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Volume 64

Along LMS Lines Part 1 (Euston to Stafford) (60-mins) Price £19.75

The demand for LMS steam scenes seems insatiable. Following on from our successful Lancashire & Yorkshire volumes we now look at the London & North Western lines. We will cover the West Coast Main Line and some of its branches and secondary routes from Euston to Glasgow. This first volume looks at the scenes of the 1960′s from Euston to Stafford via Northampton, Rugby and the West Midlands. With fifteen Duchess pacifics, four Princess Royals, Scots, Jubilees, Super D’s and Patriots, mixing it with Crabs, Jinties and Black 5′s, we have it all in this video. Visit Camden and Willesden Sheds, steam over Bushey troughs, steam and early electrics at Watford Junction plus five different Duchesses at Bletchley. More steam power at Roade and an in-depth look at Northampton with even a GWR interloper here!. The Highlight of the video has to be Rugby before and after the wires went up. Four Princess Royals pass the camera, Duchesses galore, Jubilee, Scot, Standards and even a 2P 4-4-0. There are sights of green liveried Class 40′s and a WD. Into the West Midlands with Super D and 8F at Saltley and Bescot. There is a Scot and a Duchess at Wolverhampton High Level; the trolleybuses were still here and an industrial Garratt works a colliery. This is how it was in the early 1960′s. Sheer magic.

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Volume 61

Engine on Shed Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Part 2 begins with the work of shed pilot engines before assessing the needs of engine repairs at Works or in the sheds, boiler washouts, re-metalling axle boxes and other jobs for the fitters. The work of the breakdown trains were also the responsibility of the fitters; we visit loco derailments and see a WD 2-8-0 in steam and tenderless. The various types of turntables used for steam engines are now virtually extinct. Finally, the preparation of engines for the road from fire lighting to eventual ringing off the shed is seen in detail. An engine’s last run in steam and a driver’s last turn of duty on the footplate, are all carefully filmed and recorded by an army of enthusiasts to portray what really went on behind the scenes by those privileged to see it. A lasting memory to the footplatemen and fitters who had to do it.

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Volume 57

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part 4 (60-mins) Price £19.75

A fourth volume of our series on the lines of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. Firmly in Lancashire, this film will delight all that loved the scenes towards the end of steam in the North West. It covers an area from Burnley to Blackburn and south to Bolton, Horwich and Chequerbent. Mostly filmed in sunny bright weather by competent cameramen, we see Rose Grove at its best (or worst!) with duties over Copy Pit. 8F’s struggle up the Padiham branch and run freely through Huncoat to Accrington. West to Blackburn, Pleasington and Hoghton summit. South of Blackburn, we follow the now singled line through Sough Tunnel to Entwhistle and Bolton. We visit the shed there before moving west to Horwich to see the passenger service to Chorley worked by 84xxx tanks. An in depth look at the Chequerbent incline from the lineside, guards van and footplate, trains having to be split to just three wagons because of the severity of the climb. Although the odd 2-6-4 tank and WD 2-8-0 appear, the most prolific engines were the Black 5′s and 8F’s but all are beautifully filmed, another fitting tribute to the end of steam in the North West and Lancashire in particular.

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Volume 55

Along LNER Lines Part 1 (60 mins) Price £19.75

To delight all LNER fans this video portrays the end of North Eastern steam in Northumberland and Durham. More than that, it includes a journey along the East Coast main line from Kings Cross when Al’s, A3’s and A4 ‘s ruled south of Peterborough. Lineside action from Wood Green, Brookmans Park and Hatfield in 1962. Visit Retford for 02 and WD, travel north to York via Doncaster. A shed visit at York and a works visit at Darlington. Newcastle had a visit from 60019 and 7029 “Clun Castle”, a K1 emulating the Western product with its own copper cap! Bedlington and Blyth on north Tyneside in detail for J27, Ivatt and K1 moguls and Q6. Tyne Dock where engines came home for a rest. Hartlepool shed provided engines for the Durham coalfield, Hall Dene has lineside action. Ryehope Grange was never quiet and traffic for Silksworth and Seaton very spectacular. Amongst all this, visits are made to Ashington, Philadelphia and Seaham Harbour. A footplate ride on a J27, visits to signal boxes all included in this tribute to North Eastern steam as you have never seen it before.

