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RAILWAYS

Trailers now available for City of Truro and 6024 - A royal progress

RIDING THE PINES EXPRESS FROM MANCHESTER
- in the last days of loco-hauled travel Manchester Piccadilly to
Birmingham New Street and onwards to Bournemouth

MT8DVD Watch the main feature with or without narration, 2 hrs 17 minutes + DVD extra - Birmingham New Street to Coventry, the uncut view forward - 25 minutes (no narration).

XC Class 47 Stop - September 2001- The ongoing modernisation of Virgin's Cross-Country operation would bring about the end of daily Nationwide traditional loco-hauled service trains in Britain. Soon the entire fleet inherited from British Rail would be replaced by Virgin Voyagers, with only a handful of HSTs soldiering on from the Nationalised era. But with the sun still rising on the New Dawn another tradition fell victim to ‘modern-thinking’; all Virgin trains were to become anonymous, as Virgin denamed its titled trains as a precursor to a new interval timetable. Pre- Voyager, most were HST-operated, but the ‘Sussex Scot' Midland Scot' and most notably the ‘Pines Express' were all loco-hauled and had a certain kudos and heritage. The last era of the locomotive-hauled ‘Pines' would officially end on 30th September 2001 . . . with this in mind Virgin Trains allowed Oakwood to adorn the ‘Pines Express' with its traditional headboard for the first time since 1965!  This is the memento of that event.

After a brief resume of ‘Pines History’ we start at Manchester Piccadilly on 12th September 2001, where 47843 Vulcan received the famous headboard, and we join driver Ken Cossey aboard the 1O09, 08.09 for Bournemouth.

The view forward is complemented by in cab scenes and lineside shots of Vulcan, and other class-mates; notably the ‘BT Police’, ‘rail blue’ and ‘XP64’ celebrities. Departing Manchester on ex-LNWR metals we pass Longsight, Stockport and Cheadle Hulme as we head for Macclesfield, thereafter joining the principal route of the erstwhile North  Staffordshire Railway.  North Rode viaduct is crossed as we pass through the Potteries, call at Stoke and see the numerous now closed manual signal boxes of this West Coast artery.  The ‘West Coast’ proper is joined at Norton Bridge for the run to Stafford, thence to Wolverhampton and into Birmingham. After a crew change, highlights of the run to the south coast conclude with Vulcan’s arrival in Bournemouth.

A map with full route details and booked timings is printed on the inner cover.

MT8DVD

bar code  5 030095 190077

162 Minutes

£ 19.95


 

SPECIAL DELIVERY  - The 'Cornish Mails' in the last summer
 of the Penzance - Bristol - Penzance TPO

MT9DVD - Watch the 2hrs 20 minute main feature with or without narration + DVD extra - Arriving at Dawn - a 40 minute uncut view forward through Truro to the Penzance buffer stops (no narration).

This programme, born of the English Welsh & Scottish Railway wish to see the last era of Britain's main trains well recorded, unquestioningly proves that even in their last summer Britain's Travelling Post Office trains were far from being a an idiosyncratic quirk from a previous century. Elsewhere within the Post Office modernisation enabled post coded mail to be sorted at lightning speeds, yet on the TPO the sorters themselves were in a league of their own processing mail at up to 100 miles per hour - step aboard in the evening light at Penzance for a round trip through the night, and by dawn you'll appreciate how working on the TPO really was a way of life. Whilst the nation slept an amazing story of rail efficiency unfolded every night.


We begin on the EWS depot at St Blazey, the maintenance facility for the locomotive stock employed on the West Country based postal trains. Thereafter we follow the train throughout its booked duty; empty to Penzance then as 1C01, 19.35 Penzance to Bristol RMT and 1C02, 00.55 return.

Numerous lineside shots of the train are intercut with scenes recorded in the class 67 cab (of the driver and view forward) and the often frenetic activity within the train itself. Every station stop is included, be it for incoming or outgoing mail making connections with air, road, or even cross platform interchanges with other rail services. . . but in addition to following the train we see how this TPO was at the core of the mail service in the South West by tracking a Special Delivery parcel from England's most westerly post office, via Truro Mail Centre (Cornwall's Royal Mail nerve centre), to Bristol RMT and beyond, illustrating how the Travelling Post Office played a vital role in the delivery of priority mail... Special Delivery.

