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The 2017 UK Railway data file is available to order. All sections have been thoroughly checked and updated. Available in A4 and A5 sizes.




New 2017 editions of our three popular spotting books have all been released and are all available to order on our website (see below). UK Combine 2017, UK Wagons 2017 and our comprehensive 288 page unique UK Pocket Book 2017.

You will now get more for your money with two of our books as we have included in both the UK Combine and UK Pocket Book preserved ex-BR coaches for the first time, that’s around 1400 more coaches for you to underline!!

This now compliments the preserved Locos / DMUs/ EMUs and mainline steam added over recent years.


Big Freight 16

Big Freight 16 - features a feast of freight trains, filmed countrywide during 2016. Produced in conjunction with Freightmaster, this brand new programme shows the huge variety of freight trains operating today and the astonishing variety of motive power hauling them! From Class 20s to brand new Class 68s and many more in between!

Full details at the link below...


M&B Productions 2017 Books



GB Railfreight’s 'GBRf 15' charity train in September 2016 will almost certainly be the railtour of the decade. The 2,220 mile four-day tour featured 19 locomotives and raised £125,000 for charity. This official cab ride DVD covers the first day – and what a day it was! The 365-mile trip started at London Victoria with Railfreight-liveried 20118+20132 setting off for Fratton in Hampshire, with the tour travelling via Epsom, Dorking, Horsham and Chichester. Lineside footage shows 73128+73213 working the train forward to Swanage before the cab ride on board the Class 20s resumes in the Dorset town for a trip over the Swanage Railway to Worgret Junction. The tour continued back to London via Poole, Southampton, Salisbury, Westbury and Reading. With plenty of sunlit landscapes, a fascinating route and some serious thrash, it made for the ultimate Class 20 WIRED FOR SOUND cab ride. Introduced by GBRf Managing Director John Smith, this three-and-a-half hour DVD represents excellent value for money at £19.95.

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Into the Blue Volume 1: North West England

This is the first in a series of DVDs looking at the wonderful BR blue era of the 1980s. Volume 1 focuses on the North West England and is packed with action from class 25s and 40s along with 20s, 37s, 45s 47s and a few surprise intruders. AC electrics also feature.

Just some of the locations included are Carlisle, Ribblehead, Skipton, Carnforth, Lancaster, Preston, Wigan, Warrington, Bolton, Manchester, Stockport, Chinley, Crewe and Chester.

Highlights include 40s and 45s on Pennine services, 25s on passenger and freight, 40s, 31s and 25s at work on the S&C, 81s and 85s on the WCML, Crewe Works running-in turn, class 20s, 31s & 33s head for North Wales.

This programme contains 100% original soundtrack.
Full captions, brief but informative commentary. Duration 85 minutes.

£15.95 includes free worldwide p&p

Or order securely via our website


2016 Books

Six books for the 2016 season by M&B Publications - locomotives, multiple units & hauled coaching stock, wagon fleets, on track plant & engineers...

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Traction 2016 Part 1

This twice-yearly DVD review of the modern traction scene is now in its 22nd year. As subscribers to the WNXX website will know, the railway continues to produce many unexpected developments, along with some extraordinary workings & freight traffic changes.

Add to the mix some notable railtours and preservation highlights and you have an action-packed 100-minute programme which includes...37025 and 37254 return to the main line to work for Colas; Freightliner’s 47830 on a Kilmarnock to Laira coaching stock move; 56087 & 56113 rescuing a failed 60087 on the Seaham cement; DRS’s 66425 ventures to Laira with HST coaching stock; 50007 Hercules & 50050 Fearless taking Heavy Haul coal hoppers to Donnington for storage; 90018 & 90036 hauling the Doncaster to Tyne Yard infrastructure service; the extraordinary Caledonian sleeper drags diversions caused by the closure of the West Coast main line north of Carlisle, including re-routings via the ECML, the Durham coast, the GN&GE Joint Line and the G&SW with Riviera Class 47 and GBRf Class 66 haulage; Network Rail’s newly-converted ‘Ultra 73s’; four Class 86s towed to Barrow Hill by 37608 before shipping to Bulgaria; 56113 and 66848 on test train rescues…and Class 40 D213 Andania blasting out of Swanage on its first passenger train in 32 years!

Full details and secure online ordering available at...


