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Volume 213

Welsh Steam Miscellany (77-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED Late November 2017**

Another instalment of our popular “Miscellany” series this time focusing on steam in Wales. It features mostly previously unseen footage largely compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels.

We begin at Llangollen and travel on to other locations along this route including Berwyn (with Dukedog 4-4-0s and even a Bulldog 4-4-0), Glyndyfrdwy, Llandderfel, Bala Junction, Bala and the loop at Garnneddwen. The line from Pontypool Road to Neath cut across the heads of the valleys of South Wales and was inevitably a steeply graded route with many tunnels and viaducts. The most famous of all these viaducts was the Crumlin Viaduct, the highest in the country. There is plenty of film footage here for us to admire this massive structure. Hengoed Viaduct is also seen along with both the High Level and Low Level stations. We then visit Nelson & Llancaiach, the branch to Cwmbargoed and Dowlais Cae Harris and Quakers Yard High Level before visiting Aberdare High Level with its staggered platforms.

Into North Wales, we visit Bangor and then on Anglesey, Llanfair PG, Gaerwen and Amlwch. Moving south again, we visit the Central Wales line for the decent from Sugar Loaf Summit and Llandovery. The line from Shrewsbury to Chester forms the eastern boundary of this volume and we include footage at Chirk, Cefn Viaduct, Ruabon, Croes Newydd and Gresford Bank and in the snow, the Brymbo Branch. On the Cambrian main line we visit Welshpool, Talerddig Bank, Macynlleth, Dovey Junction, Borth and Aberystwyth; this coastal route includes visits to Gogarth Halt, Towyn, Fairbourne and Barmouth.

Back to South Wales and we see steam action at Cardiff, Newport (including a visit to Cashmore’s scrapyard), Severn Tunnel Junction and Torpantau. We then journey down the Rhondda Fach from Maerdy and see freight trains labouring up the Llanvihangel Bank complete with banking assistance. All in all a veritable feast of Welsh Steam!

Motive power includes: ex-GWR 94xx, 74xx, 16xx, 57xx, 56xx, 41xx, 61xx, 42xx,72xx, 56xx, 2251, 43xx, 28xx, Dukedog, Bulldog, Castle, Hall, Grange and Manor classes, ex-LMS Ivatt 2-6-2T & 2-6-0s, Black 5s, 4F 0-6-0s, 8Fs and Coronation Pacifics classes plus BR Standard Britannias, Class 5 and Class 4 4-6-0s, Class 4 2-6-4T and Class 3 2-6-2 tank engines.

The archive film is in both colour and Black & White. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of Welsh steam.

Narrated by: Mike Clemens.

Cover photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, 7828 “Odney Manor” at Welshpool Station, July 1963.

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Volume 211

A Miscellany of Electric and Diesel Power No.3 (83-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED September 2017**

In this volume we continue our “Classic Traction” theme covering many of the different classes of locomotives that were in operation across all regions of the network during the 1970s and 1980s. Most of the clips selected have not been previously seen. As before with we have simply compiled the film clips in no particular order and thus a few surprises will be in store as you enjoy the video.

Starting with the Southern, we see Class 33s in action and then over on the Western we see Class 52s and Class 50s in and around the Paddington area. At Old Oak Common Depot a number of Hymeks and other types are stabled around the last of the four round-house turntables. Class 47s are seen all over the network hauling all manner of trains. Several Hymeks are seen working, including D7017 emblazoned with the D & EG signs after purchase by the Group.

On the East Coast Main Line, the famous Deltics are in action (including a glimpse of the first ever Deltic visit to Inverness) and we visit King’s Cross, Brookmans Park, Welwyn Viaduct, Hitchin, Cadwell, York plus several other locations. In Scotland we see class 26s on the Kyle line.

Class 20s were well known for working pairs and we see these on MGR coal trains at locations such as Warrington for the Fiddlers Ferry Power Station. At Tinsley Yard we see one of three class 13s stabled. These were a development from the class 08 and especially built for the yard. Most unusual are the scenes from the old Burry Port and Gwendraeth Railway with triple-headed 03s, working on the restricted height line, which in its early days was actually a canal!

