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Volume 178

Steam Memories of the Sixties Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED JULY2013**

THE CHRIS NOYLE COLLECTION No.2. Chris Noyle filmed railways in Britain and Europe from 1962 to 1972. This is the second volume from his collection and features the steam scene in England, Scotland and Wales in the 1960s.We start in Scotland at Aberdeen and Perth for B1s & A4s including 60016 “Silver King” before views at Derby in 1962 of the last remaining unrebuilt Patriot, 45543 “Home Guard” and of “Clun Castle” on the first part of the Paddington to Gloucester to Birmingham Snow Hill rail tour in 1965.

Chris then visited Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway in 1968. In those very early preservation days, steam trains only ran as far as Hampton Loade. A far cry from the scene today!

Then onto the Southern in 1967 and a variety of scenes right up to the end of steam at a number of locations including Basingstoke, Guildford and Nine Elms Shed featuring Bulleids, Standards, USA Tanks and even an A4 Pacific! The very last “Bournemouth Belle” Pullman passes by…

In 1966, Chris went on a rail tour, this time from London to North Wales hauled by Britannia 70004 from Crewe, a pair of Stanier 2-6-4Ts from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog and a Crab to Denbigh. Another rail tour is Black 5 hauled around the Walsall & Wolverhampton area before going forward via Shrewsbury to Chester with 7029 “Clun Castle” and then returning to Crewe with a former Crosti boilered 9F.

In 1967, he visited the Banbury area to see the last two ex-GW steam hauled trains to Chester pass by with preserved Castles and he also visited the shed to see the last remnants of steam.

The North East Region was of great interest to Chris. There are many scenes in this area before steam finished in September 1967, including at Tyne Dock shed. Onto the Midland Region for footage around Carlisle and Leeds in 1966 including a visit to Holbeck Roundhouse and Farnley Junction sheds featuring Britannias and ex-LMS Black Fives. Whilst in the area, Chris also visited Wakefield to see WD 2-8-0s and the other engines there. Finally, back to the North Eastern Region in 1967 for extensive footage of J27s, Q6s (including the now preserved 63395), WDs and K1s hauling coal trains and empties to and from Seaham, Hall Dene and Vane Tempest Collieries.

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: K4 2-6-0 No.62050 on coal empties, 1967.

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Volume 174

The Glory Days of Steam (1961-1965) (90-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED FEBRUARY 2013**

THE TERENCE DORRITY COLLECTION: The period 1961 to 1965 was arguably the last glory days of steam traction before its sad demise. Terence Dorrity took the opportunity to film steam during this period, on all regions of British Railways, the Welsh Narrow Gauge railways and on the Continent.

Our journey begins with 4-6-0 “King George V” arriving at Birmingham Snow Hill contrasting starkly to the lines of stored Kings at Wolverhampton Stafford Road Shed. At Stratford-on-Avon there is much activity including freight trains and Castle hauled expresses to the West Country, plus trains to Evesham and Leamington Spa. There are visits to Banbury, for more freight trains & Kings on Birmingham expresses, Hereford Shed, Gloucester Shed and Cardiff station.

Then to Tuffley Junction, Gloucester, for a variety of trains, to Chalford (including an auto train footplate ride) and Moreton-in-Marsh. We visit the Cardigan branch, Morfa Mawddach, Oswestry, Welshpool and Talerdigg summit (with Manors and Standard 4s) before returning to Hatton Bank on the London to Birmingham line for 2-8-0 4707, Castle & King hauled trains & Bulleid Pacifics on football specials.

Onwards to the Southern Region for scenes at Templecombe, Eastleigh Shed & Worgret Junction with M7 tanks on both the Swanage push-pull trains and the Lymington Pier line. There are Terrier 0-6-0Ts on the Hayling Island branch and O2 tanks on the Isle of Wight!

Next, to Rugby on the Midland Region in 1962, for Princess Coronations, Britannias, Patriots, Scots & Jubilees. A trip to Scotland features the ex-Caley Single on tours and A4s on the Aberdeen 3 hour expresses. Then to the Eastern Region and at Kings Cross we see A1s and A4s (including 60008 “Dwight D Eisenhower”) and A2s and A3s at Wood Green..

Early preservation scenes feature the Bluebell (1963), the Isle-of-Man Railway (1963), Vale of Rheidol (1965), Welshpool & Llanfair (1965), Tal-y-llyn Railway (1962), Ffestiniog (1965) and Snowdon (1962).

We see industrial steam in 1962 at Kettering Furnaces, Wellingborough, Bilston (Wolverhampton), Beckton (North London), Oxford Ironstone (Banbury, Roxton), Waterside (Ayrshire, 1965) and Coventry Colliery with ex-GWR 15xx 0-6-0PTs (1969).

Finally, to Granada in Spain (1961) to see 240 No.2020 and many other types on the shed there, some being over 100 years old. Then to Nice in France (1962) to see the 141 Class and a variety of steam locos in the station and the shed, narrow gauge on the Reseau Breton in Britanny (1964) and French main line steam at Nantilles. We end our journey with steam into the sunset at Coventry Colliery.

