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Volume 213

Welsh Steam Miscellany (77-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED Late November 2017**

Another instalment of our popular “Miscellany” series this time focusing on steam in Wales. It features mostly previously unseen footage largely compiled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels.

We begin at Llangollen and travel on to other locations along this route including Berwyn (with Dukedog 4-4-0s and even a Bulldog 4-4-0), Glyndyfrdwy, Llandderfel, Bala Junction, Bala and the loop at Garnneddwen. The line from Pontypool Road to Neath cut across the heads of the valleys of South Wales and was inevitably a steeply graded route with many tunnels and viaducts. The most famous of all these viaducts was the Crumlin Viaduct, the highest in the country. There is plenty of film footage here for us to admire this massive structure. Hengoed Viaduct is also seen along with both the High Level and Low Level stations. We then visit Nelson & Llancaiach, the branch to Cwmbargoed and Dowlais Cae Harris and Quakers Yard High Level before visiting Aberdare High Level with its staggered platforms.

Into North Wales, we visit Bangor and then on Anglesey, Llanfair PG, Gaerwen and Amlwch. Moving south again, we visit the Central Wales line for the decent from Sugar Loaf Summit and Llandovery. The line from Shrewsbury to Chester forms the eastern boundary of this volume and we include footage at Chirk, Cefn Viaduct, Ruabon, Croes Newydd and Gresford Bank and in the snow, the Brymbo Branch. On the Cambrian main line we visit Welshpool, Talerddig Bank, Macynlleth, Dovey Junction, Borth and Aberystwyth; this coastal route includes visits to Gogarth Halt, Towyn, Fairbourne and Barmouth.

Back to South Wales and we see steam action at Cardiff, Newport (including a visit to Cashmore’s scrapyard), Severn Tunnel Junction and Torpantau. We then journey down the Rhondda Fach from Maerdy and see freight trains labouring up the Llanvihangel Bank complete with banking assistance. All in all a veritable feast of Welsh Steam!

Motive power includes: ex-GWR 94xx, 74xx, 16xx, 57xx, 56xx, 41xx, 61xx, 42xx,72xx, 56xx, 2251, 43xx, 28xx, Dukedog, Bulldog, Castle, Hall, Grange and Manor classes, ex-LMS Ivatt 2-6-2T & 2-6-0s, Black 5s, 4F 0-6-0s, 8Fs and Coronation Pacifics classes plus BR Standard Britannias, Class 5 and Class 4 4-6-0s, Class 4 2-6-4T and Class 3 2-6-2 tank engines.

The archive film is in both colour and Black & White. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of Welsh steam.

Narrated by: Mike Clemens.

Cover photo: Keith Pirt/Courtesy of Book Law Publications, 7828 “Odney Manor” at Welshpool Station, July 1963.

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Volume 208

Great Western Steam Steam Miscellany No.3 (83-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED April 2017**

Jim Clemens Collection No.33.
The third of our “Miscellany” series to cover Great Western Steam. The film is taken from the Jim Clemens Collection and has mostly never been seen before. Once again the footage has been assembled in the order the film runs off the original cine reels and especially features the lines around Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the Cambrian lines in Wales.

We begin with extensive coverage of the Worcester to Bromyard branch followed by scenes at Tyseley shed (1961), Tenbury Wells, the Kidderminster to Buildwas Severn Valley branch with a GWR railcar (1961), Buildwas to Much Wenlock (1961), Kidlington, Wolvercot Junction, Oxford and Radley (1965), Didcot (1963) and Basingstoke (1965).

Next, there is a visit to the Gloucester to Hereford line before covering the Gloucester to Stroud and Chalford push-pull (in some detail), Kemble, Trowbridge and Westbury (1962), Bristol, Swindon Works and the famous Crumlin Viaduct(1963).

Then onwards to Shrewsbury for the Cambrian lines at Welshpool, Montgomery, Newtown, Carno, Talerddig Bank, Machynlleth, Aberystwyth, Fairbourne, Barmouth Bridge, Barmouth, Llanbedr & Pensarn, Llandanwg, Harlech, Pent Briwet Bridge and Portmadoc.

Returning to the Cotswolds area, we visit Wotton Wawen, Stratford-upon-Avon, Long Marston, Honeybourne, Broadway, Laverton, Cheltenham (including the last day of the local service in March 1960), Leominster, Titley Junction, Kington, Presteign (in 1964 and witness its last ever in-bound freight), Worcester Shed, Worcester, Pershore, Evesham, Littleton & Badsey, Honeybourne, Chipping Campden.Bank, Moreton-in-Marsh and finally Ascott-under-Wychwood and Charlbury!