An Oakwood Video Library/Railscene Co-Production.

For further information about TPOs and preserved TPO events please visit www.tpo.org.uk

MT9DVD

bar code  5 030095 190084

180 Minutes

£19.95


 

CALEDONIAN ROUTES, Volume 1:
Aberdeen to Perth - The Strathmore line and Branches

Inspired by the archive of Stuart Sellar the first volume of our comprehensive study of the railways of Scotland covers former Caledonian Railway metals between Aberdeen and Perth, our bid to offer as complete a coverage as possible leading to the inclusion of extracts from a staggering 27 cine collections. One of the few mainlines in Britain to have completely closed the Strathmore route, between Stanley Junction and Kinnaber Junction, gained legendary status as the last stamping ground of Sir Nigel Gresley's A4 Pacifics on the Glasgow - Aberdeen three-hour expresses. With the exception of Forfar, the line passed through little civilisation a fast direct route being chosen as the final section of the ‘West Coast Mainline’ to Aberdeen. The branch lines built to serve towns in the foothills and on the coast offer a complete contrast to the high speed runs on the mainline.

After a brief introduction to the Caledonian Railway, our programme starts at Aberdeen, the Northern outpost of the 'Caley'. Scenes from the 1930s, 1950s and 1960s include action at the Joint station and on shed at Ferryhill, where A4 and V2 preparation is undertaken. We continue south along the coast through Stonehaven and Kinnaber Junction to Bridge of Dun, now the Eastern terminus of the 'Caledonian Railway'. Scenes are principally from the 1960s, in colour and black & white, lineside footage is inter-cut with an A4 cab ride. Maps, an informed narration, and ‘then and now’ scenes combine with the archive to enrich the coverage. The regular J37 worked Brechin freight and the last train to the City are included as we visit the branches to Brechin, Edzell and Montrose. We rejoin the mainline to Forfar pausing en route at Glasterlaw to view the last down passenger train in 1967. 1960s scenes on Forfar shed are followed by 1930s views, including a 4-4-0 still in Caledonian livery. In 1980 we pass through the station on one of the last passenger trains to visit Forfar before complete closure of the then truncated Strathmore line. We continue to Arbroath, along the D & A Joint and back to Forfar via Kingsmuir. A classic sequence of a Lambie 4-4-0T shunting at Arbroath as a NB Reid Atlantic passes is among the highlights. Freight action at Kingsmuir with a B1 and in the snow at Forfar in 1961 continues with a cab ride in a Pickersgill 4-4-0 on the truncated Forfar - Brechin route as far as Careston. A4s, a Royal Scot, Black 5 and a Standard 5 combine to illustrate everyday services in the 1960s before we continue to Perth along the mainline, diverging with each of the branches en route. Locations include, Kirriemuir Junction, Kirriemuir, Glamis, Eassie, Alyth Junction, Newtyle (Old), Meigle, Alyth, Coupar Angus, Rosemount, Blairgowrie, Cargill, Stanley Junction, Strathord, Bankfoot, Luncarty and Perth.
 

Caledonian locomotive types illustrated include Drummond Class 80, Lambie 4-4-0T, 'Oban Bogie', McIntosh Class 439 0-4-4T, Class 782 0-6-0T, 'Jumbo' 0-6-0 and Pickersgill 4-4-0s, a Dunalastair IV and 'Caley Bogie'. LMS motive power is represented by examples of 4F, Ivatt 2MT mogul, Black 5, Royal Scot and Jubilee. NB/LNER types include an Atlantic, B1, A2, A3, A4, J37, N15 and V2. Later types shown are WD 2-8-0, BR Standard Class 4 mogul, Class 5 4-6-0 and Britannia Pacific. Notable diesels illustrated are NB Type 2, Classes 25 and 27 and DMU. Finally, City of Aberdeen, an 0-4-0ST represents the Scottish Gas Board in Aberdeen.

