The Forty Mile Railway is the combination of both the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland lines, running from Caernarfon to Portmadog and then to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Our film traces the history of both lines through archive photographs, explaining why the railways were built.
In the modern era the Welsh Highland Railway has been rebuilt, both it and the Ffestiniog Railway benefitting from the success of each other.See both Railways described from end to end.
Disc 2 features some of the many special events held, celebrating steam power on the narrow gauge, including visiting locomotives, as well as old favourites
See 'Lyd' at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, gravity slate trains, Garratt articulated locomotives on the severe climbs through Beddgelert Forest and much much more.
Nearly 3 hours of all steam action.
Steel, Steam & Stars III was held at the Llangollen Railway from 21st - 29th April 2012. This film covers all 9 days, with several cameras in use. Includes footplate footage, a ride on the autotrain with the driver down the extension to Bonwm. Locomotive arrivals by road and much much more. 2 x discs, plus bonus disc.
During 2011 and into 2012 the Churnet Valley Railway continued its operations with Moorland & City Railways, running trains up the gradient to Cauldon Lowe on a monthly basis.
Our film begins in early 2011 with a 60th birthday celebration followed by a shareholders train to launch a new CVR share issue. This is to raise funds to purchase shares in Moorland and City Railways, and to improve catering facilities at Cheddleton Station.
Archive footage courtesy of B&R Videos is shown of the line to Cauldon Lowe from the 1960s.
Featured is the April War Weekend with the D Day Darlings. We then look at the line from Froghall to Cauldon Lowe and the attractions of the route.
Take a ride on the footplate of Black 5 No. 44767 before the same locomotive is used on a photo charter.
Lastly, plenty of action at the Cauldon Lowe Steam Weekend in February 2012 which saw the new run-around loop in use for the first time.
The year starts with the photo charter runs of Railmotor No. 93, before it went to Didcot. Next we cover the April steam gala where 7822 Foxcote Manor was launched back into traffic, before focusing on a description of the history and the route of the railway through the Dee Valley.
The 60s weekend is included before the September gala with visiting locomotives 78019 and 45337. At this time 80072 was facing eastwards making an interesting change.
An interview with Chairman Jim Richie talks about the prospects of the Corwen extension. Filmed between March and September the film records the railway through the seasons.
The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway was built as a 2' 6" gauge country railway to connect the farming community in the Banwy Valley with the market town of Welshpool. It carried livestock, freight and passengers until eventual closure in 1956. Through the hard work of enthusiasts the railway was saved in the early 60s, the line being reopened throughout, using much of the original equipment.
Today the railway is a major tourist attraction in mid Wales bringing thousands of visitors to the area.
We look at the route, the locomotives and carriages and special events over a period of two years and follow the restoration of 'Joan' a Kerr Stuart 0-6-2 tank locomotive rescued from Antigua.
The Welsh Highland Railway now extends southwards from Hafod y Llyn to Pont Croesor with the likelyhood of reaching Porthmadog this winter. We look at the section south of Rhyd Ddu featuring newly outshopped NGG16 No 138 in maroon, as well as sister NGG16 No. 87 in dark blue and K1, now fully lined out. In May the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway held a gala with visiting locomotives 'Sragi No. 1' from Java, 'Montalban' from West Lancs and Andrew Barclay tank 'Gertrude' Superpower weekend saw the naming of newly built 'Lyd' at Beddgelert. October 2010 saw the arrival amongst crowds of the first Welsh Highland train in Porthmadog from Caernarfon. Recently photo charters on the line saw Taliesin and Palmerston on the WHR
The Churnet Valley Railway in 2010 has been a year of great activity with two steam Galas and the launch of the Moorlands City Railway re-opening the line to Caldon Low
Our film starts with the February Gala with visiting locomotives No's 30075, 80072, and 5542. Plenty of good steam action including 30075 banking from Froghall Station. Further railway special events are covered with a wedding held at Consall, the War Weekend and Toyland Express. In June 8F 2-8-0 No. 8624 came to the railway for the rest of the year. Also enjoy a footplate ride on 5199 from Froghall to Leekbrook Jct. By September the first locomotive hauled train up to Apesford Crossing on the Caldon Low line was followed by the first steam since 1967 as 8624 ran up the line on the 3rd October.
The November gala featured 71000 Duke of Gloucester 34028 Eddystone, 44767 George Stephenson, 48624 (in black) and 5199. Photo charters are included in our 2010 film as well as an interview with Moorlands City Railway Director David Kemp.
The Welsh Highland Railway has now been re-built south from Rhyd Ddu to Porthmadog and is gradually being opened in sections. We look at the whole railway including the opening days for the sections through Beddgelert to Hafod y Llyn, special trains and events such as Halloween and Christmas. Then there is the Garratt 50 event celebrating No. 143's construction with more than fifty Garratts in attendance. There is a footplate ride from Hafod y Llyn to Rhyd Ddu using a mini-cam mounted on the engine plus other footplate and lineside footage.
