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Narrow Gauge at Work No. 1 - Kaolin by Rail (53 mins)

Narrow Gauge at Work No. 1 - Kaolin by Rail (53 mins)


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The railway centred at Mugeln, transporting kaolin from Kemmlitz to Oschatz, had survived through the downfall of the iron curtain, and fulfilled a similar function to a Lokalbahn. Kaolin and coal freight services formed the backbone of the railway's economy, but since the mid 1990s school passenger services and (outside the remit of this video) preserved steam services also run. A small, but interesting collection of locomotives was used to operate the line. Sachsen Meyer 0-4-4-0 steam locos, the more recently acquired class 2091 Austrian diesel, the Polish 0-6-0 Lyd2, and an East German built V10C. Both steam and diesel locos are seen working freight and mixed freight services on the railway. A brief history of the line is portrayed with route maps and track plans

of the major stations are also included. The footage was taken in 1997, and 1998, with additional non-digital sequences from 1992.


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Narrow Gauge at Work No. 2 - Industrial Romania (55 mins)

Narrow Gauge at Work No. 2 - Industrial Romania  (55 mins)


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A video about narrow gauge railways in Romania it may be, but it does not feature the usual forestry railways. This is a video about other industries in Romania that used narrow gauge railways in 1998, and in some instances still do in 2005. In some of the locations, it may have been the first time that the railways had been filmed, or even visited by western enthusiasts.

The video was filmed mainly in 1998, and the footage is supplimented by some older non digital clips from 1993. There are a total of 7 lines seen at work. Mostly 760mm gauge, but other gauges such as 700mm, and 790mm are also represented. The L45H class hydraulic BoBo diesel has become the mainstay of the motive power in the country, but we do see a couple of locations that still use Resita steam locos, and one or two other types of loco. In addition to the operating railways seen, there are numerous other items of railway interest throughout the video.


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Narrow Gauge at Work No. 3 - Central Germany (59 mins)

Narrow Gauge at Work No. 3 - Central Germany (59 mins)


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This is the first of 5 Narrow Gauge at work videos dedicated to the 'feldbahn' railways of Germany. Each video covers an area; North, West, Central, South, and East, and the series covers a total of 40 to 50 industrial narrow gauge railways still operating since 1997, and in many cases still running into the year 2000.

This video focusing on the central region of Germany, mostly covers railways bounded by the triangle of Osnabruck, Bremen, and Hannover, as there is very little narrow gauge activity south of this region now. The footage was taken in 1997, and 1999. There is also a small amount of non digital footage from 1995, and 1996 included.

In this video most of the locomotives seen are from the firms of Diema and Schöma, and cover mostly peat lines, with a couple of exceptions. Working footage of the following is seen; Torfwek Drebber, Torfwerk Wübbeler, Torfwerk Haspkamp Lohne, Torf und Humus werk Uchte, Torfwerk Zubrägel, Torfwerk Gramann, Freistatt Torfwerk, Erdenwerk Wietinghausen, Dachziegelwerk Meyer-Holsen, plus several other locations.


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Narrow Gauge at Work No. 4 - South Germany (59 mins)

Narrow Gauge at Work No. 4 - South Germany (59 mins)


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This is the second in the series of 'Feldbahnen' videos, covering 5 areas of Germany; North, West, Central, South, and East, and the series covers a total of 40 to 50 industrial narrow gauge railways still operating since 1997, and in many cases still running into the year 2000.

11 sites in the far south of the country are featured in this production. Torfwerk Haidgau, and Torfwerk Kneer have been closed for several years, but the video shows that there is still much evidence of the previous railways in both locations.

A visit to Torfwerk Eulenau in May 2000, shows the Diema and the elderly O&K loco on tracklifting duties, and the site closed a couple of weeks later. Dachziegelwerk Möding was due for closure in 2001, and the Schöma and Gmeinder locos are seen at work on footage from 1997. Torfwerk Fielnbach is worked spasmodically, and a Schöma loco is filmed coming back with a loaded train. Along the river Inn there are numerous hydroelectric schemes with small raiways of various gauges. Permission was obtained to film in Wasserburg and Nussdorf, and the Diema at Nussdorf is seen working. Torfwerk Ainring is filmed working with its small fleet of mines type Deutz locos. The overhead electric line at Keifersfelden serving the concrete works uses the ex brown coal locos, one of which is in use in the video. The small torfwerk at Wielhiem is seen but the railway here is barely used any more. The extensive railway of Torfwerk Raubling uses mainly Diema locos which closes the video.


