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MR Vol. 1: York 1959-1968 (31-mins)

MR Vol. 1: York 1959-1968 (31-mins)


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Enjoy the atmosphere of a busy railway centre in the 1960s, with over 50 steam-hauled and 15 diesel-hauled trains shown and freight workings threading through the heavy holiday traffic. Dwindling freight traffic and ‘Block’ trains brought about the demise of York's shunting yards, built originally built to re-marshall the large volumes of freight using the East Coast Mainline. Recorded between 1959 and 1968 this video reflectes the decline of the steam locomotive and the emergence of diesel traction.




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MR Vol. 2: Pilmoor 1961-1968 (50-mins)

MR Vol. 2: Pilmoor 1961-1968 (50-mins)


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Situated 14 miles north of York, on the East Coast Main Line, Pilmoor station closed in 1950 and its platforms demolished, allowing the laying of a new southbound slow line, quadrupling the mainline from York to Northallerton. This programme records the passage of over 100 trains including 65 named locomotives, the largest weight-carrying truck ever built in this country, a permanent way crane at work and a Class A4 engine hauling three condemned Class A3 locomotives, demonstrating the change from steam to diesel power on the East Coast Main Line in the 1960s.




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MR Vol. 3: Carlisle 1961-1965 (50-mins)

MR Vol. 3: Carlisle 1961-1965 (50-mins)


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A major rail centre on the West Coast Main Line, the city was a fascinating place in the early sixties and this video shows the scene before the diesels arrived in force. The programme features extensive coverage of the station and MPDs together and, in addition, there are journeys on the Silloth and Langholm branches. During this 60-minute programme over 160 engines are featured - over half of them named! As the film progresses the numerous ex-LMS and LNER locomotive classes give way to BR ‘Standard’ classes in the final run-down of steam traction.




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MR Vol. 4: Darlington 1961-1967 (55-mins)

MR Vol. 4: Darlington 1961-1967 (55-mins)


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Darlington works built and repaired locomotives from 1863 to 1966, from small tanks to large pacifics. Most locos featured in this video were built or repaired in North Road Works and run in from Darlington shed before returning home. Shown hard at work on journeys they performed for over half a century are J27's and Q6's. Also featured are K1's and WD's with 9F's on the Consett iron ore trains. After looking at A1's, A3's, A4's, V2's and B1's etc. on shed and in the works yard, we ride on the Richmond and Catterick Camp branches then watch steam in action as we move across country to Billingham. Boarding a DMU we travel up the coast through Hartlepool and Sunderland to watch the numerous workings from South Dock shed. Leaving the coast line we look at Washington and the iron ore traffic and return to Darlington via Penshaw. 55-mins of colour plus a black and white sequence taken inside Darlington Works.




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MR Vol. 5: Shrewsbury 1962-1967 (55-mins)

MR Vol. 5: Shrewsbury 1962-1967 (55-mins)


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he West Midlands in the early 1960s was a hive of activity with Stourbridge Junction yards handling large tonnage's of freight both into an out of the Birmingham area. To the northwest, Shrewsbury handled a constant flow of passenger traffic with the Western region running London to Birkenhead services, plus through trains to the Cambrian coast. In addition, routes had to be found for north/south expresses, local branch trains and stopping trains. The steelworks at Brymbo is visited en route way to Chester, where heavy North Wales Coast holiday traffic compteted with freight workings for a path through the station.




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MR Vol. 6: Carnforth 1961-1968 (55-mins)

MR Vol. 6: Carnforth 1961-1968 (55-mins)


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The WCML junction at Carnforth, to the North of Lancaster, handled over 150 passenger, parcels and empty stock workings plus 80 freight workings in a normal day in the 1960s and freights were routed into the extensive loops to allow faster trains to overtake. This programme shows the continuous freight activity that occurred in the miles of sidings, plus express passenger and fully braked goods trains passing through Carnforth. The WCML from Preston to Carnforth in the early 1960s is also featured, in addition to local services from Barrow and Windermere plus scenes at Morecambe, Heysham and Wennington.




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MR Vol. 7: County Durham 1961-1967 (55-mins)

MR Vol. 7:  County Durham 1961-1967 (55-mins)


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Co. Durham's prosperity and the growth of it's rail network was due to the counties once extensive coalfields with many mines still open until the late 1960s, their rail traffic operated by Class J27s, Q6s and WDs steam locomotives. In addition, superb film taken at a variety of locations shows National Coal Board locomotives hard at work. Continuing the coastal journey from Billington to Newcastle - started in Volume 4, 'Darlington'- the River Tyne is crossed before moving South on the ECML. A narrow gauge clay-pit railway locomotive being delivered behind a traction engine is featured, together with Durham's most Westerly branchline - Weardale.




