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Volume 210

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.4 (81-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED Mid July 2017**

The fourth in our miscellany series covering London Midland steam. Once again we feature much previously unseen film, largely assembled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels with scenes across much of the Region.

There is considerable coverage around the North-West including Crewe South Shed, Crewe Station, Crewe Works (with “Western” diesel-hydraulics under construction), Stoke-on-Trent Shed, Moore water troughs, Warrington Bank Quay and Warrington Arpley. A brake van tour of obscure lines around Warrington and Widnes behind Standard 2-6-0 No.76077 includes a refuge siding at Daresbury (part of the original Birkenhead route abandoned with the opening of the Manchester Shop Canal in the 1890s) plus that famous railway curiosity at Widnes, a rail flat crossing by No.4 Signal Box! There is plenty of steam action at Winwick Junction, Wigan North-Western and Wigan Wallgate before we move on to Leyland, Farington Junction, Pleasington and Preston. Further north, we visit Carlisle for scenes at Kingmoor Shed as well as at Citadel Station.

South once more and Chester, Gresford Bank, Llangollen Junction (Ruabon) and Hooton are all visited in March 1967 coinciding with the end of the direct Paddington to Birkenhead service. Further south, in 1964, visits are made to the Bletchley flyover, Aynho water troughs, Gloucester, Banbury, the Lickey Incline (including an amazingly long freight train ascending the bank) with summer Saturday holidaymaker trains being seen at Birmingham.

Finally, the last fifteen minutes or so are made up of interesting offcuts from Colin White such as Shap, Tebay Shed, Dillicar water troughs, Oxenholme, Carnforth, Hest Bank, Heaton Mersey and Warrington.

A cross-section of LM motive power is seen such as Black 5s (including the experimental examples plus one with a self-weighing tender), Jinties, 2-6-4Ts, 4Fs, ‘Princess’ and ‘Coronation’ pacifics, Jubilee, Rebuilt Patriots, 8Fs and a variety of Standard classes including Britannias, Clans, 73xxx, 75xxx, 76xxx and 9Fs (including ex-Crosti boilered).

The archive film is in colour and black & white and was filmed between 1963 and 1968. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 45339 returns Excursion C724 from Blackpool to Manchester, near Euxton Jct, Preston, Easter 1961.

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Volume 190

London Midland Miscellany No.1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED January 2015**

We originally put this volume together over 10 years ago but after we received much more North Western film we abandoned its release and instead made the 10 volume series “Along LMS Lines”. However the demand for LMS steam scenes seems insatiable and so we have decided to release this volume as the first of a new series. Some sequences appear in “Along LMS Lines” but we are sure you will enjoy this volume in its own right! More “London Midland Steam Miscellanies” will follow using previously unseen material.

We begin at Preston with plenty of steam action around the station area, including the engine shed, and then head north. After passing through the 1939 closed station at Barton & Broughton there is a visit the signal box. Brock station also closed in 1939 but there were water troughs nearby. Here, 45531 is making an impressive display dousing its train! Then on to Garstang & Catterall where the local pick-up goods is shunting the yard, and onwards to arrive at Lancaster.

The route of the Midland Railway’s pioneering electrification to both Morcambe and Heysham is covered and includes one of the very last times a steam hauled breakdown train was called out. There is also a journey along the “Little North Western” route from Settle Junction to Lancaster.

We return to the West Coast Main Line and visit Hest Bank and Bolton-le-Sands, before finally arriving at Carnforth. This last bastion of steam is covered in detail and we witness the comings and goings plus the daily routines of a working steam depot before it ceased forever.

All the archive film is in colour and mostly from the last few years of steam traction on these routes. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 9F No.92016 on a empty coaching stock train near Preston, 1963.

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Volume 161

Along LMS Lines Part 9: Onwards to Glasgow (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED April 2011**

Our series of films along the West Coast Main Line has nearly come to an end, reaching Glasgow Central this time. However, we start at Stockport with 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” in April 1968 before moving on to Preston in 1965, the stepping point for a visit to Blackpool Central just before it closed in 1964, with views of the shed there. We return to Preston to travel north again over Shap to Carlisle. Another way to Carlisle is via the Settle and Carlisle route and we show scenes from this line using previously unused new footage. At Carlisle, there is extensive coverage of lines and locomotives including a visit to Kingmoor shed. Many engine classes are seen including Princess Coronation Pacifics, Royal Scots, Jubilees, Black 5s and BR standard types such as Class 5s, 9Fs, Britannia and Clan Pacifics. Onwards and we visit Dumfries on the old G&SWR route before returning to the West Coast line over Beattock including scenes from the footplate as we reach the summit. Preserved Highland Goods 4-6-0 No.103 is seen on the Inches branch before we finally reach Glasgow Central.
An all colour film with excellent detail and locations, mastered with an authentic sound track and an extensively researched, detailed and informative commentary. Details of our extensive collection of archive films of the steam scene all over Britain filmed from the 1950s to 1960s are available from the address below.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Class 4 2-6-4 tanks at Glasgow Central, July 1959.

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Volume 148

The Demise of Steam (90-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.27. A record of the demise of steam on British railways during 1967 and 1968 in the North-West of England, seen mainly through the camera of Jim Clemens.

We feature scenes of steam at CREWE, WARRINGTON and PRESTON followed by shed visits to Dallam, Lostock Hall, Bolton, Buxton, Northwich, Carnforth, Liverpool Edge Hill and Speke Junction. Then off to the Manchester area to see the last dying days of main line steam with Black 5s, 8Fs, 9Fs and Standards.

There were rail tours to Ravenglass and around the North-West in July and August 1968. We include the last tours from Manchester on the 4th.August 1968, especially the SLS tour plus some views of the very last steam hauled train on BR, the 15 Guinea Special on 11th.August 1968.

