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Volume 230

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.8 (88-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED late January 2020**

The eighth volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover London Midland steam compiled from mostly unseen footage from a variety of different cameramen and in the order the film runs off the original cine reels. Here we feature Midland 2Fs, the GCR in LMR days, in & around Manchester, the WCML and The North-West.

The line between Desford Junction and Leicester West Bridge had restricted clearances and was the last home of the diminutive Johnsons 2Fs which had been introduced as far back as the 1870s! We visit the line during February 1963 with snow still on the ground.

Next, in LMR days, we make a journey along the Great Central main line from Marylebone which includes Aylesbury, Brackley, Banbury, Woodford Halse, Rugby, Lutterworth, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham, Chesterfield and Hasland shed. We even feature a 1962 journey behind a 9F in normal passenger service from Brackley to Aylesbury!

On to the North-West and the Manchester area where a famous steam working in 1964 and 1965 was the evening commuter service from Manchester Central to Buxton. This working is forever associated with ‘Jubilee’ No. 45705 “Seahorse” and we cover the journey in some detail. Following on from this, there is excellent footage around New Mills Junction, Gowhole Yards, Chinley, the Romiley and Marple area, Hayfield, Stockport, Stockport Edgeley shed, plus Manchester Victoria and Exchange.

Shrewsbury and Ruabon are visited next and time is spent at Rossett (between Chester and Wrexham) and Talacre plus Worleston on the North Wales coast line.

Finally, numerous locations are visited on the northern part of the West Coast Main Line starting at Crewe and Crewe South shed, Acton Grange, Winwick Junction, Wigan, Lostock Hall shed, Farrington, Preston, Carnforth shed, and Shap. Other locations include near Ormskirk and Hellifield, plus shed visits to Rose Grove, Bolton, Holbeck, and Normanton.

The time period for the majority of the film is from 1962 to 1968. Motive power includes BR standard Britannia pacifics, Standard Class 5 & 4 4-6-0s, Class 2 2-6-0s, 9F 2-10-0s and Austerity 2-8-0s, ex-LMS Black 5s, 8Fs, 4Fs, 2-6-4Ts, Royal Scots, Jubilees, Stanier 2-6-0s, Ivatt tanks and Class 2 & 4 2-6-0s, ex-MR 2Fs, and Jinties.

An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, Stanier 2-6-0 No.42960 heads an up excursion near Skerton, August 1962.

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Volume 229

Scandinavian Railway Memories (67-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED December 2019**

As well as satisfying their passion for steam in the British Isles, enthusiasts sought it out in other ways, with many making their way into Europe in search of steam.

In the summer of 1962, the late Brian Lockey visited Sweden and Finland on the Railway Correspondence & Travel Society (RCTS) rail tour of Scandinavia. Then in the autumn of 1970 Brian visited Denmark, this time with the Railway Enthusiasts Club (REC). Brian’s films make up the majority of this volume of Scandinavian Railway Memories.

The Swedish visit includes wooden-bodied jackshaft electric D Class 1C1 locomotives, a giant 0-10-0 originally from the Kiruna far north iron ore line, the Tomteboda Railway Museum plus Sweden’s largest railway exhibition of 1962. Visits are also made to Falun, Hagalund shed, Ludvika, and Kristianstad shed. Sweden’s largest private railway is seen at Eskilstuna, the TJOJ iron-ore line, where the Traffic Manager and Chief Engineer took the party around. The last steamship built in Scandinavia (and now-preserved SS “Bore”) takes the tour from Stockholm onwards to Turku.

There is excellent coverage of Finnish steam, but starts with an Hr12 (now Dr12) Co-Co diesel. Helsinki shed was visited and on the adjacent main line, there is continuous steam activity coming up the hill out of the City. Steam abounds including 0-6-0T, 0-6-2T, 4-6-0, 4-6-2, 2-8-0, 2-8-2, 2-8-2T, 0-10-0T and 2-10-0 classes. The Tr1 2-8-2s and Hr1 4-6-2s built up to 1957 are real beauties and include bar frames plus interchangeable boilers. Wood-burners are also seen, complete with spark-arresting chimneys.

