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Spring 2018 Steam & Diesel DVD Catalogue is Available Now

Spring 2018 Catalogue

Our brand new Spring 2018 Catalogue is available now as a free PDF download  (click here approx. 20Mb download) or if you would prefer a free printed copy, just contact us with your address and we'll put one in the post.

As always the catalogue produced in this season is packed with reviews of the previous year and this year is no exception. 

Looking back at 2017 for diesels we have Traction 2017 Part 2 and Scottish Diesels 2017 Review.For steam reviews we have: Mainline 2017 Volume 2, Mainline Diary 2017, Northwest Mainline Steam 2017, Steaming Around Britain 2017, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway - Review of 2017 and the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway 2017 - plus the Manx Electric Railway 2017 Review! How's that for a choice!

New Releases Spring 2018

Other new releases coming this spring include Marsden Rail 39 - York and the North East, a Steam Driver's Eye View on the Atlantic Coast Express, an official souvenir DVD of the Isle of Man Steam Railway and the re-released British Train Disasters 1914-1975.

Of course, a new year means two new guide books and I'm pleased to announce that both the London Underground and UK Light Rail guides are back, fully updated and hot off the press in March.

At this time of year the Videoscene stall is out and about. In February, we're at the huge Glasgow Model Rail show. In March, it's Alexandra Palace in London and then April, back to London for the Acton Museum Open Weekend. If you're attending any of these shows, please come along and say hello!

You may notice the word 'HOT' next to a few titles in the catalogue. This basically means these are very popular and best selling titles and we have plenty of them in stock. If you order before 12noon on a weekday, we guarantee to ship your order by first class post the same day. Don't forget we still charge £ZERO postage on all DVD/Blu-ray orders to UK addresses. Please don't be paying £2.00 or £2.50 per DVD from other sellers. If the item you want is £14.95, that's exactly what it will cost you - £zero postage - £zero credit card fees - GUARANTEED!

Thank you for your continued support.

Click here to download the catalogue (approx. 20Mb pdf)

Winter 2017-18 Releases

New Releases

No.18 in the highly-acclaimed and best-selling Big Freight series is another epic with a wide variety of freight trains filmed countrywide during the year. Diesel Hauled Passenger Trains - The Story of 2017 iwas released in November. 

Cab rides include a Class 56 from Holyhead to Shrewsbury and 86101 from Crewe to Euston. Steam Driver's Eye views include 'Royal Scot' Goes West (Exeter - Plymouth - Par) and Bournemouth Belle 50th Anniversary Special.

The best-selling Marsden Rail 38 has received some great reviews in the railway press. Make sure you get your copy for Christmas.

Autumn Railway DVD Releases

New Releases

With our new catalogue out in a few weeks, we thought you'd like a sneak preview of some great new DVDs and Blu-rays out now and coming soon.

For steam fans, Mainline 2017 Volume One is out now covering January to June with the very best in mainline steam. If you like Steam Driver's Eye Views, how about an epic journey from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh on board LNER K1 62005? The long-awaited Marsden Rail 38 is coming soon.

For diesel fans, Power Hour 7 (and a half) is out now and as expected, it's another superb compilation of locos behaving badly; Traction 2017 Part One is coming soon; a new Sunrise Sunset features a day at Stenson Junction and the second programme in the Class 37 Hauled series is out soon.

Click here for details of these and other new titles.

Train Crazy Releases for Summer 2017

New Releases for Summer 2017

Big Freight 17

No.17 in the highly-acclaimed and best-selling Big Freight series will be released in late May. Produced in conjunction with Freightmaster, this brand new programme features another superb feast of freight trains, filmed countrywide during 2016/2017.

North and Mid-Wales RHTT: One of the highlights of the autumn rail head treatment season was the Colas Railfreight operated loco-hauled set, working off Coleham depot at Shrewsbury. Hauled by a Network Rail Class 97, the train ran to Machynlleth overnight, swapping to top and tail Class 56s for a daytime run to Holyhead. The train is featured in detail with a visit to Coleham depot showing the 97s and 56s being prepared and serviced, followed by footage of the overnight and daytime trains. Includes the final day with three Class 56s to Holyhead!

Peterborough to Leicester Line - Part Two: At 53 miles in length, this east-west route links the East Coast and Midland Main Lines. With fine station buildings and traditional signalling, the volume of freight has increased in recent years and part two looks at the section from Langham to Leicester. All major locations are featured including Melton Mowbray and a Class 20 LU move coming off the Old Dalby Branch. Numerous different freight flows are included.

