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Volume 171

Along GWR Lines Part 4 – South Wales (60-mins) Price £19.75

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In this fourth part of our series, we mainly cover the railways in South Wales and mostly in the days of steam between 1960 and 1965. We feature many of the 0-6-2T and 8-coupled types famous for their use in this part of Wales.

After a few brief scenes in 1960 at Towyn on the Cambrian, we visit the South Wales main line at Pilning for views of double-headed coal trains. Then to Cardiff for 0-6-2Ts, 2-8-0s, Prairies & Pannier tanks and even an 8F interloper from Toton! There is extensive footage of a 1964 SLS “Farewell to Brecon” tour, first with 0-6-2T 6606 via Abercynon and Quakers Yard to Merthyr, then onwards to Pontsticill and Brecon with pannier 3690 plus newly preserved     2-6-2T 4555. We return via Dowlais.

A brief fast-forward to 1977 and the last Western diesel hydraulics on railtours to Treherbert, Aberdare, Merthyr & Pontypridd.

Back in the 1960s, we visit the NCB collieries at Maerdy, Merthyr Vale and Mountain Ash to see ex-GWR pannier tanks including now preserved 9600 and 7754. But at Cashmores, the scrapman is busy…

We return to Cardiff for more 2-8-0Ts, Castles and 9Fs before travelling along the South Wales main line to Ebbw Jct. There are busy scenes at Newport and on the main line before reaching Severn Tunnel Junction. Further along we pass the Severn Road Bridge under construction and arrive at Gloucester, for scenes there in 1962 & 1964.

The Vale of Neath line ran from Pontypool Road. We see a lot of activity around Pontypool and visit Hafodyrynys mine for its Hunslet 0-6-0STs. Crossing the 200ft high Crumlin Viaduct, there are spectacular views of the valley below. The demolition of the viaduct is witnessed in 1967. Then to Hengoed, Treharris, Quaker’s Yard and Mountain Ash Colliery (for its saddle tanks), before arriving at Neath.

We visit Duffryn Yard depot on our way to Swansea, where in 1965 we join the last steam hauled special to Fishguard and Milford Haven with 6859  “Yiewsley Grange”. Plus some footage of the Tenby branch in 1960 with Prairies and Panniers. We conclude Part 4 with B&W and colour scenes at Cardiff Canton shed just before closure.

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

Click Here for Vol.70 – Along GWR Lines Part 1 – Paddington to Oxford
Click Here for Vol.78 – Along GWR Lines Part 2 – Oxford to Cardiff
Click Here for Vol.89 – Along GWR Lines Part 3 – Cardiff to Penzance

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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 133

Western Steam South of Birmingham (70-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.23. A video film of JIM’s travels around BIRMINGHAM and south thereof, eventually reaching SWINDON and onto some Wiltshire branches.
There is coverage of the main line south of Birmingham Snow Hill through Hatton to Leamington. Early film of an SLS 56xx class hauled tour to Henley in Arden. Standard Class 2 hauled normal journey from WOLVERHAMPTON to STOURBRIDGE via Round Oak. Bordesley steam and plenty of SNOW HILL steam scenes. Visit Tyseley shed and just for interest, the 1500 panniers at Coventry Colliery. The North Warwick line is traversed in 1968 by a DMU showing the journey and all the stations in great detail.

South through FENNY COMPTON to BANBURY and a visit to the ironstone quarries there.
In 1963 a visit to SWINDON works with the last King Class 6018. Other visits there show County class and a Clan. A little of the M&SWJR to Swindon Town. The HIGHWORTH branch, Marlborough, Savernake and Calne.

A very varied programme with some rare scenes on which much of the railway was Great Western. Motive power ranges from panniers to Kings, Prairies and Counties.

