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Volume 58

Wirral Steam (60-mins) Price £19.75

An in depth look at the steam scene on the Wirral peninsular from Chester to Birkenhead, Bidston to Shotton. Fifteen cameramen supplied material for this video, notably John Ryan, a local enthusiast from Bromborough. From Chester we take the LMS and GWR Joint line to Hooton calling at Upton, Mollington and Capenhurst. Here the line was joined from the east at Mouldsworth via Ellesmere Port where a visit is made to the Manchester Ship Canal Railway. Returning to Hooton, we go north to Birkenhead calling at all stations. Birkenhead provides nostalgic views of Woodside station, the ferries to Liverpool and a glorious sight of the liner “Empress of Canada” docking there. A prolonged visit to Birkenhead Shed precludes a visit to the Docks lines with mogul 42942 and early 1970′s tours with industrial steam engines. Coverage is then given to the Bidston to Shotton ore trains seen everywhere along the route from the Docks to Shotwick Sidings with 9F power right into the steelworks. At Bidston we divert to New Brighton worked by ex-GWR pannier 4683. Motive power to be seen include 2-6-4 tanks, Black 5′s’, 9F’s, Standard 4′s, Crabs and visits by B1, A2 and a Castle on the last day of steam services from Paddington to Birkenhead. A film full of atmosphere and nostalgia for anyone who knew the railways of the Wirral or not.

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Volume 50

The GWR Recalled (60-mins) Price £19.75

A look at the Western Region of British Railways from 1958 to 1965 covering all the major classes of ex- GWR motive power. There is Paddington in all its steam glory with Kings, Castles, Halls and pannier tanks. It was the starting point for a unique railtour in 1963 to Swindon Works behind 72006 “Clan Mackenzie”. We join the tour and see Swindon Works while it was still overhauling steam followed by a visit to the shed. A return to Paddington for lineside action through Westbourne Park in 1962, more Kings, Castles, County, Hall and a view of 4704 the ultimate 2-8-0 of the GWR. Westward via Southall in 1963 to Maidenhead and a nostalgic look at the Marlow branch and its “donkey”. At Reading, also in 1963, more Castle action and a couple of SR engines pass through en-route to Moreton yards. Station pilot was 7817 “Garsington Manor”. Didcot provides us with another County class and the last GWR Castle “Great Western”. Sapperton for the Chalford auto trains lead on to the Birmingham route at Hatton and yet another rare event, Bulleid Pacific’s on football specials at Handsworth & Smethwick. Farewell to the Kings with 6018 to Swindon, then Oxford and the last steam train to Fishguard with 6859. Returning to London there is a look at the Brentford and Windsor branches before 7029′s last Farewell tour. Lots of copper caps and lower quadrants!

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Volume 46

Steam Routes West (The Western Way) (60-mins) Price £19.75

The Western Way takes a journey from Paddington to Saltash but not necessarily by the most direct route. It is primarily to visit the less well covered areas by film cameramen dealing with secondary lines and branches. Gloucester is reached via Reading, after which there is a look at the Chalfont auto service along the Golden Valley. On via Bristol Temple Meads to find Tiverton Junction. Here, in 1963, a railtour headed by 60022 “Mallard” allowed participants a trip from Exeter via Cadleigh behind two 45xx prairie tanks to the Junction, before visiting the Hemyock branch. This was worked by 14xx auto tanks and this theme continues for a visit to the Teign Valley line from Newton Abbot to Exeter via Heathfield, filmed in 1958. Then a visit to the Moretonhampstead branch also in 1958, Titfield Thunderbolt stuff this, racing the local bus! A branch to survive into preservation was the Ashburton line from Totnes. This is seen in depth, also in 2958, and all these lines in colour. Before the Dart Valley or South Devon Railways came into existence, stock was stored and steamed at Totnes Quay including 6998, 1363 and 1466. Banking on Rattery is seen taking us further west into Plymouth and a shed visit to Laira. An auto train is used to journey across the Saltash Bridge and visit the station. Steam in and out of Cornwall in the hands of Castle, County and Grange classes. Finally back to Paddington with “Burton Agnes Hall”, “City of Truro” and the last County No. 1011, and Castle and diesel hydraulics at Iver. No. 7025 “Sudeley Castle” arrives under Brunel’s roof just how it was in the days of steam. Twenty-five classes of steam, most of them ex-GWR, and the true GWR branch line atmosphere are well portrayed. There is some very rare footage here!.