A huge variety of ex-GWR steam locomotives is seen ranging from all types of 4-6-0s (Kings, Castles, Counties, Halls, Granges and Manors), 28xx, 2251, 72xx, 45xx, 41xx, 66xx, 57xx, 94xx, 16xx, 14xx and some GWR railcars. Plus BR Standards, mainly 9Fs, Britannias, Class 4 4-6-0s.

There is something for everyone and a Great Western delight for all GW enthusiasts.

The archive film is in both colour and Black & White and was mostly filmed in the 1950s and 1960s. An authentic sound track has been added along with a commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of GWR steam.

Cover Photo:- Alan Maund, 7906 “Fron Hall” north of Fernhill Heath, 18/10/64

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Volume 174

The Glory Days of Steam (1961-1965) (90-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED FEBRUARY 2013**

THE TERENCE DORRITY COLLECTION: The period 1961 to 1965 was arguably the last glory days of steam traction before its sad demise. Terence Dorrity took the opportunity to film steam during this period, on all regions of British Railways, the Welsh Narrow Gauge railways and on the Continent.

Our journey begins with 4-6-0 “King George V” arriving at Birmingham Snow Hill contrasting starkly to the lines of stored Kings at Wolverhampton Stafford Road Shed. At Stratford-on-Avon there is much activity including freight trains and Castle hauled expresses to the West Country, plus trains to Evesham and Leamington Spa. There are visits to Banbury, for more freight trains & Kings on Birmingham expresses, Hereford Shed, Gloucester Shed and Cardiff station.

Then to Tuffley Junction, Gloucester, for a variety of trains, to Chalford (including an auto train footplate ride) and Moreton-in-Marsh. We visit the Cardigan branch, Morfa Mawddach, Oswestry, Welshpool and Talerdigg summit (with Manors and Standard 4s) before returning to Hatton Bank on the London to Birmingham line for 2-8-0 4707, Castle & King hauled trains & Bulleid Pacifics on football specials.

Onwards to the Southern Region for scenes at Templecombe, Eastleigh Shed & Worgret Junction with M7 tanks on both the Swanage push-pull trains and the Lymington Pier line. There are Terrier 0-6-0Ts on the Hayling Island branch and O2 tanks on the Isle of Wight!

Next, to Rugby on the Midland Region in 1962, for Princess Coronations, Britannias, Patriots, Scots & Jubilees. A trip to Scotland features the ex-Caley Single on tours and A4s on the Aberdeen 3 hour expresses. Then to the Eastern Region and at Kings Cross we see A1s and A4s (including 60008 “Dwight D Eisenhower”) and A2s and A3s at Wood Green..

Early preservation scenes feature the Bluebell (1963), the Isle-of-Man Railway (1963), Vale of Rheidol (1965), Welshpool & Llanfair (1965), Tal-y-llyn Railway (1962), Ffestiniog (1965) and Snowdon (1962).

We see industrial steam in 1962 at Kettering Furnaces, Wellingborough, Bilston (Wolverhampton), Beckton (North London), Oxford Ironstone (Banbury, Roxton), Waterside (Ayrshire, 1965) and Coventry Colliery with ex-GWR 15xx 0-6-0PTs (1969).

Finally, to Granada in Spain (1961) to see 240 No.2020 and many other types on the shed there, some being over 100 years old. Then to Nice in France (1962) to see the 141 Class and a variety of steam locos in the station and the shed, narrow gauge on the Reseau Breton in Britanny (1964) and French main line steam at Nantilles. We end our journey with steam into the sunset at Coventry Colliery.

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

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Volume 156

Echoes of the Great Western Part 1 (80-mins) Price £19.75

NOTE: This DVD was originally titled “The GWR Recalled”

Jim Clemens Collection No.29. The first in a series featuring scenes of the former Great Western Railway using archive film from the 1920s all the way to the diesel hydraulic era in the 1960s. In this part we predominately feature express classes. The early GWR scenes are a complete contrast to steam on the Western Region in its last five years from 1960 to 1965 and this production is appropriate for the 175th anniversary year of the GWR.

We start with a prelude of the broad gauge using the 1935 and 1985 re-enactments followed by extensive and detailed footage of the King, Castle and County 4-6-0 express classes. There are many scenes of these locomotives taken from all over the territories of the former GWR and Western Region of British Railways. From Paddington in London to Penzance in the Far West; to Worcester & Birmingham in the Midlands; to Swindon & Bristol; these are just few of the many locations visited.

There are special events, tours and normal service train workings of both passenger and freight over this well loved railway. A short sequence features the early diesel hydraulics with D600s, Warships & Westerns.

