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Ivo Peters Vol.11 - Steam in 1963Ivo Peters Vol.11: Steam in 1963
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Ivo Peters Vol.10 - Private RailwaysIvo Peters Vol.10: Private Railways 1961-1963
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B & R Vol.242 - Southern Steam Miscellany No.7B & R Vol.242 - Southern Steam Miscellany No.7
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B & R Vol.240 - Steam Still at Work after August 1968 No.6B & R Vol.240 - Steam Still at Work after August 1968 No.6
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B & R Vol.239 - Wales & The Borders (A Steam Miscellany)B & R Vol.239 - Wales & The Borders (A Steam Miscellany)
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Ivo Peters Vol.9- Steam in 1962Ivo Peters Vol.9 - Narrow Gauge Steam in the Early 1960s
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Ivo Peters Vol.8 - Steam in 1962Ivo Peters Vol.8 - Steam in 1962
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B & R Vol.234 -Southern Steam Miscellany No.5B & R Vol.234 - Southern Steam Miscellany No.5
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B & R Vol.231 - Great Western Steam Miscellany No.6B & R Vol.231 - Great Western Steam Miscellany No.6
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B & R Vol.230 - London Midland Steam Miscellany No.8B & R Vol.230 - London Midland Steam Miscellany No.8
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B & R Vol.232 - A Miscellany of East Midlands Ironstone RailwaysB & R Vol.232 - A Miscellany of East Midlands Ironstone Railways
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Telerail In The Cab 21-Paddington to HerefordTelerail In The Cab 21-Paddington to Hereford
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Ivo Peters Vol.6 - Ironstone LinesIvo Peters Vol.6 - Ironstone Lines
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Ivo Peters Vol.4 - North Wales Narrow Gauge 1959/60Ivo Peters Vol.4 - North Wales Narrow Gauge 1959/60
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Vol.242: Southern Steam Miscellany No.7 - The Brian Parnell Collection Part 1

Vol.242: Southern Steam Miscellany No.7 - The Brian Parnell Collection Part 1

19.75

THE LATEST B & R DVD TO ARRIVE AT WOLVERTON RAIL WILL BE....:-)


>>>IN STOCK 7th.NOVEMBER 2022<<<<


The first of five volumes of all new, and never previously seen, high quality cine films taken by the late Brian Parnell. Compiled in the running order of the original cine film, it forms the seventh episode to cover Southern steam within our popular “Miscellany” series and includes footage across Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset.


We begin at Oxted with the “H” Class push-pull service to Tunbridge Wells West. Other locations along this route include Hever and the junction station at Groombridge. At Upper Waringham we see passenger trains in action plus the local freight service shunting the yard followed by steam activity in and around Norward Junction engine shed. At Three Bridges, Motor Set 618 is coupled to an “H” Class tank ready for the East Grinstead auto train.


Then to the area in and around Brighton during 1962 and 1963 for plenty of steam action with a bonus of seeing the “Lancing Belle” double headed at Hove on two occasions during August 1962.


Redhill became the SR Central Division’s principle steam depot at the end of 1963. It’s allocation of locomotives included 21 Standard Class 4 2-6-4Ts. A number of visits are made to this busy station as well as around Tonbridge, Eastbourne, Polegate, Hailsham and Hellingly stations.


Next we visit the LSWR main line from London with many scenes of Waterloo, Nine Elms Shed, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon, Raynes Par, Surbiton, Woking and Basingstoke. Plus some excellent footage of the “Bournemouth Belle” including some taken from parallel running services.


A route covered in some detail is the picturesque line along the southern scarp of the North Downs from Redhill to Reigate, Betchworth, Gomshall & Shere and Guildford. Here there is a wealth of steam hauled passenger and freight trains and even a BRCW Type 3 (the later Class 33) hauling a cement train. And coverage of the Central Division’s 1964 “Visitor of the Year” surprise at Canklow: ex-LNER B1 No.61313 (allocated to Rotherham) on a passenger service at Reigate! Other locations visited are the Hayling Island branch, Brockenhurst, Bournemouth Central, Bournemouth West and Swanage.


