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Volume 119

Steam into Wessex Part 2 (80-mins) Price £19.75

Filmed from 1960 to 1967, we journey from WATERLOO to WEYMOUTH, BASINGSTOKE to SALISBURY, and on to the Somerset and Dorset from TEMPLECOMBE to HIGHBRIDGE and BATH. On the South Western main line we stop off at EASTLEIGH to visit the Works in 1963. There is extensive coverage of the Isle-of-Wight railway system, RYDE to VENTNOR and RYDE to COWES via NEWPORT with passenger and freight.

We visit BOURNEMOUTH and WEYMOUTH with its quayside tramway serving the Channel Islands boats in the early 1960′s. Quite unique is a railtour to the ISLE of PORTLAND and EASTON. There are numerous classes of motive power to be seen, from small Class 02 tanks on the Isle-of-Wight to the Bulleid pacifics with the occasional King Arthur on the way. There are freight types like Maunsell moguls, S15s, 700 0-6-0s, H16, W tanks and the inevitable Standards; S & D 2-8-0, Ivatt tanks and Western Panniers including GWR Dock tanks.

Filmed mainly in colour this video takes a fascinating and nostalgic look back at the steam scene of the 1960s in many locations on the Southern Railway.

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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 96

Southern Steam Finale No.9 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The final weeks of Southern Region steam in June and July 1967 covered in depth. Normal running over the main line from Waterloo to Weymouth with the remaining Bulleids and Standards is portrayed. There are shed visits to Nine Elms and Weymouth as engines are prepared for their last turns and for some the last ever. Railtours are seen with the visit of 4498 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY to the region for a tour to Weymouth and is covered by nine different cameramen en route. The two BR specials hauled by Merchant Navies and two Society tours, the last one visiting Haslemere bank and the Swanage bank sometimes utilising double heading. The last weeks’ trains including running at 97 m.p.h. from the footplate. There were failures too. The last day of steam as the final up steam-hauled train came up from Weymouth whilst other engines were steaming off to withdrawal at Salisbury. This video is different. This is how it really was at the end. It is not just a succession of runpasts, we also concentrate on detail.

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Volume 85

Steam Routes West (The Southern Way) (60-mins) Price £19.75

Back in Volume 46 we travelled west the Western Way as far as Plymouth. This volume covers the Southern route from Waterloo to Plymouth, a bit like the Withered Arm video really. Along the way we visit various branches like Ludgershall and Bulford before a glorious interlude at Salisbury on a summer Saturday before the diesels came and altered the Atlantic Coast Express for ever. Down to another summer Saturday at Exeter Central via the Seaton and Sidmouth branches. Onto the Withered Arm to Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. A long look at Wadebridge to Wenfordbridge with a Beattie Well Tank even though the 1366 Class had arrived. A brief view of the Callington Branch and finally Plymouth. Plenty of Bulleids but many other types as well on a route that has now changed or closed forever. A real West Country treat of steam.

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Volume 80

Southern Steam Finale Part 8 (60-mins) Price £19.75

This video features May and June 1967 in our definitive series of Southern steam. The Southern steam fleet was decreasing rapidly but what was left was well worth seeing. It was superbly filmed by our cameraman at many locations between Waterloo and Weymouth. Two railtours were operated in this period, one took 34023 to Swanage with runpasts at Corfe Castle; we had cameraman all over the place including on the trains. 4498 “Sir Nigel Gresley” spent two days on the region visiting Salisbury and Weymouth, again covered in fine detail.

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Volume 69

The Withered Arm (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.3. Jim visited North Devon and Cornwall often in the early 1960′s sometimes using the Atlantic Coast Express. This is a classic journey on the Atlantic Coast Express to the far flung reaches of the Southern Railway known as the Withered Arm, that part of the route west of Exeter.

