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Volume 122

Cambrian Coast Route Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

This second video about the CAMBRIAN COAST EXPRESS takes a look at the section from SHREWSBURY to WELSHPOOL. Shrewsbury is covered in great detail at the station and motive power depot. Engines from both the Midland and Western Regions are seen including Castle, County, Hall and Manor classes, Duchess, Jubilee, Black 5 and 8F off the Midland. There are Ivatts and Standards especially in 1966.

The diesel scene has come rarities. Besides the Class 37 there is a Peak on the Hookagate line, the Fisons weed-killing train, 08′s on the oil workings to Abbey Foregate and the short lived visits of the Cromptons.

Preserved King 6000 “King George V” works the Centenary dining car set in 1979 and 5596 visits Hookagate yard. A visit to the Severn Valley line when it was still connected to Shrewsbury from Bridgnorth. The MINSTERLEY branch with steam and the long single line route to Welshpool with Standard 4′s and Manors. Coverage of some of the Tal-y-Llyn specials also with Dukedogs. A very definitive programme of this section of the route.

Filmed mostly in colour this video has an authentic sound-track and informative commentary.

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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 116

Gloucestershire Byways (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.18. The railways around Gloucestershire consisted of main and branch lines and most are covered in this video film.

The main GWR line ran down the Stroud Valley to CHELTENHAM and via GLOUCESTER to South Wales. The Midland line ran a line north to south via Cheltenham to BRISTOL. Both saw heavy traffic in the days of steam, expresses and freight.

The branch lines, all long gone now, were delightful rural byways and the KEMBLE to CIRENCESTER AND TETBURY, BERKLEY ROAD to SHARPNESS and COALEY to DURSLEY lines are covered in detail. There are main line auto services to CHALFORD and the secondary line from KINGHAM to CHELTENHAM is illustrated here. Finally BRISTOL is reached, which was in Gloucestershire at the time of filming, all between 1960 and 1967.

Motive power includes Castles, Jubilees, Black 5s, Standards, Pannier and Prairie, freight types from 4F to 8F and the renowned auto tanks of 1400 and 6400 types.

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Volume 89

Along GWR Lines Part 3 – Cardiif to Penzance (60-mins) Price £19.75

The third volume in the series takes us from South Wales to Penzance with an introduction at Paddington. Cardiff and Newport scenes in 1965 when there was still steam hauled freight by both large and small tank engines. Freight with steam is also seen climbing Pilning Bank out of the Severn Tunnel including the car ferry train. Down to Bristol on Stapleton Road bank. Another visit to the Staple Hill Bank on the old Midland,· but by now under Western Region control. While at Bristol see 4079 being loaded onto a ship for Australia. We thought it would never come back, but it did. Westwards via Taunton, Exeter and the sea wall to Plymouth. Cornwall and its branches to Penzance. This has a mixture of steam and diesel-hydraulic power. All scenes unrepeatable!

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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 84

Railways around Bristol (60-mins) Price £19.75

A film of the railways around Bristol from local cameraman Terry Nicholls who worked for British Railways and knew the best spots to see steam at work around the city. First we see Bedminster and Clifton Bridge with the Docks at Wapping Wharf using steam. Return to Temple Meads with a visit to Bath Road and the line to Bath via East Depot. Then the Midland route north to Wickwar and Mangotsfield after a visit to Barrow Road shed. Finally the South Wales line to Pilning via Stapleton Road filmed from 1964; many LMS and GWR types are included, Castles and Jubilees, even examples of the SR and LNER. Some early diesels are also seen like the Blue Pullman and a couple of Hymeks but predominately steam at its best.

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Volume 76

The Midland Around Worcestershire (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.5. The video covers the Midland lines and branches around Worcestershire and South Birmingham.There are excellent scenes of the operation of the Lickey incline from the lineside and from the footplate. The alternative route through Redditch and Evesham is filmed from the early 1960′s with Jubilee, 4F and Fowler tanks. Freight and passenger workings on the 1 in 37 Lickey incline and much, much more. The original archive film was taken with the usual Jim Clemens eye for detail.Covers the Midland lines & branches around Worcestershire & South Birmingham including the Lickey Incline & the alternative route through Redditch & Eversham.

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Volume 67

Railways of the East Midlands No.2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Again, the success of our Volumes 29 and 42 have led to this production centred on the Midland main line through Wellingborough and Kettering. However, views at Leicester, Nuneaton, Nottingham and Staveley set the scene to begin at Marylebone for the GC and St.Pancras to Luton. Remember when Class 27′s in their original livery worked suburban stock and the Wheathampstead to Dunstable branch was still with us? This time it is with diesel and early DMU as steam was covered in Volume 29. Next the steam scene north of Irchester Junction to Wellingborough and Kettering. In the early 1960′s freight dominated the railway here; 9F, WD and 8F engines pulled loaded and empty trains along the four track main line. Wellingborough shed and station saw Fowler and Jinty tanks and the 84000 Standard tanks on the locals to Northampton. We traverse the route to Northampton Bridge Street with a 78000 Class mogul. The main traffic from the area was ironstone; visit Irchester, Finedon, Cranford and Kettering Furnaces industrial systems. There was a line to Butlins, Butlins Sidings that is! Engines working hard and fast, slow and branch line work, a feast of steam in an area now mostly devoid of the traffic you see in this video.