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

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Volume 144

Steam in Wales & The Borders Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

This video concentrates on the northern area of Wales and its borders from the North Wales coast through Chester to Gobowen.

Branch lines visited are the Conway Valley to Blaenau Ffestiniog and, by way of a rail tour, the Wrexham, Mold and Connahs Quay route ending at Wrexham.

North to Chester for the end of steam here in 1967 and includes visits by preserved main line locos 40 years on.

Over Gresford bank to Wrexham and a visit to Croess Newydd shed and steam activity at Ruabon in the 1960s. A journey along the Dee Valley through Corwen to Barmouth.

Portmadoc with early scenes on the Ffestiniog Railway before returning along the Dee Valley to Ruabon. The video reaches Gobowen via Chirk and the Ifton colliery sidings at Weston Rhyn.

Many ex-GWR classes are seen from Dukedogs to Castles and ex-LMS Black 5s and Jubilees.

Cover Photo:- Dr. Gaius Sutton, 6357 at Bala Junction.

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Volume 138

Cambrian Coast Route Part 4 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A video covering the last section of the route of the CAMBRIAN COAST EXPRESS from ABERYSTWYTH to PWLLHELI and what could be seen in the area from the 1950s to the 1980s. We cover four narrow gauge railways, the Vale of Rheidol, the Talyllyn, the Welsh Highland (1964) and the Ffestiniog, and two miniature railways, the Fairbourne and Butlins, Pwllheli. We even cover the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway!

The coast route would see steam and diesel motive power but this film is mainly steam with Standard Classes 4MT, Class 2MT, Class 3 2-6-2Ts and Class 4 2-6-4Ts, GWR 43xx 2-6-0s and Manor Class 4-6-0s, Ivatt 2MTs and even Class 4. The picture is completed by the reopening of Barmouth Bridge in 1986 and Electric Electric Class 37s.

There is much truly archive material used in this production recapturing a bygone era of this popular Cardigan Bay coastal area. The lines still survive today so compare the scenes of that era shown here with modern day or witness the efforts made by the preservations to recreate it.

There is an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover photo: Keith Pirt, 7810 “Draycott Manor” on Llanbadarn Bank, 1963.

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Volume 117

Passion For Steam (80-mins) Price £19.75

An interesting record of Dr.Rogers’ search for the more unusual views and of his early passion for the smaller gauges of steam railways, that of narrow gauge and miniature systems, before he recorded the ending of standard gauge railways on the national network.

This journey took him as far away as India for their narrow gauge, rack railways and steam up to Broad gauge. He also visited Ireland for the County Donegal and the Tralee and Dingle.

From garden railways through to all gauges up to 15″ on passenger carrying miniature systems, some of considerable length, others around parks and now lost on the sands of time like Christchurch and Audley End.

Narrow gauges in Wales include the Welshpool and Llanfair when it ran through the streets, the beginnings of the Ffestiniog and Tal-y-Llyn and the Vale of Rheidol in its early days. There is industrial narrow gauge at Bowaters in Kent. Ireland’s Tralee and Dingle, County Donegal and Fintona horse tram, Katwijk in Holland. Tournon in France and India with the Darjeeling and Nilgiri rack railway are among others seen in the sub continent.

The film begins and ends with British standard gauge scenes that caught the attraction of Dr. Rogers as it reached its demise in the 1960′s.

Some fascinating and rare views in this film. Filmed in colour and black and white from 1949 to 1967. A detailed commentary and authentic sound track completes a nostalgic record of steam with something different to offer.

The second volume will deal with his coverage of British main line steam.

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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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Volume 79

North Wales Steam Line (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.6. A video film of a circular tour around North Wales from Chester to Llandudno via Llangollen, Bala, Barmouth, Pwllheli, Caernarvon, Holyhead and Bangor. Featuring 75xxx, 63xx and pannier tanks, the line through the Dee Valley via Llangollen shows all stations and halts before the whole route was closed,. Plenty of activity at Bala Junction including scenes at Bala Town and the route to Blaenau. Continue via Dolgellau and Penmaenpool to Morfa Mawddach. North now through Barmouth and all stations to Portmadoc and Afon Wen with GW and Standard classes. A quick visit to Pwllheli before continuing to Caernarvon via Ynys. Then Bangor to Holyhead with a return journey on the Almwch branch. Returning to Bangor and a visit to the Penrhyn narrow gauge system. Eastwards and the Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog branch. There is also a look at the Corwen – Ruthin – Denbigh line by DMU and archive film of the famous Land Cruise train via Afon Wen and Corwen. Filmed mainly in colour from 1959 to 1966, a memorable record of the time steam reigned in this part of North Wales.

