B&R 245 DVD: London Midland Steam Miscellany, Part 11




The Brian Parnell Collection Part 4

The fourth and penultimate instalment in our series of all new, and never previously seen, high quality cine films taken by the late Brian Parnell. This time it mostly features the area covered by the former London Midland Region but also footage from Scotland, Wales and Southern England, including some rare snippets of the famous Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway.

We begin at Morecambe on the Lancashire coast in the summer of 1965, before travelling up the West Coast Main Line (WCML) via Shap Summit and Tebay to arrive at Carlisle. Amongst the locomotives seen in and around the Kingmoor shed area are the unique (and now preserved Stephenson Link ‘Black 5’, 44767 plus Jubilee 45660 ‘Rooke’ which achieved fame during the 1937 load tests developing 1250hp climbing to Ais Gill summit on the Settle and Carlisle line.

Back down the WCML, we visit Oxenholme to see the ‘Lakes Express’. Then to Lancaster and Hest Bank where we see locomotives picking up water at speed from the water troughs there.

One of the earliest public railways was the Leicester West Bridge branch and Brian visited during May 1963. Here the motive power was the Johnson 2Fs 0-6-0s and the last use in the country of these Victorian era locomotives. He also visited the Leighton Buzzard to Dunstable line in the of summer of 1962 where we spot an ex-LNWR ‘Super D’ 0-8-0 pottering about.

Leaving the LMR area, we visit Gloucester (to see ex-GWR Manor 4-6-0s), Cheltenham, Oxford, Southall and the Southern at Swanage.

Brian also visited the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway where he took a significant amount of footage including at Branksome,

Templecombe, Cole, Wincanton, Glastonbury and Street, Shepton Mallet and Devonshire Tunnel. Also covered in the south of England are Exeter (Central and St David’s), Guildford, Peasmarsh Junction, Polegate and Hailsham.

Scottish locations are not forgotten with scenes at Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Princes Street, Stirling and Perth. Wales as well with scenes at Barmouth and Llandudno Junction.

Naturally the dying days of steam in North West of England are well covered with visits to Carnforth (and its shed), Preston, Rose Grove (and its shed), Chester, Warrington Bank Quay (High Level & Low Level), Buxton, Bolton and Blackburn!

Most of the film was taken between 1962 and 1968. Motive power includes ex-LMS Black 5s (including experimental versions), Jubilees, Class 4 2-6-4Ts, Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0 ‘Flying Pigs’, Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0s & 2-6-2Ts, 8Fs, Fowler 4Fs, ex-LNWR Super D 0-8-0, Johnson 2F 0-6-0s, S&D 2-8-0s and BR Standard Class Britannia Pacifics, Class 5 4-6-0s, Class 4 4-6-0s and 9F 2-10-0s.

This nostalgic look at the last years of London Midland steam is entirely in colour and as usual includes an informative commentary and an authentic soundtrack.


Approx. 70 minutes.

This DVD is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – B&R Video Productions.