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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 189

North of Shrewsbury Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 27th November 2014**

The second of our two volumes specifically covering the lines in an area north of Shrewsbury to Chester.

We start our journey at Gobowen, including a visit to the signal box, before moving on to Weston Rhyn where a connection was made to the NCB colliery at Ifton. The colliery is covered in some detail during the years up to closure in 1968; tank engines “Unity”, “Spider” and “Hornet” are all seen at work.

We return to the main line at Weston Rhyn for more steam activity plus a visit to the signal box and later, after closure, footage of its dismantling and removal for reuse on the preserved Llangollen Railway.

Next, onwards to Chirk viaduct and then to Chirk to witness the 50th. Anniversary celebrations of the closure of the Glyn Valley Tramway. We cross the Cefn viaduct for plenty of steam scenes around Ruabon including the Llangollen line junction.

We visit the collieries at Bersham, Hafod and Gresford. Then at Croes Newydd, Wrexham, we see the diesel hauled steel traffic from Brymbo plus a visit to the engine shed.

There is more steam activity on Gresford Bank and also at Rossett at the start of the climb. Finally we visit Chester for more steam scenes.

The archive film of steam traction on these routes includes former GWR, LMS and BR Standard classes. Plus the first working of 4472 “Flying Scotsman” in private ownership in 1963! There is some archive footage of main line steam hauled tours from the preservation era as well as a few diesel scenes, making our story complete.

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

Cover photo:- Jim Clemens, Black 5 No.45310 on a Chester to Shrewsbury train, 1967.

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Volume 187

Scottish Railways Remembered Part 6 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 28th AUGUST 2014**

In this sixth part of our series, we cover the lines around the Scottish Lowlands, the Borders area and the South West.

We begin with steam and diesel activity at Edinburgh Waverley including a visit to St.Margaret’s Shed.
North of the Border, regular Easter features were the “Scottish Rambler” rail tours. In 1963 these were jointly organised by the Stephenson Locomotive Society and Branch Line Society. It gave an opportunity to travel over branch lines that had lost their passenger service years earlier.

On Easter Sunday, 14th.April 1963, we visit Reston to Duns, Tweedmouth to Wooler and the Coldstream, Roxburgh, Jedburgh and Greenlaw lines.

Two strategic routes that are sadly no longer with us were the Waverley Route from Edinburgh to Carlisle and the Port Road from Dumfries to Stranraer. We feature footage along both lines.

Also included are the branches to Lockerbie, Kirkcudbright, Whithorn and Garlieston. In the middle of the Galloway Moors we visit the lonely passing place of Loch Skerrow with no road access and the impressive “Big Water of Fleet” viaduct.

Coal traffic was thriving around Newton-on-Ayre and we also visit the NCB steam operated system at Waterside.

All the archive film used is mainly in colour and was filmed between 1963 and 1966. Motive power seen varies from ex-Caledonian and ex-North British types through to BR Standards. We even include the last ever passenger working with a Caley “Jumbo” 0-6-0!

A detailed commentary and authentic sound track completes a nostalgic look at the railways of Southern Scotland.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, V2 2-6-2 No.60882 passes Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh in 1962

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Volume 185

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

**RELEASED JUNE 2014**

Many of the great names associated with the birth railway are also associated with the North East of the country. Such names at Stephenson and Hackworth spring to mind. In this volume we cover many of the locations still using steam in this area and these famous names continue as those of the locomotive builders.

At the NCB Philadelphia central workshops we see the remains of a Hackworth locomotive, built for the Hetton Colliery Railway as far back as 1838. Many of the other locomotives seen in use come from the factory in Forth Street, Newcastle built where George and his son Robert Stephenson set up their original works in 1823.

In Northumberland, we start at Ashington, the “largest pit village in the world” and see coal being moved from the pit to the power station.

Moving south to County Durham, we see locomotives built by the pre-grouping North Eastern Railway still being used on BR tracks.

Other locations visited include the shipbuilders Doxfords, with their fascinating fleet of crane tanks. Many NCB locations are also visited including Derwenthaugh, Morrison Busty, Hetton, Lambton, Backworth, Burradon, Bates, Widdrington, Amble, Whittle, Shilbottle, and Harton with its electric locos.

Onwards to the Durham coast and we visit Seaham Harbour with its second-hand locos and the famous steam paddle tugs “Eppleton Hall” and “Reliant” in action.

Apart from the Hetton Colliery locomotive, the other locomotives seen date from one built in 1887 to the Stephenson Iong-boilered design and the modern Hunslets of 1957.