As a preview of Part 2, we conclude with views of Halls, Granges, Manors, Dukedogs, 2-8-0, 2-8-2T & 47xx freight classes & panniers plus a visit to the narrow gauge Welshpool and Llanfair line.

Older scenes are in black and white but the majority is in colour. An extensively researched commentary has been added along with an authentic sound track.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications, 6008 “King James II” passes Lapworth, November 1961.

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Volume 152

Steam in Wales & The Borders Part 2 (80-mins) Price £19.75

In this second part, we begin at Gobowen on the Shrewsbury to Chester main line before looking at the connection to Oswestry and the Cambrian line south to Llanymynech and Llanfyllin, prior to its closure in 1965.
We return to Gobowen with a stone train and then onwards to Shrewsbury. Steam finished here in 1967 and there is a rare appearance of the Blue Pullman amongst the Black 5s. Onwards, we travel west along the Cambrian route to Machynlleth and Aberystwyth, using ex-GWR Manors and the later BR Standards for motive power. Along the way we see steam scenes at the narrow gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Railway both before and after preservation. The Vale of Rheidol is also visited when its original Aberystwyth terminus was in use. Finally, with steam reigning supreme, we return to Shrewsbury via Talerddig Incline with some contrasting views of steam returning to the route in later years. Included are some black & white film scenes of the estwhile Corris Railway. Manors, Halls, Black 5s, Ivatts and BR Standards are all featured, even a Dukedog!

The archive film material used is in colour, except for the Corris Railway scenes, with an authentic soundtrack and an informative commentary.

Cover Photo:- Dr. Gaius Sutton, 75012 climbs Talerddig, 20/8/66.

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Volume 128

Cambrian Coast Route Part 3 (80-mins) Price £19.75

This third volume in the series covering the Cambrian Coast Express Route from London to Aberystwyth and Pwhelli, takes a look at the line west of SHREWSBURY through the hills of Mid-Wales over TALERDDIG summit.

Using archive steam material from the 1960s with occasional diesel footage such as the first ever visit of an HST working in 1983, WELSHPOOL is reached. Here there is extensive coverage of the Welshpool and Llanfair line in its pre-1956 working days with freight.

Onwards over TALERDDIG with Manors and Standards and a few views of the return to steam tours. MACHYNLLETH is seen also in great detail and variety with film sometimes from the 1950s; ex-Western motive power including Dukedogs and eventually their Standard class replacements up to 1967.

The Aberystwyth line through GLYNDFI and BORTH is followed by some scenes on the Vale of Rheidol when it had its own terminus station.

Filmed in colour except for the earliest material, this video takes a fascinating and nostalgic look back at the steam scene of the 1960s. The film has an authentic sound-track and has been researched in detail to give an informative commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt. 7828 “Odney Manor” meets 7810 “Draycott Manor” at Newtown in July 1963.

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Volume 122

Cambrian Coast Route Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

This second video about the CAMBRIAN COAST EXPRESS takes a look at the section from SHREWSBURY to WELSHPOOL. Shrewsbury is covered in great detail at the station and motive power depot. Engines from both the Midland and Western Regions are seen including Castle, County, Hall and Manor classes, Duchess, Jubilee, Black 5 and 8F off the Midland. There are Ivatts and Standards especially in 1966.

The diesel scene has come rarities. Besides the Class 37 there is a Peak on the Hookagate line, the Fisons weed-killing train, 08′s on the oil workings to Abbey Foregate and the short lived visits of the Cromptons.

Preserved King 6000 “King George V” works the Centenary dining car set in 1979 and 5596 visits Hookagate yard. A visit to the Severn Valley line when it was still connected to Shrewsbury from Bridgnorth. The MINSTERLEY branch with steam and the long single line route to Welshpool with Standard 4′s and Manors. Coverage of some of the Tal-y-Llyn specials also with Dukedogs. A very definitive programme of this section of the route.

Filmed mostly in colour this video has an authentic sound-track and informative commentary.

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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 108

Cambrian Landcruise Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

Barmouth-Talerddig-Shrewsbury.

A nostalgic look at the railway between BARMOUTH and SHREWSBURY via DOVEY JUNCTION in the 1960’s.

Virtually every station and halt along the route are seen and the scenic grandeur of this route is followed along the Cambrian Coast with steam trains attacking the climbs of FRIOG and TALERDDIG.The Talerddig climb is particularly impressive with Manors, Standards and Ivatt Moguls doing battle with the 1-in-52 gradient in all conditions of weather from sunshine to snow. A Standard stalls and gives an impressive display re-starting and damaging the track.The delightful Severn Valley from MOAT LANE through NEWTOWN and WELSHPOOL to SHREWSBURY where semaphore signalling abounds.