A Pictorial Salute to the Class 22 Series

"The book sales have been fantastic. It all came about on the stand at the West Somerset, in June 2015. It was our first big gala, we had so many requests for a class 22 book, that we decided to get one produced, ready for the SVR gala in October 2015. The sales were good, so we moved to produce the second for 2016. I have no doubt David Forster and Dave Blake are planning the third ready for Christmas?

The content of the books is expanding to add stories and further data, and there is more to come. David is getting new pictures through, many unseen. If anyone reading this has any Class 22 pictures, we would love to hear from you and get them printed in one of our series of books.

The main point to these books is to attract people to Project 22, and it's a very good fund raiser as well, with proceeds supporting the build project."

Thank you for your support. Both books are available from our web site:



No.15 in the highly-acclaimed and best-selling Big Freight series is out now. Produced in conjunction with Freightmaster, this brand new programme features another superb feast of freight trains, filmed countrywide during 2015/2016.

Skipton-Grassington Line - Continuing our look at freight-only
branches, we head to North Yorkshire and the picturesque Grassington branch which is used by stone trains serving Swinden Quarry. Now in the hands of GBRf Class 66s, various trains are featured along the line as well as a look at the quarry terminus itself.

Colas Class 37s - The use of Colas Class 37s on Network
Rail Infrastructure Monitoring trains has been one of the traction highlights of recent times. With many celebrity machines returning to the main line, Colas have acquired a superb pool of locos, working countrywide on the yellow trains. This feature includes 37025 in Large Logo blue and 37057 in BR green.

GSW diversions - The closure of the WCML north of Carlisle prompted two months of diversions in early 2016. Travelling along the Glasgow South Western route via Dumfries and Kilmarnock - a line which normally sees little freight - intensive services operated with containers, cars, steel, oil, flasks, ballast and even sleeper trains all diverted. See various 60s and 66s, 37s on a flask train, 2 x 47s on the
Caledonian sleeper and much more.

Colton Junction - This popular Freightmaster hotspot is visited again with a great day from July 2015. See various GBRf Class 66s on coal and biomass trains, DB, Freightliner and DRS Class 66s on containers, steel and engineers trains and the day ends with a DCR Class 56 on the Cardiff scrap.

Plus action from numerous other locations including Class 60s at the Humber oil terminal, 5-in-a-row at Brocklesby, 3-in-a-row at Whittlesea, the unusual swing bridge at Keadby, footage from West Ealing with trains running to/from Calvert and a round-up of Scottish action.

Also 37884 on a stock move, 56081 on scrap, 56104+56098 on a stock move, Class 73s on freight in Scotland and much more.

All sections are introduced with full commentary and maps.
Filmed in 16:9 widescreen. So much more than just train after train running past the camera!

This is all brand new footage, filmed 2015-2016. It has never
been used before and is not available anywhere else – GUARANTEED.

Running time - 150 minutes (2 hours 30 mins)

DVD - £19.95
Blu-ray - £22.95

Full details can be found here...


Locomaster Profiles - Traction 2015 Part 2

This twice-yearly DVD review of the modern traction scene is now in its 21st year. As subscribers to the WNXX website will know, the railway continues to produce many unexpected developments, along with some extraordinary workings & freight traffic changes. Add to the mix some notable railtours and preservation highlights and you have an action-packed 100-minute programme which includes...

37401 Mary Queen of Scots returning to the main line with DRS; Colas’s 60096 working Schenker’s Immingham-Santon iron ore; Colas Class 70s being trialled on tank and timber traffic; pairs of GBRf Class 47s on the Drax-Hotchley Hill gypsum; Network Rail re-instates 31233 for test train duties; 37057, 37116 & 37421 all return to main line use with Colas; Schenker’s 90040 is reinstated to traffic after a ten year absence; 47812, 66710, 86101 & Freightliner’s 90045 on Serco’s Caledonian Sleepers; 73966 working empty sleeper stock to Edinburgh; Deltic 55022 in its latest guise as 55007 Pinza; GBRf’s multi-traction ‘Noah’s Arc’ charity train; 67026 working an empty stock move on the re-opened Borders Railway to Tweedbank; the first HSTs to work into London Marylebone; Electrostar moves between Ramsgate and Derby using 31452, 47830, 37884 & 56104; DRS & GBRf Class 20s on RHTT duties; 56098 & 56104 hauling FGW Mark 3 stock from Laira to Kilmarnock...and the extraordinary sight of a pair of Hastings DEMU power cars dragging a damaged Southeastern Electrostar from Canterbury West to Ramsgate.

