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[in alphabetical order, dated to earliest edition. Each listing includes later editions and releases]
1999. The Great Canadian Train Ride. A Doug Jones Travelog
2001. The Great Western Experience
1993. Nostalgic Trolley Tour: New York and New England
1996. Titans of Steam by Artsmagic Limited

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Jones, Doug. "The Great Canadian Train Ride", released in 1999 in VHS by International Travel Films, and in the UK by Haysbridge Video (VHS 071V), 80 minutes long. Condition: Very good condition, fully working. Price: £3.50, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1999, International Travel Films/Haysbridge Video, VHS
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About this film: This video shows the most romantic long-haul railway journey in the world. In 1955 Candian Pacific inaugurated the Canadian, a new train designed to offer the ultimate in rail luxury. It was then, and remains today, one of the longest railway journeys in the world. After years of constant use, VIA Rail took on the daunting task of completely restoring all of the original 1955 stainless steel equipment including the bullet lounge Park Cars, the observation dome cars and bedroom cars. The newly restored equipment was then put back into service on the beautiful northern route of the Super Continental. The result of this giant project is captured in this film. You'll see footage of the original laying of the tracks at the turn of the century, early steam trains crossing the prairies, film of the original 1955 journey of the Canadian and you'll visit the yards in Montreal today and watch the historic rolling stock being restored. You'll also tour Toronto, visit the Royal York Hotel, watch the train being prepared for departure, and join in the excitement as this great trans-continental train leaves westward on a truly spectacular journey. You'll meet the bedroom stewards, the conductor, have dinner "in the diner," sleep in a rolling bedroom, ride in the locomotive and see all of the behind-the-scenes operations of this great train. You'll also visit Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Kamloops, Vancouver and Victoria. You'll see the most breathtaking scenery on Earth from the comfort of one of the greatest trains in the world. Doug Jones is the guide on this video

 
The Television Experience: 'The Great Western Experience', released in 2001 in Great Britain in VHS format by The Television Experience, 60 minutes running time. Exempt from classification. Condition: very good and fully working. Price: £6.00, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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  • The Great Western Experience [top]
    Released in 2001 in Great Britain in VHS format by The Television Experience, 60 minutes running time. Rating: E: Exempt from classification

About this video: The Great Western Experience is a rather special video cassette for the dedicated enthusiast, and for anyone with an affection for the old steam railway. For the first time, a professional broadcast production team has set out to re-create the reality of the Great Western Railway in its heyday, shot on the most modern and sophisticated equipment [as of 2001] and to the highest technical standards.

Although all the material is specially recorded today (on the Severn Valley Railway, or SVR), it still provides a view of railway working as it really was, which is so difficult to see on a visit to even the best of preserved railways. This is no superficial television treatment, as the objective throughout has been to recapture all the smallest details of the oftn forgotten aspects of a way of life, which has been so recently lost, but which re-awakens so many happy memories: everything from branch-line goods to main-line expresses, from loco-sheds to shunting yards, from signal boxes to coaling stages, from token-exchanges to turntables...It's all here, and the viewer is invited to spend an hour reliving the colours, sights and sounds of the Great Western Experience

