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Volume 205

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.3 (88-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED September 2016**

THE JIM CLEMENS COLLECTION No.32. The third in our miscellany series covering London Midland steam. Using mostly unseen film taken from the Jim Clemens collection it is largely assembled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and has coverage across much of the Region.

We visit Bescot in December 1964 to witness the end of the LNWR ‘Super Ds’, Carlisle Kingmoor shed in both 1964 and 1967, the Crewe to Carlisle line behind ‘Coronations’ and ‘Britannias’, the last day of the Stanbridgeford to Leighton Buzzard line in June 1962, the Wolverton to Newport Pagnell branch in August 1964 and group action at Lichfield Trent Valley in 1963.

Next we travel to Bromsgrove for scenes on the Lickey Incline between 1961 and 1964, including the now-preserved Jubilee “Kolhapur” making an unaided ascent on a freight train. We continue along the ‘loop line’ from Barnt Green, through Redditch, Alcester, and Evesham to Ashchurch just before its closure as a through route in 1962. Onwards to the Worcester area and then along the branch from Ashchurch to Tewkesbury, Ripple, and Upton-on-Severn in 1959 and 1960 with 4Fs and 3Fs. This is followed by scenes at Halesowen, Dowery Dell Viaduct, Saltley shed in November 1961, the Gloucester area and Bristol Temple Meads between 1960 and 1965.

A visit to Birkenhead shed in February 1967 sees a profusion of 9Fs plus the end of the ‘Crabs’. There is footage of Shrewsbury to Ruabon line, Wrexham, Chester in the mid-1960s and Northwich, Patricroft and Lostock Hall sheds at the beginning of 1968. The last train is seen over the SMJR from Stratford to Woodford Halse in April 1965 with a 4F and we visit Banbury in the summer of 1966 with Black 5s. Finally there are visits to the branches from Bedford to both Northampton and Hitchin in 1959 hauled by Ivatt 2-6-2Ts.

There is something for all LM enthusiasts with a variety of classes ranging from ‘Coronations’, ‘Royal Scots’, ‘Jubilees’, and Black 5s, all the way down to even 2Fs – a London Midland delight!!

The archive film is mostly in colour and filmed in the late 1950s and the 1960s. An authentic sound track has been added along with commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover photo:- Jim Clemens, 3F 0-6-0T No.43645 at Ashchurch in 1961.

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Volume 182

Along LMS Lines Part 10 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED JANUARY 2014**

We start in 1968 near Todmorden with a Black 5 double headed train passing through followed a 1967 visit to Leeds for the last Jubilees. Here we see 45593 “Kolhapur” on a Thames-Clyde Express relief, with footplate scenes of the engine being fired. Then to Stockport to see Royal Scot 46115 “Scots Guardsman” on a service train, the Midland at Mansfield for a 4F leading a Brush Type 4 on a goods train and Market Bosworth with a Standard 2-6-0.

After a brief glimpse of Gloucester Eastgate, we visit the 1 in 37 Lickey Incline area between Bromsgrove, Blackwell and Barnt Green for a variety of banking activities between 1962 and 1967 using combinations of 3F Jinties, ex-GWR pannier 0-6-0Ts, 9Fs and Type 3 diesels. There is even a train being banked by two panniers and a Type 3 diesel! Plus trains hauled by ex-LNER and ex-SR interlopers and a DMU cab ride from Kings Norton to Bromsgrove.

At Bushby shed and Bescot, the last ex-LNWR Super Ds 0-8-0s are in action around the shed and on railtours including at Birmingham New Street. We even see a Peckett shunting at Walsall Gas Works exchange sidings. More railtour views at New Street in steam days contrast with a rail blue era glimpse of a rebuilt New Street with class 86 and 87s.
In London we visit a newly rebuilt Euston station for a 1960s electric arrival. But in earlier times we see a Black 5 on station pilot duties, visit Camden and Willesden sheds and see Royal Scots on the ex-GC main line. We return to the WCML at Roade in Northamptonshire for scenes of various trains passing by followed by a visit to Nuneaton for a Crab on a PW train and Super Ds on freight. Other workings are seen before visiting Tamworth for trains hauled by steam and EE Type 4s.