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Volume 45

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

In this title we leave Yorkshire and head for Lancashire via the ex LNWR route from Heaton Lodge Junction, through Huddersfield and the climb to Stanedge. Local enthusiast Geoff Lumb of Huddersfield filmed almost yard by yard from Springfield Junction to Stanedge tunnel. This involves virtually all the types of traffic and locomotives to be seen from 1963 to 1967. So summer extras (just look at the stock on some of the trains), coal trains westwards, empties returning, general freight, and oil tank trains feature with Jubilee, Black 5, Crab, 8F, 9F, WD and 2-6-4 Tanks as motive power on this six mile climb over the Pennines mainly on a 1-in-105 gradient. As in Part 1snow scenes are included, this time at Longwood. Then it is down the other side of Stanedge through Diggle to Stalybridge. Although not Lancashire or Yorkshire specifically, there is a look at the Woodhead Route over the Pennines with excellent footage at Guide Bridge including steam and electric traction running side by side. To return to our route for Manchester we journey via Denton Junction to Miles Platting and are now on L & Y territory. There follows a look at traffic through Newton Heath before a journey with Fowler 2-6-4 Tank 42343 over the L & Y railway lines of Middleton Junction, Rochdale, Whitworth branch, Royton and Oldham Werneth ending at Manchester Ducie Street Goods. Finally a look at Manchester Victoria station which is our stepping off point for Part 3!

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Volume 37

Lancashire & Yorkshire Memories Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The Railways in the Pennines were hard working and often spectacular.

In the first of two volumes, this video covers mainly Yorkshire, from Goole in the east to Copy Pit in the West via such interesting places as Leeds, Wakefield, Normanton, Huddersfield and Todmorden. A lengthy excursion down the old Lancashire and Yorkshire route from Huddersfield to Penistone via branches to Clayton, Holmfirth and Meltham are also seen. Snow scenes in the hills above Huddersfield go to show the ruggedness of working steam in the Pennines. In the midst of all this, the recovery of V2 60954 at Mirfield in January 1962 is included. Sixty different steam engines feature from 2-6-4 Tanks through Black 5’s, Jubilees, Crabs, Standards, WD’s and B1’s. Lancashire and Yorkshire 0-6-0 No.52515 creeps in at Lockwood yards with views of Pug No.51218 at Trafford Park. Half of this film was taken by Geoff Lumb who also filmed so much of our “Steam North of Carlisle” video from 1962 to 1968. The remainder of the film was taken by equally competent cameramen to tell the whole story of this area.

Well sound-tracked from original recordings and with an informative but not obtrusive commentary, this video continues our coverage of steam around Britain. And, oh yes, the 0-4-0 tank from Huddersfield Gas Works working through the streets is a gem! No modern day material has been used in this video of which 90% is in colour.

Cover photo: Geoff Lumb, 42108 & 45565 “Victoria” at Bradford Exchange.

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Volume 33

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

This video looks at the steam scene north of Carlisle and the area covered includes the climb to Beattock summit. The start is at Carlisle Citadel station and includes a visit to Kingmoor shed for Scot, Clan and B1 classes, for this was a time before the Waverley route closed. Border branches around the city are visited including Silloth, Alston and Langholm before moving on to the Port road to Stranraer viewing Dumfries, Newton Stewart and Kirkcudbright. We move on to Ayr, visiting the shed and their workings to the local collieries in the hands of Crab 2-6-0’s. Also featured are Mauchline, Killoch and Waterside. Along the Ayrshire coast we arrive at Gourrock on our way to the West Coast Main Line approaches to Glasgow Central via Motherwell. All four main routes into Glasgow are seen. Ex-Caley engines still exist with Cowlairs bank echoing to the sound of steam and the preserved Scottish locos are seen touring the system. Besides the usual Stanier and Standard classes, we feature five A4’s, three Duchesses, a WD on passenger duty, an A2 and a Jubilee; a feast of steam in an area never before covered in such length and detail. The majority of the film used in this video was taken by Geoff Lumb of Hudderfield who has had many photographs published in railway books and magazines. We have brought it all to life with superb sound and informative commentary. Two minutes of black & white film has been included into what is otherwise a full colour production.

Cover photo: Geoff Lumb. No. 256 “Glen Douglas” at Glasgow St.Enoch.

