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Arcs and Sparks - London Victoria to Bromley, Greenwich, Caterham, Tattenham, Willesden & Richmond


Arcs and Sparks - London Victoria to Bromley, Greenwich, Caterham, Tattenham, Willesden & Richmond

Ref: LP380D


Join two of First GBRf’s Class 73s for a fascinating cab ride across the southern half of London. ‘The Caterham Corps’ charity train (which ran on 10th October 2009 to help raise funds for ‘Help for Heroes’) took Class 73 locomotives 73 212 and 73 213 over a number of routes that rarely see a loco-hauled train. The mind-boggling itinerary even included four normally EMU-only branches!

The journey begins with 73 212 tackling the stiff climb out of London Victoria on its 600hp diesel engine as the train (formed of Hastings DEMU 1001) heads for its first calling point at Bromley North. The train then reverses to enable 73 213 to lead the tour on the next leg of its journey to London Bridge – via the Lee Curve, the Crayford Spur and the North Kent Line through Woolwich, Charlton and Greenwich. That’s followed by a return trip from London Bridge to Hayes, the train traveling via New Cross, Lewisham, New Beckenham and Elmers End. After returning to London Bridge 73 212 sets off again – this time heading for Caterham in the North Downs. The EDs and the DEMU then head back to Purley where, after another reversal, they then head for the buffer stops at Tattenham Corner. From there, 73 213 hauls the train across south west London to Clapham Junction and onto the West London Line to Kensington Olympia. Now running on just its diesel engine, the 73 continues to Willesden, Acton Wells and the North London Line to Gunnersbury Junction..from where it travels over London Underground’s District Line to Richmond. For the final stage of the journey, we travel in the cab of the Hastings DEMU as the veteran unit works under its own power back to London Victoria.

This DVD features the highlights from a fascinating and complex trip across London’s busy rail network. The superb views from the cab, filmed in glorious autumn sunshine, are complemented by lineside views of this bizarre and unique train formation.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2009

Running time: 115-mins





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Bristol Bath Road Round the Clock


Bristol Bath Road Round the Clock

Ref: LP452D


A digital re-master of the documentary detailing the final days of Bristol Bath Road diesel traction depot in May 1995. This programme captures two days and one night in the life of the depot during its last days of full working, when the depot had responsibility for the maintenance and repair of CrossCountry, Great Western, RES and EPS locomotives. The staff are seen at work, round the clock, in an hour-by-hour account of the depot’s varied and fascinating activities, which include....

TRACTION MOTOR BLOWER REMOVAL from newly-refurbished 37604 - filmed from the overhead crane; HST POWER UNIT LIFT on power car 43016; THE NIGHT SHIFT with the fitters working against the clock to service the Res Class 47s as they come off the Royal Mail trains, UNDERFRAME CLEANING - the dirtiest job at Bath Road - and you can see why; LOAD BANK TEST where 47806 is put through its paces to assess its power output; ON THE JACKS as 47818 becomes the final loco to be lifted at Bath Road for a thorough underframe inspection; THE MORNING CONFERENCE is captured ‘live’ as the Depot Engineer meets his team of supervisors to discuss progress on locomotive repairs and exams; THE CLASS 47 SCRAPLINE with withdrawn Class 47s awaiting the cutters torch; LOCOMOTIVE RECORDS on the depots loco fleet are explained by the depot’s Technical Clerk; THE DEPOT TURNTABLE in action turning an HST power car and a Class 47 for the last time; OPEN ALL HOURS where the maintenance shed is a constant hive of traction activity, including visits from Transrail’s 37407 and Railfreight Distribution’s 47292.

THERE’S ALSO...a trip on the footplate of 47774 for a detailed view of the trackwork through the confines of the depot, from the Main Shed into Temple Meads station and then passing between the Heavy Lift Shop and Jacking Shed to travel onto the depot turntable; there’s an end-to-end overhead view of the Heavy Lift Shop, PLUS a fire brigade training exercise on withdrawn 47509. FINALLY, there are scenes from the depot’s last day of operation on Friday 26th May 1995, when Bath Road diesel depot officially closed its doors, bringing to an end over 30 years operation as a locomotive maintenance facility. An immaculate 47816 was christened ‘Bristol Bath Road’ and the depot staff were presented with their ISO9002 Quality Award. It ends with a final historic loco line-up featuring D172 ‘Ixion’, 37604 and the newly-named 47816.





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Dover and Out - Class 73s Wllesden to Dover & Tonbridge (Mail by Rail)


Dover and Out - Class 73s Wllesden to Dover & Tonbridge (Mail by Rail)

Ref: LP398D


166 years of Travelling Post Office trains came to end in early 2004. This cab-ride programme features the last surviving TPO service to run on the former Southern Region – the 1O90 16.30 Willesden Railnet to Dover Priory. And it features classic Southern traction – two Class 73 Electro-Diesels.

