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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 170

Steam Still at Work (after August 1968) Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**NOW IN STOCK AUGUST 2012**

Our “Steam Still at Work” series of films (formerly called “Return to Steam”) features the steam scene after the end of main line steam on British Railways in 1968. The series continues until the “Return to Steam” tours on BR in October 1971.

In this our second part, we cover the period 1968 to 1969 and include some preserved railways that started then. Their early preservation scenes contrast starkly with what we see today! From 1968 to 1971, 4472 “Flying Scotsman” was the only steam loco permitted on the main line and so we feature a number of its tours.

We begin, on 11th.August 1968, with that last steam hauled train on BR, the “15 Guinea Special” here double-headed by Black 5s on the Settle & Carlisle, along with some sombre views of the last steam locos at Carnforth. In the Autumn 1968 we visit the Severn Valley and Keighley & Worth Valley railways for early preservation scenes plus 4472 on the ECML. Next, a maritime interlude for rare footage of paddle steamers on the BR owned Humber ferry! Then to the Wallingford & Cholsey line for steam with the GWS‘s 1466 & auto-trailer. A visit to the Longmoor Military Railway for views of blue 0-6-0ST “Errol Lonsdale” and 2-8-0 “Gordon” in use. At Tyseley Open Day we see “Clun Castle” and “Kolhapur” on shuttles with 4472 arriving on the main line. Count the number of steam whistles on display!

In France, steam was still in everyday use and we see SNCF 141Rs on rail tours and service trains. Back to the UK for 4472 on the “Yorkshire Harvester” train from Kings Cross to York and a visit to the old York Museum. At Bath Road Depot Open Day, we see steam visitors & electric loco AL4 E3044! We visit Bulmer’s at Hereford to see newly restored No.6000 “King George V” pulling their Pullman train. Then to Bury depot for 5596 “Bahamas” and, despite the ban, its transfer trip (in steam) along BR lines to a new home at Dinting!

We visit Northamptonshire for the industrial workings in the quarries and steelworks and special trains. Then more early views in 1968 of the KWVR and the Bluebell Railway. Compare these scenes to those of today. What a contrast! At Bressingham Gardens, a “caged” 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” is seen giving cab rides plus scenes of the narrow gauge lines there. More 4472 tours include the Midland, ECML, Ely & March. At Finsbury Park Shed, the narrator is seen cleaning 4472’s nameplate!

Finally a few visits in 1969 to Dinting, the KWVR (for a glimpse of unrestored 46115 “Scots Guardsman”), the Bluebell Railway and lastly to the newly reopened Dart Valley Railway for auto-trains with “engines in the middle”.

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

Cover Photo:- Colin White, Fairburn 2-6-4T No.2085 at Haverthwaite, L&HR.

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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 167

Diesel Hydraulic Heyday (72-mins) Price £19.75

**NOW IN STOCK MARCH 2012**

The Western Region of BR adopted diesel hydraulic traction rather than diesel electric. Nearly 400 examples, both express, mixed traffic and shunting were introduced from the late 1950s. By 1977 they had all gone, save for a few preserved examples.

We start with the original A1A-A1A D600 Warship Class 41 and a short B&W sequence of D600 leaving Paddington with an express and then passing Par. A D6xx in green with a yellow warning panel passes Lostwithiel and along Dawlish Sea Wall. Green D601 “Ark Royal” on shed contrasts starkly to a later scene on the Barry scrap line with blue liveried D600 “Active”.

The Class 42/43 Warships, in both maroon and green, are seen on the GW Main Line & in the West Country including scenes at Dawlish, Penzance and Par. Over to Waterloo for Warships of all colours including a short cab ride in D809 “Champion” as it departs. Back to Paddington for Warships double-heading, a blue Warship crossing Saltash Bridge and green D850 at St.Erth.

Inside Swindon Works for views of Class 52 Westerns being built. A rare shot of Desert Sand “Western Enterprise”. The comings & goings of a vast variety of maroon and blue Westerns on expresses at Paddington, out on the GW Main Line, Bristol, Dawlish Sea Wall, Newton Abbott, Plymouth and Penzance plus freight trains in the snow and china clay trains. Also featured are a number of rail tours such as “The Western Talisman” from Kings Cross and the “Western Finale”. Over 30-mins of pure Western nostalgia!

On to Class 35 Hymeks and with b/w film we peek inside the Beyer-Peacock works during their construction. Out on the main line and green and blue Hymeks on a variety of passenger trains including double-heading with steam.

We see NBL D63xx Class 22s shunting at Coleford and Boscarne Junction plus extensive footage of D6346 shunting at Charlbury! Scenes from a bygone era. Look out for the man with the pole!

Finally, the Class 14 0-6-0 “Teddy Bears” and shunting at Coleford Junction and Lydney with D9555. Many Class 14s were sold into industry and we feature No.28 in industrial use.