Crewe is a hive of steam activity with Duchesses, including 46256 “Sir William A Stanier FRS”, Patriots, Jubilees, Britannias and 3F station pilots. A brief glimpse of the future with AL5s passing by! We visit Crewe South Shed for scenes of both steam and diesel motive power.

We travel northwards along the WCML with 8Fs, Black 5s, Jubilees and others to Warrington and its shed including 45221 being coaled. Then to Winwick and along the 4 track main line to Wigan followed by a visit to Walkden Colliery for Austerity 0-6-0T and ex-NSR 0-6-2Ts on coal trains.

We close with views of passing steam trains on the Midland main line at Belper, shed scenes at Bolton, and finally Jubilee 45658 “Keyes” departing Sheffield Midland.

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

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, 45593 “Kolhapur”, April 1967.

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Volume 134

Along LMS Lines Part 6 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A further look at the West Coast Main Line in our series of videos that covers in detail the route from London Euston northwards to Carlisle and Glasgow.

Carnforth is our centre point before moving out along the Cumbrian Coast to Whitehaven and returning back to Carnforth for another brief encounter with the steam scene around the station and its motive power depot in 1967 and 1968. Then northwards to Oxenholme and the last steam freight on the Windermere branch in 1968. Climbing to Grayrigg for a tantalising glimpse of Tebay and Shap incline that will form the core of our next volume in the series, Part 7.

Mostly filmed from 1966 to 1968, this video shows mainly Black 5s, 8Fs and Standards but is well filmed nevertheless. There are also some “Return to Steam” tours to Grange-over-Sands which are supplemented with a few minutes spent watching LNWR No.790 “Hardwicke” returning to the Cumbrian Coast in 1976 and very rare footage of the last steam hauled TPO from Whitehaven in 1985. Yes, 1985! Excellent memories of lines and views now completely changed since 1968.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt. 70032 “Tennyson” climbing Grayrigg, 1967

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Volume 98

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part.6 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Part 6 – Manchester to Bury. A film of the steam age in the late 1960’s around the ex-Lancashire and Yorkshire’s Manchester Victoria station. The climb of Miles Platting bank at the time when steam worked out of the Bury platforms and where the trams now reign. There also is coverage of the LNWR’s Exchange station. Shed visits to Patricroft, and Newton Heath with an extensive footage of locomotives working there in 1965 such as Britannias, Ivatt 2-6-0′s, 2-6-4T’s, and visiting B1 and A2 amongst the resident Stanier types. The line to Bury is followed including a railtour which brought a pair of Jinty’s to Bolton Street and a 2-6-4T to Bacup. Various industrial locations are also visited including Trafford Park, Manchester Ship Canal Railway at Mode Wheel, Heap Bridge and the ICI Blackley Works. Even Manchester and Stalybridge trolley buses put in an appearance in this film of the steam railway scene as it was in the 1960’s.

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Volume 98

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part.6 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Part 6 – Manchester to Bury. A film of the steam age in the late 1960’s around the ex-Lancashire and Yorkshire’s Manchester Victoria station. The climb of Miles Platting bank at the time when steam worked out of the Bury platforms and where the trams now reign. There also is coverage of the LNWR’s Exchange station. Shed visits to Patricroft, and Newton Heath with an extensive footage of locomotives working there in 1965 such as Britannias, Ivatt 2-6-0′s, 2-6-4T’s, and visiting B1 and A2 amongst the resident Stanier types. The line to Bury is followed including a railtour which brought a pair of Jinty’s to Bolton Street and a 2-6-4T to Bacup. Various industrial locations are also visited including Trafford Park, Manchester Ship Canal Railway at Mode Wheel, Heap Bridge and the ICI Blackley Works. Even Manchester and Stalybridge trolley buses put in an appearance in this film of the steam railway scene as it was in the 1960’s.

