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Volume 129

Steam into Cornwall (63-mins) Price £19.75

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Jim Clemens Collection No.22. An archive film of mainly steam on the lines of Cornwall including Western and Southern motive power.

We follow the Great Western main line from SALTASH to PENZANCE, viewing the major stations en route including LISKEARD, TRURO, PAR, CHACEWATER, GWINEAR ROAD, St. ERTH and PENZANCE.

There are visits to the LOOE, HELSTON, FALMOUTH, NEWQUAY and St. IVES branches and a visit to PAR HARBOUR for industrial steam and to NEWLYN harbour with narrow gauge diesels.

BODMIN to WADEBRIDGE and PADSTOW on the Southern, including T9s.

A 1960s visit to the FOREST RAILROAD at DOBWALLS near Liskeard.

A complete journey on the last steam to Penzance, the CORNUBIAN tour of May 1964 with a 28xx and a West Country pacific.

Filmed in colour except for the earliest material from a GWR publicity film, this video takes a fascinating and nostalgic look back at the steam scene of the 1960s. The film has been mastered with an authentic sound-track and researched in detail to give an informative commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt, 4569 at Bodmin Road.

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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 123

Scotland Revisited Part 3: The Borders (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.20. This is the third volume in a trilogy of videos on Scottish railways from the JIM CLEMENS archive film collection and covers the Border region of Scotland south of a line from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Some of the SLS/BLS Easter railtours were good opportunities to visit long lost branches that were just hanging on for freight but passenger working had ceased years before. Covered in this volume are the RESTON to DUNS, TWEEDMOUTH to WOOLER, COLDSTREAM, ROXBURGH, JEDBURGH and GREENLAW lines. Then MORPETH to REEDSMOUTH, BELLINGHAM, SCOTSGAP and ROTHBURY lines on the 1963 WANSBECK WANDERER Railtour.

A main line now closed was the PORT ROAD to STRANRAER and with a Jubilee hauled railtour, we traverse the route and also visit KIRKCUDBRIGHT, WHITHORN and GARLEISTON. A second run is with a normal service train to STRANRAER.

North to GIRVAN and AYR with a B1 around MAUCHLINE and MUIRKIRK; Caley No.123 around AYR and KILMARNOCK in 1962. There is also a railtour over the WAVERLEY route with an A4. The Ayrshire coalfields are seen at WATERSIDE.

Filmed in colour from 1962 to 1966 some interesting motive power is seen from Caledonian types to Standards. The odd Duchess comes in as well. A detailed commentary and authentic sound-track completes a nostalgic look at the railways north of the border.

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Volume 120

South Wales Archive (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.19. Archive film of the railways in South Wales and the Forest of Dean featuring the Vale of Neath line from PONTYPOOL ROAD to NEATH.

There is a section using a railtour with panniers to BLAENGARW, CAERAU and LLANTRISANT in 1960. The Forest of Dean lines cover LYDNEY, PARKEND, COLEFORD and CINDERFORD with an auto train in 1962 also visiting Sharpness viewing the damaged Severn Bridge.

Class 14 diesels work freight to WHITECLIFF QUARRY and Coleford via PARKEND followed by another freight trip from BULLO PILL to CINDERFORD before the line closed in 1967.

Complete coverage of the PONTYPOOL ROAD to NEATH line with steam in 1964 before the line lost its passenger service over this spectacular route. Travel via HAFODYRYNYS, CRUMLIN, HENGOED, NELSON, DOWLAIS CAE HARRIS, MOUNTAIN ASH, ABERDARE and RESOLVEN. There are also visits to NCB collieries at Hafodyrynys and Mountain Ash, the latter with an ex-GWR pannier tank.

Filmed mainly in colour this production takes a fascinating and nostalgic look back at the steam scene of the 1960′s.

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Volume 116

Gloucestershire Byways (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.18. The railways around Gloucestershire consisted of main and branch lines and most are covered in this video film.

The main GWR line ran down the Stroud Valley to CHELTENHAM and via GLOUCESTER to South Wales. The Midland line ran a line north to south via Cheltenham to BRISTOL. Both saw heavy traffic in the days of steam, expresses and freight.