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Volume 56

Severn to Dee Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A film on the railways between Bristol, where the River Severn eventually reaches the sea, and Wrexham, close by the River Dee, in the age of steam.The Midland route is taken from Bristol to Gloucester calling at Berkeley Road for a l4xx on the Sharpness branch. Gloucester on the Severn shows normal steam freight working before 3440 “City of Truro” visits in 1985. We go north via Ashchurch with 1420 and 6435 to Worcester. Here we visit the shed and even the works in 1965. A diversion away from the Severn takes the story through Birmingham and Wolverhampton, the Great Western’s route to the north. A Duchess pacific roars through Winson Green. On via Madeley Junction and Upton Magna, which closed in 1964, showing more steam. Shrewsbury, standing well and truly on the Severn, is covered in detail and interesting rare views portray a Royal train, a diesel crashed into a signal box, a Duchess on a running-in turn from Crewe in 1962, amid normal steam working up to March 1967. We then go north to Gobowen and Oswestry. The days when Weston Rhyn had loops, signal box and exchange yards for Ifton Colliery are seen, days of industrial locos working the line to the colliery. 1966 steam takes us over the Welsh border at Chirk onto the River Dee viaduct at Newbridge. County Class 1011 visits Ruabon. and Black 5′s lead on to Wrexham. A few scenes of steam railtours in the 1970′s are included to enhance the story but they were still seen amid the infrastructure of a steam worked railway of semaphore signalling and crossing gates.

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Volume 54

Steam through the Peaks (60 mins) Price £19.75

The Midland Railway route from Derby to Manchester traversed the Peak District of limestone hills. It was this limestone which produced much traffic for the railway, the ICI works around Buxton provided steam haulage up to 1968. First there is an introduction to the route using the last steam hauled train over the entire route in 1968. Beginning at Derby we go north to Wirksworth and its quarry. A detailed look at the Cromford and High Peak line with its steep incline at Sheep Pasture, J94’s storming Hopton incline, even a B1 at Parsley Hay.

Steam around Rowsley where the long climb to Peak Forest begins. We follow the route and stop off at Millers Dale for a trip up the Buxton branch with push-pull trains hauled by 2P 0-4-4T tank engines 58083 and 41905. There are 8F’s in the snow at Buxton and Patriot 45522 turns up from Manchester. Chinley with its four track main line down to Gowhole yards. Peak Forest, Dove Holes and Chinley North and South Junctions. Chinley with a Midland Spinner, absolutely unique film from 1980. Buxton and Gowhole yards,New Mills with it’s branch following the original Midland Railway route to Manchester through Birch Vale, Bredbury and Woodley with fine views at Brinnington and then down through Stockport Tiviot Dale, Georges Road to Heaton Mersey. The shed at Heaton Mersey is seen from 1962 to closure in 1968. London expresses pass Cheadle Heath and a commuter service to Manchester Central was still worked by steam in 1965. We see Royal Scots, 4F and 2-6-4 tanks. Finally a journey along the now closed route through Didsbury and Chorlton brings the film to an end at Manchester Central. Once again this video covers an area in great detail and well filmed.

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Volume 43

An Appreciation of Steam (60-mins) Price £19.75

A video film for all lovers of the steam locomotive, it covers the period from 1958 to 1968, the last ten years of steam traction on British Railways. This film is the work of one man, Douglas Cartmel, a true steam and railway enthusiast, who captured the locomotives of the period as he moved around England in search of an ever decreasing form of traction. In black and white and colour, we can re-live the sights of Southern Lord Nelsons, King Arthurs, Schools, 700 Class Black Motors, H, E4 and Terrier tanks. On the Western there are Kings, Castles, Halls, Counties and 28xx Classes alongside tank engines. Living in the Stockport area, Midland Region Duchess, Scot, Jubilee, Black 5′s, Crabs and 2-8-0′s all caught Doug’s attention. Southern locations from Eastbourne, Tonbridge, Woking, Guildford and Salisbury feature, with Paddington, Didcot and Weymouth on the Western. Wrexham, Saltney, Stockport, Rowsley and Blackburn and many other sites cover the London Midland up to the end of steam in 1968. The photographic opportunities of locomotive sheds at Edgeley, NewtonHeath and Heaton Mersey are very well filmed, as are four industrial locations in the North West. There are 50 Classes of locomotives and 100 different engines on this film, seen through the camera of an enthusiast with an eye for detail and the unusual, an excellent record of ten years of steam, from someone who appreciated the steam age in Britain.

