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Mersey Boxes - Halton Junction to Liverpool Lime Street


Mersey Boxes - Halton Junction to Liverpool Lime Street

Ref: LP522D


Our third programme on traditional railway signalling covers the eighteen miles of the busy Mersey main line from Halton Junction to the terminus at Liverpool Lime Street.


Seven boxes and panels - each of them vastly different - cover this fascinating route. As well as five different passenger train operators, the route has six freight terminals dotted along it, and this programme features many of the signalling movements that are required for trains to access the various sites. At Edge Hill and Lime Street, such is the intensity of the passing passenger services that the Signaller had to provide a live running commentary as he signalled the trains! As you will see, there is absolutely no margin for error.

The seven featured boxes are:

HALTON JUNCTION - the smallest of the seven boxes has a full size lever frame. It handles London Midland and Virgin passenger services and a variety of freight?traffic. The box also controls access to the Halton Curve.

RUNCORN - built to air raid precaution specification, this Grade 2 listed building also has a full size lever frame. Situated by Runcorn station, it also handles passenger and freight traffic as well as controlling access to the Folly Lane freight branch.

DITTON JUNCTION - has a large Entrance-Exit (NX) panel. Freight trains serving two nearby terminals require complex shunting manoeuvres and this programme features both of them.

SPEKE JUNCTION - the largest full size lever frame on this section of route, the Speke frame has 86 of them. The box also controls access to and from the Garston Freightliner and automotive terminals

ALLERTON JUNCTION - situated by Liverpool South Parkway station, this manual box houses a delightful 70 lever frame and controls access to Allerton depot. The volume of passenger trains steps up a gear as the main line is joined by the Cheshire Lines from Widnes and Warrington Central.

EDGE HILL - houses a large and complex NX panel. The volume of passenger trains steps up yet another level here with the addition of the Chat Moss route from Huyton and Manchester. The Signaller explains how Edge Hill undertakes the regulation of trains in and out of Lime Street.

LIVERPOOL LIME STREET - has a magnificent Westinghouse 'L' type power frame with 95 miniature levers. Passenger services at the terminus are so intensive that the Lime Street Signallers handle around approximately one train movement every two minutes during the day. The Signaller here provides a live commentary while an axle counter failure at Huyton adds some drama to the relentless action!


Produced with the full co-operation of Network Rail, this programme was filmed during the summer of 2017 while all seven boxes were still fully operational and before Lime Street station was remodelled. All the scenes in this programme will eventually be history - Halton Junction, Runcorn and Lime Street have already closed and the others will follow in due course.





Narrated By: David Maxey
Screen aspect ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 110-mins (1hr 50min)

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Short Cuts - Six cab rides on one DVD


Short Cuts - Six cab rides on one DVD

Ref: LP521D


Ever since we produced our first cab ride programme in 1994, our cameras have filmed around fifty subsequent journeys. For a variety of reasons, not all of them have seen the light of day but among the countless hours of tape lying on the cutting room floor is some really interesting, unusual and – in many cases - historical footage. This programme comprises six mini cab rides featuring rural branch lines and busy main lines. All six were filmed on different types of traction - ranging from a 1961-built Class 20 and a 1984-built Class 58 to a modern high-speed Virgin Pendolino. The cab rides were filmed between 2001 and 2017.

HOLYHEAD-BANGOR on 57309: Filmed during the period when Virgin Class 57s were diagrammed for a daily Pendolino drag between Crewe and Holyhead, this sequence features the 25 miles of route in North Wales from Holy Island across Anglesey and onto the mainland. It is a section of route that has plenty of interest - semaphore signals, jointed track, request stops, Britain’s longest station name...and the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits.

HOPE CEMENT WORKS-EARLES SIDINGS on 20056: This rural backwater in Derbyshire, which connects Hope Cement Works to the Hope Valley Line, is virtually hidden from view. A single Class 20 over the 1.5 mile branch line compliments the surroundings. On this occasion it was an unsilenced 20056 that was on the trip duties rather than the usual silenced Class 20.