Join this celebrated train at Waterloo and travel via Basingstoke, Salisbury and Sidmouth Junction to EXETER CENTRAL seeing the line from the train and lineside in steam days, no single lines then. Onto the Withered Arm itself to BARNSTAPLE JUNCTION and ILFRACOMBE, virtually every station is seen. Return to BARNSTAPLE and travel south via INSTOW and BIDEFORD to TORRINGTON with 02 and Ivatt tank engines.

Forward to busy HALWILL JUNCTION before an in depth visit to the BUDE branch and its harbour line. T9′s still visited here in 1961. Further west via LAUNCESTON to WADEBRIDGE, more classic steam with Beattie Well tanks, and T9′s to Padstow. BODMIN is visited, both General and North stations. Return via BERE ALSTON, GUNNISLAKE and OKEHAMPTON to EXETER Central. There is a visit to PENZANCE by a Bulleid Pacific, steam once again at BARNSTAPLE VICTORIA ROAD.

This has to be the definitive video of the Southern in Devon and Cornwall superbly filmed in those sunny days of the early 1960′s all in colour.

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Volume 68

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

A nostalgic look back to London’s termini for the Big Four in the 1960′s and on lines radiating from them. We begin at Euston, 70032 departs on the “Comet” and first generation diesels 10201/2 on the “Royal Scot”. At Marylebone, we go north to Chorley Wood with 2-6-4 tanks, Rickmansworth for a B1. Growler No.11 of London Transport leads us to Neasden and the work of LT’s pannier tanks at Croxley and Farringdon. A Britannia and Patriot are at St.Pancras with Scot and Jubilee. Next door was King’s Cross and the East Coast main line to Hatfield. This section is full of A1, A2, A3 and A4 pacifics, V2, WD and B1 all appear in the early 1960′s. Next, the Great Eastern from Liverpool Street, through North London and east to Colchester and Ipswich, Britannia, J15 and even a D16 4-4-0. Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness with 2-6-4 tanks. Over to Paddington and the Western main line to Reading via the Marlow branch, Castles, Halls and auto-tanks. At Reading we meet the Southern Railway. Return to Waterloo via Feltham for S15 and Q1, Clapham for M7, ex-GWR pannier tanks, W Class and Fowler tank. A Schools and Lord Nelson appear before nostalgic views of Beattie well tanks and an H16. See what a 1960′s railway enthusiast and all the cockney sparrows witnessed on a visit to England’s Capital City.

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Volume 66

Southern Steam Finale Part 6 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The continuing story of the last eighteen months of Southern Steam. This volume covers the period January to March 1967. As in all volumes in this definitive series, the general Southern scene is portrayed between Waterloo and Weymouth. Although steam was in decline from the January timetable, we search it out throughout the region portraying any unusual events and give the reasons why. There were railtours over normally non-steam lines, the LCGB ran its 100th railtour during this period, much more successful than its 99th, seen in Part 5. The tour visited Chessington, Shepperton, Windsor and Reading Central Goods. The Surrey Downsman went to Oxted, Redhill and Kensington Olympia; it ended at a steamless London Bridge. We look at and examine Ron Cover’s attempts to dignify the steam engine with fabricated but brilliant numberplates. 3442 “The Great Marquess” visited the region and we follow its run from Victoria to Brighton, Chichester and Southampton. The first electric trains ran on the Isle of Wight as the last O2′s were cut up at Newport. Another tour took a Bulleid pacific to Eastbourne. The story is told in the usual informative manner of this series after much research and knowledge from people who witnessed these events.