 

Archive film - John Blacklaws, Brechin Railway Preservation Society, W.A. Camwell, Ron Goult, Richard Greenwood, Michael Grieves, Roy Hamilton, R.P. Hendry, Jack Herd, Peter Hutchinson, Roger Joanes, Andrew Kennedy, Jonathan Marsh, John McCann, Neil McFarlane, Roger Nicholas, Norrie Pollock, Alan Sangster, Stuart Sellar, Peter Sharpe, Walter Simms, John Smallwood, Bob Smith, Mike Smith, George Taylor, Geoff Todd, Andrew Webster.

The DVD features two audio options. View the programme with narration by Stuart Sellar, then watch it again and lose yourself in the past with uninterrupted archive sound.

OVL13DVD

bar code  5 030095 100137

83 minutes

£ 19.95


 

CALEDONIAN ROUTES, Volume 2:
Perth to Glasgow and Stirlingshire Branches

This programme follows on from Volume One (Aberdeen to Perth) to complete the route of the legendary Aberdeen to Glasgow three-hour expresses. Cine footage from 25 collections offers comprehensive coverage of the route in the mid 1960s.

 

A brief look at Perth today continues with 1960s station and shed scenes. Patriot class 4-6-0 Planet on the 2.45pm Carstairs vans begins our 'typical' afternoon, the feature including class 5s on Dundee duties, B1 hauled freights, Kingfisher on the 'Grampian' and Golden Eagle on the West Coast TPO. Sir Nigel Gresley departs with the 'Granite City' to begin our trip south over the former 'Caley' mainline; the archive includes a wealth of A4 footage.

The route is covered in detail, including scenes at the closed intermediate stations to Gleneagles and onwards through Blackford, Greenloaning, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan to Stirling, where busy station scenes and shed footage is included. We continue through Bannockburn and Plean Junction, pausing briefly to consider local colliery operations, before reaching Larbert, where we again diverge from the main line. Top link motive power contrasts with Wemyss No.20 heading for preservation at the SRPS at Falkirk after the end of BR steam! 'Then and Nows', historic photographs and maps enhance coverage of the Alloa, Grangemouth and Denny branches. North British and 'Caley' rivalry in the Alloa area is illustrated with 'celebrities' on railtours and a Director on a Queen Street service at Throsk. The complete Alloa branch is traversed behind a brace of J37s in 1966. Alloa freight activity precedes a trip over the swing bridge on an Alloa to Larbert DMU service. Access to the Caledonian's port at Grangemouth is gained via Larbert Junction (from the North) or Carmuirs West Junction (from the South); passenger duties are supplemented with a WD 2-10-0 and 1990s branch activity. The short but steep Greenhill to Bonnybridge Canal branch is also included, a 'Caley Bogie' visited and is shown in May 1960 before traversing the Denny branch, both lines closed to passengers in 1930. We resume our trip to Glasgow from nearby Greenhill, locations include Castlecary, Cumbernauld Glen and station, Greenfaulds, Greenfoot, Glenboig, Garnqueen, Gartcosh and through Balornock into Glasgow (Buchanan Street).

 

Pre-Grouping locomotives illustrated include 'Caley 123', Class 439 0-4-4T, Class 782 0-6-0T, Drummond Standard Goods, 'Caley Bogie', NB Glen, Class C15 4-4-2T and 0-6-0 Classes J35 and J37. Princess Coronation, Patriot, Black 5 and Jubilee Classes represent the LMS era and contrast with LNER Classes A2, A4, B1, D11/2 Director, J38 and V2. WD 2-8-0 and 2-10-0, BR 4MT Mogul, Standard Class 5 4-6-0 and Caprotti 5, Class 6 Clan, Class 7 Britannia and WPR No.20 make up the steam variety. 'Modern' types include English Electric Type 1 and Type 4, NB Type 2, BRC&W Type 2 (later Classes 26 and 27), Brush Type 4, Type 4 'Peak' and 350hp 0-6-0DE.
 

Archive film - Eric Aitchison, Bob Berry, Peter Bryce, Alan Carlaw, W.A. Camwell, H.J. Campbell Cornwell, Ron Goult, Richard Greenwood, Michael Grieves, Roy Hamilton, Hamilton House Collection, Mike Hudson, Peter Hutchinson, Ian Johnstone, Alan Kirk, Ed Lund, Ken Mackay, Norrie Pollock, Stuart Sellar, Peter Sharpe, John Smallwood, George Taylor, Bob Todd, Geoff Todd, Richard Willis.

