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2020 January

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Video Track Issue 194: February/March 2020

Video Track Issue 194: February/March 2020


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NEWS AND EVENTS Extended News from around the Network.

Class 90s on charters – DSR 37s on Autumn Highlander – Class 47s to Mallaig – 313 final special – Class 56s to Angerstein Wharf – 56s to South Wales & Chaddesden – Stock moves of EMUs to Long Marston – 31 128 on stock moves – 90 035 on test – 86 101 & 87 002 move to Eastleigh – MOD Freight – Mark 5 sleepers in service – Belmond Pullman – RHTT train to rescue of 321 unit – run down of Class 91s and HSTs on East Coast Main Line – Test trains – Stadler 745s on test on GE main line – 50 008 ‘Thunderer’ on stock moves – 50 007 & 50 049 on ‘Festive York & Durham Explorer’ – Chasewater Gala – PLUS MUCH MORE.


Veteran Haulage with West Coast 47s and 57s on specials and stock movements around the network


Across Lincolnshire The line from Sleaford through Boston to Skegness with Class 56s, 60s and 66s on steel, aggregates and RHTT duties plus HSTs on summer holiday trains PLUS a look back to the 1980s and 1990s with Class 20s, ‘Peaks’ and DMUs against a backdrop of somersault signals.


All Change in Norfolk The line to Sheringham plus the North Norfolk Railway with Metro Cammel DMUs in the 1990s, vintage DMUs on the North Norfolk & the line before the Stadler take over.


Midlands Hotspots. Some unusual workings and traction variety on the lines around Nuneaton and Tamworth with HST stock moves, Class 57s and 47s on various workings including stock movements, the Northern Belle plus freight traffic and test trains.


The RHTT Season. Leaf busters at work during the Autumn with MPVs, Class 66s and 73s based at Tonbridge, Stowmarket with 57s, 66s and 68s, COLAS power in South Wales, Class 56s on working from Gloucester, Class 56s and 37s on workings from Shrewsbury, Highland trains, GBRF duties around London, East Coast Main Line Class 66s, DRS Class 20s on circuits around Humberside and the Midland Main Line.


All change at York. York during 2019 with old and new traction plus a look back to the 1990s with Class 37s, 47s and HSTs. Includes Pacers, Sprinters and HSTs plus Class 91s and freight traffic in and around the station and its approaches. Also includes new traction like the Trans Pennine ‘Novas’ and the Class 68s.


The Last East Coast HST. The final LNER HST workings on the East Coast Main Line on the 15th December 2019.


Wherry Lines Finale. A final scene on one of the last strongholds of the traditional railway.


First published on DVD: Late January 2020
Screen aspect ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 1 DVD **LIMITED STOCK**

Running Time: 110-mins (1hr 50min) approx

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The Alan Gilbert Collection Vol, 1: Steam South and West of Manchester

The Alan Gilbert Collection Vol, 1: Steam South and West of Manchester


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Alan Gilbert was a Mancunian through-and-through and a lifelong railway enthusiast. A member of the Manchester Locomotive Society since 1945 he became their Treasurer in 1955, a job he carried out for the next fifty-one years. Alan joined the newly formed Granada Television in the late fifties and progressed to a position of Chief Accountant from which he retired in 1988. He was President of the MLS at the time of his death in 2014, having been instrumental in guiding the organisation in so many ways over many years.


He put his filming skills to great use in pursuing his hobby of recording the railways of his home city and many other parts of the British Railways system in the mid 1950s when change was afoot and much-loved parts of the system and their associated locomotives and rolling stock were under threat. The two programmes that have now been released using this footage provide an important visual and historical archive of our railways at that time of change.


Often in the company of his friends W A "Cam" Camwell and Neville Knight, Alan Gilbert shot all his footage on 16mm film, between 1955 and 1958 and these two programmes show a great variety of trains and stations around Manchester as well as selected views across the country. Manchester London Road provides the dividing line between the two volumes, lines which head, roughly, south and west of this line form Volume 1 and those lines to the north and east thereof the second volume. Each takes a geographical tour around the country, starting at Manchester London Road.


Steam South and West of Manchester


A "Royal Scot" bursting out of Manchester London Road provides the opening scene as we trace the LNWR Main Line to Crewe seeing most of the stations thereon and featuring various ex-LMS locomotives and a bewildering variety of coaching stock, with old wooden-bodied LNWR coaches taking the limelight - even including the LNWR/LMS Royal Train! We also see the Styal line which includes a "Princess" on a three-coach train.


We follow the LNWR once again on the line to Macclesfield and then the "alternative" North Stafford or "Knotty" main line down towards Stoke-on-Trent and its surrounding area. Diversions via Cheadle take us over the CLC (and we even see one of the famous ICI Hopper trains) and through to the MSJ & A and Brooklands.


We then set off to the West via the Severn Valley line and its branches through Tenbury Wells and Much Wenlock. The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Railway is then taken before we go to the Cambrian Main Line and branches and Oswestry.


Once in Wales we visit lines around Wrexham and Chester and go up into the Wirral before visiting the Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Electric Railway and Denbigh station including views of its loco shed. Next come lines radiating from Bangor and we cross to Anglesey and then into Snowdonia where we visit long-lost lines such as the Nantlle Railway with its horse-drawn wagons.


A brief visit to the Vale of Rheidol behind a BR black liveried No: 8 takes us to the south of Wales where we start at Abergavenny with the last train over the Heads of the Valley line; other locations include the many stations of Dowlais, Tondu and a classic "coal valley" to Abergwynfi. In the south west of Wales we go to the lines around Pembroke and Fishguard and then cross to south west England following the ex-LSWR West of England Main Line and its branches from Yeovil to Exmouth and then Wadebridge and Padstow.


