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See many of the most important rail tours and events of 1961, as captured in 16mm colour! Most are in the south but coverage ranges as far as North Wales. See Bullieds at Honiton Tunnel, Menai Bridge, a cab ride in the Blue Pullman, the last day of the MSWJR, MR1000 from Gloucester, the Solent Limited, Wickwar Tunnel, the Weymouth Harbour line, Brinscombe and Exeter Gas Works.
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Steam in 1961. – This is the second volume in lvo Peters’ “series within a series” of annuals. It follows on from the original Volume 5 “Steam in 1960” (now totally remastered and reissued as “His Films Revisited No.3: Steam in 1960”) and, was as always, filmed on 16mm colour cine-film. This time he covers the various events, important rail tours and locations in the southern part of Britain during 1961 going as far north as north west Wales and Staveley near Chesterfield. Both main line and industrial railways are covered from the every day to special events and it is a comprehensive round-up of many aspects of steam working in 1961, including Bullieds at Honiton Tunnel, Menai Bridge, a cab ride in the Blue Pullman, the last day of the MSWJR, MR1000 from Gloucester, the Solent Limited, Wickwar Tunnel, the Weymouth Harbour line, Brinscombe, Exeter Gas Works, a visit to Bass, Bowaters at Sittingbourne & the North Thames Gas Board at Becton.
Originally released in 1989, this volume has been totally remastered i.e. the pictorial material has now been prepared from the original 1″ tape, transferred to digital betacam and then remastered. Some minor picture and sound editing has taken place to enhance this very popular volume in our series.
More detailed contents are as follows :
Sapperton and the Golden Valley – Brimscombe Station with the banker (4142) on shed, engineering work at the station, the Chalford Auto, “Castles” on Sapperton, doubleheaders etc, all in beautiful autumn scenery. Coaley Junction – a GW small pannier at this former Midland Railway branch junction. Gloucester Rail Tour – the Midland Compound’s 1961 rail tour, north from Gloucester, seen on the main line and the “diversion route” via Evesham and Redditch. Bass Worthington – a return match to this fascinating brewery complex, this time showing the blue Worthington engines as well as the red Bass ones. Wickwar Tunnel – back on the Midland Main Line, we see an SF, Hall, 4F and 9F on everyday workings. Staveley Chemicals – industrial shunters mix with Johnson 1F 0-6-0Ts at this Midlands area complex, together with a Deeley 0-4-0T. North Wales – the Britannia Bridge as it was with an lvatt tank on a freight and a Black 5 and the Cambrian coast at Aberdovey. Southern England – the “Solent Ltd” with an E1, 02 and T9 at Wickham, Gosport, and Fareham. USA tank at Southampton Docks and panniers on Weymouth Quay. Upton Scudamore Bank with a Castle, and Royal Observer Corps at Bournemouth West. Honiton and Exeter – Honiton Tunnel (west end) with 34079,35014, and 34049; Exeter Gasworks – a visit to see twin Pecketts. Avonmouth Docks – more industrial steam on the docksides with Peckitt and Avonside tanks. The Bristol Pullman – a further “return match” this time in the cab! A very lively journey with many steam engines to be seen, from Bath to Paddington. Bowaters Sittingbourne – a pre-preservation visit to see how the paper manufacturers used their unique narrow gauge system, with dockside views and a great variety of engines. Becton Gasworks – the East London Gasworks boasted two separate studs of locomotives – these were paraded for lvo’s camera. The last day of the MSW JR – the Midland and South Western Junction Railway linked Andoversford to Andover until September 10th 1961. On that last day lvo filmed S.L.S. and R.C.T.S. specials with Cookham Manor and a Mogul respectively. Scenes which are gone for ever are relived at Andoversford, Foss Cross, Marlborough, Grafton Junction, and South Cerney amongst others.