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Archive Films Sought We are currently looking for old archive films to complete several new DVD projects. Apart from general railway and shipping subjects, we are looking for specific scenes around the South West of England of steam operating prior to 1967. A new project requires film of Southern locomotive subjects including the Maunsell and Urie engines and Bulleid Pacifics. We are also looking for archive of the QE2 and earlier Cunard liners Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. A project we are currently completing for 2013 is about Solent Innovations. We are seeking footage of a number of subjects to picture the many varied inventions and innovations created in the Southampton/Portsmouth Solent area. These could include the hovercraft, aviation subjects, sailing, pioneering engineering achievements and any other Solent-designed subjects.
If you think you have film that might cover the areas mentioned, please contact us so that we can arrange collection and discuss arrangements and transfer to DVD format.
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Railway Round-Up No. 7 This edition includes a special feature on the damage to the main line at Dawlish. We have the footage of the storm as it hit the line on 4th February.
* The Final gathering of A4s at Shildon
* Feature at Arley on the Severn Valley Railway and the last day of No. 5164 operating
* London Transport steam event
* Clan Line at the Mid-Hants event in early March
* T9 No. 30120 at the Swanage Railway
* Steam on West Coast Main Line with Nos. 61264, 45407 and 45699
* East Lancs Winter Gala, plus much, much more
‘Ribblehead’ by W. R. Mitchell MBE Published to co-incide with the 25th anniversary of the saving of the Settle-Carlisle railway.
Packed with photographs from throughout its 137-year history, the book also delves into the station and tunnel at Blea Moor.
Full coverage of the repairs to the viaduct in the 1980s and 1990s which saved the prospect of the line closing forever.
Black and white photographs, plans and rare colour views.
120 minutes duration £9.95
Hardback book, £18 Publication date 5th April
‘Steaming Through Wessex’ Volume 2 We are delighted to announce the second volume in the remarkable series of archive films takeby by Douglas Seaton in the 1940s and 1950s. This volume contains more 16mm film in full colour and some very rare black & white footage taken in the 1920s and 1930s providing such scenes as early Southern locomotives on the South Western main line in the Farnborough area. More footage has come to light since volume one of the Yeovil area and Weymouth quay with paddle steamers, plus much more film on the Abbotsbury branch in 1947, a long-closed branch from Upwey. Views of the Lyme Regis branch and in Cornwall, at Dawlish and also with the railway in Poole Park from these early times. Films from liners in Southampton in 1953 and from shipping at Falmouth.
‘Fratton Locomotive Depot’ by Michael HarveyLarge format paperback book full of photographs and history about the depot at Fratton, Portsmouth from 1891 to 1967. 150 unpublished photographs by the late Eric Grace who was 50 years a railwayman at Fratton. Includes plans.
90 minutes duration £19.95
Paperback Book, 160 pages £19.95
‘The Westington Southern Railway Diaries’ Compiled by Mike Woodhouse A4 format paperback containing the diaries of Southern railwayman Arthur Westington from 1944-1964. Arthur was based in Plymouth and recorded fascinating facts from his times at depots 72D, 83H, 83D AND 84A. Read his entries and experiences from steam to diesel in the Plymouth area.
‘A Tribute to Eastleigh’s Railways’ Over 250 photographs from the Norman Cox collection showing the fascinating locomotives at Eastleigh Works, running shed and station environs during the 20th century. Fully detailed captions and to a high quality reproduction. All Southern classes featured from early Adams’ locomotives through to Drummond, Maunsell and Bulleids types.
Paperback Book, 124 pages £8.95
Hardback book, £25 Publication date TBC
‘Surviving Western Region Steam’ Allocations and Work’s histories By Richard Derry All the surviving Western Region locomotives in Britain today, with fully illustrated histories of their shed allocations and overhaul and maintenance records.
‘Great Western Locomotives on Shed and at Work’ A pictorial book with detailed captions of Western Region steam on shed around the whole region. Also many photographs of locomotives at work.
Hardback book, £20 Publication date TBC
Hardback book, £20 Publication date TBC
‘The Barry Scrap Book’ by Roger Hardingham
The real behind-the-scenes story of how our preserved locomotives from Dai Woodham’s yard were bought and moved to sites all over Britain. Contains rare photographs from the Woodham Collection and a host of material from locomotive groups and owners.