Motive power featured includes (in no particular order) ex-SR Bulleid pacifics from the Merchant Navy, West Country and Battle of Britain classes, Schools 4-4-0s, Maunsell 2-6-0 N U & U1 moguls, USA tanks, Q, Q1, H, S15, M7, A1x “Terrier”, C, K, E4, E6, H16, W classes and even Beattie well tank 0298 along with ex-LMS Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2Ts. Plus BR Standard Classes 4 & 5 4-6-0, Class 4 2-6-0, Class 4 2-6-4T and Class 3 2-6-2T. And, of course, the ex-LNER B1!


This nostalgic look at the last years of Southern steam is mainly filmed between 1962 and 1965. It is entirely in colour and includes an informative commentary and an authentic sound track.



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Vol.241: London Midland Steam Miscellany No.10

Vol.241: London Midland Steam Miscellany No.10

19.75

THE LATEST B & R DVD TO ARRIVE AT WOLVERTON RAIL IS....:-)


IN STOCK 1st.SEPTEMBER 2022


***PLEASE NOTE.. after this volume the next 5 volumes from B&R will be all new archive footage from a completely new and previously unseen collection. *SO WATCH THIS SPACE :-) !!!***



Our tenth episode covering London Midland steam within our popular “Miscellany” series which mostly features previously unseen and unused cine film from our archives. Once again, it has been compiled in the running order of the original cine film.


We start at Carlisle Citadel station: this is very well covered with material from 1963 until 1967. Also visited are Carnforth, Hest Bank, Appleby West, Tebay, Dillicar water troughs, plus the climb to Shap summit. Then Crewe, extensive coverage in the Warrington area, Wigan North Western, Blackburn, Hellifield, Preston, Farrington Junction, the East Lancashire line, and the Copy Pit line. The famous Sankey viaduct is seen and then we continue on via Gathurst, Croston, Borwick, Liverpool Lime Street, Fazakerley South Junction, Manchester, Clifton Junction, and Entwistle.


The south of England is not forgotten with visits to Worcester, Spetchley, Norton Junction, Didcot, Oxford, and Evesham, before the most southerly location of all at Barnstaple Junction. East of the Pennines we see LM locomotives at York with the RCTS ‘Jubilee Commemorative Rail Tour’, then Farnley Junction, Sheffield, and Normanton.

Scotland is not left out with film at Stirling, Glasgow, and Carstairs. Returning south, Nuneaton and Beeston are seen next with the “Midlands Locomotive Requiem Rail Tour” and then it’s Northampton and Bedford.


The final locations in this video are near to and at London Marylebone, Bromford Bridge, Garstang & Catterall, plus Chester.


Numerous shed visits are made including: Carlisle Kingmoor, Carnforth, Preston, Lostock Hall, Rose Grove, Bolton, Patricroft, Newton Heath, Stockport Edgeley, Stoke, and Birkenhead. Plus also Buttigiegs scrap yard in South Wales.


From the 1960s up to 1968, motive power includes (in no particular order): ex-LMS 2-6-4Ts, Crabs, Super Ds, Ivatt Class 4 & 2 2-6-0s and 2-6-2Ts, 4Fs, Black 5s, 8Fs, Jinties, Patriots (rebuilt and unrebuilt, Royal Scots, Princesses, Coronations, BR Standard Britannias, Clans, Class 5 & 4 4-6-0s, Class 2 2-6-2T and 2-6-0s, WDs and 9F 2-10-0s (including ex-Crosti). The new order also creeps in from time to time and diesel enthusiasts will particularly enjoy a D400-hauled Freightliner service passing Patricroft shed.


This nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam is mostly in colour and includes a informative commentary and an authentic sound track



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The Ivo Peter's Collection Vol.11: Steam in 1963

The Ivo Peter's Collection Vol.11: Steam in 1963

17.95



THE LATEST IVO PETERS DVD THAT HAS NOW ARRIVED AT WOLVERTON RAIL. IS ... :-)



>>>>>IN STOCK 29th.JUNE JUNE 2022<<<<<


Steam in 1963:- This is the fourth "annual" prepared by Ivo Peters and the first to be produced by his son Julian Peters. The familiar voice of Peter Woods, coupled with Ivo's superb camera work, makes for almost an hour's worth of pure nostalgia.


The first half opens with locomotive 45552 "Silver Jubilee" working the Home Counties Railway Society's "Mendip Rail Tour" followed by extensive coverage of visits to the Cheddar Valley line, the branch to Bulford and a number of now long-forgotten other branch lines including Winchester Chesil, Coaley Junction, Haying Island and Newton Tony.


Our second half features a number of visits by Gresley Pacifics to the West Country with A4 No.60022 "Mallard", A3 No.4472 "Flying Scotsman" and A3 No.60112 "St.Simon" all being seen on special trains.


A map showing the majority of the lines filmed is on the inside of the DVD cover.


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Vol.240: Steam Still at Work after August 1968 Part 6 - 1970-1971

Vol.240: Steam Still at Work after August 1968 Part 6 - 1970-1971

19.75

The sixth and final part in our “Steam Still at Work” series of films mostly featuring the steam scene, both at home and overseas, after the end of main line steam on British Railways in 1968. In this volume we also include a few historical sequences from earlier years.


The Severn Valley Railway was a favourite location for enthusiasts and is visited a number of times. Trips are also made-to other early preserved lines such as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Ex-GWR King class 4-6-0 No.6000 “King George V” is seen with the famous 'Return to Steam' special in 1971.


The last main line steam locomotives working anywhere in the British Isles were in Northern Ireland. Here we spend time in 1970 watching the ex-NCC class 'WT' 2-6-4Ts top and tailing quarry spoil trains running alongside Belfast Lough. The wagons were specially built by Cravens of Sheffield and made up into three trains of twenty hoppers each with a “WT” engine at each end. They were used to transport fill for motorway construction. Also in Ireland the RPSI 1971 tour is seen behind Class J15 0-6-0 No.186, the most numerous class of locomotive to ever run in the Emerald Isle.


Other heritage locations seen include the Dart Valley Railway, Quainton Road, Bluebell Railway, Whipsnade and Umfolozi Railway, Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway, Tyseley, Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway, Didcot, Dinting, Longmoor Military Railway, and the Llanberis Lake Railway.


The industrial steam scene is also well covered with crane tanks at Doxford's Shipyard Sunderland, the last exclusively steam-worked ironstone line at Nassington, Northamptonshire, at London Transport with ex-GWR Pannier power, and the oldest steam locomotive working commercially anywhere in the country at Wirksworth Quarries, Derbyshire.


We then travel across to mainland Europe where steam was considerably still in daily use. Here, amongst others, we feature 141Rs at Boulogne, push-pull 141TCs at Paris, the LCGB tour of West Germany in May 1971 (including 012 4-6-2, Prussian G8.1 0-8-0, and Class 50 2-10-0), the Rio Tinto Railway in Southern Spain, Northern Portugal (Iberian gauge plus narrow gauge) and the Erzberg iron ore rack railway in ice and snow.


Filmed entirely in colour, mainly between 1970 and 1971, a commentary plus sound track complement this nostalgic look at the steam scene largely after August 1968. Although this is the concluding volume of this series we will still be creating many more volumes covering other topics from the days of steam.



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Vol.239: Wales & The Marches (A Steam Miscellany)

Vol.239: Wales & The Marches (A Steam Miscellany)

19.75

Covering Wales and The Marches area in the days of steam, this volume has been has been mostly compiled from previously unseen footage in the late Ellis James-Robertson’s Collection. Ellis was born in Swansea in 1922 and had moved to near Pwllheli at the age of 11 before taking up residence in Worcester in the mid 1950s.


