Recommended DVDs from 2011
These are just a few of our top DVD and Blu-ray titles from 2011.
These have made the list as they are best selling titles, have had the most hits on our website, contain historically rare or important film or have received the most positive comments from customers.
Also, we think they’re great!
The seventh DVD in the Big Freight series looks at the ever popular and ever changing rail freight scene in the UK.
With new locos, new liveries and new flows, once again, we go in search of the longest, the heaviest and the biggest freight trains.
Included in this edition is a feature on the Fiddlers Ferry coal circuit which probably employs the most varied traction anywhere, with classes 59, 60 and 66 working for DB Schenker, classes 66 and 70 for Freightliner and throw in a GBRf class 66 on the Gypsum trains and it’s an interesting freight-only railway.
Running with the headcode of 6J37, the afternoon timber train that runs from Carlisle to Chirk is one of the best known freight flows in the UK today.
Operated by Colas Rail and initially hauled by Virgin Trains’ Class 57/3s and then DRS Class 57/0s, the train was routed via the West Coast Main Line. Today, it is worked by Colas-owned Class 66/8s and runs via the Settle and Carlisle line.
Filmed with the full assistance of Colas, this cab ride starts at Carlisle Yard and continues through to Warrington, filmed on a fine sunny September day. The loco was 66848.
A 'Wired for Sound' cab ride from Asfordby to Banbury on GB Railfreight's 8X09, delivering newly-built S Stock for London Underground. Includes the rarely seen branch from Ashfordby to Melton Mowbray and the fascinating 30-mile 'freight only' route from Knighton South Junction to Branston Junction via Coalville and Moira West. After crossing the West Midlands through Water Orton, Washwood Heath, Landore Street and Tyseley, the journey continues via Dorridge Loop, Leamington Spa, Fenny Compton to Banbury.
Traction for the train is provided no less than 4 Class 20s (2 at either end of the train) - all of which provide some excellent thrash to accompany the fascinating views from the cab.
Two Disk Set.
Shot from a camera mount attached to the handrail at the front of Merddin Emrys, this double DVD set gives a driver's eye view of the route ahead. Merddin Emrys being a double Fairlie gives a superbly smooth ride for use as a camera platform.
The only commentary coming from the engine itself - there is no narration to spoil your driver's experience. Subtitles give the official route names as an aid to route learning and general interest.
This DVD is part of the finest collection of steam locomotives working over the gradients of the old Great Western Railway that has ever been taken. It is 100% action and is full of powerful soundtracks and stunning views of the locomotives hard at work.
The fourth volume of Clagging Steam features another fantastic selection of British locos hard at work on the private railways and the main line . . . but this time spanning a period of twenty years from the early 1990s to the present day. Sixty-seven different locomotives appear, each chosen for their visual and aural entertainment value.
We have taken the opportunity of filming the Woodford branch through the Roding Valley to Hainault and on to Leytonstone on board a 1992 stock train. We then switch our attention to the main Central Line that runs through the very heart of London.
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- Riding the Carlisle Log Train
- Riding the Cumbrian Coast: Cab Ride - Carlisle to Preston
- Big Freight 9
- Riding the DRS Inverness Intermodal - Cab Ride: Mossend to Inverness via the Highland Mainline
- Big Freight 11
- Riding the DRS Aberdeen Intermodal - Cab Ride: Aberdeen to Grangemouth
- A Journey on the Inspection Saloon - Willesden to Ashford
- Big Freight 10
- Big Freight 8
- Riding the Tyne Valley: Carlisle to York
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