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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 We look at some of the older classes the Lord Nelsons, King Arthurs & Schools, which although all withdrawn in 1962, have examples which have been in steam since July 1967.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 194

Scottish Railways Remembered Part 7 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED May 2015**

The seventh volume in this series and this time our one hour long production includes Carlisle, Edinburgh, Glasgow Buchanan Street, Stirling, Thornton Junction and Perth before ending at Aberdeen.

From Carlisle we travel to Edinburgh on the Warwickshire Railway Society’s three day epic tour in 1966. Steam action is seen a plenty at Waverley station, plus the diesel hauled Royal Train in September 1964. We spend time at St. Margaret’s shed as well as the new marshalling yards at Millerhill. The Railway Society of Scotland’s J36 tour takes us to Portobello, Musselburgh, Smeaton and Corstophine before we explore the former Caledonian Railway’s Princes Street station.

Another new marshalling yard was built at Thorntom Junction where we see J37s, J38s, B1s and WD 2-8-0s all working on the then expanding coal traffic around Fife. Our journey then takes us to the “other” Forth Bridge at Throsk, near Alloa.

A surprise for many enthusiasts was that the final home for Gresley’s A4 Pacifics was not the East Coast Main Line but on the 3-hour expresses from Glasgow to Aberdeen. By May 1964 all the remaining class members were allocated to Scottish Region sheds bar one, and they settled down to several good years of work on this route being quite at home on the tightly timed 3-hour expresses.

We visit the Glasgow terminus of these 3-hour expresses at Buchanan Street before moving on to Stirling to watch the steam activity there including the last workings of Stanier’s Coronation class Pacifics. At Perth more steam action is seen at the station plus a visit to the shed.

Our journey continues via Coupar Angus, Stonehaven and Cove Bay before concluding at Aberdeen. Here we see the joint station that opened in 1867 and then visit Ferryhill shed which was the home, in June 1965, of seven A4 Pacifics.

All the archive film was filmed entirely in colour and mostly during the 1960s. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary complementing this nostalgic look at the railways in Scotland.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, “A2” Pacific No.60532 “Blue Peter” on an Aberdeen to Glasgow express.

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Volume 193

Along Southern Lines Part 9 – A Final Tribute (82-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED April 2015**

The magic and variety of the Southern is seen in this latest volume in our series. From the mighty and powerful Bulleid Pacifics and BR Standard locomotives on the main lines to the West Country to the tiny Brighton Terrier 0-6-0Ts on Hayling Island. Even a nice cameo of 35028 “Clan Line” from the real days of steam to early preservation. It is not all Bulleids though as we also feature BR Standards and Maunsell locomotives including a Lord Nelson and a Mogul on the West London extension plus a Schools Class 4-4-0 at Reading.

A veritable feast of A1X Terriers follows with them working in their home county of Sussex at Seaford, Newhaven and on Falmer bank double heading with a Brighton E6 Radial tank. More Terrier action is seen at Brighton and Brighton Works before we cross into Hampshire to see them hard at work in their last stronghold of the Hayling Island Branch.

Brighton’s E4 radials are at Horsham and there is even rare footage of Brighton Atlantic “Beachy Head” near Brighton!

Many Maunsell classes are seen in action with U and N Class Moguls, S15 and Q classes on rail tours in Surrey and Sussex (including the “Cuckoo Line”) and S15s and Q1s hauling freight trains through Byfleet, Walton, Clapham Junction and Micheldever.

Travelling away from the Southern, Class U 31639 and Q1 33006 double head a railtour into the Midlands and we see them at Kineton, Wilmcote, Leamington, near Rugby and Wellingborough. 31639 certainly gets around as she is next seen on her home territory at Fareham.

There were many BR Standard classes hard at work on the Southern from Britannias to 9Fs. We see Class 5s, 4s (both 4-6-0s and 2-6-0s), Class 4 2-6-4 and Class 3 tanks working all over the region including the much lamented Somerset & Dorset. There are even shots of 77014 and 78038!

Ex-LMS engines also worked on the Southern. We see Black 5s on the Waterloo to Dorchester main line and the S&DJR, an 8F at Feltham, a 4F and a 2P 4-4-0 at Evercreech and Bournemouth West plus Ivatt “Mickey Mouse” 2-6-2 tanks at Weymouth and Shepton Mallet Tucker Street. The Great Western even gets a look in with footage of three Halls!

We finish with the last days of steam on the Southern, with light engines running to Salisbury for disposal, and 35030 on the up 14.11 from Weymouth, the last steam duty of all.

