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Volume 211

A Miscellany of Electric and Diesel Power No.3 (83-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED September 2017**

In this volume we continue our “Classic Traction” theme covering many of the different classes of locomotives that were in operation across all regions of the network during the 1970s and 1980s. Most of the clips selected have not been previously seen. As before with we have simply compiled the film clips in no particular order and thus a few surprises will be in store as you enjoy the video.

Starting with the Southern, we see Class 33s in action and then over on the Western we see Class 52s and Class 50s in and around the Paddington area. At Old Oak Common Depot a number of Hymeks and other types are stabled around the last of the four round-house turntables. Class 47s are seen all over the network hauling all manner of trains. Several Hymeks are seen working, including D7017 emblazoned with the D & EG signs after purchase by the Group.

On the East Coast Main Line, the famous Deltics are in action (including a glimpse of the first ever Deltic visit to Inverness) and we visit King’s Cross, Brookmans Park, Welwyn Viaduct, Hitchin, Cadwell, York plus several other locations. In Scotland we see class 26s on the Kyle line.

Class 20s were well known for working pairs and we see these on MGR coal trains at locations such as Warrington for the Fiddlers Ferry Power Station. At Tinsley Yard we see one of three class 13s stabled. These were a development from the class 08 and especially built for the yard. Most unusual are the scenes from the old Burry Port and Gwendraeth Railway with triple-headed 03s, working on the restricted height line, which in its early days was actually a canal!

More freight action includes parcels traffic, steel coil, fuel & chemical tank trains and Presflow wagon workings. A few scenes of London Underground units are followed by BR DMUs and EMUs on the Southern, Watford and Southport lines. A rarely seen Motor Parcels van is captured hauling two baggage vans out of Paddington. A German built railbus is also spotted meandering around Kemble. Plus a few shots taken around the South Wales Collieries.

On the West Coast Main Line we see class 85 & 86 electrics followed by a pair of EM1 Bo-Bos on the Woodhead route. Other locations include Churchdown, Banbury, Didcot, Bishops Stortford, (where we see a special guards-van railtour) as well as Barnetby and Chester. Harlow Mill features several stone trains arriving and departing with a variety of 37s, 47s, 56s, 58s, a 59 and 60s providing the power. We also visit High Wycombe, Bletchley, Cheltenham and Shrewsbury areas. Plus a couple of scenes from Wennington and the Settle & Carlisle.

With such a diverse range of locomotives there is an equally diverse range of liveries, from original green two-tone, BR Corporate Blue, Large-Logo, Railfreight sector variants, Inter-City and more including special ‘one-offs’ such as the ‘Yellow Peril’ No.47803. We also see the Crewe Test Train in action plus a couple of passing Motorail services.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Type 4 D1576 in the New Forest with the up “Bournemouth Belle”, July 1967.

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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 176

Steam Routes No.4 Shap to Glasgow (62-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED MAY 2013**

“Steam Routes” is a series of films featuring steam traction along specific routes rather than areas, mostly using previously unseen 1960s archive film. Here our fourth instalment contains film of the West Coast Main Line from Tebay and Shap Summit to Carlisle, Beattock Summit and onwards via Carstairs to Glasgow.

We start at Tebay with views of the banking operations to the summit at Shap plus operations at the quarry exchange siding, before descending to Penrith for scenes at the station and its approaches. The line to Keswick, Bassenthwaite & Arnside is visited with an Ivatt 2-6-0 hauled railtour in 1966.

At Carlisle Citadel station, steam is all around and being used on normal service trains as well as railtours. Engines featured include Ivatt 2-6-2Ts, Britannias, Clans, Black 5s, Coronations plus some ex-LNER locomotives from Edinburgh. There is plenty of steam action at Carlisle Kingmoor depot!

Northwards, we travel along the ex-NBR Waverley Route to Riddings and visit the Langholm branch with a J39 0-6-0. A4s and A2s are also seen on specials on the Waverley Route. We return back to the WCML at Rockcliff and Gretna for views of passing steam hauled trains.

Travelling further northwards, we visit Dumfries, on the ex-GSWR main line, and the former “Port Road” to Stranraer for scenes at Castle Douglas plus token exchanging at Crossmichael with a Crab 2-6-0! More scenes at Dumfries station include 4472 on a special and we return to the WCML at Lockerbie for some depot shunting with a Pickersgill tank! We continue on to Beattock for footage of the station, yard and the banking operations for the climb to the 1015ft summit. There are even views inside Beattock Summit signal box and passing locomotives include Clan Pacifics and A4 “Kingfisher” on a freight!