The visit to Denmark includes one of the ‘P’ class Atlantics, single and double chimney ‘E’ class Pacifics, a visit to Fredericia shed, a trip on the World’s oldest steam paddle steamer, and haulage of standard-gauge stock by a narrow-gauge locomotive. Modem traction includes ‘Lyntog’ inter-city units and East German 175s on the Berlin service.

Trams and trolleybuses are not forgotten. Some Scandinavian steam locomotives found a later home in the UK and visits are made to see them, including filming for the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’. Finally there are some ‘Railway Roundabout” type 16mm offcuts and unused film of Finnish steam purchased from Pat Whitehouse by Jim Clemens.

Cover Photo:- SJ 2-6-4T No.1393 (built 1918) at Vitaby, Sweden.
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Volume 227

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.7 (82-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED mid September 2019**

The seventh volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover London Midland steam compiled from mostly unseen footage from a variety of different cameramen and in the order the film runs off the original cine reels. This volume mostly features the North-West of England up to the Scottish border.

Our journey starts in Carlisle with extensive coverage of the area including Kingmoor and Upperby sheds as well as near the long-closed station at Floriston, close to the Scottish border.

Next we travel south on the WCML to Shap Bank for a feast of steam action including scenes at Tebay and Oxenholme. We also cover Carnforth, Skipton, Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster.

Then to the Fylde area, where in addition to a Clan pacific, we see the last working of a Royal Scot in the area, in 1965.

There is plenty of steam action around Preston including the town itself, Farringdon Junction, Leyland and Lostock Hall shed. Further locations also include the stations at Accrington, Wigan, Warrington, Crewe and the sheds at Edge Hill, Speke Junction, Crewe South and Bolton.

The Manchester area is covered next with locations such as Victoria station, Miles Platting Bank, Stockport Edgeley (station and shed), Heaton Mersey shed, New Mills and Chinley.

Finally we travel away from the North-West to the East Midland to visit the impressive station at Nottingham Victoria on the Great Central in 1964 along with East Leake, Mansfield, Penistone and Canklow shed plus a 9F cab ride.

The archive film is entirely in colour and the majority was taken in the last years leading up to the end of steam in 1968. Motive power includes BR standard Britannia and Clan pacifics, Standard Class 5 & 4 4-6-0s, Class 2 2-6-0s, 9F 2-10-0s and Austerity 2-8-0s, ex-LMS Black 5s, 8Fs, 4Fs, 2-6-4Ts, ex-MR dock tanks, Jinties, Class 2 & 4 Ivatts, Duchesses, Jubilees, Royal Scots and Patriots.

An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, Fowler 4F 44580 passing Fladbury, March 1963.

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Volume 226

Scottish Steam Miscellany No.2 (67-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED mid August 2019**

The second volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover steam in Scotland. This time we see much previously unseen footage mainly across the Central Lowlands and Southern Uplands.

Starting at Carlisle, a brief call is made to Canal Shed before seeing a locally based J39 on the Langholm branch followed by a visit to Hawick on the Waverley Route. At Kelso and Northam we catch a glimpse of the local Tweedbank service between St. Boswells and Berwick.

Back to the WCML, there are visits to Beattock, Beattock Bank and Lockerbie where an ex-Caley 0-4-4T is shunting. On the ex-GSWR main line, Dumfries is well covered (including it’s shed), before we head off along the “Port Road” to Stranraer via Castle Douglas visiting New Galloway, Newton Stewart, the Whithorn branch, Dunragit and Stranraer shed along the way. At Ayr there are 2-6-0 “Crabs” in action on the coal trains and we watch passenger services on the Heads of Ayr branch, Prestwick, Dreghorn, Barleith Halt and Mauchline as well as visiting Hurlford shed.