Into the early days of standard gauge preservation in 1968 and we cover the opening of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. We next visit Tyseley shed in September 1968 and finally 6000 “King George V” returned steam to British Railways in 1971 to end a record of what was to be seen in these declining years of steam traction.

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

Further volumes are available covering the age of steam on British Railways throughout Great Britain, including many others from the Jim Clemens collection. Details may be obtained from the address below.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications : 45342 and 45156 at Nappa, 20/4/68.

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Volume 146

Steam Routes Manchester to Lancaster (60-mins) Price £19.75

This is the next in our “Steam Route” series and features the 1960s days of steam traction between MANCHESTER and LANCASTER via WARRINGTON, WIGAN and PRESTON. In Manchester there are a few more views of steam at Manchester Victoria that leads, as does Platform 11, to Manchester Exchange. West of here was Patricoft shed, which is visited in its last year of steam operation.

We now reach the West Coast Main Line via Latchford and Arpley Junctions into WARRINGTON BANK QUAY Low Level platforms. The freight yards here were still busy with steam hauled trains and the West Coast trains are seen from them with trains ascending and descending from Acton Grange. Next there is much activity through WARRINGTON BANK QUAY High Level platforms before we travel northwards to WINWICK and then WIGAN where both North Western and Wallgate stations are seen with steam..

Onwards to PRESTON via Farrington Junction with views of Skew Bridge and steam activity in Preston station on both the main line and the erstwhile East Lancashire line.

There are good views of steam at Preston No.5 signal box before we finally head north for BARTON and BROUGHTON, BROCK water troughs and GARSTANG before arriving in LANCASTER.

Motive power seen is both ex-LMS Stanier and BR Standard locomotives, including a few Royal Scots and Jubilees.

The archive film used is in colour with an authentic sound track and an extensively researched commentary.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications. Black 5 45377 meets a Britannia at Euxton Junction.

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Volume 126

Along LMS Lines Part 5 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Wigan-Preston-Carnforth The fifth volume in our series ALONG LMS LINES, takes the story further north along the West Coast main line and covers WIGAN to Preston, Lancaster and Carnforth.

There are diversions to look at the East Lancashire line from Preston Farington to ROSE GROVE, BLACKPOOL North on the Fylde, and Morecambe.

Filmed in colour from 1965 to 1968 it is mainly about the end of steam in the North West of England and so Stanier and Standard locomotives predominate with Jubilees, Black 5s, 8Fs, 2-6-4 Tanks and Britannias.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt. Rebuilt Patriot 45512 “Bunsen” near Leyland, 1963

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Volume 71

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part 5 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A video based solely in Lancashire, an area bounded by Manchester, Liverpool Southport and Wigan. Starting at Manchester Victoria we travel to Kearsley and then see unique footage of “LION’ at Eccles on its original route of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Next Patricroft and the coal fields of Walkden. Wigan Wallgate for 2-6-4T and Crab 2-6-0. South to Earlstown, Widnes and St Helens. The push-pull service through Warrington, Widnes and Ditton Junction. Edge Hill yards and shed take us to Liverpool. On to Southport to travel the line to Preston via Crossens, Hesketh bank and New Longton when there were still steam worked services. Liverpool Exchange to Preston via Maghull, Ormskirk and Burscough Junction. Return to Liverpool is via the Wigan to Kirby line. Mainly filmed between 1964 and 1968.

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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 49

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part 3 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Another fascinating look at the railways using ex-L&Y lines. This video is firmly in Lancashire, Preston and the Fylde. Preston was complex with L & Y and LNWR routes to its main station. Sadly the East Lancs side has now completely disappeared. Using archive film from 1962 up to 1968 this video covers all routes to Preston, from the south and out to the north-west onto the Fylde and Blackpool. It covers all the many junctions and types of traffic passing through, freight, coal, cement and of course the busy passenger traffic especially to Blackpool. See Farrington yards, a birds eye view of Preston station, Lostock Hall shed and a glimpse of the Preston North shed after it had burnt down. The Longridge branch was visited by a Super D in 1962, Preston Docks had steam up until 1968. Specials pass through, we cannot show a Southern engine but there is an LNER A2 and a GWR Castle. Jubilees, Royal Scots and the occasional Duchess appear. The two routes to Blackpool Central and North are covered, this time a Clan and an LNER A1 put in appearances alongside LMS and Standards. See the pick-up freight at Lytham St.Annes and visit Blackpool Central shed. Twelve cameramen filmed for this video including Eric Woods whose still material has been published in the “Glorious Years” features of Steam Railway magazine. His cine film was rare too and this video overs the Glorious years of steam around Preston.

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Volume 20

Shap’s Steam Twilight (60-mins) Price 15

The last main line steam on BR bowed out in August 1968 in the North-West. The West Coast Main Line between Crewe and Carlisle became a mecca for enthusiasts in these latter days and George Woods and Colin White have combined their film of the period to produce this video of what it was really like at the last with particular reference to the section between Grayrigg and Shap Summit. We take the viewer on an imaginary journey from Crewe to Shap with lineside views of the principle locations which include Warrington, Wigan, Preston, Garstang, Hest Bank, Carnforth and Tebay. Five locomotive depots are visited to see the engines being serviced. There are some unusual workings to be seen and views of Hest Bank and Dillicar water troughs in some detail. Shap Incline is well covered where locomotives worked particularly hard and a footplate ride on one of the bankers is included. There are eleven different Britannias, ex-LMS Black 5s and 8Fs, Ivatts and Standards including 9Fs and a Jubilee all filmed between 1966 and 1968. The men who worked the line are included showing their problems with run-down engines but game to the last to show what steam could do. No modern day footage has been included in this 60-minute production and the sounds you hear are generally recorded at the time of filming.

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