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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
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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
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
This programme contains 100% original soundtrack.
Full captions, brief but informative commentary.
Duration 85 minutes.
£15.95 includes free worldwide p&p
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Six books for the 2016 season by M&B
Publications - locomotives, multiple units & hauled
coaching stock, wagon fleets, on track plant &
MB Publications 2016 Series Web Store
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
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!
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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
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:
BIG FREIGHT 15
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
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
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
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
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
been used before and is not available anywhere else –
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 -
Rail Media Productions
The British Steam Collection
"Dedicated to producing quality Tasmanian railway DVDs"
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
You can order your copy on the website at...
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.
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
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.
www.suttonparkvideos.co.uk for full details and
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,
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
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
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!
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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:
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
1 hour 37 mins: DVD £16.95/Blu-ray £19.95
Full details here:
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."
LOCO GROUP - SYPHON SALUTE BOOK
Now available from MD Rail Productions
The North West Highlander (MDRP 030)
Total running time 90 minutes
On screen captions
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.
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