More freight action includes parcels traffic, steel coil, fuel & chemical tank trains and Presflow wagon workings. A few scenes of London Underground units are followed by BR DMUs and EMUs on the Southern, Watford and Southport lines. A rarely seen Motor Parcels van is captured hauling two baggage vans out of Paddington. A German built railbus is also spotted meandering around Kemble. Plus a few shots taken around the South Wales Collieries.

On the West Coast Main Line we see class 85 & 86 electrics followed by a pair of EM1 Bo-Bos on the Woodhead route. Other locations include Churchdown, Banbury, Didcot, Bishops Stortford, (where we see a special guards-van railtour) as well as Barnetby and Chester. Harlow Mill features several stone trains arriving and departing with a variety of 37s, 47s, 56s, 58s, a 59 and 60s providing the power. We also visit High Wycombe, Bletchley, Cheltenham and Shrewsbury areas. Plus a couple of scenes from Wennington and the Settle & Carlisle.

With such a diverse range of locomotives there is an equally diverse range of liveries, from original green two-tone, BR Corporate Blue, Large-Logo, Railfreight sector variants, Inter-City and more including special ‘one-offs’ such as the ‘Yellow Peril’ No.47803. We also see the Crewe Test Train in action plus a couple of passing Motorail services.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Type 4 D1576 in the New Forest with the up “Bournemouth Belle”, July 1967.

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Volume 209

Southern Steam Miscellany No.1 (84-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED Late May 2017**

Jim Clemens Collection No.34.

This is the first volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover Southern steam. It features previously unseen footage from the Jim Clemens Collection and is mostly compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels. In this volume we feature a wealth of Southern steam with particular emphasis on the Withered Arm, Basingstoke and Somerset & Dorset areas as well as between Weymouth and Lymington Pier.

In the 1960s, Jim Clemens purchased a significant quantity of original 16mm offcuts and unused film directly from Pat Whitehouse. These were from the BBC “Railway Roundabout” TV programmes. Some of this footage has been used in this volume and includes a journey from Bath Green Park to Evercreech Junction with 7F 2-8-0 53807 plus T9 4-4-0s working on the Withered Arm lines.

Places visited also include Barnstaple Junction to Torrington and Halwill Junction, Bude, Basingstoke (especially in 1962 and 1967), Exeter, Micheldever, Eastleigh, Wilton, Gillingham, Templecombe, Corfe Castle, Worgret Junction, Bulford, Bentley, Wadebridge, Otterham, Yeovil Town, Yeovil Junction, Hampton Court, Weymouth, Weymouth Shed, Upwey & Broadwey, Upwey Wishing Well Halt, Dorchester South, Bournemouth, Brockenhurst, the Lymington Branch, Bath Green Park Shed, Devonshire Tunnel, Midsomer Norton, Shepton Mallet, Evercreech Junction, Tavistock North, Okehampton, Seaton Junction and Evershot Bank. Quite a variety!

During our travels, we see a complete cross-section of 1960s Southern motive power including locomotives from classes M7, Beattie Tank, Q, Q1, 700, T9, S15, W, N, Lord Nelson, King Arthur, Schools and West Country and Merchant Navy pacifics. BR Standards also put in an appearance with examples from Class 5s, Class 4 4-6-0s, Class 4 2-6-0s, Class 4 2-6-4Ts, Class 3 2-6-2Ts and even a 9F 2-10-0. Plus not forgetting a sprinkling of LMS Class 2 2-6-2Ts and a solitary Black 5!

The archive film is in both colour and Black & White and was mostly dates from 1960 to 1967. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of Southern steam.

Cover Photo:- Alan Maund, 34086 “219 Squadron” at Crediton on 18th.August 1962.

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Volume 208

Great Western Steam Steam Miscellany No.3 (83-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED April 2017**

Jim Clemens Collection No.33.
The third of our “Miscellany” series to cover Great Western Steam. The film is taken from the Jim Clemens Collection and has mostly never been seen before. Once again the footage has been assembled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and especially features the lines around Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the Cambrian lines in Wales.

We begin with extensive coverage of the Worcester to Bromyard branch followed by scenes at Tyseley shed (1961), Tenbury Wells, the Kidderminster to Buildwas Severn Valley branch with a GWR railcar (1961), Buildwas to Much Wenlock (1961), Kidlington, Wolvercot Junction, Oxford and Radley (1965), Didcot (1963) and Basingstoke (1965).