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MR Vol. 8: Birmingham & The West Midlands Part 1 1962-1967 (55-mins)

MR Vol. 8: Birmingham & The West Midlands Part 1 1962-1967 (55-mins)


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The railway map of Birmingham and the west Midlands was extremely complicated with the Midland, London North Western and Great Western railways competing for traffic. This video looks at the area's disappearing rail network of the 1960s, from the Lickey Incline in the south to the Trent Valley line in the north and from Hatton in the east to Oxley in the west. The main line diesel had not invaded these areas in 1963, so ex-LMS and GWR hard at work handling the wide variety of trains for which they had been designed, from long distance freights to branchline pickup goods.




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MR Vol. 9: Leeds 1962-1967 (55-mins)

MR Vol. 9: Leeds 1962-1967 (55-mins)


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The video starts with views of Leeds City and Wellington Station, together with nearby Neville Hill MPD before heading north to Shipley, Keighley and Skipton, using the former Midland Railway main line and en route, Bradford's Manningham shed and Forster Square station are seen. The Grassington branch, plus Bolton abbey and Ilkley stations are featured, complemented by a trip from Ilkley to Bradford in 1965. Together with film of Skipton's extensive yards and depot, this video is a vivid reminder of the immense traffic that used the Midland Railway's route to Carlisle.




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MR Vol.10: Great Central Railway Part 1 - Sheffield to Nottingham (55 mins)

MR Vol.10: Great Central Railway Part 1 - Sheffield to Nottingham (55 mins)


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This video features the northern section of the former G.C. main line from Sheffield to London, which closed to through traffic in 1966. After viewing the 1500dc electrified system at Oughtibridge and Sheffield (Victoria), the steel city is left behind, with views at Langwith Jct. Shirebrook and Sutton-in-Ashfield before arrival at Nottingham (Victoria) station, with Class B1s, O4s, 8Fs, Bl.5s in evidence. Joining another service from Sheffield, Nottingham is reached via the Chesterfield loop, Heath Jct., Annesley, Linby and Bulwell.




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MR Vol.11: Doncaster 1959-1965 (55 mins)

MR Vol.11: Doncaster 1959-1965 (55 mins)


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You liked 'Pacifics'? then Doncaster was the place to be! In addition to A1s, A2s, A3s and the legendary A4s, Britannias, Bullied 'Pacifics' and even an ex-LMS 'Coronation’ make an appearance. Doncaster's locomotive works - 'The Plant' and the nearby shed are visited with a wide variety of classes shown including B1s, K1s, J50s, N2s, O1s, O4s, V2s, WDs, BR 'Standards' and early diesels. Together with lineside footage at Rossington, Hatfield and Retford this programme is a fascinating reminder of East Coast operations in the 1960s.




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MR Vol.12: Hull 1957-1968 (55-mins)

MR Vol.12: Hull 1957-1968 (55-mins)


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In 1960, there were seven different rail routes radiating from Hull, then a prosperous port, on the north bank of the River Humber. This programme, based primarily on film taken by local cameramen, shows the once extensive rail network of the 1960s with large numbers of freight and passenger workings - still mostly steam-operated. The city’s trolley buses are featured together with deep-sea trawlers, Humber paddle-wheel ferries, busy docks, a local rugby match and the railway route to Withernsea.




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MR Vol.13: Brake Van Trip to Whitby 1962-1966 (55-mins)

MR Vol.13: Brake Van Trip to Whitby 1962-1966 (55-mins)


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In this programme, some of North Yorkshire's long lost branch lines are viewed with the main feature being a ride on the daily pickup goods train from Malton to Whitby on a glorious winters day. We begin by following a Class J27 freight locomotive from Malton to Kirkbymoorside via Gilling and a look at the line from Pilmoor to Gilling on the East Coast Main Line is shown, plus a B1 Class Loco on a special passenger train at Coxwold. Joining the pickup goods once more at Malton, on this occasion hauked by a Class B1 locomotive, we travel on a glorious winter's day to Whitby, over what is now the North Yorks Moors Railway. The final part of the video features a ride on a DMU stopping train from Whitby to Scarborough down the much-missed coast line through Robin Hoods bay. A look at passenger and freight operations in Scarborough conludes the programme. Filmed between 1962 and 1966.




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MR Vol.14: Great Central Railway Part 2 - Nottingham to Marylebone (55-mins)

MR Vol.14: Great Central Railway Part 2 - Nottingham to Marylebone (55-mins)


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In this second GC video, we look at Staveley GC engine shed and ride on an O4 Class loco and another O4 is filmed shunting the exchange sidings at Heath.