We have a ride in the cab along a colliery mineral railway and also see the colliers being loaded from coal staithes at the coastal ports. A veritable feast of steam in the North East with a flavour of industrial history!

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:- Jon Marsh
Lambton No.29 climbing the bank to Philadelphia.

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Volume 171

Along GWR Lines Part 4 – South Wales (60-mins) Price £19.75

**NOW IN STOCK SEPTEMBER 2012**

In this fourth part of our series, we mainly cover the railways in South Wales and mostly in the days of steam between 1960 and 1965. We feature many of the 0-6-2T and 8-coupled types famous for their use in this part of Wales.

After a few brief scenes in 1960 at Towyn on the Cambrian, we visit the South Wales main line at Pilning for views of double-headed coal trains. Then to Cardiff for 0-6-2Ts, 2-8-0s, Prairies & Pannier tanks and even an 8F interloper from Toton! There is extensive footage of a 1964 SLS “Farewell to Brecon” tour, first with 0-6-2T 6606 via Abercynon and Quakers Yard to Merthyr, then onwards to Pontsticill and Brecon with pannier 3690 plus newly preserved     2-6-2T 4555. We return via Dowlais.

A brief fast-forward to 1977 and the last Western diesel hydraulics on railtours to Treherbert, Aberdare, Merthyr & Pontypridd.

Back in the 1960s, we visit the NCB collieries at Maerdy, Merthyr Vale and Mountain Ash to see ex-GWR pannier tanks including now preserved 9600 and 7754. But at Cashmores, the scrapman is busy…

We return to Cardiff for more 2-8-0Ts, Castles and 9Fs before travelling along the South Wales main line to Ebbw Jct. There are busy scenes at Newport and on the main line before reaching Severn Tunnel Junction. Further along we pass the Severn Road Bridge under construction and arrive at Gloucester, for scenes there in 1962 & 1964.

The Vale of Neath line ran from Pontypool Road. We see a lot of activity around Pontypool and visit Hafodyrynys mine for its Hunslet 0-6-0STs. Crossing the 200ft high Crumlin Viaduct, there are spectacular views of the valley below. The demolition of the viaduct is witnessed in 1967. Then to Hengoed, Treharris, Quaker’s Yard and Mountain Ash Colliery (for its saddle tanks), before arriving at Neath.

We visit Duffryn Yard depot on our way to Swansea, where in 1965 we join the last steam hauled special to Fishguard and Milford Haven with 6859  “Yiewsley Grange”. Plus some footage of the Tenby branch in 1960 with Prairies and Panniers. We conclude Part 4 with B&W and colour scenes at Cardiff Canton shed just before closure.

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

Click Here for Vol.70 – Along GWR Lines Part 1 – Paddington to Oxford
Click Here for Vol.78 – Along GWR Lines Part 2 – Oxford to Cardiff
Click Here for Vol.89 – Along GWR Lines Part 3 – Cardiff to Penzance

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Volume 120

South Wales Archive (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.19. Archive film of the railways in South Wales and the Forest of Dean featuring the Vale of Neath line from PONTYPOOL ROAD to NEATH.

There is a section using a railtour with panniers to BLAENGARW, CAERAU and LLANTRISANT in 1960. The Forest of Dean lines cover LYDNEY, PARKEND, COLEFORD and CINDERFORD with an auto train in 1962 also visiting Sharpness viewing the damaged Severn Bridge.

Class 14 diesels work freight to WHITECLIFF QUARRY and Coleford via PARKEND followed by another freight trip from BULLO PILL to CINDERFORD before the line closed in 1967.

Complete coverage of the PONTYPOOL ROAD to NEATH line with steam in 1964 before the line lost its passenger service over this spectacular route. Travel via HAFODYRYNYS, CRUMLIN, HENGOED, NELSON, DOWLAIS CAE HARRIS, MOUNTAIN ASH, ABERDARE and RESOLVEN. There are also visits to NCB collieries at Hafodyrynys and Mountain Ash, the latter with an ex-GWR pannier tank.

Filmed mainly in colour this production takes a fascinating and nostalgic look back at the steam scene of the 1960′s.

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Volume 114

Scotland Revisited Part 2: The East Coast (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.17. This is the second volume in a trilogy of videos on Scottish railways from the JIM CLEMENS archive collection and covers the eastern areas of the railways north of the border.