The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway is covered with a variety of visiting locomotives and a look at the Gelerts Farm Museum. Finally interviews with Paul Lewin from the Welsh Highland Railway and James Hewett of the Heritage Railway .
A 2 disc presentation 2 and a half hours
The official DVD of the second Steel, Steam and Stars event at Llangollen. Includes the cavalcade and all the action. Royal Scot, City of Truro, Dukedog 9017 in black, head the ten locomotive cast.
Our extensive footage includes the Cavalcade from 4 different cameras
Three discs with 4 hrs 45 minutes of footage
The Quarry Hunslets of North Wales were all 0-4-0 saddle tanks designed for use on the 2' gauge quarry lines of the slate industry. They were built over a lengthy period from the 1880s until 1932.
Although similar in appearance there were 8 different sub classes with small engines for use in the quarries to larger engines used on the tramways and main lines. Many of these locomotives have been preserved and work today in museums and tourist lines across Britain. Our film looks at 23 of the 36 survivors across the country and traces the history of these wonderful little engines.
Two very different articulated locomotives. Taliesin is a single Fairlie 0-4-4 tank running on the Ffestiniog Railway. It was built as recently as 1999. K1 is the first Garratt type locomotive built in 1909 and is the only compound locomotive currently running in the U.K.
A day with Taliesin includes lighting up and footplate coverage as the locomotive brings the Victorian trainset from Minffordd Yard to Harbour Station, then returns for a rake of tipper wagons and flat trucks.
K1 is prepared at Dinas shed for the day's service trains to Rhyd Ddu, coaling and watering takes place before a footplate ride up the length of the line.
The Bure Valley Railway is the newest 15" gauge line in the country running from Aylsham to Wroxham in the Norfolk Broads. It boasts some of the most powerful 15" gauge locomotives in the country.
The Rhyl Miniature Railway is the oldest line dating from 1911 and features the famous Barnes Atlantic 'Joan'
The Lappa Valley Railway runs on the old standard gauge trackbed to East Wheal Rose mine in Cornwall.
In Part 2 we cover tracklaying in Goat Tunnel, in the Aberglaslyn Pass, Hafod y Llyn and during the work week at the WHR (P). Then there is the installation of the 8 spans of Pont Croesor river bridge.
Finally coverage of the Sponsors Trains with NGG16 No. 143 the first passenger train down the Aberglaslyn Pass through Beddgelert to Hafod y Llyn.
The Leighton Buzzard Railway is twinned with the P'tit train de Haute Somme in Northern France. This film looks at the large collection of operational locomotives operating on both lines. Gala time on the Somme has an intensive train service up the 1:30 gradient to the plateau with 5 different locomotives. At Leighton Buzzard 8 different locomotives are seen during regular service and on the day of the Indian Gala.
Made over an 18 month period this film coveres all the events on the Ffestiniog Railway from Halloween trains, santa Specials, Jazz trains, Food on the move, Winter trains and a family day out.
There is a full line description with all the locomotives in action,
Finally a run up the line on the footplate of 'Blanche'
80 minutes of steam action.
The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway was built as a country railway connecting the farms of the Banwy valley with the market town of Welshpool. It is unusual in the U.K. as a 2'6" gauge line. Still using the original locomotives supplied by Beyer Peacock in 1902 the line passes through beautiful Welsh farming country. Our film covers the line from end to end, plus gala weekend in September and Santa trains in December
The story of the 3 day gala held at the Llangollen Railway by the Betton Grange Society, featuring 11 steam locomotives Nos 1450,5224,6430,5199,5643,9466,7822,4160,3802 plus Standard 2-6-0 78019 and BB Pacific 34081. Proceeds ro Betton Grange to build the 81st Grange Class locomotive. Lineside action, footplate on 7822, the beer festival miniature steam and much more.
110 minutes of action and news
Part 1 recording the reconstruction of the Welsh Highland Railway from September 2006 until March 2007. Includes re-instating the Nantmor Road Bridge, the Dyilf and Nantmor river bridges, the Cambrian Flat Crossing, the opening of the Welsh Highland Porthmadog extension to Traeth Mawr Loop, the Sponsors train south from Rhyd Ddu to the head of steel, plus tracklaying and how to do it.
The history of the Welsh Slate industry as seen at two centres, Dinorwic Quarry at Llanberis and the quarries at Corris in mid Wales. Covers the Welsh Slate Museum, today's Llanberis Lake Railway, the Corris Railway and modern slate production at the Wincilate Co. Quarry Hunslets working at Llanberis and Corris's new 2005 built No. 7 in action
Covering the 12 and a quarter inch gauge Fairbourne & Barmouth Railway and the 15" gauge Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, this film covers the operational locomotives and all the lines. Footplate ride on the Fairbourne half size B Class replica 'Sherpa' and parallel running on the Romney during their Spring Gala
The world's first preserved railway, the Talyllyn has all its original carriages and locomotives still in use today. This film covers the railway's unique history, the motive power and carriages. There is a full line description, coverage of many special events from steam rallies to Guest Driver trains. The film finishes with a run up the line on the footplate of loco No. 2 'Dolgoch'