After looking at trains at Wilford Brickyard we join 4472 "Flying Scotsman" at Nottingham Victoria on 15th June 1963 and travel down the London Extension to Marylebone, pausing to look at passing traffic at Ruddington, Leicester, Rugby and Woodford Halse.

After looking around Marylebone we commence our journey home behind Flying Scotsman although the journey to Nottingham Victoria is completed behind a Stanier Black 5 on a semi-fast and on arrival at Nottingham some of the "last day" workings are shown.

Filmed and recorded between 1962 and 1966.




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MR Vol.15: Hellifield (55 mins)

MR Vol.15: Hellifield (55 mins)


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Hellifield Station and Junction, 36 miles from Leeds on the Midland Route North to Carlisle, was still a very busy place in the 1950's. Anglo-Scottish expresses used the Settle & Carlisle route. Boat trains ran to and from Heysham and passenger services departed to and terminated from Carlisle, Skipton and Blackburn. We depart from Skipton behind a Holbeck Jubilee travelling to Hellifield, pausing to look at traffic at Gargrave and Bell Busk stations. Both passenger and freight trains were numerous and varied as was the Motive Power. Pickups, beer trains, excursions, relief trains, Army Specials, block coal trains and Freightliners all feature in this video. From A3, Duchesses and Britannias to lowly 2P 4-4-0 passenger engines, ex-Midland 4F 0-6-0's to BR Standard 9F 2-10-0's and Class 4 Tank Locos there was always something different to be seen. Class 45 Peaks, 25's, 40's and 50's are seen together with some of the 75 daily passenger workings and numerous movements to and from the shed combine to make this a programme of non-stop action. Filmed and recorded between 1959 and 1968. All colour, correct sound.




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MR Vol.16: Market Weighton 1960-1968 (57-mins)

MR Vol.16: Market Weighton 1960-1968 (57-mins)


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Market Weighton, East Yorkshire is a collection of memories in an area bounded by York, Bridlington, Driffield and Beverley. The crossing point of two railway lines, the Selby to Driffield and the York to Hull, the main freight from Market Weighton was agricultural, with some scrap metal products. Although all York's platforms were still very busy, Dr. Beeching's cuts had begun to bite, as we watch the closure of the lines, lifting of the tracks and demolition of the stations. However the coast line to Bridlington was and is still very busy and we also look at Beverley Station's famed gardens and watch traffic at North Bar. THe local pickup goods train is seen in its heyday, with the closure notices and the last day's wreath bringing the prgramme to a close. Locos seen include Class 5s, Jubilees, K1s, Ivatt 2-6-0s, Class 25s, 40s and 47s, together with various classes of diesel multiple units. Filmed between 1960 and 1968.




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MR Vol.17: North Durham (55-mins)

MR Vol.17: North Durham (55-mins)


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his video looks at the are south of the River Tyne, the programme starting with a trip on the ECML in the cab of a Class V2, hauling freight from York to Newcastle's Tyne Yard. At Gateshead, freight trains to and from Dunston cross the King Edward Bridge en route to Tyne Dock and Sunderland, followed by scenes at Felling Station, Bolden Station and Colliery, Pontop Crossing and Tyne Dock shed with views of numerous freight workings. The famous iron ore workings to Consett are shown in detail plus unique film taken in 1957 of a Class T1 4-8-0 tank loco rescuing a stalled freight




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MR Vol.18: Retford 1962-1966 (54-mins)

MR Vol.18: Retford 1962-1966 (54-mins)


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On the ECML, twenty miles south of Doncaster, lies the small market town of Retford, which until the 1960s was an important rail junction. The ECML was crossed by a freight route linking Sheffield and the West Riding of Yorkshire to East Anglia and the port of Harwich. Thrumpton (GC) and Retford (GN) engine sheds are featured together with the building of the Retford 'diveunder'. Other locations shown are Gainsborough, Doncaster depot and works plus a journey on a steam hauled stopping train from Retford to Sheffield, where the city’s Victoria station is viewed.




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MR Vol.19: City of Leeds 1961-1967 (57-mins)

MR Vol.19: City of Leeds 1961-1967 (57-mins)


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At one time, Leeds had three large stations, Central, Wellington and City, many suburban stations and goods depots, plus five engine sheds! In 1962, Leeds Central still handled extensive passenger services with freight handled at the adjacent Wellington Street Goods depot, both locations filmed from Holbeck High and Low Level Stations. All five loco sheds are viewed together with scenes at Hunslet Goods Depot plus intensive traffic through the numerous junctions in and around Holbeck.