All the archive film is in glorious colour with a short sequence in ‘black and white. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, “N” Class 31847 entering Exeter St.Davids, 1961.

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Volume 188

Along Southern Lines Part 8 – South West to Exeter & Beyond (65-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 9th October 2014**

Most of the Southern’s train journeys to the West commenced at Waterloo where we see a Merchant Navy pacific backing on to its train before departing. Double headed MNs depart from Weymouth followed by a Standard Class 5 at Wareham. There is Bulleid action at Seaton Jct and Barnstaple plus an N Class 2-6-0 at Okehampton.

At Bournemouth Central we see S&DJR 2-8-0s, Bulleid pacifics, Standard Class 5s and Ivatt class 2 tanks. Adding to this variety blue A4 “Sir Nigel Gresley” is on a rail tour racing through the New Forest. Scenes at Brockenhurst feature both Standard tender and tank engines. A Channel Island Bulleid hauled boat train hurries through Beaulieu Road. More Bulleid Pacifics are seen at Southampton Central and Eastleigh with one rushing through Shawford in wintery conditions. Some excellent shots of Bulleids and Standard class 4 4-6-0s at Battledown Flyover are followed by footage at Basingstoke with Bulleids roaring through and departing.

Along the Salisbury line we stop at Andover for some nice Bulleid action, as well as an S15 and a Standard class 5 plus a GWR Manor, Hall and an S&D 2-8-0 on enthusiasts specials. At Salisbury we are just in time to see the crack Atlantic Coast Express arrive. More Bulleid pacifics along with an N Class mogul. A USA tank has the melancholy task of shunting lines of withdrawn engines. Passing Salisbury shed, and Templecombe we reach Yeovil Junction to see a Maunsell King Arthur, an M7 on a push-pull and a Merchant Navy.

Next a trip to Yeovil Town on a Western auto train before returning to the Junction for more Bulleid action. After passing through Crewkerne and Chard, where a pair of S15s are seen, we arrive at Axminster. We travel the Lyme Regis branch, first behind the legendary 0415 tanks and then by two Ivatt class 2 tanks on the LCGB East Devon Railtour. Next to Seaton Junction for a trip to Seaton behind an M7 tank before returning to the Junction to see S15′s, Pacifics and a 64XX pannier . Onwards to Sidmouth for M7, Standard Class 3 and an Ivatt class 2 plus Pannier hauled special train to Exmouth. We travel past Exmouth Junction Shed where an A4 is being serviced and arrive at Exeter Central for the ACE. A W tank is seen amongst the usual motive power.

Finally we traverse the steep gradient down towards Exeter St Davids to see two West Countries departing, then to Cowley Bridge for the Southern’s Withered Arm with some nice shots of N class 2-6-0s at Eggesford, Halwill Jct. and Braunton plus an Ivatt tank at Instow.

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

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 34078 “22 Squadron” enters Exeter Central. 1963.

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Volume 184

Along Southern Lines Part 7 (75-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED MAY 2014**

The Southern always seemed to be the happy friendly holiday line. Their public relations officer the great Sir John Elliot’s slogan was the sun always came soonest to the Southern. This volume begins at Waterloo Station where many happy parents weighed down with suitcases, and their excited children carrying their buckets and spades started their holidays.

We see rebuilt Bulleid pacifics depart from Waterloo. The prestigious Bournemouth Belle is seen passing through Clapham Junction and Common. One of Maunsell’s famous Schools is seen at Woking. A brief visit across country to Guildford where an N Class mogul departs on a train. We quickly return to the Bournemouth main line and several rebuilt pacifics are seen at SouthamptonCentral. This is followed by a nice sequence at Millbrook. The Redbridge causeway is crossed and a Maunsell S15, Standards and Bulleids are seen at Totton station. A trip is taken down the Fawley branch behind two USA tanks. An earlier special sees an H16 tank at Fawley.

Rejoining the mainline, we have a footplate trip into the New Forest complete with views of it’s famous ponies. There are scenes at Lyndhurst Road and shots of Bulleids at Brockenhurst. The Lymington branch train is seen arriving and departing. Standard Class 4, Ivatt and M7 tanks are seen on the branch. There is even a trip behind a Q1 on a railtour. Travelling further west we see Bulleids and Standards climbing Sway bank. A nice long sequence of film at Bournemouth Central station and shed follows, with many engines seen including Lord Nelsons and M7s. Next stop is the now closed line to Bournemouth West. The severely curved platform at Poole sees plenty of activity.