The DVD features two audio options. View the programme with narration by Stuart Sellar, then watch it again and lose yourself in the past with uninterrupted archive sound.

OVL15DVD

bar code  5 030095 100151

99 minutes

£ 19.95

 

CALEDONIAN ROUTES, Volume 3:
Callender & Oban Lines - Stirling to Crainlarich and the Killin Branch
 

The Callander & Oban was the pioneer railway of the West Highlands, a trip along the fertile Teith Valley into Callander contrasting with spectacular climbs ahead where the rugged mountains squeezed the railway into narrow passes and alongside countless lochs to reach the West Coast of Scotland. This is the first of two programmes covering Caledonian interests in the area, a 'pair' inspired by the cine of Alan Kirk, his love of the region intertwined with that for the C&O and particularly the oasis of steam that survived on the Killin Branch. Alan's cine and that of our regular Scottish photographers combine to illustrate all stations and even the Oban mainline's isolated passing loops as well as its associated branches to Killin and Ballachulish. In the sparsely populated areas the inclusion of cine film from two tourists, swept along by the scenic splendour, enables this volume to offer a complete picture of the 'lost' section of the Oban mainline.

After an overview of railway development in the West Highlands we examine the everyday interaction between the former 'Caley' routes and shipping, bus and postal services of the region. Thereafter, we concentrate on the now 'lost' 40 mile section of line between Dunblane and Crianlarich Junction. Diverging from the Aberdeen mainline the Dunblane, Doune & Callander Railway provided the springboard for the Callander & Oban Railway, 'Caley 123' on an afternoon run from Glasgow (Buchanan St) in October 1964 taking us through to Callander. Coverage of the single-wheeler's visit, including a cab ride, is complemented by another unusual visitor, a V2! Everyday scenes include a BRCW Sulzer type 2 passing 80061 as it terminates on a service from Stirling, whilst Black 5s work the regular steam hauled services between Callander, Edinburgh and Glasgow; trains in Glasgow, Stirling and Dunblane supplement the lineside footage. After considering the initial stage of the C&O, as far as Glenoglehead, we progress through the Pass of Leny, Strathyre, Kingshouse, Balquhidder and up Glen Ogle. The Observation saloon, Pullman coach, tours of the Trossachs and surrounding area are illustrated with photographs, cine and publicity material, showing how the 'Caley', and its successors, promoted this land of Rob Roy McGregor and the Waverley novels.

The mainline bypassed Killin, so the locals built their own railway, a 5 mile branch to the shore of Loch Tay; 1930s scenes of the associated steamer to Kenmore follow clips at Killin Junction. 1960s scenes depict the BR standard 2-6-4 tanks and the former CR and LMS class 439 0-4-4Ts that preceded them. The Killin interlude includes mixed trains, the gravity shunt, camping coach and the classic snowbound tour of 'Caley 123'. One of the regular DMU operated 'Six Lochs Land Cruise' excursions is seen before our journey resumes to Crianlarich, the complex operations of the Killin school train concluding this volume. Maps, ephemera, photographs, cine and modern scenes are used throughout to enhance the fascinating history, operational quirks and diversity of these lines.

Pre-grouping locomotive types include a 'Caley Jumbo', 439 class 0-4-4Ts, and both the 'Caley single' and Glen Douglas on railtour duties. More modern power includes LMS Black 5s, a Fairburn 4MT tank, LNER A4, B1 and V2 classes as well as BR Standard class 4 tanks, Sulzer and North British type 2s.    

The Queen of the Lake calls at
Lock Tay pier in August 1936.
Photo - Roger Kidner

80093 awaits departure from Killin
on 7th August 1965. Photo - G.N. Turnbull

On 7th August 1965 Black 5 No. 45214 leaves Callander on an evening
service to Stirling. Photo - G.N. Turnbull

The DVD features two audio options. View the programme with narration by Stuart Sellar, then watch it again and lose yourself in the past with uninterrupted archive sound.