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MR Vol.20: York & District 1958-1968 (55-mins)

MR Vol.20: York & District 1958-1968 (55-mins)


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This programme complements Marsden Rail No 1, but contains no repeat film from the earlier video. In addition to the regular ECML traffic, more unusual traffic in around York is viewed such as the sugar beet factory locomotive at Poppleton and the arrival of Billy Smarts Circus at Holgate cattle dock! Filmed locations include the loco sheds and workshop, Leeman Road Engineers Yard, Skelton New Yard, the former excursion platforms south of the station where immense volumes of traffic passed plus scenes at nearby Church Fenton.




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MR Vol.21: Birmingham & The West Midlands Part 2 (62 mins)

MR Vol.21: Birmingham & The West Midlands Part 2 (62 mins)


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Opens at Snow Hill station with steam much in evidence before leaving for Stourbridge Jct via Soho & Winson Green, Handsworth and West Smethwick. Scenes at Stourbridge are followed by a return to the industrial Midlands where trolleybuses still occupy the streets of Wolverhampton and Low-Level station is host to Halls, Patriots and Western Diesels. WCML traffic at Lichfield with Duchesses, Jubilees, Britannias plus blue electrics and LMS diesel 10001. Also scenes at Codsall, Shifnal, Shrewsbury, Lickey Incline, Bromsgrove plus the push-pull service to Stourbridge Town.




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MR Vol.22: Lickey Incline & Gloucester Area 1960-1968 (55 mins)

MR Vol.22: Lickey Incline & Gloucester Area 1960-1968 (55 mins)


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The most famous gradient in England - over 2 miles at 1 in 37.5 - and lying between Birmingham and Gloucester, it posed major operating difficulties during the steam era when banking of northbound trains was required. The programme begins at Stourbridge with a steam-hauled 'Carpet Special' in the station, plus views of the climb from the Town Goods Yard to the junction; followed by scenes at Kidderminster, with gravity-shunting in the extensive yards. At Worcester, the practice of combining the Hereford and Worcester portions of Paddington expresses is seen and at Ashchurch Junction main line expresses speed through as the Tewkesbury Branch train engine, a Midland Railway 3F, shunts its solitary coach. The Lickey Incline poses few challenges to modern diesel traction, but in this programme - filmed between 1960 and 1966 - the most modern locomotives seen are British Railways Type 3 and 4 diesel designs! However, the banking of all but the lightest of trains is why the Lickey Incline was fascinating and a range of steam classes, from the humble Jinty to the mighty 9F, are seen carrying out this arduous work.




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MR Vol.23: Routes around Gloucester 1959-1966 (65-mins)

MR Vol.23: Routes around Gloucester 1959-1966 (65-mins)


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Scenes at Gloucester focus on the wide variety of services at both Eastgate and Central Stations, together with the attendant locomotive depots of Barnwood and Horton Road. A journey to Severn Tunnel Jct. shows the now demolished Severn Rail Bridge and at Severn Tunnel Jct steam and diesel traction is featured, including a SR ‘Z’ class on the shed. Gloucester was also a port and traffic is shown on the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal. In addition to mainline traffic, ex-GWR autotrains are shown in the Golden Valley between Gloucester and Chalford, and railbuses are shown on branchline journeys from Kemble to Cirencester and Tetbury. Finally, a journey to Bristol Temple Meads, with a mixture of ex-GWR and LMS locomotives on view, closes the programme.




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MR Vol.24: Somerset & Dorset (62-mins)

MR Vol.24: Somerset & Dorset (62-mins)


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Starting at Bristol, the programme travels to Bath, the northern terminus of the 72-mile former Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway. After views at Bath Spa and Green Park Stations, and the locomotive depot the line south to Evercreech is followed, and from here the route to Glastonbury and Highbridge is traced, plus views at Wells and Witham. Rejoining the main line, Templecombe Jct. follows, where the S&D passed under the LSWR London to Exeter route, and the complex everyday shunting movements between the Upper and Lower Stations are shown. Following the line south, scenes at Poole, Parkstone and Branksome precede arrival at Bournemouth, and here, film of the West and Central Stations, together with the former L&SWR loco depot is complimented by street views that show the once-extensive trolley bus system.




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MR Vol.25: Southern Region Steam Part 1 (65-mins)

MR Vol.25: Southern Region Steam Part 1 (65-mins)


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For many years Londoners flocked to Waterloo Station at the start of their annual holidays and for a large number their ultimate destination was the Devon and North Cornwall coast. Opened by the London and South Western railway in 1860, the route to Exeter and Plymouth soon grew in popularity, culminating in the introduction of the "Atlantic Coast Express". Until its demise in 1964, the "ACE" was the principal express to the South West and this DVD follows the route of this famous train.

