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Anglia Region Suburban Memories


Anglia Region Suburban Memories

Ref: JK112D


Here we bring back memories of the Anglia Region of British Rail since the 1970's, concentrating predominently on the lines from Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street, in the London area, out to Shenfield and Purfleet. We see Liverpool Street station before the rebuilding, carried out between 1986 and 1992, when long distance services, parcels and freight traffic, were diesel hauled by Class 31, 37, and 47 locos. Stratford has always been a busy place to observe freight workings, many of which were in the hands of Class 37 locos.


The LNER designed Class 306 'Shenfield' units are extensively covered, along with classes 302, 305, 307, 309, 312, 315, 321, and 322 EMU's amongst others. DMU workings from Camden Road to North Woolwich are featured. The sound film has captured the distinctive noises of the Shenfield units very accurately. Later scenes show the preserved green unit '017' in passenger service in 2001, alongside Great Eastern branded Class 315's. Class 86 and 90 electric locos are also featured, along with the 'Stansted Express', 'Electrostar', 'Desiro' and Class 170 turbo units.





Running Time: 79-mins (1hr 9min)

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A Mediterranean Trilogy: Athens, Instanbul, Soller (Majorca)


A Mediterranean Trilogy: Athens, Instanbul, Soller (Majorca)

Ref: JK109D


Athens goes Underground. In this programme, we will be seeing how the city's electric transport system has changed since 1984. We start with the 'Athens-Piraeus Railway', when much of the original wooden-bodied stock, dating from 1904, was still in service. For years, Athens has suffered severe traffic congestion and air pollution. To cater for the 2004 Olympics, two new Metro lines were built, with European funding, and we see these in operation, together with modern stock on the Piraeus line. In addition we see how the trolleybus fleet is bing renewed.

Istanbul's Heritage Tramway. This section captures the unique atmosphere of this city that links Europe with Asia. A heritage tourist tramway was opened in 1990, using original metre-gauge trams that had been in storage since 1966, when the former tramways closed. This line provides a useful link between 'Taksim Square' and the 'Tunel Funicular', along the pedestrianised 'Istiklal Caddesi' shopping street. We ride the Tunnel Funicular to see the modern tramway on the other side of the 'Golden Horn', across the 'Galata Bridge', and also see the busy ferries plying the 'Bosphorus'.

The Soller Railway and Tramway. On the attractive holiday island of Majorca, the 'Soller Electric Railway' connects Palma with the mountain town of Soller. The railway still operates with the original wooden-bodied motor cars, dating from electrification in 1929. At Soller, the train connects with the delightful tramway that makes the scenic journey to 'Puerto Soller'. This still uses original motor-trams dating from 1913, pulling 'Toastrack' trailers dating from 1895.





Running Time: 60-mins (1hr 0min)

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Austria - A Tram Enthusiast's Paradise


Austria - A Tram Enthusiast's Paradise

Ref: JK107D


This DVD covers the present tramway scene in Austria, together with historical sound film dating back as far as 1974, when many 2-axle trams with trailers operated on each of the systems. Today, Austria has five urban tramways, and a number of electric 'Light Railways', some of which are operated by trams.

The capital, Vienna, has the largest tramway system in Western Europe, with around 950 trams operating on 32 routes, as well as the Stadtbahn, U-Bahn, and Wiener Lokalbahn interurban to Baden. A visit to the Vienna Tram Museum is included, and we take a ride on one of the many tram sets in its collection.

The country's smallest tramway is at Gmunden, and connects the lakeside resort with the OBB railway station at the top of a steep hill. From here, brief visits are made to the 'Stern & Hafferl' lines in upper Austria, including Gmunden-Vorchdorf, Vorchdorf-Lambach, Lambach-Haag, and the Attersee line.

Linz has three urban routes on the unusual 900mm gauge, plus the steeply graded 'Postlingbergbahn' mountain tramway. A visit is also made to the 'Saint Florian' museum line.