The rarely filmed lines to the west of Poole and the Oxbow bridge are seen, before we head for Wareham and the Swanage branch which is fortunately beautifully preserved. Standard and Ivatt tanks are seen on the line, along with specials top and tailed by Bulleids and Standard 4s. The sun did not always shine and we see some shots taken in the pouring rain. On departing the branch and Wareham, several shots are seen across Ashley Heath before arriving at the old Dorchester South Station with its separate up and down platforms and its complex movements before the station was rebuilt. Bulleids reign supremely here. A train is then boarded for the journey to Weymouth.

All the archive film is in colour apart from a few seconds in black & white.. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with a researched commentary.

Cover Photo:- Jim Clemens. 34095 “Brentor” between Bournemouth and Poole, 1965.

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Volume 153

Remembering the Southern Part 3 (65-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.28. Our third volume of Southern Steam memories from the JIM CLEMENS archive film collection, this time featuring the South Western Division in Hampshire and Dorset in 1966 and 1967.

After a brief glimpse of Waterloo station exterior, there is coverage of steam from SOUTHAMPTON to BOURNEMOUTH and WEYMOUTH with Bulleid pacifics. Next we feature four rail tours with a variety of motive power including a Stanier Black 5, USA tanks to FAWLEY, a Maunsell Mogul to GOSPORT, visiting A4 pacifics 60024, “Kingfisher” and the newly preserved 4498 “Sir Nigel Gresley” both to Weymouth and an Ivatt 2MT along the Weymouth Quay Tramway. Normal service trains see steam haulage along the main line through the New Forest area with Bulleid pacifics, both rebuilt and unrebuilt plus BR Standard classes. There is also extensive coverage of the LYMINGTON Branch to the end of steam in 1967, including views of LYMINGTON PIER station from the ferry! Plenty of action at Bournemouth Central with its shed visible from the main down platform, well filmed and with an abundance of detail. Finally, brief visits to BROADSTONE, BOURNEMOUTH WEST with the Pines Express, SWANAGE with a Special, and a last look at main line steam.

Cover photo: Jim Clemens, 73084 leaves Christchurch.

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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 137

Remembering the Southern Part 2 (65-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.24. Southern steam film from 1963 to 1966 on the South Western Division covering the main line from WATERLOO to SOUTHAMPTON on general day to day duties from the JIM CLEMENS archive film collection.

Included is good coverage of the S15 Railtour over two weekends in January 1966, one on a bright day, the other in snowy conditions on the BENTLEY to BORDON branch, MEDSTEAD bank, ARELSFORD and EASTLEIGH line.

Maunsell moguls working BROADSTONE to SALISBURY line in 1963.

Visit the ISLE OF WIGHT system for O2s from RYDE to VENTNOR and COWES.

BASINGSTOKE with a number of inter-regional trains featuring Western and Midland motive power alongside the many unrebuilt and rebuilt Bulleid Pacifics and Standard types.

Cover photo: Jim Clemens, 35011 “General Steam Navigation” at Basingstoke.

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Volume 127

Steam Around The Weald Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The area covered in this archive video film is around the Weald Area of Kent, Surrey and Sussex; from OXTED to BRIGHTON and TONBRIDGE to GUILDFORD, with a visit to TUNBRIDGE WELLS.

Filmed from 1959 to 1967, it contains predominately steam haulage of the many trains that ran on the lines in the area before steam was eliminated. Our film features nearly 30 different classes of locomotives from Schools to Bulleids, K Class Moguls. Maunsell Moguls and H Class tanks. Plus shed visits to EASTBOURNE, NORWOOD JUNCTION and REDHILL.

There are steam specials to the Bluebell line in the 1960s when the Ardingly line was still open and even some Western power with Moguls and Manors on the Redhill line. A feast of long lost motive power in the great days of steam in the south east of England.

Cover Photo: Keith Pirt, “H” Class tank No.31177 near Brasted 1960.

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Volume 119

Steam into Wessex Part 2 (80-mins) Price £19.75

Filmed from 1960 to 1967, we journey from WATERLOO to WEYMOUTH, BASINGSTOKE to SALISBURY, and on to the Somerset and Dorset from TEMPLECOMBE to HIGHBRIDGE and BATH. On the South Western main line we stop off at EASTLEIGH to visit the Works in 1963. There is extensive coverage of the Isle-of-Wight railway system, RYDE to VENTNOR and RYDE to COWES via NEWPORT with passenger and freight.

We visit BOURNEMOUTH and WEYMOUTH with its quayside tramway serving the Channel Islands boats in the early 1960′s. Quite unique is a railtour to the ISLE of PORTLAND and EASTON. There are numerous classes of motive power to be seen, from small Class 02 tanks on the Isle-of-Wight to the Bulleid pacifics with the occasional King Arthur on the way. There are freight types like Maunsell moguls, S15s, 700 0-6-0s, H16, W tanks and the inevitable Standards; S & D 2-8-0, Ivatt tanks and Western Panniers including GWR Dock tanks.

