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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 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 177

Industrial Steam in the South East (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED JUNE 2013**

In this volume, we cover the industrial railways in the South East of England including London. After steam had finished on the main lines, this area still had steam workings at the various industrial sites and for enthusiasts it was the place to visit until the mid 1970s.

We start with a visit to London’s Acton Lane Power Station and saddle tanks “Birkenhead” and “Little Barford” in action complete with wasp stripes on their smokeboxes! At Slough Estates complex, Hudswell Clarke tanks are shunting oil wagons. Mind the cars, there’s just a gap!

In 1972, we visit Rye House power station near Hoddesdon on the ex-GER main line to see RSH tank No.7597 shunting (more wasp stripes!) before witnessing its transport by road (mind those 25kv wires) for preservation on the Stour Valley Railway. Later, we see it in action on the SVR and on the GCR at Loughborough.

Onwards and there are Peckett saddle tanks at Ipswich Sugar factory and at Ford’s Dagenham Works (it had 25 miles of lines), where we see a variety of scenes including the foundry and dockyard.

Next to Chatham Dockyard and a 1980s view of the derelict saddle tanks followed by later preservation scenes with restored “Ajax”. Then to the paper mills at Greenhithe and Gravesend for fireless locos in action in & around the works.

Sittingbourne’s Bowaters Paper Mill had the largest system for paper and we make an extensive visit to it’s narrow gauge railway with mostly pre-preservation views of steam in action on goods as well as passenger trains. Plus views of standard gauge ex-SECR P “Pioneer II”, saddle tank “Jubilee”, the cableway and the dockside.

Onto Swanscombe Cement Works & Quarry in 1968 for Hudswell-Clarke tanks busy shunting cement wagons and then to Snodland Cement Works to see “Hornpipe” in action plus steam at Holborough Quarry with “Tumulus”.

Finally we visit the Kent Coalfield and the collieries at Snowdown and Betteshanger for extensive steam activity with “J94 type” Hunslets (among others), more wasp stripes, loading & unloading of wagons and a Class 73 electro-diesel at the BR exchange sidings.

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

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: Colin White”Monarch” at Bowaters in 1969.

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Volume 166

Industrial Steam Part 2 (79-mins) Price £19.75

**NOW IN STOCK JANUARY 2012**

With the plethora of main line and branch line steam film footage from the 1960s, the co-existing but equally fascinating industrial steam scene in Britain is often neglected. It is easy to forget that it continued until around 1980. Although we have featured some scenes of industrial steam in other volumes, our last dedicated volume to Industrial Steam was way back in 1997 with our Volume 52! Here we have further look at industrial steam at work in England and Scotland from 1960 to 1980, this time mostly featuring the larger locomotives which worked at collieries and iron stone mines. These locomotives were usually built by private builders, although some ex-BR tank classes were used. The North East and Midland areas are well covered and there are many scenes of long gone engines working in an industrial environment now often vanished. Many of these engines survived into the preservation era and were eventually saved from oblivion. It is only fitting that we conclude our video with 2011 views of a selection of these industrial locomotives at work on preserved lines such as the Tanfield, Foxfield and Blaenavon railways.

All the footage is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, A Hawthorn-Leslie tank shunting at Nunnery Colliery, Sheffield, 1956.

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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 131

Passion for Steam Part 2 (105-mins) Price £19.75

EXTRA LENGTH 105-minutes
From The Brian Rogers Collection: A further look at British Railways steam traction from 1960 to 1967 filmed by life long enthusiast Dr. Brian Rogers of Worcester.

Over half of the material was filmed on the Western Region where he lived. Wonderful scenes around WORCESTER with Castles, Halls, Granges and many freight types. The Midland route from GLOUCESTER to the LICKEY incline includes a footplate ride on a Bromsgrove banking engine. Visits to OXFORD, DIDCOT and HATTON. A drivers course on the BROMYARD branch. The Golden Valley line through STROUD and the last day on the KEMBLE branch. On to BRISTOL and down the Somerset & Dorset to BOURNEMOUTH WEST.

The Southern Region shows plenty of Bulleid Pacifics at NEW MALDEN, CLAPHAM JUNCTION and in the New Forest. A visit to the ISLE OF WIGHT for 02 tanks in 1965. Southern H Class tanks at TUNBRIDGE WELLS gives more variety. View the long closed lines to ILFRACOMBE and TORRINGTON.The Midland Region at Water Orton and GRAYRIGG. Into Scotland from CARLISLE and a special on the WAVERLEY Route, STIRLING, GLASGOW CENTRAL and the Forth Bridge showing the old car ferry.

