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1st.Take "Branch Lines of England" Series

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Branch Lines of Cornwall


Branch Lines of Cornwall

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1st Take’s series on the branch lines of England now continues its voyage of discovery on the very edges of the country, a stunning peninsula, in which no location is more than 20 miles from the sea: Cornwall. With the help of Les Whaley, Chairman of the Launceston Railway Circle, this film explores the old routes of the Great Western Railway and London and South Western Railway, beginning at Gunnislake in the Tamar Valley, and then travelling around the entire county.

The development of railways in Cornwall is closely associated with the county’s mining traditions, and this is revealed with a visit to the striking landscape in the area of Minions, the highest village in Cornwall, where the Liskeard & Caradon Railway once ran. There are also tributes to other lines which have long since closed, such as the North Cornwall Railway, inspired by the desire to attract tourists to the area, and which crossed the county from Launceston to Padstow; and the Lostwithiel & Fowey Railway, whose main traffic was china clay.

Happily, some of the old branch lines are still in service today such as the attractive Tamar Valley Line, which ventures over the border from Devon; the Atlantic Coast Line from Par to Newquay; the enchanting Looe Valley Line, which links the market town of Liskeard with the beautiful fishing port of Looe; the Maritime Line from Truro to Falmouth; and the St Ives Bay Line, which is among the most scenic in Britain. All of these are featured with superb modern film, comparisons with historic photographs and informed commentary.

The film also includes interviews with people who have created successful heritage lines in Cornwall, with enjoyable visits to Launceston Steam Railway, the Bodmin & Wenford Railway and Helston Railway as well as a delightful miniature gauge system at Hidden Valley.

This stunning DVD, enhanced by rare archive images and excerpts of historic film, will delight railway enthusiasts everywhere!



Published by: 1st Take

Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 109 mins (1hr 49mins)

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Branch Lines of Devon Vol.1  (90-mins)


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Branch Lines of Devon Vol.1 (90-mins)

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1st Take’s popular series of films on the Branch Lines of England, based on the best-selling books of Colin Maggs, now features the beautiful county of Devon.

This first volume on Devon explores what remains of the stations and infrastructure of the branch lines in the Exeter area, and the central, eastern and southern parts of the county. Illustrated by superb modern film, explanatory maps and rare archive photographs and footage, we tell the story of railways which once provided a valuable service in carrying passengers and freight around Devon, as well as taking holidaymakers to the seaside.

At one extreme there was the Exmouth branch - the nearest the West Country comes to a suburban-type commuter railway - which still thrives as the ‘Avocet Line’ with stunning views of the Exe Estuary; and the Paignton branch, which could for many years almost be considered a main-line. At the other end of the scale was the Culm Valley Light Railway, an oddity which demanded restrictions on rolling stock and locomotives with a short wheelbase. Many Devon branch lines were originally built to the broad gauge and were later narrowed, some lasting until the very end of the wider gauge in 1892.

Our railway odyssey includes visits to Axminster, Seaton, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Tiverton, Newton Abbot, Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth and a host of villages where minor stations and halts were once a lifeline to Devon’s rural community. Happily, not all these branch lines have been lost forever. Several have been recreated as preserved lines, and among the many highlights of our tour are visits to South Devon Railway, Devon Railway Centre, the Dartmouth Steam Railway, the Exeter & Teign Valley Railway and Seaton Tramway. The enthusiasm of those people who are keeping Devon’s railway heritage alive helps to make this DVD an essential addition to your collection, or an ideal gift.





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1. Branch Lines of Devon Vol.2 (106-mins) (Ref: FT124D)
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3. Vol.209 - Southern Steam Miscellany No.1 (Ref: BR209D)


Branch Lines of Devon Vol.2  (106-mins)


Branch Lines of Devon Vol.2 (106-mins)

Ref: FT124D


In the first volume, we explored the branch lines in the southern, central and eastern parts of the county. This latest DVD explores the old branch lines of North & West Devon, including an evocative visit to Dartmoor and a special feature on the Plymouth area. The story is enhanced by stunning modern film as well as rare archive photographs and footage. It also includes interviews with people who have created successful heritage lines from what was left of the old system, with visits to the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. the Plym Valley Railway and the Dartmoor Railway.

Happily, some of the old branch lines are still in service today, such as the attractive Tamar Valley Line, which ventures from Plymouth, across the beautiful Calstock Viaduct and ends up at Gunnislake in Cornwall; and the Tarka Line, which calls at a number of charming old-world country stations as it journeys from Exeter to Barnstaple. Other branch lines featured include Brent to Kingsbridge, Tavistock Junction to Launceston, the Yealmpton branch and Venn Cross to Barnstaple. In addition, a tour of the county’s beautiful north coast includes a tribute to the fondly remembered Barnstaple & Ilfracombe Railway, which was so busy that it was upgraded to main line status for over half its life.





