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Railways of Hertfordshire Vol. 1: A journey around Hertfordshire through archive film

Railways of Hertfordshire Vol. 1: A journey around Hertfordshire through archive film


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Hertfordshire was once served by a fascinating and varied collection of railways. The main lines to London ran alongside a network of sleepy and little used branches. Most of the branch lines have long gone, but the main lines survive. This, the first of 3 Volumes, explores the areas network of lines from the steam era to the present day.


In Volume One Presenter Tony Furse takes us on a journey around Hertfordshire using an extensive collection of archive material.


  • St Albans looking at the station, signal box and steam shed using archive material from steam days, through the diesel era to the electric age.

  • The Midland Main Line with a variety of steam workings at Napsbury in 1959.

  • The Branch Lines of St Albans and the railway from St Albans to Watford Junction. We explore the stations along the route in the 1960s through to the last years of diesel services.

  • Watford Junction and the steam era with film from the early 1960s on the main line and at the steam shed.

  • Electrified Branch Lines exploring the branches to Croxley Green and Rickmansworth Church Street. Steam and Diesel special trains are featured along with electric services in the 1970s.

  • Gone but not Forgotten and the long closed branch from St Albans to Hatfield. We explore the line using archive from the 1930s to the late 1960s, including the last freight trains. We also look at recent developments at Smallford and Nast Hyde Halt.

  • Additional Item. A journey from Watford to St Albans Abbey in 1989 plus St Albans and Smallford in the 1960s.



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Narrated by: Tony Furse
First published on DVD: August 2020
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 & 16:9 SD
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 80-mins (1hr 20min) , Colour and Black & White
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Railways of Herts & Beds Vol. 2: A journey around Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire through archive film

Railways of Herts & Beds Vol. 2: A journey around Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire through archive film


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Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire were once served by a fascinating and varied collection of railways. The main lines to London ran alongside a network of sleepy and little used branches. Volume 2 explores the East Coast Main Line and branches to Hertford and Bedford from the steam era to the present day.




Presenter Tony Furse continues on a journey around Hertfordshire using an extensive collection of archive material.


The East Coast Main Line looking at the route from Kings Cross to Potters Bar and Hitchin in the steam era along with film from the 1970s. Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Stevenage and Digswell Viaduct all feature with A4s, A1s, V2s and suburban trains.


Cross Country from Hitchin and the lines to Royston and Bedford in the 1950s and 1960s. Includes a detailed look at steam comings and goings at Bedford and the quiet intermediate stations at Cardington, Southill and Henlow Camp with passenger and freight traffic. Also featured is a DMU on the branch in the days up until closure in 1961 and a Highland Goods loco in 1964.


The Branch to Hertford with a detailed look at the line from Welwyn Garden City to Hertford and the intermediate stations at Attimore Hall Halt, Holywell Hyde Halt, Cole Green and Hertingfordbury and the end of the line at Hertford Cowbridge. The line is shown during the run of a steam special behind a Great Northern J13 tank. In addition we explore the remains of the line in recent months.



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Narrated by: Tony Furse
First published on DVD: October 2021
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 & 16:9 SD
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 75-mins (1hr 15min) , Colour and Black & White
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Railways of Herts & Beds Vol. 3: A journey around Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire through archive film

Railways of Herts & Beds Vol. 3: A journey around Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire through archive film


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Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire were once served by a fascinating and varied collection of railways. One notable and important line ran from Welwyn Garden City to Luton along the Lea Valley. Volume 3 explores this line using a collection of archive film taken in the 1950s and 1960s.


A history of the line from conception through to the British Railways era including a look at the motive power over the years on a variety of traffic. Includes the first diesel workings in the 1950s on passenger and freight


Along the Lea Valley. A journey along the line looking at the stations at Welwyn, Ayot, Wheathampstead, Harpenden East, Luton Hoo and Luton Bute Street using archive film.


Specials. Various steam hauled special trains in the British Railways Era with views from the train and lineside.


The last train and a final journey along the line in 1965. Luton and archive film of the town and stations at Luton Bute Street and Luton Midland with a variety of traffic from express passenger to freight. Includes Black 5s, 9Fs and Jubilees.


A look at the former railway today and an exploration of the remains of the stations and trackbed. Plus past and present scenes





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Cover photo: David Pearson & The John Alsop Collection.
Narrated by: Tony Furse
First published on DVD: May 2022
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 & 16:9 SD
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 65-mins (1hr 5min) , Colour and Black & White
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Railways of Wales Vol. 1: Mid Wales

Railways of Wales Vol. 1: Mid Wales


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Mid Wales offered a contrasting mix of railways, from the major links from Shrewsbury to the coast at Aberystwyth and the Central Wales Line, to the long secondary lines from Moat Lane to Hereford, Brecon and Neath. In this programme we explore these lines mostly in the 1950s, 1960s and 1980s.