Next, there is a visit to the Gloucester to Hereford line before covering the Gloucester to Stroud and Chalford push-pull (in some detail), Kemble, Trowbridge and Westbury (1962), Bristol, Swindon Works and the famous Crumlin Viaduct(1963).

Then onwards to Shrewsbury for the Cambrian lines at Welshpool, Montgomery, Newtown, Carno, Talerddig Bank, Machynlleth, Aberystwyth, Fairbourne, Barmouth Bridge, Barmouth, Llanbedr & Pensarn, Llandanwg, Harlech, Pent Briwet Bridge and Portmadoc.

Returning to the Cotswolds area, we visit Wotton Wawen, Stratford-upon-Avon, Long Marston, Honeybourne, Broadway, Laverton, Cheltenham (including the last day of the local service in March 1960), Leominster, Titley Junction, Kington, Presteign (in 1964 and witness its last ever in-bound freight), Worcester Shed, Worcester, Pershore, Evesham, Littleton & Badsey, Honeybourne, Chipping Campden.Bank, Moreton-in-Marsh and finally Ascott-under-Wychwood and Charlbury!

A huge variety of ex-GWR steam locomotives is seen ranging from all types of 4-6-0s (Kings, Castles, Counties, Halls, Granges and Manors), 28xx, 2251, 72xx, 45xx, 41xx, 66xx, 57xx, 94xx, 16xx, 14xx and some GWR railcars. Plus BR Standards, mainly 9Fs, Britannias, Class 4 4-6-0s.

There is something for everyone and a Great Western delight for all GW enthusiasts.

The archive film is in both colour and Black & White and was mostly filmed in the 1950s and 1960s. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of GWR steam.

Cover Photo:- Alan Maund, 7906 “Fron Hall” north of Fernhill Heath, 18/10/64

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Volume 205

London Midland Steam Miscellany No.3 (88-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED September 2016**

THE JIM CLEMENS COLLECTION No.32. The third in our miscellany series covering London Midland steam. Using mostly unseen film taken from the Jim Clemens collection it is largely assembled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and has coverage across much of the Region.

We visit Bescot in December 1964 to witness the end of the LNWR ‘Super Ds’, Carlisle Kingmoor shed in both 1964 and 1967, the Crewe to Carlisle line behind ‘Coronations’ and ‘Britannias’, the last day of the Stanbridgeford to Leighton Buzzard line in June 1962, the Wolverton to Newport Pagnell branch in August 1964 and group action at Lichfield Trent Valley in 1963.

Next we travel to Bromsgrove for scenes on the Lickey Incline between 1961 and 1964, including the now-preserved Jubilee “Kolhapur” making an unaided ascent on a freight train. We continue along the ‘loop line’ from Barnt Green, through Redditch, Alcester, and Evesham to Ashchurch just before its closure as a through route in 1962. Onwards to the Worcester area and then along the branch from Ashchurch to Tewkesbury, Ripple, and Upton-on-Severn in 1959 and 1960 with 4Fs and 3Fs. This is followed by scenes at Halesowen, Dowery Dell Viaduct, Saltley shed in November 1961, the Gloucester area and Bristol Temple Meads between 1960 and 1965.

A visit to Birkenhead shed in February 1967 sees a profusion of 9Fs plus the end of the ‘Crabs’. There is footage of Shrewsbury to Ruabon line, Wrexham, Chester in the mid-1960s and Northwich, Patricroft and Lostock Hall sheds at the beginning of 1968. The last train is seen over the SMJR from Stratford to Woodford Halse in April 1965 with a 4F and we visit Banbury in the summer of 1966 with Black 5s. Finally there are visits to the branches from Bedford to both Northampton and Hitchin in 1959 hauled by Ivatt 2-6-2Ts.

There is something for all LM enthusiasts with a variety of classes ranging from ‘Coronations’, ‘Royal Scots’, ‘Jubilees’, and Black 5s, all the way down to even 2Fs – a London Midland delight!!

The archive film is mostly in colour and filmed in the late 1950s and the 1960s. An authentic sound track has been added along with commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.

Cover photo:- Jim Clemens, 3F 0-6-0T No.43645 at Ashchurch in 1961.

