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Volume 197

Southern Steam Finale No.10 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED September 2015**

The final(!) of our Southern Steam Finale series which covers the last 18 months leading up to the end of steam on the Southern Region in July 1967. Here we use material that was not included in the first 9 volumes plus a few minutes of early preservation footage; but even that is from over 30 years ago! Luckily some Southern engines survived to bring back memories of those halcyon days. We look at some of the older classes the Lord Nelsons, King Arthurs & Schools, which although all withdrawn in 1962, have examples which have been in steam since July 1967.

Twenty years on from the end of steam, Merchant Navy “Clan Line” was seen on the Blackmore Vale Expresses from Salisbury to Exeter, with grateful thanks to Gerald Daniels the then Area Manager. Bullied Battle of Britain 34067 “Tangmere” and West Country 34092 “City of Wells” are also seen on specials, some far away from their comfort zone.

But back to 1967. The majority of the engines at the end were unkempt but not unloved by their drivers, with many a tale being told of a Bulleid Pacific thundering along the track at over 100mph! Most of this volume concentrates on the last steam main line from Waterloo to Bournemouth and Weymouth, but we also take a trip across the Solent to the Isle of Wight to see the Victorian Adams 02 class 0-4-4 tanks. These really useful engines, were sent to the Island by the Southern Railway in the 1920s to replace the ancient engines inherited from the various Island railways. They lasted to the end of steam on the Island, and one W24 “Calbourne” has been preserved.

As well as the more glamorous express engines, we see Urie and Maunsell S15s, Maunsell N & U class Moguls, Bulleid’s Q1s and the USA 0-6-0 dock tanks. Standard Class 4s & 5s are seen, working alongside Standard Class 3 and 4 tanks. LMS Black 5s and Ivatt tanks are also seen plus A4 60024 “Kingfisher” and A2 60532 “Blue Peter” on enthusiast specials.

So pour yourself a glass of Tizer, tuck into that individual apple pie and sit back and enjoy the DVD.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Schools Class 30926 “Repton” passing Paddock Wood, 1962.

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Volume 194

Scottish Railways Remembered Part 7 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED May 2015**

The seventh volume in this series and this time our one hour long production includes Carlisle, Edinburgh, Glasgow Buchanan Street, Stirling, Thornton Junction and Perth before ending at Aberdeen.

From Carlisle we travel to Edinburgh on the Warwickshire Railway Society’s three day epic tour in 1966. Steam action is seen a plenty at Waverley station, plus the diesel hauled Royal Train in September 1964. We spend time at St. Margaret’s shed as well as the new marshalling yards at Millerhill. The Railway Society of Scotland’s J36 tour takes us to Portobello, Musselburgh, Smeaton and Corstophine before we explore the former Caledonian Railway’s Princes Street station.

Another new marshalling yard was built at Thorntom Junction where we see J37s, J38s, B1s and WD 2-8-0s all working on the then expanding coal traffic around Fife. Our journey then takes us to the “other” Forth Bridge at Throsk, near Alloa.

A surprise for many enthusiasts was that the final home for Gresley’s A4 Pacifics was not the East Coast Main Line but on the 3-hour expresses from Glasgow to Aberdeen. By May 1964 all the remaining class members were allocated to Scottish Region sheds bar one, and they settled down to several good years of work on this route being quite at home on the tightly timed 3-hour expresses.

We visit the Glasgow terminus of these 3-hour expresses at Buchanan Street before moving on to Stirling to watch the steam activity there including the last workings of Stanier’s Coronation class Pacifics. At Perth more steam action is seen at the station plus a visit to the shed.

Our journey continues via Coupar Angus, Stonehaven and Cove Bay before concluding at Aberdeen. Here we see the joint station that opened in 1867 and then visit Ferryhill shed which was the home, in June 1965, of seven A4 Pacifics.

All the archive film was filmed entirely in colour and mostly during the 1960s. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary complementing this nostalgic look at the railways in Scotland.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, “A2” Pacific No.60532 “Blue Peter” on an Aberdeen to Glasgow express.

