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Aarchive Steam Topics, Volume 2

Aarchive Steam Topics, Volume 2


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Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

What a treat for all steam railway enthusiasts. A beautifully photographed video, entirely devoted to the legendary R H & D Railway. The smallest public service in the world, designed by Henry Greenly in 1926. It has become not only a firm favourite with all devotees of steam but a source of great enjoyment to many holidaymakers visiting the Kent coast.

Can you imagine a more magnificent sight than the 15 gauge engines steaming along the Kent coast across Romney Marsh to Dymchurch with a top speed of 25 miles per hour and able to carry 200 passengers. The railway enjoyed a Royal visit by the Queen in 1957 and among other famous visitors were Laurel and Hardy in 1947. A truly wonderful film, which will surely become a collectors item in the future.

150th Anniversary of Steam

Tha anniversary of steam traces the history of the Stockton - Darlington Steam Railway, and at it's anniversary, hundres of engines gathered on site to show that steam engines are not dead. A replica of George Stephenson's invention was actually run along the track. All types of steam locomotives are featured throughout the film, which will delight enthusiasts of the not forgotten steam train.

Also featured, the classic film - London to Brighton at 500 m.p.h.

Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 58 mins (0h 58min)
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Back Along North Devon's Lines

Back Along North Devon's Lines


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The two main journeys, Exeter to Barnstaple (1978) and Ilfracombe to Braunton (1970), were produced after a meeting with six steam 'veterans', drivers all, who poured out memories and anecdotes. An overall cabside run from Exeter used three films with frantic re-loadings. All was done again from the passengers point of view. Then again for the trackside shots.

A year after, the drivers gave it their approval as did the rail clubs from Taunton & Yeovil, Exeter to Plymouth & Launceston, plus a hundred more from the W.I.s to schools. Archive film from 1898 and vintage steam clips tell the story with stills of the 'silence' that fell on the Ilfracombe branch, providing an ending which no buff will resist without a tissue.

Filmed by/when: Victor Thompson and Norman Taylor
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 57 mins (0h 57min)
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Back Along the Kingsbridge Line (58-mins)

Back Along the Kingsbridge Line (58-mins)


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In 1963 the branch line from Brent to Kingsbridge closed after a hard fight by locals to keep it open as a preserved line. It has taken over 18 months to find archive movie footage of one of the West Country's most beautiful railway lines. Known for many years as the Primrose Line, the branch from Brent to Kingsbridge in Devon followed the river Avon through countryside that can only be described as luscious in greenery and even in winter, still a beautiful sight.

The publishers have put together unique vintage movie footage of the days when the line ran through South Hams. The film also takes you on location to the five stations as they look with interviews at the homes of Bob Gale at Avonwick and Sheila Bolan from Loddiswell telling the uplifting stories of the restoration of these buildings to their former glory. With additional archive photographs and slides, the 51-minute will take you on a memorable journey through time.


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Images of the Culm Valley Light Railway (60-mins)

Images of the Culm Valley Light Railway (60-mins)


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This film chronicles a history of the CVLR and explains breifly the philosophy of Arthur Cadlink Pain, an exponant of light railways. With aerial footage over the Culm Valley following the old track bed to each station site and recreate sights of how things used to be. The journey is then made over ground using archive 8mm film. After looking at some technical information about the locos used on the line, we view a now and then section showing how things have changed over the years. Finally, we take a brief look at the Tiverton Branch.


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Memories of the Plymouth to Yealmpton Railway (40-mins)

Memories of the Plymouth to Yealmpton Railway (40-mins)


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The GWR opened a branch from Millbay to Yealmpton in January 1898. Originally planned to terminate at Modbury, the line served the villages of Plymstock, Billacombe, Elburton and Brixton. It stopped at Steer Point where ferries would take passengers across the river to the villages of Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers.

The film uses photographs and aerial photography together with simulated movie footage to plot the journey through some of the most beautiful countryside in the South Hams. The railway is rich in historical experiences and this film will invoke memories of the old line in those who remember it and educate those who don't.

Based on the book by Plymouth author, Anthony Kingdom, this unique documentary has arisen due to the extended nature of its companion film 'The Plymouth to Turnchapel and Cattewater Railways' originally intended tobe 30 minutes long, but ended up as a 50 minute film. Therefore, a seperate account of the Yealmpton branch has been documented.

94 year old Myrtle Hockaday tells us about the days when she caught the Kitley Belle ferry from Noss Mayo to connect with the train and a section giving brief information about the power units used on the line will add interest for the railway buffs. A short section showing the LSWR Branch from Friary Station to Turnchapel is also included.

This film signals a first, in that it includes narration from Plymouth author Anthony Kingdom, on whose book the film is based.


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Original Steam on 16mm - Steam in the North East, 1966

Original Steam on 16mm - Steam in the North East, 1966


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Quality images of the British Railway steam powered units in 1966 around Newcastle, Wakefield, Bedlington, Ryhope and Hartlepool. Featuring goods activity hauled by the giants of steam used on the Northern Eastern region, including 42073, 44946, 44915, 62012, 90348, 65811, 65861, 43012, 48382, 48137, 92079, 63458, 90203 and others.

Includes snippets of saddle tanks in the Yorkshire coastlines and superb aerial footage of Newcastle station in its heyday.

As far as we know, this footage has never been seen on video and is a feast of activity for all steam enthusiasts.

The film begins with a short narration and the images are then supported by carefully selected classical music.

Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 30 mins (0h 30min)
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Stan Harvey's Portraits of Steam, Volume 1

Stan Harvey's Portraits of Steam, Volume 1


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Spring visits the South West Devon Railway and West Somerset line in 1996, where there were celebrations marking the anniversary of the closure of the Somerset and Dorset Railway 30 years earlier.

