaving the eastern side of Scotland for the infamous Caledonian Railway Single No.123 1963 tour from Glasgow to CRIANLARICH in the snow. The Easter 1962 tours included rare visits to branches along the Strathmore route, LEYSMILL, COUPAR ANGUS and BANKFOOT with Caley motive power. The INVERBERVIE branch from MONTROSE, BRECHIN and the CARMYLLIE branch.The Highlands of Scotland feature with visits to INVERNESS, including it’s shed, from where a run with Highland Railway 4-6-0 No.103 travels via ELGIN to INVERURIE. Finally steam at PERTH and STIRLING and a trip on the Thames-Clyde Express out of St ENOCH to Carlisle. Here there is a look at KINGMOOR with Duchess locos.

Filmed in colour from 1962 to 1966 but some black and white footage from 1930 and 1959 is included. A detailed commentary and authentic soundtrack completes a nostalgic look at Scottish steam.

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Volume 63

Scottish Railways Remembered Vol 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A general look at the railways of Scotland from 1960 to 1966, from Ayr to Wick and Mallaig in the west. Beginning with the Caley single No.123 we move on to see the route from Perth to Aberdeen with A4 and V2 classes. A look at South West Scotland around Ayr, and Carlisle with Crab, Black 5, Standards, a Princess Royal and Caledonian 0-6-0 tanks. A tour of Glasgow sheds in 1960, infinite variety here. The Killin branch and Ballachulish with steam, and on to Fort William and Mallaig with K1, K2, and J36. The Far North line with steam at Inverness and early diesels to Wick and Thurso although a Pickersgill 3F 4-4-0 appears at Thurso. South to Perth via Inverurie and Craigellachie for more steam at Gleneagles and Stirling. Via Kinross to the Forth Bridge brings us to Edinburgh Waverley when A3′s still had the “Queen of Scots” Pullman. Finally, No.123 again on that infamous Scottish Rambler tour of Easter 1963 from Dunblane to Crianlarich via Killin when it snowed! Of all this will the steam railways of Scotland be remembered.

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Volume 12

Steam Recollections (60-mins) Price £15

The second of our productions from Cohn White’s excellent 8mm film collection. Much of the action whisks us back to the last valiant days of the B.R. steam engine, and locomotives of all regions feature. Originated on 8mm cine and transferred to low-band Umatic, fully sound-tracked, this full colour film will delight and captivate all steam enthusiasts.

Section 1:- (14 mins) – Steam operations centred around Weymouth, Upwey Wishing Well Halt and Radipole in 1966. This heavily graded section of the old GWR/LSWR Jnt. Railway from Dorchester severely tested the Bulleids, Standards, and ex-LMS locomotives on this line at the time.

Section 2:- (8 mins) – Shap – The last Autumn, the mass drafting of virtually the entire Britannia fleet to Kingmoor gave rise to new possibilities to capture this elegant class roaring up and down the North West main line. Nine of the class feature.

Section 3:- (12 mins) – LNER engines were rarely filmed, we’ve a few in the shape of a couple of Named B1s, a J37 & J38 (and a non LNER WD!) preceding 60024 in 1966. 60009 brings us into preserved times as we study some of the less known locos; 65033, 61572, 65462, 69023 (on the Derwent Valley line), and we follow 69621 on her trip from Leeds to the Stour Valley Railway.

Section 4:- (9 mins) – Flying Scotsman is undoubtably the most famous LNER engine, this Historical sequence reveals her activities in 1968; preparations at Finsbury Park; departure from Kings Cross 1st May on the 40th anniversary of her non-stop run to Edinburgh; other shots near Hitchin, Hadley Wood, Brookmans Park and Hornsey.

Section 5:- (9 mins) – Ex GWR 0-6-0 Panniers were sold to London Transport, to work out of Neasden. We follow the escapades of a number of these popular tanks on the Croxley Green Rubbish Tip run!

Section 6:- (8 mins) – This final section portrays the Victorian elegance of the Stirling Single, GNR No.1 during her brief sojourn on the Main Line Steam Trust at Loughborough in 1981.

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