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Volume 38

North Wales Branches (60-mins) Price £19.75

This video contains scenes of the steam age on five North Wales branches filmed from 1961 to 1966. It was the foresight of local railway enthusiast Brian Cowlishaw with his 16mm camera and some Black & White film that we can bring you these memories where not only has steam gone on four of the branches but the tracks as well.

The first route covered is that from Chester to Mold, Denbigh and Ruthin and views all the stations from Mold such as Star Crossing, Bodfari, Nannerch and Rhewl. Motive power seen includes ex-LMS 2-6-4 Tanks and Standard Class 4’s. Next we travel lineside from Wrexham Central to Ellesmere (closed in 1962) to view ex-GWR 0-4-2 Tanks Nos.1458 and 1432 on passenger autotrains and 57xx-Class No.3789 on freight pickup duties. Marchwell, Bangor-on-Dee and Overton-on-Dee are seen as the intermediate stations on the line.

An in-depth visit to the Brymbo to Minerva line follows the progress of an ex-GWR pannier tank along the steeply graded line over no fewer than eight gated crossings. The line closed in 1972 and our film shows the line in 1965, just as the last GWR 28xx Class were working from Wrexham Croess Newydd shed. The last train to Blaenau Ffestiniog from Bala was filmed in January 1961 in appalling weather, Nevertheless, the rugged atmosphere of this part of Wales is well seen as the two Pannier tanks work the route via Arenig, 1135 feet above sea level.

In 1966 steam appeared on a special train on the Conway Valley line to Blaenau Ffestiniog. This was filmed in colour. The special then traversed the Rhyl to Denbigh line hauled by an ex-LMS Crab 2-6-0 No.42942.

No modern day material has been used in this one hour production. It is fully soundtracked with an informative but not obtrusive commentary by Brian Cowlishaw who took most of the original film, apart from the last colour sequences, and whose knowledge of the area covered is excellent.

Cover photo: Brian Cowlishaw, 1458 at Overton-on-Dee

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Volume 34

Cambrian Coast Steam Holiday (60-mins) Price £19.75

Do you remember those long summer days in the early 60′s when it appears the sun shone and steam reigned supreme? Whether you went to North Wales or not this video will delight you and perhaps make you wish you did. It is based on the Cambrian system of the Western Region and we arrive at Aberystwyth from Paddington via Reading, Shrewsbury and Talerdigg bank. In 1962 Manors still dominated here and the Carmarthen line was still open. The Vale of Rheidol worked out of its own terminus by the harbour with Brunswick green engines and chocolate and cream coaches.

Our journey along the coast via Bow Street to Dovey Junction follows and onwards to Tywyn calling at Aberdovey with even a view of the harbour branch. Manors, Standards, 43xx and 2251 pass through Tywyn and a visit is made to the Talyllyn Railway; No.4 had a Giesel ejector in those days. North via Friog to Barmouth, calling at Fairbourne, different gauge then, and Panniers still worked to Ruabon. Through Harlech we arrive at Portmadog and the obligatory visit to the Ffestiniog. How Tan-y-Bwlch has changed since then when Bill Hoole was driving. The slate quarries also had steam. All the sights you would have enjoyed more than thirty years ago primarily from the camera of Jim Oatway whose superb film was used in Vol.32 “Southern Pride”. You are sure to enjoy this one!.

Cover photo: Jim Oatway. 7801 “Anthony Manor” at Aberystwyth.

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Volume 17

Archive Newsreel 3 (60-mins) Price £15

With full electrification on the Southern main line to Weymouth now operating we return to Dorchester to witness the operation of steam trains reversing up workings at the ex-LSWR terminus. Southampton and Eastleigh in 1967 and steam’s last fling in the London suburbs on the LCGB 100th. railtour to Windsor and Reading using 77xxx, 76xxx, 80xxx and West Country complete this section.

Tribute to a King. We profile 6000 “King George V” in its preservation life from 1970 to 1987 covering its travels to Paddington, Didcot, Swindon, Gloucester and the North-to-West route to Chester. The trip for Swindon Borough in 1974 with unique smokebox side-plates is featured. Hard workings steam in the North-East of England in 1966/67 where ex-NER type Q6 and J27 locomotives worked to the last around the collieries of Tyne and Wear. The last Tyne Dock to Consett working with 92063 is seen complete with headboard. K1, WD 2-8-0, Q6 and J27 workings at Pelaw, Ryehope and Seaton Bank make this selection relive the days of steam as they really were. So popular was this section of the video with our customers that Volume 18 was devoted to this area for even morepower to the pit.

Steam returned to the North Wales coast in the late `80s but we visit it in 1966 with an LCGB railtour along the coast and up the Conway Valley to Blaeneau Ffestiniog and Denbigh with Britannia, Crab and ex-LMS 2-6-4Ts. Soak up the steam atmosphere with LNWR signalling at Chester. We still had 3-minutes left to give a full hour so we inserted the industrial scene at Maerdy Colliery in 1970 when ex-GWR pannier tank 9792 breathed its last in the summer sunshine. To say it was in full steam would be an understatement!

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