The branch lines, all long gone now, were delightful rural byways and the KEMBLE to CIRENCESTER AND TETBURY, BERKLEY ROAD to SHARPNESS and COALEY to DURSLEY lines are covered in detail. There are main line auto services to CHALFORD and the secondary line from KINGHAM to CHELTENHAM is illustrated here. Finally BRISTOL is reached, which was in Gloucestershire at the time of filming, all between 1960 and 1967.

Motive power includes Castles, Jubilees, Black 5s, Standards, Pannier and Prairie, freight types from 4F to 8F and the renowned auto tanks of 1400 and 6400 types.

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Volume 114

Scotland Revisited Part 2: The East Coast (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.17. This is the second volume in a trilogy of videos on Scottish railways from the JIM CLEMENS archive collection and covers the eastern areas of the railways north of the border.

EDINBURGH WAVERLEY using 1930′s film with a comparison to the 1960′s using a Deltic diesel. Visit ST.MARGARETS and DALRY ROAD sheds in Edinburgh before leaving on a 1963 railtour with North British No.256 and J36 and J37 types to QUEENSFERRY, THORNTON and ALLOA. There is a visit to FIFE for NCB workings at Dysart before leaving the eastern side of Scotland for the infamous Caledonian Railway Single No.123 1963 tour from Glasgow to CRIANLARICH in the snow. The Easter 1962 tours included rare visits to branches along the Strathmore route, LEYSMILL, COUPAR ANGUS and BANKFOOT with Caley motive power. The INVERBERVIE branch from MONTROSE, BRECHIN and the CARMYLLIE branch.The Highlands of Scotland feature with visits to INVERNESS, including it’s shed, from where a run with Highland Railway 4-6-0 No.103 travels via ELGIN to INVERURIE. Finally steam at PERTH and STIRLING and a trip on the Thames-Clyde Express out of St ENOCH to Carlisle. Here there is a look at KINGMOOR with Duchess locos.

Filmed in colour from 1962 to 1966 but some black and white footage from 1930 and 1959 is included. A detailed commentary and authentic soundtrack completes a nostalgic look at Scottish steam.

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Volume 111

Four Ways to Brecon (58-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.16. There were four railway routes to the town of BRECON in Mid-Wales until 1967.

There was a line over the Brecon Beacons to NEWPORT via TORPANTAU climbing to over 1300 feet. From the west came the 33 mile railway along the VALE OF NEATH. Connecting Brecon into the Midlands there was a line to HEREFORD via HAY-ON-WYE. Then to the north the Mid-Wales Railway followed a scenic route via BUILTH WELLS into the Cambrian mountains to reach LLANIDLOES and MOAT LANE.

All these routes are covered in detail from the camera of JIM CLEMENS up to the closure of the lines in 1962.Motive power over the routes was in the hands of GWR 5700 Panniers and LMS Ivatt Class 2 moguls. All filming was done between 1960 and 1962 including the last weeks at Brecon when the 1962/3 winter began with heavy snowfall. There is also coverage of the last steam into Brecon in 1964 from Cardiff with an enthusiasts special.

(Also see Vol.94 Steam North of Swansea, Vol.99 Herefordshire Byways, Vol.106 Steam Routes North to Shrewsbury and Vol.107 Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Archive)

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Volume 107

Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Archive (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.15. The GWR preserved line is up and running successfully back to Cheltenham Racecourse. But what was it like before closure? Jim covered the whole route from Stratford upon Avon to Cheltenham and Gloucester from 1959 to 1966 along the route of the CORNISHMAN express. Castles, Hall, Granges, 9F’s, Prairies and all manner of Standards and LMS power not to mention early diesels ran along this secondary main line. Also included is the old S&MJR line from Stratford to Woodford Halse and the Kingham to Cheltenham via Andoversford line. Express running to Gloucester via Churchdown completes this unique archive of film, never to be repeated or even bettered.

