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Volume 155

North of Shrewsbury Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The first of two videos covering the lines in an area north of Shrewsbury to Chester. This video features the line to Crewe as far as Willaston via Whitchurch, the Shrewsbury to Gobowen line and the Gobowen to Oswestry and Blodwell line. Archive film of steam traction is shown on these routes including ex-GWR and Standard classes. There is also footage of some of the main line steam hauled tours in the 1970s.
We visit the signalboxes at Shrewsbury, Leaton, Whittington and Gobowen , observing the passing railway scene featuring both steam and diesel traction in the 1960s and early 1970s. At Gobowen the steam archive footage takes us south to Llanymynech with a look at the Shopshire & Montgomery and its last steam hauled tour. There is also extensive lineside and cab views of the diesel hauled stone trains from Gobowen to Blodwell Quarry. The traffic ceased in 1989. All film and video material used is in colour except for the Shropshire and Montgomery scenes. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Ivatt 46512 arrives at Oswestry from Llanfyllin, August 1963.

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Volume 76

The Midland Around Worcestershire (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.5. The video covers the Midland lines and branches around Worcestershire and South Birmingham.There are excellent scenes of the operation of the Lickey incline from the lineside and from the footplate. The alternative route through Redditch and Evesham is filmed from the early 1960′s with Jubilee, 4F and Fowler tanks. Freight and passenger workings on the 1 in 37 Lickey incline and much, much more. The original archive film was taken with the usual Jim Clemens eye for detail.Covers the Midland lines & branches around Worcestershire & South Birmingham including the Lickey Incline & the alternative route through Redditch & Eversham.

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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 57

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part 4 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A fourth volume of our series on the lines of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. Firmly in Lancashire, this film will delight all that loved the scenes towards the end of steam in the North West. It covers an area from Burnley to Blackburn and south to Bolton, Horwich and Chequerbent. Mostly filmed in sunny bright weather by competent cameramen, we see Rose Grove at its best (or worst!) with duties over Copy Pit. 8F’s struggle up the Padiham branch and run freely through Huncoat to Accrington. West to Blackburn, Pleasington and Hoghton summit. South of Blackburn, we follow the now singled line through Sough Tunnel to Entwhistle and Bolton. We visit the shed there before moving west to Horwich to see the passenger service to Chorley worked by 84xxx tanks. An in depth look at the Chequerbent incline from the lineside, guards van and footplate, trains having to be split to just three wagons because of the severity of the climb. Although the odd 2-6-4 tank and WD 2-8-0 appear, the most prolific engines were the Black 5′s and 8F’s but all are beautifully filmed, another fitting tribute to the end of steam in the North West and Lancashire in particular.

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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 50

The GWR Recalled (60-mins) Price £19.75

A look at the Western Region of British Railways from 1958 to 1965 covering all the major classes of ex- GWR motive power. There is Paddington in all its steam glory with Kings, Castles, Halls and pannier tanks. It was the starting point for a unique railtour in 1963 to Swindon Works behind 72006 “Clan Mackenzie”. We join the tour and see Swindon Works while it was still overhauling steam followed by a visit to the shed. A return to Paddington for lineside action through Westbourne Park in 1962, more Kings, Castles, County, Hall and a view of 4704 the ultimate 2-8-0 of the GWR. Westward via Southall in 1963 to Maidenhead and a nostalgic look at the Marlow branch and its “donkey”. At Reading, also in 1963, more Castle action and a couple of SR engines pass through en-route to Moreton yards. Station pilot was 7817 “Garsington Manor”. Didcot provides us with another County class and the last GWR Castle “Great Western”. Sapperton for the Chalford auto trains lead on to the Birmingham route at Hatton and yet another rare event, Bulleid Pacific’s on football specials at Handsworth & Smethwick. Farewell to the Kings with 6018 to Swindon, then Oxford and the last steam train to Fishguard with 6859. Returning to London there is a look at the Brentford and Windsor branches before 7029′s last Farewell tour. Lots of copper caps and lower quadrants!