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Volume 191

Diesel Electric Heyday Part 1 (75-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED February 2015**

This is the first volume in a series featuring the diesel electric locomotives of British Rail. Here we mostly cover the low powered Types 1 & 2 . Many scenes are from the early days with locomotives in their original green liveries ; others show the changes into BR Corporate Blue.

We start with glimpses of English Electric Type 4s, Deltics (including some rare footage of the blue prototype on action of the ECML), and a Metrovick Co-Bo! We also see Southern DEMUs including those specially designed for the narrow tunnels on the Hastings Line.

A brief visit to Crewe Works is followed by footage of the very successful EE Type 1s in action at Bescot, Loggerheads, on the WCML and at several collieries. The less successful centre-cab Clayton Type 1s are seen in action at Shotts, Millerhill, Pelaw and on Hest Bank.

The workhorse Brush Type 2s were introduced in 1957 and there are scenes of them at work at many locations across the network including Harringay, Hadley Wood, Cambridge (on the Royal Train), Paddington, Wennington, Instow on the Bideford branch and on the last train along the Dunstable branch (“The Skimpot Flyer”).

In Scotland, the short lived North British Type 2s are seen at Elgin, Perth, Inverurie, Gleneagles and Stirling.

The numerous BR Sulzer Type 2s operated throughout the UK. We see them as far afield as on Tyne Dock Iron Ore trains, the Tay Bridge, Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso, Ais Gill, Manchester, North Wales and Dawlish. We also see them on the Cambrian at Llynclyss, on milk Trains at Torrington, china clay trains around Bodmin, and at Bredbury Junction being banked by a Stanier 8F. Even a pair triple heading with a BRCW Type 2 on the “Royal Highlander”!

Finally, there are scenes of BRCW Type 2s working commuter trains at Luton before we head north to see them in later life working on the Kyle of Lochalsh line. There is also rare footage of D6547 hauling Schools Class “Repton” and M7 30053 en route to Canada. Plus footage of piloting Bulleid Pacifics up the ferocious Bincombe Bank, and around Shrewsbury during Crewe Station refurbishment

All the archive film is in colour and an authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Brush Type 2 D5691 approaches Millhouses, 1965

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Volume 189

North of Shrewsbury Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 27th November 2014**

The second of our two volumes specifically covering the lines in an area north of Shrewsbury to Chester.

We start our journey at Gobowen, including a visit to the signal box, before moving on to Weston Rhyn where a connection was made to the NCB colliery at Ifton. The colliery is covered in some detail during the years up to closure in 1968; tank engines “Unity”, “Spider” and “Hornet” are all seen at work.

We return to the main line at Weston Rhyn for more steam activity plus a visit to the signal box and later, after closure, footage of its dismantling and removal for reuse on the preserved Llangollen Railway.

Next, onwards to Chirk viaduct and then to Chirk to witness the 50th. Anniversary celebrations of the closure of the Glyn Valley Tramway. We cross the Cefn viaduct for plenty of steam scenes around Ruabon including the Llangollen line junction.

We visit the collieries at Bersham, Hafod and Gresford. Then at Croes Newydd, Wrexham, we see the diesel hauled steel traffic from Brymbo plus a visit to the engine shed.

There is more steam activity on Gresford Bank and also at Rossett at the start of the climb. Finally we visit Chester for more steam scenes.

The archive film of steam traction on these routes includes former GWR, LMS and BR Standard classes. Plus the first working of 4472 “Flying Scotsman” in private ownership in 1963! There is some archive footage of main line steam hauled tours from the preservation era as well as a few diesel scenes, making our story complete.

All the archive film is in colour apart from a few sequences in B & W. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Jim Clemens, Black 5 No.45310 on a Chester to Shrewsbury train, 1967.

