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The Old Gotthard Tunnel Route (Blu-ray)

The Old Gotthard Tunnel Route (Blu-ray)

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The original Gotthard railway tunnel through the Swiss Alps, took ten years to build and cost 147 lives. It was a mammoth undertaking and required the construction of long ramps on either side totalling 85 miles. Dozens of tunnels, viaducts and bridges were necessary. The ruling gradient of 1 in 37 was deemed to be just about the maximum that the original steam locomotives could handle, even then, trains were usually double-headed and even had banking engines attached at the rear! In order even to keep to this severe gradient, the engineers had to construct a number of additional spiral tunnels to gain height, hewn out of solid rock.


Our film begins at the Swiss town of Lugano, where we see the funicular that runs from the picturesque historic lakeside town up to the main line railway station. There we take a front seat in the cab of a modern Regional Express EMU for a spectacular journey. As soon as we depart, our train has to climb up and through the Monte Ceneri Pass overlooking the Ticino plain below. Descending steep gradients we reach the junction town and the capital of the Italian speaking Ticino region: Bellinzona.


With a change of driver, we begin the gradual climb up towards the summit of the line. En route, we see the entrance of the current longest traffic tunnel in the world, the new Gotthard Base Tunnel, opened in 2016. Taking the original route, that has been the main Alpine railway passage for over a hundred years, we can marvel at the feat of engineering - building a conventional railway through this seemingly impassable mountainous region. Eventually the climb ends at Airolo where we enter what was, in 1882, the longest tunnel in the world. A brief history of the pass and the building of the tunnel itself, interjects our journey through the 9 mile long double track tunnel.


As we emerge on the German speaking northern side of the Gotthard Massif, the long ramp begins all over again, this time in a downward direction passing through many more spiral tunnels and avalanche shelters. The scenery is of course Alpine spectacular and what better way of seeing it than from the driver’s cab?


Filmed in mid-summer 2018.


The history of the route along with current train operating is expertly delivered by Jonathan Kydd, one of the UK’s leading narrators.
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The Old Gotthard Tunnel Route

The Old Gotthard Tunnel Route

25.00

The original Gotthard railway tunnel through the Swiss Alps, took ten years to build and cost 147 lives. It was a mammoth undertaking and required the construction of long ramps on either side totalling 85 miles. Dozens of tunnels, viaducts and bridges were necessary. The ruling gradient of 1 in 37 was deemed to be just about the maximum that the original steam locomotives could handle, even then, trains were usually double-headed and even had banking engines attached at the rear! In order even to keep to this severe gradient, the engineers had to construct a number of additional spiral tunnels to gain height, hewn out of solid rock.


Our film begins at the Swiss town of Lugano, where we see the funicular that runs from the picturesque historic lakeside town up to the main line railway station. There we take a front seat in the cab of a modern Regional Express EMU for a spectacular journey. As soon as we depart, our train has to climb up and through the Monte Ceneri Pass overlooking the Ticino plain below. Descending steep gradients we reach the junction town and the capital of the Italian speaking Ticino region: Bellinzona.


With a change of driver, we begin the gradual climb up towards the summit of the line. En route, we see the entrance of the current longest traffic tunnel in the world, the new Gotthard Base Tunnel, opened in 2016. Taking the original route, that has been the main Alpine railway passage for over a hundred years, we can marvel at the feat of engineering - building a conventional railway through this seemingly impassable mountainous region. Eventually the climb ends at Airolo where we enter what was, in 1882, the longest tunnel in the world. A brief history of the pass and the building of the tunnel itself, interjects our journey through the 9 mile long double track tunnel.


As we emerge on the German speaking northern side of the Gotthard Massif, the long ramp begins all over again, this time in a downward direction passing through many more spiral tunnels and avalanche shelters. The scenery is of course Alpine spectacular and what better way of seeing it than from the driver’s cab?


Filmed in mid-summer 2018.


The history of the route along with current train operating is expertly delivered by Jonathan Kydd, one of the UK’s leading narrators.
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Isle of Man Vintage Transport Extravaganza 1974 & 1983

Isle of Man Vintage Transport Extravaganza 1974 & 1983

17.95

This fascinating production was filmed in 1974 on the occasion of the Isle of Man Steam Railway's Centenary, and during the 1983 Vintage Transport Weekend, which was run for transport enthusiasts. During the Steam Railway's Centenary, a number of locos that had not been used for years were on display at the impressive terminus in Douglas, which at that time, had two island platforms, complete with canopies. and an impressive array of semaphore signals. Crossbench cars were much in evidence on the Manx Electric Railway, which serves Laxey and Ramsey. The Douglas Southern Tramway is remembered, using film of the preserved No 1, making a rare appearance running at the Crich Tramway Museum.


