Len Crane, the Black Country Engineer & Len’s Legacy Double Dvd




Len Crane, The Black Country Engineer & Len’s Legacy Double Dvd 

The two Len Crane dvds as a double two disc set in one case.

Total running time 185 minutes.

Len Crane Dvd: A Black Country Steam Engineer – The Story of Road Steam Restoration & Preservation.

This programme covers Len, Jane and friends running and showing their engines around rallies and events.

Also shows how the engines were found and restored in the first place.

Particularly their Burrell showman’s engine ‘Endurance’, which we see as a wreck when first found and then as she is today, a magnificent restoration.

Len Crane a leader in the steam restoration movement.

For almost fifty years Lean has been restoring and running road steam engines.

Whilst engineering has been in decline in this country Len has been finding and restoring traction engines, bringing back to life those wonderful examples of British engineering that had been cast aside as no longer needed.

By looking at the story of Len’s restoration of two crane engines, a Showman’s engine and a steam roller, this programmes give an idea of what it takes to get road steam engines back into use and to keep them on the road and the rally ground.

The programme follows Len from his early days engineering scale versions of engines, through his motorbike competition days through to his and Jane’s rail and steam event activity today.

It also has a look at Len’s work in restoring the big fixed engines at the Bratch Water pumping station in Wombourne.

Looking at what is involved in restoring and running road steam engines by looking at those found, acquired, restored and run over the past forty years by that notable Black Country steam engineer; Len Crane.

This covers the details of his vintage engines and what it takes to run them in the 21st Century.

As well as his early years as a British and European motorbike scrambling (Motocross) champion.

With footage from rallies and events that Len has taken his current engines to and interviews with those involved with him.

Approx. 95 minutes.

Len’s Legacy Dvd: Len Crane – A Black Country Steam Engineer, The Story of Road Steam Restoration & Preservation.

The continuing story of Len Crane and his engines.

Whilst filming this follow on of Len and his engines, sadly he passed away.

This is the follow up to our first dvd about Len Crane which primarily looked at how he acquired, restored and used his engines.

In this programme we follow his engines and those that crew them to events big and small.

Len’s Legacy is all about how ‘Endurance’ the showman’s engine and his B6 Fowler crane engine are used and still shown by Jane and those that worked with him.

Although Len passed away in January 2015 his engines and what he did with them live on in the hands of those who had always worked with him.

This is Len’s Legacy!

With a running time of ninety minutes we see Len and his engines at the last few events that he was able to attend and then continue to follow the engines even though he is no longer with us.

Attending events big and small, from the Shrewsbury and Welland to local events in the Black Country and on to the ‘Great Dorset’, where in the hands of ‘Team Crane’ the Fowler Super Lion once again joins the heavy haulage engines as the move seriously heavy loads around the arena and on up the hill!

This therefore became a look at what the engines are now doing in the hands of ‘Team Crane’, the dedicated group of friends and volunteers who now take them to shows and events.

It also looks back to see the influence Len had, along with others, in getting ‘Road Steam Heavy Haulage’ established as a feature of the ‘Great Dorset Steam Fair’ and other major steam events.

Approx. 90 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Avalon Video Productions.