Back to England for King Class 4-6-0s at BIRMINGHAM SNOW HILL and a little more steam around WORCESTER.

An excellent colour film with an authentic sound track and an informative commentary.

Cover photo:- KEITH PIRT/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, 7031 “Cromwell Castle” on Chipping Campden Bank, 1963

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Volume 127

Steam Around The Weald Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The area covered in this archive video film is around the Weald Area of Kent, Surrey and Sussex; from OXTED to BRIGHTON and TONBRIDGE to GUILDFORD, with a visit to TUNBRIDGE WELLS.

Filmed from 1959 to 1967, it contains predominately steam haulage of the many trains that ran on the lines in the area before steam was eliminated. Our film features nearly 30 different classes of locomotives from Schools to Bulleids, K Class Moguls. Maunsell Moguls and H Class tanks. Plus shed visits to EASTBOURNE, NORWOOD JUNCTION and REDHILL.

There are steam specials to the Bluebell line in the 1960s when the Ardingly line was still open and even some Western power with Moguls and Manors on the Redhill line. A feast of long lost motive power in the great days of steam in the south east of England.

Cover Photo: Keith Pirt, “H” Class tank No.31177 near Brasted 1960.

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Volume 126

Along LMS Lines Part 5 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Wigan-Preston-Carnforth The fifth volume in our series ALONG LMS LINES, takes the story further north along the West Coast main line and covers WIGAN to Preston, Lancaster and Carnforth.

There are diversions to look at the East Lancashire line from Preston Farington to ROSE GROVE, BLACKPOOL North on the Fylde, and Morecambe.

Filmed in colour from 1965 to 1968 it is mainly about the end of steam in the North West of England and so Stanier and Standard locomotives predominate with Jubilees, Black 5s, 8Fs, 2-6-4 Tanks and Britannias.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt. Rebuilt Patriot 45512 “Bunsen” near Leyland, 1963

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Volume 110

Coals to Newcastle (60-mins) Price £19.75

Industrial Steam in the North-East.

An in depth look at the industrial railway scene in the North East of England in the 1960’s when steam predominated at most collieries and other locations. Jon MARSH visited and filmed in the area at this time with much attention to detail and excellent cine-photography in all weathers. The area was the birthplace of industrial railways and much of the infrastructure was still extant one hundred and forty years later, even one engine was one hundred years old and still working at Seaham Harbour.

Railways to the coast for the transport of coal will be seen with associated rope-hauled inclines. The railways originated as privately owned lines linking colliery and harbour. The Lambton, Hetton & Joicey system around Philadelphia is well covered especially during the last steam winter of 1969 when heavy snowfall led to spectacular photography. Other lines visited include Ashington, Derwentaugh, Amble, Backworth, Morrison Busty, Blacburn Park Drift, Team Valley and Shotton. Scenes at Doxfords Shipyards and Seaham Harbour. British Railways steam linked the collieries with views of J27, Q6 and WD 2-8-0 types.

This is a fine record of the days before coal mines and their associated industries were no more in the North East of England. Filmed in colour and with an authentic sound track and informative commentary added this will give enjoyment to all people interested in the steam railways of the area.

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Volume 93

North West Steam Swansong (60-mins) Price £19.75

A portrayal of the last two years of steam in the North West of England as seen through the eyes of Edward Downing with his 16-mm camera, and mainly in colour. Beginning in MANCHESTER at Victoria and Exchange the film does a tour around the North West visiting GUIDE BRIDGE, STOCKPORT and COPY PIT. ROSE GROVE shed and area are well covered showing the last steam hauled coal and parcels trains. North to SKIPTON and HELLIFIELD where West Coast diversions brought three Britannia Pacific’s to the town in quick succession. Over the little North Western route via GIGGLESWICK to CARNFORTH BARROW and RAVENGLASS with Black 5’s, Britannia’s and 2-6-4 tanks.The return journey is via PENRITH, MORECAMBE and LANCASTER to CREWE before arriving at Manchester via PATRICROFT and TRAFFORD PARK. The April to August 1968 rail tours are reviewed with nicely turned out motive power of Stanier and BR Standard types around Lancashire concluding with the 15 guinea special at Ribblehead and Ais Gill.

