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Marylebone Steam in the 1980s

Marylebone Steam in the 1980s


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In the 1980’s, Marylebone had become a sleepy commuter terminus, with little to interest railway enthusiasts. There was great excitement in 1985, when A4 Pacific “Sir Nigel Gresley” began a series of steam runs from Marylebone to Stratford-upon-Avon. Over the remainder of the decade, many other famous steam locomotives headed “The Shakespeare Limited” dining train, as well as a number of Rail Tours and Santa Specials.


Here we feature many of the runs, as well as a journey to Stratford behind “Clan Line”. Other locomotives seen include, “Duchess of Hamilton”, “Flying Scotsman”, Standard Class 4MT 75069, “Sir Lamiel”, “Mallard”, “Green Arrow”, “City of Wells”, “Clun Castle”, “Princess Elizabeth”, “Taw Valley”, and “Duke of Gloucester”.


Also included are steam runs to Stratford-upon-Avon from Didcot, hauled by “Drysllwyn Castle”, and from Tyseley by “King Edward I” and Castle Class “Defiant”.


The entire programme was filmed with sound, including the A4’s chime whistles, which were sounded frequently.



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Running Time: 80-mins (1hr 20min)

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Merseyrail Classes 502 & 503 Remembered

Merseyrail Classes 502 & 503 Remembered


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This volumesprovides an extensive nostalgic look at the final years of operation of these unique LMS designed EMU's which operated around Liverpool from 1938 until the early 1980's. Using film shot with original sound we see them in operation on many parts of the Merseyrail system. Much has changed in the intervening years, including the disappearance of the semaphore signalling, still much in evidence in this production.


The class 502's were used on the Northern Line services from Liverpool Exchange to Southport and Ormskirk, and after the opening of the underground sections in 1977, to Liverpool Central, Kirkby and Garston. The class 503's were used on services on the Wirral Lines, running to Rock Ferry, West Kirby, and New Brighton. Towards the end of their life some 503 units were used on Northern Line services as well.



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Filmed by/when: John Laker; Tony Ballantyne
Narrated by: Martin Jenkins
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R

Running Time: 43-mins (0h 43min)

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Metropolitan Line from A to S and MET 150 'Underground Pioneer' Steam Specials

Metropolitan Line from A to S and MET 150 'Underground Pioneer' Steam Specials


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Metropolitan Line From A to S

In 2012 the A stock was finally withdrawn from the Metropolitan Line of London Underground after over 50 years service. Between 2010 and 2012 it was progressively replaced by new 8-car trains of S stock. In this video we see it in action alongside the new trains during its last year of operation, and see the special train that ran on the last day of public service carrying a commemorative headboard. (Duration 46-mins)


MET 150 "Underground Pioneer" Steam Specials

London Underground celebrated the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world's first underground railway between Paddington and Farringdon in 1863. Steam hauled specials ran on Sundays the 13th and 20th January 2013. These consisted of Metropolitan Railway steam locomotive number 1, built at Neasden in 1898, hauling a train comprising 4 teak livered carriages built in 1898/1900 and known as Chesham stock, restored Metropolitan Railway "Jubilee" coach 353 of 1892 and milk van 3 of 1896. At the other end of the train was former Metropolitan Railway electric locomotive number 12, "Sarah Siddons", built in 1923. The train started from Lillie Bridge depot and then ran a series of shuttles between Moorgate and Edgware Road. The first run was made in the morning of the 13th January for invited guests including the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Two S stock trains were also specially decorated for the occasion. Large crowds turned out to witness the event. This video covers both days' runs and captures some of the atmosphere of the event. Also featured is locomotive number 1 in action at Quainton Road 4 weeks later, hauling preserved "Dreadnought" Coach number 465. (Duration 26-mins)

Narrator: Paul Ross



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Cover photo: John Laker & Keith Spillett
Narrated by: Paul Ross
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
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Running Time: 72-mins (1hr 12min)

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Metropolitan Line Past & Present including Steam on the Met

Metropolitan Line Past & Present including  Steam on the Met


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Disk 1: Metropolitan Line Past (85-mins)

The title 'Metropolitan Line' was adopted by the newly formed London Passenger Transport Board for the lines it inherited from the former Metropolitan Railway in 1933. This DVD traces the history of today's line, and includes a cab ride from Baker Street to Uxbridge, filmed in 1910, as well as film of steam on the Chesham branch, including its centenary in 1989. 'Steam on the Met' became a regular feature in the 1990's, with a variety of visiting locomotives. Most of these are featured, along with tours headed by Metropolitan electric loco no. 12, 'Sarah Siddons'. We see work on the installation of the new bridge over the A40 trunk road at Hillingdon, and refurbishment of the 'A Stock' at Derby. Also included are scenes of a preserved DMU 'Bubble Car', and the C69 'Yellow Pages' unit - both on the Chesham shuttle.


Disk 2: Metropolitan Line Present.