Through Mid Wales. Shrewsbury and the line through Welshpool, Moat Lane, Newtown over Talerddig to Machynlleth with many of the intermediate stations and a range of steam power including ‘Manors’ and Standard Class 4s on passenger and freight. Steam is featured on the ascent to the summit at Talerddig both from the West & East. in addition the diesel era is shown with Class 37s on services to the Cambrian Coast.


The route through Oswestry. Oswestry and services to Ellesmere and Welshpool and the branch to Llanfyllin


To South Wales. The line from Moat Lane through Llanidloes and Builth Road to Three Cocks Junction.


The Central Wales line over Knucklas Viaduct, through Builth Wells to Llandeilo.


West from Hereford. The route West to Three Cocks Junction and the lines around Brecon and the branches to Neath and Merthyr


To the Coast at Aberystwyth. Machynlleth and the Cambrian line to Dovey Junction and Aberystwyth with a wide range of traffic including the Cambrian Coast Express. Aberystwyth’s steam shed and the narrow gauge line is also featured in the 1950s, 1960s & 1980s with a wide range of traction.



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Narrated by: Graeme Aldous
First published on DVD: June 2020
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 & 16:9 SD
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 75-mins (1hr 15min) , Colour
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Railways of Wales Vol. 2 :The Cambrian Coast and the Dee Valley

Railways of Wales Vol. 2 :The Cambrian Coast and the Dee Valley


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The Cambrian Coast and the route from Barmouth to Ruabon:- Barmouth through Ruabon provided a combination of dramatic coastal scenery, steep gradients and a wide variety of motive power. This volume explores these lines using archive film from the 1950s, 1960s and 1980s.


  • Along the Cambrian Coast. Dovey Junction to Barmouth. Steam power is shown at a variety of locations on freight and passenger workings. Also featured is the Cambrian Coast Express in the 1980s behind steam and diesel power.

  • Across Mid Wales & The Dee Valley. The route from Ruabon to Morfa Mawddach. A look at passenger and freight along the line through Llangollen, Bala and over the summit to Dolgellau in steam days. Includes scenes from the 1950s right up until closure in 1965. Also features a journey from Barmouth to Llangollen.

  • Barmouth to Pwllheli. Steam power on the line following the Cambrian Coast through Harlech, Portmadog and the junction at Afon Wen. BR Standards work alongside Manors and Dukedogs.

  • After the End of Steam. The Cambrian Coast route in the 1970s with the last freight traffic and DMU operation.

  • North to Bangor. The line from Afon Wen to Caernafon and Bangor, with DMUs and steam power prior to closure.

  • Bonus Item: A Journey from Shrewsbury to the Cambrian Coast in the late 1970s.



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Narrated by: Graeme Aldous
First published on DVD: June 2020
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 & 16:9 SD
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 75-mins (1hr 15min) , Colour
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Railways of Wales Vol. 3: North Wales - Chester & Wrexham to Holyhead

Railways of Wales Vol. 3: North Wales - Chester & Wrexham to Holyhead


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The North Wales Coast was served by a busy main line with express services and freight. In addition there were a number of brances serving North Wales and the Isle of Anglesey. The motive power was dominated by ex LMS designs & BR Standards. This volume explores these lines and their motive power and workings in the era of British Railways.


Into Wales by the Cambrian and Great Central Railways. The Wrexham Mold and Connahs Quay & Great Central route from Wrexham through Penyffordd to Chester Northgate.


Chester to Llandudno Junction. The main line busy with holiday traffic and freight heading along the coast through Rhyl & Colwyn Bay. Black 5s, Britannias, Duchess Pacifics & special trains are featured plus Rhyl Shed along with shunting duties and the transition to diesel traction.


Llandudno Junction
. This busy junction with a wide variety of traffic in the BR era along with the steam shed.


Branches from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llandudno


Along the Coast. The busy main line through Conwy & Penmaenmawr to Bangor with freight and passenger traffic behind a variety of steam classes. Plus a look at Bangor in the 1960s & 1970s


Across Anglesey. The main line to Holyhead and the many intermediate stations in the steam era and 1980s plus the branch to Amlwch in the days of steam and diesel traction. Includes special trains.