Colas Railfreight Class 60s: A mini-feature looking at all ten Colas Class 60s.West Coast Pairs: Intermodal and container trains on the WCML have gone through many changes over the years but as of 2016 and into 2017 a number of key trains are now double-headed. This feature looks at pairs of 66s and 68s working for DRS, 86s and 90s working for Freightliner and 90s working for DB Cargo.

1Q82/1Q83: This Network Rail PLPR train, usually top and tailed by Colas Railfreight Class 37s, has gained a cult following. Running out of Derby on an 11-day circuit every four weeks, the train heads to Scotland via the Cumbrian Coast and then visits some remote out-posts, returning via Blackpool to Derby. Various locos are featured including newly-returned 37099 and that gorgeous spring day when 37025+37116 were in charge.

Plus: Brand new DRS Class 88, 88002 on test and working a loaded train; Colas Railfreight’s 67023+67027 and action from numerous other locations including 3-in-a-row at Woodborough, 3-in-a-row at York and much more.   more details

 

Merseyrail's Northern Line

Merseyrail's Northern Line is a self-contained, commuter-based, high-frequency electrified railway, operating three core services to four destinations. The line we know today came about with the opening of the link and loop lines in Liverpool in 1977. Electric trains to and from Ormskirk and Southport ran underground to a new city terminus and with electrification extended to Kirkby (1977), Garston (1978) and Hunt's Cross (1983) the system we have today was completed.

Today, all services are worked by the 1978-1980 built Class 507 and 508/1 EMUs, the latter being transferred from the Southern Region in 1981-1984. In total there are 41 route miles, 35 stations, a main depot at Kirkdale, a stabling point at Southport and 59 three-car units provide the service.

This programme includes: A brief history; the Class 502 and 503 stock; early footage of the 507s and 508s; footage from the four lines today; the DMU interchange at all four terminals; a morning start from Kirkdale; ECS moves; the 507s and 508s running today; lost freight lines; the Bootle Branch; the North Mersey Branch; Class 73 IM trains; unusual workings; facts, figures, trivia and maps. Filmed 2016/2017.  more details

 

Rails Around Carlisle 1990-1993

The fifth title in the Rail Rover series goes back to the years 1990-1993 and features the popular WCML location of Carlisle. At this time, Sectorisation was in full swing but many locos were still in blue and Railfreight liveries, motor rail vans were still attached to passenger trains and many long-gone railway practices, such as mail bags being loaded and locos being attached and detached were still everyday sights.The main WCML passenger trains are in the hands of Class 86s and 87s. The new Class 90s have just entered service. Freight is worked by a mixture of electrics and diesels including Class 85s in their final years, 47s, 56s and pairs of 37s on cement and oil trains. Many different liveries are shown.

Other passenger trains included blue Class 31s and large logo 47s to Leeds, Class 108 DMUs to Cumbria and sleeper coaches and vans stabled in bay platforms and shunted by a Class 08.

Celebrity locos include NSE 86401, brand new European liveried Class 90s, 50007+50050 on a Railtour, astonishing footage of 26026+26005 hauling a failed HST, Class 50s being towed for scrap and cars driving out of Motorail vans on to platform 1!

A fascinating look at a WCML hotspot from 25 years ago.   more details

New Class 37 DVD Series!

Class 37 Hauled

Announcing a brand new DVD series - Class 37 Hauled!

Now into their 50th year and beyond, the English Electric Type 3 Class 37 locomotives are without a doubt one of the most popular diesels of all time.

Still active on the mainline and in preservation, these locos have seen a lot: From the early years in BR Green and Blue, from mixed goods to coal and steel, passenger workings in Anglia, latterly Scotland, the 37/4s, Sectorisation, the 37/5s, 37/7s, 37/9s, Club Trains, the Regional Railways years, North Wales, the Cardiff Valleys, Privatisation, DRS flask trains, Railtours, the EWS years and now Colas IM trains, Europhoenix and passenger trains in Cumbria! What an amazing career!