‘The Swanage branch -
In Colour!’ THE ULTIMATE ARCHIVE All in glorious colour, this new book features mostly
never before published material showing what the
Swanage Railway was like under British Railways – and
then British Rail – from the early 1960s through to the
end of the line in the early 1970s. The most
comprehensive archive of colour material so far
published, there are Victorian-designed M7 tanks,
Bulleid Pacifics, Standard and Ivatt tanks, Class 33
diesels as well as
'Hampshire' DEMUs which formed the branch
service between 1966 and 1972.
There is also a detailed photographic
journey behind steam and diesel from Wareham
to Corfe Castle and Swanage, the final steam
trains of 1966 and 1967 and the last trains of all in
January 1972. Through trains from London are
included as well as the staff that ran the line
during its controversial and frustrating decline
which culminated in closure and track lifting
between Swanage, Corfe Castle and Furzebrook.
Hardback book, £20 Publication date TBC
Hardback book, 112 pages all in full colour - £20.00
‘The Summer of ‘67’ Special DVD showing the end of steam on the Southern Region in 1967.
Full of archive film in and around Southampton, Bournemouth and London. A review of the end of steam on the main line from London Waterloo to Bournemouth and Weymouth. Includes steam action on the main line in 2007 with Southern engines such as Merchant Navy Class Clan Line , Tangmere and Lord Nelson. A review of events at the Mid-Hants Railway and Swanage Railway commemorating the end of steam and interviews with those who recall the last days in July 1967 including Driver Stan Symes of Dorset fame.
‘Diesel Galas- 2013’ A review of the diesel galas held at the Mid-Hants Railway and Swanage Railway in the Spring of 2013.
Considerable footage of all the locomotives at work and also the convoys of engines being positioned from Network Rail. Footage of the Mid-Norfolk Gala and the unique one held at the Didcot base of the Great Western Society.
DVD 70 minutes duration - £9.95
Duration approximately 60minutes - £9.95
Railway Round-Up No. 6
This edition includes -
* Steam On The Met, including behind-the-scenes footage of test runs with Met Tank No.1 and 150 anniversary runs on the underground
* Gloucester Warwickshire Gala with 925 Cheltenham
* Steam Railmotor on the Looe branch
* Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express
* Great Britain and Cathedrals Explorer
* Bluebell opening to East Grinstead
* 5043 on ‘The Cheltenham Flyer’
* T9 120’s visit to the Mid-Hants
* Diesel Galas at Swanage and Mid-Hants, plus much, much more!
120 minutes duration £9.95
The Queen Mary was one of those famous icons of the 20th century.
The world’s most famous ocean liner spent 31 years crossing the North Atlantic and was requistioned for the duration of World War Two to transport troops all over the world. The liner has always carried great affection with those who travelled on her or who worked on her as officers or crew.
Today, RMS Queen Mary is preserved for us all to see and admire. Her berth in Long Beach, California right opposite the city shores, shows off her stunning outline to everyone who visits.
This is the story of the Queen Mary’s construction on the Clyde in Scotland and her maiden voyage in 1936 when she ‘lifted the cloud’ on the great depression years by embarking on a quite remarkable career at sea.
This DVD is full of archive film from the 1930s, of her wartime period and of the Mary at sea on the North Atlantic in the 1950s and 60s.
We hear from crew and passengers who travelled on board the liner and listen to reunions of former crew members.
Altogether, the story of the world’s most famous ocean liner, the Queen Mary.
A tribute to Cunard's QE2 Following 39 years of continuous service and a recent uncertain history during lay-up in Dubai, we delve into the history of Cunard's most famous liner.
Interviews with Commodore Ron Warwick and the team from 'QE2 London' hoping to bring the liner back to the UK.
Our 60-minute programme is a tribute to this wonderful ship which became part of life for so many crew and passengers alike. The liner was a familiar part of Southampton's port as she docked on a regular basis to disembark passengers before embarking more in the afternoon for the next voyage.
We look at the ship as she docks and begins the process of re-loading stores and passengers. We go on board after her major refit in the early 2000s and discover the emotional splendours as the vessel departs from Southampton on her final normal departure for New York. We witness the great, but sad, occasion of QE2's last day in Southampton and all the tributes paid during the day.
We finish with a look at Cunard's new liners, especially Queen Mary 2 on her inauguration day in 2004. See the interiors and the wonderful send off in the evening on her maiden voyage. A famous gathering of QE2, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria in Southampton during 2008 ends our special programme.
53 minutes duration - UK orders £14.95
53 minutes duration - Overseas orders £17.50 including Airmail postage
DVD 60 minutes duration - UK orders £9.95
DVD 60 minutes duration - Overseas orders - £12.50 including Airmail Postage
‘How to Drive Flying Scotsman’
An experts training lesson on how to drive the world’s most famous steam locomotive. From the footplate of 4472 as we learn how to drive this A3 Pacific.