During the 1983 event there was much activity, as a number of specials were run on the Manx Electric, including newly restored loco No 23, pioneer electric car 2, a number of crossbench cars, and a rarely seen saloon trailer. Specials also ran on the Steam Railway, including a train in blue livery, plus some spectacular double-headed run-pasts. The ex County Donegal Railcars are also seen in action. The Snaefell Mountain Railway is featured, as well as the Douglas Horse Tramway, when the winter saloons and some of the open cars were out on the promenade.
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Marylebone Steam in the 1980s

Marylebone Steam in the 1980s

17.95

In the 1980’s, Marylebone had become a sleepy commuter terminus, with little to interest railway enthusiasts. There was great excitement in 1985, when A4 Pacific “Sir Nigel Gresley” began a series of steam runs from Marylebone to Stratford-upon-Avon. Over the remainder of the decade, many other famous steam locomotives headed “The Shakespeare Limited” dining train, as well as a number of Rail Tours and Santa Specials.


Here we feature many of the runs, as well as a journey to Stratford behind “Clan Line”. Other locomotives seen include, “Duchess of Hamilton”, “Flying Scotsman”, Standard Class 4MT 75069, “Sir Lamiel”, “Mallard”, “Green Arrow”, “City of Wells”, “Clun Castle”, “Princess Elizabeth”, “Taw Valley”, and “Duke of Gloucester”.


Also included are steam runs to Stratford-upon-Avon from Didcot, hauled by “Drysllwyn Castle”, and from Tyseley by “King Edward I” and Castle Class “Defiant”.


The entire programme was filmed with sound, including the A4’s chime whistles, which were sounded frequently.
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The French Tramway Revolution Vol.2

The French Tramway Revolution Vol.2

17.95

Disc 1 (67-mins)


Much has happened in France since we issued Volume 1. More new systems have opened, and the others have xpanded. We start with a comprehensive visit to the new system in Bordeaux, opened in 2003, which has adopted a surface contact system of current collection, for use in the environmentally sensitive city centre. We go on to visit the new system in Nice, that has opted for battery power through two elegant squares. The other new system, featured on this disc, is in Valenciennes, which opened in 2006. This disc concludes with a look at Montpellier’s second line, with its distinctive floral livery.


Disc 2 (72-mins)


This starts with cover of developments in Grenoble, where the tramway has expanded to four routes. Next we go to Lyon, where route T1 has been extended, and a third route, T3, opened. We continue to Marseille, where its one remaining route has been upgraded to light rail standards. An entirely new second route has also been opened. Developments in Nantes are covered, comprising extensions to the three existing routes. Paris has also moved on, with extensions and new routes, bringing the total to four, all of which are visited.The extension of the surviving metre-gauge line in Saint Etienne, to serve the SNCF station at Chateaucreux, is featured.



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District Line Past & Present (Double Album)

District Line Past & Present (Double Album)

17.95

Disc 1 District Line - Past (50-mins)

This traces the history of the line from its opening in 1868, through to electrification in the early part of the 20th century, and up to the present day. An archive film, taken in 1930, gives us a cab ride from West Kensington to Acton Town, and beyond, at the time when extra tracks were being laid for the Piccadilly Line extension. We see early electric rolling stock in use, most with American style clerestory roofs. Later we see Q stock, R stock, and CO/CP stock in service. There is film of the short South Acton branch that closed in 1959. Other items included are the final tours with the CO/CP and R stocks, and “Steamon the District” in 1993, using pannier tank L99, backed up with electric locomotive “Sarah Siddons”.


Disc 2 District Line - Present (50-mins)

The second disc deals with the District Line today. It is 40 miles long, and serves 60 stations, carrying a total of 600,000 passengers every weekday. We start with the Edgware Road to Wimbledon service, which is operated with C stock. Then we view the Olympia, Richmond, and Ealing branches, which are operated by a fleet of 75 D stock trains. Finally, we follow the line from Upminster, through central London, to Earls Court, the hub of the line. The architecture of the stations on route is extensively featured, and an interesting variety of National Rail rolling stock is shown where the two interconnect
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East Coast Main Line Memories 1975 to 2008

East Coast Main Line Memories 1975 to 2008

17.95

Disc 1 (69-minutes)


Our visit to the East Coast Main Line starts at Kings Cross in 1975, when all trains were diesel powered. Main line services were in the hands of the iconic Deltics, and Class 47’s, with the occasional visiting Peak. Suburban services were provided by DMU’s and Class 31’s, hauling compartment stock. We see the electrification of the suburban services, including the Finsbury Park to Moorgate route, and the last Eastern Region passenger trains over the LT Widened Lines.

