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Volume 197

Southern Steam Finale No.10 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED September 2015**

The final(!) of our Southern Steam Finale series which covers the last 18 months leading up to the end of steam on the Southern Region in July 1967. Here we use material that was not included in the first 9 volumes plus a few minutes of early preservation footage; but even that is from over 30 years ago! Luckily some Southern engines survived to bring back memories of those halcyon days. We look at some of the older classes the Lord Nelsons, King Arthurs & Schools, which although all withdrawn in 1962, have examples which have been in steam since July 1967.

Twenty years on from the end of steam, Merchant Navy “Clan Line” was seen on the Blackmore Vale Expresses from Salisbury to Exeter, with grateful thanks to Gerald Daniels the then Area Manager. Bullied Battle of Britain 34067 “Tangmere” and West Country 34092 “City of Wells” are also seen on specials, some far away from their comfort zone.

But back to 1967. The majority of the engines at the end were unkempt but not unloved by their drivers, with many a tale being told of a Bulleid Pacific thundering along the track at over 100mph! Most of this volume concentrates on the last steam main line from Waterloo to Bournemouth and Weymouth, but we also take a trip across the Solent to the Isle of Wight to see the Victorian Adams 02 class 0-4-4 tanks. These really useful engines, were sent to the Island by the Southern Railway in the 1920s to replace the ancient engines inherited from the various Island railways. They lasted to the end of steam on the Island, and one W24 “Calbourne” has been preserved.

As well as the more glamorous express engines, we see Urie and Maunsell S15s, Maunsell N & U class Moguls, Bulleid’s Q1s and the USA 0-6-0 dock tanks. Standard Class 4s & 5s are seen, working alongside Standard Class 3 and 4 tanks. LMS Black 5s and Ivatt tanks are also seen plus A4 60024 “Kingfisher” and A2 60532 “Blue Peter” on enthusiast specials.

So pour yourself a glass of Tizer, tuck into that individual apple pie and sit back and enjoy the DVD.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Schools Class 30926 “Repton” passing Paddock Wood, 1962.

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Volume 192

Turkish Delight Part 2 (75-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED March 2015**

Turkey is a country with a landscape full of dramatic contrasts from the largely flat western side in Europe to the rugged, mountainous eastern side in Asia separated by the Bosphorus waterway. To cope with this challenging environment, the railways used simple but powerful steam locomotives and continued to do so until the late 1980s. Turkey was one of the last countries in the world to use steam traction and it became a mecca for steam enthusiasts.

In Part 1, we visited the Asiatic side around Izmir and the Black Sea coast around Zonguldak before moving east to the Euphrates Gorge and then south to Konya.
In this Part 2, we revisit the Zonguldak area and the Burdur system before returning to Izmir and then continue along the Konya and Afyon line. We visit several of the lines in the Afyon area before revisiting the Burdur system and return to Izmir from Denizli.

Although the named express trains were usually diesel hauled, most of the country was steam worked using a variety of steam engines of many different types. Here we see both main line and secondary line, passenger, freight and mixed trains hauled by a mixture of 2-10-2s, 2-10-0s, 0-10-0s, 2-8-2s, 2-8-0s and 0-8-0s passing through some dramatic scenery and weather.

There are double-headed and banked (even some double banked) trains. Prussian, German and USA built locomotives abound. We see some British Stanier 8F “Churchill” 2-8-0s working trains plus a brief glimpse of a steam crane on shunting duties!. In addition to the main and secondary lines footage there are some steam shed scenes. There is even footage of a rail-across-rail level crossing!

An absolutely fascinating record of the last years of steam traction in Turkey!

This all colour film has been brought to life with superb sound and commentary.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Colin White. 57009 arrives at Basmane from Kars and leaves on the 11am to Soma, 13/12/75.

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Volume 188

Along Southern Lines Part 8 – South West to Exeter & Beyond (65-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED 9th October 2014**

Most of the Southern’s train journeys to the West commenced at Waterloo where we see a Merchant Navy pacific backing on to its train before departing. Double headed MNs depart from Weymouth followed by a Standard Class 5 at Wareham. There is Bulleid action at Seaton Jct and Barnstaple plus an N Class 2-6-0 at Okehampton.

At Bournemouth Central we see S&DJR 2-8-0s, Bulleid pacifics, Standard Class 5s and Ivatt class 2 tanks. Adding to this variety blue A4 “Sir Nigel Gresley” is on a rail tour racing through the New Forest. Scenes at Brockenhurst feature both Standard tender and tank engines. A Channel Island Bulleid hauled boat train hurries through Beaulieu Road. More Bulleid Pacifics are seen at Southampton Central and Eastleigh with one rushing through Shawford in wintery conditions. Some excellent shots of Bulleids and Standard class 4 4-6-0s at Battledown Flyover are followed by footage at Basingstoke with Bulleids roaring through and departing.

