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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 195

Diesel Electric Heyday Part 2 (72-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED June 2015**

This is the second volume in a series featuring diesel-electric locomotives of British Rail. Here we feature the higher end of the power range dealing with Types 3, 4 and 5 as well as HSTs.

Many locations are visited, from the West Country to both East and West Coast Main Lines. Scenes also cover the Lickey Incline, Shropshire, Settle & Carlisle, Taplow, Manchester Victoria, Chester, King’s Cross and Hitchin to name a few.

We also include some extremely rare footage of the Hawker-Siddeley “Kestrel” in action at the Brush Works in Loughborough. Other classes include 33, 37, 40, 45, 46, 47, 50, 55 and 56, plus some odd glimpses of Metro Vick Co-Bos, Baby Deltics and a Class 13 at Tinsley with 40 001 running around.

Spread over a number of years we see many types in their original green liveries as well as their later Corporate Blue. Other features include a Class 45 working with a brake tender, a couple of shots of the ill-fated DP2 plus an extraordinary scene on Shap where following a EE Type 4 failure a steam banker is used behind which is another EE Type 4 complete with its own train!

A number of special workings also feature such as the “Deltic Fenman” and the “Deltic Devonian”. We also see the 1977 introduced “Jubilee” at Chelmsford with a pristine 47 164 complete with a Union Jack emblazoned on its sides. Several Pullman trains are seen including the “Tyne-Tees Pullman”, “Yorkshire Pullman” and “Queen of Scots”. We enjoy scenes of 47s, 50s and HST along the sea wall at Dawlish as well as the comings and goings at York with numerous Deltics in action.

There are some brief shots of the HST prototype at Shildon; now the subject of “Project Miller”. We do not ignore freight and many different types of goods traffic are seen from early mixed consists, Speedlink, tanks, stone and Merry-go-Round trains, the latter in the hands of both Class 47s and 56s.

All in colour throughout except for the Kestrel film. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, D9013 “The Black Watch” near Gamston Signal Box, June 1963.

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Volume 176

Steam Routes No.4 Shap to Glasgow (62-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED MAY 2013**

“Steam Routes” is a series of films featuring steam traction along specific routes rather than areas, mostly using previously unseen 1960s archive film. Here our fourth instalment contains film of the West Coast Main Line from Tebay and Shap Summit to Carlisle, Beattock Summit and onwards via Carstairs to Glasgow.

We start at Tebay with views of the banking operations to the summit at Shap plus operations at the quarry exchange siding, before descending to Penrith for scenes at the station and its approaches. The line to Keswick, Bassenthwaite & Arnside is visited with an Ivatt 2-6-0 hauled railtour in 1966.

At Carlisle Citadel station, steam is all around and being used on normal service trains as well as railtours. Engines featured include Ivatt 2-6-2Ts, Britannias, Clans, Black 5s, Coronations plus some ex-LNER locomotives from Edinburgh. There is plenty of steam action at Carlisle Kingmoor depot!

Northwards, we travel along the ex-NBR Waverley Route to Riddings and visit the Langholm branch with a J39 0-6-0. A4s and A2s are also seen on specials on the Waverley Route. We return back to the WCML at Rockcliff and Gretna for views of passing steam hauled trains.

Travelling further northwards, we visit Dumfries, on the ex-GSWR main line, and the former “Port Road” to Stranraer for scenes at Castle Douglas plus token exchanging at Crossmichael with a Crab 2-6-0! More scenes at Dumfries station include 4472 on a special and we return to the WCML at Lockerbie for some depot shunting with a Pickersgill tank! We continue on to Beattock for footage of the station, yard and the banking operations for the climb to the 1015ft summit. There are even views inside Beattock Summit signal box and passing locomotives include Clan Pacifics and A4 “Kingfisher” on a freight!

Finally, we descend to Carstairs, Carluke, Motherwell and into the suburbs of     Glasgow including Wemyss and Gourock before arriving at Glasgow Central with steam and blue electrics.

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: Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Britannia No.70025 “Western Star” on Shap Summit.