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First published on DVD: January 2021
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 & 16:9 SD
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 80-mins (1hr 20min) , Colour
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Railways of Wales Vol. 4: South Wales

Railways of Wales Vol. 4: South Wales


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South Wales – The Railways from the Severn Estuary through the Welsh Valleys

to the South West

South Wales encompassed an amazing variety of railways and landscapes. The main line through Cardiff hosted services to London. The Valleys with their spectacular railways served an area dominated by ‘King Coal’. Swansea had a mix of lines and motive power. The South West coast was served by sleepy seaside branches.

The Gateway to Wales
The Severn Tunnel and the route along the Estuary converging on Severn Tunnel Junction in steam days. Freight and passenger traffic is featured on a range of duties.

The Motive Power A recap on the motive power scene & the contrasting locomotive types serving the routes through North, Mid & South Wales.

The Main Line through Cardiff Steam workings through Newport & Cardiff and the steam sheds with a wide range of power including 9fs, 56XX tanks and Halls.

The Welsh Valleys The railways and services serving the Valley lines. Crumlin viaduct and the cross valley lines are included along with coal traffic and special trains. Prairies and Panniers feature on passenger and freight.

Steam Survivors Mountain Ash and the 1970s traction scene.

By LNWR to South Wales The route through Pontardulais to Swansea Victoria plus the lines in the Swansea area including the docks.

To the South West The railways of Carmarthen, freight to Newcastle Emlyn, the Cardigan Branch plus the branches to Cardigan, Pembroke, Milford Haven and Fishguard.



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First published on DVD: March 2021
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 & 16:9 SD
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 100-mins (1hr 40min) , Colour
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Railways of the Isle of Man

Railways of the Isle of Man


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Extensive Coverage of the railway and its Beyer Peacock 2-4-0Ts hauling passenger services between Douglas and Port Erin including restored No.1 ‘Sutherland’ and also 0-6-0 Tank ‘Caledonia’.

Scenes from the 1960s.

Three more locomotives are shown in action on the lines to Port Erin, Peel and Ramsey.

The Groudle Glen Railway

This two foot gauge runs along the cliffs from Lhen Coan to Sea Lion Rocks and recently constructed ‘Annie’ and ‘Sea Lion’ haul the trains.

The Manx Electric Railway

Several trams and trailers in service between Douglas and Ramsey together with engineer’s flat wagons, vans and the tower wagon which is used to maintain the overhead wires.

The Snaefell Mountain Railway

Views from the islands highest mountain railway and the trams which make the ascent from Laxey.

125th Anniversary Events In 1998 the Isle of Man Railway celebrated its 125th Anniversary by organising four weeks of special events . Number 1 ‘Sutherland’ is in steam at the site of Pool station and runs in unison with Tram No.1 on the Manx Electric Railway while Tram No. 33 works services on the steam railway! Double headers and works trains add to the ingredients.



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First published on DVD: 2017
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 55-mins (0hr 55min)

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The Settle & Carlisle Railway - The 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s

The Settle & Carlisle Railway - The 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s


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This 73 mile railway across the roof of England contains a remarkable mix of viaducts, tunnels, steep gradients and fine scenery. It has long provided a backdrop to a fine varied collection of motive power. In Volume One we look at the railway in the 1960s with steam & diesel traction and explore the changes that took place right through to the 1980s.


The Railway Explored. The history of the railway and an overview of the line and its gradients and engineering features.


The Age of Steam. A journey along the line in the 1960s looking at freight and passenger traffic at a number of vantage points including Ribblehead Viaduct, Blea Moor, Dentdale and Ais Gill. Britannias, Jubilees, Black 5s and Stanier 8Fs all feature. Also includes the ‘Last Steam Train’ of August 1968.


The Preservation Era. The return of steam over the railway in 1978 and into the 1980s featuring a range of power including A4 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’, 46229 ‘Duchess of Hamilton’, Black 5 4507, 777 ‘Sir Lamiel’ and 850 ‘Lord Nelson.


Diesel Traction in the 1960s with ‘Peaks’, Brush Type 2s and English Electric Type 4s.


The 1970s. The motive power scene with Class 40s, 47s, 25s, 45s and 31s on freight and passenger traffic.


The Threat of Closure. The run down of the railway and the announced closure and decline of traffic with the last freights and declining passenger service.


Over the Fells in Winter. Views from the 1970s and 1980s in deep snow.



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First published on DVD: 9th.April 2022
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3 & 16:9 SD
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Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 85-mins (1hr 25min) , Colour
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