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Volume 117

Passion For Steam (80-mins) Price £19.75

An interesting record of Dr.Rogers’ search for the more unusual views and of his early passion for the smaller gauges of steam railways, that of narrow gauge and miniature systems, before he recorded the ending of standard gauge railways on the national network.

This journey took him as far away as India for their narrow gauge, rack railways and steam up to Broad gauge. He also visited Ireland for the County Donegal and the Tralee and Dingle.

From garden railways through to all gauges up to 15″ on passenger carrying miniature systems, some of considerable length, others around parks and now lost on the sands of time like Christchurch and Audley End.

Narrow gauges in Wales include the Welshpool and Llanfair when it ran through the streets, the beginnings of the Ffestiniog and Tal-y-Llyn and the Vale of Rheidol in its early days. There is industrial narrow gauge at Bowaters in Kent. Ireland’s Tralee and Dingle, County Donegal and Fintona horse tram, Katwijk in Holland. Tournon in France and India with the Darjeeling and Nilgiri rack railway are among others seen in the sub continent.

The film begins and ends with British standard gauge scenes that caught the attraction of Dr. Rogers as it reached its demise in the 1960′s.

Some fascinating and rare views in this film. Filmed in colour and black and white from 1949 to 1967. A detailed commentary and authentic sound track completes a nostalgic record of steam with something different to offer.

The second volume will deal with his coverage of British main line steam.

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Volume 116

Gloucestershire Byways (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.18. The railways around Gloucestershire consisted of main and branch lines and most are covered in this video film.

The main GWR line ran down the Stroud Valley to CHELTENHAM and via GLOUCESTER to South Wales. The Midland line ran a line north to south via Cheltenham to BRISTOL. Both saw heavy traffic in the days of steam, expresses and freight.

The branch lines, all long gone now, were delightful rural byways and the KEMBLE to CIRENCESTER AND TETBURY, BERKLEY ROAD to SHARPNESS and COALEY to DURSLEY lines are covered in detail. There are main line auto services to CHALFORD and the secondary line from KINGHAM to CHELTENHAM is illustrated here. Finally BRISTOL is reached, which was in Gloucestershire at the time of filming, all between 1960 and 1967.

Motive power includes Castles, Jubilees, Black 5s, Standards, Pannier and Prairie, freight types from 4F to 8F and the renowned auto tanks of 1400 and 6400 types.

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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 94

Steam North of Swansea (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.10. (Including the Central Wales Line). A video of the steam age of railways in Mid and West Wales, north of SWANSEA with full coverage of the Central Wales line from SWANSEA to CRAVEN ARMS in both directions. The CARMARTHEN to ABERYSTWYTH line closed in February 1965 and this is a detailed look at the line in the days when Manors worked the services. Two branches ran from this route to NEWCASTLE EMLYN and ABERAYRON. These are seen in great detail worked by pannier tanks on pick-up and milk traffic. ABERYSTWYTH to WELSHPOOL and LLANYMYNECH was the Cambrian Railways route through Mid Wales and a return journey from the train and the line side is undertaken, all in Wales. Standard, Manors, panniers and LMS power, including a Jubilee over the Central Wales line, all feature in this production covering a beautiful part of Wales seen through the camera of photographer JIM CLEMENS.

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Volume 89

Along GWR Lines Part 3 – Cardiif to Penzance (60-mins) Price £19.75

The third volume in the series takes us from South Wales to Penzance with an introduction at Paddington. Cardiff and Newport scenes in 1965 when there was still steam hauled freight by both large and small tank engines. Freight with steam is also seen climbing Pilning Bank out of the Severn Tunnel including the car ferry train. Down to Bristol on Stapleton Road bank. Another visit to the Staple Hill Bank on the old Midland,· but by now under Western Region control. While at Bristol see 4079 being loaded onto a ship for Australia. We thought it would never come back, but it did. Westwards via Taunton, Exeter and the sea wall to Plymouth. Cornwall and its branches to Penzance. This has a mixture of steam and diesel-hydraulic power. All scenes unrepeatable!

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Volume 84

Railways around Bristol (60-mins) Price £19.75

A film of the railways around Bristol from local cameraman Terry Nicholls who worked for British Railways and knew the best spots to see steam at work around the city. First we see Bedminster and Clifton Bridge with the Docks at Wapping Wharf using steam. Return to Temple Meads with a visit to Bath Road and the line to Bath via East Depot. Then the Midland route north to Wickwar and Mangotsfield after a visit to Barrow Road shed. Finally the South Wales line to Pilning via Stapleton Road filmed from 1964; many LMS and GWR types are included, Castles and Jubilees, even examples of the SR and LNER. Some early diesels are also seen like the Blue Pullman and a couple of Hymeks but predominately steam at its best.

