Kingfisher Productions produce a wide selection of railway DVDs and books. Including our new programme about the recently overhauled Gresley A3 Pacific 60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’ and key title Railway Round-up plus an extensive list of books and DVDs about the Settle – Carlisle Railway Line including the real ‘Jericho’ story in our ‘Ribblehead’ book by the late W.R Mitchell MBE, Railway Archive including the 50th anniversary of the closure of the famous Somerset & Dorset line, Cunard liners, our ‘Story of’ series, the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District. Many towns and cities are also covered in our ‘archive’ look at Britain ‘In The Past’. We are also pleased to bring back into the Kingfisher fold all of the Railscene titles which includes over 50 Cab Rides around Britain, many archive series such Richard Willis, Cam Camwell and ‘Steaming Through’ series. For followers of the great liners, we have a dedicated section on the RMS Titanic and other Maritime subjects. We also now offer an extensive archive and current video footage to the TV and Film Industry.
Bulleid Pacifics’ – A review of OVS Bulleid’s magnificent Pacifics.
Thirty Bulleid Pacific locomotives survive today, with 28 of them coming from Dai Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry. This 100-minute long DVD captures the sight and sound of these popular locomotives. From 34007 Wadebridge to 34105 Swanage and from 35005 Canadian Pacific through to 35029 Ellerman Lines we cover all thirty of the Light Pacifics and Merchant Navys scattered around the UK.
Thrilling sequences of Clan Line during its long career on the main line from 1974 and Tangmere in all manner of locations during its 10-year stint since restoration. Footage from the 1980s reveals 34092 City of Wells’s triumphant period in the northern fells. Many Bulleids came from Barry and we see them in the yard and during their restoration and subsequent operation.
All in all, THE DVD about the Bulleids!
The Summer of 67
Special DVD showing the end of steam on the Southern Region in 1967.
Full of archive film in and around Southampton, Bournemouth and London. A review of the end of steam on the main line from London Waterloo to Bournemouth and Weymouth. Includes steam action on the main line in 2007 with Southern engines such as Merchant Navy Class Clan Line , Tangmere and Lord Nelson. A review of events at the Mid-Hants Railway and Swanage Railway commemorating the end of steam and interviews with those who recall the last days in July 1967 including Driver Stan Symes of Dorset fame.
The Severn Tunnel Banker
This programme looks briefly at the construction of the tunnel and the efforts to keep local underground fresh water springs from flooding the railway. Indeed the spring water still to this day flows millions of gallons which has to be pumped out by the Sudbrook pumping station on the Monmouthshire side.
The main archive film produced by members of the BAC Railway Society Film Unit shows an every-day operation to assist heavy trains from Severn Tunnel Junction through the tunnel over to the Gloucestershire side. This banking service was crucial to keep traffic flowing along this important stretch of the London to South Wales main line.
We also catch up with two railwaymen who worked on the footplate from Severn Tunnel Jct shed and experienced the techniques required for a safe banking operation.
We follow the life and times of one of the Western Region Prairie tanks, No. 4160, which was so much a part of the depot at Severn Tunnel Junction working the banking duties. Fortunately, we have No. 4160 with us today thanks to the scrapyard at Barry. Sequences of the engine at work on the West Somerset Railway include its final day before overhaul driven by Eric Broom, one of its original firemen at Severn Tunnel Jct.
West Somerset Railway Autumn Steam Gala 2016
The West Somerset Railway is well-known for its two main steam galas each year. The autumn gala in 2016 was to follow a highly successful Spring Gala devoted to the S&D. In October 2016 some smaller GW engines were hired in to complete a line-up which celebrated a typical GW branch line atmosphere. Stars of the show were No. 1450 and newly restored autocoach No. 233, plus Pannier tank No. 6435 which was brought in from the Bodmin & Wenford line. We celebrate this gala with scenes of workings along the 22 mile railway and conclude with sequences of main line tours which have appeared on the WSR in recent months.