We close our film with a Western, heading into the sunset…

Apart from a few early scenes in black and white, most of the footage is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications,Hymek D7020 descends into Aberystwyth, September 1964

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Volume 163

Along LNER Lines Part 4 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**IN STOCK MID AUGUST**

The fourth in our series of films on the East Coast Main Line in the 1960s. There is much steam coverage but this is also a story of the transition from the steam age to the diesel age when Deltics came into service followed by the HSTs. We start with the Great Northern section and Kings Cross where there are many scenes of steam traction before it mostly finished south of Peterborough in 1963. All pacific classes are seen as well as V2 and B1 classes and occasional specials including one with a GWR Castle. We travel north through Finsbury Park, Harringay, Hornsey and through Hitchin to Peterborough. Onwards and further north to Doncaster, Langwith and Frodingham & Scunthorpe, for scenes of many of the ex-LNER freight types. Now onto the former North Eastern Region with visits to Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford before returning to the East Coast line for Otterington (Northallerton). We arrive at Newcastle for the demise of North Eastern steam. Tours around this area include the Stanhope branch with K4 3442 “The Great Marquess” and some scenes of the Alnwick branch in Northumberland. The film has excellent detail with an authentic sound track and a highly researched and informative commentary. Locations are mostly filmed in colour but there is some black and white footage from 1962 and 1963. Green and blue Deltics are included and even a Western Region hydraulic on it’s one tour. There are also a few Type 2 diesels!

All in colour with an authentic sound track and a highly researched and infomative commentary.

Cover photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, A4 60021 “Wild Swan” climbs Gamston Bank in May 1960

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Volume 159

Echoes of the Big Four (60-mins) Price £19.75

**IN STOCK February 2011**

The Ian Griffiths Collection. An archive film from the collection of Ian Griffiths portraying scenes of British Railways in the last ten years of steam from 1958 to 1968. Our film covers every region with many types of locomotives that existed during this period. We include some rare types ranging from small 0-4-0 tank engines to express engines which are not  usually seen on archive videos produced today. We feature the London termini including Kings Cross, Euston and Waterloo. Many locomotive sheds are visited from East Anglia, South Wales, Nine Elms and Scotland. Rail tours are seen over the Waverley Route and from Paddington to North Wales. On the Southern Region we visit Guildford in 1964 and the Isle of Wight in 1965. On the Midland Region we visit Wellingborough, Leeds and Bescot. The Western Region is visited at Oxford and Dan y Graig, the Eastern Region at York, Retford and Cambridge. There are even some scenes on the Bedford to Hitchin line showing the making of the film “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines”. Finally, after the end of steam we see some views of LT pannier tanks at Neasden, preserved steam on the main lines in the 1980s and a visit to Dai Woodhams scrap yard at Barry. Overall a 90-minute memory of how it really was once.
This all colour film has excellent detail and locations. It has been mastered with an authentic sound track and has an extensively researched, detailed and informative commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, 46245 “City of London” climbs Gamston Bank, June 1963.

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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 83

East Coast Memories (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.7. In this film he turned his attention to the East Coast line and associated LNER routes in the north. Suffice to say many of the favourite LNER classes are seen between Kings Cross and Newcastle in the early 1960’s. There is a shed visit to the M&GNR and extensive coverage of the lines in Yorkshire around Scarborough. There is also the North East coal trains and an exclusive view of the LNER Garratt at Sheffield in 1930. Jim again at his best.

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Volume 55

Along LNER Lines Part 1 (60 mins) Price £19.75

To delight all LNER fans this video portrays the end of North Eastern steam in Northumberland and Durham. More than that, it includes a journey along the East Coast main line from Kings Cross when Al’s, A3’s and A4 ‘s ruled south of Peterborough. Lineside action from Wood Green, Brookmans Park and Hatfield in 1962. Visit Retford for 02 and WD, travel north to York via Doncaster. A shed visit at York and a works visit at Darlington. Newcastle had a visit from 60019 and 7029 “Clun Castle”, a K1 emulating the Western product with its own copper cap! Bedlington and Blyth on north Tyneside in detail for J27, Ivatt and K1 moguls and Q6. Tyne Dock where engines came home for a rest. Hartlepool shed provided engines for the Durham coalfield, Hall Dene has lineside action. Ryehope Grange was never quiet and traffic for Silksworth and Seaton very spectacular. Amongst all this, visits are made to Ashington, Philadelphia and Seaham Harbour. A footplate ride on a J27, visits to signal boxes all included in this tribute to North Eastern steam as you have never seen it before.

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Volume 28

Eastern Steam Recalled (60-mins) Price £19.75

A valued supplier of early material, Bob Todd, has allowed us to bring to life steam on the Great Eastern lines from Liverpool Street and Kings Cross. Over 30-minutes is spent on the steam suburban services to Edmonton, Enfield and Chingford, steam to Epping and Ongar, The North Woolwich branch, steam in the Lea Valley to Bishops Stortford and a railtour over the Colne Valley line. Cambridge follows before visiting Kings Cross and lineside locations to Hatfield for express and suburban workings. Ex-LNER locomotives featured are N7, N2, L1, J50, J15, J17, B1, B2, B12, B17, A1, A2, A3, A4, V2, 01, 04 backed up by Britannias and J69 at Liverpool Street and the odd WD and 9F. The last few minutes remember the early diesel changes on the ECML when Deltics took over from Pacifics and Kings Cross station was rationalised for electrification. A truly magnificent record of events from 1957.