Brief scenes of Glasgow Trams are a prelude to extensive coverage of the railway suburban services south of the Clyde including Gourock, Paisley, Pollockshaws West, Corkerhill and East Kilbride followed by Hamilton, Hamilton shed, Larkhall, Tollcross, Mossend, Motherwell shed, Carluke (including the West Coast Postal), Carstairs and it’s shed.

We return to the east coast for views in and around Edinburgh including Haymarket shed, Waverley station, St. Margaret’s shed, Bathgate, Portobello and Reston.
Then into Central Scotland for steam action around Stirling followed by visits to Alloa, Killin and Connel Ferry. Time is next spent at Forteviot including seeing a “Princess Royal” and the local pick-up freight. Finally we visit Perth, Dundee shed, Wormit, Broughton Ferry, Thornton Junction, Bankfoot, Forfar, Kilmany, Lindores and the Carmyllie branch.

Almost all the archive film is in colour and the majority of the film covers the last few years of Scottish steam up to 1966. Motive power includes ex-Caley “Jumbo” 0-6-0s, a Caley Bogie, Caley 0-4-4Ts, ex-LMS 2Ps 4-4-0s, Dock Tanks, 2-6-4Ts, Crabs, 4Fs, Jubilees, Patriots, Royal Scots, Princess Royal and Duchess pacifics, ex-LNER A1, A2, A3, A4 pacifics, B1s, V2s, J36, J37, J38, J39 and V3s. BR Standards include Britannias, Clans, Class 5s, Class 4 2-6-0s, Class 2 2-6-0-s and Class 4 2-6-4Ts. An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of Scottish steam.

Cover Photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, 44703 with the midday Aberdeen-Glasgow (Buchanan St.) near Drumlithe, Sept 1966.

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Volume 221

Great Western Steam Miscellany No.5 (75-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED December 2018**

The fifth volume in our miscellany series to cover the former Great Western empire and beyond, Once again it is compiled from mostly previously unseen footage including some rare scenes.

We begin at Oxford before moving to Basingstoke, followed by a treat for branch line enthusiasts – a journey in July 1961 in the brake van on the daily freight train from Kidderminster to Bewdley, Cleobury Mortimer, Tenbury Wells, and Woofferton Junction. Next to Bristol for scenes at St Anne’s Park, Dr Day’s Junction, Temple Meads, Kingswood Junction, the Docks, Narroways Hill Junction, Ashley Hill, Stapleton Road, Pilning, and Filton Junction.

The area around Gloucester is well covered including the 14xx-hauled push-pull services together with Lydney, Bullo Pill, Grange Court and Sharpness. Then to Banbury with ‘Halls’ on the through service between York and Bournemouth (the last regular express work for the GW 4-6-0s) and 0-6-2Ts going about their business.

Another treat for GW fans is a footplate trip on the ‘Cathedrals Express’ from Worcester to Paddington in the summer of 1963 behind the now preserved 7027 “Thornbury Castle”. This includes double-heading up Chipping Campden Bank with a 0-6-0 ’2251′ coupled inside and seeing the water gauge rise when passing over Charlbury Troughs.

Worcester is another location with plenty of footage including the ‘Vinegar Branch (featuring a 16xx fitted with an unusually shaped spark-arresting chimney), the famous bridge over the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Shrub Hill station and it’s environs, Norton Junction and Worcester’s first station at Spetchley (closed in 1855!).

There is also coverage at Didcot, the Lickey Bank, Barnstaple Junction, Wellington Shed plus a journey along the line to Stafford. Also to Much Wenlock via Ketley, Horsehay & Dawley, Lightmoor Hall and Buildwas on the last day of the passenger service in 1962.

The time period for the majority of the film is between 1961 and 1965. Motive power includes virtually all the ex-GWR classes including: King, County, Castle, Hall, Modified Hall, Grange, Manor, 14xx, 16xx, 2251, 28xx, 41xx, 43xx, 45xx, 56xx, 57xx, 72xx and 94xx. BR standards are represented by Britannia pacifics, Standard class 4 and 5 4-6-0s plus 9F 2-10-0s (including ex-Crosti boilered). There is even the odd ex-LMS interloper and an ex-LNER J39 0-6-0!