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Volume 82

Severn to Dee Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

This video covers the line from Wrexham to Chester. Volume 56 ended on arriving at Wrexham. This film begins there and looks at the steam scene around the town, especlally near Croess Newydd. The branch to Brymbo and Minera was steep and engines worked hard over it with panniers, 8F and 9F. The coal mine at Gresford supplied traffic to the railways and the bank here should need no introduction for its scenery and hard working engines. Saltney Junction saw North Wales traffic working alongside the Western with Castle, Jubilee, Scot and others filmed here and over the Roodee. Chester station saw steam until 1967, the last rites are seen with some specials as well.

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Volume 79

North Wales Steam Line (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.6. A video film of a circular tour around North Wales from Chester to Llandudno via Llangollen, Bala, Barmouth, Pwllheli, Caernarvon, Holyhead and Bangor. Featuring 75xxx, 63xx and pannier tanks, the line through the Dee Valley via Llangollen shows all stations and halts before the whole route was closed,. Plenty of activity at Bala Junction including scenes at Bala Town and the route to Blaenau. Continue via Dolgellau and Penmaenpool to Morfa Mawddach. North now through Barmouth and all stations to Portmadoc and Afon Wen with GW and Standard classes. A quick visit to Pwllheli before continuing to Caernarvon via Ynys. Then Bangor to Holyhead with a return journey on the Almwch branch. Returning to Bangor and a visit to the Penrhyn narrow gauge system. Eastwards and the Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog branch. There is also a look at the Corwen – Ruthin – Denbigh line by DMU and archive film of the famous Land Cruise train via Afon Wen and Corwen. Filmed mainly in colour from 1959 to 1966, a memorable record of the time steam reigned in this part of North Wales.

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Volume 78

Along GWR Lines Part 2 – Oxford to Cardiff (60-mins) Price £19.75

A look at Great Western locomotives at work from the South Midlands to South Wales. The large and the small are seen in this video starting at Oxford. The Fairford branch is covered in detail before going on to Birmingham via Banbury and scenes at Worcester. There are scenes at Swindon including the Works. Gloucester via Chalford leads us to Pontypool Road. Follow the route to Crumlin and Aberbeeg, coal trains from Blaenavon. There are panniers and Kings, Prairies and Castles to delight the GWR fans.

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Volume 70

Along GWR Lines Part 1: Paddington to Oxford (60-mins) Price £19.75

A look at the popularity of the Great Western Railway, the longest serving company of British railways. Alter a brief resume of what was best in the GWR, we begin our journey from Paddington, where else? Kings, Castles and pannier tanks come and go from Brunel’s terminus and at Westbourne Park. At Old Oak we follow Castles and Grange classes to HighWycombe before resuming our journey west to Reading via Southall in its last days of steam. From this event, the Great Western Society emerged with their open days at Taplow. The early 1960′s provided steam on the Marlow branch and Reading General was a veritable paradise for Castles and chocolate and cream. Visit Reading shed to see engines that worked out over Goring water troughs; three minutes of water splash. Pity the Southern engines that had no scoops! The next port of call is Didcot when it played host to Castles, Halls, Panniers and 28xx Class, and a pre-preservation shed visit. Oxford was the place to be for steam in the early 1960′s. Southern engines handed over to Western here. Finally another look at Didcot in 1965 and a preview of later volumes with steam at Pilning, Dawlish and Penzance.

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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 48

North Wales Steam Holiday (60-mins) Price £19.75

The railway route to Holyhead saw steam up to 1967. Today it still sees steam on the Yns Mon Expresses but on a completely different railway to the 1960′s. Like our Volume 34 on the Cambrian we begin our journey in London, at Euston, departure point of the Irish Mail. Duchess and Britannia Class are seen alongside empty stock workings. Continue along the West Coast Main Line through Rugby and Stafford to Crewe. We stop off here for a visit to the locomotive works, the station with Duchesses, Britannias and Jinties. On to Chester meeting the GWR route from Shrewsbury and a fine view from the 1930′s of Scot 6146. Lineside through Mold Junction and Shotton to Prestatyn and Rhyl. Holiday expresses pass through behind a variety of power and a short visit to the miniature railway in 1962. Llandudno Junction with Jubilees, Duchesses, 2-6-4 tanks, Conway with Scots and Black 5′s. At Penmaenmawr steam passes against a backdrop of the sea, Llanfairfechan and its zoo! Bangor for more action in 1962. Travel the Snowdonian through Caernarvon to Llanberis. Holyhead in 1962 with Duchesses and Scots and 1949-built TS Cambria. Twenty different classes feature from Jinties and 4F’s to Patriots, Jubilees and Duchesses. Two LNER pacifics and GWR Castles put in an appearances.

