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Volume 207

North Eastern Steam Miscellany (85-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED January 2016**

This volume in our miscellany series covers steam in the North East. Once again we use mostly previously unseen film compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and largely without our usual detailed commentaries.

We start at Northallerton in August 1963 with a return journey to Newcastle where time is spent watching all the activities during a summer Saturday followed by visits to Gateshead and Darlington Sheds. At Scarborough, there are scenes that include Londesborough Road station and a train with an articulated twin-coach set.

Next we visit York in both 1961 and 1963 followed by visits to Leeds Central, Beverley, Malton and Filey Holiday Camp.

Much of this volume concentrates on the BR systems north and south of the Tyne where steam lasted until the summer of 1967. This was the last area where pre-grouping main line locomotives could still be seen at work. At Sunderland the shed is visited and we spend a lot of time at Ryhope Grange, Seaton Bank and the photogenic Silksworth branch.

Tyne Dock was famous for its 9F 2-10-0s working the Consett iron ore trains whilst at Pelaw we witness something for the diesel enthusiast, an English Electric Type 3 complete with brake tender!

In the area North of the Tyne during the period covered by our volume, Blyth was the largest coal shipping port in Europe. We see plenty of coal trains around Holywell, Bedlington, Percy Main, South Blyth and North Blyth. We also visit Immingham and Frodingham.

Gresley V2s are seen at Berwick on a special in 1966 whilst another special visits the Middleton-in-Teesdale branch in 1964. There is plenty of steam at Wakefield Kirkgate and Westgate stations as well as a Deltic interloper!

Classes of steam locomotives seen include A1, A3, A4, V2, B1, B16, J27, J37, V3, Q6, WD 2-8-0, LMS 2-6-4T, Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0, Black 5, 8F, BR Standard Britannia, 77xxx 2-6-0 and 9Fs.

Filmed entirely in colour during the 1960s, an authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Booklaw Publications, J27s in action at West Hartlepool Junction, June 1960.

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Volume 192

Turkish Delight Part 2 (75-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED March 2015**

Turkey is a country with a landscape full of dramatic contrasts from the largely flat western side in Europe to the rugged, mountainous eastern side in Asia separated by the Bosphorus waterway. To cope with this challenging environment, the railways used simple but powerful steam locomotives and continued to do so until the late 1980s. Turkey was one of the last countries in the world to use steam traction and it became a mecca for steam enthusiasts.

In Part 1, we visited the Asiatic side around Izmir and the Black Sea coast around Zonguldak before moving east to the Euphrates Gorge and then south to Konya.
In this Part 2, we revisit the Zonguldak area and the Burdur system before returning to Izmir and then continue along the Konya and Afyon line. We visit several of the lines in the Afyon area before revisiting the Burdur system and return to Izmir from Denizli.

Although the named express trains were usually diesel hauled, most of the country was steam worked using a variety of steam engines of many different types. Here we see both main line and secondary line, passenger, freight and mixed trains hauled by a mixture of 2-10-2s, 2-10-0s, 0-10-0s, 2-8-2s, 2-8-0s and 0-8-0s passing through some dramatic scenery and weather.

There are double-headed and banked (even some double banked) trains. Prussian, German and USA built locomotives abound. We see some British Stanier 8F “Churchill” 2-8-0s working trains plus a brief glimpse of a steam crane on shunting duties!. In addition to the main and secondary lines footage there are some steam shed scenes. There is even footage of a rail-across-rail level crossing!

An absolutely fascinating record of the last years of steam traction in Turkey!

This all colour film has been brought to life with superb sound and commentary.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Colin White. 57009 arrives at Basmane from Kars and leaves on the 11am to Soma, 13/12/75.

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Volume 186

Turkish Delight Part 1 (90-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED LATE JULY 2014**

Turkey lies at the further eastern extremity of Europe with one seventh of its territory in Europe and the remainder in Asia, separated by the Bosphorous waterway. While the former is largely flat, the latter is mountainous with railways facing severe gradients climbing into the rugged interior from the coastal plains of the Mediterranean in the south and the Black Sea in the north.

The first railway was started in 1856 and construction continued until 1971 when the final section from Lake Van to the Iranian border was finished. But this still resulted in a sparse network of lines for such a large country.