The archive film is mostly in colour An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of Great Western steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications:- 0-4-2T No.1453 at Chalford Station in April 1963.

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Volume 220

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.6 (83-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED October 2018**

The sixth volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover London Midland steam compiled from mostly unseen footage and in the order the film runs off the original cine reels. Not only do we cover London Midland engines operating in their home region but also elsewhere.

In fact, we start with a few shots of them working on the Southern Region in 1965, before visiting the Gloucester and Bristol areas for a variety of steam action, including some rare footage of ex-MR dock tank No.41537 going about it’s business, and then on to North Wales for scenes at Bangor, Menai Bridge and Bodfari.

Next we visit Rugby in January 1962 and amongst all the action, the unique Class 8 Pacific No.71000 “Duke of Gloucester” passes by. Two visits are then made to Staveley Ironworks to see the Victorian ex-MR 1F “half-cabs” at work followed by visits to Boroughbridge, Shap, Carlisle (including Canal Shed), Oxford, Hereford and Bletchley.

The “East Devon” rail tour is seen in 1965 on the Lyme Regis branch and near Exmouth, followed by the “Farewell to the Stratford-on-Avon and Midland Junction Railway” tour of April 1965, and a few months later by the “Northamptonshire Branches” brake van tour with 2-6-0 No.78028. Other tours covered in 1965 are the Warwickshire Railway Society’s “Midlander” plus the SLS’s “Midland Locomotive Requiem”.

Travelling south once again, we visit the S&DJR at Shepton Mallet, Evercreech Junction and Templecombe. Then to Stonehouse (Bristol Road), the Nailsworth branch and Coaley Junction plus the west bank of the Severn Estuary including Aylburton, Bullo Pill, Lydney and Undy.

There is extensive coverage at Banbury with steam on passenger and freight workings including the short time when Britannias were allocated there. Super “D”s are seen in the West Midlands and other places such as Crewe, Wakefield, Wrexham, Chester and Birkenhead Woodside.

Finally we visit the North-West for steam action at locations such as Farrington Junction, Preston, Carnforth, Rose Grove, Bolton and Manchester.

The archive film is almost entirely in colour and was taken in the six years leading up the end of steam in 1968. Motive power includes ex-LMS Black 5s, 8Fs, 4Fs, 2-6-4Ts, ex-MR dock tanks, Jinties, Class 2 & 4 Ivatts, Duchesses, Jubilees, Royal Scots, Patriots, Super “D”s and BR standard Britannias, 72xxx, 73xxx, 75xxx, 84xxx and 9F 2-10-0s. An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications:- Britannia 70014 “Iron Duke” at Carlisle Upperby, July 1967.

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Volume 219

Southern Steam Miscellany No.3 (87-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED September 2018**

Jim Clemens Collection No.37.

The third volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover Southern steam. It again features previously unseen footage from the Jim Clemens Collection mostly compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels.
Here we feature more steam mostly from the South Western Division including some rare footage.
Locations include London Waterloo, Woking, Basingstoke, Battledown Flyover, Sailsbury, Micheldever, Eastleigh, Southampton, Brockenhurst, Lymington Junction, Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester South and its strange operating procedure for up services, Upwey Wishing Well Halt, Upwey & Broadwey and Weymouth.

Oxford is the starting point in the summer of 1965 for two trips on the southbound ‘Pines Express’. A last journey is made in December 1965 over the Somerset & Dorset Railway from Templecombe to Bournemouth.

In the far west we visit the Axminster to Lyme Regis branch, Seaton Junction, Sidmouth Junction, Tipton St Johns, Budleigh Salterton, the Bere Alston to Callington branch, Exeter to Okehampton, Meldon Viaduct and Halwill, plus the North Devon & Cornwall Junction Light Railway through Hatherleigh and Petrockstow to Torrington and onwards to Barnstaple Victoria Road.

