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Volume 196

Steam Still at Work after August 1968 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED July 2015**

Our “Steam Still at Work” series of films features the steam scene after the end of main line steam on British Railways in 1968. The series continues until the “Return to Steam” tours on BR in October 1971. In this third part we discover that whilst BR main line steam did indeed finish in August 1968, enthusiasts could still find their cherished ‘Iron Horses’ at work around the country during 1969.

That bête noire of 1960s railways, Dr. Richard Beeching, proved that a leopard can change its spots, as in April 1969 he reopened a line – the Dart Valley Railway.

London Transport was still using steam for things like permanent way trains with ex-GWR pannier tanks doing the job. Whilst we would have to wait until October 1971 before 6000 King George V removed the main line steam ban, in 1969 this magnificent locomotive could be found at Bulmer’s cider factory, Hereford.

Dedicated steam hunters could also venture over the water, and we follow the RPSI two-day tour from Belfast to Cork. “Flying Scotsman” was the exception to the ban on main line steam, as owner Alan Pegler had secured a contract with BR allowing him to do so. There was also narrow-gauge steam, and we visit the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent during May 1969. In the same month a trip is also made to the Talyllyn Railway.

At Didcot the Great Western Society had moved in during 1967 and were preparing for their first open day in May 1969. Another first open day was the Steamtown Railway Museum, Carnforth on 1st. June 1969.

We cover the Longmoor Military Railway in Hampshire in detail – David Shepherd is present for the naming ceremony of 92203 and famous engine driver Sammy Gingell helps with 35028. WD 2-10-0 “Gordon” is seen hauling a BR special around the system during July 1969. By now the Keighley & Worth Valley in Yorkshire had been operating for one year and we see this delightful line basking in the summer sunshine.

Industrial steam is not forgotten – the Walkden system near Manchester featured North Staffordshire 0-6-2T “Sir Robert”, and the British Oak Coal Disposal Point near Wakefield used “Jinty” 47445. Another trip in the summer of 1969 was to the Cricklewood open day with 7029, 5593, 5428, and the legendary “Kestrel” – the 4,000hp diesel later sold to the Soviet Union.

Filmed entirely in colour, a detailed commentary plus authentic sound track complements this nostalgic look at steam after August 1968.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 3F 0-6-0 shunting NCB wagons at Williamthorpe Colliery.

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Volume 191

Diesel Electric Heyday Part 1 (75-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED February 2015**

This is the first volume in a series featuring the diesel electric locomotives of British Rail. Here we mostly cover the low powered Types 1 & 2 . Many scenes are from the early days with locomotives in their original green liveries ; others show the changes into BR Corporate Blue.

We start with glimpses of English Electric Type 4s, Deltics (including some rare footage of the blue prototype on action of the ECML), and a Metrovick Co-Bo! We also see Southern DEMUs including those specially designed for the narrow tunnels on the Hastings Line.

A brief visit to Crewe Works is followed by footage of the very successful EE Type 1s in action at Bescot, Loggerheads, on the WCML and at several collieries. The less successful centre-cab Clayton Type 1s are seen in action at Shotts, Millerhill, Pelaw and on Hest Bank.

The workhorse Brush Type 2s were introduced in 1957 and there are scenes of them at work at many locations across the network including Harringay, Hadley Wood, Cambridge (on the Royal Train), Paddington, Wennington, Instow on the Bideford branch and on the last train along the Dunstable branch (“The Skimpot Flyer”).

In Scotland, the short lived North British Type 2s are seen at Elgin, Perth, Inverurie, Gleneagles and Stirling.

The numerous BR Sulzer Type 2s operated throughout the UK. We see them as far afield as on Tyne Dock Iron Ore trains, the Tay Bridge, Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso, Ais Gill, Manchester, North Wales and Dawlish. We also see them on the Cambrian at Llynclyss, on milk Trains at Torrington, china clay trains around Bodmin, and at Bredbury Junction being banked by a Stanier 8F. Even a pair triple heading with a BRCW Type 2 on the “Royal Highlander”!

Finally, there are scenes of BRCW Type 2s working commuter trains at Luton before we head north to see them in later life working on the Kyle of Lochalsh line. There is also rare footage of D6547 hauling Schools Class “Repton” and M7 30053 en route to Canada. Plus footage of piloting Bulleid Pacifics up the ferocious Bincombe Bank, and around Shrewsbury during Crewe Station refurbishment

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

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Brush Type 2 D5691 approaches Millhouses, 1965

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Volume 168

Steam Railtours in the Sixties (85-mins) Price £19.75

The Chris Noyle Collection No.1. Chris Noyle filmed railways in Britain and Europe from 1962 to 1972. This is the first part from his collection and features rail tours in England during the period 1964 to 1967. The area covered was from south to north including some long closed lines and using locomotives often to be withdrawn as the last in their class. And often a single tour would involve many changes of motive power.