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Volume 40

Setting the Standards (60-mins) Price £19.75

A video of British Railways Standard Classes of locomotives introduced onto the main lines of Britain in 1951. By 1960, when 9F 92220 “Evening Star” emerged from Swindon Works, there were a total of 999 engines in 12 classes of 6 different wheel arrangements. From an extensive archive collection of film we have been able to tell the story of these locomotives in great detail using only film from pre-1968 days, except in the case of 71000, even though we do portray her at Crewe in the early 1960′s. With this one exception, all the classes shown cover the varieties and workings of the locomotives within their class and after extensive research, we believe we have found most of them! From liveries to modifications and tender types you will find them in this video. From the foregoing, it is obvious that we cover the country from Scotland to Weymouth and West Wales to Tyne Dock since these locomotives were meant to traverse, within their limitations, the majority of lines on the BR network. Over 90 different engines appear in many locations. Good quality 8mm and 16mm film has been used in what is a completely different kind of video from our normal “area” type of film story. Some views have been seen in earlier releases. and some will be used in future productions, but here we see them in a completely new context, the real story of Standard Steam.

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Volume 38

North Wales Branches (60-mins) Price £19.75

This video contains scenes of the steam age on five North Wales branches filmed from 1961 to 1966. It was the foresight of local railway enthusiast Brian Cowlishaw with his 16mm camera and some Black & White film that we can bring you these memories where not only has steam gone on four of the branches but the tracks as well.

The first route covered is that from Chester to Mold, Denbigh and Ruthin and views all the stations from Mold such as Star Crossing, Bodfari, Nannerch and Rhewl. Motive power seen includes ex-LMS 2-6-4 Tanks and Standard Class 4’s. Next we travel lineside from Wrexham Central to Ellesmere (closed in 1962) to view ex-GWR 0-4-2 Tanks Nos.1458 and 1432 on passenger autotrains and 57xx-Class No.3789 on freight pickup duties. Marchwell, Bangor-on-Dee and Overton-on-Dee are seen as the intermediate stations on the line.

An in-depth visit to the Brymbo to Minerva line follows the progress of an ex-GWR pannier tank along the steeply graded line over no fewer than eight gated crossings. The line closed in 1972 and our film shows the line in 1965, just as the last GWR 28xx Class were working from Wrexham Croess Newydd shed. The last train to Blaenau Ffestiniog from Bala was filmed in January 1961 in appalling weather, Nevertheless, the rugged atmosphere of this part of Wales is well seen as the two Pannier tanks work the route via Arenig, 1135 feet above sea level.

In 1966 steam appeared on a special train on the Conway Valley line to Blaenau Ffestiniog. This was filmed in colour. The special then traversed the Rhyl to Denbigh line hauled by an ex-LMS Crab 2-6-0 No.42942.

No modern day material has been used in this one hour production. It is fully soundtracked with an informative but not obtrusive commentary by Brian Cowlishaw who took most of the original film, apart from the last colour sequences, and whose knowledge of the area covered is excellent.

Cover photo: Brian Cowlishaw, 1458 at Overton-on-Dee

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Volume 34

Cambrian Coast Steam Holiday (60-mins) Price £19.75

Do you remember those long summer days in the early 60′s when it appears the sun shone and steam reigned supreme? Whether you went to North Wales or not this video will delight you and perhaps make you wish you did. It is based on the Cambrian system of the Western Region and we arrive at Aberystwyth from Paddington via Reading, Shrewsbury and Talerdigg bank. In 1962 Manors still dominated here and the Carmarthen line was still open. The Vale of Rheidol worked out of its own terminus by the harbour with Brunswick green engines and chocolate and cream coaches.

Our journey along the coast via Bow Street to Dovey Junction follows and onwards to Tywyn calling at Aberdovey with even a view of the harbour branch. Manors, Standards, 43xx and 2251 pass through Tywyn and a visit is made to the Talyllyn Railway; No.4 had a Giesel ejector in those days. North via Friog to Barmouth, calling at Fairbourne, different gauge then, and Panniers still worked to Ruabon. Through Harlech we arrive at Portmadog and the obligatory visit to the Ffestiniog. How Tan-y-Bwlch has changed since then when Bill Hoole was driving. The slate quarries also had steam. All the sights you would have enjoyed more than thirty years ago primarily from the camera of Jim Oatway whose superb film was used in Vol.32 “Southern Pride”. You are sure to enjoy this one!.

Cover photo: Jim Oatway. 7801 “Anthony Manor” at Aberystwyth.

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