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The Jim Clemens Collection


Vol. 62 – Steaming Through The Cotswolds (61mins)
First volume from the Jim Clemens Collection covering the route of the famous Cathedrals Express from Paddington to Worcester and Hereford Branch lines along the route are also visited such as Newbury to Didcot, Oxford to Fairford, Moreton to Shipston, Kingham to Notgrove and Chipping Norton. At Worcester we take a look at the "Vinegar" branch and the Kidderminster portion of the Cathedrals Express. On to Hereford with that portion viewing all stations and visiting the Bromyard Branch, before Malvern and Ledbury and an arrival at Hereford. Castles abound of course with a little footplate running thrown in. There Halls, Granges and Manors, 53xx, 28xx, 41xx and Paniers. A King appears at Princes Risborough and a GWR Railcar at Ledbury.

Vol. 65 – Steaming Through Shropshire Part 1 (61mins)
Another video from the Jim Clemens Collection covering the steam scene around Shropshire. Beginning at Birmingham Snow Hill we travel via Wolverhampton and Oxley to Wellington Salop. Both routes into the town from Stafford and Crewe looking at all stations for most were in Shropshire. Shrewsbury in fine detail, Jubilee, Manor and Standard types. Leaton bank action in 1966, Gobowen to Oswestry. Whitchurch to Oswestry and Ellesmere to Wrexham. South of Oswestry t Llanymynech and Llanfylln. Nantmawr quarry to Gobowen with a steam hauled ballast train. Plenty of steam at Oswestry including the sight of a Castle on the shed in 1963. We see the Shropshire & Montgomery on closure day in 1960 with the SLS tour.

Vol. 69 – The Withered Arm (60mins)
This video follows the Atlantic Coast Express from Salisbury and Exeter to Ilfracombe, Bude, Barnstaple, Wadebridge and many more locations in the West Country. T9’s and Well Tanks designed in the Victorian age rub shoulders with the last BR designs of the steam age. Rural delights at Halwill Junction where the ACE split into portions and the Bude Harbour branch where Maunsell’s moguls leisurely went about their business. This was Bulleid unrebuit country and 9 are seen, one of which was selected to work the last steam train into Cornwall.

Vol. 72 – Steaming Through Shropshire Part 2 (60mins)
Another video from the Jim Clemens Collection featuring the steam scene in the west and south of Shropshire mainly down the Severn Valley. Using archive film, the Bewdley to Wooferton, Cleobury Mortimer to Ditton Priors and Hartlebury to Stourport branches feature.

Vol.76 – The Midland Around Worcestershire (60mins)
Jim Clemens collection. This video covers the Midland lines and branches around Worcestershire and South Birmingham. There are excellent scenes of the operation of the Lickey incline from the lineside and from the footplate. The alternative route through Redditch and Evesham is filmed from the early 1960’s with Jubilee, 4F and Fowler tanks. Freight and passenger workings on the 1 in 37 Lickey incline and much more.

Vol. 79 – North Wales Steam Lines (60mins)
A video film of a circular tour around North Wales from Llandudno via Llangollen, Bala, Barmouth, Pwllheli, Caernarvon, Holyhead and Bangor. Featuring 75xxx, 63xx and pannier tanks, the line through the Dee Valley via Llangollen shows all stations and halts before the whole route was closed. Plenty of activity at Bala Junction including scenes at Bala Town and the route to Blaenau. Continue via Dolgellau and Penmaenpool to Morfa Mawddach. North now through Barmouth and all Stations to Portmadoc and Afon Wen with GW and Standard Classes. A quick visit to Pwllheli before continuing to Caernavon via Ynys. Then Bangor to Holyhead with a return journey on the Almwch branch. Returning to Bangor and a visit to the Penrhyn narrow gauge systen. Eastwards and the Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog branch. There is also a look at the Corwen-Ruthin-Denbigh line by DMU and archive film of the famous Land Cruise train via Afon Wen and Corwen. Filmed mainly in colour from 1959 to 1966,a memorable record of the time steam reigned in this part of North Wales

Vol. 83 – East Coast Memories (60mins)
In this film Jim Clemens turned his attention to the East Coast line and associated L.N.E.R. routes in the north. Many favourite L.N.E.R. classes are seen between Kings Cross and Newcastle in the early 1960’s. There is a shed visit to the M&G.N.R. and extensive coverage of the lines in Yorkshire around Scarborough. There is also the North East coal trains and an exclusive view of the L.N.E.R Garratt at Sheffield in 1930.