OVL18DVD

bar code  5 030095 100182

91 minutes

£ 19.95


 

CITY OF TRURO - 102.3 - The return of a Great Western legend


A
DIAGONAL ENTERTAINMENT DVD - Post production by Oakwood Visuals
E
xclusively distributed by Oakwood Video Library

 

Inspired by City of Truro's triumphal return to steam to mark the centenary of the historic high speed Ocean Mails run from Plymouth to Bristol on 9th May 1904, this programme also celebrates the return of G.J. Churchward's legendary 4-4-0 to the West Country mainline after a break of 43 years.

The question, "Did City of Truro really achieve 100 mph?", is still contentious, so, as the railtours retraced past glories, the extensive lineside action is complemented by photographs and press extracts from 1904, notably by Charles Rous-Marten, the GWR choosing to embargo his claim that 102.3 mph was achieved down Whiteball Bank for fear that knowledge of such a speed would scare its passengers!

Footage includes the Gloucestershire-Warwickshire launch, main line tests, whilst comprehensive coverage of the 'Ocean Mails 100' weekend from Bristol to Kingswear and return includes the Centenary Day trips from Paignton.

Thereafter, the brief return 'home' for the NRM Railfest Bicentennial celebrations, trips to Scarborough, Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon and double-heading with Rood Ashton Hall to Didcot are all covered before the Edwardian 4-4-0 attacked the heavily graded Bodmin & Wenford Railway.

 Click on Picture to view Video Clip with Sound Track

wmv file: Duration 1m 11s
Dimensions: 640 x 480
Size: 8.95MB
 

But perhaps the best was saved until last? Upon completion of re-doubling the Cornish mainline between Burngullow Junction and Truro, Network Rail employed City of Truro for a VIP train to Truro; the locomotive last steamed into it's 'spiritual home' in 1957!  Extensive coverage of the positioning runs between Birmingham and Plymouth includes the fastest ascent of Dainton by any steam locomotive in preservation, the long climb of 'Rattery' setting the scene for the day City of Truro steamed across Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge back into Cornwall. More fierce gradients make for a noisy 'homecoming' whilst 'tracking' footage from the Network Rail helicopter shows the double-framer on the new double track section. Scenes of two 'City of Truros' in their namesake's station precede the concluding West Country run, from Plymouth to Bristol, the best chance yet to relive the route of the 'up' Ocean Mails - stirring stuff! 
 
 

 
 

3440 in close up - Photo Bob Sweet

 
DE1DVD

bar code  5 030095 500012 

102.3 minutes to Truro

£ 14.95


 

6024 - a Royal progress - A lineside appreciation of King Edward I

A
DIAGONAL ENTERTAINMENT DVD - Post production by Oakwood Visuals
E
xclusively distributed by Oakwood Video Library
 

No. 6024, King Edward I, was one of thirty King class locomotives built by the Great Western Railway to provide superpower for its crack expresses. Named after the Kings of England the most powerful and heaviest 4-6-0s ever built in Britain ruled until 1962 . . . but for No. 6024 the story was certainly not over, since 1990 King Edward I has become one of the most prolific steam locomotives out on Britain's main lines.

This programme is a lineside appreciation, a 'snapshot' of some of the more interesting 'Royal appointments' as King Edward I steamed towards 1.6 million miles of service. For example, this DVD includes extensive coverage of the Wessex Royale train as it follows a winding route from Stratford-upon-Avon to Weymouth, a glimpse of the King "under the wires" on the East Coast main line and passing through Melton Mowbray, whilst more familiar lines such as the Welsh Marches and those through Oxford, Kemble and to Worcester also feature.

But it is 'homeground' for the King in the West Country with shots on the sea wall, spectacular climbs over Dainton, Rattery, towards Churston and through Torre, and a rare visit into Cornwall that sets the seal on this presentation.

 Click on Picture to view Video Clip with Sound Track

wmv file:  Duration 58s:
Dimensions: 640 x 480:
Size:  7.38MB

The narrative provides the story line, but if the King demands to be heard the narrator isn't talking, so there is little to intrude upon your enjoyment of the sights and sounds as King Edward I makes a splendid Royal progress.