Next we take a run on the 'Salzburger Lokalbahn', including a ride on a restored set dating from the early part of the 20th century.

The scenic town of Innsbruck has both urban and interurban lines to offer, and this DVD includes the parade of historic cars for the centenary in 1991. Using archive soundfilm, we see the last days of 'AC' operation on the 'Stubaitalbahn', with the distinctive sounds echoing around the mountains.

Finally we visit the busy six-route system in Graz, including some scenes of its excellent tramway museum.





Running Time: 120-mins (2hr 0min)

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Bakerloo To Stanmore & Watford


Bakerloo To Stanmore & Watford

Ref: JK102D


London's Bakerloo tube line reached its maximum extent in 1939, when it took over the former Metropolitan Line branch to Stanmore. Contraction began in 1965, when services north of Queen's Park were cut back to peak hours only. A major loss occurred when the new Jubillee Line took over the entire Stanmore branch in 1979. A further major cutback occurred in 1982, when all services north of Stonebridge Park were withdrawn. However, after political pressure, services were restored as far as Harrow & Wealdstone in June 1984, and continue to this day.

On this DVD we trace the history of the line, & study both the former Stanmore & Watford branches in detail, including workings to & from Croxley depot. Most of this DVD was filmed when the 1938 tube stock, which operated on theline for 46 years, predominated. The 1959 and 1972 Mark 2 tube stocks are also featured as well as British Rail's Class 501 DC stock which shared tracks on the Watford service. Also included are special workings connected with the rebuilding of Kilburn bridge, the construction of the Jubillee Line and visits by the "Starlight Express" railtour.





Running Time: 66-mins (1nr 6min(

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Britain's New Tram & Light Rail Systems


Britain's New Tram & Light Rail Systems

Ref: JK104D


Britain's traditional tramways, with the exception of Blackpool and the Manx Electric, had all been consigned to museums by 1962. The first system to adopt modern light-rail technology was the 'Tyne and Wear Metro', opened in 1980.

Following the success of the Tyne and Wear system, the automated 'Docklands Light Railway' was introduced to stimulate development of the former London Docks. This fully segregsted and automated system opened in 1987, using 3rd-rail current collection, and has expanded progressively since.

The first example of the return of a street-running tramway came with the opening of Manchester's 'Metrolink' in 1992. This system was based on taking over two commuter rail lines, and linking them via street track to the principal railway station. It has since extended to Eccles.

The 'South Yorkshire Supertram' opened in Sheffield in 1994, and is a 30.5 km mainly street-based system.

The next system to open was the 'Midland Metro', which opened in 1999, and lonked Birmingham with Woolverhampton, using a former railway alignment, but with street-running in Wolverhampton.

The highly successful 28km 'Croydon Tramlink' opened in 2000, and uses a combination of street-track, disused railway alignments, and new construction. It has revolutionised transport to the major suburb of New Addington.

On this DVD, we look at the operation of all these systems, and see how light-rail can provide fast, reliable, efficient, and attractive urban transit.





Running Time: 105-mins (1hr 25min)

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Central Line Past & Present


Central Line Past & Present

Ref: JK108D


We trace the history of the Central Line from its early beginnings through to the present day, using a mixture of still photographs and archive film - courtesy London's Transport Museum - and modern film. We see Central London Railway stock on the Ealing Broadway branch, the Building of Holborn Staion, and the opening of the post war extensions - with pre 1938 'Standard Stock'. Steam on the Epping to Ongar shuttle is covered by Alan Willmott's classic 1956 film.

This DVD contains many other interesting flashbacks, including ATO trials with '1960 Stock' on the Hainault to Woodford shuttle, and the building of the new booking hall at Oxford Circus, involving the temporary 'umbrella bridge' for road traffic. The 1986 prototypes for new Central Line stock are seen, operating on the Jubilee Line. There is considerable sound-film coverage of the period when the line was operated by '1962 Tube Stock', including the Epping to Ongar shuttle. '1992 Stock' is seen under construction at BREL in Derby, and being delivered to Ruislip depot.