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Narrow Gauge at Work No. 5 - North Germany (60 mins)

Narrow Gauge at Work No. 5 - North Germany (60 mins)


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This is the third in the series of 'Feldbahnen' videos, covering 5 areas of Germany; North, West, Central, South, and East. The series covers a total of 40 to 50 industrial narrow gauge railways still operating since 1997, and in many cases still running into the year 2005.

To start the video, the Schöma, Diema and Gemeinder locos of Berumerfehn are seen at work. Brief scenes are seen at the abandonned peatworks at Heinschenwalde, Wiesmoor and Mullberg. Moving to the peatworks at Brockzetel, this works was operational when visited but no rail traffic was filmed, and the works closed down a short time after the visit. Operating footage of the picturesque railway at Klenkendorf is featured with two of the Diema locos dating back to the 1930s. Brief visits are paid to two railways previously linked together at Hagen, a peatworks and a brickworks. At Westerholt another brickworks uses a 600mm gauge line connecting a small network of clay pits and the video follows trips to a couple of the pits. Two coastal railways are seen with non operatinal footage at Dagebüll and short footage at Cecilienkoog. The now closed peat railway at Stapelermoor is seen working, using double flanged rolling stock. it had several very old Schöma and Gmeinder locos. Friedrich Meiners have another site at Gnarrenburg. This is the largest railway featured, and operations are seen on the tipping station out on the edge of the moors with an O&K loco in use as well as several Diemas.


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Narrow Gauge at Work No. 6 - West Germany (59-mins)

Narrow Gauge at Work No. 6 - West Germany (59-mins)


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This is the fourth in the series of 'Feldbahnen' videos, covering 5 areas of Germany; North, West, Central, South, and East. The whole series covers a total of 40 to 50 industrial narrow gauge railways filmed since 1997 up to 2003.

The firms seen on this production include the following; Ziegelwerk Iking at Stadtlohne, Circel Kalksandsteinwerk near Haltern, Klasmann Torfwerk at Gross Heseper Moor, Grientsveen Torfstreu at Schöningsdorf, Emslandische Baustoffwerke at Surwold, Röben Idunahall in Schermbeck, and Torfwerk Weener at Esterwegen. Various other sites are also seen briefly including peat railways on the banks of the Küsten Kanal.


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Narrow Gauge at Work No. 7 - Survivors of the DDR (60 mins)

Narrow Gauge at Work No. 7 - Survivors of the DDR (60 mins)


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This is the fifth in the series of 'Feldbahnen' videos, covering 5 areas of Germany; North, West, Central, South, and East. The series covers a total of 40 to 50 industrial narrow gauge railways still operating since 1997, and in many cases were still running into the year 2005.

This updated version has additional footage added from earlier 'archive' material from 1992 to 1995. A wide range of locos typical of the former East Germany are seen in the production; LKM classes NS1, NS3, NS2f, NS2h, and V10C. Also various battery and overhead electic locos from LEW and others. BN15 and BN30 Czech built locos and Romanian Unio locos are also seen working.


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Narrow Gauge at Work No. 8 - Peat Railways in England (59 mins)

Narrow Gauge at Work No. 8 - Peat Railways in England (59 mins)


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By the start of 2001, there were just 4 peat railways used for the transport of peat in England. A further railway ceased operation in the 1999-2000 season at Solway Moss, and the railway at Joseph Metcalf LTD, had been the previous casualty in 1998.

All six of these sites are seen operating in this DVD. All the railways were filmed in digital video with the exception of Solway Moss, which was filmed in Hi8. The video forms a full record of all the narrow gauge railways used in the peat industry in England since 1997.


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Narrow Gauge at Work No. 9 - Railways of Bord da Mona (59 mins)

Narrow Gauge at Work No. 9 - Railways of Bord da Mona (59 mins)


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The video covers a variety of narrow gauge lines operated by Bord na Mona, to give a representative cross section of the railways still operating.