After the 73’s marshal the train inside the Railnet terminal, the 94-mile run starts with 73 133 running on diesel power as it hauls the train out of the terminal and across the busy West Coast Main Line to West London Junction. At Mitre Bridge Junction, the ED switches to the third rail DC supply for the run through Kensington Olympia and beond. At Clapham Junction the 1O90 is routed via Balham, Streatham Common to East Croydon. From there, it travels through Merstham tunnel before reaching Redhill from where the journey continues via Godstone and Edenbridge. At Tonbridge the train recesses in the Royal Mail terminal for a ‘rush hour’ pathing stop. Once on the move again, the TPO continues through Headcorn to Ashford. From here it runs along the completed, but yet to be opened, Channel Tunnel Rail Link. After Dollands Moor, 73 133 heads for Folkestone where there are spectacular views from the cab of the white cliffs of Dover as the TPO skirts the coastline on a glorious summers evening. At Dover Priory, Royal Mail staff load the train with post and there are scenes inside the TPO as the sorting staff begin their evening shift. The train reverses for the next leg of the journey, with 73 136 at the helm for a fast non-stop run to Ashford. At Tonbridge, the TPO runs into the freight yard where it reverses to enable 73 133 to haul the 1O90 the final mile from the yard to the terminal - on diesel power! Six months later, the TPO’s and the EWS Class 73s had been consigned to history.

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 2004

Running time: 120-mins





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London Orbital - Class 33 Hoo Junction to Temple Mills, Class 37 Clapham Jct to Temple Mills


London Orbital - Class 33 Hoo Junction to Temple Mills, Class 37 Clapham Jct to Temple Mills

Ref: LP372D


This DVD comprises two fascinating cab rides from the mid-1990’s around London’s complex rail network. The first is from Hoo Junction to Temple Mills and the second is from Clapham Junction to Temple Mills. Both journeys were not possible by passenger train and were therefore filmed on freight trains - Mainline Freight’s 7L07 infrastructure service. The views from the locomotive footplates include manual signal boxes and semaphore signals that have since disappeared, as well as the sites of some of the capital’s closed stations and freight terminals. Both of London’s last surviving heritage DMU services are also seen, as are several of the capital’s ‘freight only’ routes.

The first journey is on board ‘Crompton’ 33030 and features the original booked route of the 7L07. This includes the West London Line and also the North London Line before it was electrified and upgraded. Today, the route between Hackney Wick and Temple Mills has changed beyond all recognition following the construction of the 2012 Olympic village at Stratford. As for Temple Mills Yard, that has since closed and the site is now a Eurostar depot. The full route of the journey is as follows: HOO JUNCTION - DARTFORD - SIDCUP – HITHER GREEN - Courthill Loop South Junction - Courthill Loop North Junction - LEWISHAM - Nunhead Junction – PECKHAM RYE - Voltaire Road Junction - Factory Junction - Longhedge Junction - Latchmere Junctions – KENSINGTON OLYMPIA - Mitre Bridge Junction - Willesden High Level Junction - BRONDESBURY - Gospel Oak Junction - CAMDEN ROAD - Dalston Junction – HACKNEY WICK - Lea Junction – Temple Mills East Junction – TEMPLE MILLS YARD.

The second journey was filmed on 37274 during the six month period when the 7L07 was temporarily diverted away from its booked route over the North London Line while it was being upgraded. The revised route includes the ‘freight only’ route from Acton Wells Junction to Cricklewood and the obscure mile-long ‘freight only’ connection between the Midland Main Line and the Tottenham & Hampstead Line. The full route of this journey is: CLAPHAM JUNCTION - Point Pleasant Junction - PUTNEY - BARNES - New Kew Junction - Kew East Junction - South Acton Junction - Acton Wells Junction - Acton Canal Wharf Junction - Neasden Junction - Dudding Hill Junction - Cricklewood Curve Junction - Carlton Road Junction - Junction Road Junction – UPPER HOLLOWAY - Harringay Park Junction –Tottenham South Junction - Coppermill Junction - Temple Mills West Junction – TEMPLE MILLS YARD

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 1995 & 1997 on VHS, 2011 remasted on DVD

Running time: 110-mins





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Stay of Execution - The EWS Classic Traction Event on the East Lancs Railway, 1999


Stay of Execution - The EWS Classic Traction Event on the East Lancs Railway, 1999

Ref: LP418D


When Traction Magazine, the East Lancashire Railway and EWS got together to stage a diesel event and decided it would be the biggest and best of its kind ever, they meant it! Not only had EIGHT of the visiting main line locomotives never operated over a private railway before, but it was the first time withdrawn locomotives had been resurrected from the scrapline for such a show!