With footage from a variety of rail tours, and many steam hauled normal service trains in the background, we visit the Weymouth Quay Tramway for 13xx panniers, the Bluebell line in the early preservation years, Kings Cross and the ECML with a double-tendered 4472 “Flying Scotsman”, Westbury, Nottingham Victoria, the Settle & Carlisle, Waterloo and Sussex. More scenes and Wellingborough, Higham Ferrers, Northampton Bridge Street, Kettering, Spondon, Derby and a 4F on the Wirksworth branch.

Also featured are tours in the Thames valley including Witney and to the north, Haydon Bridge with ex-LNER 62007, Newcastle with a V2 and passing green NE electrics. Among other locations and lines visited are Weymouth with A4s, Yeovil Junction, Eastleigh, Swanage, Bridport, Ilfracombe, Highbridge with two Ivatt 2-6-2Ts, Bath Green Park with two unrebuilt WC pacifics and the Isle-of-Wight. Are some of the Ventnor scenes a model? No, they are very real! Locomotives used include ex-GWR Panniers, Prairies, Halls & freight 2-8-0s, ex-Southern S15s, U Class 2-6-0s, Q1 and Bulleid pacifics, ex-LMS 3Fs, 4Fs, Patriots, Jubilees and Black 5s, ex-LNER J11, V2, A3 & A4 pacifics and even a B16. Also many BR Standard types including Britannias, 9Fs and the last one of all, 92220 “Evening Star”. A veritable variety!

We conclude with rail tours in and around Manchester, Carnforth and the North West during the dying days of steam between 1967 and 1968.  A mixture of 8Fs, 9Fs, Standard and Black 5s, Britannias and Standard 4 2-6-0s are seen in normal daily service as the rail tours pass by.

Chris always used Kodak colour film. This has served the test of time and all of the footage is in wonderful colour. An authentic sound track has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Britannia 4-6-2 No.70035 “Rudyard Kipling” crosses Dandry Mire Viaduct, April 1966

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Volume 148

The Demise of Steam (90-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.27. A record of the demise of steam on British railways during 1967 and 1968 in the North-West of England, seen mainly through the camera of Jim Clemens.

We feature scenes of steam at CREWE, WARRINGTON and PRESTON followed by shed visits to Dallam, Lostock Hall, Bolton, Buxton, Northwich, Carnforth, Liverpool Edge Hill and Speke Junction. Then off to the Manchester area to see the last dying days of main line steam with Black 5s, 8Fs, 9Fs and Standards.

There were rail tours to Ravenglass and around the North-West in July and August 1968. We include the last tours from Manchester on the 4th.August 1968, especially the SLS tour plus some views of the very last steam hauled train on BR, the 15 Guinea Special on 11th.August 1968.

Into the early days of standard gauge preservation in 1968 and we cover the opening of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. We next visit Tyseley shed in September 1968 and finally 6000 “King George V” returned steam to British Railways in 1971 to end a record of what was to be seen in these declining years of steam traction.

The film has been mastered with an authentic sound-track and researched in detail to give an informative commentary.

Further volumes are available covering the age of steam on British Railways throughout Great Britain, including many others from the Jim Clemens collection. Details may be obtained from the address below.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications : 45342 and 45156 at Nappa, 20/4/68.

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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 139

Steam Routes Manchester to Crewe (67-mins) Price £19.75

A video featuring the line between MANCHESTER and CREWE. Particular emphasis is on the two places, one a city and the other a railway town. Filmed in the 1960s, steam traction predominates.

MANCHESTER VICTORIA and the nearby MANCHESTER EXCHANGE stations were busy with passenger, freight and parcels traffic. It was at the foot of MILES PLATTING incline where banking often took place. At the summit was NEWTON HEATH shed and a visit is made there.

The line from MANCHESTER PICCADILLY was electrified from 1960 but steam power existed here alongside the new AC electric locomotives. At the northern end, STOCKPORT kept steam until 1968 and as well as the station, EDGELEY shed is visited.

We then travel southwards through CHEADLE HULME, WILMSLOW, GOSTREY and on to CREWE where a wide range of motive power is seen from 1962 to 1968; Princess Coronations, Jubilees, Royal Scots, Crabs and Jinties along with BR Standards, Stanier Black 5s and Stanier 8Fs.

There is much nostalgic archive material used in this video of a past history when steam power could still be seen regularly on British Railways.

Cover photo: Keith Pirt, 8F 48765 at Manchester Piccadilly, April 1965.

