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RENFE Steam - Past and Present (Spain)

RENFE Steam - Past and Present (Spain)


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MAIN LINE STEAM ON SPAIN'S MOST SCENIC RAILWAYS, PLUS PROFESSIONAL COLOUR ARCHIVE FILM OF STEAM IN THE 1960s

Steam Returns to the Main Line.

The glorious years of sun, steam and wine can now be relived in Spain, where two recently overhauled locomotives are back in excursion service. Leon's 141F No 2346 was filmed on a railfans' special in the seldom visited North West of the country around Vigo and Santiago.


Star of the preserved roster is Lerida's Beyer-Garratt 2-8-2+ 2-8-2 which is filmed on an ADL charter steaming up the scenic Noguera Pallaressa Gorge to the Pyrenean terminus of Pobla de Segur. Detailed cab ride sequences were obtained on both locos.


Spectacular Colour Sound Archive Film, 1967 Veteran movie professionals Peter Handford and

John Aldred produced this twenty minute cameo of vintage Spanish steam in action in its heyday, showing

an afternoon at the country station of La Parrilla, at the foot of the incline to La Encina, with station staff, pointsman and loco crews of visiting ex-MZA 240s and Garratts.

The loco sheds at La Encina are visited, and then at Castejon de Ebro we see streamlined 4-8-2s and a big 4-8-4 on passenger trains. The Pacific Garratt's chime whistle echoing across the Sierra makes a stirring finale to a memorable souvenir of Iberian steam.



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Cover photo: Lawrence Marshall
Filmed by/when: 16mm by Peter Hanford/John Aldred
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R

Running Time: 48-mins (0hr 48min)

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Steam's Indian Summer (India

Steam's Indian Summer (India


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End of an Era

Mark Tully visits the Delhi Railway Museum and

using Nick Lera's archive takes us through steam's final years, with 85 year old narrow-gauge locos in Bengal, the last bullet-nosed WP express locos in Delhi, Pacifics in the Punjab and a flashback to Edwardian veterans in Calcutta in the 70s.

In Search of Survivors

On the metre gauge provincial railways of Western India, Mark finds steam still hard at work and he

rides the locomotive up the famous Mhow Ghat,

on the milk train to Indore - the last long distance steam passenger train in India. By contrast, Tully

rides on the diesel 'Shatabdi' express to Gujerat state, where we meet the 92-year old Maharajah of Wankaner in his lofty and ornate palace with architecture from around the world. The Maharajah tells us of the rivalry

between the former Indian princely state railways.

The Historic Salt Train

It was in Gujerat that Mahatma Gandhi held his famous protest march to abolish the tax on salt. This humble commodity acquired historic significance in the campaign for Independence so it seems fitting that India's very last steam freight train should be used to carry it. With a closing image of the salt train reflected in the waters of the Little Rann, Mark Tully rounds off his personal farewell to the trains he loved.



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Cover photo: Nick Lera
Filmed by/when: Nick Lera
Narrated by: Mark Tully
First published on DVD: 1999
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R
Origination: DVCam, Beta SP, 16mm film

Running Time: 50mins

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Steam in the West - GWR 150

Steam in the West - GWR 150


Ref: NL473D


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CELEBRATING THE G.W.R. 150th. ANNIVERSARY - A Colour Film By Nick Lera


The 150th birthday of the Great Western Railway was celebrated in 1985 with the most elaborate programme of special steam tours ever staged on the railways in Britain. In this unique GW150 souvenir dvd from the NICK LERA VIDEO COLLECTION we study the events of the summer and autumn of 1985, when restored ex-Great Western locomotives took to the main line once more, taking us back to the age of steam on much of the old G.W.R. network, reaching out as far as Truro in Cornwall.