Along the Salisbury line we stop at Andover for some nice Bulleid action, as well as an S15 and a Standard class 5 plus a GWR Manor, Hall and an S&D 2-8-0 on enthusiasts specials. At Salisbury we are just in time to see the crack Atlantic Coast Express arrive. More Bulleid pacifics along with an N Class mogul. A USA tank has the melancholy task of shunting lines of withdrawn engines. Passing Salisbury shed, and Templecombe we reach Yeovil Junction to see a Maunsell King Arthur, an M7 on a push-pull and a Merchant Navy.

Next a trip to Yeovil Town on a Western auto train before returning to the Junction for more Bulleid action. After passing through Crewkerne and Chard, where a pair of S15s are seen, we arrive at Axminster. We travel the Lyme Regis branch, first behind the legendary 0415 tanks and then by two Ivatt class 2 tanks on the LCGB East Devon Railtour. Next to Seaton Junction for a trip to Seaton behind an M7 tank before returning to the Junction to see S15′s, Pacifics and a 64XX pannier . Onwards to Sidmouth for M7, Standard Class 3 and an Ivatt class 2 plus Pannier hauled special train to Exmouth. We travel past Exmouth Junction Shed where an A4 is being serviced and arrive at Exeter Central for the ACE. A W tank is seen amongst the usual motive power.

Finally we traverse the steep gradient down towards Exeter St Davids to see two West Countries departing, then to Cowley Bridge for the Southern’s Withered Arm with some nice shots of N class 2-6-0s at Eggesford, Halwill Jct. and Braunton plus an Ivatt tank at Instow.

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

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 34078 “22 Squadron” enters Exeter Central. 1963.

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Volume 184

Along Southern Lines Part 7 (75-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED MAY 2014**

The Southern always seemed to be the happy friendly holiday line. Their public relations officer the great Sir John Elliot’s slogan was the sun always came soonest to the Southern. This volume begins at Waterloo Station where many happy parents weighed down with suitcases, and their excited children carrying their buckets and spades started their holidays.

We see rebuilt Bulleid pacifics depart from Waterloo. The prestigious Bournemouth Belle is seen passing through Clapham Junction and Common. One of Maunsell’s famous Schools is seen at Woking. A brief visit across country to Guildford where an N Class mogul departs on a train. We quickly return to the Bournemouth main line and several rebuilt pacifics are seen at SouthamptonCentral. This is followed by a nice sequence at Millbrook. The Redbridge causeway is crossed and a Maunsell S15, Standards and Bulleids are seen at Totton station. A trip is taken down the Fawley branch behind two USA tanks. An earlier special sees an H16 tank at Fawley.

Rejoining the mainline, we have a footplate trip into the New Forest complete with views of it’s famous ponies. There are scenes at Lyndhurst Road and shots of Bulleids at Brockenhurst. The Lymington branch train is seen arriving and departing. Standard Class 4, Ivatt and M7 tanks are seen on the branch. There is even a trip behind a Q1 on a railtour. Travelling further west we see Bulleids and Standards climbing Sway bank. A nice long sequence of film at Bournemouth Central station and shed follows, with many engines seen including Lord Nelsons and M7s. Next stop is the now closed line to Bournemouth West. The severely curved platform at Poole sees plenty of activity.

The rarely filmed lines to the west of Poole and the Oxbow bridge are seen, before we head for Wareham and the Swanage branch which is fortunately beautifully preserved. Standard and Ivatt tanks are seen on the line, along with specials top and tailed by Bulleids and Standard 4s. The sun did not always shine and we see some shots taken in the pouring rain. On departing the branch and Wareham, several shots are seen across Ashley Heath before arriving at the old Dorchester South Station with its separate up and down platforms and its complex movements before the station was rebuilt. Bulleids reign supremely here. A train is then boarded for the journey to Weymouth.

All the archive film is in colour apart from a few seconds in black & white.. An authentic soundtrack has been added along with a researched commentary.

Cover Photo:- Jim Clemens. 34095 “Brentor” between Bournemouth and Poole, 1965.

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Volume 178

Steam Memories of the Sixties Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED JULY2013**

THE CHRIS NOYLE COLLECTION No.2. Chris Noyle filmed railways in Britain and Europe from 1962 to 1972. This is the second volume from his collection and features the steam scene in England, Scotland and Wales in the 1960s.We start in Scotland at Aberdeen and Perth for B1s & A4s including 60016 “Silver King” before views at Derby in 1962 of the last remaining unrebuilt Patriot, 45543 “Home Guard” and of “Clun Castle” on the first part of the Paddington to Gloucester to Birmingham Snow Hill rail tour in 1965.

