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Volume 141

East Midlands Railways (80-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.25. JIM CLEMENS filmed the railways of Britain around the system from Scotland to Cornwall. The area covered in this volume just about finishes his travels for it is in an area to the east of the West Coast mainline from NUNEATON to BLETCHLEY. The previous time we were in this area was when he covered the Great Central route and its branches.

In this volume we begin at Nottingham Victoria and work south to LEICESTER. The DESFORD line is seen with a 2F 0-6-0. A steam tour in 1963 covers the route east from NOTTINGHAM on the Great Northern Grantham route to Bottesford and then to Melton Mowbray and Leicester. East again to Seaton, Luffenham and Ashwell.

South to Rugby and onto NORTHAMPTON. The area east of here towards WELLINGBOROUGH and Peterborough was full of industrial stone quarries. The narrow gauge Wellingborough and Kettering systems are covered along with NASSINGTON, EXTON PARK, STOREFIELD, IRCHESTER, SCALDWELL and CORBY.

Returning to Northampton we cover the line south via OLNEY to BEDFORD and HITCHIN. Then BEDFORD to BLETCHLEY. Before returning north to NUNEATON, the LEIGHTON BUZZARD to DUNSTABLE and WOLVERTON to NEWPORT PAGNELL branches are visited. A call once more at RUGBY for Princess Coronations and even the “Duke of Gloucester” passing through a station now heavily rebuilt with so many yards and sidings removed.

There are 22 different classes of steam engine in this volume from Jinty to Pacifics. Eastern steam and even a Western Hall appear. With Industrial engines included, it all adds up to 80-minutes of enjoyable video!

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

Cover photo: Jim Clemens, 44847 at Nottingham Victoria.

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Volume 87

Great Central Remembered (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.8. The Great Central London Extension was the last main line in England and closed as a through route from Aylesbury to Nottingham in 1966. Jim Clemens visited the line many times in the early 1960s and this video has comprehensive coverage of the route. The video takes the form of a complete return journey from Marylebone to Nottingham Victoria through most locations along the way. Included is a brief look at the line north of Nottingham through CHESTERFIELD to the WOODHEAD route. The connections to the GC at BANBURY and AYLESBURY to PRINCES RISBOROUGH are also included. Latterly the passenger trains were in the hands of Black 5’s but over the years covered other motive power was to be seen, LNER V2. B1 and L1 classes, 9F’s on windcutters and the occasional passenger train. Britannias are also seen and GWR Halls, especially at Banbury.

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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 53

Southern Steam Finale Part 4 (60 mins) Price £19.75

The fourth volume in our series of Southern Steam finales covers the two months of August and September 1966. There was much to see during the last full summer of steam in the South. The weather was good and we have chosen the best scenes to portray the Southern scene in general and the railtours that ran in the two months. Two tours took Bulleid Pacifics to Nottingham on the Great Central, Bulleid stock went as far north as Penistone behind an electric loco of Class EM1. Reciprocating these visits there were two Eastern pacifics, travelling on Southern metals, 60532 “Blue Peter” and 4472 “Flying Scotsman”. A general feature is the story of Southern boat trains, passenger, freight and gold bullion!. 02′s on the Isle of Wight still ran but Black 5′s visiting the region ended with the summer timetable. The Swanage branch is seen in detail before it lost its regular steam service in the September. All these stories are related in this programme allowing 15 different classes to be seen. Filmed by competent cameramen, using the best of equipment, this really is the definitive story of Southern steam at the end. There are only another five volumes to go !!

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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 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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