We start our series of 3 releases with Caledonian Sleeper 1 - CS01
Glasgow Surburban Diversions leasving Polmadie Depot for Cambuslang,
Uddingston. Holytown and Livingston South then onwards to Midcalder Jn close to Kirknewton where we change ends for the return journey. Despite
the de-misters being off on this Class 92 light engine the windscreen was warm - so much so that the camera kit adhered itself and melted onto the windscreen giving problems in change ends swiftly !!! At 100 minutes this dvd is priced just £21.99
And our passenger release - Edinburgh Waverley to Aberdeen - SCR09
and what a journey too - across so many viaducts - Forth Bridge of course, and reaching Dundee across the Tay Bridge, and Montrose - single track - over South Esk Viaduct - and onwards to Stonehaven with coastal sequences and into the bay platforms at Aberdeen. Lasting 143 minutes this double dvd is £25.99
Welcome to our complete cab-ride dvd from London Euston to
Manchester Piccadilly via Stoke-on-Trent - yes all in the cab
with now cutting out the action !! With a running time of 122mins
this journey fits very nicely on a single dvd at the great value of £21.99 for VT01 !!
And the September freight is GRBf156 - Bidston on Merseyrail
back to Cosford on this Class 66 light engine. Why Cosford you might
ask - well we were put in the loop to stand aside for passenger services
to pass but then the signaller found Network Rail had removed the electricity feed for the points so we had to reverse back down the loop
in order to get back to the main line. It was then far too dark to film.
A great journey though via Wrexham Central & Shrewsbury lasting 115 mins @ £21.99.
GRA22 is our return footage from Colchester toClacton-on-Sea aboard a Class 360 unit - 8 cars down and 4 cars up plus the Southminster Branch with a Class 321
- now disappearing from GreaterAnglia with great stops - ie the remoteness of Battlesbridge and North Fambridge etc. our dvd @ £21.99 runs for 107 mins !
GBRf144 - new footage from Felixstowe North Terminalalong the North Quay Branch to the branch line at Trimley then to Ipswich and Bacon Factory Curve, Stowmarket,Bury St Edmunds, Ely March and Peterborough. With a running time of 154mins, this double dvd is £25.99
GBRf147 is the second part of our long long journey from Avonmouth Docks close to Bristol to Clitheroe Castle Cement - on this part of the journey we join the flow at Crewe Basford Hall Rail Depot and travel to Warrington Bank Quay & Wigan then on the freight slow lines through Euxton Balshaw Lane & Leyland etc turning to
Bamber Bridge and Blackburn thenn on the line to Hellifield passing through Ramsgreave & Wilpshire etc to Clitheroe reversing to the 'Up' Line then into Castle Cement Sidings. With a running time of 145 m,inutes this superb double dvd completes our long journey north !!
Ayr (pictures above) - SCR20 is our complete return journey from Glasgow Central to Ayr aboard Class 380 units - listen out for pre-arrivals at each station - the digital announcer reminds the driver of the length of his train - allbeit in a very Scottish voice !! At £21.99 this single dvd runs for 100 minutes !
Our Freight release - GBRf146 is the first part of our journey from Avonmouth Docks (close to Bristol) to Clitheroe Cement beyond Blackburn. Filmed over a number a weeks the first part of our journey travels via Bristol Parkway through to Gloucester Yard. Here the service has a waiting time for a crew change before leaving for Bromsgrove and the Lickey Incline - fully operational with the overhead electric services now - and we travel around Birmingham to Walsall before Stafford and Crewe (Bashford Hall Yard).
The second part of this long journey is being released in July !
Passenger release is SCR19 - continuing on the lines around Kilwinning and Lars !
Seen here at Ardrossan Harbour our service aboard a Class 380 (4 car unit) begins at Kilwinning terminating at Ardrossan Harbour before the return journey through to Glasgow Central. This line suffers with high tides breaking over the tracks around Salcoats etc. See for yourself the branch line to and from Ardrossan Harbour.
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