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Volume 72

Steaming Through Shropshire Part 2 – The Severn Valley (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.4. A nostalgic look back at the railways of South Shropshire in the early 1960′s. After a visit to GOBOWEN and IFTON colliery in the north, the scenes south and west of SHREWSBURY are covered. A journey from WELSHPOOL to SHREWSBURY, most of it in Shropshire, is taken. Very rare 1932 footage of the SHROPSHIRE & MONTGOMERY RAILWAY shows LNWR 0-6-0′s, llfracombe Goods engines and petrol railcars between SHREWSBURY ABBEY, KINNERLEY and the CRIGGION branch. A comprehensive journey the whole length of the Severn Valley now follows via BERRINGTON, CRESSAGE, BUILDWAS and IRONBRIDGE. The line to LONGVILLE and MUCH WENLOCK is recalled as is the eastern side of the River Severn at DAWLEY and COALPORT in 1959. Steam at BRIDGNORTH before preservation.and on past HIGHLEY and ARLEY to BEWDLEY. The line through the Wyre Forest to TENBURY WELLS and WOOFERTON with steam hauled passenger trains and Western railcars, a return journey along the CLEOBURY & DITTON PRIORS line is shown. Next a round trip from BEWDLEY to KIDDERMINSTER, HARTLEBURY to STOURPORT, before it lost its steam service, and at the end the last day DMU operation before the line was closed. A return journey on the KIDDERMINSTER to WOOFERTON pick-up freight with a Prairie tank leads to the south west corner of the county to see a Jubilee working from KNIGHTON to CRAVEN ARMS, all in the county of Shropshire.

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Volume 49

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part 3 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Another fascinating look at the railways using ex-L&Y lines. This video is firmly in Lancashire, Preston and the Fylde. Preston was complex with L & Y and LNWR routes to its main station. Sadly the East Lancs side has now completely disappeared. Using archive film from 1962 up to 1968 this video covers all routes to Preston, from the south and out to the north-west onto the Fylde and Blackpool. It covers all the many junctions and types of traffic passing through, freight, coal, cement and of course the busy passenger traffic especially to Blackpool. See Farrington yards, a birds eye view of Preston station, Lostock Hall shed and a glimpse of the Preston North shed after it had burnt down. The Longridge branch was visited by a Super D in 1962, Preston Docks had steam up until 1968. Specials pass through, we cannot show a Southern engine but there is an LNER A2 and a GWR Castle. Jubilees, Royal Scots and the occasional Duchess appear. The two routes to Blackpool Central and North are covered, this time a Clan and an LNER A1 put in appearances alongside LMS and Standards. See the pick-up freight at Lytham St.Annes and visit Blackpool Central shed. Twelve cameramen filmed for this video including Eric Woods whose still material has been published in the “Glorious Years” features of Steam Railway magazine. His cine film was rare too and this video overs the Glorious years of steam around Preston.

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Volume 45

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

In this title we leave Yorkshire and head for Lancashire via the ex LNWR route from Heaton Lodge Junction, through Huddersfield and the climb to Stanedge. Local enthusiast Geoff Lumb of Huddersfield filmed almost yard by yard from Springfield Junction to Stanedge tunnel. This involves virtually all the types of traffic and locomotives to be seen from 1963 to 1967. So summer extras (just look at the stock on some of the trains), coal trains westwards, empties returning, general freight, and oil tank trains feature with Jubilee, Black 5, Crab, 8F, 9F, WD and 2-6-4 Tanks as motive power on this six mile climb over the Pennines mainly on a 1-in-105 gradient. As in Part 1snow scenes are included, this time at Longwood. Then it is down the other side of Stanedge through Diggle to Stalybridge. Although not Lancashire or Yorkshire specifically, there is a look at the Woodhead Route over the Pennines with excellent footage at Guide Bridge including steam and electric traction running side by side. To return to our route for Manchester we journey via Denton Junction to Miles Platting and are now on L & Y territory. There follows a look at traffic through Newton Heath before a journey with Fowler 2-6-4 Tank 42343 over the L & Y railway lines of Middleton Junction, Rochdale, Whitworth branch, Royton and Oldham Werneth ending at Manchester Ducie Street Goods. Finally a look at Manchester Victoria station which is our stepping off point for Part 3!