We start with scenes at Bangor on 7th.April 1961, before moving to South Wales for a visit to the Swansea & Mumbles Railway. This was the first passenger carrying railway in the World and we feature both rare monochrome and colour footage.


We return to North Wales for glimpses of the Snowdon Mountain Railway and Vale of Rheidol Railway before the first of a number of visits to the area around Pwllheli. Ellis travelled on the SLS "farewell to the Cambrian Railways" rail tour that ran on 17th.January 1965 and features such places as Shrewsbury, Welshpool, Ellesmere, Whitchurch, Oswestry, Llanymynech and Llanfyllin.


On Saturday 6th.June 1964, a round trip was made from Hereford which included Pontypool Road, Hafodyrynys, Crumlin Viaduct, Hengoed, Quakers Yard, Aberdare, Neath and Landire to Swansea High Street before continuing along the Central Wales route from Swansea Victoria via Gowerton South, Pontarddulais, LLandovery, Cynghordy Viaduct, Builth Road, Llandrindod Wells, and Craven Arms.


There is excellent coverage, filmed on 7th.April 1964, of the freight only, 14xx worked branch from Leominster to Kington and Presteigne with Ellis travelling on the engine to and from Presteigne. Great Western enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy this 15 minutes and more of branch line delight!


Next we visit the old Carnarvonshire Railway north from Afon Wen with all steam action at Chwilog, LLangbi, Ynys and Brynkir including double-headed summertime specials. Ellis also filmed the last inbound freight train to Lydbrook Junction from Gloucester via Ross-on_wye and Kene Bridge on Friday 29th.October 1965. Other locations include Dolgellau, Porthywaen, Llynclys, the last day of operation in August 1963 over the town section of the Welshpool & Llanfair narrow gauge line.


We conclude with scenes at the NCB collieries of Merdy and Mountain Ash.


The film covers the period from 1960 to 1966. Motive power includes ex-GWR 14xx, 2251, 28xx, Hall 4-6-0s and pannier 57xx, 78xx, 94xx classes, an ex-MR Dock Tank, ex-LMS Fairburn 2-6-4Ts, Black 5s, Scots, 8Fs, Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2Ts & 2-6-0s, BR Standard Class 5 4-6-0 73000s, Class 4 4-6-0 75000s, Class 4 2-6-4T 80000s, Class 3 2-6-2T 82000s & Class 2 2-6-0s 78000s. Plus NCB industrials.


Filmed almost all in colour, an authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this nostalgic look at the last years of steam across Wales and The Marches.



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Cab Ride GBRF151: Clitheroe to Avonmouth Docks Part 2 - Crewe to Worcester Parkway

Cab Ride GBRF151: Clitheroe to Avonmouth Docks Part 2 - Crewe to Worcester Parkway

26.99

The second part of our marathon return cab-ride journey from Clitheroe to Avonmouth Docks aboard Class 66 locos of GBRf. In this part we travel from Crewe to Worcester Parkway.


We start at Crewe Basford Hall Jct and then continue down the West Coast Main Line (WCML) to Little Bridgeford Jct, Doxey Jct, Stafford North Jct, Stafford, Stafford South Jct. and Stafford Trent Valley Jct No 1 where we leave the main WCML and take the Birmingham route through Penkridge before passing through Bushbury Jct and Bushbury Oxley Jct.


Here we take the route (avoiding the heavily trafficked and congested passenger routes through Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street) through Wednesfield Heath Tunnel, Portobello Jct, Darlaston Jct, Walsall Pleck Jct, Walsall, Ryecroft Jct, Castle Bromwich Jct and Landor Street Jct to join the former ex-Midland Derby to Bristol main line at Bordesley Jct.


We now pass though Kings Norton Station Jct, Kings Norton, Longbridge, Barnt Green Jct, Barnt Green, Lickey Incline, Bromsgrove, Stoke Works Jct and Worcestershire Parkway before terminating at Abbotswood Down Goods Loop.