PROGRAMME DETAILS:

  • EXCLUSIVE FOOTPLATE FILMING ON BOARD "CLUN CASTLE" AT 60 MPH.
  • STEAM ON THE CORNISH MAIN LINE
  • "CASTLE" ON SHED AT ST. BLAZEY
  • DOUBLE HEADED "CASTLES" ON THE DEVON BANKS AND ALONG THE COAST AT DAWLISH
  • HISTORIC LOCO "CITY OF TRURO" BACK IN ACTION AFTER 24 YEARS, ON THE MAIN LINE TO NEWPORT.
  • STEAM ON SHED AT BRISTOL BATH ROAD DEPOT
  • SWINDON TO GLOUCESTER SPECIALS CLIMBING SAPPERTON BANK
  • GREAT WESTERN 2-8-0 HAULS FREIGHT ON THE MAIN LINE -,
  • "SHAKESPEARE EXPRESS" STEAM STRATFORD TO BIRMINGHAM

PLUS "EASTER PARADE"

  • BROAD GAUGE "IRON DUKE" LONDON DEBUT IN STEAM
  • DUKEDOG 4-4-0 AND GW 2-80T IN ACTION. BLUEBELL RlY & GCR
  • DOUBLE-HEADED DEPARTURE FROM BRISTOL TEMPLE MEADS
  • TWIN MANORS CLIMB DAINTON BANK
  • GW 2-8-0 ON FREIGHT AT MONMOUTH
  • PADDINGTON STEAM WITH 'EVENING STAR'


****2022-03-16: NO LONGER AVAILABLE DUE TO A CORRUPTED MASTER.****



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Published by: Nick Lera Steam Classics
Filmed by/when: Nick Lera, 1985
First published on DVD: 1985 (VHS), 2003 on DVD
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 SD
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R
Origination: 16mm film

Running Time: 58-mins (0hr 58min) , Colour
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Steam To Mombasa (Kenya)

Steam To Mombasa (Kenya)


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After twenty years in Nairobi's Railway Museum, the former East African Railways Beyer-Garratt No. 5918 ‘Mount Gelai' steams once more on the Mombasa run, following months of restoration in Kenya Railways' Nairobi workshops.

The Man in the Cab:- The loco's former regular driver, Kirpal Singh Sandhu, takes charge again to recreate the line's glory days of the nineteen sixties and seventies, steaming past the wildlife of the African bush. Kirpal's perfect recall of every undulation along the 330 mile route enables him to `drive blind' through the night with total confidence.

Through the African Bush:- The Athi Plains, green sisal plantations, the famous Tsavo River and Voi's Taita Hills form just some of the classic backgrounds in this scenic journey, ending with the classic spiral descent into Mombasa. When the line was built, the construction gangs had to brave man-eating lions. Those pioneer days are captured in wonderful archive photographs - one of which shows a newly captured beast.

Raw Vintage Power:- The articulated Class 59 was the largest and most powerful steam locomotive design in the whole of Africa, with a massive tractive effort exceeding 80,000 pounds. A flashback to the seventies brings us a 16mm film portrait of a ‘Governor' Class Garratt on the Taveta branch. There are also rare and exceptionally high quality archive photographs of early Baldwin locos from the USA, Indian "F" Class 0-6-0s and a man-eating lion that killed over 50 construction workers!


Extended edition with a new sequence of 5918 on a special trip to Kibwezi.



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Cover photo: Ad Van Sten
Narrated by: Andy Kluz
First published on DVD: 2003
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R
Origination: HQ Broadcast Quality Analogue (comparable to BBC)

Running Time: 65-mins (1hr 5min)

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Steam to the Gobi Desert (China)

Steam to the Gobi Desert (China)


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China's railways were the last great bastion of steam. For decades the rapid increase in the size of the network meant

that the old locomotives were always in demand right up to the mid 1990s. This programme takes us on a unique rail journey from the last standard gauge steam locomotive factory in the world, past the Great Wall of China and though the wilds of Inner Mongolia right to the edge of the Gobi Desert.

We enjoy a cab ride in our express train hauled by one of the powerful QJ, or 'Advance Forward', Chinese locomotives, symbol of Chairrnan Mao's 'Great Leap Forward' in the 1960s when thousands of miles of newly built railways played a key role in the expansion of the New China.


