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Volume 207

North Eastern Steam Miscellany (85-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED January 2016**

This volume in our miscellany series covers steam in the North East. Once again we use mostly previously unseen film compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and largely without our usual detailed commentaries.

We start at Northallerton in August 1963 with a return journey to Newcastle where time is spent watching all the activities during a summer Saturday followed by visits to Gateshead and Darlington Sheds. At Scarborough, there are scenes that include Londesborough Road station and a train with an articulated twin-coach set.

Next we visit York in both 1961 and 1963 followed by visits to Leeds Central, Beverley, Malton and Filey Holiday Camp.

Much of this volume concentrates on the BR systems north and south of the Tyne where steam lasted until the summer of 1967. This was the last area where pre-grouping main line locomotives could still be seen at work. At Sunderland the shed is visited and we spend a lot of time at Ryhope Grange, Seaton Bank and the photogenic Silksworth branch.

Tyne Dock was famous for its 9F 2-10-0s working the Consett iron ore trains whilst at Pelaw we witness something for the diesel enthusiast, an English Electric Type 3 complete with brake tender!

In the area North of the Tyne during the period covered by our volume, Blyth was the largest coal shipping port in Europe. We see plenty of coal trains around Holywell, Bedlington, Percy Main, South Blyth and North Blyth. We also visit Immingham and Frodingham.

Gresley V2s are seen at Berwick on a special in 1966 whilst another special visits the Middleton-in-Teesdale branch in 1964. There is plenty of steam at Wakefield Kirkgate and Westgate stations as well as a Deltic interloper!

Classes of steam locomotives seen include A1, A3, A4, V2, B1, B16, J27, J37, V3, Q6, WD 2-8-0, LMS 2-6-4T, Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0, Black 5, 8F, BR Standard Britannia, 77xxx 2-6-0 and 9Fs.

Filmed entirely in colour during the 1960s, an authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Booklaw Publications, J27s in action at West Hartlepool Junction, June 1960.

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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 166

Industrial Steam Part 2 (79-mins) Price £19.75

**NOW IN STOCK JANUARY 2012**

With the plethora of main line and branch line steam film footage from the 1960s, the co-existing but equally fascinating industrial steam scene in Britain is often neglected. It is easy to forget that it continued until around 1980. Although we have featured some scenes of industrial steam in other volumes, our last dedicated volume to Industrial Steam was way back in 1997 with our Volume 52! Here we have further look at industrial steam at work in England and Scotland from 1960 to 1980, this time mostly featuring the larger locomotives which worked at collieries and iron stone mines. These locomotives were usually built by private builders, although some ex-BR tank classes were used. The North East and Midland areas are well covered and there are many scenes of long gone engines working in an industrial environment now often vanished. Many of these engines survived into the preservation era and were eventually saved from oblivion. It is only fitting that we conclude our video with 2011 views of a selection of these industrial locomotives at work on preserved lines such as the Tanfield, Foxfield and Blaenavon railways.

All the footage is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, A Hawthorn-Leslie tank shunting at Nunnery Colliery, Sheffield, 1956.

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Volume 145

Steam in the North East (80-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.26. British Railways steam came to an end in the North Eastern Region in September 1967 and views of these workings are seen at RYEHOPE GRANGE along with the last passenger workings on the ALNWICK branch featuring K1 2-6-0 and Q6, J27 & 9F hauled freight trains at Tyne Dock in 1966.

Back in regular BR steam working days, we visit DARLINGTON to see A1 and A2 Pacifics, V2 2-6-2s, WD Austerity 2-8-0s, Jubilee 4-6-0s and Ivatt 4MTs.

Industrial steam and electric action in 1967 features BACKWORTH, WIDDRINGTON, SOUTH HETTON, BURRADON and DOXFORD, plus the former BOWES incline being worked manually.

We then visit BEAMISH Museum to see 0-6-0 J21 and the replica Locomotion No.1 in steam followed by scenes of ex-LNER locomotives including Flying Scotsman at the Shildon 150th.Anniversary Cavalcade event in 1975.

Lastly, we feature coverage of the K1 No. 62005 railtour in May 1967 from STOCKTON to CATTERICK and much, much more.