Views at Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction and Nine Elms Depot feature a wide variety of steam classes before the city is left behind - appropriately on the footplate of "Merchant Navy" No.35021 heading an "ACE" in 1964. After Basingstoke and Salisbury, Templecombe is the next location recorded in detail, with high speed main line action contrasting with the more sedate movements on the adjoining S&D route.

West of Templevombe, Yeovil, Chard Junction and nearby Chard Central are seen before passing Axminster, which is then followed by Seaton Jct. and Sidmouth Jct. Arrival at Exeter, with "Z" class bankers in evidence, is followed by film of "West Counry" Pacifics at Plymouth, the most southerly location in this film.

Finally, the focus falls on now closed lines that served more rural locations with film that includes Bude, Padstow, Halwill Jct. and the Torrington line to Barnstaple. Concluding this production is a fascinating chapter at the Cornish town of Wadebridge, filmed mainly in 1958, with "Beattie" well tank locomotives still hard at work on the Wenford Bridge mineral branch.




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MR Vol.26: East Midlands Steam (63-mins)

MR Vol.26: East Midlands Steam (63-mins)


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On 16 October 1965, the ‘Midland Loco Requiem’ railtour, headed by 43953, one of the last Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0s, left Nuneaton. The tour followed the ex-MR line through Shackerstone and Gresley to Burton-on-Trent, from where it took the freight-only route to Trent Junction. Leaving north from Trent Junction the tour headed for Kirby-in-Ashfield, Mansfield and Staveley, after which it journeyed down the Bolsover and Glapwell Colliery branch. From here it ran via Chesterfield to the Erewash Valley en route to Pye Bridge and Ambergate, where filming of the tour came to an end due to failing light. The programme also features many scenes at Derby and Nottingham, where trolley buses were still an everyday sight. The programme’s focus is on the wide variety of steam classes that still operated as the 1960s unfolded. From tank locos on the rail network that served the breweries of Burton-on-Trent, to BR-built ‘9F’ 2-10-0s on coal trains through the Trent Valley. ‘Black 5s’, ‘4Fs’ ‘8Fs’ and ‘Scots’ also feature in a programme, which is a reminder of the once immense rail traffic that characterised the East Midlands.




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MR Vol.27: Settle & Carlisle 1959-1967 Part 1 (65-mins)

MR Vol.27: Settle & Carlisle 1959-1967 Part 1 (65-mins)


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Film taken between 1963 and 1967 shows vividly the rugged Pennine landscape, together with many of the numerous viaducts and tunnels that gave the S&C its unique appeal. In addition, views of the line's larger stations at Carlisle, Settle and Appleby are shown, plus many of the stations which succumbed to closure in 1970. These include Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ribblehead, Dent, Garsdale, Culgaith and Little Salkeld. At Kirkby Stephen, both the town's West and the former North Eastern Railway East stations feature, together with sequences on the long-closed Stainmore Route from Barnard Castle. Early diesel classes such as 'Peaks', Sulzer Type 2s and diesel railcars are shown, but it is the sight and sounds of the steam locomotive in the form of Black 5s, Jubilees, Britannias, 9Fs, plus the occasional 'Crab', Austerity 2-8-0 and 4F hard at work on passenger and freight at a wide variety of locations between Hellifield and Carlisle that make this programme a fascinating visual record.




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MR Vol.28: Harrogate & District (65-mins)

MR Vol.28: Harrogate & District (65-mins)


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We start at Leeds’s Central Station and after leaving the city, the first views are at Bramhope and Arthington where the now closed line to Otley diverged west at Arthington Jct. Harrogate is eighteen miles from Leeds and in 1964 was a busy rail centre, handling both freight and passenger traffic. Diverging from the Ripon line on the northeast outskirts of Harrogate was the line to York via Knaresborough, and on this route Starbeck and the Boroughbridge branch are featured. North of Harrogate, workings are shown at numerous locations, including Nidd Bridge and Ripley Jct.: most stations between Ripon and Northallerton plus a journey from Ripon to Melmerby Junction and Masham. Steam traction on the routes consisted mainly of ex-LNER classes including A1s, A3s, A4s, B1s and K1s plus diesel types ranging from shunters and DMUs to Type 4s and ‘Deltics’. This transitional period and the later rundown of the lines is captured on film between 1961 and 1967. The programme is a fascinating visual record of routes, some of which have now passed into history.