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Volume 193

Along Southern Lines Part 9 – A Final Tribute (82-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED April 2015**

The magic and variety of the Southern is seen in this latest volume in our series. From the mighty and powerful Bulleid Pacifics and BR Standard locomotives on the main lines to the West Country to the tiny Brighton Terrier 0-6-0Ts on Hayling Island. Even a nice cameo of 35028 “Clan Line” from the real days of steam to early preservation. It is not all Bulleids though as we also feature BR Standards and Maunsell locomotives including a Lord Nelson and a Mogul on the West London extension plus a Schools Class 4-4-0 at Reading.

A veritable feast of A1X Terriers follows with them working in their home county of Sussex at Seaford, Newhaven and on Falmer bank double heading with a Brighton E6 Radial tank. More Terrier action is seen at Brighton and Brighton Works before we cross into Hampshire to see them hard at work in their last stronghold of the Hayling Island Branch.

Brighton’s E4 radials are at Horsham and there is even rare footage of Brighton Atlantic “Beachy Head” near Brighton!

Many Maunsell classes are seen in action with U and N Class Moguls, S15 and Q classes on rail tours in Surrey and Sussex (including the “Cuckoo Line”) and S15s and Q1s hauling freight trains through Byfleet, Walton, Clapham Junction and Micheldever.

Travelling away from the Southern, Class U 31639 and Q1 33006 double head a railtour into the Midlands and we see them at Kineton, Wilmcote, Leamington, near Rugby and Wellingborough. 31639 certainly gets around as she is next seen on her home territory at Fareham.

There were many BR Standard classes hard at work on the Southern from Britannias to 9Fs. We see Class 5s, 4s (both 4-6-0s and 2-6-0s), Class 4 2-6-4 and Class 3 tanks working all over the region including the much lamented Somerset & Dorset. There are even shots of 77014 and 78038!

Ex-LMS engines also worked on the Southern. We see Black 5s on the Waterloo to Dorchester main line and the S&DJR, an 8F at Feltham, a 4F and a 2P 4-4-0 at Evercreech and Bournemouth West plus Ivatt “Mickey Mouse” 2-6-2 tanks at Weymouth and Shepton Mallet Tucker Street. The Great Western even gets a look in with footage of three Halls!

We finish with the last days of steam on the Southern, with light engines running to Salisbury for disposal, and 35030 on the up 14.11 from Weymouth, the last steam duty of all.

All the archive film is in glorious colour with a short sequence in ‘black and white. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, “N” Class 31847 entering Exeter St.Davids, 1961.

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Volume 188

Along Southern Lines Part 8 – South West to Exeter & Beyond (65-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 9th October 2014**

Most of the Southern’s train journeys to the West commenced at Waterloo where we see a Merchant Navy pacific backing on to its train before departing. Double headed MNs depart from Weymouth followed by a Standard Class 5 at Wareham. There is Bulleid action at Seaton Jct and Barnstaple plus an N Class 2-6-0 at Okehampton.

At Bournemouth Central we see S&DJR 2-8-0s, Bulleid pacifics, Standard Class 5s and Ivatt class 2 tanks. Adding to this variety blue A4 “Sir Nigel Gresley” is on a rail tour racing through the New Forest. Scenes at Brockenhurst feature both Standard tender and tank engines. A Channel Island Bulleid hauled boat train hurries through Beaulieu Road. More Bulleid Pacifics are seen at Southampton Central and Eastleigh with one rushing through Shawford in wintery conditions. Some excellent shots of Bulleids and Standard class 4 4-6-0s at Battledown Flyover are followed by footage at Basingstoke with Bulleids roaring through and departing.

Along the Salisbury line we stop at Andover for some nice Bulleid action, as well as an S15 and a Standard class 5 plus a GWR Manor, Hall and an S&D 2-8-0 on enthusiasts specials. At Salisbury we are just in time to see the crack Atlantic Coast Express arrive. More Bulleid pacifics along with an N Class mogul. A USA tank has the melancholy task of shunting lines of withdrawn engines. Passing Salisbury shed, and Templecombe we reach Yeovil Junction to see a Maunsell King Arthur, an M7 on a push-pull and a Merchant Navy.