Cover photo:- Jim Clemens, 6991 “Acton Burnell Hall” passing Wolvercot Jct, 1965

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Volume 123

Scotland Revisited Part 3: The Borders (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.20. This is the third volume in a trilogy of videos on Scottish railways from the JIM CLEMENS archive film collection and covers the Border region of Scotland south of a line from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Some of the SLS/BLS Easter railtours were good opportunities to visit long lost branches that were just hanging on for freight but passenger working had ceased years before. Covered in this volume are the RESTON to DUNS, TWEEDMOUTH to WOOLER, COLDSTREAM, ROXBURGH, JEDBURGH and GREENLAW lines. Then MORPETH to REEDSMOUTH, BELLINGHAM, SCOTSGAP and ROTHBURY lines on the 1963 WANSBECK WANDERER Railtour.

A main line now closed was the PORT ROAD to STRANRAER and with a Jubilee hauled railtour, we traverse the route and also visit KIRKCUDBRIGHT, WHITHORN and GARLEISTON. A second run is with a normal service train to STRANRAER.

North to GIRVAN and AYR with a B1 around MAUCHLINE and MUIRKIRK; Caley No.123 around AYR and KILMARNOCK in 1962. There is also a railtour over the WAVERLEY route with an A4. The Ayrshire coalfields are seen at WATERSIDE.

Filmed in colour from 1962 to 1966 some interesting motive power is seen from Caledonian types to Standards. The odd Duchess comes in as well. A detailed commentary and authentic sound-track completes a nostalgic look at the railways north of the border.

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Click Here for Vol.114 – Scotland Revisited Part 2

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Volume 65

Steaming through Shropshire Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.2. Covers the steam scene around Shropshire. Beginning at Birmingham Snow Hill we travel via Wolverhampton and Oxley to Wellington Salop. Both routes into the town from Stafford and Crewe at all stations for most were in Shropshire. Shrewsbury in fine detail, Jubilee, Manor and Standard types. Leaton bank action in 1966, Gobowen to Oswestry. Whitchurch to Oswestry and Ellesmere to Wrexham. South of Oswestry to Llanymynech and Llanfylin. Nantmawr quarry to Gobowen with a steam hauled ballast train. Plenty of steam at Oswestry including the sight of a Castle on the shed in 1963. And we see the Shropshire & Montgomery on closure day in 1960 with the SLS tour. Absolute nostalgia.

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Volume 15

Archive Newsreel 2 (55-mins) Price £15

The second video in the series offers a further multitude of fascinating subjects in nine sections. We begin with a look at the 9Fs on British Railways (including the ex-Crosti type) and 92203 and 92220 on railtours in the 70′s. Others are seen around Warrington and the Lune Gorge. The Marlow Donkey was famous in Great Western history and was re-lived in 1973 using 1450, 6106 and 6998 on the branch from Maidenhead to Marlow via Bourne End. When main line steam on BR came to an end in 1968, many farewell specials were run and we next include two of them, the Lancastrian No.2 Railtour and an SLS tour from Stockport to Carnforth using Britannia 70013 and Black Fives 45156 and 44949. Narrow gauge working is depicted by scenes on the Bowaters Paper Mills in Kent before closure. The scenes contrast the locomotives working days with the pleasure they now give to passengers at Whipsnade. There is a tribute to steam power out of Waterloo in 1967. Featured are the Bournemouth Belle, an immaculate 34057 (as only Salisbury shed could do), 75069 (now preserved on the SVR), Bullied Pacifics, Standard 5s, 80xxx and 82xxx tanks. The steam shed visited on the volume is Stockport Edgeley showing Stanier Class 5′s and 8F’s in their natural environment, the motive power depot and the men who worked on them while they were turned and coaled. The continental section shows Pacific power with action from France and Germany which lasted some years after the end of steam in the UK. Both preserved continental pacifics at Carnforth are seen in action in 1976 and the French Pacific at the head of the Golden Arrow leaving Calais Maritime. Hof, Trier, Crailsheim, Lathen and Berlin feature 01 and 03 classes at work. WD 2-10-0 “Gordon” is shown over the last 25-years from its rare appearance on the Southern Region in 1966 through its days at Longmoor to its visit to Shildon and preservation on the Severn Valley Railway. We conclude with industrial steam at Shilbottle Colliery in Northumberland where 0-6-0 tanks worked hard on the three mile branch of the NCB in 1969. Again another good mix of steam traction in full variety from the humble colliery tank to the great expresses of yesteryear.

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