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Volume 106

Steam Routes to Shrewsbury (60-mins) Price £19.75

This film covers the route from Gloucester to Shrewsbury. Steam around Gloucester means a visit to the Golden Valley for the Chalford autos and other passing trains. Plenty of GWR steam from Stonehouse Junction to Gloucester. Gloucester to Hereford via Ross on Wye. Newport to Hereford via Abergavenny. Lines from Three Cocks and Merthyr to Brecon. Swansea to Craven Arms and steam specials in the 1970′s. North to Shrewsbury.

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Volume 99

Herefordshire Byways (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.12. Three lines in Herefordshire are extensively covered by archive film from the JIM CLEMENS collection showing the rural atmosphere of working steam railways from 1959 to 1964.

The lines seen are LEOMINSTER to KINGTON and PRESTEIGNE, the secondary line from HEREFORD to GLOUCESTER via ROSS-ON-WYE, the last steam freight from ROSS-ON-WYE to LYDBROOK JUNCTION and the LEDBURY to GLOUCESTER line. Motive power seen comprises Panniers, Prairies, Auto tanks and Collett 0-6-0 types along with a GWR Diesel railcar. These lines are now history and a way of life is gone forever for the rural communities these lines served. Most of this film is in glorious colour and authentically sound-tracked with recordings made at the time. This is complemented by an informative commentary as a fine record of these lost routes.

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Volume 78

Along GWR Lines Part 2 – Oxford to Cardiff (60-mins) Price £19.75

A look at Great Western locomotives at work from the South Midlands to South Wales. The large and the small are seen in this video starting at Oxford. The Fairford branch is covered in detail before going on to Birmingham via Banbury and scenes at Worcester. There are scenes at Swindon including the Works. Gloucester via Chalford leads us to Pontypool Road. Follow the route to Crumlin and Aberbeeg, coal trains from Blaenavon. There are panniers and Kings, Prairies and Castles to delight the GWR fans.

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Volume 56

Severn to Dee Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A film on the railways between Bristol, where the River Severn eventually reaches the sea, and Wrexham, close by the River Dee, in the age of steam.The Midland route is taken from Bristol to Gloucester calling at Berkeley Road for a l4xx on the Sharpness branch. Gloucester on the Severn shows normal steam freight working before 3440 “City of Truro” visits in 1985. We go north via Ashchurch with 1420 and 6435 to Worcester. Here we visit the shed and even the works in 1965. A diversion away from the Severn takes the story through Birmingham and Wolverhampton, the Great Western’s route to the north. A Duchess pacific roars through Winson Green. On via Madeley Junction and Upton Magna, which closed in 1964, showing more steam. Shrewsbury, standing well and truly on the Severn, is covered in detail and interesting rare views portray a Royal train, a diesel crashed into a signal box, a Duchess on a running-in turn from Crewe in 1962, amid normal steam working up to March 1967. We then go north to Gobowen and Oswestry. The days when Weston Rhyn had loops, signal box and exchange yards for Ifton Colliery are seen, days of industrial locos working the line to the colliery. 1966 steam takes us over the Welsh border at Chirk onto the River Dee viaduct at Newbridge. County Class 1011 visits Ruabon. and Black 5′s lead on to Wrexham. A few scenes of steam railtours in the 1970′s are included to enhance the story but they were still seen amid the infrastructure of a steam worked railway of semaphore signalling and crossing gates.

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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 21

Steam South & West (60-mins) Price £19.75

The early sixties saw Barry Eagles roaming the rails south and west to record the last workings of steam in the South Wales coalfields with 72xx, 56xx, Panniers, Granges and Halls. Journeying via Gloucester, Yeovil and Templecombe we arrive at Southampton Docks where USA tanks worked the wharves and even 3440 “City of Truro” paid a visit. We visit the Isle-of-Wight for the 02 class, Hayling Island for Terriers, Ashford for C class and the ex-LSWR main line from Basingstoke to Weymouth for Bulleids, Standards, S15, Moguls, M7, B4 and the ex-GWR Halls on the Bournemouth to Birkenhead working. Salisbury, Fawley, Lymington and the Swanage branch are also featured.

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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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