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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 We look at some of the older classes the Lord Nelsons, King Arthurs & Schools, which although all withdrawn in 1962, have examples which have been in steam since July 1967.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 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 96

Southern Steam Finale No.9 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The final weeks of Southern Region steam in June and July 1967 covered in depth. Normal running over the main line from Waterloo to Weymouth with the remaining Bulleids and Standards is portrayed. There are shed visits to Nine Elms and Weymouth as engines are prepared for their last turns and for some the last ever. Railtours are seen with the visit of 4498 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY to the region for a tour to Weymouth and is covered by nine different cameramen en route. The two BR specials hauled by Merchant Navies and two Society tours, the last one visiting Haslemere bank and the Swanage bank sometimes utilising double heading. The last weeks’ trains including running at 97 m.p.h. from the footplate. There were failures too. The last day of steam as the final up steam-hauled train came up from Weymouth whilst other engines were steaming off to withdrawal at Salisbury. This video is different. This is how it really was at the end. It is not just a succession of runpasts, we also concentrate on detail.

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Volume 59

Southern Steam Finale Part 5 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The next volume in this definitive series of the end of Southern steam, now being collected as the historical record of the time, covers the four months of October to December 1966 and into January 1967. Once more, sixteen cameramen supplied material for this volume allowing the full story to be told for the period. As a video of Southern steam it also stands on its own since the general steam service is filmed over the South Western lines from Waterloo to Weymouth. However, as with all videos in this series, full coverage of rail tours of the period is included. The first seen is the RCTS Four Counties tour covering the Tooting branch with Guildford’s shed pilot engine 30072. Next the Dorset and Hants tour with two un-rebuilt pacifics taking in the Somerset and Dorset to Blandford, the remains of the Ringwood branch and finally Hamworthy Goods. Merchant Navy class 35026′s visit to Newcastle, Doncaster and York. “CLUN CASTLE” and Britannia 70004 took Bulleid stock to Stratford on Avon and Stourbridge Junction. The end of steam on the Isle of Wight did come on the last day of December 1966 and coverage is given to the whole route remaining from Ryde Esplanade to Shanklin. Lastly the rail tour to the Bridport branch via Salisbury, Westbury and Maiden Newton with all its troubles is fully related. Oh yes, and also the last steam run to Exeter!

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Volume 42

Railways of the East Midlands No.1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Three main railways ran through the East Midlands. The Midland itself, the LNWR and the last to arrive was the Great Central. This video looks at these lines and their connections and branches from 1959 to 1967. The GC is followed from Marylebone to Nottingham, with views from 1964 with B1, Hall, Jubilee and 9F, plus the last workings of Stanier’s Black 5’s when things did not always go to plan; a failure of 44936 at Brackley is a gem! The Newport Pagnell branch is covered before a long look at the Leighton Buzzard to Luton secondary line. Luton is featured before a journey along the original Midland route to London, from Hitchin to Bedford, when 3F’s still worked the freight. Northampton to Peterborough East follows before viewing the Seaton to Stamford push-pulls from the lineside, on the footplate and on train. Ironstone was once the big industry in the East Midlands and n in depth look at the systems and BR’s role in taking it away is featured. Derby Works and shed are visited as well as the Wirksworth branch. Motive power seen is predominately LMS, 0F, 2F, 3F, 4F, Black 5, Jubilee, Super D, Scot and Duchess. Seven Bl’s appear, even an Al pacific, GW Hall and Castle, and Merchant Navy 35030. Along with Standard types this shows that the East Midlands certainly had variety. Early liveried diesels also appear, including DP2 and the Blue Pullman.

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Volume 23

Steam North & East (60-mins) Price £19.75

Complementing Volume 21 we cover main lines and branches from the Midlands to Scotland and the East Coast Main Line. The “Wandering 1500” railtour using B12 61572 from Broad Street to Stratford-upon-Avon via Bedford and Northampton is followed by steam at Tebay and a long section of steam in 1967 on the Settle and Carlisle line. Scotland is reached via a railtour from Manchester using Merchant Navy 35026, Jubilee “Bihar & Orissa” and 4472 “Flying Scotsman” via the S & C and Waverley Routes. Through Fife with J37s and V2 60813. Then a look at A4s, Standards and Black 5s between Aberdeen and Perth. Duchess 46245 “City of London” is motive power Kings Cross to Doncaster for a visit to the Works where we see 60014 “Silver Link” withdrawn but still intact. Scenes at KIngs Cross and Wood Green in 1963 with A4, A3, A1 and WD are relived. Tours with 60007 in 1963 and later as 4498 in 1967 at Peterborough preclude seeing “Flying Scotsman”’s last departure from the `Cross as 60103 and its early forays on BR as 4472 with two tenders and even a Chime whistle. Oh yes, even “Clun Castle” climbing Potters Bar all go to making this a video you should not be without.

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