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Volume 160

Steam in Wales & The Borders Part 3 (70-mins) Price £19.75

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Part 3 begins at Shrewsbury in the 1970s and 1980s with a brief look at the main line runs with steam that returned here on the North-and-West route to Hereford. Back to the 1960s proper, and archive film at Hereford on its route to Gloucester. Then on to Talyllyn Junction for the northern section of the Brecon and Merthyr Railway with its pannier tank service through Talybont-on-Usk and Torpantau. The Aberystwyth to Carmarthen line was another route into South Wales and we  travel this route including a visit to its Aberayron branch, a source of important milk traffic. Then southwards to Pencarder and Bronwydd Arms, now home of the Gwili Railway. The Central Wales line from Llandovery to Portardulais and Swansea is shown in the early 1960s including a visit to Swansea East Dock for pre-grouping 0-4-0 tank engines. We travel the Vale of Neath line from Pontypool Road to Neath via Crumlin, Dowlais and Quakers Yard leading through the coal mining area of South Wales and visit Abersychan and Graig Merthyr collieries for their “Paddy” trains. The South Wales main line from Severn Tunnel to Cardiff and Newport in the 1960s is also covered. Our archive film has many types of Great Western locomotives from Castles, Halls, Granges and Manors to 28xx, 72xx, 56xx and Panniers.

All in colour with an authentic sound track and a highly researched and infomative  commentary.

Cover Photo:- Dr. Gaius Sutton, 3691 at Bedwas on a Newport to Brecon train.

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Volume 155

North of Shrewsbury Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The first of two videos covering the lines in an area north of Shrewsbury to Chester. This video features the line to Crewe as far as Willaston via Whitchurch, the Shrewsbury to Gobowen line and the Gobowen to Oswestry and Blodwell line. Archive film of steam traction is shown on these routes including ex-GWR and Standard classes. There is also footage of some of the main line steam hauled tours in the 1970s.
We visit the signalboxes at Shrewsbury, Leaton, Whittington and Gobowen , observing the passing railway scene featuring both steam and diesel traction in the 1960s and early 1970s. At Gobowen the steam archive footage takes us south to Llanymynech with a look at the Shopshire & Montgomery and its last steam hauled tour. There is also extensive lineside and cab views of the diesel hauled stone trains from Gobowen to Blodwell Quarry. The traffic ceased in 1989. All film and video material used is in colour except for the Shropshire and Montgomery scenes. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with an extensively researched commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Ivatt 46512 arrives at Oswestry from Llanfyllin, August 1963.

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Volume 152

Steam in Wales & The Borders Part 2 (80-mins) Price £19.75

In this second part, we begin at Gobowen on the Shrewsbury to Chester main line before looking at the connection to Oswestry and the Cambrian line south to Llanymynech and Llanfyllin, prior to its closure in 1965.
We return to Gobowen with a stone train and then onwards to Shrewsbury. Steam finished here in 1967 and there is a rare appearance of the Blue Pullman amongst the Black 5s. Onwards, we travel west along the Cambrian route to Machynlleth and Aberystwyth, using ex-GWR Manors and the later BR Standards for motive power. Along the way we see steam scenes at the narrow gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Railway both before and after preservation. The Vale of Rheidol is also visited when its original Aberystwyth terminus was in use. Finally, with steam reigning supreme, we return to Shrewsbury via Talerddig Incline with some contrasting views of steam returning to the route in later years. Included are some black & white film scenes of the estwhile Corris Railway. Manors, Halls, Black 5s, Ivatts and BR Standards are all featured, even a Dukedog!

The archive film material used is in colour, except for the Corris Railway scenes, with an authentic soundtrack and an informative commentary.

Cover Photo:- Dr. Gaius Sutton, 75012 climbs Talerddig, 20/8/66.

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Volume 128

Cambrian Coast Route Part 3 (80-mins) Price £19.75

This third volume in the series covering the Cambrian Coast Express Route from London to Aberystwyth and Pwhelli, takes a look at the line west of SHREWSBURY through the hills of Mid-Wales over TALERDDIG summit.

Using archive steam material from the 1960s with occasional diesel footage such as the first ever visit of an HST working in 1983, WELSHPOOL is reached. Here there is extensive coverage of the Welshpool and Llanfair line in its pre-1956 working days with freight.

Onwards over TALERDDIG with Manors and Standards and a few views of the return to steam tours. MACHYNLLETH is seen also in great detail and variety with film sometimes from the 1950s; ex-Western motive power including Dukedogs and eventually their Standard class replacements up to 1967.

The Aberystwyth line through GLYNDFI and BORTH is followed by some scenes on the Vale of Rheidol when it had its own terminus station.