Next a trip to Yeovil Town on a Western auto train before returning to the Junction for more Bulleid action. After passing through Crewkerne and Chard, where a pair of S15s are seen, we arrive at Axminster. We travel the Lyme Regis branch, first behind the legendary 0415 tanks and then by two Ivatt class 2 tanks on the LCGB East Devon Railtour. Next to Seaton Junction for a trip to Seaton behind an M7 tank before returning to the Junction to see S15′s, Pacifics and a 64XX pannier . Onwards to Sidmouth for M7, Standard Class 3 and an Ivatt class 2 plus Pannier hauled special train to Exmouth. We travel past Exmouth Junction Shed where an A4 is being serviced and arrive at Exeter Central for the ACE. A W tank is seen amongst the usual motive power.

Finally we traverse the steep gradient down towards Exeter St Davids to see two West Countries departing, then to Cowley Bridge for the Southern’s Withered Arm with some nice shots of N class 2-6-0s at Eggesford, Halwill Jct. and Braunton plus an Ivatt tank at Instow.

All the archive film is in colour apart from a few sequences in black & white.. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with a researched commentary.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 34078 “22 Squadron” enters Exeter Central. 1963.

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Volume 173

Along Southern Lines Part 5 – The Withered Arm 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED DECEMBER 2012**

This is our second volume featuring the Southern Region “Withered Arm” in the West Country and starts with scenes along the SR main line to Exeter Central including railtours with 60022 Mallard, T9 No.120 and BR Standard Tanks on the “Exeter Flyer”.

We travel along the North Devon line to Barnstaple and then northwards pausing at Braunton to see the Mortehoe bankers at work with a variety of passing trains before arriving at Ilfracombe for views of the station and the harbour. A paddleboat ferry departs for Bristol!

Back to Barnstaple with a Hymek and glimpses of Rolles Quay Sidings, Pottingham swing bridge, Town station with its erstwhile L & B platform, the Taw viaduct (with steam footage) and into Barnstaple for scenes around the station and the shed. After closure we see footage of the now derelict viaduct, Town station and swing bridge.
There is extensive coverage of the Torrington line with Class 25s & 31s on milk, china clay and special trains plus the comings & goings at Fremington Quay and Instow including many scenes inside the signal box. At Bideford and Torrington we see activities in both steam and diesel eras, with Ivatt 2-6-2Ts, SR Moguls and Classes 22 & 25.

Next, along the ex-SR Devon main line with diesel hauled ballast trains at Yeoford & Sampford Courtenay, before arriving at Okehampton for steam with SR Moguls, Ivatt 2MTs and BR Standard 2-6-4Ts plus later diesel scenes.

We travel onto the North Cornwall line at Meldon Junction and at Halwill Junction visit the Bude branch with steam plus green DMUs. Then onwards to Wadebridge for extensive footage of T9s, ex-GWR 1369 panniers, BR standard tanks, Bulleid Pacifics and the Beattie tanks at Wenford Bridge and Pencarrow Woods before arriving at Padstow.
Finally, we return to the ex-SR main line at Bere Alston for a trip along the Gunnislake branch to Callington with Ivatt 2-6-2Ts and close with steam scenes at Exeter Central, including Class Z bankers, and at Salisbury.

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

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Volume 125

Steam Into Devon (68-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.21. An archive video film of mainly steam on the lines of Devon that includes Western and Southern motive power.

The Southern lines include the Sidmouth Junction to Exmouth branch via Budleigh Salterton and on to Exeter Central. There is also coverage of the Exmoor Ranger tour, that went to Barnstaple and Ilfracombe.

The Western branches see steam on the Exeter to Tiverton, Dulverton and Barnstaple lines using 14xx, 73xx and pannier motive power. On the way, the Hemyock branch is seen in ordinary traffic days and finally the 1963 visit from 60022 and the corresponding visit to Hemyock by 14xx and assorted brake vans. 3205 heads the Exmoor Ranger from Barnstaple to Venn Cross.

The Western main line from Exeter to Newton Abbott with a 28xx precludes a visit to the Paignton branch. Then the Totnes to Ashburton branch from 1958 to 1970; Launceston to Plymouth with Prairie tanks.

