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175 Years of The Great Western (90-mins)


175 Years of The Great Western (90-mins)

Ref: KF211D


A celebration of the Great Western Railway with men who actually worked for the GWR from the 1930s through to the 1960s.

We delve into the history of the company and its foundations starting with Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The STEAM museum of the GWR at Swindon is the backdrop to our look at four men who worked for the company. Several in their 90s now, they describe their working lives on the railway. We hear from David Maidment of his days as a career railwayman starting at Old Oak Common depot, moving to the various regions of the west country and Wales.

We see how the GWR lives on in the preservation movement of the 21st century starting with the Great Western Society and its base at Didcot.

Full of archive film from every corner of the Great Western.

* 1930s in Devon

* Laira Depot in the 1950s

* Castles at Paddington in the 1950s

* GWR promotional films

* Survey of GWS at Didcot

* Indepth look at STEAM, Swindon





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BTF Omnibus


BTF Omnibus

Ref: KF644D


This dvd is a compilation of four films produced by the British Transport Films Unit. They include:

Main Line Diesel Produced in 1948, this tells the story of the construction and introduction to service of the first British Main Line Diesel Locomotive, LMS No. 10000, with unique views of the locomotive under construction.

Engine On The Shed Also an LMS production, this time from 1936, showing how a steam locomotive was serviced in the 1930s. The locomotive featured is LMS 6170 British Legion, which was the prototype Fury. It is seen in its shortlived single-chimney form.

Single Line Working A BR instructional film, made in 1956. It illustrates now-obsolete practice, and was filmed on the legendary Somerset and Dorset line with Shepton Mallet station named ‘Averton Hammer’ and Binegar named ‘Boiland’.

Royal Scot In Canada A 1933 silent film recording the visit of LMS 6100 Royal Scot (now preserved) to Canada and the USA.

Contents Copyright British Transport films 1984.

Running time: 96-mins





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GWR 150 30th Anniversary Special


GWR 150 30th Anniversary Special

Ref: KF246D


2015 was the 30th anniversary of the series of events held on BR and preserved railways in 1985 marking the 150th year of the Great Western Railway’s first line from Paddington. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of these events, we produce a special DVD of films produced by Terry Nicholls during the year of 1985. 76 minutes of his films are produced with original sound tracks and are from rare lineside locations such as at and inside Whiteball and Cogload signalboxes, at Gloucester Horton Road depot; by the lineside along the Stroud Valley route to Swindon; the Welsh Marches route; at Newport with GW 2-8-0 No. 2857; at privileged locations around Bristol, Dainton and Tiverton and many other locations. A wonderful appreciation of the truely memorable GWR 150 event. Featured locomotives – No. 2857 3440 City of Truro 4930 Hagley Hall 5051 Drysllwyn Castle 6000 King George V 7029 Clun Castle 7819 Hinton Manor No. 75069 No. 92220 Evening Star

Running time: 78-mins





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Great Western Railway 150 Special -1835 to 1985


Great Western Railway 150 Special -1835 to 1985

Ref: KF678D


This programme was made as a Souvenir Edition of the 1985 events which commemorated the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Great Western Railway in 1835. This dvd covers the many steam specials run to commemorate the 150 years which ran all over the old GWR system, mostly to the South West. Locomotives included are the Severn Valley Railway’s Manor’s and Hall’s, plus the specially turned out gem, City of Truro. The Severn Valley railway also turned out a goods train, complete with 2-8-0 No. 2857 which ran down to Newport for a special event.

Other footage is included of the Exhibition train which toured the Region and of the Open Days held at various depots on the Great Western Railway system. All in all, a great tribute to this wonderful event. Contents: Iron Duke – The Broad Gauge replica seen in close up and in steam in Hyde Park, at Didcot, Tyseley, Old Oak and the NRM. Didcot – Open Days and GW150 steamings featuring the largest line up of preserved GW locomotives during 1985 together with visiting locomotives including Blue Peter, LMS 8F and Nord 4-6-0. Swindon-Gloucester – The principal steam route during the year, featuring a wide variety of main line steam locomotives including 6000, 7029, 6819, 4930, 75069, etc. Main Line Goods – The main line working of the Severn Valley Railway’s 2857 with a loose coupled goods train to Newport.