The QJs are also seen on their main task, heavy freight haulage, filmed here in stunning mountain scenery near Baotou. The programme also includes visits to coal mines and steel works where many older types of engine were in use.


Rare archive clips show ex-USSR FD Class locos filmed inside the great Yangstse Bridge and in a grand finale we see pairs of QJs storming the horseshoe curves beyond Zhongwei en route to China's Far West.


Locomotives featured:

QJ 'Advance Forward' 2-10-2

JS 'Construction' 2-8-2

JF 'Liberation' 2-8-2

SY 'Aiming High' 2-8-2

FD 'Felix Dzerzinsky' 2-10-2

YJ Industrial 2-6-2



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Filmed by/when: Nick Lera
Narrated by: Paul Vaughan
Region: 1 & 2
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R
Origination: Betacam SP

Running Time: 54-mins (0hr 54min)

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Toy Train To The Clouds - Collector's Edition(India)

Toy Train To The Clouds - Collector's Edition(India)


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A Unique Railway

The Darjeeling Himalayan, Asia's best-known steam railway, was founded in the 19th century and now steams into the 21st with its original locomotives. It is frequently blocked by landslips and has been threatened by withdrawal of subsidies, but its future is assured now that UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site.

With a special introduction by Mark Tulley (a member of the Darjeeling Himilayan Railway and a former BBC Delhi correspondent), this varied and affectionate portrait of the line starts on the edge of the hot dusty Bengal Plains. The picturesque 'toy trains' toil up through the lowland forest, around three dramatic spirals, up and down numerous switchbacks and ploughing through village markets before reaching the cool climate of Darjeeling, dubbed 'Queen of The Hill Stations' in the days of the British Raj.

Stars of the show are the charming little Sharp Stewart Class "B" locomotives designed in the 1880s and still going strong.

Also incuded is the debut of the line's smallest loco "Baby Sivok", newly restored after decades on a plinth, in honour of visiting of the DHRS group. Nick Lera's rare 16mm film taken in 1990 shows the last of the freights and a unique sequence of the VIP saloon conveying the special guest, the late Sir Robert Reid, Chairman of British Rail.



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Filmed by/when: Nick Lera
Narrated by: Andy Luz
First published on DVD: 2000
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R
Origination: DVCAM digital production

Running Time: 74mins

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4. Relics of the Raj (India) (Ref: NL456D)
5. From Burma to the River Kwai (Ref: NL452D)


Wheels of Fire - Tropical Steam in Java & Sumatra (Indonesia)

Wheels of Fire - Tropical Steam in Java & Sumatra (Indonesia)


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The 3'6" gauge state railways of Indonesia, the PJKA, once had the most exotic collection of antique steam locomotives in the world. The islands of Java and Sumatra form the exotic backdrop for this outstanding assortment of rare locomotives featuring lumbering eight-coupled Mallet articulateds in the mountains, tiny steam trams in the streets of Surabaya, the last of their kind in the world, rack-and-pinion (cog) railways in the jungle, and a special treat for the British enthusiast, a former 2-4-0 express tender engine built by Sharp Stewart in Manchester in 1880. With the exception of 'Slamet' in the sugar plantations and the B25 rack engine at Ambarawa Museum, all these engines succumbed to the scrapper's torch in the 1970s, even the few modern ones. This detailed study was made on professional 16mm film with natural sound, the only such record in existence.











    Locomotives filmed in service:
  • B12 0-4-0T tram 1903 Beyer-Peacock
  • B25 0-4-2T rack 1903 Esslingen
  • B50 2-4-0 1880 Sharp-Stewart
  • B53 4-4-0 1912 Hartmann
  • C27 4-6-4T 1916 SLM/Werkspoor
  • C32 2-6-2T 1940 Nippon
  • E10 0-10-0T rack 1967 Nippon
  • CC10 2-6-6-0T 1905 Werkspoor
  • CC50 2-6-6-0 1926 Werkspoor/SLM
  • DD52 2-8-8-0 1924 Werkspoor/SLM
  • D14 2-8-2T 1921 Hanomag
  • D52 2-8-2 1950 Krupp
  • C51 4-6-0 1912 Beyer-Peacock
  • ----- 0-8-0T 1930 Orenstein & Koppel



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Filmed by/when: Nick Lera
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R
Origination: 16mm shot in 1972/4, 5mins of location updates. Ambarawa Rail Museum & PJKA diesels videoed in 1992.