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Volume 48

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

The railway route to Holyhead saw steam up to 1967. Today it still sees steam on the Yns Mon Expresses but on a completely different railway to the 1960′s. Like our Volume 34 on the Cambrian we begin our journey in London, at Euston, departure point of the Irish Mail. Duchess and Britannia Class are seen alongside empty stock workings. Continue along the West Coast Main Line through Rugby and Stafford to Crewe. We stop off here for a visit to the locomotive works, the station with Duchesses, Britannias and Jinties. On to Chester meeting the GWR route from Shrewsbury and a fine view from the 1930′s of Scot 6146. Lineside through Mold Junction and Shotton to Prestatyn and Rhyl. Holiday expresses pass through behind a variety of power and a short visit to the miniature railway in 1962. Llandudno Junction with Jubilees, Duchesses, 2-6-4 tanks, Conway with Scots and Black 5′s. At Penmaenmawr steam passes against a backdrop of the sea, Llanfairfechan and its zoo! Bangor for more action in 1962. Travel the Snowdonian through Caernarvon to Llanberis. Holyhead in 1962 with Duchesses and Scots and 1949-built TS Cambria. Twenty different classes feature from Jinties and 4F’s to Patriots, Jubilees and Duchesses. Two LNER pacifics and GWR Castles put in an appearances.

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Volume 47

Southern Steam Finale Part 3 (60-mins) Price £19.75

This third volume in the story of the end of Southern steam covers events upon the region from April to July 1966 when the sun nearly always shone and came earliest in the south! A variety of steam power was still to be seen and we feature 15 classes of engine. The Waterloo to Weymouth line workings are well covered and this was a time when another section of the Isle of Wight Railway closed, Ventnor to Shanklin. The last runs of the Maunsell moguls occurred with their magnificent finale on the two Longmoor railtours in April. “GORDON” of the Longmoor Railway was at large on the Southern Region, and the last steam engine on the Weymouth tramway put in its appearance. On this day the only Black 5 to work a railtour on Southern metals is seen. This video has full lineside coverage of these events with some footplate scenes and an in depth look at motive power depots like Nine Elms. Locations include Bincombe bank, Basingstoke, Wimbledon, Waterloo, Windsor, Salisbury, Bournemouth and Yeovil, along with Ryde to Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. There is even a trolleybus and a flying P.W. trolley!

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Volume 42

Railways of the East Midlands No.1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Three main railways ran through the East Midlands. The Midland itself, the LNWR and the last to arrive was the Great Central. This video looks at these lines and their connections and branches from 1959 to 1967. The GC is followed from Marylebone to Nottingham, with views from 1964 with B1, Hall, Jubilee and 9F, plus the last workings of Stanier’s Black 5’s when things did not always go to plan; a failure of 44936 at Brackley is a gem! The Newport Pagnell branch is covered before a long look at the Leighton Buzzard to Luton secondary line. Luton is featured before a journey along the original Midland route to London, from Hitchin to Bedford, when 3F’s still worked the freight. Northampton to Peterborough East follows before viewing the Seaton to Stamford push-pulls from the lineside, on the footplate and on train. Ironstone was once the big industry in the East Midlands and n in depth look at the systems and BR’s role in taking it away is featured. Derby Works and shed are visited as well as the Wirksworth branch. Motive power seen is predominately LMS, 0F, 2F, 3F, 4F, Black 5, Jubilee, Super D, Scot and Duchess. Seven Bl’s appear, even an Al pacific, GW Hall and Castle, and Merchant Navy 35030. Along with Standard types this shows that the East Midlands certainly had variety. Early liveried diesels also appear, including DP2 and the Blue Pullman.

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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 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 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 26

Yesterdays Steam (60-mins) Price £19.75

This film starts in Scotland with a visits to St.Margarets and Dundee sheds featuring V2, B1, J37 and A2 60532 “Blue Peter’’ among others. Returning to Glasgow Centrall we follow Standard Class 3MT 77005 on a brake van tour around Holytown and Motherwell in 1965.