Archive Film – Great Western steam working from the 1930’s to the 1960’s from Stirling Video’s collection.

BR Open Days – Scenes at various Western Region T.M.D.’s which held Open Days in connection with GW150. GW Preservation – Many GW locomotives, rolling stock and artifacts are covered including workings on the Severn Valley and Dart Valley Railways. Exhibition Train – The official GW150 Exhibition Train is seen both inside and out, with commentary by Isambard Kingdom Brunel! Tyseley – The Birmingham Railway Museum at Tyseley with visiting locomotives and main line steam workings.

West Country Steam – GW locomotives at work again in South and West Wales. Bristol to Plymouth and over the Royal Albert Bridge in Cornwall, including ‘City of Truro’ along the River Severn to Newport.

Running time: 90-mins





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Island in Steam (Isle of Wight)


Island in Steam (Isle of Wight)

Ref: KF218D


An ‘Island in Steam’

A superb archive film journey across the Isle of Wight’s railway system in 1965 – in colour and featuring the two lines remaining to Ventnor and Cowes from Ryde.

The railways of the Isle of Wight were unique. From small beginnings as long ago as 1864, the system blossomed into a 58-mile network – much of it single track – that was operated until the end by antiquated locomotives and rolling stock pensioned-off from more rigorous duties on the mainland. By 1960, this bustling network had been reduced to just two lines – from Ryde to Sandown, Shanklin & Ventnor, and also across the Island to Newport & Cowes – and the infamous Beeching Report published in 1963 presaged the complete abandonment of these lines too.

Although the Ryde to Shanklin section gained a last-minute reprieve, leading to conversion to electric traction using withdrawn units from London’s Underground system, it was the end of the line for trains to Newport, Cowes and Ventnor and for the old steam trains. The last passenger train ran to Cowes one windswept day in February 1966 while April the same year saw the abandonment of services beyond Shanklin, and scheduled Island steam passenger trains finally ceased altogether following a very last run to Shanklin on 31st December 1966.

David Perry (a co-founder of what is today’s preserved Isle of Wight Steam Railway) and Chris Gosling were among those few that decided to record what was left and, using borrowed 8mm cameras and as many reels of Kodachrome colour film as their pocket money could buy, they set about recording for posterity the reality of the Island steam trains in their final years.

Shot during the Spring and early Summer of 1965 – the last full summer season of steam working on both the Ventnor and Cowes lines – “Island In Steam” brings together in a coherent visual narrative what is now a unique record of the past. The presentation on this DVD is compiled entirely from their films and features not only detailed journeys both to Ventnor and to Cowes from Ryde, shot from the lineside and also on the trains, but includes additional coverage of less conspicuous operations such as freight and parcels working and behind-the-scenes activities at Ryde MPD and Works. There is a conscious emphasis throughout the films on the techniques of signalling and train operation on what were, during the summer months, intensively worked single-line sections, where even a small delay could have significant repercussions for following services.

Enhanced with sound drawn from contemporary recordings and supplemented by informative commentary, the film is presented as its creators intended – primarily as an historical record of the true reality of Yesterday. We hope that you will not only enjoy watching it, but will also, by so doing, gain an insight into what is now a lost world – the real world of steam railways on the Isle of Wight that was a delight to so many who experienced it.





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

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The Severn Tunnel Banker - The Story of the Banking Operation under the River Severn


The Severn Tunnel Banker - The Story of the Banking Operation under the River Severn

Ref: KF242D


The railway tunnel under the River Severn that links Wales with England was built in a courageous way from the mid 1870s and finally opened in 1886. The very nature of its construction under the turbulent waters of the Bristol Channel provided the builders with great challenges as they engineered their way two and a half miles and hundreds of feet under the torrent above.

This programme looks briefly at the construction of the tunnel and the efforts to keep local underground fresh water springs from flooding the railway. Indeed the spring water still to this day flows millions of gallons which has to be pumped out by the Sudbrook pumping station on the Monmouthshire side.

The main archive film produced by members of the BAC Railway Society Film Unit shows an every-day operation to assist heavy trains from Severn Tunnel Junction through the tunnel over to the Gloucestershire side. This banking service was crucial to keep traffic flowing along this important stretch of the London to South Wales main line.

