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Volume 196

Steam Still at Work after August 1968 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**RELEASED July 2015**

Our “Steam Still at Work” series of films features the steam scene after the end of main line steam on British Railways in 1968. The series continues until the “Return to Steam” tours on BR in October 1971. In this third part we discover that whilst BR main line steam did indeed finish in August 1968, enthusiasts could still find their cherished ‘Iron Horses’ at work around the country during 1969.

That bête noire of 1960s railways, Dr. Richard Beeching, proved that a leopard can change its spots, as in April 1969 he reopened a line – the Dart Valley Railway.

London Transport was still using steam for things like permanent way trains with ex-GWR pannier tanks doing the job. Whilst we would have to wait until October 1971 before 6000 King George V removed the main line steam ban, in 1969 this magnificent locomotive could be found at Bulmer’s cider factory, Hereford.

Dedicated steam hunters could also venture over the water, and we follow the RPSI two-day tour from Belfast to Cork. “Flying Scotsman” was the exception to the ban on main line steam, as owner Alan Pegler had secured a contract with BR allowing him to do so. There was also narrow-gauge steam, and we visit the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent during May 1969. In the same month a trip is also made to the Talyllyn Railway.

At Didcot the Great Western Society had moved in during 1967 and were preparing for their first open day in May 1969. Another first open day was the Steamtown Railway Museum, Carnforth on 1st. June 1969.

We cover the Longmoor Military Railway in Hampshire in detail – David Shepherd is present for the naming ceremony of 92203 and famous engine driver Sammy Gingell helps with 35028. WD 2-10-0 “Gordon” is seen hauling a BR special around the system during July 1969. By now the Keighley & Worth Valley in Yorkshire had been operating for one year and we see this delightful line basking in the summer sunshine.

Industrial steam is not forgotten – the Walkden system near Manchester featured North Staffordshire 0-6-2T “Sir Robert”, and the British Oak Coal Disposal Point near Wakefield used “Jinty” 47445. Another trip in the summer of 1969 was to the Cricklewood open day with 7029, 5593, 5428, and the legendary “Kestrel” – the 4,000hp diesel later sold to the Soviet Union.

Filmed entirely in colour, a detailed commentary plus authentic sound track complements this nostalgic look at steam after August 1968.

Cover photo:- Cover photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, 3F 0-6-0 shunting NCB wagons at Williamthorpe Colliery.

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Volume 170

Steam Still at Work (after August 1968) Part 2 (60-mins) Price £19.75

**NOW IN STOCK AUGUST 2012**

Our “Steam Still at Work” series of films (formerly called “Return to Steam”) features the steam scene after the end of main line steam on British Railways in 1968. The series continues until the “Return to Steam” tours on BR in October 1971.

In this our second part, we cover the period 1968 to 1969 and include some preserved railways that started then. Their early preservation scenes contrast starkly with what we see today! From 1968 to 1971, 4472 “Flying Scotsman” was the only steam loco permitted on the main line and so we feature a number of its tours.

We begin, on 11th.August 1968, with that last steam hauled train on BR, the “15 Guinea Special” here double-headed by Black 5s on the Settle & Carlisle, along with some sombre views of the last steam locos at Carnforth. In the Autumn 1968 we visit the Severn Valley and Keighley & Worth Valley railways for early preservation scenes plus 4472 on the ECML. Next, a maritime interlude for rare footage of paddle steamers on the BR owned Humber ferry! Then to the Wallingford & Cholsey line for steam with the GWS‘s 1466 & auto-trailer. A visit to the Longmoor Military Railway for views of blue 0-6-0ST “Errol Lonsdale” and 2-8-0 “Gordon” in use. At Tyseley Open Day we see “Clun Castle” and “Kolhapur” on shuttles with 4472 arriving on the main line. Count the number of steam whistles on display!

In France, steam was still in everyday use and we see SNCF 141Rs on rail tours and service trains. Back to the UK for 4472 on the “Yorkshire Harvester” train from Kings Cross to York and a visit to the old York Museum. At Bath Road Depot Open Day, we see steam visitors & electric loco AL4 E3044! We visit Bulmer’s at Hereford to see newly restored No.6000 “King George V” pulling their Pullman train. Then to Bury depot for 5596 “Bahamas” and, despite the ban, its transfer trip (in steam) along BR lines to a new home at Dinting!