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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 17

Archive Newsreel 3 (60-mins) Price £15

With full electrification on the Southern main line to Weymouth now operating we return to Dorchester to witness the operation of steam trains reversing up workings at the ex-LSWR terminus. Southampton and Eastleigh in 1967 and steam’s last fling in the London suburbs on the LCGB 100th. railtour to Windsor and Reading using 77xxx, 76xxx, 80xxx and West Country complete this section.

Tribute to a King. We profile 6000 “King George V” in its preservation life from 1970 to 1987 covering its travels to Paddington, Didcot, Swindon, Gloucester and the North-to-West route to Chester. The trip for Swindon Borough in 1974 with unique smokebox side-plates is featured. Hard workings steam in the North-East of England in 1966/67 where ex-NER type Q6 and J27 locomotives worked to the last around the collieries of Tyne and Wear. The last Tyne Dock to Consett working with 92063 is seen complete with headboard. K1, WD 2-8-0, Q6 and J27 workings at Pelaw, Ryehope and Seaton Bank make this selection relive the days of steam as they really were. So popular was this section of the video with our customers that Volume 18 was devoted to this area for even morepower to the pit.

Steam returned to the North Wales coast in the late `80s but we visit it in 1966 with an LCGB railtour along the coast and up the Conway Valley to Blaeneau Ffestiniog and Denbigh with Britannia, Crab and ex-LMS 2-6-4Ts. Soak up the steam atmosphere with LNWR signalling at Chester. We still had 3-minutes left to give a full hour so we inserted the industrial scene at Maerdy Colliery in 1970 when ex-GWR pannier tank 9792 breathed its last in the summer sunshine. To say it was in full steam would be an understatement!

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Volume 14

Archive Newsreel 1 (55-mins) Price £15

There are nine sections in this film starting with LNWR 790 “Hardwicke”. This remarkable veteran stretched her legs for a short time in the 1970s. Colin White followed her. On one trip to York double-heading with “Flying Scotsman” he was even in 4472′s cab for part of the journey offering an almost unique filming opportunity. Other scenes see her in action in the Lake District. Heaton Mersey, coded 9F, with a study of Stanier’s 8Fs coming and going on this shed in its last months of operation where manual work on the coal stage was the order of the day. The fascinating crane tanks at Doxford’s ship yards near Sunderland offer us another form of locomotive. Filmed in 1970 they work hard around the yard before returning to the shed for a lunch break which used to lead to complaints from road users of smoke nuisance.. and what smoke! This is followed by more unusual locomotives in the guise of narrow gauge articulated types. Fairlies on the Ffestinog are followed by Saxon-Meyers in East Germany with transporter wagons and the amazing Herberlein brake; engines sporting a steam operated bell. The Mallett articulated engine is next studied again in Germany where 0-4-4-0 tanks work hard in the snow. Finally to Portugal for some 2-4-6-0 Mallett tanks around Regua and the smaller 0-4-4-0 types at Porto. An A4 meets an unrebuilt Bullied in 1967 when 4498 visited the Southern, ah! the charm of the chime. Returning to the continent for a few minutes to sample super power with a potted look at 2-10-0 types in Germany, Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia. Double headers in the snow and a train with 3 2-10-0s as motive power. Even if your loyalties lie with the Big Four you cannot but help marvel at the power of some of these continental giants and in some superb locations. Back to our shores 6115 “Scots Guardsman” had two main line outings in 1978 from Dinting to York. Both occasions were captured before she disappeared from the scene to hopefully re-emerge in the 2000′s. We cover the Isle-of-Wight in Volume 21 and will do so in later productions but this section is a tribute to the last day railtour on the 31st.December 1966 when the LCGB visited the island. The tour featured the Class 02 tanks which were at the time the oldest locos in BR stock. Finally a few Bullieds act out their last duties around Bournemouth and Poole including 34001 and 34100.

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