Finally, we descend to Carstairs, Carluke, Motherwell and into the suburbs of     Glasgow including Wemyss and Gourock before arriving at Glasgow Central with steam and blue electrics.

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

Cover photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Britannia No.70025 “Western Star” on Shap Summit.

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Volume 169

Steam Routes Lancaster to Shap (78-mins) Price £19.75

**NOW IN STOCK MAY 2012**

“Steam Routes” is a series of films featuring steam traction along specific routes rather than areas and mostly using previously unseen archive film from the 1960s. Here our third instalment features the West Coast Main Line starting at Lancaster for the 40 mile journey to Shap Summit.

At Lancaster Castle station (WCML) there are many scenes of steam activity and over at Lancaster Green Ayre we also see 3-car EMUs on the ex-MR Heysham line electric services. We pay a short visit to the Morecambe to Heysham line with Black 5s on service and special trains plus Lostock Hall breakdown train attending a derailment.

Back to the WCML with footage at Hest Bank and its troughs. Many steam hauled trains pass with some picking up water. Overflowing tenders plus a line side fire!

We make an extensive visit to Carnforth and its shed with operations there mainly in 1967 and 1968 when Stanier Black 5s and BR Standards were being serviced in quantity, including the last few Britannias and 9Fs. There are many scenes and even include the odd diesel: a Clayton Class 17, a blue Class 40 and Metrovick Co-Bo D5714. Scenes at the station include Bulleid 35012 “United States Lines” on a special and Britannia 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” on a service train. Plus a brief glimpse of preserved ex-LNER B1 61306 in a siding!

We continue through Oxenholme to climb to Grayrigg, Low Fell and Dillicar. A view of the troughs from the 4ft!. Tebay was the shed for the bankers over Shap and there is much footage of the variety of passing trains, including doubleheaders and with assisting banking engines, before we finally arrive at Shap Summit. The occasional Princess Coronation (both red and green), Royal Scot and Jubilee are also seen but the climb on the 1-in-75 incline is very well covered with this new archive footage.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 42894 on a down freight near Lancaster, July 1962.

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Volume 167

Diesel Hydraulic Heyday (72-mins) Price £19.75

**NOW IN STOCK MARCH 2012**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Volume 163

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

**IN STOCK MID AUGUST**

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

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

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

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Volume 161

Along LMS Lines Part 9: Onwards to Glasgow (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED April 2011**

Our series of films along the West Coast Main Line has nearly come to an end, reaching Glasgow Central this time. However, we start at Stockport with 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” in April 1968 before moving on to Preston in 1965, the stepping point for a visit to Blackpool Central just before it closed in 1964, with views of the shed there. We return to Preston to travel north again over Shap to Carlisle. Another way to Carlisle is via the Settle and Carlisle route and we show scenes from this line using previously unused new footage. At Carlisle, there is extensive coverage of lines and locomotives including a visit to Kingmoor shed. Many engine classes are seen including Princess Coronation Pacifics, Royal Scots, Jubilees, Black 5s and BR standard types such as Class 5s, 9Fs, Britannia and Clan Pacifics. Onwards and we visit Dumfries on the old G&SWR route before returning to the West Coast line over Beattock including scenes from the footplate as we reach the summit. Preserved Highland Goods 4-6-0 No.103 is seen on the Inches branch before we finally reach Glasgow Central.
An all colour film with excellent detail and locations, mastered with an authentic sound track and an extensively researched, detailed and informative commentary. Details of our extensive collection of archive films of the steam scene all over Britain filmed from the 1950s to 1960s are available from the address below.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Class 4 2-6-4 tanks at Glasgow Central, July 1959.

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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 146

Steam Routes Manchester to Lancaster (60-mins) Price £19.75

This is the next in our “Steam Route” series and features the 1960s days of steam traction between MANCHESTER and LANCASTER via WARRINGTON, WIGAN and PRESTON. In Manchester there are a few more views of steam at Manchester Victoria that leads, as does Platform 11, to Manchester Exchange. West of here was Patricoft shed, which is visited in its last year of steam operation.