Many of the railways seen here have long gone, along with the motive power. This was the time of living branch, secondary and main line traffic in the County of Devon.

Photo:- Jim Clemens. 1451 at Hemyock

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Volume 89

Along GWR Lines Part 3 – Cardiif to Penzance (60-mins) Price £19.75

The third volume in the series takes us from South Wales to Penzance with an introduction at Paddington. Cardiff and Newport scenes in 1965 when there was still steam hauled freight by both large and small tank engines. Freight with steam is also seen climbing Pilning Bank out of the Severn Tunnel including the car ferry train. Down to Bristol on Stapleton Road bank. Another visit to the Staple Hill Bank on the old Midland,· but by now under Western Region control. While at Bristol see 4079 being loaded onto a ship for Australia. We thought it would never come back, but it did. Westwards via Taunton, Exeter and the sea wall to Plymouth. Cornwall and its branches to Penzance. This has a mixture of steam and diesel-hydraulic power. All scenes unrepeatable!

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Volume 88

Southern Recollections (60-mins) Price £19.75

A film of the steam railway around the Southern Region taken by enthusiast TERRY NICHOLLS from 1964 to 1967. Journey down to Plymouth to traverse the Withered Arm via BERE ALSTON and the CALLINGTON branch, TAVISTOCK to OKEHAMPTON and BUDE. A railtour along the WENFORDBRIDGE branch with 0-6-0 PT 1369 in 1964 is followed by the Exmoor Ranger Tour from EXETER to OKEHAMPTON, HALWILL TORRINGTON, BARNSTAPLE and ILFRACOMBE. A 1964 Summer Saturday at EXETER CENTRAL is alive with Bulleid pacifics. Eastwards via Salisbury to BASINGSTOKE for a 1965 Summer Saturday when Inter-Regionals were still hauled by Halls and Black 5’s. Further down the line, time is spent at SHAWFORD for similar traffic. Over to the Isle of Wight visiting RYDE, NEWPORT and VENTNOR. Finally WEYMOUTH and Bincombe bank, before travelling via BOURNEMOUTH to end at SOUTHAMPTON.

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Volume 85

Steam Routes West (The Southern Way) (60-mins) Price £19.75

Back in Volume 46 we travelled west the Western Way as far as Plymouth. This volume covers the Southern route from Waterloo to Plymouth, a bit like the Withered Arm video really. Along the way we visit various branches like Ludgershall and Bulford before a glorious interlude at Salisbury on a summer Saturday before the diesels came and altered the Atlantic Coast Express for ever. Down to another summer Saturday at Exeter Central via the Seaton and Sidmouth branches. Onto the Withered Arm to Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. A long look at Wadebridge to Wenfordbridge with a Beattie Well Tank even though the 1366 Class had arrived. A brief view of the Callington Branch and finally Plymouth. Plenty of Bulleids but many other types as well on a route that has now changed or closed forever. A real West Country treat of steam.

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Volume 69

The Withered Arm (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.3. Jim visited North Devon and Cornwall often in the early 1960′s sometimes using the Atlantic Coast Express. This is a classic journey on the Atlantic Coast Express to the far flung reaches of the Southern Railway known as the Withered Arm, that part of the route west of Exeter.

Join this celebrated train at Waterloo and travel via Basingstoke, Salisbury and Sidmouth Junction to EXETER CENTRAL seeing the line from the train and lineside in steam days, no single lines then. Onto the Withered Arm itself to BARNSTAPLE JUNCTION and ILFRACOMBE, virtually every station is seen. Return to BARNSTAPLE and travel south via INSTOW and BIDEFORD to TORRINGTON with 02 and Ivatt tank engines.

Forward to busy HALWILL JUNCTION before an in depth visit to the BUDE branch and its harbour line. T9′s still visited here in 1961. Further west via LAUNCESTON to WADEBRIDGE, more classic steam with Beattie Well tanks, and T9′s to Padstow. BODMIN is visited, both General and North stations. Return via BERE ALSTON, GUNNISLAKE and OKEHAMPTON to EXETER Central. There is a visit to PENZANCE by a Bulleid Pacific, steam once again at BARNSTAPLE VICTORIA ROAD.