Chris then visited Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway in 1968. In those very early preservation days, steam trains only ran as far as Hampton Loade. A far cry from the scene today!

Then onto the Southern in 1967 and a variety of scenes right up to the end of steam at a number of locations including Basingstoke, Guildford and Nine Elms Shed featuring Bulleids, Standards, USA Tanks and even an A4 Pacific! The very last “Bournemouth Belle” Pullman passes by…

In 1966, Chris went on a rail tour, this time from London to North Wales hauled by Britannia 70004 from Crewe, a pair of Stanier 2-6-4Ts from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog and a Crab to Denbigh. Another rail tour is Black 5 hauled around the Walsall & Wolverhampton area before going forward via Shrewsbury to Chester with 7029 “Clun Castle” and then returning to Crewe with a former Crosti boilered 9F.

In 1967, he visited the Banbury area to see the last two ex-GW steam hauled trains to Chester pass by with preserved Castles and he also visited the shed to see the last remnants of steam.

The North East Region was of great interest to Chris. There are many scenes in this area before steam finished in September 1967, including at Tyne Dock shed. Onto the Midland Region for footage around Carlisle and Leeds in 1966 including a visit to Holbeck Roundhouse and Farnley Junction sheds featuring Britannias and ex-LMS Black Fives. Whilst in the area, Chris also visited Wakefield to see WD 2-8-0s and the other engines there. Finally, back to the North Eastern Region in 1967 for extensive footage of J27s, Q6s (including the now preserved 63395), WDs and K1s hauling coal trains and empties to and from Seaham, Hall Dene and Vane Tempest Collieries.

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: K4 2-6-0 No.62050 on coal empties, 1967.

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Volume 165

Along Southern Lines Part 4 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**IN STOCK LATE SEPTEMBER**

The fourth in our series of archive films showing the general scenes of the Southern Region in the 1960s with both service trains and enthusiast rail tours. We start with a visit to Portsmouth in 1960 before travelling along the coast towards Havant and a detailed look at the Terrier tank engines on the Hayling Island branch. Onwards to Brighton for scenes in 1960 plus a visit by ex-LNER No.3442 “The Great Marquess” in 1967. At the former Pullman Works, we see the stored locomotives belonging to National Collection before the site closed and they were sent to other locations.The Bluebell Line is featured during the early days of preservation in the 1960s, including visits of Caledonian Single No.123 and ex-LSWR T9 No.102 and footage of other early locos on the line. A visit to Tunbridge Wells West for Standard and H Class tank locomotives. South again to Southampton Docks in 1962 and the activities of USA 0-6-0 tanks and E Class 0-6-0s. A variety of engine types can be seen at Eastleigh shed. Around Southampton and into the New Forest, there is extensive coverage of the many different locomotive types to be seen during last days of steam on the Southern, including Bulleid Pacifics, Standards and even some ex-GWR and ex-LMS locomotives on inter-regional workings.

Apart from a few scenes, all the material is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track

Cover photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, Terrier Class A1X 0-6-0T No.32678 on Hayling Island, July1960.

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Volume 158

Along Southern Lines Part 3 (65-mins) Price £19.75

**IN STOCK 4th.January 2011**

The third in our series of archive films showing the general scenes of the Southern Region in the 1960s with both service trains and enthusiast rail tours. This volume was filmed between 1959 and 1967 and covers railway locations from BASINGSTOKE to MICHELDEVER, EASTLEIGH, FAREHAM, GOSPORT, PORTSMOUTH and the ISLE-OF-WIGHT. Many Southern classes are seen including Lord Nelson 4-6-0s, ex-LSWR T9s, Bulleid Pacifics, USA, L1, M7, E1 and B4 tanks, Q1, N class Moguls and BR Standards. Early preservation scenes of 34023 contrast with previous BR service views. There are even brief scenes of ex-GWR and ex-LMS locos on inter-regional trains. We visit the Mid-Hants railway at Ropley in pre-preservation times with 31768 4-4-0 on a railtour. At Eastleigh there are many scenes dating back as far as 1959 including views inside the Locomotive Works erecting shop. We visit the shed to see the many classes of engines present including LSWR T9 No.120. Eastleigh was the junction for Fareham and Portsmouth and we visit Droxford and Gosport on railtours before arriving at Portsmouth Harbour. Finally we visit the ISLE-OF-WIGHT for extensive coverage of the last O2 tanks on the Southern at work on the Ryde, Newport, Cowes and Ventnor lines, including the last day of steam.
Apart from a few scenes, all the material is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, 30859 “Lord Hood” at Battledown Flyover, April 1960.

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Volume 153

Remembering the Southern Part 3 (65-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.28. Our third volume of Southern Steam memories from the JIM CLEMENS archive film collection, this time featuring the South Western Division in Hampshire and Dorset in 1966 and 1967.

