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Western Renaissance - DVD - Globe Video
Western Renaissance - DVD - Globe Video

4.0 out of 5 stars The last of the hydraulics., 31 May 2014
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This is a DVD for all "Western" fans featuring their favourite class during their final years to the mainline return of D1015. The selection of home archive film is good while quality varies throughout the length of the programme with some very good clips to some filmed from the leading carriage window plus some clips rather "yellowed" with age for the film is around 40 years old and had nothing to do with the quality of the DVD. The last part of the programme features briefly about the main line return of Golden Orche liveried D1015 with the lineside run-by clips only and wisely without inappropiate "man on telly" attempts otherwise sometimes would have no relevance once their time is past.


The Heyday of the Warships
The Heyday of the Warships
by Hugh Dady
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars The "Warships" that sank without trace., 16 Feb 2014
The "Warships" may have been part of Paddington's Western Region's headquarters somewhat controversial policy in introducing hydraulic transmission to the former lines of the Great Western Railway and alas, ended in failure through design interception. The first diesel-hydraulic appeared in January 1958 in the form of D600 Active and the last few hydraulics (being the "Westerns") were withdrawn in February 1977 after 19 years at a most. The "Warships" covered in this book were the D800s plus a few D600s and their D6300 half-versions. All pictures are colour with most of them never been seen before in other publications. The standard of reproduction is generally good except for some flaws in sharpness of some pictures. There are some rarities too because who has seen a D600 on a working right towards the end of its working life?


London's East End Railways: Pt. 1: Liverpool Street. Stratford. Ilford. Temple Mills Yard
London's East End Railways: Pt. 1: Liverpool Street. Stratford. Ilford. Temple Mills Yard
by David Brennand
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Jan 2014
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This is an excellent h/cover book published by Book Law of East London's railway network with main locations featured such as Liverpool Street, Stratford or Temple Mills plus rare locomotive types such as Class 15s or Class 16s and many others. The photographs are well reproduced. many of them were taken in the 1950s and 1960s while some were taken as late as 1990 and its a classic remainder of what it was really like at the time.


American Graffiti [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
American Graffiti [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Ron Howard
Price: £7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Night Exposure, 5 Jan 2014
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American Graffiti might have been set back in 1962 some eleven years before it's actual filming and is supposed to be a fact-based movie. Overall, this is a timeless piece of film and a cult classic. The scenes are pretty nostalgia with old cars, cafes, along with the humour, the popular soundtracks plus the fashions worn by the younger male generations (or rebels) of that era. Although out of fashion at the time this film was made, these would have made a gradual comeback by the late-1970s or early-1980s. Some of the scenes were done at night with Richard Dreyfus taking the main lead role before actually becoming famous in Jaws plus a smaller role for Harrison Ford whom also became famous as Han Solo in Star Wars and in the Indiana Jones series of films.


Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway and Branches
Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway and Branches
by W. W. Tasker
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars From the beginning., 17 Oct 2013
The Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway linking between these towns always fascinates me on a route that was difficult to construct and always expensive operate that lead it to become a pre-Beeching casualty despite surviving into the days of British Railways. The LNWR route was double-tracked with steep gradients and left the Newport to Hereford main line at Abergavenny Junction before trains faced a tortuous climb through the Clydach Gorge as the route clung on a shelf with numerous sharp curves before cris-crossing the bleak terrain of the Heads of the Valleys with some steep gradients and then dropping down from Dowlais into Merthyr Tydfil.

The book I review here might look fascinating but about 60-70% of it tends to scrutinise on the origins of the line that was built to provide a direct link to the smelting Dowlais Ironworks with numerous photographs, some being quite large and featuring paperwork policies by boardroom directors from Victorian times together with a large country house looking to be used for VIP meetings. The publication also covers the route down the Shirhowy Valley to Risca and the route over a 1400 ft summit to link up with Pontypool.