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Volume 28

Eastern Steam Recalled (60-mins) Price £19.75

A valued supplier of early material, Bob Todd, has allowed us to bring to life steam on the Great Eastern lines from Liverpool Street and Kings Cross. Over 30-minutes is spent on the steam suburban services to Edmonton, Enfield and Chingford, steam to Epping and Ongar, The North Woolwich branch, steam in the Lea Valley to Bishops Stortford and a railtour over the Colne Valley line. Cambridge follows before visiting Kings Cross and lineside locations to Hatfield for express and suburban workings. Ex-LNER locomotives featured are N7, N2, L1, J50, J15, J17, B1, B2, B12, B17, A1, A2, A3, A4, V2, 01, 04 backed up by Britannias and J69 at Liverpool Street and the odd WD and 9F. The last few minutes remember the early diesel changes on the ECML when Deltics took over from Pacifics and Kings Cross station was rationalised for electrification. A truly magnificent record of events from 1957.

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Volume 25

Steam Remembrance (60-mins) Price £19.75

If you want steam in its last glorious year then this production will delight. No, not 1967, but 1964 when so many loved classes went from the scene.

The film taken so well by Bob Todd and seen by many at railway meetings around the country will interest many who mourn the loss of steam traction. Bob used an all lines railrover to visit such locations as Paddington for Panniers, 61xx and Castle classes, even a condensing pannier tank. Exeter for four engines on the Meldon Quarry stone train, Wadebridge for 1366 class and the North Cornwall line to Okehampton. Yeovil for 6430 and push-pull working to Sherborne and a railtour to Hereford with 5054 preclude a visit to the Cromford and High Peak line with ex-LMS 47006.

On via York with B16, 04, WD to Scotland. Thornton Junction had B1, V2, J38 and J37. Six different A4s are seen at Aberdeen, Perth and Stirling along with three Princess Coronation Pacifics in their last working week, green and maroon. Britannia 70035 puts in an appearance with Jubilee, Standard Class 5s and ex-LMS Black 5s. Bob’s failed DMU is rescued by a B1.

The film ends with a journey to Carlisle with now preserved 70013 ‘‘Oliver Cromwell’’. With nearly 90 different engines of 30 classes this is a superb compilation of 1964.

Cover photo: Dave Mills. A4 at Stonehaven.

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Volume 23

Steam North & East (60-mins) Price £19.75

Complementing Volume 21 we cover main lines and branches from the Midlands to Scotland and the East Coast Main Line. The “Wandering 1500” railtour using B12 61572 from Broad Street to Stratford-upon-Avon via Bedford and Northampton is followed by steam at Tebay and a long section of steam in 1967 on the Settle and Carlisle line. Scotland is reached via a railtour from Manchester using Merchant Navy 35026, Jubilee “Bihar & Orissa” and 4472 “Flying Scotsman” via the S & C and Waverley Routes. Through Fife with J37s and V2 60813. Then a look at A4s, Standards and Black 5s between Aberdeen and Perth. Duchess 46245 “City of London” is motive power Kings Cross to Doncaster for a visit to the Works where we see 60014 “Silver Link” withdrawn but still intact. Scenes at KIngs Cross and Wood Green in 1963 with A4, A3, A1 and WD are relived. Tours with 60007 in 1963 and later as 4498 in 1967 at Peterborough preclude seeing “Flying Scotsman”’s last departure from the `Cross as 60103 and its early forays on BR as 4472 with two tenders and even a Chime whistle. Oh yes, even “Clun Castle” climbing Potters Bar all go to making this a video you should not be without.

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Volume 18

Steam Nostalgia (60-mins) Price 15

A film devoted almost entirely to freight workings in the North East of England as it was in the 1960s. The Q6 and J27 locomotives were the last pre-grouping engines working on BR and are seen really hard at work alongside Class K1 and WD 2-8-0s. The locations vary between Seaton Bank, West Hartlepool, Dawdon Colliery and Ryehope Grange. Coverage of the famous Silksworth branch is seen from the lineside, footplate and guards van. Ride with us to Sunderland on a coal train and listen to the power of J27s in full cry for the sounds were recorded at the same time as filming by George Woods. The area was rich in industry and this is not omitted with coverage of some unique locomotives at work at Seaham harbour with the Lewin of 1863 vintage parading in front of our cameras. There is another visit to Doxford ship yards for crane tanks and some of the collieries that abounded in this area. There are the large tanks at Philadelpia with their chime whistles, an ex-LNER J94 68078 at work at Widdrington pit and examples of other locomotives at the various colliery systems of Northumberland like Ashington, Backworth and Whittle. Finally tribute is paid in the North-East Locomotive Preservation Group from their early days when they restored Q6 63395 to BR livery, an engine seen at work earlier in the video. Their locomotives were to be seen immaculately turned out at Shildon in 1975 and lastly the Q6, J27, K1 and Black 5 44767 are seen hard at work on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in 1976.