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Volume 59

Southern Steam Finale Part 5 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The next volume in this definitive series of the end of Southern steam, now being collected as the historical record of the time, covers the four months of October to December 1966 and into January 1967. Once more, sixteen cameramen supplied material for this volume allowing the full story to be told for the period. As a video of Southern steam it also stands on its own since the general steam service is filmed over the South Western lines from Waterloo to Weymouth. However, as with all videos in this series, full coverage of rail tours of the period is included. The first seen is the RCTS Four Counties tour covering the Tooting branch with Guildford’s shed pilot engine 30072. Next the Dorset and Hants tour with two un-rebuilt pacifics taking in the Somerset and Dorset to Blandford, the remains of the Ringwood branch and finally Hamworthy Goods. Merchant Navy class 35026′s visit to Newcastle, Doncaster and York. “CLUN CASTLE” and Britannia 70004 took Bulleid stock to Stratford on Avon and Stourbridge Junction. The end of steam on the Isle of Wight did come on the last day of December 1966 and coverage is given to the whole route remaining from Ryde Esplanade to Shanklin. Lastly the rail tour to the Bridport branch via Salisbury, Westbury and Maiden Newton with all its troubles is fully related. Oh yes, and also the last steam run to Exeter!

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Volume 47

Southern Steam Finale Part 3 (60-mins) Price £19.75

This third volume in the story of the end of Southern steam covers events upon the region from April to July 1966 when the sun nearly always shone and came earliest in the south! A variety of steam power was still to be seen and we feature 15 classes of engine. The Waterloo to Weymouth line workings are well covered and this was a time when another section of the Isle of Wight Railway closed, Ventnor to Shanklin. The last runs of the Maunsell moguls occurred with their magnificent finale on the two Longmoor railtours in April. “GORDON” of the Longmoor Railway was at large on the Southern Region, and the last steam engine on the Weymouth tramway put in its appearance. On this day the only Black 5 to work a railtour on Southern metals is seen. This video has full lineside coverage of these events with some footplate scenes and an in depth look at motive power depots like Nine Elms. Locations include Bincombe bank, Basingstoke, Wimbledon, Waterloo, Windsor, Salisbury, Bournemouth and Yeovil, along with Ryde to Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. There is even a trolleybus and a flying P.W. trolley!

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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 35

Southern Steam Finale Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

This is the first video of a series portraying the definitive history of the last eighteen months of Steam Traction on the Southern Region. The series will cover events in depth as although it was a sad time, there were many exciting events taking place. Many of these have been told in print before but our cameramen were there to film then and a few events never seen before on video.

This first volume covers the first ten weeks of 1966 and 15 different classes are seen in action from the Southern main line to the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, the S15 tour with 30837 snow and all to Bordon, the Maunsell mogul to Gosport, Cowes line finale and normal service trains between Waterloo and Weymouth.

Each volume in this series will stand on its own as a video but we hope you will want the full set as the years go by.

Filmed in colour from snow to sunshine by nine cameramen with a few nice glint views, and superbly sound tracked from original recordings. There is no modern day footage used at all, pure archive.

Cover photo: Jim Oatway. “East Asiatic Co.” at Southampton Central

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Volume 31

Southern Pride (60-mins) Price £19.75

The Southern Railway was the smallest of the “Big Four” but its locomotives could hold their own against anything on the other three and in some cases certainly out-perform them. This video shows them in action from film shot by Jim Oatway in 1961 and 1962 when although Bulleid Pacifics were the main players on the Southern scene, after all there were 140 of them, the last of the Lord Nelsons, King Arthurs and Schools were still at work.

We see them on the ex-LSWR route out of Waterloo on weekdays and summer Saturdays, on expresses and Basingstoke semi-fasts. Alongside this action, freight to and from Feltham and Nine Elms yards was worked by Maunsell S15′s, Bulleid Q1′s and the inevitable U and N class Moguls.

A visit to Feltham shed shows us in great detail the massive H16, G16 and W class heavy tank locos, not just a glimpse but long detailed views you can appreciate.

The rural charm of the Hayling Island Branch and workings on the Isle-of-Wight in 1962 at Ryde lead into never to be repeated scenes of Haywards Heath when the famous “Bluebelle” specials ran with preserved motive power on the main line using locos T9 No.120, Caley Single No.123, “Birch Grove” and the Adams Radial No.488.

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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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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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