There has been a video of the Bord na Mona railways available commercially; 'The Peat Railways of Ireland', and is produced by Midland Publishing. This new production 'Railways of Bord na Mona' mostly focuses on different systems than previously documented on the Midland Publishing video.

Power Stations and Briquette Factories, sod peat and milled peat production, operating and disused lines, are all represented. Locos by Hunslet, Ruston, Bord na Mona, Gleismac, and Deutz are all seen in operation. Maps put the location of these railways into context, with track formations at most of the locations seen.

Horticultural peat production is seen at Kilberry and Ballivor, and Sod peat production for heating at Templetouhy. There are three huge networks still operating, the combined network of Blackwater and Boora, Moundillon, and Derrygreenagh. The system at Derrygreenagh is focussed on, with visits to the Briquette Factory, Rhode Power Station and the new power station, loco workshops, etc. Brief views of Kinngad are seen, and operations around the power station at Lanesborough. Also the extensive system around the Littleton Briquette Factory is seen.


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Narrow Gauge at Work No.10 - Narrow Gauge & the PKP (59 mins)

Narrow Gauge at Work No.10 - Narrow Gauge & the PKP (59 mins)


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Poland had a rich diversity of narrow gauge railways, whether the lines were PKP state operated, or smaller industrial railways connected with the building industry or peat industry. The PKP railways fell into rapid decline as funding for many of the lines was withdrawn.

This video visits a cross section of narrow gauge railways which were still operating at the time of production, providing both freight services, and passenger services.

At Rogow, the daily passenger services barely survive, being run with a single coach plus baggage van, with no passengers the day it was filmed. At Smigiel, both freight and passenger trains are seen, with the Romanian railcars and the Lxd2 BoBo diesels. Although services finished at Opalenica few years ago, all the railway is still in place, and some non digital footage of the railway is seen when it was working. The 750mm gauge railway centred on Zbiersk survived by virtue of the sugar factory which does not have a standard gauge connection. Although at this stage beet was not brought in by rail anymore the railway was still used to supply coal, and return the unrefined sugar, using the Lxd2 diesels. A brief visit is made to Sroda using non -digital footage from a couple of years ago, before moving on to Pleszew with the shotest PKP line which operated over dual gauge track, using a Lyd1 0-6-0 diesel loco and Rumanian railcars. Finally some services are seem on the Naleczow line in the south east with an Lxd2 on an excursion, and on a coal train, with a brief visit to the sugar factory with the Lyd2 loco.


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Narrow Gauge at Work No.11 - Across the Channel (59 mins)

Narrow Gauge at Work No.11 - Across the Channel (59 mins)


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Within a short drive from the French coast there were several small narrow gauge railways mainly associated with the building industry. This video captures 7 of these railways, with several still hard at work when this DVD was produced.

There is a wide variety of locomotive builders represented, with Gmeinder, rebuilt Rustons, Plymouth, Moes, Alsthom, Whitcomb and Jung motive power seen working.

Additional footage has also been added of the French brickworks that operates railways of 2 gauges, Briqueterie Chimot. This location still operates today.


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Narrow Gauge at Work No.12 - Hungarian Narrow Gauge in Focus Part 1(55 mins)

Narrow Gauge at Work No.12 - Hungarian Narrow Gauge in Focus Part 1(55 mins)


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A Video looking at variety of Hungarian narrow gauge railways, a state operated MAV line, some AEV forestry lines, and some industrial narrow gauge lines.

The state railways (MAV) own several narrow gauge railways and the line at Kecskemét is one of these. One of the infrequent trains hauled by the MK48 locos is followed to Kiskorös. An unusual railway is seen at the Tömörkény fish farm using standard C50 locos. Csömödér is the base for the most active of the current forestry railways with both passenger and timber traffic present. Both types of operation using the C50 locos are recorded. The cameras move to nearby Lenti before visiting the new connection that now joins these systems together to form the largest narrow gauge network in the country. At Sentes a small rustic brickworks still relies on an internal narrow gauge railway for moving bricks about with small 4w locomotives. Lastly the forestry system at Kismaros is visited, and a trip is taken up to Királyrét with one of the MK48 locos.


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