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MR Vol.29: Southern Region Steam Part 2 (65-mins)

MR Vol.29: Southern Region Steam Part 2 (65-mins)


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Waterloo to Southampton with detailed views of Worting Junction, Guildford & Eastleigh together with a full journey on the now closed line from Christ's Hospital to Guildford. From Southampton, a short ferry journey to the Isle of Wight in the early 1960s forma the start of an in-depth look at the Islands's railway system.




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MR Vol.30: Sheffield & North Derbyshire (77-mins)

MR Vol.30: Sheffield & North Derbyshire (77-mins)


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The programme starts at Sheffield, with film taken at the now-closed Victoria Station between 1932 and 1979 showing a wide variety of steam traction, ranging from Great Central Railway and Great Northern Railway designs through to British Railways ‘Britannia’ Pacifics. The unique 1500dc-electric system that linked Sheffield to Manchester via the Woodhead Route is also featured, with the BR-built electric locomotives shown at various locations on the tortuous line, which closed in 1981. Another electrically-powered transport system could also be found in Sheffield in the 1950s, in the form of the city’s original tram system and a film made in 1958 from Beauchief to the city centre is an interesting reminder of the period.

Sheffield is left behind on board a steam-hauled service in 1964, with a detailed film sequence that traces the 25-mile route from the city’s Midland Station to Chinley in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District. A famous feature of the area’s rail system was the Cromford and High Peak Railway which, together with film of the route from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne, highlights the diversity of rail operation that existed until the closures of the 1960s.

From the rural setting of the Peak District, the programme goes onto feature the industrial town of Chesterfield, where a stud of Midland Railway-built tank locomotives was still active until 1965. Next to be highlighted is the Nottinghamshire town of Worksop, with film taken in the early 1960s showing the scale of the town’s freight and passenger workings.

Finally, a fascinating film made by the British Transport Commission in 1961 shows Sheffield’s outdated rail system and outlines the ambitious plans drawn up for the modernisation of the city.




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MR Vol.31: Yorkshire Byways (70-mins)

MR Vol.31: Yorkshire Byways (70-mins)


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The programme starts in 1962 at Goole, with an ex-Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway 'Pug' at work in the docks and the town's engine shed still home to a large number of steam locomotives. From Goole, the focus moves to Hull, where trolley buses still operated in the city's streets while rail services maintained links with the coastal resorts of Hornsea and Withernsea. Journeys on both these routes are featured.

Moving north to Bridlington, a steam-hauled special working is joined for a journey to Filey, Whitby and Scarborough, where summer excursion traffic from Lancashire and the West Riding was still in the hands of steam traction. From Scarborough, the enthusiasts' special used the coast line to Whitby and it was filmed at a variety of locations on this long-closed route.

Another long-closed route from Whitby is also featured - the thirty-five mile-long line to Pickering and Malton. In addition to scenes on the route as it crosses the North Yorkshire Moors, rare film shows a diesel shunter retrieving wagons at Pickering prior to closure of the line, together with the arrival of the Royal Train at Pickering after the station's closure!

Moving nearer to York, the Derwent Valley Light Railway is shown, together with views of the city centre and the busy East Coast Main Line. In the city's streets, the numerous buses of the former West Yorkshire Road Car Company highlight the intense competition faced by British Railways to retain passengers on its network.

Views of the Clayton West, Holmfirth and Meltham branches are a reminder of the local network that was swept away in the 1960s. Moving west to Halifax, the High Level branch from Holmfield to Pellon and St. Paul's is shown, followed by scenes on the Queensbury route and the Worth Valley branch in pre-preservation days.

The final section includes a journey in 1962 on the line from Wilpshire to Hellifield and, at Hellifield, a variety of scenes reflect the intensity of traffic that used the junction. Moving north on to the Settle and Carlisle route beyond Hellifield, impressive film shows double-headed Class '9Fs' at work, sharing the route with 'Jubilees' from Leeds Holbeck depot in their last years of service.




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MR Vol.32: Kings Cross to York (70-mins)

MR Vol.32: Kings Cross to York (70-mins)


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1940s and 1960s views in King's Cross Station and the 'Top Shed', before leaving London behind 'A3', 60106 'Flying Fox'. Next, Peterborough is featured in the late 1940s and early 1960s, followed by a journey from Grimsby and Spalding to the ECML at Werrington Jct., with 'Britannia' Pacifics hard at work. Numerous ECML locations are shown including Essendine, Stoke Bank and Retford, which is host to the last ex-GC 'J19', on a railtour. At Doncaster, film taken in the 'Plant' in the 1940s shows locomotives under construction and a wide variety of steam and early diesel traction is shown in the station. Finally, fascinating scenes at York filmed between 1931 and 1965 bring to a close this first of a two-part programme featuring the ECML between London and Newcastle in the days of steam.