A cross section of latter-day Southern BR, & LMS motive power is seen, even the odd’ Warship’ diesel and D65xx

The archive film is entirely in colour and covers the years from about 1963 to 1967. An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of Southern steam.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, 73116 passing Worting Junction, March 1960.

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Volume 214

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.5 (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED February 2018**

The fifth in our miscellany series covering London Midland steam is compiled from reviously unseen high standard footage taken by the late Harry Ashby. A bit different to the norm, it features a high proportion of freight trains.

We begin on the line from Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton with coverage at Hollinswood Junction, Madeley Junction, Shifnal and in particular at Cosford. The latter was favourite haunt of Harry Ashby and much time is spent here watching the all-steam activity. It even includes footage of two passing V-bombers!

Next there are scenes along the old North Staffordshire line from Burton-on-Trent to Uttoxeter at Scropton and Tutbury while Aldridge is seen under a blanket of snow in February 1966.

Another well covered location is Elford Loop on the Midland route from Derby to Birmingham plus film taken near to Haselour water troughs. We watch a seemingly never ending stream of freight trains passing by at Wichnor Sidings and Wichnor Junction to the south of Burton-on-Trent.

Other locations visited include Lichfield Trent Valley, Lichfield City, Colwich and Winwick Junction to the north of Warrington on the WCML. There is excellent quality film of the Peak District including Buxton shed and yards, Great Rocks Junction and Peak Forest.

In 1967, Harry travelled on an SLS tour from Stockport over the Pennines and through Leeds to York behind Britannia No.70038 “Robin Hood” and also in 1965 on the WRS “Pennine” tour with plenty of coverage at Leeds and at Carlisle Kingmoor shed.

The time period for the majority of the film is the five or so years prior to the end of steam in 1968. Motive power includes BR Standard Britannia and Clan pacifics, Class 5s, Class 4 4-6-0s and 2-6-0s and 9F 2-10-0s as well as ex-LMS Black 5s, 8Fs, Jubilees, Ivatt Class 2 and 4 2-6-0s plus WD 2-8-0s and an ex-LNER B1 and K1!

The archive film is entirely in colour An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications:- Black 5 No.44810 passes Rowington Water Troughs, June 1962.

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Volume 213

Welsh Steam Miscellany (77-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED Late November 2017**

Another instalment of our popular “Miscellany” series this time focusing on steam in Wales. It features mostly previously unseen footage largely compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels.

We begin at Llangollen and travel on to other locations along this route including Berwyn (with Dukedog 4-4-0s and even a Bulldog 4-4-0), Glyndyfrdwy, Llandderfel, Bala Junction, Bala and the loop at Garnneddwen. The line from Pontypool Road to Neath cut across the heads of the valleys of South Wales and was inevitably a steeply graded route with many tunnels and viaducts. The most famous of all these viaducts was the Crumlin Viaduct, the highest in the country. There is plenty of film footage here for us to admire this massive structure. Hengoed Viaduct is also seen along with both the High Level and Low Level stations. We then visit Nelson & Llancaiach, the branch to Cwmbargoed and Dowlais Cae Harris and Quakers Yard High Level before visiting Aberdare High Level with its staggered platforms.

Into North Wales, we visit Bangor and then on Anglesey, Llanfair PG, Gaerwen and Amlwch. Moving south again, we visit the Central Wales line for the decent from Sugar Loaf Summit and Llandovery. The line from Shrewsbury to Chester forms the eastern boundary of this volume and we include footage at Chirk, Cefn Viaduct, Ruabon, Croes Newydd and Gresford Bank and in the snow, the Brymbo Branch. On the Cambrian main line we visit Welshpool, Talerddig Bank, Macynlleth, Dovey Junction, Borth and Aberystwyth; this coastal route includes visits to Gogarth Halt, Towyn, Fairbourne and Barmouth.

Back to South Wales and we see steam action at Cardiff, Newport (including a visit to Cashmore’s scrapyard), Severn Tunnel Junction and Torpantau. We then journey down the Rhondda Fach from Maerdy and see freight trains labouring up the Llanvihangel Bank complete with banking assistance. All in all a veritable feast of Welsh Steam!

