Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways - Complete Series One

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways - Complete Series One

This series sees TV legend Chris Tarrant embark on turbulent adventures as he travels around the world to experience some of the world's most extreme railways. Chris finds himself stuck in the heart of an African jungle, crossing the vast Australian outback and exploring the Monsoon Coast of India.

Episode One: Congo's Jungle Railway connects Brazzaville on the Congo River to the African coast. This 310 mile route remains a vital lifeline for both people and freight in a country that has few roads and dense jungle.

Episode Two: Australia's Outback Railway - The Ghan. Taking on the 2,000 mile long Adelaide to Darwin line, Chris crosses the desolation of the Outback on the Ghan line. Dating back to the 1870's the line took over 100 years to complete and today passes through deserted towns along with their abandoned railway relics.

Episode Three: India's Monsoon Railway. Exploring the infamous Konkan Railway between Mumbai and Mangalore, battling monsoons and treacherous terrain, Chris discovers why, despite 40,000 miles of track built by the British, engineers steered clear of this perilous route. ...more details


New DVDs for Summer 2014

Our brand new Summer 2014 catalogue is available now as a free PDF download - or if you would prefer a free printed copy, just contact us with your address and we'll put one in the post.

In the last catalogue we mentioned that 2014 was likely to become a fascinating year for Britain’s railways with the introduction of the new Class 68 and 70 locos and a return for some of the old favourites. Here we are, summer on the horizon and we already have the Colas Class 70s on regular booked work, as the cover photo shows.

The new Class 70s are one of a number of classes featured on the brand new Big Freight 11 DVD and Blu-ray. Now published twice a year, the best-selling and highly-acclaimed Big Freight series is a must for anybody following the current freight scene and as a special offer, we’re offering £5 off the latest edition if you order it online during May!

We’ve given the catalogue a bit of a face-lift, eliminating the lengthy list of titles usually contained in the back. This was only a fraction of the stock that we carry (the text was so small!) and it was so quickly out of date. If you’d like details of all the titles we sell, our website is the best place. If you don’t have access to the net, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to look up a title for you.

Don’t forget, we are still one of the few remaining railway DVD retailers offering free postage on all UK orders. Have a laugh at some of these companies charging up to £4.50 to mail out a single DVD and charging a fee to use your credit card... Ignore all that rubbish, click on Videoscene and order: Postage charge = £0.00; Credit card fee = £0.00 - guaranteed! 

Videoscene Catalogue - Summer 2014

Click here to download the catalogue (approx. 23Mb pdf)

Riding the DCR Spoil Train - New Cab Ride on DVD & Blu-ray

Riding the Spoil Train Calvert to Willesden

Cab ride: Calvert to Willesden via Claydon, Bicester, Oxford and Reading.

One of the freight highlights of 2013 was the use of DCR Class 56 locomotives on spoil trains between Willesden and Calvert. From Willesden, trains were normally routed via the Chilterns, passing Princes Risborough and Aylesbury and on to the old Great Central route to Calvert itself. This journey has already been released as a cab ride (Code: TC091).

This second cab ride features a Class 56 over the less frequently used alternative route: north from Calvert, to Claydon and onto the partially closed Oxford-Bletchley line, via Bicester Town, Oxford, onto the Great Western Mainline via Didcot, Reading, Slough and Acton and then to Willesden.

Filmed on a fine sunny day in August 2013, 56091 is the train locomotive, hauling a rake of empty JNA wagons.
With the Oxford – Bicester - Bletchley section now completely closed – being upgraded as part of the new East West Rail Link - this journey can never be repeated and shows the run-round move at Claydon and the entire freight-only section to Bicester and onto Oxford.

As well as the cab ride itself, we pass a number of passenger and freight trains and there is a thrash camera located in the rear cab, recording the 56 hard at work. ...more details

Riding the DCR Coal Train - York to Butterwell

Riding the DCR Coal Train - York to Butterwell

Riding the DCR Coal Train - York to Butterwell
The East Coast Mainline north from York may not be the most exciting railway, it’s mostly flat, 4-track then 2-track and there’s not a great deal to see! That image changes somewhat when you add a Class 56, hauling a heavy coal train, running at speed, passing Darlington, Durham and Newcastle and onto the single-track Butterwell branch and then further along the line to Potland Burn and the coal-loading facility.

This is a cab ride on board 56312, filmed on a fine sunny day in August 2013, featuring the entire 102 mile journey. Departing from York Holgate sidings, we take the station avoider and run alongside various Class 91s, HSTs and other freight trains to Butterwell Junction and onto the freight-only line to Potland Burn.

As well as the journey itself, the run-round move at Potland Burn is featured, plus coal loading and loco refuelling. A special thrash cam in the back cab of the 56 records the loco hard at work. Includes maps, part narration and on-screen captions. ...full details

British Transport Films - Reduced to £9.95

British Transport Films Reduced

The first seven volumes in the critically acclaimed and best-selling British Transport films series are now reduced to just £9.95 each!

Each volume contains two discs with a running time of three hours or more and is presented in a beautiful gatefold DVD sleeve.

Digitally remastered, each volume is packed with well known and much loved films dating from the 1950s. Some of the all time classics are featured here including ‘Elizabethan Express’, ‘Snowdrift at Bleath Gill’ and ‘Farmer Moving South’ - The true story of a Yorkshire farmer who decided to sell his land and move his entire stock - cattle, pigs and poultry, machinery, ploughs and tractors - south to Sussex by rail in December on what was the coldest night of the year!

Originally priced at £19.95 each and then reduced to £14.95, we now have a limited number of the first seven volumes at the BARGAIN price of just £9.95 each….

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