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Southern Steam Finale Series

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A series of films covering in great detail the demise of Southern Steam from March 1966 through to July 1967.

For the convenience of our customers, I have placed shortcuts to the corresponding B & R volumes in this section.

Vol.35 - Southern Steam Finale Part 1 (60-mins)


Vol.35 - Southern Steam Finale Part 1 (60-mins)

Ref: BR035D


This is the first video of a series portraying the definitive history of the last eighteen months of Steam Traction on the Southern Region. The series will cover events in depth as although it was a sad time, there were many exciting events taking place. Many of these have been told in print before but our cameramen were there to film then and a few events never seen before on video.

This first volume covers the first ten weeks of 1966 and 15 different classes are seen in action from the Southern main line to the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, the S15 tour with 30837 snow and all to Bordon, the Maunsell mogul to Gosport, Cowes line finale and normal service trains between Waterloo and Weymouth.

Each volume in this series will stand on its own as a video but we hope you will want the full set as the years go by (we must not forget the other regions in our programmes!).

Filmed in colour from snow to sunshine by nine cameramen with a few nice glint views, and superbly sound tracked from original recordings. There is no modern day footage used at all, pure archive.

Cover photo: Jim Oatway. "East Asiatic Co." at Southampton Central





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Vol.41 - Southern Steam Finale Part 2 (60-mins)


Vol.41 - Southern Steam Finale Part 2 (60-mins)

Ref: BR041D


Looks at the events on the Southern Region in March/April 1966 and features 17 different BR and Southern classes. Covers Waterloo to Weymouth main line and its workings plus three railtours. The "New Forester from Eastleigh to Gosport, Fawley and Lymington, with U, Ql and USA tanks. The visit of A4 pacific Kingfisher for a whole weekend for runs to Weymouth and Exeter. The Wilts and Hants utilised U and N Class moguls and the last run with a Bulleid Ql Class, 33006 from Salisbury. The many main line trains are seen at locations such as Waterloo, Clapham, West Byfleet, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Southampton and Bournemouth, and lineside in between. Steam in Kent is seen by way of the steam outpost at Ashford wagon works where a C Class 0-6-0 still worked alongside two departmental USA tanks; others are seen at Southampton Docks.





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Vol.47 - Southern Steam Finale Part 3 (60-mins)


Vol.47 - Southern Steam Finale Part 3 (60-mins)

Ref: BR047D


This third volume in the story of the end of Southern steam covers events upon the region from April to July 1966 when the sun nearly always shone and came earliest in the south! A variety of steam power was still to be seen and we feature 15 classes of engine. The Waterloo to Weymouth line workings are well covered and this was a time when another section of the Isle of Wight Railway closed, Ventnor to Shanklin. The last runs of the Maunsell moguls occurred with their magnificent finale on the two Longmoor railtours in April. "GORDON" of the Longmoor Railway was at large on the Southern Region, and the last steam engine on the Weymouth tramway put in its appearance. On this day the only Black 5 to work a railtour on Southern metals is seen. This video has full lineside coverage of these events with some footplate scenes and an in depth look at motive power depots like Nine Elms. Locations include Bincombe bank, Basingstoke, Wimbledon, Waterloo, Windsor, Salisbury, Bournemouth and Yeovil, along with Ryde to Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. There is even a trolleybus and a flying P.W. trolley!





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Vol.53 - Southern Steam Finale Part 4 (60 mins)


Vol.53 - Southern Steam Finale Part 4 (60 mins)

Ref: BR053D


The fourth volume in our series of Southern Steam finales covers the two months of August and September 1966. There was much to see during the last full summer of steam in the South. The weather was good and we have chosen the best scenes to portray the Southern scene in general and the railtours that ran in the two months. Two tours took Bulleid Pacifics to Nottingham on the Great Central, Bulleid stock went as far north as Penistone behind an electric loco of Class EM1. Reciprocating these visits there were two Eastern pacifics, travelling on Southern metals, 60532 "Blue Peter" and 4472 "Flying Scotsman". A general feature is the story of Southern boat trains, passenger, freight and gold bullion!. 02's on the Isle of Wight still ran but Black 5's visiting the region ended with the summer timetable. The Swanage branch is seen in detail before it lost its regular steam service in the September. All these stories are related in this programme allowing 15 different classes to be seen. Filmed by competent cameramen, using the best of equipment, this really is the definitive story of Southern steam at the end. There are only another five volumes to go !!