We visit Northamptonshire for the industrial workings in the quarries and steelworks and special trains. Then more early views in 1968 of the KWVR and the Bluebell Railway. Compare these scenes to those of today. What a contrast! At Bressingham Gardens, a “caged” 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” is seen giving cab rides plus scenes of the narrow gauge lines there. More 4472 tours include the Midland, ECML, Ely & March. At Finsbury Park Shed, the narrator is seen cleaning 4472’s nameplate!

Finally a few visits in 1969 to Dinting, the KWVR (for a glimpse of unrestored 46115 “Scots Guardsman”), the Bluebell Railway and lastly to the newly reopened Dart Valley Railway for auto-trains with “engines in the middle”.

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

Cover Photo:- Colin White, Fairburn 2-6-4T No.2085 at Haverthwaite, L&HR.

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Volume 149

Locomotives of War (80-mins) Price £19.75

The railways of Europe and the Far East played a vital role in periods of war. In the 20th.Century there were two World Wars and this production portrays most of the locomotive types that were built for service in both conflicts, primarily for the Allies.We include the ROD types from WW1 such as ex-GCR 2-8-0s and Eastern 0-6-0s. During WW2, the War Department initially adopted the LMS Stanier 8F 2-8-0 for standard heavy freight. We show this type in service both at home and the Middle East. Later in WW2, the design was simplified into the WD “Austerity” 2-8-0s and extended with the 2-10-0s. Serving alongside were the Hunslet designed WD “J94” type 0-6-0 Saddle Tanks. We feature examples of all of these locomotives.

The Americans built 2-8-0, 2-8-2 tender engines and 0-6-0 tanks. Army training camps such as Longmoor were used to train staff in railway work We also show examples of narrow gauge engines that served in WW1.

All of these types were designed for a short life, but some still survive today. They can be seen at work on preserved railways, especially for the WW2 re-enactment events. These are illustrated on the Churnet Valley Railway, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Severn Valley Railway and the East Lancashire Railway.

Most locomotives shown are British built and we see some of them at work in Turkey, France, Poland, India and Australia.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications. WD Austerity 90266 near Morecambe South Jct, 1962.

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Volume 148

The Demise of Steam (90-mins) Price £19.75

Jim Clemens Collection No.27. A record of the demise of steam on British railways during 1967 and 1968 in the North-West of England, seen mainly through the camera of Jim Clemens.

We feature scenes of steam at CREWE, WARRINGTON and PRESTON followed by shed visits to Dallam, Lostock Hall, Bolton, Buxton, Northwich, Carnforth, Liverpool Edge Hill and Speke Junction. Then off to the Manchester area to see the last dying days of main line steam with Black 5s, 8Fs, 9Fs and Standards.

There were rail tours to Ravenglass and around the North-West in July and August 1968. We include the last tours from Manchester on the 4th.August 1968, especially the SLS tour plus some views of the very last steam hauled train on BR, the 15 Guinea Special on 11th.August 1968.

Into the early days of standard gauge preservation in 1968 and we cover the opening of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. We next visit Tyseley shed in September 1968 and finally 6000 “King George V” returned steam to British Railways in 1971 to end a record of what was to be seen in these declining years of steam traction.

The film has been mastered with an authentic sound-track and researched in detail to give an informative commentary.

Further volumes are available covering the age of steam on British Railways throughout Great Britain, including many others from the Jim Clemens collection. Details may be obtained from the address below.

Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Booklaw Publications : 45342 and 45156 at Nappa, 20/4/68.

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Volume 95

Settle & Carlisle Remembered Part 1 (60-mins) Price £19.75

The Settle and Carlisle route from KEIGHLEY northwards. The last 3F hauled passenger train up the Worth Valley in 1962. Main line steam in Airedale. The alternative route to SKIPTON via llkley and Embsay. The GRASSINGTON branch with a steam excursion to Wharfedale. A variety through SKIPTON with coverage of the BARNOLDSWICK branch. On through BELL BUSK to HELLIFIELD. Steam from WILPSHIRE to HELLIFIELD. The S&C all the way to CARLISLE via SETTLE, HORTON, RIBBLEHEAD, BLEA MOOR, DENT, GARSDALE and AIS GILL. A variety of motive power from 1962 to 1968 with Jubilees, Scots, Britannias, Staniers, 4Fs, 9Fs and WD’s. Visiting A4 and Castle classes plus West Coast diversions with Class 40 and Peak diesels. Filmed competently in all weather conditions from sun to snow, mist and rain – typical of this route. The S&C at its best!

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