Railways

Railways from all ages, from steam to diesel

a wide selection of railway DVD's to cover all taste's from the golden era of steam to railways during the second world war, the Doctor Beeching era to modern day, plus railways on the Isle of Man and the worlds greatest railway journeys.

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Best Of British Steam: The Paignton & Dartmouth Railway

Devon Railways

The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway is the classic holiday line, with steam trains running for seven miles along the spectacular Torbay coast, a typical West Country Branch Line which revives all the atmosphere of the Great Western Railway.

From Brunel's terminus at Kingswear "Lydham Manor" climbs from the banks of the River Dart through deeply wooded hillside to Churston, followed by a descent of the Torbay coast.

There are magnificent views over the Dart Estuary and superb seascapes right across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill.

There is alo time to visit the Olde World town of Dartmouth and other attractions along the line.

Branch Line Journey

Life along one of the By Ways of East Anglia in the 1960's

East Anglia was once the home of a system of rural railways,

Most have long since passed into history, but in this programme we recreate life on one of the branch lines from a very different era of travel.

Branch Lines Of Cornwall

This DVD explores the old routes of the GWR and the LSWR beginning at Gunnislake on todays attractive Tamar Valley Line and then takes you around the entire county.

This DVD includes excerpts from high quality 16mm archive film taken from the 1960's and 1970's

Branch Lines Of Devon Vol 1

East, Central & South Devon
A look at the long lost branch lines in Devon including Axminster, Seaton, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Tiverton, Newton Abbot, Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth and a host of villages where minor stations and halts were once a lifeline to Devon's rural community

Branch Lines Of Devon Vol 2

North and West Devon inc Plymouth
This is an unmissable journey for railway enthusiasts everywhere.
There is an extensive feature on the busy Plymouth area, whos rail network encompassed Millbay Docks, Devonport, Turnchapel and the cattlewater, Friary, Stonehouse Pool and Sutton Harbour

Branch Lines Of Dorset

Dorset's lines were shared almost equally between the Great Western railway and the London and South Western.

These routes routes varied from lightly built, rural railwayswith a low volume of traffic to the Swanage Branch which at times carried main line express locomotives.

These railways carried goods in and out of the county and provided  a vital role during the dark years of the war and in happier times they allowed holidaymakers and day trippers to visit the seaside.

Branch Lines Of Gloucestershire

The Beeching cuts prompted a massive reshaping of Britains railway network in the 1960's when almost a third of the countrys track was closed, most victims were minor routes which linked rurl locations, they were axed as they were were simply deemed uneconomic, but they remain fondly remembered today as this film is intended to do so.

Branch Lines Of Somerset

Most of Somerset branch lines were closed during of before the Beeching cuts in the 1960's and these are examined in depth on our journey.

From the branch at Dunball Wharf near Bridgwater to the industrial railways of North Somerset, the Bristol to Portishead branch, Chedar Valley and the Norton Fitzwarren to Minehead Railway

Branches Across East Anglia

Travel along the rural by ways of East Anglia in the 1960's

East Anglia was once the home of a system of rural railways, in this programme we take a selected look at a number of branches in the 1960's, the lines across  Essex via Braintree and Sudbury, and to Maldon are explored.

The route across the fens via Wisbech to March is featured in detail, finally we look at passenger and freight traffic on the Dereham and Sheringham branches

Britain's Railways: Beeching And Beyong 1962 to 1984

The watershed year for Britain's Railways came in 1963 with the appointment of Dr Richard Beeching to the British Railways Board and the publication of his controversial "Beeching Plan" its impact and his legacy on the railway's  is investigated in detail on this DVD.

Beeching brought about widespread railway line closure and the end of steam locomotion, but was also responsable for the formation of the Inter City network, West Coast Mainline Electrification.

Running Time 169 minutes

Britain's Railways: The Big Four

After the First World War, Britain's railways was divided into the "Big Four", The Great Western Railway, Southern Railway, London Midland & Scottish Railway & London & North Eastern Railway.

The story of the Big Four is told through the original archive cinema newsreel reports of the time and evidence the diversity of locomotive types across the companies.

Running time 102 minutes

Britain's Railways: The Early Years 1948 to 1961

Nationalisation as "British Railways" came in 1948 and brought with it steam locomotive standardisation and the beginnings of the wholesale transition to diesel and electric traction as outlined in 1955 Modernisation plan.

The story of this time is told in definitive detail with archive film and period newsreels.

Running Time 163 minutes

Britain's Railways: The Home Front Years 1939 to 1941

The first in a trilogy of DVD's covering the role of Britain's Railways during the second world war, this part covers the outbreak of war to the cessation of the Blitz in May 1941.

Running Time 145 minutes

Britain's Railways: The Home Front Years 1941 to 1943

The second DVD in the trilogy of Britain's Railways The Home Front Years, this part covers from 1941 to 1943 when the armed forces were training and beginning to stockpile equipment for a future invasion of mainland Europe.

Running Time 142 minutes

Britain's Railways: The Home Front Years 1944 to 1945

The third part in the trilogy of Britain's Railways during the home front years, the final part covers the events from the final Luftwaffe and the V1 air raids in 1944 to Victory and VE day.

Running Time 130 minutes

British Rail Journeys: East Anglia

Train Ride Around East Anglia

The low lying region of East Anglia boasts picturesque towns and villages, fens and broads, and miles of magnificent coastline.

The train from Cambridge to Sheringham provides a delightful introduction to rural England, We start off our journey at Cambridge, settled since Roman Times, we visit sights such as Kings College built in the 16th Century.

From here we move to places such as Newmarket, famous home of The Jockey Club, and Oulton Broad South, where we enjoy the Transport Museum, Along the way we visit places such as Lowestoft, Somerleyton, Great Yarmouth and many more before reaching the end of the line at the fishing village of Sherringham.

British Railway Journey: East Anglia 2

Cambridge to Sheringham by train

Join us as we travel through some of England's finest countryside, the low lying region of East Anglai.

The region plays host to historic towns and villages, fens, broads, miles of magnificent coastline and a great deal more.

Our journey from Cambridge to Sheringham provides wonderful and enchanted look at thgis quiet little corner of England.

From Cambridge we head east towards Ipswich calling at Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket before arriving at Ipswich, we then head to Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Norwich before arriving at Sheringham.

Classic Railway Newsreels

Railways In The Newsreels
The railways as seen in the classic cinema newsreels from Steam to Modern covering the years from 1926 to 1976.

Classic Trams

Travel Back In Time With This Nostalgic Look At The Golden Era Of Trams

Electric trams first appeared in Great Britain at the end of the 19th century, horse drawn tramcars had been around since the late 1870's, but it was the development of electric traction that tramcars really came into their own.

Single deck trams, then double deck open trams and later open balcony trams became a familiar sight around the British isles.

Towns and Cities such as Glasgow, Sheffield, Blackpool, Southampton, Leicester, Leeds, Cardiff and London had extensive tramway systems, but many sysytems were damaged in the Second World war, just as the trolleybuses was gaining popularity, and the tram systems were gradually scrapped.

Cornish Branches

Travel around the Cornish Branches as seen from the drivers eye

Featuring the routes -

Looe to Liskeard

Lostwithiel to Fowey

Par to Newquay

Falmouth to Truro

St Erth to St Ives