‘Returned to East Grinstead - update on the Bluebell Railway re-opening extension’
Now fully connected to the main line at East Grinstead, we take a visual journey on the epic operation to get the Bluebell Line from Sheffield Park through to the main line. All the action of final clearance operations at Imberhorne cutting and the first trains through the new connection.
Cab Rides Around the British Isles
Aberdeen to Edinburgh
Cab ride from aboard an HST along the whole route from Aberdeen to Edinburgh via the Forth Bridge.
Glasgow to Lancaster
Cab ride as seen from the cab of an HST power car from Glasgow Central to Lancaster of the Beattock and Shap inclines. Filmed in the winter, snow interrupted the journey and the train was re-routed via the Wishaw spur line.
Tyne & Wear Metro
Cab ride following the fascinating Tyne & Wear Metro lines. Starting at St. James station, we travel via the coastal circular route through South Shields. Then to Newcastle Airport and further journey to finish at Monument station.
Approx. 2 hours 15 mins duration.
Approx. 2 hours 30 mins duration.
Approx. 2 hours 30 mins duration.
'The Mid-Hants Railway - Celebrating 40 Years in Colour' by Ron Neal A 100-page book in full colour showing stunning photographs of the Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line's progress from 1973 to 2013.
The first locomotive arrivals in 1973 followed by the first main line locomotive, N Class No. 31874. We see this loco as it was restored in the station siding at Alresford followed by its first steamings. All the further locomotive arrivals, such as West Country Class No. 34016 Bodmin, 31806, 30506, 35018, 31625, and 34105 Swanage. The book covers operations to Ropley, then Medstead in 1983 followed by trains running in to Alton from 1985. Further special pages include Gala events, such as when the Somerset & Dorset was remembered and the occasion of anniversaries surrounding the end of Southern steam in July. A section includes the main line involvement of MHR locomotives with Bodmin, 73096, 31625 and 41312. Another section cover visiting engines such as 60007, B4 Dock Tank No. 96, M7 30053, Met No. 1, City of Truro and many others. Altogether a complete historical and colourful record of 40 years on the Mid-Hants Railway.
The author, Ron Neal, has been involved with the railway since its inception and was heavily involved in virtually all locomotive restorations as well as firing and latterly driving.
A selection of images from the book, please click on the thumbnail for a larger image.
100 pages Paperback £10.95
Railway Round-up No. 5 Number 5 of our ever-popular round-up of news on railways is out now. Considered to be the No. 1 in this field of railway DVD news, Railway Round-Up is packed with steam action and is only £9.95 for 2 hours of footage.
Issue number 5 includes;
* Steam Railmotor No. 93 operating in Cornwall
* No. 925 Cheltenham introduced to service at the Mid-Hants
* Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway with the two Bagnall 0-4-0 tanks and Pannier 9466
* Great Britain V and Cathedrals Explorer in Scotland
* 6201's final operations before overhaul
* Fort William to Mallaig Summer 2012
* Spa Valley Railway Gala with 44422
* Summer trains to Weymouth from Bristol and London
* Duchess of Sutherland in green livery in the northern fells and in London
* 60009’s first trains after overhaul
* Feature on the new-build ‘Patriot’ and ‘Grange’
* Severn Valley Gala visitors T9 120 and 31806
* Keighley & Worth Valley autumn Gala
* Feature on the Dean Forest Railway with Pannier Tank 9681 and Clan Line as it calls in at Lydney
* and much, much more!
120 minutes duration £9.95
‘Bulleid Pacifics’ A review of OVS Bulleid’s magnificent Pacifics
The first in a new series of Locomotive Profiles. Thirty Bulleid Pacific locomotives survive today, with 28 of them coming from Dai Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry. This 100-minute long DVD captures the sight and sound of these popular locomotives. From 34007 Wadebridge to 34105 Swanage and from 35005 Canadian Pacific through to 35029 Ellerman Lines we cover all thirty of the Light Pacifics and Merchant Navys scattered around the UK.
Thrilling sequences of Clan Line during its long career on the main line from 1974 and Tangmere in all manner of locations during its 10-year stint since restoration. Footage from the 1980s reveals 34092 City of Wells’s triumphant period in the northern fells. Many Bulleids came from Barry and we see them in the yard and during their restoration and subsequent operation.
All in all, THE DVD about the Bulleids!
DVD 120 minutes duration £14.95
‘925 Cheltenham’ Southern Maunsell 4-4-0 No. 925 Cheltenham entered service on the Mid-Hants Railway in September 2012.