Filmed in colour except for the earliest material, this video takes a fascinating and nostalgic look back at the steam scene of the 1960s. The film has an authentic sound-track and has been researched in detail to give an informative commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt. 7828 “Odney Manor” meets 7810 “Draycott Manor” at Newtown in July 1963.

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Volume 122

Cambrian Coast Route Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

This second video about the CAMBRIAN COAST EXPRESS takes a look at the section from SHREWSBURY to WELSHPOOL. Shrewsbury is covered in great detail at the station and motive power depot. Engines from both the Midland and Western Regions are seen including Castle, County, Hall and Manor classes, Duchess, Jubilee, Black 5 and 8F off the Midland. There are Ivatts and Standards especially in 1966.

The diesel scene has come rarities. Besides the Class 37 there is a Peak on the Hookagate line, the Fisons weed-killing train, 08′s on the oil workings to Abbey Foregate and the short lived visits of the Cromptons.

Preserved King 6000 “King George V” works the Centenary dining car set in 1979 and 5596 visits Hookagate yard. A visit to the Severn Valley line when it was still connected to Shrewsbury from Bridgnorth. The MINSTERLEY branch with steam and the long single line route to Welshpool with Standard 4′s and Manors. Coverage of some of the Tal-y-Llyn specials also with Dukedogs. A very definitive programme of this section of the route.

Filmed mostly in colour this video has an authentic sound-track and informative commentary.

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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 111

Four Ways to Brecon (58-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.16. There were four railway routes to the town of BRECON in Mid-Wales until 1967.

There was a line over the Brecon Beacons to NEWPORT via TORPANTAU climbing to over 1300 feet. From the west came the 33 mile railway along the VALE OF NEATH. Connecting Brecon into the Midlands there was a line to HEREFORD via HAY-ON-WYE. Then to the north the Mid-Wales Railway followed a scenic route via BUILTH WELLS into the Cambrian mountains to reach LLANIDLOES and MOAT LANE.

All these routes are covered in detail from the camera of JIM CLEMENS up to the closure of the lines in 1962.Motive power over the routes was in the hands of GWR 5700 Panniers and LMS Ivatt Class 2 moguls. All filming was done between 1960 and 1962 including the last weeks at Brecon when the 1962/3 winter began with heavy snowfall. There is also coverage of the last steam into Brecon in 1964 from Cardiff with an enthusiasts special.

(Also see Vol.94 Steam North of Swansea, Vol.99 Herefordshire Byways, Vol.106 Steam Routes North to Shrewsbury and Vol.107 Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Archive)

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Volume 109

Cambrian Landcruise Part 2 (90-mins) Price £19.75

Shrewsbury-Ruabon-Barmouth.

A second volume of our land cruise around the Cambrian Mountains. This journey continues from SHREWSBURY to BARMOUTH via RUABON, LLANGOLLEN and DOLGELLAU.

Extensive coverage of SHREWSBURY is seen in the early 1960’s at the station and a detailed look at steam locomotives on Coleham sheds. Here LMS and GWR engines were serviced from Panniers to Black 5s, Manors and Granges. The station saw Jubilees and through and transfer freights behind 28xx, Manors, and Halls. Journey north via LEATON BASCHURCH and GOBOWEN with diversions to WHITCHURCH and OSWESTRY. A visit to IFTON colliery and CHIRK to RUABON. Sun and snow at LLANGOLLEN LINE JUNCTION. Continue down the Dee Valley via LLANGOLLEN. Here we see how it used to be in the 1960’s and comparative views of the preserved line from LLANGOLLEN to CARROG using 1980’s and 1990’s views of visiting engines to this railway. Some home based engines as well! On to BALA and DOLGELLAU in 1964. Finally MORFA MAWDDACH and BARMOUTH, even track recovery trains on the Dee valley route that closed in 1965.

Motive power seen includes Manors, Granges, Halls, 28xx, 2251, Panniers and 43xx. LMS Black 5s, Jubilee, 8Fs and 2MT, backed up by a few Standard Classes. The scenery on this route is again superb forming a great backdrop for the steam action on these main and secondary lines. Some views date from 1959, one from 1930, in this comprehensive account of the line from SHREWSBURY to BARMOUTH via the Dee Valley.

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