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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 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 156

Echoes of the Great Western Part 1 (80-mins) Price £19.75

NOTE: This DVD was originally titled “The GWR Recalled”

Jim Clemens Collection No.29. The first in a series featuring scenes of the former Great Western Railway using archive film from the 1920s all the way to the diesel hydraulic era in the 1960s. In this part we predominately feature express classes. The early GWR scenes are a complete contrast to steam on the Western Region in its last five years from 1960 to 1965 and this production is appropriate for the 175th anniversary year of the GWR.

We start with a prelude of the broad gauge using the 1935 and 1985 re-enactments followed by extensive and detailed footage of the King, Castle and County 4-6-0 express classes. There are many scenes of these locomotives taken from all over the territories of the former GWR and Western Region of British Railways. From Paddington in London to Penzance in the Far West; to Worcester & Birmingham in the Midlands; to Swindon & Bristol; these are just few of the many locations visited.

There are special events, tours and normal service train workings of both passenger and freight over this well loved railway. A short sequence features the early diesel hydraulics with D600s, Warships & Westerns.

As a preview of Part 2, we conclude with views of Halls, Granges, Manors, Dukedogs, 2-8-0, 2-8-2T & 47xx freight classes & panniers plus a visit to the narrow gauge Welshpool and Llanfair line.

Older scenes are in black and white but the majority is in colour. An extensively researched commentary has been added along with an authentic sound track.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, 6008 “King James II” passes Lapworth, November 1961.

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Volume 157

Settle & Carlisle Remembered Part 2 (85-mins) Price £19.75

NOTE: This title was released *BEFORE* Volume 156 – Echoes of the Great Western Part 1

The second of our archive films covering the Settle & Carlisle route over the Pennines. We start with an introduction to the route, including a 1964 rail tour from London St.Pancras to Carlisle using a Jubilee locomotive and ex-LNER V2 and A3 classes. There are scenes of Leeds to Settle Junction and views at Skipton. Coverage of the “Little North Western” line to WENNINGTON and the Midland Railway’s first attempt to reach Carlisle in the 19th. Century. We then return to Settle Junction for a detailed look at the Settle & Carlisle line north with the ascent to SETTLE, HORTON, RIBBLEHEAD, DENT, GARSDALE and AIS GILL followed by the decent to APPLEBY, CULGAITH, ARMATHWAITE, CUMWHINTON and CARLISLE. The archive film features many ex-LMS engines such as Jubilees, Black 5s, Stanier 8Fs, Midland 0-6-0s, BR Standards, Princess Coronation pacifics and some ex-LNER A1 and A4s. The film includes brief sequences of the “Return to Steam” workings for continuity, and finishes with scenes of steam workings at Carlisle. With 85 minutes of coverage, the best of the original film has been taken and restored to the highest standards. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched and informative commentary. All the film material is in colour.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, 9F 92015 passes Dent, March 1967.

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Volume 151

Along LMS Lines Part 8: Shap to Carlisle (65-mins) Price £19.75

In this next part of our detailed journey of the West Coast Main Line from London Euston northwards to Carlisle and Glasgow, we cover the 30 mile descent from SHAP back to sea level at CARLISLE, with many views of steam hauled trains featuring BR Standards, Princess Coronations, Royal Scots, Patriots, Jubilees and freight trains worked by Stanier Black 5s, Stanier 8Fs and BR Standard 9Fs.

Shap Quarry is served by Harrisons Sidings and there is a detailed look at traffic passing and visiting the quarry with 9F and Britannia haulage.On to PENRITH, where more steam power is seen through the station, followed by a DMU trip along the line to KESWICK just before it closed.

We reach CARLISLE, where we see plenty of steam action on service trains to this border city as well as rail tours featuring engines such as A4s off the Waveley Route, preserved Scottish engines and even an ex-GWR Castle!

KINGMOOR depot is visited at length both before and after the building of the goods yard. Full of steam in the 1960s, there is much variety here including visiting engines off the Settle & Carlisle route.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications. 9F 92054 at Hackthorpe, July 1967.