Full details and secure online ordering available at - http://www.locomaster.co.uk/traction_2015_pt2.htm

Rail Media Productions
The British Steam Collection

Rail Media Productions
"Dedicated to producing quality Tasmanian railway DVDs"

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UK Railway Datafile 2016

The UK Railway Datafile 2016 will be available for mail order from November 26th 2015.

This is the biggest book yet, with upgraded section layouts, new stock additions and a complete review for accuracy.

You can order your copy on the website at...


Project 22


Locomotives 1976-1999

Locomotives 1976-1999 by Stuart Broughton
Priced at £15.00

The book contains a varied selection of photographs from 1976 to 1999 of all the old locomotive Classes from Class 20 to Class 55 when most were in rail blue. These were all slides transferred to digital.

The book is available from Stuart Broughton
17 Ladywood Avenue, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1HS for £15.00 post free by cheque.

Email: stuartcascade@aol.com

GREAT Freight Volume 7

Fantastic freight action filmed at over 50 locations in 2014/15 with ~~

New Class 68s – built in Spain, the new fleet is seen mainly on Mountsorrel to Crewe ballast workings and also on their first two Tours.

Colas Railfreight have grown significantly past two years with Classes 37 47 56 and refurbished 60s and new 70s working in multiple and triplet .

Tours and Special Freights on Excursions Tests Drags and RHTT trains with Classes 20 31 37 43 47 50 56 57 66 67 68 in splendid action.

Visit to 2 Midland Mainline Hotspots at Sileby and Clay Cross to see heavy and varied freight workings.

Colourful Class 66s with range of liveries as superb example on the DVD cover.

Also, varied Class Convoys. East Lancs Railway Diesel Gala with guest freight Locos and home fleet.

Mixed Freight Scene with automotive departmental scrap coal aggregate ballast coils tanks flyash limestone and containers. Included Class 20s marching on with underground train escorts and departmental workings.

All included in the massive 110 minutes viewing time. With detailed fact-sheet of all workings.

See www.suttonparkvideos.co.uk  for full details and orders
Email spvlj@blueyonder.co.uk 

DVD price £ 17.50 post free

Farewell to Arms

Produced with the full co-operation of Network Rail, this latest Locomaster DVD details the operation of the ten signal boxes between Scunthorpe and Cleethorpes that are due to close shortly before Christmas. The boxes along the 60-mile route are - Appleby, Elsham, Wrawby Junction, Barnetby East,
Brocklesby Junction, Ulceby, Roxton, Stallingborough (including the original box with the gate wheel and semaphores), Marsh Junction and Pasture Street. And there's a few more for good measure - Immingham Reception (the last electrically-powered box with slide levers), Immingham West and the original box at Immingham East which closed in 2012. There's also a quick look at the little-used Grimsby Light Railway.

In this documentary you will see inside each and every box in the area. In the manual boxes, the Signallers are seen working the levers and block instruments in much the same way as more than a century ago in Victorian times. At the more complex boxes such as Barnetby East and Wrawby Junction,
the Signallers explain the local layout and signalling operation. There are also plenty of unique and previously unseen views of the numerous passing passenger and freight trains that are usually only seen by the signalling staff.

If you have ever stood on Barnetby station and wondered how Barnetby and Wrawby Junction signal boxes operate, then wonder no more. It's all in this DVD!

Credit Card Hotline - 01753 545888

Website - http://www.locomaster.co.uk/farewell_to_arms.htm

Big Freight 14 & Diesel Hauled Passenger Trains - The story of 2015

Big Freight 14

No.14 in the highly-acclaimed and best-selling Big Freight series was launched at the Warley show on 28th November. Produced in conjunction with Freightmaster – the National Railfreight Timetable – this brand new action-packed programme features another superb feast of freight trains, filmed countrywide during 2014/2015.

Includes: Barnetby - In an extended feature, footage from summer and autumn looks at the coal, steel, iron ore, stone and oil trains hauled by various DBS, Freightliner, Colas and GBRf Class 60s and 66s plus a Colas Class 70; a look at the freight-only Leicester-Burton Line with numerous GBRf Class 66 hauled stone trains; a look at the freight scene in Scotland from 2015 with Class 68s and Colas 56s; a visit to Peak Forest and Great Rocks Junction; an extended feature on the Rail Head Treatment Trains for 2015 including DRS Class 20s, Network Rail Class 37s (97s), Colas Class 47s and GBRf Class 73s; plus: 60087 and 70805 on the Carlisle - Chirk logs; Northern Belle liveried 57305+57312 on the Valley flasks and much more.