This brand new DVD series aims to chart the life and times of the Class 37. With three DVDs per year these will build into an ultimate collection. Drawing from a huge archive of footage and with a running time of at least 90 minutes per title, these professionally produced DVDs will include everything from BR Green locos with brake tenders right through to 37/4s on the Cumbrian Coast today! ...more details

Recent DVDs from Train Crazy

New from train Crazy

Big Freight 16
Features a feast of freight trains, filmed countrywide during 2016. Produced in conjunction with Freightmaster, this brand new programme shows the huge variety of freight trains operating today and the astonishing variety of motive power hauling them! From Class 20s to brand new Class 68s and many more in between!

Peterborough to Leicester Line - Part One: At 53 miles in length, this east-west route links the East Coast and Midland Main Lines. With fine station buildings and traditional signalling, the volume of freight has increased in recent years and part one looks at the section from Peterborough to Oakham. All major locations are featured including Uffingham and its manual level crossing gates, Ketton cement works branch with 08622 and the Midland Railway wooden signal, also at Ketton. Numerous freight flows are featured.
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Diesel Hauled Passenger Trains - The Story of 2016
The revival in loco-hauled passenger trains continued throughout 2016 with Class 68s working in East Anglia, Class 73s on Scottish sleepers and the ever popular Class 37s in Cumbria. To celebrate another year of revival, the Diesel Hauled Passenger Trains series continues with a brand new release - The Story of 2016.

Starting with Class 37s in Cumbria and 30 years after it was first introduced, the 'Large Logo' liveried Class 37 made an amazing comeback with 37401, 37402 and 37403 all painted in this popular livery. The trio were regular performers on the coast during 2016 and all three plus other 37/4s are featured here.

A shortage of DMUs in East Anglia prompted a top and tail Class 68 set working off Norwich. Add this to the existing Class 37 set and the scenic lines to Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth saw numerous loco hauled trains. Both sets are featured here.
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Class 68 Hauled
Introduced from 2014 and operated by DRS, the Class 68 is a new-breed of Bo-Bo diesel locomotive, designed for express passenger trains and heavy freight.

Officially known as UKLight, these powerful 3750hp locos, with their 16-cylinder Caterpillar engines have a top speed of 100mph and are based at Carlisle Kingmoor depot. So far, 25 are in service with more on order; six are leased to Chiltern for their express passenger work; two are painted in Scotrail livery for commuter trains and the remainder carry the smart DRS compass livery and are used for freight and other duties. 19 of them are named.

This special compilation DVD looks at these locos at work in 2014-2016. From container trains in Scotland to double heading on the Daventry - Mossend Tesco Express; Mountsorrel - Crewe ballast trains; and passenger trains out of Marylebone, Edinburgh and in East Anglia.
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CAB RIDE on the the ROG Class 37/8 'Thrash Bash' Railtour

Riding the ROG Class 37/8 'Thrash Bash' Railtour

One of the Railtour highlights of 2016 was the Rail Operations Group 'Class 37/8 Thrash Bash' tour. This was only the second Railtour operated by ROG and the first using locos and stock and what a pair of locos they were - Class 37s, 37800+37884.

Salvaged from the scrap line and returned to the mainline, both are operated by Europhoenix and painted in their stunning red and grey livery. Neither had worked a passenger train for decades making this Railtour something special.

Starting out from Derby, as the 'Thrash Bash' title may suggest, the idea was to work the locos hard, so they took in many gradients including the Lickey and this was an out-and-back circular route via Birmingham, Hereford and Worcester. The train load was 10 coaches and a Class 47 on the back!With almost 500 people on board, over 1000 more were line side, recording this special occasion.

Filmed with the full permission of ROG, our cameras were on board for the day and the full seven hours of daylight running was recorded. With a few short showers early on, it blossomed into a gorgeous day of lovely sunshine and delightful autumn colours!

With our special 'thrash' cam in the back cab of the second loco, not only is this a noisy cab ride, the route itself is quite amazing; from mainline running in Birmingham; to the single line through the Malverns; tunnels, signal boxes and superb lower quadrant semaphores - this Railtour really did have it all!

Part One - Derby to Hereford:
covers the Derby - Leicester - Birmingham - Nuneaton - Worcester - Hereford section

Part Two - Hereford to Bescot:
covers the Hereford - Gloucester - Worcester - Lickey - Bescot section

New Japanese Book - ORDER NOW LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Fantastic Trams in Blackpool

Every once in a while a very different book about Blackpool's trams is published and Fantastic Trams in Blackpool by Fumio Goto is just that.