Locomotive roster includes – Nos. 1450, 6435, 5542, 4936, 6990, 44422, 53808 and Kilmersdon
DVD 58 minutes duration just £14.95
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The Story of the Great Western Society at Didcot
60103 Flying Scotsman Our new programme about the recently overhauled A3 Pacific which was re-launched in January 2016. Following its £4.2 million pound rebuild, No. 60103 has graced the main line again after more than 10 years. Flying Scotsman is still considered to be the most famous locomotive in the world and recent publicity has brought the general public’s interest to the forefront. Rare Pathe News film of the locomotive at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1925; aerial sequences in the 1920s; Kings Cross in January 1963 as Alan Pegler takes ownership; film of the 40th anniversary run in 1968; preparations for export to the USA in 1969. We also feature archive of the locomotive in BR times and follows its fortunes and misfortunes since purchase by Alan Pegler in 1963. Archive film of its activities on the main line right up to 2003 are included. Footage of the test runs of 60103 on the East Lancs Railway and of its ‘Inuagural’ run from Kings Cross to York and at the North York Moors Railway in early 2016.
DVD 60 minutes just £14.95
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This programme is dedicated to the mostly modern traction fleet accumulated at the West Somerset Railway by the Diesel & Electric Preservation Group at Williton.
’50 Years Gone – But not forgotten’ – A celebration of the Somerset & Dorset Railway
March 2016 will see the 50th anniversary of the closure of quite possibly the most celebrated of all our lines closed in the 1960s. This DVD examines the final years of the railway and what has happened to the line and its stations during the past 50 years. Many ex-S&D staff recall their times working on the railway and we visit the various preservation sites that have sprung up along the route. The programme has unseen archive footage of the line and is produced in association with the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust based at Washford on the West Somerset Railway. An added bonus of an archive film along the branch to Highbridge and never-before-seen out-takes from the BAC film unit film with original sound track.
**Archive film never seen before includes a trip down the line from Bath to Bournemouth in 1964 and along the branch from Evercreech to Highbridge.
** A survey of the line following closure.
** Visit in 2006 to Bath Green Park of 7F No. 53809.
** Latest film on the preservation schemes at Midsomer Norton and at Shillingstone.
** Special feature on the S&D Railway Trust at Washford from 1976 to 2015.
The new ITV series – Jericho – is about to launch onto our TV screens. In fact the storyline is about the navvies building the viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle railway at Batty Moss, more commonly known as Ribblehead. The book is packed with photographs from throughout its 137-year history, and also delves into the station and tunnel at Blea Moor. Text and facts about the building of the structure in the 1870s and rare photographs of the navvies constructing the viaduct which has become the most important structure on the line. Full coverage of the repairs to the viaduct in the 1980s and 1990s which saved the prospect of the line closing forever. Black and white photographs, plans and rare colour views. Free DVD with every copy of the book depicting the story in film footage and interviews with historians.
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This DVD tells the story of the locomotive and includes an interview with the remaining crew member on the day, fireman Jim Lester, who recalls the speedy preparations put into place following Sir Winston’s death and how he was chosen to be on the footplate on that momemtous day. Original film of 34051 on the funeral train plus its wanderings during preservation following withdrawal from Salisbury shed in 1965. An extensive interview with Jim Lester explaining the start of his career on the footplate is included as an additional section.
A wonderful appreciation of the truely memorable GWR 150 event.
A Tribute To Eastleigh’s Railways.
A new hardback book devoted to photographs from the Norman Cox collection AVAILABLE NOW.
This 128-page book is full of rare black & white photographs which Norman collected whilst working for the railway as a steam driver.
He collected a vast array of photographs of many subjects to do with transport, but it is his collection of Eastleigh railway photographs that we see in this first volume covering numerous locomotive classes with views around the station, locomotive works and running shed.
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Archive Footage Interest
We are producing a number of new DVD’s on railways and shipping and are always looking for archive 8mm or 16mm films. If you feel you may have some useful material, please do let us know here or telephone number 0333 121 4472
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