The best part of the book is the route explored with photographs are in the final section but these tend to be quite brief and small that many were taken right up to late LMS and early BR days before GWR Pannier Tanks took over prior to closure (through freight workings having been discontinued some three years previously). The reproduction of photos is particulary good with some taken during the late 19th and early 2Oth Centuries although some action scenes are slightly blurred. Above all, whatever my honest opinions are about this book is that its recommended only for those with a die hard fascination of this now long lost route


ROAMING THE NORTHERN RAILS
ROAMING THE NORTHERN RAILS
by TREACY E (Bishop)
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars The orignal book, 7 Sep 2013
Some critics suggest the titles of original publications are the best buys. This one was originally published in 1976 and was titled as Roaming the Northern Rails with a good selection photos through the lens by Eric Treacy of steam from the days of the Big Four to the BR diesel era of the 1970s. The selection of photos were taken around Northern England to points as North Wales or further north to the Highlands of Scotland whereas small selection of colour ones appear to be taken during early preservation days at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (where Treacy was president at the time) and North Yorks Moors Railway. Two photos of BRCW-built prototype D0260 Lion also appear with classic mistakes in each caption suggesting its identities as either "Falcon" or "Kestrel". Another classic error appears on one caption with Treacy describing 5124 as a Type 2 Beyer Peacock diesel-electric which indicated his limited knowledge with some subjects of railways although Beyer Peacock did build some similar Type 2s. Above all, I can say that Treacy mainly took the photos in a casual fashion and left no records of the dates in the captions other than the sharpness and quality that helps to identify locomotive numbers where it is mostly possible.


Waverley: Portrait of a Famous Route
Waverley: Portrait of a Famous Route
by Roger Siviter
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcover is best, 30 July 2013
Sometime ago, I commented on the PB version of this title. Now I recommend a HB version published sometime back in the late 1980s. Amazingly, the book was originally published in 1988, less than two decades after the route's fateful day of 5th January 1969 and how times have moved on with the earthworks taking place between Edinburgh and Galashiels which would see its rebirth and a possibility with extension to Carlisle but only time will tell.
The route was one of the Beeching casualties of the late 1960s with the closure being anounced by the then Transport Minister Richard Marsh in July 1968 despite much protests. Overall, the book has some excellent selection of photographs and the explored in a Carlisle to Edinburgh geographic fashion and is split into three sections with maps with captions sometimes being in different pages in some parts. Recommended.


Under The Red Sky
Under The Red Sky
Price: £5.10

3.0 out of 5 stars FUNK..!!, 10 July 2013
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This review is from: Under The Red Sky (Audio CD)
Love it or loathe it. Well its okay but Under the Red Sky may be known for the sleeve covering insert and its song of the same title but the rest of it contains mostly "funky" rock stuff that aren't tiediously lengthy if you are willing to accept my fair points.


Waverley Route: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Borders Railway
Waverley Route: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Borders Railway
by David Spaven
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.93

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3.0 out of 5 stars Route Revival, 29 Jun 2013
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In April 1968, Richard Marsh then MP for Greenwich in East London was appointed as Transport Minister having been shifted from the Ministry of Power to replace Barbara Castle in one of Harold Wilson's frequent Cabinet reshuffles in a deeply unpopular and ailing left-wing Labour Government. Meanwhile, north around the Scottish Borders, plans had already been submitted to close the 98 mile long railway line linking between Edinburgh and Carlisle called the Waverley Route. The closure plan on the route was drawn up by the infamous Dr Beeching in late 1964 which he would claim was a real money loser and despite much protests, the closure went ahead with anouncement by Richard Marsh in July 1968 that the route would close in 5 January 1969. Even more than 40 years on after error of judgement with the rapid change of times, plans were submitted to reopen part of the route from Edinburgh to Galashiels and may once more link up with Carlisle but only time will tell.

In this latest publication on the Waverley Route, David Spaven has drawn up a depth study on this lost line that linked the Scottish Border towns like Galashiels, Melrose, St Boswells, Hawick plus communities of Stow, Newcastleton or Longtown. The book is well written with texts and details and there's a good selection of photos taken mainly by local photographers. The only weaknesses about the book is the poor reproduction of some photographs and some "ciggie" card-sized arrangements in some parts of the publication and could have deserved more care and attention that would have resulted in a much better book.


Archive Series: The Woodhead Route DVD - Cinerail
Archive Series: The Woodhead Route DVD - Cinerail
Offered by becksdvds-co-uk
Price: £20.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth investigating, 16 Jun 2013
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Among one of Cinerail's Archive series of DVDs worth investigating is The Woodhead Route and contains a good selection of archive material. Among the most interesting was the b/w material filmed before and during construction of the replacement Woodhead Tunnel. The sixty minute length programme continues throughout and features an excellent selection of clips right up towards the route's closure.


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