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MR Vol.33: York to Newcastle (72-mins)

MR Vol.33: York to Newcastle (72-mins)


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This DVD continues the northward journey of Marsden Rail Volume 32 from London’s King’s Cross Station and features the East Coast Main Line, in addition to several branch and secondary lines that served the York to Newcastle route.

The first location is York, with film taken between 1945 and 1965 illustrating why the city held such an attraction for railway enthusiasts. Even in the early 1960s, an immense variety of motive power could be found with expresses headed by ex-LNER ‘Pacifics’, along with numerous steam-operated freight workings. Early diesel types also contribute to the mix of traffic that gave the city’s railways their unique appeal.

Thirty miles from York is Northallerton where the branch to Hawes left the main line at Castle Hill Junction - and many parts of the branch, including Hawes, are featured in the 1960s. At Eryholme Junction, eight further miles north, the branch to Richmond and Catterick left the main line and is shown just before closure.

Next is Darlington, with its two stations, locomotive works and steam depot reflecting the town’s importance as a major rail centre, which was still evident in film taken in the 1960s. A journey on board a DMU from Darlington to Bishop Auckland in 1965 is followed by journeys to Middleton-in-Teesdale, Barnard Castle and Kirkby Stephen over the long lost Stainmore Route.

Continuing north, scenes at Shincliffe on the Leamside Line are followed by film taken at Durham in 1962, with a variety of ‘Pacifics’ and Type 4 diesels competing for ECML workings.

After scenes at Low Fell and Bensham on the approach to Newcastle, Central Station, Gateshead Depot, Manors and Heaton Junction feature, together with trolley buses in the city centre. Once again, film taken in the 1960s shows steam in charge of most workings, from J72 and V3 tank locomotives on empty stock workings to V2s, A1, A3 and A4 ‘Pacifics’ on main line workings.




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MR Vol.34: Steam in the North East (70-mins)

MR Vol.34: Steam in the North East (70-mins)


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Compiled from film taken in the 1950s and ’60s, the programme opens at Darlington before heading to Eaglescliffe, Billingham and the coastal town of Hartlepool, for many years a major centre for exporting coal from the Durham coalfields, and impressive footage shows freight traffic at Hart, Crimdon Viaduct and Castle Eden. Travelling north from Hartlepool, the next location is Sunderland, with its locomotive depot host to freight classes employed to handle traffic from the numerous local coal mines. Footage of the National Coal Board’s busy Lambton Railway is followed by a fascinating film made by the NCB’s Film Unit at Seaham Harbour in the 1950s, featuring the Victorian-era ‘Lewin No. 18’ and vertical-boilered ‘coffeepots’ at work.

Still south of the River Tyne, the next location is Tyne Dock Locomotive Depot and, in addition to film of heavy freight traffic passing the depot, rare 1950s film features a Class T1 4-8-0 in the shed yard. The next location is Newcastle’s Central Station, where ECML workings guaranteed a large number of ex-LNER ‘Pacifics’ entering and leaving the station, many of which were serviced by the nearby Gateshead Depot. Just north of Central Station was Manors Station and Heaton Junction, with views at these locations followed by a journey from Manors to Tynemouth on the former Riverside Branch. North of the Tyne, scenes at Bedlington, Hartley, Woodhorn and North Blyth are reminders of the area’s once immense coal traffic – with Ashington Colliery’s ‘Paddy Trains’ highlighting how rail passengers’ travelling conditions have changed.

From Morpeth, the line west to Scotsgap and Reedsmouth is followed before moving north to the Alnwick Branch, where film taken in June 1966 of a Class 9F in charge of services on the last day of steam operations brings the programme to a close.




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MR Vol.35: On Yorkshire Lines (70-mins) (Released 6th.October 2014)

MR Vol.35: On Yorkshire Lines  (70-mins)  (Released 6th.October 2014)


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The programme features Yorkshire in the 1960s, beginning with views of the East Coast Main Line in and around York, with scenes at the city's busy motive power depot and station. From York, we move to Church Fenton, the junction for routes to Leeds and Sheffield, with a focus on the now vanished Church Fenton North signal box and the traffic under its control.

Next is Leeds City Station, featuring a wide variety of steam and early diesel locomotive types, plus views of Farnley Junction MPD, and at nearby Leeds Central Station, 'Deltics' on ECML services can be seen rubbing shoulders with elderly 'J5Os' on station pilot duties. Closed in 1904, Rothwell Town Station witnessed a rare influx of passengers in September 1958, with the arrival of a railtour headed by a pair of ex-GNR Class J6s. The Knostrop Sewage Works rail system with its WWI-vintage locos, plus footage of 45596 'Bahamas' leaving the Hunslet Engine Works in 1967 concludes a fascinating picture of Leeds in the 1960s.