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Volume 150

Along Southern Lines Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

An all archive film of the Southern Region in the 1960s featuring both service trains and a few enthusiast rail tours in the area around the London Suburbs and the main line from Waterloo to Basingstoke. At Clapham there is extensive coverage of the area with many varieties of motive power from 1960. We include Schools 4-4-0s, King Arthur 4-6-0s and the now long extinct EMUs of 5-BEL, 6-PUL and 2-BIL types, ex-GWR pannier tanks, M7 0-4-4 tanks, Maunsell Moguls, H16 and W classes, all alongside the various Standard designs and Bulleid Pacifics. Travelling westwards through Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Surbiton, Hersham, Walton, Woking and Guildford, we see a further variety of motive power with S15 4-6-0s and more Maunsell Moguls. Onwards along the South Western main line and we travel to Pirbright, Sturt Junction, Fleet and finally Basingstoke where T9, Schools, more moguls, Q1s and Inter-Regional motive power are seen.

Nearly all the material is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications. 35023 “Holland Africa Lines” at Basingstoke, September 1964.

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Volume 136

Steam To North Wales (100-mins) Price £19.75

An archive programme of the CREWE to HOLYHEAD route via CHESTER and BANGOR. Filmed from 1960 to 1967 with occasional 1980’s visits from preserved steam locomotives providing a contrast. Motive power is mainly London Midland Region with Western Region at Chester. Branches from the route include BIRKENHEAD via HOOTON, the DYSERTH branch from PRESTATYN, DENBIGH from MOLD and RHYL, BLAEANAU FFESTINIOG and TRAWSFYNDD from LLANDUDNO JUNCTION and the AMLYCH branch.

The PORT PENRHYN slate quarries to BETHESDA and DINORWIC system are also seen with narrow gauge locomotives.

Locations visited include CREWE, CHESTER, SALTNEY JUNCTION, FLINT, TALACRE, RHYL, ABERGELE, LLANDUDNO, LLANDUDNO JUNCTION, BANGOR, MENAI BRIDGE and HOLYHEAD.

Motive power includes Princess Coronations, Royal Scots, Jubilees, Britannias, Black 5s, 8Fs, Standard Classes and early diesels of Class 40 and 47, usually in green livery.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, 44780 near Abergele, June 1963.

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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 130

London Transport Archive (60-mins) Price £19.75

Using all archive film taken over many years up to 1980, this film covers the operations on the LONDON TRANSPORT network on rail and road. Metropolitan Railways are seen with steam at Rickmansworth in 1961 taking over from electric locos. Lots of coverage of the LT pannier tanks at NEASDEN, CROXLEY, WATFORD, FARRINGDON and LILLIE BRIDGE. The Metropolitan electric locomotive tours of 1972. Tube trains of ‘Q’ stock, ’38′ stock on the Northern Line and A62 stock on the Epping to Ongar line and others.

Road transport covers trams, trolleybuses in EDMONTON and some ex LT vehicles in Spain. Horse buses back on the London streets in 1979 with their history mixing with a few preserved examples of early motor buses. The RT buses in central London up to the last on Route 62 at BARKING. RLH types in East London and Routemasters including FRM1 at POTTERS BAR. WR. Witness a visit to ALDENHAM WORKS and the skid pan at CHISWICK with an RT. LONDON COUNTRY routes with green RT, RML, RMC and RF. GREEN LINE with RM’s and RP’s around HARLOW. There are all-over advert liveried Routemasters, Silver Jubilee and Shoplinkers examples. RTW’s at NIAGARA FALLS. A very nostalgic period remembered of LONDON TRANSPORT’s history.

Filmed virtually all in excellent colour, with a sound track and informative commentary.

Cover photo:- Colin White, Pannier L94 at Watford LT Station, 1968.

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Volume 128

Cambrian Coast Route Part 3 (80-mins) Price £19.75

This third volume in the series covering the Cambrian Coast Express Route from London to Aberystwyth and Pwhelli, takes a look at the line west of SHREWSBURY through the hills of Mid-Wales over TALERDDIG summit.

Using archive steam material from the 1960s with occasional diesel footage such as the first ever visit of an HST working in 1983, WELSHPOOL is reached. Here there is extensive coverage of the Welshpool and Llanfair line in its pre-1956 working days with freight.

Onwards over TALERDDIG with Manors and Standards and a few views of the return to steam tours. MACHYNLLETH is seen also in great detail and variety with film sometimes from the 1950s; ex-Western motive power including Dukedogs and eventually their Standard class replacements up to 1967.

The Aberystwyth line through GLYNDFI and BORTH is followed by some scenes on the Vale of Rheidol when it had its own terminus station.

