GRA21 is aboard a Class 321 (4 car unit) - the stopping service to
Walton-on-the-Naze via Colchester Town where the service reverses to Colchester (Hythe) and onwards to Thorpe-le-Soken. Here we leave the mainline to Clacton-on-Sea and the single line has stops at Kirby Cross, Frinton-on-Sea and the terminus of Walton-on-the Naze before the return journey. With 18 sets of Class 321 units now scrapped this is an historic dvd lasting 79 minutes @ £21.99.
Join us on this Class 66 light engine for our long journey in England and Wales !! Yes GBRf155 starts in Wolverhampton then to Shrewsbury and Wrexham General before leaving the mainline to Chester but travelling through Penyffordd and to Bidston on Merseyrail. Running time of 133 minutes a delightful journey @ £21.99
SCR10 - our Aberdeen - Dundee - Edinburgh Waverley footage with an additional HST crossing of the Forth Bridge. Filmed a year back this is a fab journey through ever-changing scenery as we work south on all our cab-ride journeys. Lasting 136 mins this double dvd is @ £25.99
And just a day or so before Christmas we filmed from Derby - the new unit for GreaterAnglia had to be swapped over so into Litchurch Lane Railway Works we went then revering back to Derby before our journey to Corby - through all the tunnels then (newly installed overheads to Kettering of course and now twinned track) before continuing to Bedford with a headcode change before the Bletchley Line. GBRf157 aboard a Class 50 loco - with running time of 175 mins, a double dvd @ £25.99.
SCR18 - Glasgow Central to Largs returning to Kilwinning - filmed in recent moths this footage is the complete journey to Largs - yes at Ardrossan South Beach we continue ahead from the Ardrossan Harbour branch to West Kilbride. Then onwards past the Hunterston High Level sidings where we terminated and departed from in on GBRf78 & 79, to Fairlie and Largo. At Ardrossan South Beach just one line is electrified for our Class380 unit and the line is single (Largs Down & Up) from Hunterston Jn. This line suffers with high tides that crash over the railway around Salcoats and during bad weather this line can be closed with replacement buses if conditions are acceptable. With a running time of 76 mins this delightful cab-ride is just £21.99.
Our March freight takes us across north London from Dagenham Docks to Didcot - CLS16. From the Ford Motor Company Sidings our cab-ride is to Barking then on the north London Lines exiting at Acton Wells Jn for the Great Western Lines thrtough to Didcot. With a running time of 141 mins this double dvd is @ £25.99
Wow SCR11 -released in February - Aberdeen to Inverness and what a journey too !! On leaving Aberdeen we are travelling north and north west and touch some really lovely scenery - much of the route is single line - we hit a sleet shower and our travel time is almost 120 minutes. A class 170 unit with a Bonus Feature of the Preserved Signal Boxes at Nairn where the signaller had to cycle along the platform for his work - yes the bicycle is in one of the boxes !! SCR11 - 120 minutes @ £21.99
And a second Wow - Part 2 of our long long journey from Doncaster to Millerhill Yard close to Edinburgh Waverley is now releases - travelling from Newcastle where we had a crew change after the slightly pre-dawn departure at Doncaster (05+20) - but sunrise was just before York !! And on the second part of the journey yes we do get routed into some of the Down Goods Loops but thats part of the scene with freight! Before turning to Millerhill Yard we are cautioned by the signaller that there could be faulty track on the 'Up' line so we keep a longout for any debris or damage but its all clear - hence the speed restrictions. A great trip - CLS24 - running time 174 mins @ £25.99 (Class 70) loco
So reflecting on 2020 cab access and cab etiquette is an interesting tale. Filming is a challenge – how will the windscreen be – is there a heating element through it – where is the sunlight (if we get any) and how will the lighting be on the journey?
These and many more questions must be answered before filming can commence. Some of the freight locos will have travelled over a million miles and may have the original windscreen that has been through so many seasons, become stained by leaf full and all those elements of the climate.
And of course, will the windscreen wipers work on the second man’s window and will there be any washer in the tank.
I well remember on a slammer unit starting the windscreen wipers and a nest of flying ants emerged from the motor filling the cab having not been disturbed for so many months !
So it all makes interesting filming and under these circumstances we try to do the best we can…………is there a science of tunnels ??
You can enter a tunnel in full sunshine and the other side of the hill or mountain you emerge into cloudy weather. Was there fog in the tunnel – no just exhaust fumes from a previous freight loco. Climates, atmospheres and ever changing weather conditions of filming sometimes many many hundreds of miles. It all adds to the interest of complete cab-rides which we hope you enjoy !!!