EDINBURGH WAVERLEY using 1930′s film with a comparison to the 1960′s using a Deltic diesel. Visit ST.MARGARETS and DALRY ROAD sheds in Edinburgh before leaving on a 1963 railtour with North British No.256 and J36 and J37 types to QUEENSFERRY, THORNTON and ALLOA. There is a visit to FIFE for NCB workings at Dysart before leaving the eastern side of Scotland for the infamous Caledonian Railway Single No.123 1963 tour from Glasgow to CRIANLARICH in the snow. The Easter 1962 tours included rare visits to branches along the Strathmore route, LEYSMILL, COUPAR ANGUS and BANKFOOT with Caley motive power. The INVERBERVIE branch from MONTROSE, BRECHIN and the CARMYLLIE branch.The Highlands of Scotland feature with visits to INVERNESS, including it’s shed, from where a run with Highland Railway 4-6-0 No.103 travels via ELGIN to INVERURIE. Finally steam at PERTH and STIRLING and a trip on the Thames-Clyde Express out of St ENOCH to Carlisle. Here there is a look at KINGMOOR with Duchess locos.

Filmed in colour from 1962 to 1966 but some black and white footage from 1930 and 1959 is included. A detailed commentary and authentic soundtrack completes a nostalgic look at Scottish steam.

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Click Here for Vol.123 – Scotland Revisited Part 3

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Volume 52

Industrial Steam (60 mins) Price £19.75

The popular misconception that Industrial railways were just yard shunts with small 0-4-0 tanks or the ubiquitous J94 type will be completely dispelled by this programme. Some systems were enormous like Ashington, Philadelphia and Corby, often fully signalled as well. There were ex BR steam engines to be found from all of the “big four” companies sold into industrial service. There were narrow gauge systems as well at Bowaters, Kettering and in North Wales. Ironstone systems could boast nearly 100 engines. Engines wrestling with poor track abounded at cement works while ports such as Preston, Whitehaven and Falmouth were locations providing steam locomotives at work. Par had one of the smallest and Baddesley Colliery had a Garratt at the other extreme. Fire-less engines found favour with paper manufacturers. The oldest engine in service could be found at Seaham, with Wirksworth a close second. Sentinels lived at Burton Latimer and Whifflett. Crane tanks at Doxford’s and Stanton & Staveley. Even a sewage plant found use for steam. Power stations had side tanks the power of a Black 5, the NCB probably had the biggest fleet of all. These are not posed views of steam but engines working hard for their living in their true environment.There are 100 engines from 25 builders in this story. It was all part of the steam scene in Britain, if you saw them, here are the memories; if not see what you missed.

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Volume 15

Archive Newsreel 2 (55-mins) Price £15

The second video in the series offers a further multitude of fascinating subjects in nine sections. We begin with a look at the 9Fs on British Railways (including the ex-Crosti type) and 92203 and 92220 on railtours in the 70′s. Others are seen around Warrington and the Lune Gorge. The Marlow Donkey was famous in Great Western history and was re-lived in 1973 using 1450, 6106 and 6998 on the branch from Maidenhead to Marlow via Bourne End. When main line steam on BR came to an end in 1968, many farewell specials were run and we next include two of them, the Lancastrian No.2 Railtour and an SLS tour from Stockport to Carnforth using Britannia 70013 and Black Fives 45156 and 44949. Narrow gauge working is depicted by scenes on the Bowaters Paper Mills in Kent before closure. The scenes contrast the locomotives working days with the pleasure they now give to passengers at Whipsnade. There is a tribute to steam power out of Waterloo in 1967. Featured are the Bournemouth Belle, an immaculate 34057 (as only Salisbury shed could do), 75069 (now preserved on the SVR), Bullied Pacifics, Standard 5s, 80xxx and 82xxx tanks. The steam shed visited on the volume is Stockport Edgeley showing Stanier Class 5′s and 8F’s in their natural environment, the motive power depot and the men who worked on them while they were turned and coaled. The continental section shows Pacific power with action from France and Germany which lasted some years after the end of steam in the UK. Both preserved continental pacifics at Carnforth are seen in action in 1976 and the French Pacific at the head of the Golden Arrow leaving Calais Maritime. Hof, Trier, Crailsheim, Lathen and Berlin feature 01 and 03 classes at work. WD 2-10-0 “Gordon” is shown over the last 25-years from its rare appearance on the Southern Region in 1966 through its days at Longmoor to its visit to Shildon and preservation on the Severn Valley Railway. We conclude with industrial steam at Shilbottle Colliery in Northumberland where 0-6-0 tanks worked hard on the three mile branch of the NCB in 1969. Again another good mix of steam traction in full variety from the humble colliery tank to the great expresses of yesteryear.

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