In part 2, we take a detailed look at today's Metropolitan line, which operates at higher speeds than the other underground lines, with some non-stop services. Starting at Aldgate, the line is covered through Baker Street, and out to Chesham and Amersham, and then onto the Uxbridge branch. Interesting aspects of the infrastructure and station architecture are seen. The disc concludes with a look at some of the surviving rolling stock and relics of the Metropolitan Railway.



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Running Time: 155-mins (2hr 35min)

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Northern Line Past & Present (108-mins)

Northern Line Past & Present (108-mins)


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In this production, we trace the story of the Northern Line, from the opening of the 'City and South London Railway' in 1890. Using stills and archive film, kindly supplied by London's Transport Museum, we see the CS&L Railway's distinctive rolling stock being pulled by diminutive electric locomotives. The massive task of enlarging the original tunnels, to take standard size tube rolling stock, is featured. The story covers 'The Hampstead Tube', and the various extensions and links that were built to create today's line. The isolated 'Great Northern & City Railway', between Moorgate and Finsbury Park, became part of the Northern Line in 1939, and is seen in operation in its latter days.


The wide variety of rolling stock that has operated on the line is seen, together with 1995 stock under construction at the Alstom factory in Birmingham. The remainder of the programme gives detailed coverage of the present day scene, including interesting aspects of infrastructure and station architecture.



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Running Time: 109-mins (1hr 49min)

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Oporto's Trams Past & Present

Oporto's Trams Past & Present


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In this volume, we trace the history of Oporto’s first generation tramway, up until its closure in 1996, using extensive archive sound film shot in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Some of the earlier tram routes went over to trolleybuses from 1959, including some

double deckers, and these are also featured.


Disc 1

The centenary of electric trams was celebrated in 1995 when crowds turned out to see former mule tram number 22 re-enact the original run from Carmo to Massarelos. During the celebrations a number of restored museum trams gave free rides between Carmo and Boavista which are seen in action. A number of Oporto trams came to Britain. Bogie car 273 is seen in operation at the National tramway Museum, Crich, and 2-axle car 196 at the Beamish Museum.


Disc 2 - Duration 47 minutes

In part 2 we see trams operating on the three heritage routes, as well as the short lived Tourist route T. We also visit the impressive tram museum at Massarelos, where there are examples of many of the different types that graced the city’s streets.

Creation of the heritage routes involved laying new tracks in parts of the city that had not seen trams for many years, and relocating tracks along the historic waterfront onto a reservation.


We also visit the impressive Light Rail network, which has grown to 67 km with 80 stations. Branded as Metro do Porto, it currently has six lines, all of which intersect at Trindade. The most impressive feature is where it crosses the river Douro on the

upper deck of the Dom Luis II bridge.



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Piccadilly Line Past & Present

Piccadilly Line Past & Present


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This DVD tell the story of the Piccadilly Line, from its opening in 1906 up to the present day. Fascinating archive film - courtesy London's Transport Museum - shows 'Gate Stock' in operation, and the building of the 1930's extensions to Cockfosters, Northfields and South Harrow. A cab ride on a District Line train between West Kensington and Northfields shows the rebuilding of Hammersmith and Chiswick Park stations in the early 1930's, and Northfields depot is shown under construction.


The period when the line was operated by '1938' and '1959 Tube Stock' is covered, including operation on the Heathrow extension. The last day of operation on the Aldwych branch is covered, including a cab ride, and tours with the 'Starlight Express' and 1959 Stock Heritage Train. The 'United Airlines' advertising train and refurbishment of the '1973 Stock' are also covered.


The second part of the DVD is devoted to a detailed look at the operation of the line today, including trains, track layouts, and station architecture.



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Running Time: 63-mins (1hr 3min)

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Routemaster Memories

Routemaster Memories


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In this DVD, we see Routemaster operations in London since 1974, featuring many well known central locations, and reminding us of the days when the Routemaster was king.


We open with scenes of the 50th anniversary gathering in Finsbury Park. Other special events included are the Queen's Silver Jubilee and Omnibus 150 parades.


The shortlived 'Shoplinker' service, the last day of the British Airways service from the West London Air Terminal, Aldenham Works, and the Chiswick skid-pan and 1983 open day parade are also featured.


Two RM's went to China in 1984, including RM1288, which was rebuilt with an offside platform. They are shown arriving in Hong Kong, and RM1288 is seen operating in Guangzhou. During the 1980's, many vehicles were sold for use in other cities in Britain, and some of these are seen in service in Glasgow, Perth, Carlisle, Blackpool and Hull. Many inevitably went for scrap.


The later part of this video deals with operation by 'London Buses Ltd' and its subsidiaries, as well as post privatisatio



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Running Time: 62-mins (1hr 2min)

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Steam Returns to the Underground

Steam Returns to the Underground


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After many years, Steam Specials returned to the London Underground in 2013, when the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world’s first underground railway between Paddington and Farringdon was celebrated. Special trains ran on two Sundays in January. These were hauled by Metropolitan Railway steam locomotive number 1, at one end, and former Metropolitan Railway electric locomotive number 12, "Sarah Siddons" at the other.


Met 1, in light steam, was also featured at the April 2013 Acton Depot Open Days with the Festiniog Railway’s locomotive "Prince" in action.