2020 - a very difficult year particularly for cab access but life goes on we hope....................
Our special release for this festive time is CLS23 - the first part of our journey from Doncaster to Miller Hill Yard at Edinburgh. In this double dvd we leave Doncaster a tad before dawn but sunrise is just before York. This was recorded in the early autumn with the weather on our side and the east-coast mainline can be watched on this 2 part journey - with our second release for February. CLS23 is aboard a Class 70 loco of Colas Rail and we travel as far as Newcastle for the crew change. With running time of 161 mins over 2 dvds, this is the latest east-coast mainline footage from our library. CLS23 @ £25.99
SCR08 is our Perth to Edinburgh Waverley footage. Filmed over two sessions we have some blue sky weather aboard this Class 170 unit of Scotrail. Lasting 75 mins our journey is to Hilton Jn where we leave the line to Gleneagles & Sterling as we turn on the single track to Ladybank where we join the main line between Edinburgh & Dundee. And yes its across the Forth Bridge in all its splendour and glory to Edinburgh Waverley.
Our first freight of 2021 is the journey from Leamington Spa to Southampton Western Docks - yes its a pre-dawn departure - GBRf143 aboard a Class 66 loco - but we have daylight after just a few minutes as we travel via Banbury and Reading West Jn, turning to Basingstoke. - a double DVD lasting 166 mins @ £25.99
DECEMBER - end of a very difficult year, but lots to enjoy on the rails - our freight release is Doncaster Down Decoy to Guardian Glass at Goole - GBRf141 - interesting journey through Doncaster then out to Hatfield & Stainforth (site of the coal dump falling on the lines some years back) then to Goole station where we change ends to take the wagons via Potters Grange Jn to Goole Glass. The next day the return journey from Goole station to North Platform Sidings at Doncaster Down Decoy. Running time 101 mins
Two lovely passenger routes this December - ATW25 the final from Wales - Pembroke Dock - Whitland - Carmarthen aboard a Class 150 unit. Its a token line of course and we show the tokens as we travel via Tenby and Saundersfoot - single line tracks changing to double at Whitland Signal Box where we hand over the second single line token. Running time 70 mins.
Our much awaited second passenger release is Perth to Inverness - the first train of the day on this gorgeous line as we take you through scenery that the Scotrail, LNER and Caladonian Sleeper drivers enjoy each and every day - a double dvd - SCR06 - with a running time of 133 minutes aboard a Class 158 2 car unit. This is an experience of a lifetime up front as the second man's window passing through some distant early morning mists with sunbeams in the cab as we turn at Dalwhinnie for a few minutes.
NOVERMBER releases were - our freight is Southampton Western Docks to Oxford - GBRf142 - from the docks we join the Southampton to Bournmouth line at Millbrook Dock Exit Jn where we see the 3rd rail and pass though Southampton Central to commence our journey. At Basingstoke we leave the electric lines and travel through Bramley and Mortimer - quiet rural stations to Reading West then along the Great Western Lines to Didcot East Jn where we turn for Appleford etc. Our journey continues through Oxford to signal OD2415 before Wolvercot South Jn. Running time is 131 minutes - our stay at Signal OD2415 was timed for 45 minutes and it became dusk - too dark to film. DVD is priced £21.99
Our November passenger is SCR16 - Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank & return - 105 minutes of pure joy aboard a Class 170 3 car unit - station stops include Eskbank, Gorerbridge, Galashiels and we cross so many viaducts on our return journey. DVD is just £21.99
Released in October : - the freight is Harlington to Purfleet aboard a Class 70 loco of Colas Rail. We travel via Cricklewood and through Tottenham North Curve Tunnels 1 2 & 3 to the north London lines to Upper Holloway then onwards to Leytonstone High Road and Barking then ther line to Dagenham Dock and Rainham. Lasting 114 minutes a great journey from Midland Lines to Essex. - CLS17 @ £21.99
Our October passenger brings together 3 journeys in Scotland - SCR15 contains Class 385 units - firstly fast express from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverely calling at Croy, Falkirk High & Haymarket. Then we join a unit for a return journey to Dunbar before experiencing the Nortth Berwick Branch from Drem. Lasting 106 minutes this dvd is @£21.99
September releases in our vast library - Our freight is an interesting journey from Peterborough to Barnby Dun - where is Barnby Dun yes ask - well its a freight line that runs from Kirk Sandall on the line across to Scunthorpe and Goole from Sheffield & Rotherham. GBRf140 is a double dvd running time 144 mins.