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Volume 169

Steam Routes Lancaster to Shap (78-mins) Price £19.75

**NOW IN STOCK MAY 2012**

“Steam Routes” is a series of films featuring steam traction along specific routes rather than areas and mostly using previously unseen archive film from the 1960s. Here our third instalment features the West Coast Main Line starting at Lancaster for the 40 mile journey to Shap Summit.

At Lancaster Castle station (WCML) there are many scenes of steam activity and over at Lancaster Green Ayre we also see 3-car EMUs on the ex-MR Heysham line electric services. We pay a short visit to the Morecambe to Heysham line with Black 5s on service and special trains plus Lostock Hall breakdown train attending a derailment.

Back to the WCML with footage at Hest Bank and its troughs. Many steam hauled trains pass with some picking up water. Overflowing tenders plus a line side fire!

We make an extensive visit to Carnforth and its shed with operations there mainly in 1967 and 1968 when Stanier Black 5s and BR Standards were being serviced in quantity, including the last few Britannias and 9Fs. There are many scenes and even include the odd diesel: a Clayton Class 17, a blue Class 40 and Metrovick Co-Bo D5714. Scenes at the station include Bulleid 35012 “United States Lines” on a special and Britannia 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” on a service train. Plus a brief glimpse of preserved ex-LNER B1 61306 in a siding!

We continue through Oxenholme to climb to Grayrigg, Low Fell and Dillicar. A view of the troughs from the 4ft!. Tebay was the shed for the bankers over Shap and there is much footage of the variety of passing trains, including doubleheaders and with assisting banking engines, before we finally arrive at Shap Summit. The occasional Princess Coronation (both red and green), Royal Scot and Jubilee are also seen but the climb on the 1-in-75 incline is very well covered with this new archive footage.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 42894 on a down freight near Lancaster, July 1962.

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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 151

Along LMS Lines Part 8: Shap to Carlisle (65-mins) Price £19.75

In this next part of our detailed journey of the West Coast Main Line from London Euston northwards to Carlisle and Glasgow, we cover the 30 mile descent from SHAP back to sea level at CARLISLE, with many views of steam hauled trains featuring BR Standards, Princess Coronations, Royal Scots, Patriots, Jubilees and freight trains worked by Stanier Black 5s, Stanier 8Fs and BR Standard 9Fs.

Shap Quarry is served by Harrisons Sidings and there is a detailed look at traffic passing and visiting the quarry with 9F and Britannia haulage.On to PENRITH, where more steam power is seen through the station, followed by a DMU trip along the line to KESWICK just before it closed.

We reach CARLISLE, where we see plenty of steam action on service trains to this border city as well as rail tours featuring engines such as A4s off the Waveley Route, preserved Scottish engines and even an ex-GWR Castle!

KINGMOOR depot is visited at length both before and after the building of the goods yard. Full of steam in the 1960s, there is much variety here including visiting engines off the Settle & Carlisle route.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications. 9F 92054 at Hackthorpe, July 1967.

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Volume 143

Along LMS Lines Part 7 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The most filmed area of the West Coast Main Line was around TEBAY and the climb to the 916 foot Shap Summit.

This video concentrates on the activity from DILLICAR water troughs in the Lune Valley and over the entire climb to the summit. Detailed shed activity is shown at TEBAY depot with its banking engines of Fowler, Stanier 2-6-4T tanks and Standard Class 4s. The varied traffic along the main line includes passenger, freight and ballast workings.

Filmed from 1964 to 1967, motive power ranges from Coronation Pacifics, Jubillees, Royal Scots and Patriots to the work horse Stanier Black 5s, 8Fs, Standard 9Fs, Britannia Pacifics and Ivatt moguls. The magnificent scenery and very variable weather conditions are well shown at the popular location.All film material is in colour and the film has an extensively research commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover photo: Keith Pirt, 9F 92227 at Shap Summit, July 1967.

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Volume 134

Along LMS Lines Part 6 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A further look at the West Coast Main Line in our series of videos that covers in detail the route from London Euston northwards to Carlisle and Glasgow.