(Minimal picture vibration during acceleration)

(From Crewe to Stafford there are some occasional sunbeams into the cab)

(After Walsall there is a locomotive change)


Disk 1 Crewe to Sutton Park

Disk 2 Sutton Park to Abbeywood Loop (Worcestershire Parkway)



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Cab Ride NR86: Newcastle to Middlesborough via the coast route

Cab Ride NR86: Newcastle to Middlesborough via the coast route

23.00

A cab-ride journey aboard Class 158 (2 car unit) of Northern Rail from Newcastle to Middlesborough via the coatal route calling at Heworth, Sunderland, Seaham, Hartlepool, Seaton Carew, Billingham, Stockton & Thornaby before terminating at Middlesborough.



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Traction 2021 Part 2

Traction 2021 Part 2

19.90

An exceptionally interesting six months - 50007 & 50049 hauling the Belmond British Pullman; GBRf’s 56081 ventures to Bournemouth on a Class 442 move; Colas HST power cars move to the Severn Valley Railway for temporary storage; 73107 & 73109 testing one of the new ‘Weedkilling’ trains; former ROG locos 47815 & 47848 work their first trains for WCRC following repaints.


Selected highlights of GBRf’s four-day ‘This Time It’s Personal’ charity train; the first railtour working of 47270 in four years; Colas duo 37219 & 37057 on a West Highland weekend ballast; 31128 & 33029 powering the final ‘Scarborough Spa Express’ of the year; D1015 Western Champion on its ill-fated test run working GBRf’s Avonmouth-Pennyfford cement tanks; former Caledonian Sleeper AC loco 86401 working its first train for WCRC; Colas Rail’s 67023 & 67027 on autumn ‘leaf-busting’ duties; a Class 44/45/46 Peak triple-header on the Nene Valley Railway; 20007 & 20205 working a demonstration intermodal train out of Immingham.


LNwR Desiro 350124 being towed on wheel skates by 37510 & 57312; three DRS Class 37s rescuing the London Gateway-Coatbridge Freightliner; 40013 & 40145 working double-headed charters to Plymouth and Edinburgh; 69003 in primer hauling 69001 & 69002 from Peterborough to Tonbridge, 90019 dragging experimental HydroFlex unit 799201; WCRC’s 37668 towing a ‘stoneblower’ from Crewe to Ashford; 66001 delivering the first Transport for Wales ‘Flirt’ unit to Cardiff; 20096 & 20107 reach Blaenau Ffestiniog; 60017 working the Midland Main Line RHTT; 37510 towing former Heathrow Connect unit 360201 to the Dean Forest Railway; 50008 dragging four HST power cars from Willesden to Eastleigh; 67013 rescuing DB Cargo’s Wakefield to Southampton intermodal; LSL’s 37521 & 37688 on hire to GB Railfreight for rolling stock moves; 69001 & 69003 on the Mountfield-Southampton gypsum…and 50007 & 50049 working railtours to Stranraer, Kingswear, Beverley and Margate.
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The Story of the Oxford to Cambridge Railway

The Story of the Oxford to Cambridge Railway

16.96

With current proposals by East West Rail to provide a link once more between the two famous university cities of Oxford and Cambridge, it is timely that we release this DVD history of the original railway which was released in video format in the early 1990s.


Assembled from photographs, archive film and video footage, we ‘travel’ the route from Oxford via Bicester, Bletchley and Bedford to Cambridge and all locations in between. Services remained on the Bletchley to Bedford section following closure of the other sections in 1967/8 and now form the middle section of new proposals.


The 30-mile Bedford to Cambridge section was first opened in 1862 which finally completed the whole route from Oxford. After closure in 1968 all the track was removed and stations along the line closed. Some 50 years later, plans are advanced to link the two cities again and provide the country with an important east-west link.
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The Story of the North Norfolk Railway

The Story of the North Norfolk Railway

12.95

The full story of how the "Poppy Line" was purchased and restored as Norfolk's leading Heritage Railway!

