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Jim Clemens No.19: Vol.120 - South Wales Archive (60-mins) (Released - 21Mar06)

Jim Clemens No.19: Vol.120 - South Wales Archive (60-mins) (Released - 21Mar06)


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Jim Clemens Collection No.19. Archive film of the railways in South Wales and the Forest of Dean featuring the Vale of Neath line from PONTYPOOL ROAD to NEATH.

There is a section using a railtour with panniers to BLAENGARW, CAERAU and LLANTRISANT in 1960. The Forest of Dean lines cover LYDNEY, PARKEND, COLEFORD and CINDERFORD with an auto train in 1962 also visiting Sharpness viewing the damaged Severn Bridge.

Class 14 diesels work freight to WHITECLIFF QUARRY and Coleford via PARKEND followed by another freight trip from BULLO PILL to CINDERFORD before the line closed in 1967. Complete coverage of the PONTYPOOL ROAD to NEATH line with steam in 1964 before the line lost its passenger service over this spectacular route. Travel via HAFODYRYNYS, CRUMLIN, HENGOED, NELSON, DOWLAIS CAE HARRIS, MOUNTAIN ASH, ABERDARE and RESOLVEN. There are also visits to NCB collieries at Hafodyrynys and Mountain Ash, the latter with an ex-GWR pannier tank.

Filmed mainly in colour this production takes a fascinating and nostalgic look back at the steam scene of the 1960's.


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Jim Clemens No.16: Vol.111 - Four Ways to Brecon (58-mins) (* Released 30Mar05 *)

Jim Clemens No.16: Vol.111 - Four Ways to Brecon (58-mins)  (* Released 30Mar05 *)


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Jim Clemens Collection No.16. There were four railway routes to the town of BRECON in Mid-Wales until 1967. There was a line over the Brecon Beacons to NEWPORT via TORPANTAU climbing to over 1300 feet. From the west came the 33 mile railway along the VALE OF NEATH. Connecting Brecon into the Midlands there was a line to HEREFORD via HAY-ON-WYE. Then to the north the Mid-Wales Railway followed a scenic route via BUILTH WELLS into the Cambrian mountains to reach LLANIDLOES and MOAT LANE.

All these routes are covered in detail from the camera of JIM CLEMENS up to the closure of the lines in 1962.

Motive power over the routes was in the hands of GWR 5700 Panniers and LMS Ivatt Class 2 moguls. All filming was done between 1960 and 1962 including the last weeks at Brecon when the 1962/3 winter began with heavy snowfall. There is also coverage of the last steam into Brecon in 1964 from Cardiff with an enthusiasts special.

[Ian's note: For other footage of steam in this region also see Vol.94 Steam North of Swansea, Vol.99 Herefordshire Byways, Vol.106 Steam Routes North to Shrewsbury and Vol.107 Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Archive]


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Vol.135 - Steam in The Valleys (South Wales Industrial) Part 1 (60-mins) (Released 10th.Feb 2008)

Vol.135 - Steam in The Valleys (South Wales Industrial)  Part 1 (60-mins) (Released 10th.Feb 2008)


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Some steam lived on in the Welsh Valleys at least ten years after its demise on British Railways.

Starting with some Western Region steam in South Wales and a visit to the scrapyards of Cashmores and Woodhams, there follows a number of visits to industrial steam sites, mainly collieries. These are BRYNLLIW, GRAIG MERTHYR, MAESTEG, PARK TREORCHY, WERN TAWR and MOUNTAIN ASH. A visit is also made to the steel works at LLANELLY.

The industrial locations ranged from the scenic to typical industrial. Hard working engines are seen, some of them now preserved today, including ex-GWR 7754 and 9642.

Cover Photo:- Colin White, 9792 at Maerdy Colliery, 1970.


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The valleys of Wales once supplied coal to the world. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, some collieries were still shunted by steam locomotives.

Here in our second volume featuring these collieries, we portray steam at MAERDY, MERTHYR VALE, ELLIOT, TY MAWR, CYM, MARINE, BENYON BLAINA, CELYNON NORTH, CELYNON SOUTH, HAFODYRYNYS, TAL Y WAIN, BLAENAVON and TREDEGAR.

We see examples of industrial locomotives from five different builders as well as ex-GWR tanks, 9600, 9792 and 7754, in all weather conditions from sun to winter snow.

Horse worked mines are also visited. These used narrow gauge track and at DARRAN open cast site we see horse traction being used before the arrival of steam.

Both steam and diesel BR motive power served the valleys and we record the various comings and goings of coal trains.

All filmed in colour by enthusiasts who found these industrial locations both fascinating and friendly after the demise of BR steam in the valleys of Wales.

Cover Photo:- Colin White, "Tudor" at Beynon Colliery, 4/6/70.


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