Wolverton RailThe Ivo Peters Collection Vol. 8: Steam in 1962

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This is one of Ivo Peters’ legendary annuals, filmed on 16mm colour film. The content focuses very heavily on West Country action, with the last ‘Pines Express’ captured on the S&D along with other railtours. The last Churchward Dock saddle tank, ‘Lord Nelson’ at Swindon, complex workings around Yeovil Town, M7s on the Exmouth branch and Beattie Well tanks at Salisbury.

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This is the third 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 Volume 7 “Steam in 1961”. As usual it was filmed on 16mm colour cine-film. 1962 was the last year before Dr Beeching changed the face of British Railways forever, but it was a year of contrasts. It was also a particularly poignant year for Ivo as it saw the last “Pines Express” run on his favourite railway, the Somerset & Dorset. Naturally, the last Pines features in this volume, as do other S&D rail tours, a tour of industrial railways in the Midlands, events on the Western and Southern main lines and branches including the last Churchward Dock saddle tank, “Lord Nelson” at Swindon, complex workings around Yeovil Town, M7s on the Exmouth branch, Beattie Well tanks at Salisbury and – uniquely – a shopping trip by steam roller with the Rev.Teddy Boston!

Originally released in 1990, 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 : Nechells Electricity Generating Station – here we see a Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn’s 0-6-0 tank and a small Peckett, at work in the heart of Birmingham. Windsor Street Gasworks – also right in the heart of Birmingham, this gasworks boasted a complex industrial system. Littleton Colliery – a variety of small tanks worked this large colliery, and we see them at the colliery itself, as well as working the branch from BR at Penkridge. Coppice Colliery – situated in the Cannock Chase area of the N.C.B., this system boasted some very old locomotives. Walsall Wood Colliery – a brief visit to see “Lord Kitchener” going on shed. Cannock Wood Colliery – a system which included semaphore signalling as well as a passenger train for the workmen!

Grove Colliery – old wooden wagons feature here, as does Ivo’s Bentley. Stewarts & Lloyds, Bilston – this is a steel works in the northwest of Birmingham with First World War vintage locomotives. Bass Worthington – the annual visit. The Bath Railway Society visited the Burton-on-Trent system as in previous years to see progress. The Shopping Trip – a little light relief; Teddy Boston used to take his housekeeper shopping on his Aveling & Porter steamroller! Ivo’s film is a unique record of an extraordinary man. Churchward Dock Tank – Great Western 0-6-0 ST No 1365 is seen watering at St Phillips Marsh shed at Bristol. Bath and District – a rebuilt West Country on the Great Western main line and S&D 7F No 53808 on the S&D at Cole and at Masbury Summit. Also Great Western Hall No 4992 “Crosby Hall”at Bath Green Park. Swindon Works – visits to the Great Western’s works by No 30850 “Lord Nelson” and B1 Class No 61039 “Steinbok”, as well as various Western locos on view, including No 6000 “King George V” Coaley Junction – a contrast to 1961 with Ivatt Mogul No 46526 on the branch train.

Yeovil Town – Ivo’s record of this Somerset town centre station, featuring the locomotive shed and M7 No 30129 as well as a Great Western pannier. Numerous views of both ends of the station layout. East Devon – a rail tour with two M7s., No 30024 and No 30025, filmed at Sidmouth Junction, near Budleigh Salterton and at Lympstone. Well Tank at Salisbury – on its way to Eastleigh for withdrawal, Beattie well tank No 30587 visited Salisbury shed and stood side by side with a 9F for Ivo’s camera. The Last Pines – No 92220 “Evening Star” (the last steam engine built by BR in 1960) with the last Pines Express on the Somerset & Dorset Railway, near Binegar and Cole Station.

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