Filmed over a number of years, this story looks back at the very beginnings of the line as the MGNJR Society took over the 5-mile line from Sheringham to Holt.


We see rare archive film of the final days in British Railways’ ownership including the very last freight train to depart from Sheringham and Anglia Television’s Bob Wellings at a derelict Weybourne Station in 1966, plus the last days at Melton Constable.


Full of nostalgia and up-to-date footage of steam operations over the heritage line with all classes of locomotives. Dads Army recreation days are viewed at Weybourne bringing some humour to the railway which is now one of the most important attractions in Norfolk


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Cab Ride CHN17: Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone - The Silver Train

Cab Ride CHN17: Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone - The Silver Train

23.00

A cab-ride from Birmingham Moor Street to London (Marylebone) aboard a Class 82 DVT (train propelled by a Class 68 loco at rear) of Chiltern Railways - (Silver Train Service) fast service calling at Solihull, Warwick Parkway, Leamington Spa, Banbury & High Wycombe before terminating at London (Marylebone).
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Vol.237 - London Midland Steam Miscellany No.9 - The John Ryan Collection

Vol.237 - London Midland Steam Miscellany No.9 - The John Ryan Collection

19.75

The ninth volume in our popular “Miscellany” series to cover London Midland steam. This time it is compiled entirely from cine film taken by John Ryan from the Wirral and assembled in the running order of the original cine film. There is coverage across England, Scotland, and Wales and we include previously unused footage from the B & R archives with the emphasis on London Midland material.


There is some excellent film across the Wirral which includes 9Fs hauling ore trains from the dock at Bidston via Storeton, Heswall Hills, and Burton Point to the John Summers works at Shotton—the heaviest regular unfitted mineral workings on the whole of BR. The line from Birkenhead Woodside to Chester is covered in detail, such as Birkenhead shed, Rock Ferry, Bebbington & New Ferry, Spital, Hooton, Capenhurst, and Upton-by-Chester. We then move to Gresford bank, Wrexham, the Brymbo branch, Ruabon, Cefn.viaduct, Chirk, Chirk viaduct Gobowen, and Shrewsbury.


The North-West of England is another area well-photographed by John at locations such as Preston, Layton, Poulton-Ie-Fylde, Kirkham & Wesham, Croston, Ormskirk, Town Green & Aughton, Maghull, Aintree Sefton Arms, Wigan Wallgate, Hindley North, Clifton Junction, Bradshaw Brook viaduct, Southport, Banks, Hoole, Penwortharn (Cop Lane), the Horwich to Blackrod and Chorley push-pull, Royton, Manchester, Ashburys for Belle Vue, Guide Bridge, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Didsbury, Meir, Pleasington, Rose Grove shed, Hest Bank water troughs, and Whalley viaduct.


There is more film in Wales at Llandudno, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, Penmaenmawr, Rhyl, Gwersyllt, Gowerton South, Swansea Victoria, and Bynea Halt. Other locations visited include London Marylebone, Camden, the Newport Pagnell branch push-pull the “Newport Nobby” , Rugby, Alston, Lanarkshire, Gleneagles, Carlisle, Alston, Stanley Bridge Halt, Bristol, Berkeley Road, Gloucester, Fenn's Bank, Birmingham, the Kingsbury branch & Baddesley colliery


The time period for this film is through the 1960s up to 1968. Motive power includes ex-GWR 56xx, ex-LMS Stanier Class 3 2-6-2Ts, 1Fs, Class 4 2-6-4Ts, Crabs, 4Fs, Jinties, 8Fs, Ivatt Class 4 & 2 2-6-0s, Black 5s (including experimental types), Jubilees, Coronation Pacifics, Super Ds, BR Standard Britannias, Class 5 (including Caprotti examples) and 4 4-6-0s, Class 4 2-6-0s, Class 3 77000 2-6-0s and 82000 2-6-2Ts, Class 2 2-6-0s & 2-6-2Ts and 9F 2-10-0s.