We also catch up with two railwaymen who worked on the footplate from Severn Tunnel Jct shed and experienced the techniques required for a safe banking operation.

We follow the life and times of one of the Western Region Prairie tanks, No. 4160, which was so much a part of the depot at Severn Tunnel Junction working the banking duties. Fortunately, we have No. 4160 with us today thanks to the scrapyard at Barry. Sequences of the engine at work on the West Somerset Railway include its final day before overhaul driven by Eric Broom, one of its original firemen at Severn Tunnel Jct





Number of discs: 1 DVD
Running Time: 55mins (0hr 55mins)

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Somerset & Dorset Remembered/Recollections of the Somerset & Dorset Twin (110-mins)


Somerset & Dorset Remembered/Recollections of the Somerset & Dorset Twin (110-mins)

Ref: KF172D


Somerset & Dorset Remembered video and Recollections of the Somerset & Dorset video combined onto one DVD.

The Somerset & Dorset Remembered A vivid reminder of what it was like to travel over that most lamented of cross-country lines, the Somerset and Dorset. Filmed mostly during the summer of 1965, the final full year before closure in March 1966, the journey takes the viewer on the line from Bath to Evercreech Junction, then along the branch to Highbridge and Burnham, before returning to the main line to continue a journey southwards from Evercreech to Bournemouth. As well as lineside, many sequences were taken from the footplate or from the carriage window.

This DVD is based around original cine film made by the British Aircraft Corporation Railway Society Film Unit and by Peter Barnfield and David Williams.

<b>Recollections of the Somerset & Dorset</b> Memories of railwaymen and women operating the railway, a nostalgic look back at the operation through the voices of the staff. Interspersed with ex-staff reunion event in 1995 and the West Somerset Railway's Gala event in 1996.





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1. Vol.107 - Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Archive (60-mins) (* Released November 2004 *) (Ref: BR107D)


50 Years Gone But Not Forgotten - A Celebration of the Somerset & Dorset Railway


50 Years Gone But Not Forgotten - A Celebration of the Somerset & Dorset Railway

Ref: KF240D


March 2016 saw the 50th anniversary of the closure of quite possibly the most celebrated of all our lines closed in the 1960s. This DVD examines the final years of the railway and what has happened to the line and its stations during the past 50 years. Many ex-S&D staff recall their times working on the railway and we visit the various preservation sites that have sprung up along the route. The programme has unseen archive footage of the line and is produced in association with the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust based at Washford on the West Somerset Railway. An added bonus of an archive film along the branch to Highbridge and never-before-seen out-takes from the BAC film unit film with original sound track.

**Archive film never seen before includes a trip down the line from Bath to Bournemouth in 1964 and along the branch from Evercreech to Highbridge.

** A survey of the line following closure.

** Visit in 2006 to Bath Green Park of 7F No. 53809.

** Latest film on the preservation schemes at Midsomer Norton and at Shillingstone.

** Special feature on the S&D Railway Trust at Washford from 1976 to 2015.


Cover photo: Terry Nicholls
Published by: Kingfisher Productions

First published on DVD: 2016
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD
Running Time: 120mins (2hr 0mins)

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1. Glasgow to London 'Record Run' Cab Ride (2006) (Ref: KF220D)
2. Branch Lines of Devon Vol.2 (106-mins) (Ref: FT124D)
3. New Forest at War (Ref: FT131D)


The Summer of 1968


The Summer of 1968

Ref: KF204D


The Last Weeks of BR Steam

The departure of steam from the British Railways network in August 1968 was a landmark not only in railway history, but British history. For nearly 150 years steam reigned supreme and although gone, it has never been forgotten.

In this unique account of the last poignant weeks of steam, Kingfisher Films has brought together exclusive interviews with the crews of the last steam workings and passengers of the very last train; archive material; and hitherto unseen footage made available by enthusiasts.

This is the first opportunity to share in the delights of the original sound recording of the last journey, recorded by Robert Ormiston-Chant on the 11th August 1968; and artist David Shepherd OBE, recalls the emotional last weeks of steam and describes how he purchased his own two locomotives from BR.





Narrated By: Roger Hardingham
Number of discs: 1 DVD
Running Time: 50mins

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