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Volume 115

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

Derby to Stockport.

Filmed from 1963 to 1968, this video shows steam at its best through the Peak District. Starting at DERBY a northbound journey is taken to STOCKPORT. This includes steam locomotives doing battle with gradients up to the 1000 foot contour in both directions in the Derbyshire hills. The northbound descent to Stockport is through CHAPEL EN LE FRITH, CHINLEY and NEW MILLS. There is also a journey along the Hope Valley to SHEFFIELD.

A detailed look at the Cromford and High Peak route with normal service freight and specials, a brief look at the CRICH Tramway in its earlier days and the fascinating engines at WIRKSWORTH QUARRY are also included.

To reach STOCKPORT there is detailed coverage of the line through ROMILEY and STRINES with a visit to HAYFIELD. In Stockport visit HEATON MERSEY shed.Motive power includes Jubilees, Scots, Black 5’s, 8F’s, 4F’s, WD’s and B1′s. Visiting railtours give further variety.

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Volume 101

Peak Line Steam (60-mins) Price £19.75

A detailed film of the railway in the Peak District of Derbyshire which closed as a through route in 1968. There is extensive coverage of the CROMFORD & HIGH PEAK RAILWAY which ran over the 1000 ft. contour in windswept conditions. It had the formidable HOPTON incline at 1-in-14 which taxed loco skill to the limit for the J94’s seen here. Then there were the 8F’s from BUXTON shed where a visit is made to see them in the snowy February of 1968. They are seen taking the limestone traffic through PEAK FOREST. There is also a DMU journey from Millers Dales along Ashwood Dale to Buxton. HEATON MERSEY shed is visited (showing shed activities such as coaling 8Fs) including the last day of steam there and some views along the line to MANCHESTER CENTRAL and return to MILLERS DALE. This is a worthy record of those halcyon days of steam, filmed mostly in colour on 16mm format. Accompanying the film is an authentic soundtrack with an informative commentary.

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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 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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