Carnforth is our centre point before moving out along the Cumbrian Coast to Whitehaven and returning back to Carnforth for another brief encounter with the steam scene around the station and its motive power depot in 1967 and 1968. Then northwards to Oxenholme and the last steam freight on the Windermere branch in 1968. Climbing to Grayrigg for a tantalising glimpse of Tebay and Shap incline that will form the core of our next volume in the series, Part 7.

Mostly filmed from 1966 to 1968, this video shows mainly Black 5s, 8Fs and Standards but is well filmed nevertheless. There are also some “Return to Steam” tours to Grange-over-Sands which are supplemented with a few minutes spent watching LNWR No.790 “Hardwicke” returning to the Cumbrian Coast in 1976 and very rare footage of the last steam hauled TPO from Whitehaven in 1985. Yes, 1985! Excellent memories of lines and views now completely changed since 1968.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt. 70032 “Tennyson” climbing Grayrigg, 1967

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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 51

Shap’s Steam Glory (60 mins) Price £19.75

When we produced Volume 20 Shap’s Steam Twilight, we advertised it with only Britannia’s, Black 5′s, Standards and 8F’s, all at the end of steam over this famous incline. It has been one of our best sellers over the years and now it is time to produce another version filling in the gaps in the story as more well taken views have come to us. This video does include all the previous types of locomotive but here there is the odd Duchess, Clan, Royal Scot and the 2-6-4 Tanks which banked on Shap before the Standard Class 4′s. Instead of Crewe as a starting point we begin at Lancaster and visit the Arnside line and Windermere branch. There is more action on Grayrigg than before. Excellent action on the troughs of Hest Bank and Dillicar. We had to include yet another cab ride on a Shap banker. Shed scenes at Tebay and Carnforth provide nostalgic viewing as engines are prepared for the struggles over the one thousand foot summit of Shap. One Britannia really struggles as it is brought to a stand at Scout Green in a westerly gale! A double header out of the loop at Tebay was not staged but the crews entered into the spirit of things for the cameraman. Thirteen cameramen provided the film for this production. The men who worked this railway are seen at work, the grime and the glory of what was Shap, even a cow could almost disrupt the West Coast Main Line traffic! Sit back and enjoy this one if nothing else, taken on 8mm & 16mm film with authentic sounds taken at the time for your enjoyment.

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Volume 44

Cumberland Glory (60-mins) Price £19.75

“Cumberland Glory” is the story of the railways around Cumberland’s border city of Carlisle. Citadel station witnessed the passing of many trains, among them the “Royal Scot”, “Mid-day Scot” and “Waverley”. Motive power included Princess Coronation Pacifics, Jubilees, Black Fives and Patriots. Railtours brought in locomotives from all the big four companies as well as Scottish preserved engines such as “Glen Douglas” and Caley Single No.123. Gresley A4′s came from the Waverley Route. Kingmoor Shed is visited portraying normal working locomotives and the visitors off of railtours. Its turntable played host to a Western A2 Pacific “Blue Peter” during the period covered in this video which begins in 1962. Branches and main lines radiating from Carlisle are visited, including Silloth and Langholm. There is magnificent action from the Settle and Carlisle line and the West Coast main line over Shap. The transition to diesel traction prior to eventual electrification in 1974 is seen with locomotives such as Class 40s and 50s plus the Royal Train. From heavy freight to 46238 “City of Carlisle” cleaned for football special, from an immaculate “Glen Douglas” to a 9F struggling to Ais Gill, it is all in this story. Much of the film, in both black and white and colour, was shot by local enthusiast Brian Irwin.

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Volume 32

Steam in the Fells (60-mins) Price £19.75

This is a second offering of Douglas Haines 16-mm film following on from his highly successful video of the lines south of Birmingham and the Lickey in Volume 27. We turn our attention to the Fells working north from Birmingham and Uttoxeter to reach the Settle & Carlisle line in the early sixties when Jubilee, Royal Scot, A3 and Clan classes worked alongside Crab, 4F, and 8F over the Pennines. Cumbrian steam includes Maryport, the Keswick branch and early days on the Ravenglass line. Shap Incline was always a good location for engines working hard in superb countryside and the last Duchess workings preclude the more usual sightings of 1967 with long freights banked by the Standard 4′s. As with Volume 27, a tripod was used for steadiness of picture and most views are of sufficient length that one does not feel rushed from one sequence to another.