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Volume 105

Remembering the Southern Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.14. Over the years, Jim visited the Southern region a lot of times. Remember how good the Withered Arm video was? In this volume we begin with a film from his collection of Dover in 1949. He took excursions to Brighton and Portsmouth, visited the Hayling Island and Lymington branches with M7’s and early 1960’s film on the Isle of Wight. The southern end of the Somerset and Dorset which was not included in the Somerset Railways video. This is not all about the end of Southern steam in 1967 although doubtless it will turn up one day! See how the sun really did come earliest in the South!

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Click Here for Vol.153 – Remembering the Southern Part 3

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Volume 102

Scotland Revisited Part 1: West Coast (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.13. The first in three volumes to be released of Jim’s visits to Scotland over the years 1959 to 1967. This video covers the West side of Scotland from Carlisle to Mallaig. The WCML north of Carlisle included the climb of Beattock and the junction at Carstairs. Rarely visited lines here, remember Catrine and Alton Heights Junction? East Kilbride leads on to Gourrock and the Clyde. Glasgow sheds like Polmadie, Hurlford and Motherwell. The City’s trams and trolleybuses and west coast steamers. Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William with 256 and a J37 double heading. Then Mallaig with two J37’s in 1963. There is a wealth of archive film here.

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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 97

The Western around Worcestershire (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.11. This film shows the days of steam on the line from Hereford to Worcester and through Campden to Moreton-in-the-Marsh. This was the last Western Region Class “1″ service to be worked by steam, notably by Castles allocated to Worcester shed. There are other Western types on view such as Halls, Granges, Prairies and Panniers. Some LMS types also pass through the region and even an LNER A1 came to Worcester. Branch lines are included such as the Bromyard Branch which was also visited by a Collett 0-6-0 on a driving special for enthusiasts and also a decorated pair working an excursion to Blackpool on the last day in 1964! The Shipston branch is also featured with the daily freight. Filmed in the early 1960’s there is a wealth of memories here through MALVERN, WORCESTER, PERSHORE, HONEYBOURNE, EVESHAM and climbing CAMPDEN bank. This was the route of the ‘Cathedrals Express’, all Brunswick Green and sometimes chocolate and cream stock, all competently filmed by local Worcester enthusiast JIM CLEMENS.

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Volume 94

Steam North of Swansea (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.10. (Including the Central Wales Line). A video of the steam age of railways in Mid and West Wales, north of SWANSEA with full coverage of the Central Wales line from SWANSEA to CRAVEN ARMS in both directions. The CARMARTHEN to ABERYSTWYTH line closed in February 1965 and this is a detailed look at the line in the days when Manors worked the services. Two branches ran from this route to NEWCASTLE EMLYN and ABERAYRON. These are seen in great detail worked by pannier tanks on pick-up and milk traffic. ABERYSTWYTH to WELSHPOOL and LLANYMYNECH was the Cambrian Railways route through Mid Wales and a return journey from the train and the line side is undertaken, all in Wales. Standard, Manors, panniers and LMS power, including a Jubilee over the Central Wales line, all feature in this production covering a beautiful part of Wales seen through the camera of photographer JIM CLEMENS.

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Volume 91

Somerset Steam Railways (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.9. Today the railways of Somerset have been decimated. In the 1960’s there were so many interconnecting branches feeding the main lines through the county. Once again, Jim visited them before closure and has left us this invaluable record of the country railway. We begin in the north of the country with rare 1930’s footage of the Weston Clevedon and Portishead Railway. Scenes of the Clevedon miniature railway before the complete length of the Cheddar Valley and East Somerset line from Yatton to Witham. The long lamented Somerset and Dorset line from Bath to Templecombe with its 2-8-0’s and 4F’s mingling with Standards and Ivatt tanks. The Highbridge and Burnham branch the whole length to the sea before heading for Taunton and all stations to Chard. Eastwards to Yeovil Junction, Town and Pen Mill to traverse the route back to Taunton via Martock and Athelney all stations. A Summer Saturday at Norton Fitzwarren in 1959 leads to a journey by DMU over the Minehead line before closure and preservation. Finally with GWR moguls to Dulverton from Taunton. A veritable wealth of nostalgia.

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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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