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Fire and Steam (90 mins)


Fire and Steam (90 mins)

Ref: FT098D


A fascinating and lively account of how the railways changed Britain forever. Presented by Christian Wolmar – the country’s leading commentator on the railways - and based on his book of the same title, this new DVD includes dramatic location film from all over Britain: from the picturesque Settle-Carlisle line and the elegant Forth Bridge to the site of the world’s first railway station and London’s teeming commuter network.

The railways changed people’s lives in every conceivable way. They could now take holidays by the seaside for the first time and travel across Britain for events like the Great Exhibition. Thanks to the railways, fish and chips became the national dish and league football the national game. Such dramatic changes are key to the story, which begins at the world’s first passenger railway, the Liverpool and Manchester, and concludes with the high-speed train on the Eurostar line in Kent.

Enhanced by rare archive film and historic images, and boosted throughout by Christian Wolmar’s ebullient presentation, this DVD is essential viewing for anyone interested in the railways, or indeed the history of modern Britain.





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Railways Of Bristol


Railways Of Bristol

Ref: FT105D


Bristol’s role as the major port and commercial city of the South West of England developed in conjunction with its bustling railway network. London Midland and Scottish lines intersected with those of the Great Western Railway, and a host of stations were built to serve the ever-expanding population.

Many of Bristol's routes, and most of the former stations, have now been consigned to history. Thanks to the help of Avon Valley Railway, who have lovingly restored part of the local system, you can now journey through time to recreate the magic of the railways in their heyday.

With the aid of some wonderful old photographs, specialist contributors reveal the full glory of Bristol’s railway heritage. Compelling viewing for railway enthusiasts everywhere.





Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

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Somerset's Lost Railway - The Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway  (90-mins)


Somerset's Lost Railway - The Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway (90-mins)

Ref: FT097D


This is the story of one of Britain's most delightful railways. The Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway was a quirky, colourful, independent, standard gauge light railway which served the people of North Somerset from 1897-1940. First proposed in 1884, construction took so long that some sleepers were rotten by the time the line opened! The railway was always short of money, and most of the locos and rolling stock were bought second-hand from various sources, making a motley but interesting collection. Over its 14 mile length there were 19 stations, mostly just halts with no platforms and only a hut for shelter. Where there were platforms, they were usually made of wood. Stories abound of times when passengers would jump off to pick flowers or blackberries at the many level crossings. Trains were led across the streets in Clevedon by a guard carrying red and green flags, and the line ran through beautiful countryside. From 1911 until 1931, the railway came under the management of the 'Light Railway King' Col. H F Stephens. This DVD brings the story of this fascinating railway to life, with the help of some superb rare photographs, precious archive film from the 1930s, an award-winning model railway, interviews and aerial footage of some of the route of the line today. A real treat for railway enthusiasts everywhere.





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Steam Around Bristol


Steam Around Bristol

Ref: FT106D


All aboard for a nostalgic tour around the old rail routes of Bristol!

With extensive use of previously unseen archive film, and historical photographs, your journey starts at Bitton and then heads for:

Bath Green Park, Bath Spa, Keynsham, Brislington, Whitchurch, Portishead, Shirehampton, Avonmouth, Severn Beach, Filton Junction, Patchway, Pilning, Severn Tunnel, Thornbury, Yate, Westerleigh, Bristol Parkway. PLUS a whistle-stop tour of the old Midland and GWR routes of Bristol.

The memories of ex-railwaymen blend with those of railway historians to re-create the magic of a bygone age. The story is brought up to date with a feature on Avon Valley Railway's exciting plans for development of the Bitton to Bath line.





Running Time: 70mins (1hr 10mins)

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Steam Journeys from Bristol (97-mins)


Steam Journeys from Bristol (97-mins)

Ref: FT116D


This is your chance to experience one of the best railway photograph archives in Britain. Join railways author Rex Conway on a tour of main line journeys from Bristol, superbly illustrated by photographs which were captured during his countless expeditions around the country during the twilight years of steam in the late 1950s and 1960s. Rex worked all his life as a professional photographer, and his hobby was railways, so the two came together and resulted in thousands of high quality photographs. The steam engines of that era are captured in all their glory and you can also enjoy a rich variety of station views for those who take pleasure in railway architecture.





Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 70 mins (1hr 10mins)

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The Somerset & Dorset Railway


The Somerset & Dorset Railway

Ref: FT095D


Recalling one of the country’s favourite lines: from beginnings to heyday and the route today.

The Somerset & Dorset remains one of Britain’s best-loved railways. As well as boosting trade in the region and helping people get to and from work, it passed through some stunning scenery and is fondly remembered by holidaymakers and day trippers. This souvenir DVD is the fascinating story of how the railway grew from humble beginnings in the 1850s, when it linked the Somerset towns of Glastonbury and Highbridge, into a mainline route. Eventually it connected the Bristol Channel to the English Channel, and the Midlands and North to the South Coast. Memories of journeys on the famous Pines Express to Bournemouth are particularly cherished.

The story is enhanced by rare archive film, much of which has never previously been released. It is also illustrated by evocative photographs, slides and maps, and most of the old station sites and prominent surviving landmarks are shown as they are today. You will also enjoy the recollections of engine drivers, firemen and other staff who worked on the S & D, as well as those of railway historians, authors and volunteers who are working to keep the spirit of the line alive at Washford, Midsomer Norton and Shillingstone. This is one of the most comprehensive DVD records of a greatly missed line and will be enjoyed by railway enthusiasts everywhere.





Running Time: 90mins (1hr 30mins)

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The Subterranean Railway


The Subterranean Railway

Ref: FT096D


The dramatic story of the men who made the world’s first, and still the largest, underground railway. Since Victorian times, London’s underground railway has played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners. This intriguing new documentary celebrates the vision and determination of those pioneers who conceived this revolutionary transport system and the men who tunnelled to make the tube.

Based on the popular book by Christian Wolmar, Britain’s leading commentator on the railways, and enhanced by stunning archive material and evocative film, this DVD reveals London’s hidden wonder and shows how the railway beneath the streets helped create the city we know today. The story continues through two world wars, when the Tube proved the best shelters of all, and up to the present day, with the onset of privatisation and the arrival of driverless trains.

The production benefits from access to rolling stock and rare archive material stored at London Transport Museum’s sites in Covent Garden and Acton, including the only surviving locomotive from the world’s first underground railway.

If you are interested in any aspect of Britain’s transport heritage, or indeed the evolution of modern London, you will find this new film absolutely enthralling.

Praise for Wolmar’s book of the same title:

‘An astonishing account of one of the world’s most amazing feats of engineering.’ Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2000-2008.

‘Christian Wolmar is a Pulman among story-tellers….His pride and passion carry his story along.’ TOM FORT, Sunday Telegraph.





Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 97mins (1hr 37mins)

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