Running Time: 46mins

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When The Wall Came Down (East Germany)

When The Wall Came Down (East Germany)


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The end of an era on East Germany's narrow gauge railways,filmed in 1990 just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In this broadcast quality portrayal of a railway scene unchanged for 70 years, small town streets fill with the thick sulphorous smoke of Saxon-Meyer locomotives built in 1912 and fired with brown coal, as the trains thread their way through rural Saxony.


We see the steam worked Zittau lines in the south east, the fascinating Oschatz railway and some industrial lines amid the grim pollution of the Leipzig area, with its opencast mines and belching smokestacks.

Saxony.


Repeat visits in 1991-1993 show a rapid change with job cuts, orange safety suits and new diesels doing little to stem a sharp drop in freight traffic. But the growth of tourism saves these unique steam railways, culminatiing in a steam festival on the newly "liberated" Brocken Mountain where the first trains in 30 years bring visitors back to the famous Witches' Altar, for many years the Soviet Union's major Western listening post.

Saxony.


Locomotives: 75cm gauge: 2-10-2T & 0-4-4-0T steam, 0-6-0 diesel. 90cm gauge: Bo-Bo electric. Metre gauge: 2-10-2T, 2-6-2T, 0-4-4-0T steam. 1435mm gauge : fireless 0-6-0F.



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Cover photo: top: Peter Lemmey, remainder DVD freeze frames.
Published by: Nick Lera
Narrated by: Paul Vaughan
First published on DVD: 2004 Nick Lera
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 or 14:9 SD (Not 16:9)
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R

Running Time: 48mins (0hr 48min)

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Winter Steam on Two Gauges (Austria)

Winter Steam on Two Gauges (Austria)


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The provincial railways of Austria provide the enthusiast wiith an outstanding selection of working steam locomotives on standard and narrow gauge. This programme takes us on a steam-hauled tour of the scenic province of Steiermark, organised by the German company IGE BAHNTOURISTlK, with the participation of the Locomotive Club of Great Britain and the Warwickshire Railway Society.

Highlights featured:


WEIZ TO BIRKFELD-- The Feistritztalbahn. 76cm gauge

This line has had no passenger trains since 1960 but survives for freight and is home to three steam locomotives retained for tourist service. Our double-heoded special is hauled by StLB 0·10-OT No Kh 101 and ex-Yugoslav 0-8-2 No 83-180 across impressive viaducts, the largest of which is 276m long. terminating at the restored wooden station of Birkfeld.


THE GRAZ KOFLACHER BAHN - Standard gauge.

Founded in 1854 the GKB still provides freight and passenger service. Two steam specials are seen leaving Graz and heading past Deutschlandsberg mountain to the terminus at Wies. An ex-OBB 52 class 'Kriegslok' recalls the end of the steam era. while ex-Sudbahn No 671 built in 1860 represents the early years. 671 's ancient Stephenson link motion is seen in close-up as we join the footplate crew for a cab ride through snow-clad forests.


UNZMARKT TO TAMSWEG - The Murtalbahn. 76cm gauge

Sun steam and snow for 65 kilometers of stunning double-headed action on Styria's longest narrow gauge railway. Krauss 0-6-2Ts U11 (1894) and Bh1 (1905) put up a fine performance passing rivers and mountains in the scenic Murtal, terminating at picturesque Tamsweg.



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Cover photo: top: Peter Lemmey, remainder DVD freeze frames.
Published by: Nick Lera
First published on DVD: 2006
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R

Running Time: 60mins (1hr 0min)

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6. The Ivo Peters' Collection Vol.10: Private Railways 1961 - 1963 (Ref: IP010D)


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