This has to be the definitive video of the Southern in Devon and Cornwall superbly filmed in those sunny days of the early 1960′s all in colour.

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Volume 59

Southern Steam Finale Part 5 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The next volume in this definitive series of the end of Southern steam, now being collected as the historical record of the time, covers the four months of October to December 1966 and into January 1967. Once more, sixteen cameramen supplied material for this volume allowing the full story to be told for the period. As a video of Southern steam it also stands on its own since the general steam service is filmed over the South Western lines from Waterloo to Weymouth. However, as with all videos in this series, full coverage of rail tours of the period is included. The first seen is the RCTS Four Counties tour covering the Tooting branch with Guildford’s shed pilot engine 30072. Next the Dorset and Hants tour with two un-rebuilt pacifics taking in the Somerset and Dorset to Blandford, the remains of the Ringwood branch and finally Hamworthy Goods. Merchant Navy class 35026′s visit to Newcastle, Doncaster and York. “CLUN CASTLE” and Britannia 70004 took Bulleid stock to Stratford on Avon and Stourbridge Junction. The end of steam on the Isle of Wight did come on the last day of December 1966 and coverage is given to the whole route remaining from Ryde Esplanade to Shanklin. Lastly the rail tour to the Bridport branch via Salisbury, Westbury and Maiden Newton with all its troubles is fully related. Oh yes, and also the last steam run to Exeter!

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Volume 46

Steam Routes West (The Western Way) (60-mins) Price £19.75

The Western Way takes a journey from Paddington to Saltash but not necessarily by the most direct route. It is primarily to visit the less well covered areas by film cameramen dealing with secondary lines and branches. Gloucester is reached via Reading, after which there is a look at the Chalfont auto service along the Golden Valley. On via Bristol Temple Meads to find Tiverton Junction. Here, in 1963, a railtour headed by 60022 “Mallard” allowed participants a trip from Exeter via Cadleigh behind two 45xx prairie tanks to the Junction, before visiting the Hemyock branch. This was worked by 14xx auto tanks and this theme continues for a visit to the Teign Valley line from Newton Abbot to Exeter via Heathfield, filmed in 1958. Then a visit to the Moretonhampstead branch also in 1958, Titfield Thunderbolt stuff this, racing the local bus! A branch to survive into preservation was the Ashburton line from Totnes. This is seen in depth, also in 2958, and all these lines in colour. Before the Dart Valley or South Devon Railways came into existence, stock was stored and steamed at Totnes Quay including 6998, 1363 and 1466. Banking on Rattery is seen taking us further west into Plymouth and a shed visit to Laira. An auto train is used to journey across the Saltash Bridge and visit the station. Steam in and out of Cornwall in the hands of Castle, County and Grange classes. Finally back to Paddington with “Burton Agnes Hall”, “City of Truro” and the last County No. 1011, and Castle and diesel hydraulics at Iver. No. 7025 “Sudeley Castle” arrives under Brunel’s roof just how it was in the days of steam. Twenty-five classes of steam, most of them ex-GWR, and the true GWR branch line atmosphere are well portrayed. There is some very rare footage here!.

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Volume 41

Southern Steam Finale Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Looks at the events on the Southern Region in March/April 1966 and features 17 different BR and Southern classes. Covers Waterloo to Weymouth main line and its workings plus three railtours. The “New Forester from Eastleigh to Gosport, Fawley and Lymington, with U, Ql and USA tanks. The visit of A4 pacific Kingfisher for a whole weekend for runs to Weymouth and Exeter. The Wilts and Hants utilised U and N Class moguls and the last run with a Bulleid Ql Class, 33006 from Salisbury. The many main line trains are seen at locations such as Waterloo, Clapham, West Byfleet, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Southampton and Bournemouth, and lineside in between. Steam in Kent is seen by way of the steam outpost at Ashford wagon works where a C Class 0-6-0 still worked alongside two departmental USA tanks; others are seen at Southampton Docks.

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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 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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