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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 34

Cambrian Coast Steam Holiday (60-mins) Price £19.75

Do you remember those long summer days in the early 60′s when it appears the sun shone and steam reigned supreme? Whether you went to North Wales or not this video will delight you and perhaps make you wish you did. It is based on the Cambrian system of the Western Region and we arrive at Aberystwyth from Paddington via Reading, Shrewsbury and Talerdigg bank. In 1962 Manors still dominated here and the Carmarthen line was still open. The Vale of Rheidol worked out of its own terminus by the harbour with Brunswick green engines and chocolate and cream coaches.

Our journey along the coast via Bow Street to Dovey Junction follows and onwards to Tywyn calling at Aberdovey with even a view of the harbour branch. Manors, Standards, 43xx and 2251 pass through Tywyn and a visit is made to the Talyllyn Railway; No.4 had a Giesel ejector in those days. North via Friog to Barmouth, calling at Fairbourne, different gauge then, and Panniers still worked to Ruabon. Through Harlech we arrive at Portmadog and the obligatory visit to the Ffestiniog. How Tan-y-Bwlch has changed since then when Bill Hoole was driving. The slate quarries also had steam. All the sights you would have enjoyed more than thirty years ago primarily from the camera of Jim Oatway whose superb film was used in Vol.32 “Southern Pride”. You are sure to enjoy this one!.

Cover photo: Jim Oatway. 7801 “Anthony Manor” at Aberystwyth.

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Volume 25

Steam Remembrance (60-mins) Price £19.75

If you want steam in its last glorious year then this production will delight. No, not 1967, but 1964 when so many loved classes went from the scene.

The film taken so well by Bob Todd and seen by many at railway meetings around the country will interest many who mourn the loss of steam traction. Bob used an all lines railrover to visit such locations as Paddington for Panniers, 61xx and Castle classes, even a condensing pannier tank. Exeter for four engines on the Meldon Quarry stone train, Wadebridge for 1366 class and the North Cornwall line to Okehampton. Yeovil for 6430 and push-pull working to Sherborne and a railtour to Hereford with 5054 preclude a visit to the Cromford and High Peak line with ex-LMS 47006.

On via York with B16, 04, WD to Scotland. Thornton Junction had B1, V2, J38 and J37. Six different A4s are seen at Aberdeen, Perth and Stirling along with three Princess Coronation Pacifics in their last working week, green and maroon. Britannia 70035 puts in an appearance with Jubilee, Standard Class 5s and ex-LMS Black 5s. Bob’s failed DMU is rescued by a B1.

The film ends with a journey to Carlisle with now preserved 70013 ‘‘Oliver Cromwell’’. With nearly 90 different engines of 30 classes this is a superb compilation of 1964.

Cover photo: Dave Mills. A4 at Stonehaven.

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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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Volume 16

Modern Traction Memories (55-mins) Price £15

In collating Colin White’s steam films for production B & R noticed that there were enough scenes of early diesels to make a one hour programme of types of diesel traction mostly lost in BR service in the 1980′s. Certainly some liveries are gone and generally all the film was taken before the video age. So we can re-live these early diesel scenes from the 60′s and early 70′s starting with the Hydraulics of Western, Warship and Hymek classes. They are seen at work on railtours and normal service including a journey on the double-headed Hymek Swansong from Paddington to Hereford. The Blue Pullmans looking so much like early HSTs at Paddington. Class 50s double-heading the “Royal Scot” in pre-electrification days is followed by a view of “Kestrel” at a Cricklewood open day in 1969. Electric traction is represented by views of the now lost “Brighton Belle” seen in both it’s liveries. A complete journey by Channel Islands boat train along the Weymouth tramway with Class 12 haulage, 15233, having arrived behind D6529 a class 33 in blue. Deltics are well covered at Kings Cross and Peterborough and even their wanderings to Harlow and Wandsworth. We see Class 31s in green and blue liveries on a variety of workings including the Royal Train at Cambridge. The whistling Class 40s follow at Bersham, Kings Cross and Manchester Victoria when they hauled stock to Rainhill in 1980. D200 restored to its green livery is seen at Whitchurch. Memories of Peak haulage on the Midland main line is relived. Brush Type 4s in a unique form which started the new era of colourful liveries is featured by 47 164 at Chelmsford with the large Union Jack on its sides. We end this look at the locos of this age with green-liveried 47s on the East Coast Main Line. All told there are 14 different classes of traction and several locomotives seen in BR service now in preservation on this compilation.

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