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Volume 23

Steam North & East (60-mins) Price £19.75

Complementing Volume 21 we cover main lines and branches from the Midlands to Scotland and the East Coast Main Line. The “Wandering 1500” railtour using B12 61572 from Broad Street to Stratford-upon-Avon via Bedford and Northampton is followed by steam at Tebay and a long section of steam in 1967 on the Settle and Carlisle line. Scotland is reached via a railtour from Manchester using Merchant Navy 35026, Jubilee “Bihar & Orissa” and 4472 “Flying Scotsman” via the S & C and Waverley Routes. Through Fife with J37s and V2 60813. Then a look at A4s, Standards and Black 5s between Aberdeen and Perth. Duchess 46245 “City of London” is motive power Kings Cross to Doncaster for a visit to the Works where we see 60014 “Silver Link” withdrawn but still intact. Scenes at KIngs Cross and Wood Green in 1963 with A4, A3, A1 and WD are relived. Tours with 60007 in 1963 and later as 4498 in 1967 at Peterborough preclude seeing “Flying Scotsman”’s last departure from the `Cross as 60103 and its early forays on BR as 4472 with two tenders and even a Chime whistle. Oh yes, even “Clun Castle” climbing Potters Bar all go to making this a video you should not be without.

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Volume 16

Modern Traction Memories (55-mins) Price £15

In collating Colin White’s steam films for production B & R noticed that there were enough scenes of early diesels to make a one hour programme of types of diesel traction mostly lost in BR service in the 1980′s. Certainly some liveries are gone and generally all the film was taken before the video age. So we can re-live these early diesel scenes from the 60′s and early 70′s starting with the Hydraulics of Western, Warship and Hymek classes. They are seen at work on railtours and normal service including a journey on the double-headed Hymek Swansong from Paddington to Hereford. The Blue Pullmans looking so much like early HSTs at Paddington. Class 50s double-heading the “Royal Scot” in pre-electrification days is followed by a view of “Kestrel” at a Cricklewood open day in 1969. Electric traction is represented by views of the now lost “Brighton Belle” seen in both it’s liveries. A complete journey by Channel Islands boat train along the Weymouth tramway with Class 12 haulage, 15233, having arrived behind D6529 a class 33 in blue. Deltics are well covered at Kings Cross and Peterborough and even their wanderings to Harlow and Wandsworth. We see Class 31s in green and blue liveries on a variety of workings including the Royal Train at Cambridge. The whistling Class 40s follow at Bersham, Kings Cross and Manchester Victoria when they hauled stock to Rainhill in 1980. D200 restored to its green livery is seen at Whitchurch. Memories of Peak haulage on the Midland main line is relived. Brush Type 4s in a unique form which started the new era of colourful liveries is featured by 47 164 at Chelmsford with the large Union Jack on its sides. We end this look at the locos of this age with green-liveried 47s on the East Coast Main Line. All told there are 14 different classes of traction and several locomotives seen in BR service now in preservation on this compilation.

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Volume 12

Steam Recollections (60-mins) Price £15

The second of our productions from Cohn White’s excellent 8mm film collection. Much of the action whisks us back to the last valiant days of the B.R. steam engine, and locomotives of all regions feature. Originated on 8mm cine and transferred to low-band Umatic, fully sound-tracked, this full colour film will delight and captivate all steam enthusiasts.

Section 1:- (14 mins) – Steam operations centred around Weymouth, Upwey Wishing Well Halt and Radipole in 1966. This heavily graded section of the old GWR/LSWR Jnt. Railway from Dorchester severely tested the Bulleids, Standards, and ex-LMS locomotives on this line at the time.

Section 2:- (8 mins) – Shap – The last Autumn, the mass drafting of virtually the entire Britannia fleet to Kingmoor gave rise to new possibilities to capture this elegant class roaring up and down the North West main line. Nine of the class feature.

Section 3:- (12 mins) – LNER engines were rarely filmed, we’ve a few in the shape of a couple of Named B1s, a J37 & J38 (and a non LNER WD!) preceding 60024 in 1966. 60009 brings us into preserved times as we study some of the less known locos; 65033, 61572, 65462, 69023 (on the Derwent Valley line), and we follow 69621 on her trip from Leeds to the Stour Valley Railway.

Section 4:- (9 mins) – Flying Scotsman is undoubtably the most famous LNER engine, this Historical sequence reveals her activities in 1968; preparations at Finsbury Park; departure from Kings Cross 1st May on the 40th anniversary of her non-stop run to Edinburgh; other shots near Hitchin, Hadley Wood, Brookmans Park and Hornsey.

Section 5:- (9 mins) – Ex GWR 0-6-0 Panniers were sold to London Transport, to work out of Neasden. We follow the escapades of a number of these popular tanks on the Croxley Green Rubbish Tip run!

Section 6:- (8 mins) – This final section portrays the Victorian elegance of the Stirling Single, GNR No.1 during her brief sojourn on the Main Line Steam Trust at Loughborough in 1981.

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