One of only three of the ‘Schools’ class to survive into preservation, 925 was overhauled by volunteers of the Mid-Hants at Eastleigh railway works where it was construction in 1934. After just under 30 years service with the Southern and BR, Cheltenham was withdrawn in 1962 and set to one side for the national collection. Following storage at various locations, including at York’s NRM, No. 925 was put into temporary working order for exhibition at Rainhill for the Rocket 150 celebrations in 1980. After a short period at Dinting, the locomotive was stored at York until 2010 when it was agreed for the Mid-Hants Railway to take over the locomotive and overhaul it to full working order again. Footage of the locomotive in the works at Eastleigh, its first steamings there and its departure by road transport for the York Railfest. This is the story of Cheltenham’s overhaul at Eastleigh and re-introduction to service.
DVD 42 minutes duration £12.95
‘The Terriers’ A tribute DVD to the numerous and popular preserved Stroudley Terrier ‘A’ Class.
A special offer programme which captures the spirit of the engines which are now over 125 years old. Eight of the ten preserved Terriers were withdrawn from BR service in 1963 and they were quickly subject to purchase by not only the Kent & East Sussex Railway and the Bluebell Railway but Butlins who purchased three engines. Our programme follows these historic engines on the Bluebell Railway, Isle of Wight Steam Railway and the Kent & East Sussex line.
DVD 35 minutes duration £4.95
DVD 35 minutes duration - Free if ordered with any order amounting to £30 or over
‘Eastleigh 100’ A special programme celebrating 100 years of Eastleigh Works. Rare archive film from 1963 presented by John Arlott
and other TV films about Eastleigh in the 1980s. Footage of Open Days in the 1980s and 90s and an appraisal of the
new lease of life at the works today with Knights Rail Services.
A full review, with stunning footage, of the May
2009 Open Days.
75 minutes duration £12.95
75 minutes duration £6.40 if ordered with any other DVD
850 Lord Nelson
The launch of Lord Nelson at Eastleigh in May 2006 was the culmination of ten years overhaul by the members of the Eastleigh Railway Preservation Society. It was one of the most extensive overhauls ever taken on in railway preservation which tested the engineers to the limit. What was thought to be a usual overhaul, turned out to be far bigger due to the condition of the boiler on No. 850.
This programme tells the story of Lord Nelson from its design and construction in 1926 through to its operational years in BR service and eventual withdrawal in 1962.
Footage of its first preservation period in service in the 1980s is accompanied by recollections of firing a Nelson by Eastleigh fireman and driver Rodney Tizzard. We hear from the team overhauling No. 850 at Eastleigh in the more recent overhaul and see how the problems with the firebox and boiler were tackled at Roger Pridham’s engineering in Devon. Unique footage of the boiler and chassis overhaul is included which lead up to the final assembly inside Eastleigh Works in 2006. The re-dedication of Lord Nelson by HRH The Princess Royal on 6th May 2006 is fully covered when the locomotive emerged from the Works into the yard in steam.
The remaining section of the programme is devoted to the main line tours it undertook in 2007 and its brief spells at the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway and Great Central Railway before departing for the Mid-Hants line. Altogether a complete story of this ‘pride of the Southern Railway’
DVD - Approximately 75 minutes duration £12.95
DVD - Approximately 75 minutes duration £6.40 if ordered with any other DVD
‘RMS QUEEN MARY’
A new souvenir guide book written by Roger Hardingham about the world’s most famous liner.
Since her launch in 1934, the Queen Mary quickly became a favourite ship and a special place in the hearts of passengers and crew. Sailing across the Atlantic for 1001 crossings, the liner was in service for 31 years before retirement by the Cunard Line in 1967. Fortunately, the Queen Mary was saved from scrap and bought by the City of Long Beach in California as a hotel, attraction with a series of restaurants.
This new publication outlines the historical relevance of this great liner with dozens of colour and black & white images, with chapters on her launching, war service, art on board, life at sea and the vast number of stately rooms still available to view by the visitor today.
46 pages with fold-out plans - UK orders £7.95
46 pages with fold-out plans - Overseas orders £10.50 including Airmail postage
‘Secret Cumbria’ A JOURNEY AROUND THE CUMBRIAN COAST BEHIND STEAM
A spectacular journey filmed from the air and on board the train between Preston and Blackburn via the scenic Cumbrian Coast route to Carlisle and back over the Settle-Carlisle Railway.
Additional footplate footage and from the lineside with steam locomotives Tornado and Duke of Gloucester.
Duration 60 minutes £14.95
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