     
Keep in touch with King Edward I activity at www.6024.com
DE2DVD

bar code  5 030095 500029 

70 minutes

£ 12.95


 

CALEDONIAN ROUTES, Volume 4:
Callender & Oban Lines -
Crianlarich to Oban and the Ballachulish Branch
 

The 'Caley’ West Highland story continues with coverage of the surviving section of mainline, the rise and fall of the Ballachulish branch, the use of the Crianlarich link to integrate former rival routes under British Railways and ultimately its role in the reshaping of the West Highland railway map. We conclude with the elimination of 73 miles of former 'Caley' lines in the area, a rock fall in Glen Ogle accelerating the truncation of the Oban mainline and its isolation from the rest of the erstwhile Caledonian Railway empire.

Modern scenes of Oban and Mallaig services ‘splitting’ at Crianlarich, and a trip down the spur to the C&O, set the scene for 1960s archive as under British Railways the spur saw unprecedented activity. One of the last clockwise 'Six Lochs’ DMU land-cruises takes us to Killin where the Television Train, massive by Killin standards, causes a shunting conundrum in August 1963. The two mainline diesels and regular branch engine all get involved before we revisit Crianlarich where a brace of Black 5s haul another excursion up from the C&O to enter Crianlarich Upper in 1957.

From Crianlarich Lower we resume our mainline journey through Tyndrum, Dalmally, Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Achnacloich to Connel Ferry. Our overview of local railway development concludes with the complex history of the Ballachulish branch before we continue to Oban. B.R. connections with MacBrayne shipping services to Mull and the Outer Hebrides are illustrated with cine of the Claymore, Lochearn, Lochnevis, Lochdunvegan and King George V. The Oban interlude continues with station scenes and shunting at the upper yard and MPD before we travel to Ballachulish in the last years of the 'Caley' tanks, a journey enriched with lineside action. Beyond Ballachulish we view the neighbouring slate quarry, Kinlochleven and its electric railway and Glencoe.

On 12th May 1962 an SLS railtour bade an enthusiasts farewell to C&O steam using ‘Caley 123’ and Glen Douglas; ‘on train’ footage is interwoven with shots at Crianlarich, Tyndrum and Oban, before the return trip is seen at Balquhidder, Strathyre, Callander, Doune and Stirling. On the same day, the ‘steam oasis’ branches to Killin and Ballachulish employed 80092 and 78052 respectively, but it was steam’s ‘last knockings’ at the latter. Thereafter, the implementation of Beeching Report recommendations drives the story, albeit with unexpected twists such as a reprieve for Ballachulish in 1964 and the Glen Ogle rock-fall. 1st November 1965 was to see closure for the mainline between Dunblane to Crianlarich and the Killin branch, but beyond Callander the enforced isolation saw BR pull the plug overnight, some five weeks early. Scenes of D5351 on the last day for the Ballachulish branch, 26th March 1966, precede a review of the next forty years. The varied conclusion embraces ScotRail initiatives, signalling and motive power changes as well as luxury and steam hauled excursions; a B1 and K1 doubleheader bring down the curtain as they assault the 1 in 49 west from Tyndrum. Maps, ephemera, photographs, cine and modern scenes are used throughout as we conclude the fascinating history of the C&O and its two branch lines.

Locomotive types include 'Caley' 0-4-4T, 0-6-0 and 4-2-2, NBR Glen, LMS Black 5 and Ivatt 2-6-0, LNER B1, BR Standard class 3 mogul and class 4, 2-6-4T, English Electric Type 1, BRCW Type 2, Brush Type 4 and class 37.

This DVD features two audio options. View the programme with narration by Stuart Sellar, then watch it again and lose yourself in the past with uninterrupted archive sound.

Replicated dual layer disk (DVD9) for optimum picture quality and reliability Map driven interactive menu.

OVL19DVD

bar code  5 030095 100199

Colour / B&W, 102 minutes

£ 19.95

 

FOR THE LOVE OF STEAM  Volume 1
Re-instating the Welsh Highland Railway

S4C’s memorable documentary charting the first stage in re-instating the Welsh Highland Railway.  Filmed over a period of two years and charting the first stage in the re-building of the line between Dinas and Caernarfon - one of the most ambitious railway preservation projects in the world.