Motive power seen is Manors, both clean and filthy, Standard tender and tank classes and Ivatt Class 2 Moguls.

Brief visits are made to the FAIRBOURNE, TAL-Y-LLYN and WELSHPOOL and LLANFAIR RAILWAYS in the 1960’s.

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Volume 103

Steam along the Welsh Marches (60-mins) Price £19.75

Beginning at Hereford the line to Three Cocks, Builth Road and Brecon are visited in the snow at the end of services in 1962. North via Llanidloes. Hereford to the Severn Valley when it was open as a through route to Shrewsbury. The Much Wenlock branch. Welshpool to Machynlleth and return. Welshpool to Oswestry via Llanfyllin and the rarely filmed Llanraeder branch. Finally the Llangollen line to Bala. From the Wye to the Dee really.

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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 75

Shrewsbury and the Cambrian (60-mins) Price £19.75

A superb film of the steam age from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth. From local enthusiast cameraman and Radio commentator Russell Mulford’s collection of railway films, we offer an in depth look at the steam scene of Shrewsbury. Many types of locomotive are seen at the station and shed. Castle, King, Grange, Manor, 28xx, pannier, Jubilee, Black 5 and Standard designs are a few. Servicing on the shed when the turntable stuck! A comprehensive journey through Westbury, Welshpool, Talerdigg, Machynlleth to Aberystwyth. Token exchanges vividly portrayed, an action packed railway so loved by enthusiasts to its last steam train in 1967.

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Volume 72

Steaming Through Shropshire Part 2 – The Severn Valley (60-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.4. A nostalgic look back at the railways of South Shropshire in the early 1960′s. After a visit to GOBOWEN and IFTON colliery in the north, the scenes south and west of SHREWSBURY are covered. A journey from WELSHPOOL to SHREWSBURY, most of it in Shropshire, is taken. Very rare 1932 footage of the SHROPSHIRE & MONTGOMERY RAILWAY shows LNWR 0-6-0′s, llfracombe Goods engines and petrol railcars between SHREWSBURY ABBEY, KINNERLEY and the CRIGGION branch. A comprehensive journey the whole length of the Severn Valley now follows via BERRINGTON, CRESSAGE, BUILDWAS and IRONBRIDGE. The line to LONGVILLE and MUCH WENLOCK is recalled as is the eastern side of the River Severn at DAWLEY and COALPORT in 1959. Steam at BRIDGNORTH before preservation.and on past HIGHLEY and ARLEY to BEWDLEY. The line through the Wyre Forest to TENBURY WELLS and WOOFERTON with steam hauled passenger trains and Western railcars, a return journey along the CLEOBURY & DITTON PRIORS line is shown. Next a round trip from BEWDLEY to KIDDERMINSTER, HARTLEBURY to STOURPORT, before it lost its steam service, and at the end the last day DMU operation before the line was closed. A return journey on the KIDDERMINSTER to WOOFERTON pick-up freight with a Prairie tank leads to the south west corner of the county to see a Jubilee working from KNIGHTON to CRAVEN ARMS, all in the county of Shropshire.

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Volume 24

Cambrian Borders Steam (60-mins) Price £19.75

We return to the Cambrian with a look at steam along the Welsh Borders from 1960 to 1967.

We begin at Chester in 1967 where on 4th. March the city was visited by the two Castles 4079 & 7029, interwoven with normal workings by Standard Class 5’s of conventional and Caprotti versions, LMS Black 5’s and an ex-Crosti 9F 92026.

A journey south of Ruabon for Castle, Hall, 73xxx, Pannier and 2251 Class at Llangollen Line Junction before a trip to Corwen by Standard Class 4.

The ex-Cambrian main line from Ellesmere to Whitchurch is covered in great detail visiting the intermediate stations of Welshampton, Bettisfield and Fenns Bank. GWR Manors provide the power and we retrace our steps onboard a freight hauled by 43034.

South again to the Blodwell Quarries with Standard Class 4 75004 before another in-depth look at rural branch work on the Llanfyllin Branch from Llanymynech with Ivatt 2-6-0’s. Castle, County, Manors and Standards at Shrewsbury and Wellington are featured before ten minutes of sheer delight on the Cambrian line from Machynlleth to Welshpool in 1963.

Cover photograph:- Geoff Bannister. 75003 & 75004 at Talerddig Summit in August 1965, on the 11:20 Barmouth to Birmingham

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