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

Cover photo: Jim Clemens, 65894 at Ryehope Grange in 1966.

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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 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 113

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

Archive film of steam along the East Coast Route from KINGS CROSS to YORK before it ended south of Peterborough in 1963. There are detailed views of KINGS CROSS terminus, PETERBOROUGH and DONCASTER with visits to Top Shed and GRANTHAM. Motive power shows A1, A2, A3 and A4 Pacifics with B1 and V2 classes putting in appearances. The Eastern suburban services up to 1962 were worked by L1 and N7 classes and scenes from LIVERPOOL STREET to BETHNAL GREEN, CHINGFORD, HERTFORD EAST and BISHOPS STORTFORD are seen.The LTS line via DAGENHAM to SHOEBURYNESS is covered with LMS 2-6-4 tanks. SPALDING is seen as a diversion off the East Coast line before the North Eastern Region is reached. That is covered by a journey over the STAINMORE line on its last day of service in early 1962 and in 1967 with a K1 hauled special to BISHOP AUCKLAND. Rare footage of the Flying Scotsman train in the 1930′s is included and the GRIMSBY & IMMINGHAM line before it succumbed to closure.

Mostly filmed in colour from 1959 to 1967 but some black and white footage is included. A detailed commentary and authentic sound-track completes a nostalgic look at LNER steam.

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Volume 110

Coals to Newcastle (60-mins) Price £19.75

Industrial Steam in the North-East.

An in depth look at the industrial railway scene in the North East of England in the 1960’s when steam predominated at most collieries and other locations. Jon MARSH visited and filmed in the area at this time with much attention to detail and excellent cine-photography in all weathers. The area was the birthplace of industrial railways and much of the infrastructure was still extant one hundred and forty years later, even one engine was one hundred years old and still working at Seaham Harbour.

Railways to the coast for the transport of coal will be seen with associated rope-hauled inclines. The railways originated as privately owned lines linking colliery and harbour. The Lambton, Hetton & Joicey system around Philadelphia is well covered especially during the last steam winter of 1969 when heavy snowfall led to spectacular photography. Other lines visited include Ashington, Derwentaugh, Amble, Backworth, Morrison Busty, Blacburn Park Drift, Team Valley and Shotton. Scenes at Doxfords Shipyards and Seaham Harbour. British Railways steam linked the collieries with views of J27, Q6 and WD 2-8-0 types.

This is a fine record of the days before coal mines and their associated industries were no more in the North East of England. Filmed in colour and with an authentic sound track and informative commentary added this will give enjoyment to all people interested in the steam railways of the area.

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Volume 83

East Coast Memories (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.7. In this film he turned his attention to the East Coast line and associated LNER routes in the north. Suffice to say many of the favourite LNER classes are seen between Kings Cross and Newcastle in the early 1960’s. There is a shed visit to the M&GNR and extensive coverage of the lines in Yorkshire around Scarborough. There is also the North East coal trains and an exclusive view of the LNER Garratt at Sheffield in 1930. Jim again at his best.

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Volume 55

Along LNER Lines Part 1 (60 mins) Price £19.75

To delight all LNER fans this video portrays the end of North Eastern steam in Northumberland and Durham. More than that, it includes a journey along the East Coast main line from Kings Cross when Al’s, A3’s and A4 ‘s ruled south of Peterborough. Lineside action from Wood Green, Brookmans Park and Hatfield in 1962. Visit Retford for 02 and WD, travel north to York via Doncaster. A shed visit at York and a works visit at Darlington. Newcastle had a visit from 60019 and 7029 “Clun Castle”, a K1 emulating the Western product with its own copper cap! Bedlington and Blyth on north Tyneside in detail for J27, Ivatt and K1 moguls and Q6. Tyne Dock where engines came home for a rest. Hartlepool shed provided engines for the Durham coalfield, Hall Dene has lineside action. Ryehope Grange was never quiet and traffic for Silksworth and Seaton very spectacular. Amongst all this, visits are made to Ashington, Philadelphia and Seaham Harbour. A footplate ride on a J27, visits to signal boxes all included in this tribute to North Eastern steam as you have never seen it before.