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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 29

Steam Around the Midland (60-mins) Price £19.75

Film from Brian Lockey of Luton who recorded so many of the events around the Midland Main Line from 1958 onwards with the accent on Luton Midland and Bute Street, from Napsbury to Sharnbrook before steam finished on this busy route into the capital. Early railtours over closed branches and secondary lines are included with sometimes quite unusual motive power such as both tours with J52 No.1247 in the early sixties to Hertford and over the Hatfield to Luton Line. A journey around Midland and London & North-Western lines centred on Luton is the main theme of this video with all the usual LMS types associated with the area included such as Jubilee, Royal Scot, 4F, 2P, Fowler and Stanier tanks, 9F, Black 5, Super D, 8F and Standards, Northampton to Olney and Bedford locals, Wellingborough and excursion traffic at Luton (just look at those headboards). The Hemel Hempstead and Higham Ferrers branches preclude a visit to Derby Works and the “Farewell to Midland” steam tour of June 1968 with “Oliver Cromwell” to Manchester brings to an end another fascinating insight into a long vanished scene.

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Volume 27

South Midlands Steam Memories (60-mins) Price £19.75

We have been fortunate indeed to obtain film from Douglas Haines of the lines south of Birmingham taken from 1960 onwards on 16mm Kodak stock and all tripod work. This volume takes us through the southern approaches to Birmingham, the Lickey Incline and on through Barnt Green and Kings Norton with the Halesowen branch, the GWR route via Hatton Bank and then the North Warwick line through Henley-in-Arden to Danzey.

A feature of this film is the workings of the locomotives on the three banks of these lines with long detailed shots of engines working hard and the rolling stock of the time, now just a memory. All three sections feature the normal service trains applicable to them such as Jubilee, Scot, 9F, 3F, 4F etc. on the Midland with Hall, Castle, Grange, 9F and Standards on the Western. Nevertheless each section also has one surprise visitor. The Lickey has SR unrebuilt Pacific 34079 climbing banked by a 9F. Hatton shows us the restored GWR prairie 4555 on a brick train and the North Warwick line affords us a view of an ex-LMS 4F coupled to ex-GWR 6435 passing through on a railtour.

The film covers all seasons from high summer to mid-winter with snow scenes around Kings Norton where surprise, surprise, ex-LNER 4472 “Flying Scotsman” passes by on a 3-coach private special which includes the ex-Devon Belle observation car. 4079 “Pendennis Castle”, while still in BR ownership, concludes this fascinating video which all true enthusiasts will want to have in their collection.

A few diesels in their early BR liveries are seen, but this film is 95% steam. No modern day or preservation material has been used in this video.

Cover photo: Jubilee 45577 “Bengal” climbing the Lickey Incline.

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Volume 26

Yesterdays Steam (60-mins) Price £19.75

This film starts in Scotland with a visits to St.Margarets and Dundee sheds featuring V2, B1, J37 and A2 60532 “Blue Peter’’ among others. Returning to Glasgow Centrall we follow Standard Class 3MT 77005 on a brake van tour around Holytown and Motherwell in 1965.

Southwards to Stoke-on-Trent for an exhibition of locomotives there in 1960, followed by film of Kidsgrove and the WCML between Stafford and Whitmore featuring Crab, Patriot and Super D locos. Then to the Peak District for a look at the Buxton to Millers Dale auto train, lineside and on train journey with LMS tanks 58083 and 41905. Over the Irish Sea we find ex-LMS NCC division 2-6-4Ts at work on the spoil trains from Belfast in 1968 with a visit to York Road depot included. Now south through Dundalk to Athlone and beyond with a railtour with run pasts in the Emerald Isle. Jeep No.4 and CIE 0-6-0 No.186 star in this 2-day railtour.

Back to England, we cover the Midland Ltd tour of 1962 from Marylebone to Derby via Nottingham behind ex-LNER B16 61438 and then utilising a Johnson 3F and the last “Pom-Pom’’ in service, No. 64354. A visit to Derby shed is included with views of Patriot 45543 “Home Guard’’ which hauled this tour on its last leg to St.Pancras. The “Banburian’’ tour from Luton Bute Street to Banbury Merton Street via Dunstable with Super D 48930 in 1962 precludes scenes at Banbury in 1966. Then travelling onto Woodford Halse to join GWR engines 2246 and 6388 on a tour via Worcester, Birmingham and on to Cheltenham viewing 45552 “Silver Jubilee’’ and Castle 7005 “Sir Edward Elgar’’.

The film ends with a return to Scotland via Carlisle where we see A4, Britannia and Jubilee locos and scenes of the Jones Goods on a tour around Glasgow and GNSR No.49 with Caledonian Single No.123 at Glasgow Central in 1965. Much of this film was shot by Bob Todd and Tony Powell who contributed much to Volumes 23 and 25, all excellent material.

Cover photo: Dave Mills. A2 60530 “Sayajiro”.

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