With original music by Jochen Eisentraut and narrated by Eric Maddern,  this highly acclaimed documentary was produced and directed by Helen Williams-Ellis for S4C, and first broadcast in April 1998.

This video includes
remarkable footage of the locomotive Russell (circa 1930) running on the original WHR line
unique footage of the reconstruction of loco 138 in the loco shed at Port Shepstone
exclusive footage of the special charter in March 1996 with locomotives 138 and 150 running on the 70 mile Alfred County Railway
footage of the derelict Beyer Garrat locos at Claasans sidings, South Africa
Mountaineer and Blanche paying their last respects at Evan Davies’s funeral at Minffordd
the unloading and rebuilding of loco 140, Red Devil, at Glanypwll
the first official steaming of 138 at Ffestiniog Railway’s Steam Gala Weekend, May 1997
footage of building and track-laying between Dinas and Caernarfon
official opening and first passenger service, October 1997
plus exclusive footage on the footplate, and aerial shots of the new Welsh Highland Railway train running from Caernarfon to Dinas.

FLOS-1 DVD

bar code  5 030095 107518

 63 minutes

£ 8.99

 

FOR THE LOVE OF STEAM  Volume 2
Re-instating the Welsh Highland Railway:  Dinas - Waunfawr

In September 2000, the first part of the Welsh Highland Railway was re-opened after 60 years.  It was a remarkable achievement, made possible in part by the dedicated work of volunteers. This programme is a tribute to their vision and dedication in ensuring that one of the most ambitious railway preservation projects in the world is now at last happening.

This highly entertaining account of the trials and tribulations that finally saw the re-opening of the line between Dinas and Waunfawr was produced and directed by Helen Williams-Ellis, and was broadcast on S4C in December 2000.

Highlights include
the Russell locomotive hauling passengers in the original WHR carriages between Caernarfon and Waunfawr during the Steam Gala September 2000
exclusive interviews with train drivers Cli Jones WHR Porthmadog & Tony Williams FR/WHR
unique footage on the footplate of the Garratt 143 & Mountaineer on the official opening of the 7 mile track to Waunfawr
before and after shots of the track-bed & work in progress
Steam Gala 2000, with Russell & Taliesyn, Mountaineer & Russell, and the Garratts138/143 double heading
WHR Society volunteers working in Dinas yard on locos and track
original footage of Russell circa 1920’s & new WHR archive
aerial views of the old and new track-bed
glorious views of the ‘S’ bend in Beddgelert & the track-bed in the Aberglaslyn Pass interviews galore with  volunteers, staff and dedicated enthusiasts.

FLOS-2 DVD

bar code  5 030095 107525

 38minutes

£ 6.99

 

FOR THE LOVE OF STEAM  Volume 3
Re-instating the Welsh Highland Railway: Caernarfon -  Rhyd Ddu

The controversial and remarkable story of Ffestiniog Railway’s determination to reinstate the Welsh Highland Railway against almost unbelievable odds thanks to the unstinting enthusiasm of staff and volunteers, who continue to work tirelessly for the completion of this marathon project. Filmed over a period of years, the footage follows the track laying gangs as they work between Waunfawr and Rhyd Ddu.  Hampered by the foot and mouth epidemic and lack of funds, the work was finally finished by the summer of 2003. Amidst great pomp and fanfare, the line was officially opened by Prince Charles in July 2003: a significant moment for volunteers and enthusiasts alike as this marks the half way mark in reinstating the line all the way to Porthmadog.

With original music, digi beta footage shot by award winning cameraman Gareth Owen and narration by Bryn Fôn, this documentary was produced and directed by Helen Williams-Ellis for Beca-TV.

The DVD footage includes
remarkable footage of the locomotive Prince being driven by the Prince of Wales to Rhyd Ddu through the stunning mountains of Snowdonia
exclusive interviews with track gang workers, trains drivers, WHR staff and directors
footage of double headed Beyer Garrat locos hauling freight wagons during the Super Power weekend
bridging the gap over the river Gwyrfai
the official opening and first passenger service between Caernarfon and Rhyd Ddu
plus exclusive footage on the footplates.

FLOS-3 DVD

bar code  5 030095 107532

 40 minutes

£ 6.99