The latter part of this DVD covers much of the present day scene, including interesting aspects of rolling stock, infrastructure, and station architecture, including the 'Waterloo & City Line' when it became part of the Central Line Business Unit.





Running Time: 103-mins (1hr 23min)

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District Line Double Album: All Change at Earl's Court and Q Stock Remembered


District Line Double Album: All Change at Earl's Court and Q Stock Remembered

Ref: JK101D


Last Years of London Transport's CO/CP Stock Until 31st.March 1981, the CO/CP stock, built between 1937 and 1941, was a familar sight at Earl's Court. We trace it's history and show it in action during the last five years of service. It is seen in action on all parts of the District Line as well as on the northern half of the Circle Line. The two farewell tours, run after normal passenger service had ceased, are featured when the special traversed most of the lines where thjis stock had opearted including the East London Line and the Metropolitan's Uxbridge Branch. (47-mins).

Q Stock Remembered This traces the history of this distinctive rolling stock which is seen in action on the District Line including the South Acton Shuttle, and the East London Line. The final tours are covered, plus scenes of this stock in use as pilot locomotives. Authentic sounds of the Q stock have been added to bring the action to life. (60-mins)





Running Time: 107-mins (1hr 47min)

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District Line Past & Present (Double Album)


District Line Past & Present (Double Album)

Ref: JK095D


Disc 1 District Line - Past (50-mins)

This traces the history of the line from its opening in 1868, through to electrification in the early part of the 20th century, and up to the present day. An archive film, taken in 1930, gives us a cab ride from West Kensington to Acton Town, and beyond, at the time when extra tracks were being laid for the Piccadilly Line extension. We see early electric rolling stock in use, most with American style clerestory roofs. Later we see Q stock, R stock, and CO/CP stock in service. There is film of the short South Acton branch that closed in 1959. Other items included are the final tours with the CO/CP and R stocks, and “Steamon the District” in 1993, using pannier tank L99, backed up with electric locomotive “Sarah Siddons”.


Disc 2 District Line - Present (50-mins)

The second disc deals with the District Line today. It is 40 miles long, and serves 60 stations, carrying a total of 600,000 passengers every weekday. We start with the Edgware Road to Wimbledon service, which is operated with C stock. Then we view the Olympia, Richmond, and Ealing branches, which are operated by a fleet of 75 D stock trains. Finally, we follow the line from Upminster, through central London, to Earls Court, the hub of the line. The architecture of the stations on route is extensively featured, and an interesting variety of National Rail rolling stock is shown where the two interconnect





Number of discs: 2 DVD-R
Running Time: 100-mins (1hr 40min)

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Dublin's New Tramways - LUAS


Dublin's New Tramways - LUAS

Ref: JK114D


Trams returned to Dublin in 2004, with two separate routes, known as the Red and Green lines. This DVD starts with construction scenes, and the trams being built at the Alstom factory in La Rochelle, France. This is followed by a detailed look at the operation of both lines, including visits to their respective depots.


The Red Line links Connolly and Heuston mainline stations, before heading out to Tallaght, in the south west suburbs. The Green Line terminates at St Stephen's Green, and, after traversing Harcourt Street, and Adelaide Road, climbs onto the alignment of the former Harcourt Street to Shanganagh Junction railway line, to head southwards to Sandyford. Both lines are operated by Alstom 'Citadis' trams, the Red Line using 26 x 30m long 'Type 301' cars, and the Green Line using 14 of the longer 40m 'Class 401' cars.





Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 60-mins (1hr 0min)

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East Coast Main Line Memories 1975 to 2008


East Coast Main Line Memories 1975 to 2008

Ref: JK094D


Disc 1 (69-minutes)


Our visit to the East Coast Main Line starts at Kings Cross in 1975, when all trains were diesel powered. Main line services were in the hands of the iconic Deltics, and Class 47’s, with the occasional visiting Peak. Suburban services were provided by DMU’s and Class 31’s, hauling compartment stock. We see the electrification of the suburban services, including the Finsbury Park to Moorgate route, and the last Eastern Region passenger trains over the LT Widened Lines.