An authentic sound track has been added along with an informative commentary to complement this further nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam.


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The Ivo Peters' Collection Vol.10: Private Railways 1961 - 1963

The Ivo Peters' Collection Vol.10: Private Railways 1961 - 1963

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Private Railways 1961-1963 In this volume of his now legendary high quality film record of the railways of Great Britain in the 1960s, Ivo Peters turned his attention to a number of private railways which had either avoided nationalisation in 1948 or had been created after that monumental event.


The Bluebell Railway was the pioneer of the standard gauge railway preservation movement and it is fitting that we start with this railway. The line had been a part of British Railways and there had a been a closure attempt in 1956 to close the through route from East Grinstead to Lewes in Sussex. The section from Horsted Keynes to Sheffield Park was rescued by a group of enthusiasts in 1959 and in 1960 the first privately preserved railway passenger service were operated over the nearly 5 miles between these villages. Thus was born the great railway preservation movement of today and during this period of 1961-1963 it was amassing the locomotives which are now the envy of many of the railways to which it gave such a lead.


Here we feature the railway in 1962 and 1963, starting at the temporary halt near Horsted Keynes which was the first northern terminus. A parade of the earliest preserved locomotives is followed by the arrival of the first through train of the year, the Great Northern tank No.1247. This is seen on the main line at Three Bridges and the famous Ouse Viaduct as well as on the Bluebell. Later in the year LSWR T9 4-4-0 headed another through train and is seen at Brighton Shed as well as Haywards Heath. The following year saw the T9 again, together with the Caledonian Single no.123, and they are also seen at Brighton Shed. This film is a poignant reminder of those "Early Days".


Along with their delightfully varied shunters, a number of favourite industrial lines also appear in this volume:-

  • Bath Gas Works:- Ivo's home town had a gas works which boasted two industrial tanks engines, the 1929 built Avonside is featured here.

  • Port of Bristol:- At the mouth of the River Avon, Avonmouth, the Port of Bristol had an extensive system worked by the products of the local builders Avonside and Peckett. Here we feature the locomotive shed in 1963.

  • Wirksworth:- This was a private system built to serve the Middle Peak Stone Quarries, near the terminus of a Midland Railway branch. In this sequence we see another Peckett and a Black Hawthorn tank.

  • Buckminster Quarries:- This line in Leicestershire was used to transport ironstone to exchange sidings near Melton Mowbray. Ivo filmed a number of interesting locomotives here.

  • Exton Park:- This was one of the largest ironstone quarry systems, with a fleet of modern (post war) Yorkshire Engine Company saddle tanks. Ivo filmed them shunting and running along the 3 mile line to the exchange sidings with BR.

  • Cadeby Light Railway:- a true "private railway"! Ivo himself introduces his good friend the Reverend Teddy Boston and the railway he had built in the grounds of his home in the village of Cadeby in Leicestershire. Teddy had a Bagnall saddle tank which he drove at "exciting" speeds around his line!

  • Kettering Iron & Coal Company:- Ivo made two films about this delightful relic of the great days of the industrial steam era. The first of these formed part of our "Ironstone Lines Volume 6". This second film takes us back to the railway for a rather more detailed look. It owned some fascinating little 3ft gauge locomotives from Bagnall and Manning Wardle who were some of the most famous industrial locomotive manufacturers. We see examples of both types at work in the fields, at the sheds and loco works in 1962, the year that the railway closed.


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The Ivo Peters Collection Vol. 9: Narrow Gauge Steam in the Early 60s

The Ivo Peters Collection Vol. 9: Narrow Gauge Steam in the Early 60s

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Narrow Gauge Steam in the Early 60ss.:- In this volume, all filmed on 16mm high quality cine-film, Ivo Peters visits North Wales and the Isle of Man. The Vale of Rheidol was the first to be filmed, with No.9 sporting BR green livery.His 1961 and 1963 visits to the Tallyllyn Railway are seen next, with trains on the main line and locomotives being shunted at the then very basic Pendre Yard. The Welshpool & Llanfair follows with both "The Earl" and the "Countess". A brief visit to Tan-y-Bwlch on the Ffestiniog then rounds off our first section.