Filmed mainly in colour this video takes a fascinating and nostalgic look back at the steam scene of the 1960s in many locations on the Southern Railway.

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Volume 112

Steam into Wessex Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A Southern Region film following the route from Waterloo to Southampton.

There is a diversion to the GUILDFORD to REDHILL line with scenes mainly in 1963 with S15 and Maunsell moguls prominent. The Southern main line has visits to WIMBLEDON, WOKING, FARNBOROUGH, BASINGSTOKE, MICHELDEVER and WINCHESTER.

The Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway is covered in the early 1960’s with T9 and Western motive power.

Travelling south-westwards via SHAWFORD and ALLEROOK we reach EASTLEIGH with 9F and Britannia types mixing it with various Southern types including C14 and un-rebuilt Bulleids, even 35028. 3440 CITY of TRURO puts in an appearance.

HAYLING ISLAND branch scenes, LONGMOOR, not on an open day! and SOUTHAMPTON DOCKS with a T9 and B4 joining the usual USA tanks. The QUEEN MARY was in port.

Filmed from 1959 to 1966 this production has fascinating and sometimes rare views of the Southern Region at work with many different classes and some visitors as well. The majority of the film is in colour and an informative commentary has been added with an authentic soundtrack.

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Volume 47

Southern Steam Finale Part 3 (60-mins) Price £19.75

This third volume in the story of the end of Southern steam covers events upon the region from April to July 1966 when the sun nearly always shone and came earliest in the south! A variety of steam power was still to be seen and we feature 15 classes of engine. The Waterloo to Weymouth line workings are well covered and this was a time when another section of the Isle of Wight Railway closed, Ventnor to Shanklin. The last runs of the Maunsell moguls occurred with their magnificent finale on the two Longmoor railtours in April. “GORDON” of the Longmoor Railway was at large on the Southern Region, and the last steam engine on the Weymouth tramway put in its appearance. On this day the only Black 5 to work a railtour on Southern metals is seen. This video has full lineside coverage of these events with some footplate scenes and an in depth look at motive power depots like Nine Elms. Locations include Bincombe bank, Basingstoke, Wimbledon, Waterloo, Windsor, Salisbury, Bournemouth and Yeovil, along with Ryde to Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. There is even a trolleybus and a flying P.W. trolley!

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Volume 35

Southern Steam Finale Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

This is the first video of a series portraying the definitive history of the last eighteen months of Steam Traction on the Southern Region. The series will cover events in depth as although it was a sad time, there were many exciting events taking place. Many of these have been told in print before but our cameramen were there to film then and a few events never seen before on video.

This first volume covers the first ten weeks of 1966 and 15 different classes are seen in action from the Southern main line to the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, the S15 tour with 30837 snow and all to Bordon, the Maunsell mogul to Gosport, Cowes line finale and normal service trains between Waterloo and Weymouth.

Each volume in this series will stand on its own as a video but we hope you will want the full set as the years go by.

Filmed in colour from snow to sunshine by nine cameramen with a few nice glint views, and superbly sound tracked from original recordings. There is no modern day footage used at all, pure archive.

Cover photo: Jim Oatway. “East Asiatic Co.” at Southampton Central

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Volume 31

Southern Pride (60-mins) Price £19.75

The Southern Railway was the smallest of the “Big Four” but its locomotives could hold their own against anything on the other three and in some cases certainly out-perform them. This video shows them in action from film shot by Jim Oatway in 1961 and 1962 when although Bulleid Pacifics were the main players on the Southern scene, after all there were 140 of them, the last of the Lord Nelsons, King Arthurs and Schools were still at work.

We see them on the ex-LSWR route out of Waterloo on weekdays and summer Saturdays, on expresses and Basingstoke semi-fasts. Alongside this action, freight to and from Feltham and Nine Elms yards was worked by Maunsell S15′s, Bulleid Q1′s and the inevitable U and N class Moguls.

A visit to Feltham shed shows us in great detail the massive H16, G16 and W class heavy tank locos, not just a glimpse but long detailed views you can appreciate.

The rural charm of the Hayling Island Branch and workings on the Isle-of-Wight in 1962 at Ryde lead into never to be repeated scenes of Haywards Heath when the famous “Bluebelle” specials ran with preserved motive power on the main line using locos T9 No.120, Caley Single No.123, “Birch Grove” and the Adams Radial No.488.

Cover photo: Jim Oatway

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