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Vol.144 - Steam in Wales & The Borders Part 1 (60-mins) (Released 27th.March 2009)


Vol.144 - Steam in Wales & The Borders Part 1 (60-mins) (Released 27th.March 2009)

Ref: BR144D


This video concentrates on the northern area of Wales and its borders from the North Wales coast through Chester to Gobowen.

Branch lines visited are the Conway Valley to Blaenau Ffestiniog and, by way of a rail tour, the Wrexham, Mold and Connahs Quay route ending at Wrexham.

North to Chester for the end of steam here in 1967 and includes visits by preserved main line locos 40 years on.

Over Gresford bank to Wrexham and a visit to Croess Newydd shed and steam activity at Ruabon in the 1960s. A journey along the Dee Valley through Corwen to Barmouth.

Portmadoc with early scenes on the Ffestiniog Railway before returning along the Dee Valley to Ruabon. The video reaches Gobowen via Chirk and the Ifton colliery sidings at Weston Rhyn.

Many ex-GWR classes are seen from Dukedogs to Castles and ex-LMS Black 5s and Jubilees.

Cover Photo:- Dr. Gaius Sutton, 6357 at Bala Junction.





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Vol.19 - Steam on the Cambrian (60-mins)


Vol.19 - Steam on the Cambrian (60-mins)

Ref: BR019D


The most well-known film maker around Shrewsbury was Bill Cross who really loved the Cambrian and Borders country. Thankfully he had the forsight to record the lines of this area when steam still reigned supreme. He used a 16mm camera. The Cambrian system is probably only second to the Somerset and Dorset in popularity with enthusiasts. Steam returned to Cambrian metals in 1987 and 1991 so here is the chance to see it when steam arrived on every train. We travel from Whitchurch in the east to Aberystwyth in the west calling at Barmouth, Dovey Junction and Borth to see local trains and the famous ``Cambrian Coast Express''. Nostalgic scenes on the Mid-Wales line from Moat Lane Junction through Llanidloes, Rhayader, Three Cocks Junction, Pantydwr and Builth Wells are seen on this long closed line. Oswestry where the Cambrian had their headquarters was full of steam and we visit Gobowen, Tinkers Green and the Ellesmere to Whitchurch line via Fenns Bank. The locos of the early `60s were Standard and Ivatt designed but we also see six different Manors and the Talylynn special hauled by 7827 and 4555 in GWR livery. The final section of the tape covers services that are no longer with us including the Caernarvon branch and a journey by DMU from Wolverhampton to Birmingham Snow Hill. Bill rarely filmed far from home but he did visit the Isle-of-Wight in 1966 and 1967. We include a short section on this popular venue. A highlight of the film is what is believed to be the only known piece of film of the Corris Railway in the 1920s!. The Vale of Rheidol railway ends this beautiful programme filmed in the early `60s when the terminus was near the river. Bill, himself an authority on all things Cambrian, narrates this video and of course the equally fascinating Volume 22.





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

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Vol.108 - Cambrian Landcruise Part 1 (60-mins)  (* Released 04Jan05 *)


Vol.108 - Cambrian Landcruise Part 1 (60-mins) (* Released 04Jan05 *)

Ref: BR108D


Barmouth-Talerddig-Shrewsbury. A nostalgic look at the railway between BARMOUTH and SHREWSBURY via DOVEY JUNCTION in the 1960’s.

Virtually every station and halt along the route are seen and the scenic grandeur of this route is followed along the Cambrian Coast with steam trains attacking the climbs of FRIOG and TALERDDIG. The Talerddig climb is particularly impressive with Manors, Standards and Ivatt Moguls doing battle with the 1-in-52 gradient in all conditions of weather from sunshine to snow. A Standard stalls and gives an impressive display re-starting and damaging the track.

The delightful Severn Valley from MOAT LANE through NEWTOWN and WELSHPOOL to SHREWSBURY where semaphore signalling abounds.

Motive power seen is Manors, both clean and filthy, Standard tender and tank classes and Ivatt Class 2 Moguls.

Brief visits are made to the FAIRBOURNE, TAL-Y-LLYN and WELSHPOOL and LLANFAIR RAILWAYS in the 1960’s.





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Vol.109 - Cambrian Landcruise Part 2 (90-mins)  (* Released 24Jan05 *)


Vol.109 - Cambrian Landcruise Part 2 (90-mins) (* Released 24Jan05 *)

Ref: BR109D


Shrewsbury-Ruabon-Barmouth. A second volume of our land cruise around the Cambrian Mountains. This journey continues from SHREWSBURY to BARMOUTH via RUABON, LLANGOLLEN and DOLGELLAU.

Extensive coverage of SHREWSBURY is seen in the early 1960’s at the station and a detailed look at steam locomotives on Coleham sheds. Here LMS and GWR engines were serviced from Panniers to Black 5s, Manors and Granges. The station saw Jubilees and through and transfer freights behind 28xx, Manors, and Halls. Journey north via LEATON BASCHURCH and GOBOWEN with diversions to WHITCHURCH and OSWESTRY. A visit to IFTON colliery and CHIRK to RUABON. Sun and snow at LLANGOLLEN LINE JUNCTION. Continue down the Dee Valley via LLANGOLLEN. Here we see how it used to be in the 1960’s and comparative views of the preserved line from LLANGOLLEN to CARROG using 1980’s and 1990’s views of visiting engines to this railway. Some home based engines as well! On to BALA and DOLGELLAU in 1964. Finally MORFA MAWDDACH and BARMOUTH, even track recovery trains on the Dee valley route that closed in 1965.