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Branch Lines of Gloucestershire  (90-mins)


Branch Lines of Gloucestershire (90-mins)

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Branch Lines Of Gloucestershire

The Beeching cuts prompted a massive reshaping of Britain’s railway network in the 1960s, when almost a third of the country’s track was closed. Most of the victims were minor routes which linked rural locations; they were axed as they were simply deemed uneconomic. But they remain fondly remembered today and this film is intended as the first in a series which will celebrate the branch lines of England, in association with railway author and historian Colin Maggs MBE.

You will see a wide range of routes, from those initially worked by horses to one which boasted the longest railway bridge in England. These lines provided vital services for the industrial heartland of Bristol, and key places such as Gloucester Docks and Lydney harbour. They also reached out to towns and villages in the Cotswolds, the Forest of Dean and many other parts of the county.

The story is illustrated by extensive use of rare archive photographs, and is enhanced by informed commentary from Colin Maggs, who has seen so many changes in the county’s railway network during a lifelong interest in the subject. You will also enjoy stunning modern film, excerpts of archive footage and visits to two of the county’s preserved lines - the Dean Heritage Railway and Avon Valley Railway – and the GWR Museum at Coleford. There are also fascinating interviews with former railwaymen and those who recall how important such branch lines were to rural areas.

Numerous locations are visited, including Avonside Wharf, Severn Beach, Mangotsfield, Westerleigh, Yate, Thornbury, Berkeley Road, Coaley, Dursley, Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tewkesbury, Cirencester, Kemble, Tetbury, Lydney, Cinderford and Chepstow.





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Branch Lines of Hampshire


Branch Lines of Hampshire

Ref: FT137D


Some Hampshire branches were closed even before the Second World War, and many have since been lifted, although happily a few remain active today.

In pre-grouping days the county was served almost exclusively by the LSWR. The GWR made inroads only as far as Basingstoke and Winchester, the South Eastern & Chatham Railway just encroached into the Farnborough area, and the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway served Hayling Island and shared the East Southsea branch with the LSWR. The southern tip of the Midland & South Western Junction Railway just entered the county and part of its station on the Tidworth branch was on Hampshire soil. The only other major branch line owned by any other company than the LSWR, or its successors, was the Longmoor Military Railway.

The only branches still extant in Hampshire are the electrified Eastleigh to Fareham line, the Alton and Lymington branches, the preserved Mid-Hants Railway from Alton to Arlesford and a section of the Totton to Fawley branch. We will also be visiting the evocative Hayling Seaside Railway, and although technically just across the Dorset border, another narrow gauge line, the Moors Valley Railway near Ringwood.

Packed with rare archive images, superb modern location film and adorned by excerpts of archive footage, this new DVD will be a treat for railway enthusiasts everywhere.





First published on DVD: October 2017
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 100 mins (1hr 40min)

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Branch Lines of Somerset  (101-mins)


Branch Lines of Somerset (101-mins)

Ref: FT120D


This series of films exploring the Branch Lines of England now takes us to Somerset, as we explore over 160 years of rail travel in the county, with the help of rare archive material and a whistle-stop tour of sites of interest today. This is an extra special journey for Bath-based author and historian Colin Maggs, on whose book the DVD is based, as it is a celebration of his home county’s railway heritage.

Most of Somerset’s branch lines were closed during or before Beeching’s cuts of the 1960s, and these are examined in depth on our journey, from the 792-yard branch at Dunball Wharf near Bridgwater to the industrial railways of North Somerset, the Bristol to Portishead branch, the Cheddar Valley or ‘Strawberry’ Line and the Norton Fitzwarren to Minehead Railway.

Happily, the county is well blessed with some fine preserved lines: the beautiful East Somerset Railway at Cranmore; the West Somerset Railway between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead, England’s longest standard-gauge heritage railway; the unique Bristol Harbour Railway and the Sandford Station Railway Heritage Centre. You also have a rare chance to glimpse railway activity at Portbury Dock, as the freight line reopened there in 2001 and is now thriving. There is an accompanying feature on the campaign to re-launch a passenger service from Portishead to Bristol, and you will also enjoy a tribute to the fine work of the Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway Group.

Packed with wonderful images from Colin’s lifelong photographic collection, stunning modern film, archive footage excerpts and fascinating interviews, this DVD is essential viewing for railway enthusiasts.





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