And September passenger is recent footage as a return journey from Liverpool Lime Street to Stafford taking in of course all those tunnels on departure from Lime Street and through Runcorn. After Runcorn there is Halton Jn where of course we filmed the Saturday only service to Chester (our NR76) - Liverpool Lime Street Diversionary & Parliamentary Trains !! Travelling in the cab of a Pendolino Class 390 is an interesting experience as the dvd footage will show ! VT05 is a single dvd running time of 100 minutes @ £21.99.
Our passenger release in August was the penultimate in the Welsh journeys. Milford Haven (end of the line) to Carmarthen, then reversing Llanelli and terminating at Swansea is a delightful trip - ATW23 @ £21.99. Aboard a Class 175 (2 car unit) it was interesting in west Wales that there are so many single tracks beyond Clarbeston Road and Whitland. Whitland Jn is the turning for Pembroke Dock - the track is dualed to Clarbeston Road but here the track divides turning left for the Milford Haven 'Single' or ahead for the Fishguard 'Single'. On this journey from Milford Haven we have a passing loop at Haverfordwest and of course once into Carmarthen we change ends for Llanelli and Swansea. With a running time of 96 mins, the final piece in the Welsh routes jigsaw !!
The August freight is our GBRf139 - Purley to Luton footage aboard a Class 66 loco. An interesting route via South Croyden and Crystal Palace through Tulse Hill and Brixton and Longhedge Jns via Clapham then out to New Kew and Acton Wells before the midland lines at St Albans and Harpenden. The freight service was for Wellingborough.
Released in July two exciting releases to our vast complete cab-ride dvd collection. If your a freight fanatic then CLS15 is for you - we climb aboard a Class 56 loco of Colas Rail to begin our journey around London from Acton Mainline. Our journey takes us to Acton Wells Jn then to Hampstead Heath and Leytonstone High Road across the greateranglia lines to Woodgrange Park then Barking. Beyond Barking there's an interesting facxt that at Ripple Lane if you are givern the road to the left then there's no turning back from taking your train to France as it the Channel Tunnel route - however we finish our journey at Ford Cars - at Dagenham Dock Reception Sidings. A great journey lasting 80 minutes recorded in 2019 @ just £21.99
Our passenger release also recorded in 2019 is a complete return journey aboard 'S' stock of London Underground from Aldgate to Uxbridge - lasting 94 minutes we travel beneath the streets through Liverpool Street and Baker Street in the tunnels to Finchley Road above ground all the way to Uxbridge before the return trip.
Released in June two great new releases - for our freight dvd a double release GBRf138 - Bletchley to Peak Forest Depot and what a journey too. Sit tight for an amazing 235 minutes as we travel to Bedford St Johns and Bedford then via the freight tunnels to Kettering and Market Harborough to Leicester then via Loughborough and Toton to Chesterfield through Totley Tunnel - all 3 miles - 950 yards - to Grindleford and via Edale and Chapel LNW Tunnel and Doves Hole Tunnel through to Peak Forest Depot.
The Class 66 loco stands ready for departure at the sidings close to Bletchley.
LM13 is our Worcester Shrub Hill to Stratford-Upon-Avon footage via Kidderminster, Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham Moor Street then after Small Heath & Tyseley via the villages of Earlswood, The Lakes etc re-joing the line from Leamington Spa at Wilmcote before Stratford Upon Avon Parkway and terminating at Stratford-Upon-Avon. A delightful complete cab-ride running for 92 minutes. This is our last footage from London Midland - there are 17 dvds in the complete set !
The Class 172 (3 car unit) stands ready for departure at Worcester Shrub Hill.
Exciting complete cab-ride journeys for May - the completition of our Moorswater trip - yes we leave Exeter St Davids for Lostwithiel before changing ends for the run-around to couple up and reverse to Liskeard then down - indeed down the steep inclines to Moorswater. This completes the journey started from Cardiff Central (CLS20) where we travelled to Tiverton Loops before alarm bells rang indicating a loco problem. On CLS20 we failed at Exeter St Davids and had to pull our wagons into Riversdide Sidings awaiting a repair !! Moorswater from Liskeard is an interesting route with token from Coobe Junction Halt !
CLS21 a double dvd lastring 186 minutes @ £25.99
Our passenger release is a complete cab-ride journey from Glasgow Queen Street to Perth aboard a Class 170 (3 car unit) of Scotrail and we arrive and terminate at Platform 2.
From Platform 7 we join a Class 43 HST for Inverness but our luck has run out as the loco failed at Blair Atholl just 3 stops along the line. Filmed in lovely sunny weather travelling north this delightful dvd runs of 115 minutes @ £21.99