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Volume 87

Great Central Remembered (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.8. The Great Central London Extension was the last main line in England and closed as a through route from Aylesbury to Nottingham in 1966. Jim Clemens visited the line many times in the early 1960s and this video has comprehensive coverage of the route. The video takes the form of a complete return journey from Marylebone to Nottingham Victoria through most locations along the way. Included is a brief look at the line north of Nottingham through CHESTERFIELD to the WOODHEAD route. The connections to the GC at BANBURY and AYLESBURY to PRINCES RISBOROUGH are also included. Latterly the passenger trains were in the hands of Black 5’s but over the years covered other motive power was to be seen, LNER V2. B1 and L1 classes, 9F’s on windcutters and the occasional passenger train. Britannias are also seen and GWR Halls, especially at Banbury.

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Volume 68

Steam in the Capital (60-mins) Price £19.75

A nostalgic look back to London’s termini for the Big Four in the 1960′s and on lines radiating from them. We begin at Euston, 70032 departs on the “Comet” and first generation diesels 10201/2 on the “Royal Scot”. At Marylebone, we go north to Chorley Wood with 2-6-4 tanks, Rickmansworth for a B1. Growler No.11 of London Transport leads us to Neasden and the work of LT’s pannier tanks at Croxley and Farringdon. A Britannia and Patriot are at St.Pancras with Scot and Jubilee. Next door was King’s Cross and the East Coast main line to Hatfield. This section is full of A1, A2, A3 and A4 pacifics, V2, WD and B1 all appear in the early 1960′s. Next, the Great Eastern from Liverpool Street, through North London and east to Colchester and Ipswich, Britannia, J15 and even a D16 4-4-0. Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness with 2-6-4 tanks. Over to Paddington and the Western main line to Reading via the Marlow branch, Castles, Halls and auto-tanks. At Reading we meet the Southern Railway. Return to Waterloo via Feltham for S15 and Q1, Clapham for M7, ex-GWR pannier tanks, W Class and Fowler tank. A Schools and Lord Nelson appear before nostalgic views of Beattie well tanks and an H16. See what a 1960′s railway enthusiast and all the cockney sparrows witnessed on a visit to England’s Capital City.

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Volume 43

An Appreciation of Steam (60-mins) Price £19.75

A video film for all lovers of the steam locomotive, it covers the period from 1958 to 1968, the last ten years of steam traction on British Railways. This film is the work of one man, Douglas Cartmel, a true steam and railway enthusiast, who captured the locomotives of the period as he moved around England in search of an ever decreasing form of traction. In black and white and colour, we can re-live the sights of Southern Lord Nelsons, King Arthurs, Schools, 700 Class Black Motors, H, E4 and Terrier tanks. On the Western there are Kings, Castles, Halls, Counties and 28xx Classes alongside tank engines. Living in the Stockport area, Midland Region Duchess, Scot, Jubilee, Black 5′s, Crabs and 2-8-0′s all caught Doug’s attention. Southern locations from Eastbourne, Tonbridge, Woking, Guildford and Salisbury feature, with Paddington, Didcot and Weymouth on the Western. Wrexham, Saltney, Stockport, Rowsley and Blackburn and many other sites cover the London Midland up to the end of steam in 1968. The photographic opportunities of locomotive sheds at Edgeley, NewtonHeath and Heaton Mersey are very well filmed, as are four industrial locations in the North West. There are 50 Classes of locomotives and 100 different engines on this film, seen through the camera of an enthusiast with an eye for detail and the unusual, an excellent record of ten years of steam, from someone who appreciated the steam age in Britain.

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Volume 39

Steam Around The Weald (60-mins) Price £19.75

Despite the Southern Raillway’s vast electrification schemes from the early years of the 20th. century, steam survived in this part of England into the 1960′s. In this video some of the surviving motive power such as King Arthur, Schools, T9, K and E6 classes are seen being used on railtours of the period. The Allhallows branch was worked by H class 0-4-4 tanks, as was the Hawkhurst line with C class 0-6-0 on pickup freights. Westerham from Dunton Green was also worked by H class, within 20-miles of London Charing Cross. The Bluebell Line closed in 1958. Here are scenes prior to the closure when trains called at Newick & Chailey and West Hoathly. A C2X 0-6-0 traversed the line from East Grinstead in 1959; a year earlier saw the last run of the Brighton Atlantic 32424 “Beachy Head”, all included here. The Rowfant to East Grinstead and Steyning line, Christs Hospital, Ashford and Robertsbridge are also covered. There are Terriers, M7, U and N classes here and the last steam hauled “Golden Arrow” through Tonbridge.

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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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