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Signal Box Archive

Signal Box Archive


Ref: VI332D


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A unique look inside over 70 signal boxes taken from Video 125's archive filmed over a period of 30 years. Features 'boxes of all shapes and sizes, all kinds of operating methods from 19th century mechanical lever frames to 20th century panels to 21st century state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centres.


The video is divided into 5 main chapters:

  • England

  • Scotland

  • Wales

  • Ireland

  • Underground

This is not an Open University-style production, more an interesting and entertaining visit to each box in turn. There are useful explanations of the workings in many cases and simple observations in others. Much footage is new, some seen before, but in most cases, further extended from the original rushes.


High-definition production with sections of older footage filmed in standard definition.


Signal boxes featured:
Abergaveny Station Signal Box, Ashford IECC, Baker Street (Bakerloo), Baker Street (Met), Banavie, Barrhill, Birmingham New Street, Bootle, Cardiff ROC, Carnforth Station Junction, Carrick on Suir, Castlerock N.I. Church Street L/C Marks Tey, Clonmel, Cobourg Street, Crediton, Cromer Beach, CTC Dublin, Dromkeen L/C, Dunragit, Edgeworthstown, Elgin West, Exeter, Exmouth, Feltham, Girvan, Glenwhilly, Grange L/C Mooncoin, Greenford East, Haltwhistle OOU, Haltwhistle Portacabin, Harrow on the Hill, Haven Street, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, High Wycombe, Insch, Kennethmont, Kilkerran, Lentran, Limerick Junction North, Little Mill Junction, Liverpool Street (LUL), Machynlleth, Marble Arch, Marylebone, Muir of Ord, Mullingar, Nairn, Northumberland Park Depot control tower, Old Oak Common, Oxted, Pantyffynnon, Park South, Plymouth, Princes Risborough, Reedham Swing Bridge, Rugby ROC, Ryde St Johns Road, Salisbury, Sandhills IECC, Sellafield, St Marys L/C Stroud, Waterford Central, Waterford West, Waterloo (& City), West of Scotland ROC Cowlairs, West Ruislip, Westbury, Wimbledon, Wokingham, Wood Lane, Yeovil Pen Mill.



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Filmed by/when: Peter Middleton
Narrated by: Jonathan Kydd
Written by: Peter Middleton
First published on DVD: June 2021
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 & 16:9 SD/HD
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD
Media Format: DVD-R
Origination: AV/DV

Running Time: 128-mins (2hr 8min) , Colour
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Steam on 35mm Vol.1 & Vol.2: The 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s

Steam on 35mm Vol.1 & Vol.2: The 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s


Ref: VI948D


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Travel back to the golden age of steam with this remarkable collection of top quality 35mm movie film. Shot by the major film studios from the 1930s to the 1960s, these railway scenes were never used. The first two volumes are now only available on this DVD.

Vol 1. Filmed during the 30s, 40s & 50s and written & narrated by John Huntley, this programme features clips rarely seen before of the Grouped Companies and early B.R. Highlights include various GWR locations in England and Wales, Euston main line 1948, a driver's view of Newcastle in 1930 and Kings Cross (taken for the feature film "The Ladykillers) in 1955. 75% of the DVD is B & W and 25% is colour.

Vol 2. This programme is made up of 35mm movie film covering the period from the 1930s to the end of steam in the 1960s, and includes ECML in 1930s, Glasgow 1961, Waterloo 1965/67, Euston 1948, Miscellaneous GWR, out-takes from Titfield Thunderbolt.



Availability: AVAILABLE
Filmed by/when: 1930s to 1960s
Narrated by: John Huntley
Written by: John Huntley
First published on DVD: 1989/1991 on VHS, 2003 on DVD
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 & 16:9 SD
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD
Media Format: DVD-R
Origination: 35mm film

Running Time: 120-mins (2hr 0min) , 66% in Black & White, 34% in colour.
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Steam on 35mm Vol.3 & Vol.4

Steam on 35mm Vol.3 & Vol.4


Ref: VI972D


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The final two episodes of John Huntley's denitive series, now on one DVD, depicting the golden age of steam on Britain's railways. Taken from the very highest quality 35mm cinema film shot between 1935 and the very last day of main line steam on the Southern in 1967.

Vol 3. More out-takes from classic feature films such as Brief Encounter (LMS) and The 39 Steps. The first version of the latter (filmed in black and white) shows LNER arrivals and departures from Edinburgh Waverley in 1935. The second (in colour) also features action at Waverley as well as on the Forth Bridge in 1958. There is even a guard's eye view of a departure from Waverley (also in colour from 1958). Plus arrivals & departures at various London stations.

Vol 4. Various clips from 35mm films with single shots as well as entire sequences from the GWR, LMS, LNER and Southern. There is a delightful series of runbys on the GWR at Heyford in Oxfordshire, Paddington in the 1930s, departures from St Pancras in 1938 (many including assistance in the rear) LNER arrivals at Leicester Central in the 1940s and Southern action at both Victoria and Waterloo. There are 110 clips in this volume alone, including ex-LNER B1 in 1955, GWR Paddington 1940s, Clan Line - Waterloo 1967, Midland Main Line c.1938, Plymouth North Road c.1949, Class H at Waterloo c.1939.



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Filmed by/when: 1930s to 1960s
Narrated by: John Huntley
Written by: John Huntley
First published on DVD: 1995/1996 on VHS, 2003 on DVD
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 & 16:9 SD
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD
Media Format: DVD-R

Running Time: 120-mins (2hr 0min) , 77% Black & White, 23% colour
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Trains from the Arc

Trains from the Arc


Ref: VI950D


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It was in the 1890s that the original experiments with cinematography took place in Britain, France and the USA. Trains were amongst the first subjects ever filmed and incredibly many of those clips have survived.


Originally published as three separate productions on videocassette, Trains from the Arc' consists of three episodes:


Volume 1 Victorian Steam Railways (1895-1901) goes right back to the very start of cinematography and includes all known surviving railway film from the 19th century. Inevitably, scenes were often short and are repeated to give more historical commentary.


Volume 2 The Edwardian Scene (1902-1912) saw the invention of editing and the introduction of story films. It just so happens that the very first story film included trains.


Volume 3 The Pre-Grouping Years (1913-1925) shows much more sophisticated motion pictures, including such novel railways as the Listowel and Ballybunion monorail.


These three separate episodes are all now compiled onto just the one DVD. Presented by the late railway film historian John Huntley.


2020-07-31-NO LONGER PRODUCED BY THE PUBLISHER



Availability: AVAILABLE
Narrated by: John Huntley
First published on DVD: 1987/1988/1989 on VHS, 2003 DVD
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 SD
Classification: Exempt
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Media Format: DVD-R

Running Time: 156-mins (2hr 36min) , Colour production with black and white archive material.
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