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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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Volume 12

Steam Recollections (60-mins) Price £15

The second of our productions from Cohn White’s excellent 8mm film collection. Much of the action whisks us back to the last valiant days of the B.R. steam engine, and locomotives of all regions feature. Originated on 8mm cine and transferred to low-band Umatic, fully sound-tracked, this full colour film will delight and captivate all steam enthusiasts.

Section 1:- (14 mins) – Steam operations centred around Weymouth, Upwey Wishing Well Halt and Radipole in 1966. This heavily graded section of the old GWR/LSWR Jnt. Railway from Dorchester severely tested the Bulleids, Standards, and ex-LMS locomotives on this line at the time.

Section 2:- (8 mins) – Shap – The last Autumn, the mass drafting of virtually the entire Britannia fleet to Kingmoor gave rise to new possibilities to capture this elegant class roaring up and down the North West main line. Nine of the class feature.

Section 3:- (12 mins) – LNER engines were rarely filmed, we’ve a few in the shape of a couple of Named B1s, a J37 & J38 (and a non LNER WD!) preceding 60024 in 1966. 60009 brings us into preserved times as we study some of the less known locos; 65033, 61572, 65462, 69023 (on the Derwent Valley line), and we follow 69621 on her trip from Leeds to the Stour Valley Railway.

Section 4:- (9 mins) – Flying Scotsman is undoubtably the most famous LNER engine, this Historical sequence reveals her activities in 1968; preparations at Finsbury Park; departure from Kings Cross 1st May on the 40th anniversary of her non-stop run to Edinburgh; other shots near Hitchin, Hadley Wood, Brookmans Park and Hornsey.

Section 5:- (9 mins) – Ex GWR 0-6-0 Panniers were sold to London Transport, to work out of Neasden. We follow the escapades of a number of these popular tanks on the Croxley Green Rubbish Tip run!

Section 6:- (8 mins) – This final section portrays the Victorian elegance of the Stirling Single, GNR No.1 during her brief sojourn on the Main Line Steam Trust at Loughborough in 1981.

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Volume 11

Steam Survival (60-mins) Price £15

Colin White has been intensively filming steam from the mid 1960s throughout the UK capturing not only BR steam from most regions, but many early special workings and preserved lines. Fascinating material from the industrial scene as well as a wealth of footage of European and former Eastern Block countries. Originated on Standard 8mm film and transferred to Umatic low band video, expertly sound-tracked, this 1 hour full colour film illustrates the fascination of his work.

Section 1:- (10-mins) – Shap 1967 with steam desperately hanging on, Standard Class 4s being prepared at Tebay as bankers, Stanier 5s and Britannias, all in action including 70033 picking up water at Dillicar troughs, and 46485 with the divisional managers special at Scout Green.

Section 2:- (12-mins) – The Southern in 1966, loco preparation at Nine Elms, turning & coaling. Activity at Waterloo. ECS workings behind 2-6-4 Standard tanks and Bulleids roaring through. Clapham, Raynes Park and New Malden. Several unrebuilds feature and 35014 draws the elegant “Bournemouth Belle” on to its destination.

Section 3:- (20-mins) – A fascinating section of Special Tours mostly on the Southern with 60024 Waterloo-Weymouth, 3442 being prepared at Nine Elms for her stint on SR metals, double-headers include 31639/31411, 31639/33006!, 34057/34102 (both unrebuilt) , 30069/30064. Also 60532 on SR * LMR with 9610/9630 double heading near Wrexham as well as a few others.

Section 4:- (7-mins) – Didcot in 1969 a delightful few minutes watching GWR 0-4-2T 1466 scurrying around the yard even up to the coaling stage. 6106 stretches her legs amongst the now common Class 47’s.

Section 5:- (10-mins) – Corby steam. A glimpse of the hard worked tanks at this now long gone works in Northamptonshire. APCM at Swanscombe follows with tanks 2 & 3 trying hard to stay on the tracks as they transport lime to the kilns. The CEGB Rye House Power Station concludes the section with RSH 0-6-0T doing the shunting.

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