Moving to Bradford, the Quarry Gap Yard to Stanningley pick-up goods is featured in 1967, worked by one of the last Bls in service, plus rare film of a former GCR Class 04, banked by an ex-GNR N1, at Cutlers Junction in 1956. Finally, a journey on the Yeadon branch in 1961 brings to a close the visit to Bradford.

Moving west, Huddersfield's trolley bus system is viewed in its last years of operation, together with views at the Standedge Tunnels, before continuing onto Penistone with Class EMI and EM2 electric locomotives still in charge of Woodhead Route services.

From Penistone, we move to Barnsley's Exchange Station, still used as a diesel stabling point. New Oaks and Monkspring Junctions are also featured, along with film of Oaks Viaduct shortly before its demolition. At Roundwood, near Rotherham, the London Midland Region and Eastern Region main lines passed within 50 yards of each other and film taken in 1962 shows a wide range of motive power.

We leave South Yorkshire on board the 'East Midlander Railtour' in 1962 and the next location is Skipton, with steam much in evidence, including the stone workings on the scenic Grassington Branch. Finally, we return to York, with Class J72 'Joem' working on the truncated route of the Derwent Valley Light Railway, shortly before total closure of the DVLR in 1981.




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MR Vol.36: North from Crewe (68-mins) (Released October 2015)

MR Vol.36: North from Crewe  (68-mins)  (Released October 2015)


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The programme features the West Coast Main Line north of Crewe in the 1960s - a period that saw major changes on Britain’s railways as diesel and electric traction displaced the steam locomotive.

With its locomotive works, depots and yards, Crewe was a major rail centre and, therefore, a magnet for enthusiasts attracted by the huge variety of operations to be seen in the area. Within Crewe Works there was always a wide range of locomotives undergoing repair and many of these are featured, along with scenes at Crewe North and South Sheds.

Leaving Crewe, scenes at Warrington’s Arpley Junction and at Wigan are followed by film taken at Preston. Next is Lancaster Castle Station where, in addition to the regular WCML traffic, ex-LNWR electric multiple units operated services to Morecambe and Heysham. Six miles north of Lancaster is Carnforth, where numerous mainline workings and an organised shed visit are captured on film.

Film taken at Arnside on the line to Barrow is followed by scenes at the long-closed Milnthorpe Station, thirteen miles north of Carnforth - a location that marked the start of the rugged sections of the WCML. Oxenholme is the junction for the Windermere Branch which, in 1964, saw regular excursion and goods traffic, with steamer services on Lake Windermere still operated by British Railways.

At Oxenholme, Duchesses and first-generation diesels are featured, together with the banking locomotives that assisted heavy workings up to Grayrigg Summit, a short distance from Low Gill Junction where the Ingleton Branch joined the main line. Views taken at Low Gill are followed by film at Tebay, from where banking locomotives assisted northbound trains on the infamous Shap Incline. Film taken at Tebay and Scout Green is a reminder of the challenge once posed by the climb to Shap Summit.

After Shap Station, the next major location is Penrith, junction for the long-lost line to Keswick and Workington and where, in April 1966, the last steam-hauled service to traverse this route is joined. Twenty miles north of Penrith is Carlisle where a wide variety of steam traction could still be found working through Citadel Station in 1964. Lineside film showing the busy locomotive depot yards at Carlisle’s Upperby and Kingmoor depots is also featured.

The final sequence is over the Scottish border at Beattock Station, where film taken in 1954 recorded not only Clans and Duchesses being assisted by Beattock’s banking locomotives, but also the arrival of the newly-constructed Duke of Gloucester - a fitting visual record that brings the programme to a close.




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Manchester Ship Canal Part 1: Liverpool to Warrington (45-mins)

Manchester Ship Canal Part 1: Liverpool to Warrington (45-mins)


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In 1955 Mike Lord mounted his bicycle and pedalled from Bolton to film the Manchester Ship Canal. Fortunately he took his cine-camera and tape recorder with him and the results of his visits from 1955 to 1964 are a superb visual record. With over 120 ships on view, coal fired tugs, a 'Liberty Ship', ‘Austin Healeys’ and double deck buses for export, these video show how busy the Canal was 41 years ago.




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Manchester Ship Canal Part 2: Warrington to Salford (45-mins)

Manchester Ship Canal Part 2: Warrington to Salford (45-mins)


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In this, the second video programme covering the Manchester Ship Canal, we travel with cameraman Mike Lord up the Canal from Warrington to Salford.




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