The extensive remodelling of the approaches to Kings Cross, in the second half of the 1970’s, is also featured.


Moving North, there is considerable coverage of the diesel era at Doncaster, York, Newcastle, and Edinburgh, and also a visit to Scarborough.


At Edinburgh we see Class 47’s operating the Glasgow ‘Push-Pull’ service.


The coming of the HST’s is followed by the progressive electrification between London, Leeds, and Edinburgh, using Class 91 locomotives.


Disc 2 (56-minutes)

Our story continues into the era of privatisation, and includes the use of Class 90 locos on Leeds services. We see the introduction of the GNER livery, plus Eurostars, and the unique Class 89 in service. Later we see Virgin HST’s and Voyagers, on Cross Country services, as well as various other liveries applied to Sprinters and Pacers. We see First Capital Connect livery replace the WAGN colours on London suburban services.


Hull Trains Class 170’s and Class 222’s are featured, as well as leased Class 180’s. Grand Central’s new service to Sunderland is seen at Kings Cross.

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Finally, we see the GNER livery modified, and subsequently replaced, following the takeover of the franchise by National Express - East Coast in 2007.

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Hong Kong Tramways in the 1980s

Hong Kong Tramways in the 1980s

17.95

In this volume we show Hong Kong’s iconic 3 foot 6 inch gauge tramway as it was between 1977 and 1992, when the former colony was still under British administration. In the early scenes, single deck trailers were still in operation. The double deck trams dated from the 1950’s. We take a comprehensive look at the tramway, including the now closed Sharp Street depot and workshops. Several top deck journeys are featured.


Also included are views of the Mass Transit Railway, the Kowloon Canton Railway, the Star Ferry and the lightweight cars on the Peak Tram. Inevitably British double deck buses, including many ex-London Daimler Fleetlines, feature prominently, as they ran parallel with the tramway. Open-top Routemasters are also seen on the Peak Tram shuttle.


The final part, filmed in 1992, shows the tram fleet after it had received new bodies, and also shows the new rolling stock on the Peak Tramway. A visit is also made to the Tuen Mun Light Rail system in the New Territories.



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London Overground - Lea Valley Lines & TfL Rail

London Overground - Lea Valley Lines & TfL Rail

17.95

London Overground took over the Lea Valley lines, running from Liverpool Street to Enfield Town, Cheshunt and Chingford, previously operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, on 31st May 2015. At the same time TfL took over the Liverpool Street to Shenfield service. They inherited existing fleets of class 315 and 317 emus from the previous franchise holders. All were overhauled and outshopped in either London Overground or TfL liveries. Signage was brought in line with their corporate images, and stations were manned during operating hours.


Here we show all the lines in detail during the period following the change over, and before the existing rolling stock was replaced by new class 345 and 710 Aventra emus. The Shenfield line was destined to become part of the new Elizabeth line, running through tunnels under central London to Reading and Heathrow in the west. Work to upgrade stations along the line are seen in this production.


Seven-car Aventra Class 345s, which first entered service on the Shenfield line in 2017, are shown in operation. These were scheduled to be increased to nine-car formations for the Elizabeth line by the time the first section opened.
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The Chiltern Bubble Cars

The Chiltern Bubble Cars

12.00

The 19th May 2017 was the last day that first-generation DMUs ran in regular passenger service on Network Rail. These were the two class 121 Bubble cars owned by Chiltern Railways that were used on the Princes Risborough to Aylesbury branch.

To record and commemorate the event, Video 125 cameras followed the single units (affectionately dubbed Bubble Cars) in the weeks prior to their withdrawal. The idea for this film came from the former Managing Director of Chiltern Trains Holidays, Tony Parkins, who has been closely associated with Chiltern Railways ever since his involvement with the writing of our Driver's eye view Chiltern Take Two.

It was Tony's idea to produce this film and as such has not only co-written and researched the information but actually presents it to camera.

The film starts with a brief history of the class 121 with a couple of archive clips and old photos. We then come to 2017 and go inside the Chiltern Railways Aylesbury depot to interview the Production Manager who gives us an insight into the whys and wherefores of the DMUs. To find out more about the 121s in general, Tony then went to the nearby Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway to talk to members responsible for their own Bubble Cars' restoration and a former driver who used to drive the single cars on the Bedford to Bletchley line.

Back to Aylesbury and the Chiltern Railways senior driving instructor takes us through the start up procedure. He then drives unit number 034 from the depot into platform 1 at Aylesbury to start the afternoon diagram. A Driver's eye view of the Princes Risborough to Aylesbury branch follows, including the line's history and the operation of the Bubble car.

The final day arrives and the Chiltern Railways Managing Director gives a farewell speech. With both 121s coupled together for the final few services, it is drizzling when the last scheduled service arrives bringing down the curtain on the very last DMU service operated by a national train operarting company on Network Rail.