Motive power includes: ex-GWR 94xx, 74xx, 16xx, 57xx, 56xx, 41xx, 61xx, 42xx,72xx, 56xx, 2251, 43xx, 28xx, Dukedog, Bulldog, Castle, Hall, Grange and Manor classes, ex-LMS Ivatt 2-6-2T & 2-6-0s, Black 5s, 4F 0-6-0s, 8Fs and Coronation Pacifics classes plus BR Standard Britannias, Class 5 and Class 4 4-6-0s, Class 4 2-6-4T and Class 3 2-6-2 tank engines.

The archive film is in both colour and Black & White. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of Welsh steam.

Narrated by: Mike Clemens.

Cover photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, 7828 “Odney Manor” at Welshpool Station, July 1963.

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Volume 207

North Eastern Steam Miscellany (85-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED January 2016**

This volume in our miscellany series covers steam in the North East. Once again we use mostly previously unseen film compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and largely without our usual detailed commentaries.

We start at Northallerton in August 1963 with a return journey to Newcastle where time is spent watching all the activities during a summer Saturday followed by visits to Gateshead and Darlington Sheds. At Scarborough, there are scenes that include Londesborough Road station and a train with an articulated twin-coach set.

Next we visit York in both 1961 and 1963 followed by visits to Leeds Central, Beverley, Malton and Filey Holiday Camp.

Much of this volume concentrates on the BR systems north and south of the Tyne where steam lasted until the summer of 1967. This was the last area where pre-grouping main line locomotives could still be seen at work. At Sunderland the shed is visited and we spend a lot of time at Ryhope Grange, Seaton Bank and the photogenic Silksworth branch.

Tyne Dock was famous for its 9F 2-10-0s working the Consett iron ore trains whilst at Pelaw we witness something for the diesel enthusiast, an English Electric Type 3 complete with brake tender!

In the area North of the Tyne during the period covered by our volume, Blyth was the largest coal shipping port in Europe. We see plenty of coal trains around Holywell, Bedlington, Percy Main, South Blyth and North Blyth. We also visit Immingham and Frodingham.

Gresley V2s are seen at Berwick on a special in 1966 whilst another special visits the Middleton-in-Teesdale branch in 1964. There is plenty of steam at Wakefield Kirkgate and Westgate stations as well as a Deltic interloper!

Classes of steam locomotives seen include A1, A3, A4, V2, B1, B16, J27, J37, V3, Q6, WD 2-8-0, LMS 2-6-4T, Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0, Black 5, 8F, BR Standard Britannia, 77xxx 2-6-0 and 9Fs.

Filmed entirely in colour during the 1960s, an authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Booklaw Publications, J27s in action at West Hartlepool Junction, June 1960.

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Volume 206

Scottish Steam Miscellany (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED October 2016**

Another in our steam miscellany series, but this time covering Scotland. Again, it uses mostly previously unseen film compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and largely without our usual detailed commentaries.

We begin at Carstairs with a very slippery 46244 “King George VI” and then move to Edinburgh Waverley for the first of a number of visits here that also includes St. Margaret’s shed and Craigentinny carriage sidings. Not forgotten is the now-closed Caledonian Railway terminus in the city at Princes Street.

Few would have thought that the final work of Gresley’ s famous A4s would have on the well known three-hour expresses between Glasgow and Aberdeen. In fact, by June 1964, only one class member was left in England. This route is covered in detail including at Glasgow Buchanan Street, Larbert, Plean, Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Gleneagles, Perth, Forfar, Laurencekirk, Stonehouse, and Aberdeen. There is also extensive coverage at Thornton Junction and Dundee,

At Montrose J37s are seen going about their daily duties, whilst at Aberdeen we make a visit to the Gas Works whose locomotives had tramway-type skirts enclosing their motion.

We next visit Glasgow Central and Paisley Gilmour Street whilst at Kilwinning a Caledonian ‘Jumbo’ is seen at work as we head towards the Glasgow & South Western stronghold of Ayr. Here there are 2-6-0 ‘Crabs’ aplenty on freight trains, a double-headed boat train from Stranraer, steam on the local to and from Kilmarnock, plus also a lightweight Park Royal railbus.