2 hours 45 mins: DVD £19.95/Blu-ray £22.95

Full details here: www.videoscene.co.uk/big-freight-14.html

Preview here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFxHbPqU47w 

Diesel Hauled Passenger Trains - The story of 2015

The recent revival in loco-hauled passenger trains reached new heights in 2015 with the introduction of the brand new Class 68s and the return of an old favourite, the Class 37s. To celebrate this remarkable turnaround, the Diesel Hauled Passenger Trains series is back with a brand new release - The Story of 2015.

Includes: Footage from Cumbria, Marylebone and the Chilterns, Class 67s working from Holyhead; the short top and tail Class 37 hauled set working off Norwich; DRS Class 68s on Fife Circle workings; various 57s and 67s on the sleeper services out of Paddington and in Scotland; 55022 on the Royal Scotsman; electric hauled sleeper trains with 86101, 87002 and various Class 90s and 92s on the Caledonian sleepers.

1 hour 37 mins: DVD £16.95/Blu-ray £19.95

Full details here: www.videoscene.co.uk/diesel-hauled-passenger-trains-the-story-of-2015.html

Preview here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH_yvc9cUxU

Syphon Salute - 50 Years of Class 37s

The Class 37 Locomotive Group's new book, the Syphon Salute, 50 Years of Class 37s

The Group wish to make it clear "that if you buy the book directly from the Group's shop (link below) 100% of the profit from the purchase goes towards the up keep and restoration of the Groups locomotive - 37003 at the Mid Norfolk Railway. The Group is a non profitable charity. If anyone buys the book from Strathwood, only a very small percentage of the proceeds from the book goes towards the Group."


Now available from MD Rail Productions
The North West Highlander (MDRP 030)

Total running time 90 minutes
On screen captions
No commentary.

Cost: £ 17.95 including P&P


The North West Highlander DVD

The North West Highlander

On Saturday 14th September 2013 SRPS Railtours ran an excursion from Inverurie to Oban. Preserved diesel locomotive ‘Deltic’ number 55022 “Royal Scots Grey” provided the power with West Coast Railways class 37, 37516 on the rear of the nine coach train. We first catch the train as it starts to head through Fife before it heads across the central belt of Scotland to gain access to the West Highland line to the west of Glasgow. With excellent weather those on the tour witnessed the spectacular scenery of the West Highland Line. Oban was reached within time. The return from Oban was delayed by around an hour due to a problem with an incoming ScotRail service. However some spirited running saw most of the delay recovered during the return journey.

The Kyle Crusader

Back in 2011 on Saturday 28th May, Kyle of Lochalsh was the destination for this tour. Starting early at North Berwick the eleven coach train was hauled by preserved diesel locomotive ‘Deltic’ 55 022 “Royal Scots Grey” with West Coast Railways class 47, 47804 on the rear of the train. The train was routed via Fife to reach Perth. The weather was typical late spring fair with a mix of sunny periods and heavy showers. Cracking views of the mountains, lochs and glens along both the Highland Railway and Kyle Line were to be had. Arrival at Kyle of Lochalsh the weather was a little damp. The return was in similar conditions with good timings as per the outward journey.

SRPS Diesel Group Winter Diesel Gala

Over the weekend of 28th and 29th December 2013 the SRPS Diesel Group organised a diesel gala featuring both resident and visiting locomotives. The main highlight was the return to traffic of class 37, 37401 “Mary Queen of Scots”. The locomotive still owned by Direct Rail Services was loaned to the group with funds provided to overhaul and repaint. Once repaired the loco could then be used on the Bo’ness and Kinneil as part of the local fleet. It has since returned to DRS for use back on the main line. Other locos visiting were from Colas 56105, DCR 56312 and 55022 “Royal Scots Grey”. Resident stock used included 26038, 37175 and 47643. Of note 37175 was sold on to Colas later in 2014 and is now back out on the mainline.

The National Wagon Preservation Group

Introductory Offer - Adult Membership £10

Standard membership from 01/09/15

Adult membership - £15
Child membership - £5

Membership application is available from the link below or from their website at http://nwpg.co.uk/

Membership application form (PDF)


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