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A Highland Railway Journey in the 1960s


A Highland Railway Journey in the 1960s

Ref: KF126D


A nostalgic journey from Perth to Inverness, Wick, Thurso and The Kyle of Lochalsh. Filmed during the mid 1960s when the Type 2 diesels were in charge with an occasional ‘Black Five’.

A wonderful journey up the Highland mainline in 1965 from Perth to Inverness, Wick, Thurso and The Kyle of Lochalsh. This DVD is a nostalgic journey up the Highland mainline in 1965. We take the train from Perth station and see the line and its stations up to Inverness, then on to Wick and Thurso, with a trip from Kyle of Lochalsh in an observation car. We also have a rare interlude to Grantown-on-Spey and via Elgin and Forres back to Inverness. By this time Type 2 Sulzer diesels were in charge with an occasional glimpse of a Stanier Class ‘5’ working.

Our film maker, the late E.W. Yardley, was able to spend some considerable time stopping off at various important points to film for us some interesting train movements and architecture of the stations. Altogether, a marvellous record of these lines before the advent of further station closures and reduction in classic highland infrastructure.





Running Time: 55mins (0hr 66mins)

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Blue Pullman


Blue Pullman

Ref: KF121D


Three stunning archive films about the construction, testing and operation of these 1960s luxury trains. As part of the BR Modernisation Plan of the late 1950s it was decided to introduce five diesel-electric train sets for premium business services on the London Midland and Western Regions. Known as the ‘Blue Pullmans’ they were to provide luxurious interiors; the two Midland Pullman sets having first class accommodation only.

Three colour archive films are included in this DVD production, incorporating professionally produced films from the 1960 construction, testing and performance of these leaders in technology. Sadly the units only lasted until 1973, probably mainly due to the extremely bad ride they gave on the Swiss-built bogies, but these films give a wonderful portrayal of developments at the time and are a truly remarkable record.

Produced with permission of Vickers PLC and British Transport Films





Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 48-mins

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Best of the Fifties


Best of the Fifties

Ref: KF217D


Built by English Electric at their Vulcan Foundry in Newton-Le-Willows, Class 50 represents the last mixed traffic diesel type to be built for British Rail and, at the end of its career was one of only three classes of diesel capable of 100mph duties.

The Railscene programme was started in 1984, three years before the first ‘Hoover’ was withdrawn (it only required an F exam!). Four and a half years later less than ten of the original fifty fifties remained in use. This dvd includes thirty-two of the class in action, it is compiled from the Railscene archives and is a tribute to probably the last of the ‘great’ express diesel class.

Opener – A classic view the ‘Dutch fifty’, ‘Valient’ and plain blue ‘Thunderer’, as they cross the River Tamar on the Saltash bridge with Pathfinder Railtours ‘Cornish Centurian’.

Part One – Fifty Miscellany – Variety is the spice of life. We start with railtours: ‘Courageous’ and ‘Victorious’ on the WCML.

The ‘Fellsman II’ at Long Meg, ‘Sir Edward Elgar’ on Windsor Gala Day and an unscheduled duty for ‘Archilles’ banking ‘Drysllywn Castle’ and ‘Hagley Hall’ up Dainton Bank complete these mid-80s views.

The former DCWA celebrities are seen at Penzance (Dutch ‘Valient’ again) and double-heading at Truro and Ocean sidings.

More double-heading follows with ‘Ark Royal’ and ‘Furious’ at Par on the last official loco-hauled train from Newquay.

‘St. Vincent’, ‘Furious’, ‘Glorious’ and ‘Howe’ are seen on passenger duties at Lostwithiel, Ledbury, Aldermaston and Old Oak Common, whilst crash victim ‘Invincible’ and the first to go, ‘Centurian’ are seen looking sad.

‘Exeter’ works a passenger turn near Stoke-on-Trent in 1988 and ‘Archilles’ a freight from Parkandillack.

The unique 50149 ‘Defiance’ is seen on ‘the Heathfield’ at Cutmadoc in addition to views on a Meldon quarry trip working.

Another celebrity, ‘Ramillies’, heads the HST ‘generator set’ at Severn Tunnel Junction in 1989 and ‘Victorious’ provides rare footage at Winfrith and Wool with the track recording train.

Large logo celebrity ‘Hood’ works ECS near Romsey and ‘Lion’ is diverted via the Southampton mainline: ‘Superb’ and ‘Temeraire’ are seen in action at Southampton and Portsmouth.

Finally ‘Dauntless’ climbs the Portsmouth Direct Line at Rowlands Castle in 1989.

Part Two – Waterloo to Exeter (‘The Last Stand’).

‘Fearless’, D400, ‘Ajax’, ‘Lion’, ‘Renown’, ‘Resolution’, ‘Glorious’, ‘Tiger’, ‘Vanguard’, ‘Defiance’, ‘Dauntless’, ‘Eagle’, ‘Repulse’, ‘Exeter’, ‘Illustrious’, ‘Thunderer’, ‘Victorious’, ‘Royal Oak’, ‘Sir Edward Elgar’, ‘Leviathan’, ‘Swiftsure’, ‘Dreadnought’ and ‘Temeraire’ in action on Table 125 duties.

We start at Waterloo with 50050 on the very last newspaper train and the same loco as D400, arriving on its inaugural run.

Other locations are New Covent Garden, Clapham Junction (‘top n’ tail’ ECS), Wimbledon, Byfleet, Newhaw, Woking, Brookwood, Farnborough, Fleet, Basingstoke, Battledown, Overton, Whitchurch, Hurstbourne, Andover (50008 in large logo), Grateley, Tunnel Junction,

The Salisbury sequence (046, 043, a failed 007 and substitute 033), Wilton, Barford Street, Martin, Dinton, Tisbury, Gillingham, (‘Renown’ in freezing fog and ‘Dauntless’ doubleheading wih 47707), Buckhorn Weston, Templecombe, Milborne Port, Sherborne, Yeovil Junction – in 1986, Crewkerne, Chard Junction, Seaton Junction, (a diverted Paddington-Penzance train in 1985, ‘Ajax’ at the Summit, Honiton (HST and ‘Repulse’ pass), Whimple (1985), Exmouth Junction, Exeter Central and Exeter St. Davids.


Cover photo: 50049 Defiance approaches Redbridge with the 11.25 Paignton to Waterloo service on 25 June 1989.
Published by: Kingfisher Productions

Number of discs: 1 DVD
Running Time: 60mins (1hr 0mins)

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BR in 1990


BR in 1990

Ref: KF264D


A reflection on Britsh Rail just five years before privatisation. Sprinterisation, Sectorisation and Modernisation were the buzz words of 1990. The DVD examines Network South East two years after its inception; Scotrail with Class 37s and 47s very much in charge; Intercity services; Railfreight and the many loco-hauled services at the time using Class 20s, 31s, 45s, 47s, 56s in Scotland and much more. Included are diesel events in East Anglia and many loco-hauled specials.



Published by: Kingfisher Productions

Number of discs: 1 DVD
Running Time: 115mins (1hr 55mins)

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