Sheds seen include Edinburgh St. Margaret’s, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen Ferryhill, Ayr and Hurlford. Classes seen include: Coronation, A1, A2, A3, A4, V2, J36, J37, J38, WD 2-8-0, Crab 2-6-0, ex-LMS 2-6-4T, Black 5, Caledonian 3F, Caledonian ‘Jumbo’ 2F, B1, BR Standard Britannia, & Clan pacifics, Standard Class 5 (including Caprottis), 76xxx, 77xxx and 80xxx.

Filmed largely in colour and mostly during the 1960s, an authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of Scottish steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Booklaw Publications, A4 No.60019 “Bittern” climbing out of Stonehaven, June 1966.

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Volume 197

Southern Steam Finale No.10 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED September 2015**

The final(!) of our Southern Steam Finale series which covers the last 18 months leading up to the end of steam on the Southern Region in July 1967. Here we use material that was not included in the first 9 volumes plus a few minutes of early preservation footage; but even that is from over 30 years ago! Luckily some Southern engines survived to bring back memories of those halcyon days. We look at some of the older classes the Lord Nelsons, King Arthurs & Schools, which although all withdrawn in 1962, have examples which have been in steam since July 1967.

Twenty years on from the end of steam, Merchant Navy “Clan Line” was seen on the Blackmore Vale Expresses from Salisbury to Exeter, with grateful thanks to Gerald Daniels the then Area Manager. Bullied Battle of Britain 34067 “Tangmere” and West Country 34092 “City of Wells” are also seen on specials, some far away from their comfort zone.

But back to 1967. The majority of the engines at the end were unkempt but not unloved by their drivers, with many a tale being told of a Bulleid Pacific thundering along the track at over 100mph! Most of this volume concentrates on the last steam main line from Waterloo to Bournemouth and Weymouth, but we also take a trip across the Solent to the Isle of Wight to see the Victorian Adams 02 class 0-4-4 tanks. These really useful engines, were sent to the Island by the Southern Railway in the 1920s to replace the ancient engines inherited from the various Island railways. They lasted to the end of steam on the Island, and one W24 “Calbourne” has been preserved.

As well as the more glamorous express engines, we see Urie and Maunsell S15s, Maunsell N & U class Moguls, Bulleid’s Q1s and the USA 0-6-0 dock tanks. Standard Class 4s & 5s are seen, working alongside Standard Class 3 and 4 tanks. LMS Black 5s and Ivatt tanks are also seen plus A4 60024 “Kingfisher” and A2 60532 “Blue Peter” on enthusiast specials.

So pour yourself a glass of Tizer, tuck into that individual apple pie and sit back and enjoy the DVD.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Schools Class 30926 “Repton” passing Paddock Wood, 1962.

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Volume 190

London Midland Miscellany No.1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED January 2015**

We originally put this volume together over 10 years ago but after we received much more North Western film we abandoned its release and instead made the 10 volume series “Along LMS Lines”. However the demand for LMS steam scenes seems insatiable and so we have decided to release this volume as the first of a new series. Some sequences appear in “Along LMS Lines” but we are sure you will enjoy this volume in its own right! More “London Midland Steam Miscellanies” will follow using previously unseen material.

We begin at Preston with plenty of steam action around the station area, including the engine shed, and then head north. After passing through the 1939 closed station at Barton & Broughton there is a visit the signal box. Brock station also closed in 1939 but there were water troughs nearby. Here, 45531 is making an impressive display dousing its train! Then on to Garstang & Catterall where the local pick-up goods is shunting the yard, and onwards to arrive at Lancaster.

The route of the Midland Railway’s pioneering electrification to both Morcambe and Heysham is covered and includes one of the very last times a steam hauled breakdown train was called out. There is also a journey along the “Little North Western” route from Settle Junction to Lancaster.