After a brief glimpse of Waterloo station exterior, there is coverage of steam from SOUTHAMPTON to BOURNEMOUTH and WEYMOUTH with Bulleid pacifics. Next we feature four rail tours with a variety of motive power including a Stanier Black 5, USA tanks to FAWLEY, a Maunsell Mogul to GOSPORT, visiting A4 pacifics 60024, “Kingfisher” and the newly preserved 4498 “Sir Nigel Gresley” both to Weymouth and an Ivatt 2MT along the Weymouth Quay Tramway. Normal service trains see steam haulage along the main line through the New Forest area with Bulleid pacifics, both rebuilt and unrebuilt plus BR Standard classes. There is also extensive coverage of the LYMINGTON Branch to the end of steam in 1967, including views of LYMINGTON PIER station from the ferry! Plenty of action at Bournemouth Central with its shed visible from the main down platform, well filmed and with an abundance of detail. Finally, brief visits to BROADSTONE, BOURNEMOUTH WEST with the Pines Express, SWANAGE with a Special, and a last look at main line steam.

Cover photo: Jim Clemens, 73084 leaves Christchurch.

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Volume 112

Steam into Wessex Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A Southern Region film following the route from Waterloo to Southampton.

There is a diversion to the GUILDFORD to REDHILL line with scenes mainly in 1963 with S15 and Maunsell moguls prominent. The Southern main line has visits to WIMBLEDON, WOKING, FARNBOROUGH, BASINGSTOKE, MICHELDEVER and WINCHESTER.

The Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway is covered in the early 1960’s with T9 and Western motive power.

Travelling south-westwards via SHAWFORD and ALLEROOK we reach EASTLEIGH with 9F and Britannia types mixing it with various Southern types including C14 and un-rebuilt Bulleids, even 35028. 3440 CITY of TRURO puts in an appearance.

HAYLING ISLAND branch scenes, LONGMOOR, not on an open day! and SOUTHAMPTON DOCKS with a T9 and B4 joining the usual USA tanks. The QUEEN MARY was in port.

Filmed from 1959 to 1966 this production has fascinating and sometimes rare views of the Southern Region at work with many different classes and some visitors as well. The majority of the film is in colour and an informative commentary has been added with an authentic soundtrack.

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Volume 73

Southern Steam Finale Part 7: March to April 1967 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Number seven in the definitive story of the end of Southern steam. This volume covers March and April 1967. Even with new diesel and electric rosters, beside the normal services, steam was still covering failures. These are covered in detail through the suburbs of London. The main focus is around the Southampton and the New Forest areas. The Fawley branch is visited by USA tanks on a railtour which then continued on the truncated S & D line to Blandford Forum and the Swanage branch. The Lymington branch lost its steam traction in April 1967 and views of the last week are well documented. The Hampshire Branch Line tour is featured via Salisbury and Ramsey. Finally the “Kenny Belle” service to Olympia.Covers the period March & April 1967 & features steam in the suburbs of London, the Southampton & New Forest area, the Fawley, Swanage & Lymington branches, the Hampshire Branch Line Tour, & the Kenny Belle service to Olympia.

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Volume 41

Southern Steam Finale Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Looks at the events on the Southern Region in March/April 1966 and features 17 different BR and Southern classes. Covers Waterloo to Weymouth main line and its workings plus three railtours. The “New Forester from Eastleigh to Gosport, Fawley and Lymington, with U, Ql and USA tanks. The visit of A4 pacific Kingfisher for a whole weekend for runs to Weymouth and Exeter. The Wilts and Hants utilised U and N Class moguls and the last run with a Bulleid Ql Class, 33006 from Salisbury. The many main line trains are seen at locations such as Waterloo, Clapham, West Byfleet, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Southampton and Bournemouth, and lineside in between. Steam in Kent is seen by way of the steam outpost at Ashford wagon works where a C Class 0-6-0 still worked alongside two departmental USA tanks; others are seen at Southampton Docks.

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Volume 21

Steam South & West (60-mins) Price £19.75

The early sixties saw Barry Eagles roaming the rails south and west to record the last workings of steam in the South Wales coalfields with 72xx, 56xx, Panniers, Granges and Halls. Journeying via Gloucester, Yeovil and Templecombe we arrive at Southampton Docks where USA tanks worked the wharves and even 3440 “City of Truro” paid a visit. We visit the Isle-of-Wight for the 02 class, Hayling Island for Terriers, Ashford for C class and the ex-LSWR main line from Basingstoke to Weymouth for Bulleids, Standards, S15, Moguls, M7, B4 and the ex-GWR Halls on the Bournemouth to Birkenhead working. Salisbury, Fawley, Lymington and the Swanage branch are also featured.

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