Filmed in May 2017
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Devon Branches: Gunnislake & Paignton

Devon Branches: Gunnislake & Paignton

18.00

Two cab rides: Plymouth to Gunnislake, Newton Abbot to Paignton

The 14¾ mile long Gunnislake branch is the stub of the former LSWR main line from Plymouth to Exeter. Beyond Plymouth, this surprisingly remote line follows the River Tamar for much of the way. At Bere Alston, our class 150 Sprinter reverses onto the former Callington Branch, which takes us over the Tamar on a classic 120 ft high 12 arch viaduct into Cornwall. The line has steep gradients, tight curves and severe speed restrictions.

For the Paignton branch we join a class 143 pacer at Newton Abbot. The 'Riviera Line' is a 7¼ mile long double track branch that takes in the popular holiday resorts of Torquay and Paignton.

Narrated by Rob Curling, written by Peter Middleton.
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Vol.211 A Miscellany of Electric & Diesel Power No.3

Vol.211 A Miscellany of Electric & Diesel Power No.3

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In this volume we continue our “Classic Traction” theme covering many of the different classes of locomotives that were in operation across all regions of the network during the 1970s and 1980s. Most of the clips selected have not been previously seen. As before with we have simply compiled the film clips in no particular order and thus a few surprises will be in store as you enjoy the video.


Starting with the Southern, we see Class 33s in action and then over on the Western we see Class 52s and Class 50s in and around the Paddington area. At Old Oak Common Depot a number of Hymeks and other types are stabled around the last of the four round-house turntables. Class 47s are seen all over the network hauling all manner of trains. Several Hymeks are seen working, including D7017 emblazoned with the D & EG signs after purchase by the Group.


On the East Coast Main Line, the famous Deltics are in action (including a glimpse of the first ever Deltic visit to Inverness) and we visit King's Cross, Brookmans Park, Welwyn Viaduct, Hitchin, Cadwell, York plus several other locations. In Scotland we see class 26s on the Kyle line.


Class 20s were well known for working pairs and we see these on MGR coal trains at locations such as Warrington for the Fiddlers Ferry Power Station. At Tinsley Yard we see one of three class 13s stabled. These were a development from the class 08 and especially built for the yard. Most unusual are the scenes from the old Burry Port and Gwendraeth Railway with triple-headed 03s, working on the restricted height line, which in its early days was actually a canal!


More freight action includes parcels traffic, steel coil, fuel & chemical tank trains and Presflow wagon workings. A few scenes of London Underground units are followed by BR DMUs and EMUs on the Southern, Watford and Southport lines. A rarely seen Motor Parcels van is captured hauling two baggage vans out of Paddington. A German built railbus is also spotted meandering around Kemble. Plus a few shots taken around the South Wales Collieries.


On the West Coast Main Line we see class 85 & 86 electrics followed by a pair of EM1 Bo-Bos on the Woodhead route. Other locations include Churchdown, Banbury, Didcot, Bishops Stortford, (where we see a special guards-van railtour) as well as Barnetby and Chester. Harlow Mill features several stone trains arriving and departing with a variety of 37s, 47s, 56s, 58s, a 59 and 60s providing the power. We also visit High Wycombe, Bletchley, Cheltenham and Shrewsbury areas. Plus a couple of scenes from Wennington and the Settle & Carlisle.


With such a diverse range of locomotives there is an equally diverse range of liveries, from original green two-tone, BR Corporate Blue, Large-Logo, Railfreight sector variants, Inter-City and more including special 'one-offs' such as the 'Yellow Peril' No.47803. We also see the Crewe Test Train in action plus a couple of passing Motorail services.


All the archive film is in colour. An informative commentary and authentic soundtrack has been added.


Cover Photo:- Keith Pirt/Courtesy Book Law Publications, Type 4 D1576 in the New Forest with the up "Bournemouth Belle", July 1967.


All text is © Wolverton Rail (a trading name of ADVANCE MICRO COMPUTERS LTD.) and may contain trackable codes.


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Cab Ride NR82: Wakefield Westgate & Huddersfield to Manchester Victoria

Cab Ride NR82: Wakefield Westgate & Huddersfield to Manchester Victoria

21.95

A cab-ride journey aboard a Class 142 & 150 units of Northern Rail from Wakefield Westgate to Manchester Victoria via Huddersfield & Stalybridge calling at Wakefield Kirkgate (then changing ends for) Mirfield, Deighton, & Huddersfield (then change of platform for) Slaithwaite, Marsden,Greenfield, Mossley, Stalybridge and Ashton-Under-Lyne before terminating at Manchester Victoria.
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