|Not only did the
7Fs run south from Bath, but also west to Mangotsfield and beyond.
53809 at last truly came home when it returned to Bitton, the base for Avon Valley Railway, courtesy of the 13809 Preservation Society. Filmed mostly in glorious autumn sunshine, the event attracted enormous interest.
With a running time of 58 minutes approx, and bonus footage 11 minutes approx, the DVD is available at £14.95 from The Signal Box ( see details below), Avon Valley Railway, and the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust.
"Railways of the Avon Valley and Gorge"
|During 2004 we completed an ambitious project - "Railways of the Avon Valley & Gorge". Not since the prototype itself inaugurated HST services through the lower valley has there been so much interest and change - and how much do you know about the Upper Valley?||The author grew up at one end of the
worked near the middle, - and now lives at the other end. Drawing on
knowledge has imparted a fresh perspective. R/T 45 mins
£14.95 p&p free. VHS & DVD
Five elapsed years, and three years of intensive direct work on the project, after closure of the railway, gave us three full 400 ft. half-hour reels of edited and sound-synchronised film. This was premiered by the then Somerset & Dorset Preservation Circle, in 1971. "Puffed Out" was subsequently screened, for many years, to full houses all over Wessex - basically the area served by the S & D.
The vital difference made by the authentic sound recorded at the time of filming, is that - just as with a modern amateur camcorder - you hear the correct sounds made at the time by what's on screen - such as wheel slip, dialogue with a driver, etc.
the age of the dedicated equipment used for live screenings, the age of
original print, and also a possible wider interest, a transfer to
with additional editing, was successfully completed in 1998. "Puffed
Out" was very nearly renamed "Ticket to
Ride", as the on-train filming
covers the complete system. "Heritage Railway" March-April 2001
it as "A real historical artefact on celluloid - not to be...missed - a
unique insight". It has featured in "The Signal Box" Top Ten,
no. 2 (not to our surprise, of course!), and is available from them,
- 2362901, FAX 0116 - 2340401, Heritage Railways, or your usual
: 82 mins, DVD/VHS £14.95 post & packing free in the UK. In
2009 all four parent reels were rescanned by a teleciné process,
and the improved edit released with an additional 8 minute bonus
section, in 2010.
|We are indebted to the late transport film historian, John Huntley, for encouraging us to publish "Puffed Out".|
41 mins, £14.95. DVD/VHS. Post & Packing is free in the UK from the distributors (see below).
Somewhere" - The Avon Valley
Railway, between Bristol and Bath, has
become a leading attraction in the area. We see a varied programme from
the earliest days, including a plans-to-completion view of the new
station on the river - "Avon Riverside". "Heritage Railway" magazine
no.19, November 2000, very kindly gave this video a rave review.
time : VHS/DVD 53 mins, £14.95, post & packing free in
the UK. Also available at Bitton station shop.
|Has now been
updated to include:
|The sleeve shows Arosa in February
2007. Late heavy snows had come to the region. The line is notable for
running through the streets of Chur amid road traffic - which -
amazingly - has to take avoiding action! All sections were shot
in winter conditions, and the running time is just over 80 minutes in
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