Finally we visit Great Western lines in Cornwall, seeing locomotives ranging from “Pannier” tanks to “Halls” on lines such as the Looe branch, Perranporth, Helston and St Ives. We finish, appropriately, as far south and west as we can get from Manchester, at Penzance.


Filmed by/when: Alan Gilbert
Narrated By: 1-DVD-R
First published on DVD: Late January 2020
Number of discs: 1-DVD-R
Origination: 16mm cine-film


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The Alan Gilbert Collection Vol. 2: Steam North and East of Manchester

The Alan Gilbert Collection Vol. 2: Steam North and East of Manchester


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Volume Two - Steam north and east of Manchester


Setting off from Manchester London Road this volume takes us onto the mainly Great Central lines which run into the south-eastern suburbs of the city, where the charismatic "Atlantic" and "Pacific" tanks were still in use in the mid-1950s. We visit Reddish, Marple, Hayfield and go over to Glossop and many other places seeing steam and electric traction on the line to Woodhead before witnessing some Midland diversions via Teviot Dale.


On "real" Midland metals we follow the main line out through Hazel Grove, New Mills and Chinley and then visit the Millers Dale to Buxton line with Johnson and Stanier 0-4-4 tanks. We briefly go to Hartington and Parsley Hay before taking the LNWR line back into Manchester via Dove Holes, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge, seeing a Super D and plenty of 8Fs on heavy freights - and one extremely short one!


Crossing to the northern suburbs we traverse the Bury to Rawtenstall line (today's East Lancashire Railway) from the terminus at Bacup to Ramsbottom. Staying with the original East Lancashire Railway we go to Liverpool via Ormskirk to see the famous Liverpool Overhead Railway - on Grand National Day! From there we cross the waters to the Isle of Man where trains still ran to Peel. Returning to the mainland and Bury we follow the line through Heywood and down to Miles Platting, reversing there and taking the Oldham Loop. A short ride on a WD hauled freight to Facit precedes a visit to the Delph line and then we see a special at Diggle.


Quick visits to Grassington and Keighley as well as Ingrow West allow us to climb over the hills towards Bradford at Great Horton and Great Northern lines around Wakefield before we go right across country to the Hull area where we visit Market Weighton, Hornsea and Withernsea with plenty of North Eastern infrastructure in evidence.


Staying in North Eastern territory we go to Saltburn and Hartlepool before crossing the Tyne to visit Blythe and district. Alternative ways into Scotland are explored at Carlisle and Stranraer but we enter by way of Reedsmouth Junction, Kelso and St Boswells before taking the low road (or is it the high road) up through Tyndrum to the twin lines to Oban and Fort William in the West Highlands, ending our tour at The Mound on the Far North line.


Filmed by/when: Alan Gilbert
Narrated By: 1-DVD-R
First published on DVD: Late January 2020
Number of discs: 1-DVD-R
Origination: 16mm cine-film


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Cab Ride ATW21: Cardiff Central to Swansea and Return

Cab Ride ATW21: Cardiff Central to Swansea and Return


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A return cab-ride journey from Cardiff Central to Swansea aboard Class 175 (two car unit) of Arriva Trains Wales passing through or calling at Bridgend, Port Talbot Parkway & Neath before terminating at Swansea followed by the return journey with the reverse stopping pattern.


Filmed by/when: Paul Diggens
First published on DVD: January 2020
Screen aspect ratio: 16:9 SD
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Origination: Digital DV

Running Time: 100-mins (1hr 40min) , Colour
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Cab Ride CLS22: Hinksey Sidings (Oxford) to Bescot Up Sidings (Tame Bridge Parkway)

Cab Ride CLS22: Hinksey Sidings (Oxford) to Bescot Up Sidings (Tame Bridge Parkway)


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A full cab-ride journey from Hinksey Sidings just south of Oxford to Bescot ‘Up’ Sidings close to Tame Bridge Parkway. We pass through

Hinksey North Jcn, Oxford, Oxford North Jcn, Wolvercote Jcn, Tackley, Heyford, Aynho Jcn, Kings Sutton, Banbury Depot Jcn, Banbury, Banbury North Jcn, Reservoir Jcn, Fenny Compton South Jcn, Fenny Compton loop, Leamington Spa, Milverton Jcn, Kenilworth, Kenilworth Jcns, Gibbet Hill Jcn, Coventry North Jcn, Coventry, Coventry South Jcn, Coventry Arena, Bedworth, Bermuda Park, Nuneaton Chilvers Coton Jcn, Nuneaton South Jcn, Nuneaton, Nuneaton Abbey Jcn, Whitacre Jcn, Coleshill Parkway, Water Orton, Park Lane Jcn, Sutton Park, Ryecroft Jcn, Walsall, Pleck Jcn, Bescot Jcn & Bescot Stadium before terminating at Bescot ‘Up’ Sidings close to Tame Bridge Parkway.


Disk 1: Hinksey Sidings to Coventry


Disk 2: Coventry to Bescot ‘Up’ Sidings


Filmed by/when: Paul Diggens
First published on DVD: January 2020
Screen aspect ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 2 DVD-R
Origination: Digital DV

Running Time: 164-mins (2hr 44min) , Colour
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Cab Ride SCR12: Inverness to Aberdeen

Cab Ride SCR12: Inverness to Aberdeen


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A cab-ride from Inverness to Aberdeen aboard a Class 158 (2 car unit) of Scotrail calling at or passing through Nairn, Forres, Elgin, Keith, Huntly, Insch, Inverurie & Dyce before terminating at Aberdeen.

Bonus Feature of Preserved Signal Boxes at Nairn


Filmed by/when: Paul Diggens
First published on DVD: January 2020
Screen aspect ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Origination: Digital Video

Running Time: 117-mins (1hr 57min) , Colour
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