ACTON WELLS-WEMBLEY YARD on 58025: A short cut from the North London Line to Wembley Yard. The maze of trackwork starts at Acton Wells Junction and the short journey continues via Acton Canal Wharf, the quirky single-track Up & Down Acton Branch, the Willesden Relief Line and the High Level Goods Line which leads into the busy Wembley Yard.

KILMARNOCK-BARRHEAD on 55022: Deltic Royal Scots Grey tackles the seven-mile climb from Kilmarnock to the summit at Dunlop, hauling a refurbished EMU to Yoker. This rural journey features the impressive collection of semaphore signals at Lugton and some fine scenery. This was filmed during the brief period when some of these workings travelled via Barrhead before being re-routed via Killwinning and Barassie - as covered in our full length ‘Taking Stock’ programme.

EUSTON-WATFORD JUNCTION on Virgin Pendolino 390126: After leaving Euston on ‘Line X’ and climbing Camden bank, the WCML runs alongside the busy Watford DC Lines, past Willesden Junction and Wembley Yard. North of Bushey the Pendolino tilts at an impressive 110mph before passing through Watford Junction. This is a view of this fascinating route from the Down Fast Line and compliments that of the Up Slow Line as featured in our ‘GBAC’ programme.

READING-BASINGSTOKE on 66082: This journey starts on the western approaches to the newly-remodelled Reading. After passing under the new Reading Viaduct onto the remodelled Reading West curve, this DB Cargo intermodal service briefly joins the Berks & Hants route to pass through Reading West station. At Southcote Junction the train takes the former GWR?route through Mortimer and Bramley before joining the South Western Main Line at Basingstoke.





First published on DVD: June 2018
Screen aspect ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 110-mins (1hr 50min)

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Traction 2018 Part 1


Traction 2018 Part 1

Ref: LP524D


The early indications are that this looks like being another cracking programme, proving the old adage – ‘never say never on the privatised railway’.


Among the many eye-popping workings you can expect to see will be – the first Crompton to work on the Windermere branch (and service trains at that!), the first Class 50-hauled passenger train round the Cumbrian coast, 70814 on biomass trials with GB Railfreight, classmate 70811 working the ‘Scarborough Spa Express’, 47501 & 47805 return to the main line with Crewe-based Locomotive Services, 37521 is back on the main line after an absence of fourteen years, DRS’ 37716 on Peak Forest shunting duties, GBRf’s 66789 emerges from Eastleigh Works in Large Logo livery while 66783 is out-shopped in striking Biffa livery, 57316 hauling a track machine from Dundee to Guide Bridge, former GWR HST power cars transfer to Scotrail, 66304 rescuing a failed Freightliner on Beattock, ROG Class 47s hauling new Trans Pennine coaching stock to Longsight, 47580 hauling a ballast regulator from Guide Bridge to Dollands Moor, BR blue Class 20s leaving London Victoria and then arriving at Kings Cross on a wedding special, Swanage-based 33012 working over London Underground’s Metropolitan Line, 50008 hauling a rake of box wagons from Eastleigh to Wembley, ROG’s 37608 rescuing a DB cargo stone train at Clapham Junction, Northern Belle-liveried 57305+57312 on the Barrow-Sellafield flasks, 47813 hauling a rake of covered steel carriers, 70807 deputising for a failed Class 37 on a Colas test train, 55009 working the ‘Albert Gilmour Memorial’ charter from Newcastle to Kings Cross, the brief return of Corfe Castle-Wareham main line shuttles with 20007, 33012, 50049 & 66783, the long-awaited return to traffic of 40012 at the East Lancs Railway’s Class 40 gala…and DRS Class 37s and Colas Class 56s on winter snowplough duties.