Locomotives were of necessity, powerful and sturdy with mainly British, German and American builders. Passenger working were sparse with only one or two trains a day for most lines and often mixed traffic. Freight workings predominated with many trains double headed or with banking engines on the steeper line sections. Most lines were standard gauge with a few narrow gauge lines. Dieselisation was completed first in the West, gradually moving eastwards. Steam locomotive building ended in 1961. In the West most locomotives were coal fired due an abundance of coal mines; in the East most were oil-fired. However by the late 1980s all had been withdrawn.

Our first scenes concentrate on the western part of Asiatic Turkey with scenes from Izmir with its intensive suburban services and longer distance trains to the interior plus around the Black Sea port of Zonguldak with its extensive coal mines and associated workings.

Later scenes move further east via the Black Sea coast to Sivas and the Euphrates Gorge near Erzurum and returning south via Konya.

This all colour film has been brought to life with superb sound and commentary.

Cover Photo:- Cover photo: Colin White. 57018 on 9:35 to Denizli at Alsancak (44071 pilot) 13/12/75.

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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 180

Steam Memories of the Sixties Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2013**

Chris Noyle filmed railways in Britain and Europe from 1962 to 1972. This is the third volume from his collection and mostly features the steam scene on the Midland Region in 1967 & 1968.

We start at Carlisle with 8Fs on passing trains followed by footage of locos being turned on Kingmoor shed’s turntable featuring Black 5s and 9Fs (even a former Crosti boilered example.) At Upperby Shed there is a line of withdrawn Britannias but inside we see a clean 70013 “Oliver Cromwell”. Back at Citadel station there is a lot of activity with Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0s on freight trains.
South to Tebay and scenes of passing goods & parcels trains as well as the Standard 4-6-0s banking engines on duty and positioning ballast trains for local trackwork relaying.

Chris visited Stoke-in-Trent during the last days of steam in 1967 and we see many shed scenes featuring 8Fs, Black 5s and Standard 4s including (now preserved) 75029 being serviced.

Returning to the North West, Chris visited Patricroft shed for more 8Fs and Black 5s including 45156 “Ayrshire Yeomanry”. There are a variety of 8F workings on Chequerbent incline before a visit to Bolton in 1968. Amongst all the steam workings we see a rare glimpse of a pair of Metro-Vick CoBos passing by, light engine. On the Padiham line, 8Fs are on coal trains before we visit Rose Grove shed, at the end of steam, Todmorden and Copy Pit Incline. At Accrington 70013 passes by and there are some shots of Eccles, Lostock Hall Shed and (now preserved) 45305.

At the very end of steam, Chris recorded many specials. The last remaining Britannia, 70013, is seen passing through Bolton on a special and on the line towards Skipton. Then at Kearsley double-headed Black 5s pass by on specials and towards Entwhistle. The very last day of BR steam was 11th.August 1968. Chris was on the Settle & Carlisle line to film the two Black 5s and 70013 pass by both light engine and hauling the famous last steam hauled special. The following weekend, Chris visited Carnforth shed to see the last steam engines there; some would be preserved but most would be scrapped…..

With the end of main line steam, Chris visited industrial sites with ex-BR locos. We see an ex-GWR pannier in the Rhondda Valley and J94 68078 at Widdrington Colliery. He then visited France, to see 141Rs at work in and around Calais & Boulogue, then to Spain, Portugal and Germany. We finish in Austria with snow covered tracks, a steam hauled double headed train leaving in sub zero temperatures, and a steam hauled snow plough clearing the tracks!

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:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications. 8F 48062 and a Standard Class 4 departs Rose Grove, 1968.

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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 149

Locomotives of War (80-mins) Price £19.75

The railways of Europe and the Far East played a vital role in periods of war. In the 20th.Century there were two World Wars and this production portrays most of the locomotive types that were built for service in both conflicts, primarily for the Allies.We include the ROD types from WW1 such as ex-GCR 2-8-0s and Eastern 0-6-0s. During WW2, the War Department initially adopted the LMS Stanier 8F 2-8-0 for standard heavy freight. We show this type in service both at home and the Middle East. Later in WW2, the design was simplified into the WD “Austerity” 2-8-0s and extended with the 2-10-0s. Serving alongside were the Hunslet designed WD “J94” type 0-6-0 Saddle Tanks. We feature examples of all of these locomotives.