The extensive remodelling of the approaches to Kings Cross, in the second half of the 1970’s, is also featured.


Moving North, there is considerable coverage of the diesel era at Doncaster, York, Newcastle, and Edinburgh, and also a visit to Scarborough.


At Edinburgh we see Class 47’s operating the Glasgow ‘Push-Pull’ service.


The coming of the HST’s is followed by the progressive electrification between London, Leeds, and Edinburgh, using Class 91 locomotives.


Disc 2 (56-minutes)

Our story continues into the era of privatisation, and includes the use of Class 90 locos on Leeds services. We see the introduction of the GNER livery, plus Eurostars, and the unique Class 89 in service. Later we see Virgin HST’s and Voyagers, on Cross Country services, as well as various other liveries applied to Sprinters and Pacers. We see First Capital Connect livery replace the WAGN colours on London suburban services.


Hull Trains Class 170’s and Class 222’s are featured, as well as leased Class 180’s. Grand Central’s new service to Sunderland is seen at Kings Cross.

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Finally, we see the GNER livery modified, and subsequently replaced, following the takeover of the franchise by National Express - East Coast in 2007.

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Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 2 DVD-R
Running Time: 125-mins (2hr 5min)

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East London Line Past & Present


East London Line Past & Present

Ref: JK090D


The East London Line was part of London Underground until December 2007. It uses the Thames Tunnel designed by Sir Marc Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and completed in 1843, to pass under the river. The line was electrified in 1913 and was initially worked with Metropolitan Railway saloon stock.


It passed to London Transport in 1933 and saw a wide variety of rolling stock during its time as part of the Underground, including F stock, Q stock, CO/CP stock, 1938 tube stock, A stock in various liveries and D stock. All appear in this production as well as a tour of the line using London Transport Museum's preserved 1938 tube stock just before closure in 2007, and some last day views.


In the second part we see the line reopened as part of the London Overground network. here are scenes taken on the opening day when a limited service ran from Dalston Junction to New Cross and New Cross Gate. The line was extended northwards via Shoreditch High Street along the embankment used by the former line into Broad Street.

From May 2010 the line was further extended southwards, from New Cross Gate to West Croydon and Crystal Palace, over Network Rail's tracks, and operation on these lines is covered in detail. To work the line as part of the Overground, a fleet of new 4-car class 378 EMUs has been built and a new depot constructed at New Cross Gate. he stations have been transferred to London Overground control and given new signs. Where the ELL shares tracks, we see trains operated by Thameslink, Southern and South Eastern.





Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Running Time: 93-mins (1hr 33min)

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Hong Kong Tramways in the 1980s


Hong Kong Tramways in the 1980s

Ref: JK127D


In this volume we show Hong Kong’s iconic 3 foot 6 inch gauge tramway as it was between 1977 and 1992, when the former colony was still under British administration. In the early scenes, single deck trailers were still in operation. The double deck trams dated from the 1950’s. We take a comprehensive look at the tramway, including the now closed Sharp Street depot and workshops. Several top deck journeys are featured.


Also included are views of the Mass Transit Railway, the Kowloon Canton Railway, the Star Ferry and the lightweight cars on the Peak Tram. Inevitably British double deck buses, including many ex-London Daimler Fleetlines, feature prominently, as they ran parallel with the tramway. Open-top Routemasters are also seen on the Peak Tram shuttle.


The final part, filmed in 1992, shows the tram fleet after it had received new bodies, and also shows the new rolling stock on the Peak Tramway. A visit is also made to the Tuen Mun Light Rail system in the New Territories.





Filmed by/when: John Laker
Narrated By: Martin Jenkins
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 74-mins (1hr 14min)

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