We now reach the West Coast Main Line via Latchford and Arpley Junctions into WARRINGTON BANK QUAY Low Level platforms. The freight yards here were still busy with steam hauled trains and the West Coast trains are seen from them with trains ascending and descending from Acton Grange. Next there is much activity through WARRINGTON BANK QUAY High Level platforms before we travel northwards to WINWICK and then WIGAN where both North Western and Wallgate stations are seen with steam..

Onwards to PRESTON via Farrington Junction with views of Skew Bridge and steam activity in Preston station on both the main line and the erstwhile East Lancashire line.

There are good views of steam at Preston No.5 signal box before we finally head north for BARTON and BROUGHTON, BROCK water troughs and GARSTANG before arriving in LANCASTER.

Motive power seen is both ex-LMS Stanier and BR Standard locomotives, including a few Royal Scots and Jubilees.

The archive film used is in colour with an authentic sound track and an extensively researched commentary.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications. Black 5 45377 meets a Britannia at Euxton Junction.

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Volume 143

Along LMS Lines Part 7 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The most filmed area of the West Coast Main Line was around TEBAY and the climb to the 916 foot Shap Summit.

This video concentrates on the activity from DILLICAR water troughs in the Lune Valley and over the entire climb to the summit. Detailed shed activity is shown at TEBAY depot with its banking engines of Fowler, Stanier 2-6-4T tanks and Standard Class 4s. The varied traffic along the main line includes passenger, freight and ballast workings.

Filmed from 1964 to 1967, motive power ranges from Coronation Pacifics, Jubillees, Royal Scots and Patriots to the work horse Stanier Black 5s, 8Fs, Standard 9Fs, Britannia Pacifics and Ivatt moguls. The magnificent scenery and very variable weather conditions are well shown at the popular location.All film material is in colour and the film has an extensively research commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover photo: Keith Pirt, 9F 92227 at Shap Summit, July 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 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 64

Along LMS Lines Part 1 (Euston to Stafford) (60-mins) Price £19.75

The demand for LMS steam scenes seems insatiable. Following on from our successful Lancashire & Yorkshire volumes we now look at the London & North Western lines. We will cover the West Coast Main Line and some of its branches and secondary routes from Euston to Glasgow. This first volume looks at the scenes of the 1960′s from Euston to Stafford via Northampton, Rugby and the West Midlands. With fifteen Duchess pacifics, four Princess Royals, Scots, Jubilees, Super D’s and Patriots, mixing it with Crabs, Jinties and Black 5′s, we have it all in this video. Visit Camden and Willesden Sheds, steam over Bushey troughs, steam and early electrics at Watford Junction plus five different Duchesses at Bletchley. More steam power at Roade and an in-depth look at Northampton with even a GWR interloper here!. The Highlight of the video has to be Rugby before and after the wires went up. Four Princess Royals pass the camera, Duchesses galore, Jubilee, Scot, Standards and even a 2P 4-4-0. There are sights of green liveried Class 40′s and a WD. Into the West Midlands with Super D and 8F at Saltley and Bescot. There is a Scot and a Duchess at Wolverhampton High Level; the trolleybuses were still here and an industrial Garratt works a colliery. This is how it was in the early 1960′s. Sheer magic.

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Volume 51

Shap’s Steam Glory (60 mins) Price £19.75

When we produced Volume 20 Shap’s Steam Twilight, we advertised it with only Britannia’s, Black 5′s, Standards and 8F’s, all at the end of steam over this famous incline. It has been one of our best sellers over the years and now it is time to produce another version filling in the gaps in the story as more well taken views have come to us. This video does include all the previous types of locomotive but here there is the odd Duchess, Clan, Royal Scot and the 2-6-4 Tanks which banked on Shap before the Standard Class 4′s. Instead of Crewe as a starting point we begin at Lancaster and visit the Arnside line and Windermere branch. There is more action on Grayrigg than before. Excellent action on the troughs of Hest Bank and Dillicar. We had to include yet another cab ride on a Shap banker. Shed scenes at Tebay and Carnforth provide nostalgic viewing as engines are prepared for the struggles over the one thousand foot summit of Shap. One Britannia really struggles as it is brought to a stand at Scout Green in a westerly gale! A double header out of the loop at Tebay was not staged but the crews entered into the spirit of things for the cameraman. Thirteen cameramen provided the film for this production. The men who worked this railway are seen at work, the grime and the glory of what was Shap, even a cow could almost disrupt the West Coast Main Line traffic! Sit back and enjoy this one if nothing else, taken on 8mm & 16mm film with authentic sounds taken at the time for your enjoyment.

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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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