Selected Footage of Interest in Order of Appearance (all GWR engines):
-3217, Earl of Berkeley
-4930, Hagley Hall, in steam
-0-4-2 No. 1466, pulling a Hall out of the shed
-Esso Oil Tank
-Lots of GWR wooden-bodied wagons and a toad van
-5051, filmed on the engine's footplate
-5051 on the turntable with men hand-cranking the engine round
-The tender of 5051 is refilled using a coaling tower, a small wagon and the energies of three men
-5764, a goods train with a toad van, wooden-bodied trucks and Esso tank No. 2686
-Footage of the process of coupling and uncoupling rolling stock; with loose-shunting of the toad van 68501
-Footage of 3205 pulling in to Highley Station on the Severn Valley Railway after the driver received the token from the signalboxman, who approached the engine on foot
-Z72, the Welsh Marches Pullman (on the headboard) pulled by 7029, Clun Castle
-6000 in steam with the driver (and fireman?) cooking sausages, bacon and egg on a shovel in the firebox
-5764 shown being filled from the water tower
-0-4-2 No. 1466 hauling goods, namely the Express Dairy 4409 SR, a Smith and Forest, Manchester wooden-bodied truck, Royal Daylight tank No. 745, and two GW vented trucks
-No. 1466 reverses in with 105860 at the rear. The John North & Son wooden-bodied truck is loose-shunted into a siding. John North were coal merchants in Henley-on-Thames
-On the footplate of 4930, Hagley Hall, making tea
-No. 4930, Hagley Hall comes into Bewdley Station, on a summer's day. Footage shows the inside of Bewdley Signalbox. A wagon marked 'Emparts' is parked in the Station sidings
-No. 4930 is shown with 7612 in the background
-Inside the smokebox of No. 1466 - shows it being cleaned out and the firebox being emptied from the footplate and brushed out from underneath
-Inside the smokebox of 4930, Hagley Hall, showing the smokebox being cleared out and the clinker and ash being removed from the firebox on the footplate
-Shown are (what are assumed to be) the booking office and waiting room of Bewdley
-Shows Bewdley at the end of a working day, heavily silent and redolent with sunset; all the locos are shown lined up
-Lots of footage throughout the video of the SVR's chocolate and cream coaching stock running on the SVR



Preserved GWR Locomotives
Arts Magic Limited - 'Titans of Steam' VHS Video, 60 minutes. Very good condition
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  • Titans of Steam [top]
    VHS Video, running time approximately 60 minutes. Rating: E: Exempt from classification
    Published (as in video publishing) in 1996 by Arts Magic Limited, PO Box 25, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, NP3 5YG

About this video: For almost 40 years, the 'big four' railway companies and British Rail turned out hundreds of powerful locomotives. This all-action programme looks at those which survived, and those which have found a new life on preserved railways all over Britain.

There are might pacifics of the Southern Railway, including the Merchant Navy and West Country classes who now work on lines such as the Great Central, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) and the Swanage Railway. Memories of the Great Western Railway live on in its Castles, Kings, Manors and Hall, which still operate all over the South West and many of which owe their survival to the Barry scrapyard. The magnificent workhorses of the London, Midland and Scottish Railways (LMSR) steam on all over the country and the preserved locomotives of the London and North Eastern Railway include such household names as the World's fastest steam locomotive, Mallard; the Flying Scotsman and Sir Nigel Gresley - to name just a few...

There are also War Department and British Rail designs (The Standard classes) culminating in mighty tank engines and ten-coupled freight engines.

Mark 1 Video, 'Nostalgic Trolley Tour: New York and New England', published in 1993 by Mark 1 Video, in VHS format, colour and black and white footage, 30 minutes, PAL format, stereo hifi music with brief descriptive captions. Condition: Very good condition, well looked-after. Fully working (checked). Price: £9.99, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1993, VCI International, VHS, 30 minutes
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  • Nostalgic Trolley Tour: New York and New England [top]
    Duplicated by Spa Films Ltd in 1993
    Released in 1993 by Mark I Video, 30 minutes running time, PAL format, in colour and black & white with stereo hifi music and brief descriptive captions
    Copyright 1993 Steam Powered Video, Dawes Road, Dunkirk, Nr. Faversham, Kent, ME13 9TP. Overall copyright in this video belongs to Mark I Video

About this VHS Video/synopsis: This VHS video contains 30 minutes of colour and black and white footage with stereo and hifi music with brief descriptive captions presenting very rare archival film footage of city and interban systems in New York State and New England. With the exception of some of the Boston Routes and portions of the Springfield Terminal Railway, virtually no traces remain of those once important traction systems. The programme comprises some very rare film shot primarily on 16mm, by a number of different photographers from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, presented with a period Big Band music background

Lines included are:
Southern New York Railway; Jametown, Westfield and Northwestern; Springfield Terminal; Albany and Schenectady (New York); Providence, Rhode Island; New Bedford, Massachussetts; Boston, Massachussetts

 



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