We return to the West Coast Main Line and visit Hest Bank and Bolton-le-Sands, before finally arriving at Carnforth. This last bastion of steam is covered in detail and we witness the comings and goings plus the daily routines of a working steam depot before it ceased forever.

All the archive film is in colour and mostly from the last few years of steam traction on these routes. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 9F No.92016 on a empty coaching stock train near Preston, 1963.

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Volume 189

North of Shrewsbury Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 27th November 2014**

The second of our two volumes specifically covering the lines in an area north of Shrewsbury to Chester.

We start our journey at Gobowen, including a visit to the signal box, before moving on to Weston Rhyn where a connection was made to the NCB colliery at Ifton. The colliery is covered in some detail during the years up to closure in 1968; tank engines “Unity”, “Spider” and “Hornet” are all seen at work.

We return to the main line at Weston Rhyn for more steam activity plus a visit to the signal box and later, after closure, footage of its dismantling and removal for reuse on the preserved Llangollen Railway.

Next, onwards to Chirk viaduct and then to Chirk to witness the 50th. Anniversary celebrations of the closure of the Glyn Valley Tramway. We cross the Cefn viaduct for plenty of steam scenes around Ruabon including the Llangollen line junction.

We visit the collieries at Bersham, Hafod and Gresford. Then at Croes Newydd, Wrexham, we see the diesel hauled steel traffic from Brymbo plus a visit to the engine shed.

There is more steam activity on Gresford Bank and also at Rossett at the start of the climb. Finally we visit Chester for more steam scenes.

The archive film of steam traction on these routes includes former GWR, LMS and BR Standard classes. Plus the first working of 4472 “Flying Scotsman” in private ownership in 1963! There is some archive footage of main line steam hauled tours from the preservation era as well as a few diesel scenes, making our story complete.

All the archive film is in colour apart from a few sequences in B & W. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Jim Clemens, Black 5 No.45310 on a Chester to Shrewsbury train, 1967.

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Volume 183

Irish Railways Miscellany (80-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED MARCH 2014**

In this volume, we visit Ireland to see the variety of steam and diesel services operating in the 1950s and 1960s.
Steam services are shown on the secondary lines at Claremorris and along the western rail corridor serving Ennis, Limerick Junction and on to the south Wexford line to Rosslare, as well as northwards to Wexford Quays. A variety of steam, Metro-Vick and General Motors diesel powered services are seen operating on lines radiating from Dublin and Cork, visiting Mallow, Galway, Sligo and Limerick Junction. Arrivals and departures of the Belfast-Dublin Enterprise expresses are shown in the hands of the Mcintosh GNR(I) V Class 4-4-0 River Class locomotives, which were built by Beyer Peacock in 1948.

Crossing the border into Northern Ireland, stops are made at Goraghwood junction and the port of Warren point and on to Belfast, visiting the engine sheds at Adelaide (Great Northern) and YorkRoad (LMS NCC) in UTA days. Sligo Leitrim tank engines and the Harland and Wolf Harlandic diesel (which was built for the BCDR) are on pilot duties. Suburban services are shown at Bangor and Larne using MED and MPD railcars. A circular tour of Ulster arrives at Londonderry/Derry Foyle Road station via Portadown, Omagh and Strabane, returning to Belfast via the LMS route visiting serving Coleraine, Ballymena and Portrush.

Steam locomotives were used in the construction of the M2 foreshore motorway on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. Northern Ireland Railways used LMSNCC steam locomotives to transport rock fill from Magheramorne Quarry and loading bays on the Larne line. Loading operations are shown in detail together with trains operating along the coastal headlands around Whitehead.

Steam operations are also shown between Derry and Strabane operated by the County Donegal Railway, and on the Ulster Railway route between Belfast to Lisburn celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway in 1849.

The programme concludes with summer steam trains to Portrush and diesel locomotive services to Rosslare Europort from the South Wexford line, and from Dublin around Bray Head in County Wicklow.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, McIntosh 3-cylinder 4-4-0 No.210 “River Erne” passing Belfast Signalbox.

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