The three-day "EWS Classic Traction Event" featured this amazing EWS motive power line-up:

31110 - newly re-painted back into British Railways green livery as D5528;

33202 - brought out of store at Immingham specially for the show; complete with Burma Star nameplates;

37351 - the ‘Clag Monster’ - temporarily re-numbered 37002 with black headcode boxes; 37906 another escapee from Immingham, this loco stole the show with its amazing flame-throwing exploits and it teamed up with classmates 37029 & 37351 to produce a spectacular Tractor triple-header;

47306 - dragged off the Old Oak Common scrapline at the last minute, The Sapper had not worked a train for 9 months;

56006 - rescued from Immingham and sent to Old Oak for a re-paint into original BR blue, the Rumanian Grid looked stuning hauling a rake of blue and grey Mark 1 coaches;

73129 & 73133 - were the event’s most bizarre visitors - the first EDs to work over the East Lancs!

This 110 minute programme is the official DVD of the event and was produced with the full co-operation of EWS and the East Lancs Railway. Not only are there plenty of stunning lineside shots but also three mini ‘Wired for Sound’ cab-ride sequences featuring 37 906, 47 306 and 73 133. There is also behind the scenes footage from Immingham and Old Oak Common depots showing how the locos were resurrected from the scrapline and prepared for their moment of glory. The are also two fascinating interludes which show the entire start-to-finish re-paints of 31 110 and 56 006 at Old Oak. This programme has been digitally re-mastered and also includes an additional 20 minutes bonus footage not featured in the original VHS version….plus a ‘Where are they Now’ feature. If you were at the event, you will know what to expect. If you weren't you'll wish you had been!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 1999

Running time: 110-mins





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Toton: The Works


Toton: The Works

Ref: LP423D


TOTON TRACTION MAINTENANCE DEPOT in Nottinghamshire is the single largest locomotive workshop in the UK. In the summer of 1998 (when this programme was filmed) the depot had an allocation of more than 200 locomotives and it undertook a variety of work ranging from A Exams and re-fuelling to engine re-builds and general overhauls. Under the early years of English, Welsh & Scottish Railway, Toton became the centre of the company’s diesel locomotive maintenance operations and had its role extended to include work previously carried out at major works. This programme provides a unique and comprehensive insight into the UK’s premier traction depot, including:

TOTON SPOT CHECK: You’d be amazed at what goes on at Toton at any given time…..like engine repairs to Virgin’s 47 825, the overhaul of Freightliner’s 47 308, fuel leak attention to 58 001, an A exam for 37 116, a B exam for 31 163, a bogie swap for 37 798, fire damage repairs to 60 056…and the arrival of a graffiti-covered 56 011.

CLASS 56 GENERAL OVERHAUL: from start to finish, 56 094’s three month residency at Toton. Includes the power unit removal, cleaning and re-painting the engine room, re-fitting the overhauled power unit, load bank testing, the application of EWS livery and the re-fitting of the locos Eggborough Power Station nameplates.

THE NIGHT SHIFT: the depot goes into overdrive as a seemingly endless queue of locos visit the refuelling point throughout the night, while inside the depot fitters ensure repairs and exams are completed in time for the morning shift.

MAINTENANCE ASPECTS: Toton’s Production Engineer provides a fascinating insight into the pros and cons of each loco class maintained at Toton. Find out how classes 08, 31, 37, 47, 56, 58 and 60 are really rated by the professionals!

THE NEW CLASS 66: The first of EWS’ Class 66s had only just arrived from Canada. The project engineer responsible for their introduction provides a detailed and authoritative guided tour of 66 001 before it had even entered traffic.

THERE’S ALSO: locomotive performance statistics, the 2 converted Class 37 ‘transporter units’, the Toton traincrew operation, how locos are called for exams, power unit overhauls, the wheel lathe….and the nameplate storeroom!

TOTON : The Extras. During the filming of this DVD many hours of footage were amassed, much of which is now history. This DVD has a 25-minute bonus feature of previously unseen footage from the days when Toton was not only a hive of activity but hosted many of the older classes of locomotives. Included here are the general overhaul of 37 401, a last look at Large Logo 37 408, Load Banking 58 041 and pressure washing the empty engine room of 47 339.

This DVD was filmed at a time when there was just one Class 66 in the UK and the depot was busy maintaining the ‘old order’. Sadly, many of the featured locomotives are now history. From minor repairs to major overhauls, no other depot provided as much variety of work as at Toton. Produced in association with EWS and presented by David Maxey, this digitally re-mastered DVD is the ultimate diesel depot documentary!

Narrated by: David Maxey

First published: 1998 on VHS, 2009 on DVD

Running time: 115-mins





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