Naturally, plenty more fascinating workings, traction developments, freight traffic changes and preservation highlights will complete a riveting 100 minutes of unrivalled modern traction coverage from the first six months of this year.





Narrated By: David Maxey
First published on DVD: August 2018
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 100 mins (1hr 40min)

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GBAC - 86101 Crewe to London Euston via Northampton


GBAC - 86101 Crewe to London Euston via Northampton

Ref: LP520D


Seventeen years ago we released our ‘Vac Attack’ cab ride programme, which featured the West Coast Main Line from Glasgow to Crewe. Thanks to the generous assistance of GB Railfreight, we have finally been able to complete the remaining 158 miles of this fascinating route. As was the case with ‘Vac Attack’ (which featured Class 50s) this programme also features authentic heritage WCML traction which regularly worked the route in BR days – a Class 86 AC electric. The locomotive is 86101, which is owned by the AC Locomotive Group and is on long term hire to GBRf. The loco was having a rare break from its Caledonian sleeper empty stock duties, working the Crewe to Euston leg of GB Railfreight’s ‘Absent Shunter’ charity train on 13th August of this year.

The route south from Crewe is via Stafford and the Trent Valley (Tamworth and Nuneaton) to Rugby. From there the train travels through Long Buckby to Northampton before re-joining the main line at Hanslope Junction. The journey south continues through Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard and Tring before entering the London suburbs where it passes Watford Junction, Wembley yard and Willesden TMD before reaching its destination at London Euston.





First published on DVD: Late November 2017
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

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Power Hour 7 (and a half)


Power Hour 7 (and a half)

Ref: LP518D


Like its six predecessors in the Power Hour?series, this programme features a variety of main line diesel locos hard at work on the national rail network - as well as a bonus shot from Hungary! A combination of full-on power, stiff gradients and standing starts combine to produce some spectacular scenes. And there’s no shortage of clag either. Filmed over a six year period from 2012 to 2017, this DVD comprises a mix of old and new main line traction and includes...

FREIGHT WORKINGS: Pairs of Riviera Class 47s powering GBRf’s Drax gypsum trains, 56078 & 56105 storming Whiteball with timber for Chirk, 50007 blasting through Attenborough with the Boston steel, Chiltern-liveried 68013 getting to grips with the Mountsorrel to Basford Hall ballast, 60066 performing a standing start with the 3,000 tonne Kingsbury tanks, pairs of Class 20s wide open on London Underground S Stock moves, a defective 66616 clagging out Brocklesby, 70804 screaming through Wellington hauling a loaded rail train, Class 56s hard at work on the Willesden-Calvert spoil, 37688 wheel slipping away from Tyndrum Upper...and 31601 & 31602 storming along the Severn estuary with a lengthy rake of box wagons.

PASSENGER?WORKINGS?&?RAILTOURS: DRS Class 37s on full power working Greater Anglia’s Wherry Line services, 55022 tackling the climb away from Glenfinnan with the ‘Royal Scotsman’, 20309 thrashing away from Syon Lane with the ‘Buffer Puffer 12.0’ railtour, 57309 performing a ‘full on’ departure from Euston with a Pendolino in tow, 68008 blasting out of Marylebone, 56087 pounding through Garforth with the ‘Scarborough Spa Express’, 37401 shattering the tranquillity of Ravenglass with a Northern Rail service to Carlisle, 50007 & 50050 powering away from Dorridge, 40145 tackling the stiff inclines of Copy Pit and Peak Forest, D1015 blasting through Gilberdyke...and Classes 37 and 47 doing battle with the Lickey!

POWER HOUR 7 features 14 different locomotive classes - 20, 31, 37, 40, 47, 50, 52, 55, 56, 57, 60, 66, 68 and 70 – hard at work on a variety of passenger and freight duties. Please note that although some of the workings may seem familiar, none of the scenes featured in PH7 appear in any other Locomaster programme.





Narrated By: David Maxey
First published on DVD: October 2017
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 90 mins (1hr 30min)

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