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Volume 36

Steam North of York (60-mins) Price £19.75

York was the headquarters of the North Eastern Region of British Railways and encompassed the lines of the former North Eastern Railway. This video looks at the territory with scenes dating back to 1949 at Thirsk. York has a good variety of classes on shed in the early 1960’s from Pacifics to freight locomotives. The film follows the route to Whitby and some views near Kippax with Q6 class on coal duty. North from Leeds via Ripon the East Coast Mail Line is reached between Poppleton and Northallerton with scenes at the half-way point of this express route. A visit is made to Darlington Works in 1964. Steaming up the Weardale branch, Consett is reached and a look at the 9F 2-10-0’s working freight from Tyne Dock. Newcastle and Gateshead are visited before going north of the Tyne to see the Reedsmouth branch with the Wansbeck Wanderer railtour of 1963. The North Eastern Railway ended at Berwick and steam finished on the region in 1967 around Sunderland and Hartlepool. The freight scene at Tyne Dock, Seaham, Seaton and Ryehope end this always moving visit to the North Eastern Region. 20 different classes of locomotive are included. No modern day material has been used in this production. 94% is in colour, only Thirsk in 1949 is black and white film. It is fully sound-tracked with an informative but not obtrusive commentary.

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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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Volume 18

Steam Nostalgia (60-mins) Price 15

A film devoted almost entirely to freight workings in the North East of England as it was in the 1960s. The Q6 and J27 locomotives were the last pre-grouping engines working on BR and are seen really hard at work alongside Class K1 and WD 2-8-0s. The locations vary between Seaton Bank, West Hartlepool, Dawdon Colliery and Ryehope Grange. Coverage of the famous Silksworth branch is seen from the lineside, footplate and guards van. Ride with us to Sunderland on a coal train and listen to the power of J27s in full cry for the sounds were recorded at the same time as filming by George Woods. The area was rich in industry and this is not omitted with coverage of some unique locomotives at work at Seaham harbour with the Lewin of 1863 vintage parading in front of our cameras. There is another visit to Doxford ship yards for crane tanks and some of the collieries that abounded in this area. There are the large tanks at Philadelpia with their chime whistles, an ex-LNER J94 68078 at work at Widdrington pit and examples of other locomotives at the various colliery systems of Northumberland like Ashington, Backworth and Whittle. Finally tribute is paid in the North-East Locomotive Preservation Group from their early days when they restored Q6 63395 to BR livery, an engine seen at work earlier in the video. Their locomotives were to be seen immaculately turned out at Shildon in 1975 and lastly the Q6, J27, K1 and Black 5 44767 are seen hard at work on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in 1976.

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Volume 17

Archive Newsreel 3 (60-mins) Price £15

With full electrification on the Southern main line to Weymouth now operating we return to Dorchester to witness the operation of steam trains reversing up workings at the ex-LSWR terminus. Southampton and Eastleigh in 1967 and steam’s last fling in the London suburbs on the LCGB 100th. railtour to Windsor and Reading using 77xxx, 76xxx, 80xxx and West Country complete this section.

Tribute to a King. We profile 6000 “King George V” in its preservation life from 1970 to 1987 covering its travels to Paddington, Didcot, Swindon, Gloucester and the North-to-West route to Chester. The trip for Swindon Borough in 1974 with unique smokebox side-plates is featured. Hard workings steam in the North-East of England in 1966/67 where ex-NER type Q6 and J27 locomotives worked to the last around the collieries of Tyne and Wear. The last Tyne Dock to Consett working with 92063 is seen complete with headboard. K1, WD 2-8-0, Q6 and J27 workings at Pelaw, Ryehope and Seaton Bank make this selection relive the days of steam as they really were. So popular was this section of the video with our customers that Volume 18 was devoted to this area for even morepower to the pit.

Steam returned to the North Wales coast in the late `80s but we visit it in 1966 with an LCGB railtour along the coast and up the Conway Valley to Blaeneau Ffestiniog and Denbigh with Britannia, Crab and ex-LMS 2-6-4Ts. Soak up the steam atmosphere with LNWR signalling at Chester. We still had 3-minutes left to give a full hour so we inserted the industrial scene at Maerdy Colliery in 1970 when ex-GWR pannier tank 9792 breathed its last in the summer sunshine. To say it was in full steam would be an understatement!

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