The author is from Japan and he visited Blackpool in 1978, 1979, then 2013, 2014 and 2015. This book is a photographic journey of each visit.

Clearly a lot has happened between 1979 and 2013 - an awful lot - and we go from OMO cars in the snow in January 1978 right up to stunning images of the current Heritage service and Flexity2 trams.

The book is not in chronological order as it starts with visits from 2013 so perhaps initially you're thinking this is a modern image book. From page 89 we go back to 1978 with a few black and white images and the some truly stunning material from the 1978-1979 period. In a sea of green and cream, the Balloon cars are well represented with many images containing more than one tram.

Throughout the book the use of a zoom lens has been done to maximum effect with stunning images from the Tower top and Big Wheel. Almost every image is a winner and it must be commented on the high quality of production.

The text within the book is written mostly in Japanese but for each photo caption the location and date is printed in English. To be fair, this is not a problem as stunning images of trams like 227 or 700 sell themselves and anybody interested enough in Blackpool's trams should know that 227 is a Boat car and 700 a Balloon. There is a full fleet list in English at the back. 

Coming in at 168 pages this book will appeal to the masses. If you're following the current scene, this book covers it well. If you're interested in the old fleet, then you'll be impressed by the 1970s images. All in all this is an excellent book.

With more than 200 images, mostly in colour this book is recommended to all Blackpool Tram enthusiasts. Add it to your collection! ...more details

Tram Releases from Train Crazy

New Tram Releases from Train Crazy

We have many great new releases including three new tram titles from Train Crazy.

 

Flexity2 Fleetwood

Flexity2 Fleetwood
We are pleased to announce a brand new one-off DVD…. Flexity2 Fleetwood - a cab ride from Starr Gate to Fleetwood!

It was back in 2006 when this journey was last filmed, from the top deck of 706 'Princess Alice' along the old tramway. Nine years later and following many requests this is the updated version, along the new tramway with footage from the cab of a Flexity2 tram in normal passenger service.

Filmed with the full permission and the full assistance from Blackpool Transport the journey was filmed on board 003 on a gorgeous sunny afternoon in June. The entire is journey is shown - uncut - from the loop at Starr Gate to the terminus platform at Fleetwood Ferry. ...more details

Soller Railway

Soller Railway
Opened in 1912 with steam traction and electrified in 1929, the Palma - Soller railway is a curious 3ft gauge survivor of a bygone age. Built primarily to carry goods with limited passenger accommodation, by the late-1950s, the development of Mallorca as a major tourist destination and the emergence of the package holiday, saw happy holidaymakers take the place of goods and 103 years later, the entire 17-mile railway survives. Today, operating 11 months of the year, the railway is booming, with full-to-capacity service trains, specials and extra trains for coach parties, it's a phenomenal success story and one million passengers are carried each year.

All four original four motor coaches built in 1929 are still in service. These powerful 'locomotives' operate alongside 19 coaches, some dating to 1912, and on a typical day, three trains of six coaches are in service. ...more details

Croydon Tramlink

Croydon Tramlink
Fifteen years have passed since trams returned to London in the shape of the Croydon Tramlink and like many other modern UK systems, it has been a great success, with a credible 32.3 million passengers carried in 2014/2015.

The system today operates four primary routes. From Wimbledon in the south, trams serve a town centre loop around Croydon and then split towards Beckenham Junction with a short branch to Elmers End, and a major route through to New Addington.

This programme features a driver's eye view around the system, filmed from the cab of tram 2543. Starting with a look around the main depot at Therapia Lane, we board our tram and set off on a journey over the entire system. ...more details



RAILTAPE on DVD!

Railtape on DVD

Available on DVD for the first time - exclusive from Videoscene!

What is Railtape?
Railtape was launched in 1994 as the successor to the popular and best-selling Railscene series. Released either monthly or bi-monthly, it was a video magazine featuring all aspects of railway news. From steam and diesel footage, galas, preservation, railtours, to new locos, new liveries and much more, this series provided an in-depth look at the railway scene at that time. Many of the tapes also featured a short cab ride!

VHS tapes: The original series was professionally filmed and released on cassette with running times between 60 and 120 minutes, depending on how much news there was to cover in that specific month. A total of 72 issues were produced, right up to 2004. With the demise of VHS the series was deleted over a decade ago.

Now on DVD: Videoscene has recently acquired the master tapes for the entire series and will be releasing them in batches ...more details




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