Southwards to Stoke-on-Trent for an exhibition of locomotives there in 1960, followed by film of Kidsgrove and the WCML between Stafford and Whitmore featuring Crab, Patriot and Super D locos. Then to the Peak District for a look at the Buxton to Millers Dale auto train, lineside and on train journey with LMS tanks 58083 and 41905. Over the Irish Sea we find ex-LMS NCC division 2-6-4Ts at work on the spoil trains from Belfast in 1968 with a visit to York Road depot included. Now south through Dundalk to Athlone and beyond with a railtour with run pasts in the Emerald Isle. Jeep No.4 and CIE 0-6-0 No.186 star in this 2-day railtour.

Back to England, we cover the Midland Ltd tour of 1962 from Marylebone to Derby via Nottingham behind ex-LNER B16 61438 and then utilising a Johnson 3F and the last “Pom-Pom’’ in service, No. 64354. A visit to Derby shed is included with views of Patriot 45543 “Home Guard’’ which hauled this tour on its last leg to St.Pancras. The “Banburian’’ tour from Luton Bute Street to Banbury Merton Street via Dunstable with Super D 48930 in 1962 precludes scenes at Banbury in 1966. Then travelling onto Woodford Halse to join GWR engines 2246 and 6388 on a tour via Worcester, Birmingham and on to Cheltenham viewing 45552 “Silver Jubilee’’ and Castle 7005 “Sir Edward Elgar’’.

The film ends with a return to Scotland via Carlisle where we see A4, Britannia and Jubilee locos and scenes of the Jones Goods on a tour around Glasgow and GNSR No.49 with Caledonian Single No.123 at Glasgow Central in 1965. Much of this film was shot by Bob Todd and Tony Powell who contributed much to Volumes 23 and 25, all excellent material.

Cover photo: Dave Mills. A2 60530 “Sayajiro”.

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Volume 20

Shap’s Steam Twilight (60-mins) Price 15

The last main line steam on BR bowed out in August 1968 in the North-West. The West Coast Main Line between Crewe and Carlisle became a mecca for enthusiasts in these latter days and George Woods and Colin White have combined their film of the period to produce this video of what it was really like at the last with particular reference to the section between Grayrigg and Shap Summit. We take the viewer on an imaginary journey from Crewe to Shap with lineside views of the principle locations which include Warrington, Wigan, Preston, Garstang, Hest Bank, Carnforth and Tebay. Five locomotive depots are visited to see the engines being serviced. There are some unusual workings to be seen and views of Hest Bank and Dillicar water troughs in some detail. Shap Incline is well covered where locomotives worked particularly hard and a footplate ride on one of the bankers is included. There are eleven different Britannias, ex-LMS Black 5s and 8Fs, Ivatts and Standards including 9Fs and a Jubilee all filmed between 1966 and 1968. The men who worked the line are included showing their problems with run-down engines but game to the last to show what steam could do. No modern day footage has been included in this 60-minute production and the sounds you hear are generally recorded at the time of filming.

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Volume 18

Steam Nostalgia (60-mins) Price 15

A film devoted almost entirely to freight workings in the North East of England as it was in the 1960s. The Q6 and J27 locomotives were the last pre-grouping engines working on BR and are seen really hard at work alongside Class K1 and WD 2-8-0s. The locations vary between Seaton Bank, West Hartlepool, Dawdon Colliery and Ryehope Grange. Coverage of the famous Silksworth branch is seen from the lineside, footplate and guards van. Ride with us to Sunderland on a coal train and listen to the power of J27s in full cry for the sounds were recorded at the same time as filming by George Woods. The area was rich in industry and this is not omitted with coverage of some unique locomotives at work at Seaham harbour with the Lewin of 1863 vintage parading in front of our cameras. There is another visit to Doxford ship yards for crane tanks and some of the collieries that abounded in this area. There are the large tanks at Philadelpia with their chime whistles, an ex-LNER J94 68078 at work at Widdrington pit and examples of other locomotives at the various colliery systems of Northumberland like Ashington, Backworth and Whittle. Finally tribute is paid in the North-East Locomotive Preservation Group from their early days when they restored Q6 63395 to BR livery, an engine seen at work earlier in the video. Their locomotives were to be seen immaculately turned out at Shildon in 1975 and lastly the Q6, J27, K1 and Black 5 44767 are seen hard at work on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in 1976.

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