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Volume 17

Archive Newsreel 3 (60-mins) Price £15

With full electrification on the Southern main line to Weymouth now operating we return to Dorchester to witness the operation of steam trains reversing up workings at the ex-LSWR terminus. Southampton and Eastleigh in 1967 and steam’s last fling in the London suburbs on the LCGB 100th. railtour to Windsor and Reading using 77xxx, 76xxx, 80xxx and West Country complete this section.

Tribute to a King. We profile 6000 “King George V” in its preservation life from 1970 to 1987 covering its travels to Paddington, Didcot, Swindon, Gloucester and the North-to-West route to Chester. The trip for Swindon Borough in 1974 with unique smokebox side-plates is featured. Hard workings steam in the North-East of England in 1966/67 where ex-NER type Q6 and J27 locomotives worked to the last around the collieries of Tyne and Wear. The last Tyne Dock to Consett working with 92063 is seen complete with headboard. K1, WD 2-8-0, Q6 and J27 workings at Pelaw, Ryehope and Seaton Bank make this selection relive the days of steam as they really were. So popular was this section of the video with our customers that Volume 18 was devoted to this area for even morepower to the pit.

Steam returned to the North Wales coast in the late `80s but we visit it in 1966 with an LCGB railtour along the coast and up the Conway Valley to Blaeneau Ffestiniog and Denbigh with Britannia, Crab and ex-LMS 2-6-4Ts. Soak up the steam atmosphere with LNWR signalling at Chester. We still had 3-minutes left to give a full hour so we inserted the industrial scene at Maerdy Colliery in 1970 when ex-GWR pannier tank 9792 breathed its last in the summer sunshine. To say it was in full steam would be an understatement!

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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 12

Steam Recollections (60-mins) Price £15

The second of our productions from Cohn White’s excellent 8mm film collection. Much of the action whisks us back to the last valiant days of the B.R. steam engine, and locomotives of all regions feature. Originated on 8mm cine and transferred to low-band Umatic, fully sound-tracked, this full colour film will delight and captivate all steam enthusiasts.

Section 1:- (14 mins) – Steam operations centred around Weymouth, Upwey Wishing Well Halt and Radipole in 1966. This heavily graded section of the old GWR/LSWR Jnt. Railway from Dorchester severely tested the Bulleids, Standards, and ex-LMS locomotives on this line at the time.

Section 2:- (8 mins) – Shap – The last Autumn, the mass drafting of virtually the entire Britannia fleet to Kingmoor gave rise to new possibilities to capture this elegant class roaring up and down the North West main line. Nine of the class feature.

Section 3:- (12 mins) – LNER engines were rarely filmed, we’ve a few in the shape of a couple of Named B1s, a J37 & J38 (and a non LNER WD!) preceding 60024 in 1966. 60009 brings us into preserved times as we study some of the less known locos; 65033, 61572, 65462, 69023 (on the Derwent Valley line), and we follow 69621 on her trip from Leeds to the Stour Valley Railway.

Section 4:- (9 mins) – Flying Scotsman is undoubtably the most famous LNER engine, this Historical sequence reveals her activities in 1968; preparations at Finsbury Park; departure from Kings Cross 1st May on the 40th anniversary of her non-stop run to Edinburgh; other shots near Hitchin, Hadley Wood, Brookmans Park and Hornsey.

Section 5:- (9 mins) – Ex GWR 0-6-0 Panniers were sold to London Transport, to work out of Neasden. We follow the escapades of a number of these popular tanks on the Croxley Green Rubbish Tip run!

Section 6:- (8 mins) – This final section portrays the Victorian elegance of the Stirling Single, GNR No.1 during her brief sojourn on the Main Line Steam Trust at Loughborough in 1981.

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