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Volume 90

Woodhead Remembered (60-mins) Price £19.75

A video for electric traction fans. Not entirely, for steam was seen occasionally on the route especially west of Dinting, But this is the story of ·the 1500v dc system across the Pennines from Sheffield to Manchester. Filmed mainly in the 1960’s, you will see the EM1’s and EM2’s as they were in their green livery as much as they were in blue towards the end. Passenger services are there throughout the route. Class 506 units are seen on the Glossop service and there is coverage of the EM2 class in Holland. All told a pretty comprehensive film of this period of electrification on an ex-LNER line. One day it may reopen again although not at 1500v dc!

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Volume 73

Southern Steam Finale Part 7: March to April 1967 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Number seven in the definitive story of the end of Southern steam. This volume covers March and April 1967. Even with new diesel and electric rosters, beside the normal services, steam was still covering failures. These are covered in detail through the suburbs of London. The main focus is around the Southampton and the New Forest areas. The Fawley branch is visited by USA tanks on a railtour which then continued on the truncated S & D line to Blandford Forum and the Swanage branch. The Lymington branch lost its steam traction in April 1967 and views of the last week are well documented. The Hampshire Branch Line tour is featured via Salisbury and Ramsey. Finally the “Kenny Belle” service to Olympia.Covers the period March & April 1967 & features steam in the suburbs of London, the Southampton & New Forest area, the Fawley, Swanage & Lymington branches, the Hampshire Branch Line Tour, & the Kenny Belle service to Olympia.

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Volume 66

Southern Steam Finale Part 6 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The continuing story of the last eighteen months of Southern Steam. This volume covers the period January to March 1967. As in all volumes in this definitive series, the general Southern scene is portrayed between Waterloo and Weymouth. Although steam was in decline from the January timetable, we search it out throughout the region portraying any unusual events and give the reasons why. There were railtours over normally non-steam lines, the LCGB ran its 100th railtour during this period, much more successful than its 99th, seen in Part 5. The tour visited Chessington, Shepperton, Windsor and Reading Central Goods. The Surrey Downsman went to Oxted, Redhill and Kensington Olympia; it ended at a steamless London Bridge. We look at and examine Ron Cover’s attempts to dignify the steam engine with fabricated but brilliant numberplates. 3442 “The Great Marquess” visited the region and we follow its run from Victoria to Brighton, Chichester and Southampton. The first electric trains ran on the Isle of Wight as the last O2′s were cut up at Newport. Another tour took a Bulleid pacific to Eastbourne. The story is told in the usual informative manner of this series after much research and knowledge from people who witnessed these events.

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Volume 53

Southern Steam Finale Part 4 (60 mins) Price £19.75

The fourth volume in our series of Southern Steam finales covers the two months of August and September 1966. There was much to see during the last full summer of steam in the South. The weather was good and we have chosen the best scenes to portray the Southern scene in general and the railtours that ran in the two months. Two tours took Bulleid Pacifics to Nottingham on the Great Central, Bulleid stock went as far north as Penistone behind an electric loco of Class EM1. Reciprocating these visits there were two Eastern pacifics, travelling on Southern metals, 60532 “Blue Peter” and 4472 “Flying Scotsman”. A general feature is the story of Southern boat trains, passenger, freight and gold bullion!. 02′s on the Isle of Wight still ran but Black 5′s visiting the region ended with the summer timetable. The Swanage branch is seen in detail before it lost its regular steam service in the September. All these stories are related in this programme allowing 15 different classes to be seen. Filmed by competent cameramen, using the best of equipment, this really is the definitive story of Southern steam at the end. There are only another five volumes to go !!

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Volume 45

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

In this title we leave Yorkshire and head for Lancashire via the ex LNWR route from Heaton Lodge Junction, through Huddersfield and the climb to Stanedge. Local enthusiast Geoff Lumb of Huddersfield filmed almost yard by yard from Springfield Junction to Stanedge tunnel. This involves virtually all the types of traffic and locomotives to be seen from 1963 to 1967. So summer extras (just look at the stock on some of the trains), coal trains westwards, empties returning, general freight, and oil tank trains feature with Jubilee, Black 5, Crab, 8F, 9F, WD and 2-6-4 Tanks as motive power on this six mile climb over the Pennines mainly on a 1-in-105 gradient. As in Part 1snow scenes are included, this time at Longwood. Then it is down the other side of Stanedge through Diggle to Stalybridge. Although not Lancashire or Yorkshire specifically, there is a look at the Woodhead Route over the Pennines with excellent footage at Guide Bridge including steam and electric traction running side by side. To return to our route for Manchester we journey via Denton Junction to Miles Platting and are now on L & Y territory. There follows a look at traffic through Newton Heath before a journey with Fowler 2-6-4 Tank 42343 over the L & Y railway lines of Middleton Junction, Rochdale, Whitworth branch, Royton and Oldham Werneth ending at Manchester Ducie Street Goods. Finally a look at Manchester Victoria station which is our stepping off point for Part 3!