The Americans built 2-8-0, 2-8-2 tender engines and 0-6-0 tanks. Army training camps such as Longmoor were used to train staff in railway work We also show examples of narrow gauge engines that served in WW1.

All of these types were designed for a short life, but some still survive today. They can be seen at work on preserved railways, especially for the WW2 re-enactment events. These are illustrated on the Churnet Valley Railway, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Severn Valley Railway and the East Lancashire Railway.

Most locomotives shown are British built and we see some of them at work in Turkey, France, Poland, India and Australia.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications. WD Austerity 90266 near Morecambe South Jct, 1962.

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Volume 140

Continental Steam Miscellany (60-mins) Price £19.75

Steam in Western Europe in normal service outlasted that on British Railways by some years. This video gives a flavour of what could be seen in use in six countries over the English Channel: FRANCE, SPAIN, PORTUGAL, ITALY, AUSTRIA and WEST GERMANY.

The locomotives were different, being in a number of cases larger than British ones. Wheel arrangements were sometimes not what had been seen in Britain. Eight coupled varieties were also often common. The loading gauges were often more generous and on the Iberian Peninsula the track gauge was wider. Even so, the countries did use narrow gauge quite widely.

Types of locomotive that Britain only experimented with could be seen, such as Franco-Crosti, Giesel-fitted and oil-fired engines. Some locomotives were British built and these could be seen working into the 1970’s for those enthusiasts who ventured abroad to see or film them.

Many of these locomotives can be seen in this video, from the smaller narrow gauge types to Pacifics, Heavy Freight engines, Beyer-Garratts and twelve coupled tank engines. Often spectacular scenery was encountered and winters with snow guaranteed.

Cover photo:- Colin White, 044 Class at Cochem, West Germany, September 1970 .

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Volume 92

Steam Still At Work (after August 1968) Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Our “Steam Still at Work” series of films (formerly called “Return to Steam”) features the steam scene during the “Wilderness Years” when main line steam was officially banned from British Railways after the end of steam in 1968. The ban ended with the “Return to Steam” tours in 1971. Here we follow how a typical enthusiast could find steam again, mainly in Great Britain.

It’s 11th August 1968 and we see 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” with that last BR steam hauled train on the Settle & Carlisle, followed by the last leg into Liverpool with 45110. Later the Pacific is seen running light engine to Norwich. Earlier in 1968, 9F 92203 is seen en route to Longmoor for preservation along with 75029, the first steam on the Southern since July 1967. At Barry scrapyard there are rows of mostly now preserved steam. But at Cashmores none survived and at Cohen’s Yard, Kettering, the scrap man is busy….

However hundreds of engines could still be seen at work on industrial sites. We feature many scenes including unique Beyer-Garratt “William Francis” and 0-6-0STs fly-shunting at Hadley Colliery. We even see ex-BR tank engines such as 3F 47745 at Williamthorpe Colliery and ex-GWR Panniers both at South Wales collieries and in daily use on London Transport. We visit Northern Ireland to see “Jeep” 2-6-4Ts on passenger and motorway construction trains.

Overseas also became a popular destination, especially when as close as Calais and Boulogne where Pacifics still hauled trains including the GOLDEN ARROW. There were years of steam traction left in Germany and most of Europe; even behind the Iron Curtain for the adventurous few. Further away was South Africa for main line double headers and Garratts! /p

Back in the UK, a few preserved railways had started up and there is rare footage of the early days on the Bluebell, Keighley, Middleton, Severn Valley and Dart Valley railways. Over on the Lochty Private Railway, we see 60009 and a matching beaver-tail observation coach! We tour the various narrow gauge and miniature lines with a variety of scenes including a BR blue Vale-of-Rheidol, the Talyllyn with “Dolgoch” and the Ffestiniog with “Prince” hauling trains.

On the mainlines, 4472 still had a further year and occasionally other preserved engines strayed on to BR tracks if you knew about it. Our series is an in depth look at all of this. Part 1 is only an introduction to memories of steam from over 40 years ago. We close with a “Return to Steam” special in October 1971 with 6000 “King George V” hauling the Bulmers Pullman train , 4472 at Kings Cross and, for contrast, 45110 hauling last BR steam train on 11th.August 1968.

All the archive film used is in colour and an extensively researched commentary and authentic soundtrack has been added.
Cover Photo:- 3F 0-6-0T No.47239 at Williamthorpe Colliery, May 1969.

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