Vol. 87 - Great Central Remembered (60mins)
Jim visited the Great Central's route to London many times in the 1960's to complete a record of the line from Nottingham to Marylebone from and through nearly every station before their closure. We have been able to collate this material into a return journey from Marylebone to Nottingham with an extension to Chesterfield and a brief look at the Woodhead line electrics. The feeder lines are not omitted either, such as Aylesbury to Princes Risborough and Woodhead Halse to Banbury.

Vol. 91 - Somerset Steam Railways (60mins)
We begin in the north of the country with rare 1930's footage of the Weston Clevdon and Portishead Railway. Scenes of the Clevedon miniature railway before the complete length of the Cheddar Valley and East Somerset line from Yatton to Witham. The long lamented Somerset and Dorset line from Bath to Templecombe. The Highbridge and Burnham branch the whole length to the sea before heading for Taunton and all staions to Chard. Eastwards to Yeovil Junction, Town and Pen Mill to traverse the route back to Taunton via Martock and Athelney all stations. A summer Saturday at Norton Fitzwarren in 1959 leads to a journey by DMU over the Minehaead line before closure and preservation. Finally with GWR moguls to Dulverton from Taunton

Vol. 94 - Steam North of Swansea (60mins)
This is Welsh steam at its best. A line still with us is the Central Wales, but in the early 1960's it still retained much of its infrastructure and above all, steam. A return journey is made, including one way with Jubilee 'Galatea'. Carmarthen to Aberystwyth was worked by GWR Manors and the Newcastle Emlyn and Aberayron branches by panniers. Journey from LLanymynech, where Vol. 2 finished, all the way to Aberystwyth.

Vol. 97 - The Western Around Worcestershire (60mins)
This volume is a return to Vol. 1 portraying all that was best on the GWR route from Hereford to Kingham through Worcester. This is an up journey with all new material. Bromyard Branch in detail. Footplate views on the main line, a drive it yourself special. The shipston Branch.

Vol. 99 - Herefordshire Byways
Rural lines at their best. Pick-up freights, short passenger trains, country stations still manned and all this with steam. Full detailed coverage of the Leominster to Kington and Presteigne branch. Hereford to Gloucester via Ross on Wye. Ledbury to Gloucester which closed in the early 1960's.

Vol. 102 - Scotland Revisited Part 1 - The West Coast (60mins)
Covers the west sinde of Scotland from Carlisle to Mallaig. The WCML north of Carlisle included the climb of Beattock and the junction at Carstairs.Glasgow sheds like Polmadie, Hurlford and Motherwell. The City's trams and trolleybuses and west coast steamers. Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William with 256 and a J37 double heading. Then Mallaig with two J37's in 1963.

Vol. 105 - Remembering the Southern (60mins)
We begin with a film from his collection of Dover in 1949. He took excusions to Brighton and Portsmouth, visited the Hayling Island and Lymington branches. Early film on the Isle of Wight. The Somerset and Dorset which was not included in the Somerset video.

Vol. 107 - Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Archive (60mins)
Jim covered the whole route from Stratford upon Avon to Cheltenham and Gloucester from 1959 to 1966 along the route of the Cornishman express. Castles, Hall, Granges, 9F's, Prairies and all manner of Standards and LMS power not to mention early diesels ran along this secondary main line. Also included is the old S&MJR line from Stratford to Woodford Halse and the Kingham to Cheltenham via Andoversford line. Express running to Gloucester via Churchdown completes this unique archive film.

Vol. 111 - Four Ways to Brecon (60mins)
A very nostalgic film of the rural lines around Mid Wales that connected with Brecon. The Neath and Brecon, the Newport to Brecon, Hereford to Brecon, and the Mid Wales line to Moat Lane. Marvel once again what it was like to be on top of the world at Dowlais and ambling along through Rhaydar to Moat Lane.

Vol. 114 - Scotland Revisited Part 2 - The East Coast (60mins)
This covers the eastern side of Scotalnd from Edinburgh to Inverness. Early scenes of the Flying Scotsman train in the 1930's begin the story and visits to St. Margarets and Dairy Road sheds in Edinburgh. Using some railtours of the early 1960's and utilising some preserved Scottish loco's we can visit long lost lines around Fife and show the infamous Caledonian Railway Single No. 123 tour to a snowy Crianlarich. Inverness to Inverurie and rare film on Inverness shed before is closed to steam.

Vol 117 - Gloucestershire Byways (60mins)
Very good film of the Gloucester Environ, LMS and GWR, before an in depth study of the Golden Valley through Stroud to Sapperton. This allows a look at the Tetbury and Cirencester branches from Kemble. A brief foray from Cirencester to Andoversford to reach the Kingham to cheltenham line. South from Cheltenham to Churchdown and Gloucester again and on to the Coaley to Dursley Branch. Berkley Road to Sharpness and down the Midland line to Bristol. Variety of motive power is enormous filmed as it was in the early 1960's.