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

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt. 7828 “Odney Manor” meets 7810 “Draycott Manor” at Newtown in July 1963.

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Volume 118

Electric Traction Archive (60-mins) Price £19.75

The story of electric traction in the British Isles from the Volks Railway to the West Coast Main Line electrification over nearly 80 years.

In the beginning, trams took away trade from the railways who had to look to electric traction themselves in the towns and cities to retake that trade. Electric services grew up around places like London, Manchester, Southport, Glasgow, Morecambe, Tyneside and Altrincham over the years. Using archive film these systems can be seen, some still using early rolling stock into the 1960′s.

Main line electrification followed with the Woodhead route in the 1950′s and then the West Coast main line in stages with new AL electrics at Crewe.

Other systems examined are the Grimsby and Immingham, Swansea and Mumbles, Isle of Man and Blackpool. An industrial line in the North East is also featured.

There are many different voltages and third rail and overhead systems shown.

Fascinating and rare views are in this film. Filmed mainly in colour but with some black and white footage. A detailed commentary and authentic soundtrack completes a nostalgic record of electric services throughout the British Isles. with something different to offer.

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Volume 124

Along LNER Lines Part 3 (80-mins) Price £19.75

The third in our series of films on the East Coast mainline and others in the 1960′s.

This film begins with extensive coverage of PETERBOROUGH station in 1963 just before through steam services to London, were due to cease. All four classes of Pacific are seen with V1 and B1 back-up. Move on to SPALDING, a crossroad for railways, with much steam hauled traffic in 1963 with B1s, 9Fs, WDs and V2 motive power.

The journey travels via DONCASTER and LEEDS from where a B16 took a rail-tour to BOROUGHBRIDGE and MIDDLETON with a V3 in attendance.

The WAKEFIELD area and FRYSTON colliery and then on to SCARBOROUGH and Whitby on a rail-tour with 3442, before steam at YORK.

The NEWCASTLE area had plenty of steam, serving the coalfields before heading north to BERWICK and finally a tribute to the A4 Class north of the border, showing nine of this class making a total of 14 A4s in this film.

There are over 100 recognisable locomotives on this film of mainly ex-LNER motive power. A few industrial engines add interest and even a few early built Deltics appear.

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Volume 121

Love of Steam (Ray Webb) (90-mins) Price £19.75

An overall look at steam traction around Britain with views from all Regions of British Railways with particular emphasis on the London Midland. Here, the West Coast main line is covered, particularly the Shap area with Princess Coronation Pacifics, Scots and Jubilees. Banking then was by LMS 2-6-4 tanks. Plenty of action on Dillicar troughs. Bescot, Chester and the Peak Forest line are also included.
Western steam at Wednesbury, Shrewsbury and Chester area.
The Southern with Pacifics and Moguls are seen on the South Western main line from Pirbright to Micheldever with the odd 9F thrown in and Q1s are seen. The Isle of Wight has the 02 class at Newport.

Eastern scenes at Doncaster with Pacifics, Langwith area for freight. Scotland had the A4s and North British freight types on the branches. J27, Q6 and K1 worked the North East coal trains and K1s were on the Alnmouth branch.

Finally a few Industrial tanks and a look at the end of steam in 1967 and 1968. A highlight at the start is some 1940′s film of streamlined Duchess Pacifics.

Filmed in colour, except for the 1940s material, this video takes a fascinating and nostalgic look back at the steam scene of the 1960’s. The film has an authentic sound-track and is researched in detail to give an informative commentary.

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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 87

Great Central Remembered (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.8. The Great Central London Extension was the last main line in England and closed as a through route from Aylesbury to Nottingham in 1966. Jim Clemens visited the line many times in the early 1960s and this video has comprehensive coverage of the route. The video takes the form of a complete return journey from Marylebone to Nottingham Victoria through most locations along the way. Included is a brief look at the line north of Nottingham through CHESTERFIELD to the WOODHEAD route. The connections to the GC at BANBURY and AYLESBURY to PRINCES RISBOROUGH are also included. Latterly the passenger trains were in the hands of Black 5’s but over the years covered other motive power was to be seen, LNER V2. B1 and L1 classes, 9F’s on windcutters and the occasional passenger train. Britannias are also seen and GWR Halls, especially at Banbury.

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