Two Southern Railway engines, Swanage and Boscastle in all their restored glory. Standard 5, 73052 is also featured when Stan and friends hired the entire train for the day in March 13th 1996. A chilly journey in the Settle to Garsile line follows, headed by the ex-LMS Princess Royal Class 46203, Princess Margaret Rose, through the Cumbrian heights to Garsdale, shrouded in snow. Then to the Severn Valley, where Stan captured the events of the World War II weekend, complete with 'boogie' dancing at the station.

Then to Dart Valley and finally a superb collection of images and 'Giants of Steam' on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in autumn.

Simply steam, steam and more steam, beautifully filmed in Stan Harvey's unique style.

Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 50 mins (0h 50min)
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Stan Harvey's Portraits of Steam, Volume 2

Stan Harvey's Portraits of Steam, Volume 2


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In Volume 2, Stan Harvey visits the Isle of Wight, where the famous preserved Southern Region Steam Railway offered unique settings in the spring sunshine. Then off to the West Somerset Railway to capture images of a special freight charter with Standard 4, 75069.

Steam once again returned to Banstaple on 1st May 1994, when two Standard 4 tanks hauled a train from Exeter to Barnstaple and back. Then to Kingswear in Devon to witness an excursion leaving for Paignton along the Dart Estuary.

Llangollen in May 1994 provided a beautiful setting in the early summer with engines of all shapes and sizes culminating in Pannier Tank 7754 watering up for a journey into the Welsh Countryside. The Severn Valley Railway held its Autumn Gala on 24th & 25th September where Stan captured images of a galaxy of giants of steam around Bewdley and Arley.

Finally the North Yorkshire Railway provide a back drop for unique sequences of some of the UK's mightiest restored engines. Engines featured include The Flying Scotsman, Taw Valley (Golden Arrow) King Edward 1, Bradley Manor, Union of South Africa, plus many,many more.

Simply steam, steam and more steam, beautifully filmed in Stan Harvey's unique style.

Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 50 mins (0h 50min)
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Stan Harvey's Portraits of Steam, Volume 3

Stan Harvey's Portraits of Steam, Volume 3


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Between 1995 and 1997, Stan Harvey visited the Severn Valley Railway and filmed many hours of activiy on video for his personal library. The action shots have now been edited into th 3rd album in the series 'Portraits of Steam.'

The line today extends from Kidderminster to Brignorth with stations at Bewdley, Ardley, Highley and Hampton Loade. The film begins with archive footage filmed around 1973 at Brignorth, with a narrated history of the line.

From then on the camera work of Stan Harvey takes over with super shots of the many preserved engines in action. Also included are sequences of shunting in the old fashion way, plus some of the most preserved engines in the UK.

There is no story line and very little narration and music - the film simply sets out to portray steam activity for all who love the old railways.

Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 50 mins (0h 50min)
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Steam Far West

Steam Far West


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Branch Line Supreme

The Dart Valley Railway from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, a trip on the old GWR line, now restored.

Plymouth to Bristol

Easter Sunday, 1985, and a double-headed steam run takes place to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the GWR.

The Holiday Line

The beautiful and picturesque Riviera line from Paignton to Kingswear.

Nostalgia in Miniature

Working miniature rail systems in the West Country, at Lappa Valley, Forest Railway, Percorama, Gorse Blossom and more.

Cornish Freight Lines

Cornwall had at one time a complete web of freight line. This documentary takes a look at them

Also featuring the double-headed steam run in February 1996 to Plymouth of Bradley Manor and Nunny Castle.

Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 60 mins (1h 0min)
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The Flying Scotsman Visits Paignton, 1993

The Flying Scotsman Visits Paignton, 1993


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In 1993, The Flying Scotsman, probably the most famous steam engine in the world visited the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway. Best selling cameraman, Roger Underwood, captured the arrival and much of the journey to and from Paignton to Kingswear.

During the Scotsman's visit, the P&DSR held a steam gala day and unique images of the various traction engines greeting the Scotsman are included in this professional production.

Also included is a seven minute sequence at the end of the film of archive cine footage of the Scotsman in its earlier days.

This documentary is a testimony to the excellent camera-work of ex-TSW cameraman, Roger Underwood, who team up with best selling Plymouth film producer, Roger Lilley, to bring this footage to enthusiasts everywhere.

Filmed by/when: Norman Taylor
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 50 mins (0h 50min)
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Plymouth to Gunnislake, From the Cab (50-mins)

Plymouth to Gunnislake, From the Cab (50-mins)


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'From The Cab' is a series of films that enables the viewer to see the railway journey from the driver's point of view. Plymouth to Gunnislake on the Tamar Valley line is an excellent place to start.

Filmed on a sunny August day in 2000, the 11.30 Wales & West commuter service hosted our camera crew for the 43 minute journey through some of the most superb scenery in the West Country. We pass through Devonport Dockyard, Keyham, St Budeaux (Victoria Road), over Tavy Viaduct into Bere Ferrers, onto Bere Alston for the change, across the Calstock Viaduct into Calstock Station and finally through to Gunnislake. The entire journey is filmed and edited digitally to obtain maximum quality.

To introduce the viewer to the line, there is a four minute history section at the start, which features snippets of archive film footage of the Bere Alston to Callington Railway.

In order to maintain authenticity the journey down to Gunnislake contains only original sounds and titles to show you where you are. Then, we return to Plymouth at 150 m.p.h. with speeded up visual effects - what takes you 43 minutes on the down run will take you only five minutes to return from a journey that you will want to see over and over again.


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