New railways were rare in the early 1960s so Ivo was attracted to the Bicton Woodland Railway in East Devon where he filmed a 1916 built Avonside tank.


The major part of this volume recalls Ivo's first visit to the Isle of Man in 1961. Here he filmed both the Groudle Glenn Railway and the Victorian charm of the main Isle of Man Railways, then still running (as they had done throughout the preceding 86 years) from Douglas to Port Erin, Peel and Ramsey. There are comprehensive views of the locomotive depot and station at Douglas together with film on each of the lines including the spectacular "race" out of St.Johns! Plus some fabulous views and memories of the now closed line along the west coast.


This volume was first released in 1991. In 2021 it was totally remastered i.e. the pictorial material has now been prepared from the original 1" master tape, transferred to digital betacam, remastered and then released on DVD. Some minor picture and sound editing has taken place to enhance yet another very popular volume in our series.


More detailed contents are as follows :

  • The Vale of Rheidol Railway - In the early 1960s the Vale of Rheidol was enjoying a resurgence under British Railways, and we see green-liveried 2-6-2T No.9 on shedat Aberystwyth and watering in the woods at the Aberffrwd loop.

  • The Talyllyn Railway - The railway is shown both in 1961 and 1963, when it had already been in preservation for a ecade. Highlights include a visit to the museum at Towyn, crossing of trains at Brynglas, locomotives on shed at Pendre, a double-header and No.4 with a Giesl ejector.

  • The Welshpool and Llanfair Railway - Featured for the first time in this series, the former Cambrian Railways' narrow gauge line is seen in 1961 and 1962 with both "The Earl" and "The Countess" in action. The highlight is the very last run out of the town centre at Welshpool to Raven Square.

  • The Ffestiniog Railway - A double Fairlie at Tan-y-Bwlch.

  • The Bicton Woodland Railway - Moving away from Wales, Ivo Peters recorded an unusual event - a new railway in 1963! This line, in East Devon, boasted a 1916 Avonside 0-4-0 tank, originally built for the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich. The railway is set in beautiful woodland scenery.

  • The Groudle Glen Railway - This little railway introduces us to the Isle of Man.Uniquely for the island, it is of 2'0" gauge, and, in 1961, its locomotive "Polar Bear" was not in the best of condition.

  • The Isle of Man Railways - This feature forms the larger part of this volume in the year when Ivo "discovered" the principal steam railways of the Isle of Man. We start with views of locomotives on shed at Douglas, capital of the island and headquarters of the railway. Features which are now long' gone, especially the signalling and platform canopies, are seen to advantage, and locomotives include Nos. 5 "Mona", 11 "Maitland", 12 "Hutchinson" 13 "Kissack", 14 "Thornhill", 15 "Caledonia" and 16 "Manuin", all of which, with the exception of No. 15, were 2-4-0T, built by Beyer Peacock of Manchester. No.15 was unique - the only 0-6-0T on the island, built by Dubs of Glasgow.


    Trips up two of the Railway's principal routes follow, firstly on the Port Erin line as far as Castletown, including long double-headed and banked trains. A crossing takes place at Castletown itself.


    The second route featured is that to Ramsey, alas now but a memory, so these shots form an important archive. "Caledonia" is seen outside Douglas shed, and then a double-header leaves the station. Union Mills was already closed, but at St.Johns are branch connections from Peel and there we view the celebrated "race" (featured on this jacket) - twice. We follow the scenic line to the north, with trains along the coastline, over viaducts and level crossings, before we end the day back at Douglas, with locomotives shunting empty stock and going on shed.


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