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Vol.59 - Southern Steam Finale Part 5 (60-mins)


Vol.59 - Southern Steam Finale Part 5 (60-mins)

Ref: BR059D


The next volume in this definitive series of the end of Southern steam, now being collected as the historical record of the time, covers the four months of October to December 1966 and into January 1967. Once more, sixteen cameramen supplied material for this volume allowing the full story to be told for the period. As a video of Southern steam it also stands on its own since the general steam service is filmed over the South Western lines from Waterloo to Weymouth. However, as with all videos in this series, full coverage of rail tours of the period is included. The first seen is the RCTS Four Counties tour covering the Tooting branch with Guildford's shed pilot engine 30072. Next the Dorset and Hants tour with two un-rebuilt pacifics taking in the Somerset and Dorset to Blandford, the remains of the Ringwood branch and finally Hamworthy Goods. Merchant Navy class 35026's visit to Newcastle, Doncaster and York. "CLUN CASTLE" and Britannia 70004 took Bulleid stock to Stratford on Avon and Stourbridge Junction. The end of steam on the Isle of Wight did come on the last day of December 1966 and coverage is given to the whole route remaining from Ryde Esplanade to Shanklin. Lastly the rail tour to the Bridport branch via Salisbury, Westbury and Maiden Newton with all its troubles is fully related. Oh yes, and also the last steam run to Exeter!





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Vol.66 - Southern Steam Finale Part 6 (60-mins)


Vol.66 - Southern Steam Finale Part 6 (60-mins)

Ref: BR066D


The continuing story of the last eighteen months of Southern Steam. This volume covers the period January to March 1967. As in all volumes in this definitive series, the general Southern scene is portrayed between Waterloo and Weymouth. Although steam was in decline from the January timetable, we search it out throughout the region portraying any unusual events and give the reasons why. There were railtours over normally non-steam lines, the LCGB ran its 100th railtour during this period, much more successful than its 99th, seen in Part 5. The tour visited Chessington, Shepperton, Windsor and Reading Central Goods. The Surrey Downsman went to Oxted, Redhill and Kensington Olympia; it ended at a steamless London Bridge. We look at and examine Ron Cover's attempts to dignify the steam engine with fabricated but brilliant numberplates. 3442 "The Great Marquess" visited the region and we follow its run from Victoria to Brighton, Chichester and Southampton. The first electric trains ran on the Isle of Wight as the last O2's were cut up at Newport. Another tour took a Bulleid pacific to Eastbourne. The story is told in the usual informative manner of this series after much research and knowledge from people who witnessed these events.





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Vol.73 - Southern Steam Finale Part 7: March to April 1967 (60-mins)


Vol.73 - Southern Steam Finale Part 7: March to April 1967 (60-mins)

Ref: BR073D


Number seven in the definitive story of the end of Southern steam. This volume covers March and April 1967. Even with new diesel and electric rosters, beside the normal services, steam was still covering failures. These are covered in detail through the suburbs of London. The main focus is around the Southampton and the New Forest areas. The Fawley branch is visited by USA tanks on a railtour which then continued on the truncated S & D line to Blandford Forum and the Swanage branch. The Lymington branch lost its steam traction in April 1967 and views of the last week are well documented. The Hampshire Branch Line tour is featured via Salisbury and Ramsey. Finally the "Kenny Belle" service to Olympia.Covers the period March & April 1967 & features steam in the suburbs of London, the Southampton & New Forest area, the Fawley, Swanage & Lymington branches, the Hampshire Branch Line Tour, & the Kenny Belle service to Olympia.





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Vol.80 - Southern Steam Finale Part 8 (60-mins)


Vol.80 - Southern Steam Finale Part 8 (60-mins)

Ref: BR080D


This video features May and June 1967 in our definitive series of Southern steam. The Southern steam fleet was decreasing rapidly but what was left was well worth seeing. It was superbly filmed by our cameraman at many locations between Waterloo and Weymouth. Two railtours were operated in this period, one took 34023 to Swanage with runpasts at Corfe Castle; we had cameraman all over the place including on the trains. 4498 "Sir Nigel Gresley" spent two days on the region visiting Salisbury and Weymouth, again covered in fine detail. (Also Available on DVD)





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Vol.96 - Southern Steam Finale No.9 (60-mins) (*Released July 2003*)


Vol.96 - Southern Steam Finale No.9 (60-mins) (*Released July 2003*)

Ref: BR096D


The final weeks of Southern Region steam in June and July 1967 covered in depth. Normal running over the main line from Waterloo to Weymouth with the remaining Bulleids and Standards is portrayed. There are shed visits to Nine Elms and Weymouth as engines are prepared for their last turns and for some the last ever. Railtours are seen with the visit of 4498 SIR NIGEL GRESLEY to the region for a tour to Weymouth and is covered by nine different cameramen en route. The two BR specials hauled by Merchant Navies and two Society tours, the last one visiting Haslemere bank and the Swanage bank sometimes utilising double heading. The last weeks' trains including running at 97 m.p.h. from the footplate. There were failures too. The last day of steam as the final up steam-hauled train came up from Weymouth whilst other engines were steaming off to withdrawal at Salisbury. This video is different. This is how it really was at the end. It is not just a succession of runpasts, we also concentrate on detail.





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