In May, steam specials ran between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Amersham, this time the motive power consisted of Met 1, Pannier Tank 9466, and Prairie L150 plus no less than three class 20 diesels.


To conclude the 2013 events, steam ran between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Uxbridge on the 8th of December, to celebrate the opening of the present Uxbridge terminus in 1938. Prairie locomotive L150 provided the motive power on this occasion.


In 2014 two steam events were staged. On two Saturdays in August, the Centenary of the Hammersmith & City Line was celebrated with a series of steam hauled shuttles between Moorgate and Hammersmith using locomotive Met 1. Later in August, Met 1 and Prairie L150 ran between Rickmansworth and Chesham, to commemorate 125 years since the opening of the branch.


This production features all these events filmed in a wide variety of locations



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Filmed by/when: John Laker
Narrated by: Paul Ross
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R

Running Time: 71-mins (1hr 11min)

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Scotrail Memories 1988

Scotrail Memories 1988


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The footage used in this DVD was filmed in 1988 during a visit to the Scottish Highlands, when most passenger trains were in the hands of class 37 locomotives.


It starts with scenes of activity at Glasgow Central, before moving to Glasgow Queen Street, terminus for trains on the West Highland line. An interesting variety of locomotives is seen, including some Class 26’s. Next we follow the West Highland line, initially visiting Dumbarton Central and Helensburgh Central, before following the line to a number of other locations, including Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet and Crianlarich. Visits are made to Oban and Fort William. Steam between Fort William and Mallaig is extensively featured, hauled by locomotive 2005. A class 20 is seen shunting at Fort William, as well as the Royal Scotsman excursion train and the overnight sleeper.


The scene then moves to Kyle of Lochalsh and then on to Dingwall. A journey is made from there to Thurso and back behind a class 37, including scenes of the train splitting at Georgemas Junction. The story continues with busy scenes at Inverness - including freight movements - the Strathspey Railway, and then along the Highland line to view movements at Perth.


From Perth the scene moves south to the Bo’ness & Kinnneil Railway, where an ex-Caledonian tank loco was in action. Next the Forth Bridge and finally activity at Edinburgh Waverley, including push pull operation on the Glasgow shuttle. These trains comprised class 47’s in conjunction with Mark 3 coaches and driving van trailers.




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Filmed by/when: Photography by John Laker & Tony Ballantyne
Narrated by: David Powell
First published on DVD: 1988
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Running Time: 71-mins (1hr 11min)

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Southern Region Memories

Southern Region Memories


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This volume evokes memories of British Rail Southern Region in the 1970's and 80's, prior to the creation of Network Southeast. The opening scenes, near Wimbledon, capture the change from green to blue livery, when some of the old Southern Railway stock was still in service. The ubiquitous slam-door suburban 4 sub and 4 EPB EMU's feature prominently, along with the 2 HAP's at such locations as Victoria, Clapham Junction, Vauxhall, Waterloo and London Bridge, as well as further into the London suburbs. Victoria, Cannon Street and Charing Cross stations are seen as they appeared before they were rafted over for property development. There is also a brief look at the former Holborn Viaduct terminus.


This programme also shows scenes of the narrow profile 'Hastings' diesels, and class 73 electro diesels. Outer suburban rolling stock is covered, including scenes at Bournemouth, before the line to Weymouth was electrified, when class 33 diesel locos took over for the last part of the journey. Push-pull operation to Olympia with class 33 locos is covered, as well as glimpses of Dover Marine and the Folkstone Harbour branch.


Finally, the green preserved 4 sub and 2 BIL units are seen in operation during the Cannon Street open day in 1986.



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Running Time: 72-mins (1hr 12min)

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Still Steaming in the South East

Still Steaming in the South East


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Filmed in high-definition in 2007, we take a look at four railways in the South East which ARE 'Still Steaming'.


We visit the 'Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway' during the week prior to its 80th birthday. Four steam locos and a diesel are seen in operation over various parts of the line, and we see an unusual non-stop special, which operated daily that week as part of the celebrations.


We visit the 'Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway' on 'Father's Day' 2007. We explore the line, courtesy of steam loco number 740, built in 1907 for the Matheran Light Railway in India, and diesel-hydraulic loco 'Beaudesert', built specially for the railway in 1999, using parts from a former 900mm gauge Simplex loco, which was used during the construction of the Channel Tunnel. Vertical-boilered loco 'Chaloner' is also seen in steam.


The 'Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway' is almost unique amongst preserved railways, in that it operates using original rolling stock, hauled by original locos, over part of its original track. We see manoevres at both ends of the line, as well as on-route.*


Finally, we pay a visit to the 'Mid Hants Railway' during the 30th Anniversary celebrations of its re-opening between Alresford and Ropley. Two locos were in steam, Merchant Navy Class number 35005 'Canadian Pacific', and Standard Class Five number 73096. We see them both in operation on this busy spring Saturday in 2007.




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First published on DVD: 2007
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R
Origination: HD Video

Running Time: 68-mins (1hr 8min)

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