Motive power seen includes Manors, Granges, Halls, 28xx, 2251, Panniers and 43xx. LMS Black 5s, Jubilee, 8Fs and 2MT, backed up by a few Standard Classes. The scenery on this route is again superb forming a great backdrop for the steam action on these main and secondary lines. Some views date from 1959, one from 1930, in this comprehensive account of the line from SHREWSBURY to BARMOUTH via the Dee Valley.





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Vol.100 - Cambrian Coast Route Part 1: Paddington to Shrewsbury (60-mins) (* Released December 2003 *)


Vol.100 - Cambrian Coast Route Part 1: Paddington to Shrewsbury (60-mins) (* Released December 2003 *)

Ref: BR100D


The CAMBRIAN COAST EXPRESS followed a route from Paddington to Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Talerddig to Aberystwyth and Pwhelli. In this first volume of the series, we trace the route from Paddington to Shrewsbury. Using archive footage, the route is seen with steam haulage over a period from 1960 to the 1970’s with some early diesel film of the Hydraulics and Blue Pullman as well. There is mainly ex-GWR motive power from Kings, Castles. Halls and Praire tanks. See steam powering up Hatton bank in 1962 with Kings and Castles and on through the Birmingham suburbs to Tyseley and into the old Snow Hill Station. We visit both the old and new Snow Hill stations. A diversion to the Old Hill and Dudley branches and then on to Wolverhampton, Wellington and Shrewsbury.

[LINK] for Vol.122 - Cambrian Coast Route Part 2





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Vol.122 - Cambrian Coast Route Part 2 (60-mins) (Released 30Jun06)


Vol.122 - Cambrian Coast Route Part 2 (60-mins) (Released 30Jun06)

Ref: BR122D


This second video about the CAMBRIAN COAST EXPRESS takes a look at the section from SHREWSBURY to WELSHPOOL. Shrewsbury is covered in great detail at the station and motive power depot. Engines from both the Midland and Western Regions are seen including Castle, County, Hall and Manor classes, Duchess, Jubilee, Black 5 and 8F off the Midland. There are Ivatts and Standards especially in 1966.

The diesel scene has come rarities. Besides the Class 37 there is a Peak on the Hookagate line, the Fisons weed-killing train, 08's on the oil workings to Abbey Foregate and the short lived visits of the Cromptons.

Preserved King 6000 "King George V" works the Centenary dining car set in 1979 and 5596 visits Hookagate yard. A visit to the Severn Valley line when it was still connected to Shrewsbury from Bridgnorth. The MINSTERLEY branch with steam and the long single line route to Welshpool with Standard 4's and Manors. Coverage of some of the Tal-y-Llyn specials also with Dukedogs. A very definitive programme of this section of the route.

Filmed mostly in colour this video has an authentic sound-track and informative commentary.

[LINK] for Vol.100 - Cambrian Coast Route Part 1

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Vol.128 - Cambrian Coast Route Part 3 (80-mins) (Released 16th.March 2007)


Vol.128 - Cambrian Coast Route Part 3 (80-mins) (Released 16th.March 2007)

Ref: BR128D


This third volume in the series covering the Cambrian Coast Express Route from London to Aberystwyth and Pwhelli, takes a look at the line west of SHREWSBURY through the hills of Mid-Wales over TALERDDIG summit.

Using archive steam material from the 1960s with occasional diesel footage such as the first ever visit of an HST working in 1983, WELSHPOOL is reached. Here there is extensive coverage of the Welshpool and Llanfair line in its pre-1956 working days with freight.

Onwards over TALERDDIG with Manors and Standards and a few views of the return to steam tours. MACHYNLLETH is seen also in great detail and variety with film sometimes from the 1950s; ex-Western motive power including Dukedogs and eventually their Standard class replacements up to 1967.

The Aberystwyth line through GLYNDFI and BORTH is followed by some scenes on the Vale of Rheidol when it had its own terminus station.

Filmed in colour except for the earliest material, this video takes a fascinating and nostalgic look back at the steam scene of the 1960s. The film has an authentic sound-track and has been researched in detail to give an informative commentary.

Cover photo:- Keith Pirt. 7828 "Odney Manor" meets 7810 "Draycott Manor" at Newtown in July 1963.

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Vol.138 - Cambrian Coast Route Part 4 (60-mins) (Released 25th.June 2008)


Vol.138 - Cambrian Coast Route Part 4 (60-mins) (Released 25th.June 2008)

Ref: BR138D


A video covering the last section of the route of the CAMBRIAN COAST EXPRESS from ABERYSTWYTH to PWLLHELI and what could be seen in the area from the 1950s to the 1980s. We cover four narrow gauge railways, the Vale of Rheidol, the Talyllyn, the Welsh Highland (1964) and the Ffestiniog, and two miniature railways, the Fairbourne and Butlins, Pwllheli. We even cover the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway!

The coast route would see steam and diesel motive power but this film is mainly steam with Standard Classes 4MT, Class 2MT, Class 3 2-6-2Ts and Class 4 2-6-4Ts, GWR 43xx 2-6-0s and Manor Class 4-6-0s, Ivatt 2MTs and even Class 4. The picture is completed by the reopening of Barmouth Bridge in 1986 and Electric Electric Class 37s.

There is much truly archive material used in this production recapturing a bygone era of this popular Cardigan Bay coastal area. The lines still survive today so compare the scenes of that era shown here with modern day or witness the efforts made by the preservations to recreate it.

There is an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.

Cover photo: Keith Pirt, 7810 "Draycott Manor" on Llanbadarn Bank, 1963.





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