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Volume 16

Modern Traction Memories (55-mins) Price £15

In collating Colin White’s steam films for production B & R noticed that there were enough scenes of early diesels to make a one hour programme of types of diesel traction mostly lost in BR service in the 1980′s. Certainly some liveries are gone and generally all the film was taken before the video age. So we can re-live these early diesel scenes from the 60′s and early 70′s starting with the Hydraulics of Western, Warship and Hymek classes. They are seen at work on railtours and normal service including a journey on the double-headed Hymek Swansong from Paddington to Hereford. The Blue Pullmans looking so much like early HSTs at Paddington. Class 50s double-heading the “Royal Scot” in pre-electrification days is followed by a view of “Kestrel” at a Cricklewood open day in 1969. Electric traction is represented by views of the now lost “Brighton Belle” seen in both it’s liveries. A complete journey by Channel Islands boat train along the Weymouth tramway with Class 12 haulage, 15233, having arrived behind D6529 a class 33 in blue. Deltics are well covered at Kings Cross and Peterborough and even their wanderings to Harlow and Wandsworth. We see Class 31s in green and blue liveries on a variety of workings including the Royal Train at Cambridge. The whistling Class 40s follow at Bersham, Kings Cross and Manchester Victoria when they hauled stock to Rainhill in 1980. D200 restored to its green livery is seen at Whitchurch. Memories of Peak haulage on the Midland main line is relived. Brush Type 4s in a unique form which started the new era of colourful liveries is featured by 47 164 at Chelmsford with the large Union Jack on its sides. We end this look at the locos of this age with green-liveried 47s on the East Coast Main Line. All told there are 14 different classes of traction and several locomotives seen in BR service now in preservation on this compilation.

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Volume 9

Dieselelectric Power 1 (60-mins) Price £15

Since 1955 Modernisation has eliminated steam locomotives from the system, prototype diesel and electric locomotives have come and gone as have most of the first generation of diesels. A few survive and today’s image although still changing has developed into a pattern which is illustrated by this video filmed during 1984 and 1985. The Westbury to Warminster line is the scene for the heavy Foster-Yeoman stone trains with Class 56s pulling and banking on occasions. Other types include double-headed 37s, 45147 (pre-Eccles) and 47s. A day at Warrington, a very busy centre on the WCML, features classes 25,37,40,45,47 and 86. Toton and Worksop are hubs of freight operation and provide spectacular ballast and coal trains for dispersal throughout the Midlands. Class 31, 37, 47, 56 and 58 provide the power. We move to Carlisle which sports a wide variety of diesel and electric power including APT, 26, 27 and 81 classes. A surprisingly busy part of the network with many cross-country workings is the West Country. Scenes from Tiverton, Exeter, Exminster, Starcross, Dawlish and Teignmouth. Locos include class 45s and 50s. At Retford and Worksop, more M.G.R. and coal traffic workings are seen at this extremely heavy worked location with 56s, 58s and 20s. Finally Exminster and Truro are visited with passenger workings along this ex-GWR line.

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Volume 7

Tribute to the 40s (55-mins) Price £15

The 40’s are gone – long live the 40’s! From their inception their distinctive shape and sound made the English Electric Type 4’s more acceptable to the average steam enthusiast than did most other classes of diesel. Based on the WCML and ECML as well as G.E.Metals with occasional forays into Southern and Western areas, the EE Type 4’s headed many of the crack expresses during the 1960’s. They took over from A3’s, A4’s, Britannias, Princesses and Coronations. Now they themselves have been superseded by the next generation of power in the shape of 47’s, HST’s, 56’s, 58’s, 60’s and electric power.

Section 1:- Covers the wide ranging activities of the Class across the country on passenger and freight duties. Approximately 15 different locos are featured.

Section 2:- A feature on 40 143 as she heads for Northwich off the main line at Hartford Junction with her load of tanks for the Winnington Branch. Having deposited these she immediately runs round and returns to the main line.

Section 3:- On the Shrewsbury-Hereford line 3-4 times a week aggregates are collected in hopper wagons. This had been a Class 40 duty for some time and we see a number of locos active on this operation including the quite complex run-round procedure.

Section 4:- A short section of 40’s working with other locos, with one or two quite dated scenes in evidence.

Section 5:- The Final Hours. Class 40’s stacked up at Crewe in readiness for breaking up.

Section 6:- Special workings including various tours from both on-train and lineside view points, featuring 40 106 in Green and D200 on her first run since being repainted in original colours.

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