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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 101

Peak Line Steam (60-mins) Price £19.75

A detailed film of the railway in the Peak District of Derbyshire which closed as a through route in 1968. There is extensive coverage of the CROMFORD & HIGH PEAK RAILWAY which ran over the 1000 ft. contour in windswept conditions. It had the formidable HOPTON incline at 1-in-14 which taxed loco skill to the limit for the J94’s seen here. Then there were the 8F’s from BUXTON shed where a visit is made to see them in the snowy February of 1968. They are seen taking the limestone traffic through PEAK FOREST. There is also a DMU journey from Millers Dales along Ashwood Dale to Buxton. HEATON MERSEY shed is visited (showing shed activities such as coaling 8Fs) including the last day of steam there and some views along the line to MANCHESTER CENTRAL and return to MILLERS DALE. This is a worthy record of those halcyon days of steam, filmed mostly in colour on 16mm format. Accompanying the film is an authentic soundtrack with an informative commentary.

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Volume 100

Cambrian Coast Route Part 1: Paddington to Shrewsbury (60-mins) Price £19.75

The CAMBRIAN COAST EXPRESS followed a route from Paddington to Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Talerddig to Aberystwyth and Pwhelli. In this first volume of the series, we trace the route from Paddington to Shrewsbury. Using archive footage, the route is seen with steam haulage over a period from 1960 to the 1970’s with some early diesel film of the Hydraulics and Blue Pullman as well. There is mainly ex-GWR motive power from Kings, Castles. Halls and Praire tanks.  See steam powering up Hatton bank in 1962 with Kings and Castles and on through the Birmingham suburbs to Tyseley and into the old Snow Hill Station. We visit both the old and new Snow Hill stations. A diversion to the Old Hill and Dudley branches and then on to Wolverhampton, Wellington and Shrewsbury.

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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 93

North West Steam Swansong (60-mins) Price £19.75

A portrayal of the last two years of steam in the North West of England as seen through the eyes of Edward Downing with his 16-mm camera, and mainly in colour. Beginning in MANCHESTER at Victoria and Exchange the film does a tour around the North West visiting GUIDE BRIDGE, STOCKPORT and COPY PIT. ROSE GROVE shed and area are well covered showing the last steam hauled coal and parcels trains. North to SKIPTON and HELLIFIELD where West Coast diversions brought three Britannia Pacific’s to the town in quick succession. Over the little North Western route via GIGGLESWICK to CARNFORTH BARROW and RAVENGLASS with Black 5’s, Britannia’s and 2-6-4 tanks.The return journey is via PENRITH, MORECAMBE and LANCASTER to CREWE before arriving at Manchester via PATRICROFT and TRAFFORD PARK. The April to August 1968 rail tours are reviewed with nicely turned out motive power of Stanier and BR Standard types around Lancashire concluding with the 15 guinea special at Ribblehead and Ais Gill.

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Volume 90

Woodhead Remembered (60-mins) Price £19.75

A video for electric traction fans. Not entirely, for steam was seen occasionally on the route especially west of Dinting, But this is the story of ·the 1500v dc system across the Pennines from Sheffield to Manchester. Filmed mainly in the 1960’s, you will see the EM1’s and EM2’s as they were in their green livery as much as they were in blue towards the end. Passenger services are there throughout the route. Class 506 units are seen on the Glossop service and there is coverage of the EM2 class in Holland. All told a pretty comprehensive film of this period of electrification on an ex-LNER line. One day it may reopen again although not at 1500v dc!

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Volume 86

Along LMS Lines Part 3 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The previous two volumes in this series covered London to Crewe via Wolverhampton and Manchester. Before continuing our journey north, this video gives a flavour of the ex-LMS in general. Using film from the Ray Webb collection we cover the area from Derby to Manchester, the Settle and Carlisle, the CLC around Northwith, Crewe of course and the West Coast main line to Carlisle. Filming from 1962 the motive power is a wealth of Coronation pacifics, Scots, Jubilees, Patriots, 4F’s, Super D’s, 1F’s, Black 5’s and 8F’s. There are visiting engines along the way to give immense variety. Even the demise of Jubilee “Minotaur” which crashed near Altrincham. Recommended viewing for all fans of the Midland Region.

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Volume 81

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

Beginning where Part 1 left off at Stafford, we leave the West Coast main line to visit Stoke-on-Trent and the Churnet Valley to Caldon and Congleton which was visited with a Black 5. North to Stockport for extensive coverage of the area through Edgeley and the engines that visited the shed there. The end of steam at Manchester Piccadilly, retum to Crewe via Sandbach. The last ten minutes are spent at Crewe with not only LMS power in the form of Duchesses, Scots and Jubilees but the early electrics and diesels as well. An area covered in detail not seen before on a video.

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