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Trams Without Wires
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Trams Without Wires

Since 1983, France has installed over twenty tram and light systems, spectaculary reversing previous policy. The ninth to open, in Bordeaux in 2003, used a radical new current collection technology, called alimentation par sol, or feed through the ground; APS for short. Current is collected from twin feed rails slightly proud of the road surface by skates under the cars. Complex high technology safety measures eliminate the "live rail" accidents that dogged earlier surface-contact systems. Bordeaux' APS system is limited to areas of architectural or scenic merit; overhead wires are used elsehere. Specially-equipped five and seven section Alsthom Citadis cars are used. This successful system is due to be extended considerably. ..

50 MIN

$39.95 Ex Tax: $36.32

The Great Orme Tramway
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The Great Orme Tramway

The line is in two sections. The lower part is paved street trackage; the cable runs in an enclosed conduitaccessed by a slot. The upper section is an entirely on open ballast track, the exposed cables running over pulleys. Passenger transfer between sections halfway, passing through the winding house. The four cars are permanently fixed to the cables; they are started and stopped from the winding house. Signals from the car to winding house now use a buried induction cable beside the line. Despite competition from road and overhead cable, the cable line still operates every summer. It is now the only cable tramway in the British Isles. ..

48 MIN

$34.95 Ex Tax: $31.77

QR Lineside 5 - The Main Range
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QR Lineside 5 - The Main Range

Queensland's historic line from Murphy's Creek to Toowoomba, completed in 1867, was the world's first main line narrow-gauge railway to scale a mountain range. From 250m above sea level, it rises to 441m at Toowoomba in 30km; the ruling grade is 1 in 50. Until the 1990s, it was a major artery. It was sold to a private operator in 2009. Traffic now consists almost exclusively of coal.. ..

35 MIN

$19.95 Ex Tax: $18.14

QR Lineside 4 - Monto Loop
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QR Lineside 4 - Monto Loop

The Monto loop was a result of competition between coastal railway centres, separate lines from Maryborough and Gladstone reaching the town in 1928 and 1931. Built mainly to access mineral resources, the loop saw mostly light traffic in agricultural produce. The loop was never used for diversion of main line traffic when the Maryborough-Gladstone line was blocked, because the section between Mungar and Mundubberra had light rail, sharp curvature, and steep grades. It could not accept main-line engines. The section from Gladstone to Monto was better built, but the ascent of the Dawes Range required no less than six tunnels, and a ruling grade of 1 in 33.Traffic was heaviest between Monto and Gayndah. The loop escaped closure in the 1960s, but now has no traffic, the branch being "redlined". ..

35 MIN

$19.95 Ex Tax: $18.14

Pilatus Bahn
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Pilatus Bahn

At a maximum gradient of 480 pro mille - 48%, or just under 1 in 2 - the Pilatusbahn is the steepest rack railway in the world. Built in 1889, to access the summit of Mt. Pilatus, near Luzern, this 800 mm gauge line climbs 1635m (5364 ft) in 4618m (2.87 miles). The steepness of the gradients dictated the adoption of the unique Locher rack system, which locks the train to the line and prevents derailment or capsize in extreme weather conditions. Oringinally steam-operated, it was electrified at 1550V DC in 1937. Trains run daily in summertime. This DVD was filmed using high quality cameras. All editing and  processing has been digital. The sound was recorded on location using professional quality microphones. There is no background music, and the extensive narration is confined to the maps and stills so that the sound of the trains at work is unmarred. ..

67 MIN

$39.95 Ex Tax: $36.32

Never A Toy
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Never A Toy

In September 2007 UNESCO was considering the Kalka Shimla Railway in northern India for World Heritage status. This film follows the inspection of the railway for the preparation of the report on which the UNESCO decision would be based. The Kalka-Shimla Railway opened for traffic on November 9, 1903. It connected Delhi with Shimla, which was India's summer capital until Independence in 1947. The town has monumental architecture and affords superb views of the main range of the Himalayas. The railway's significance shows in the sturdy construction of the bridges and tunnels. Throughout its 96 kilometre length it runs through a succession of over 800 reverse curves of up to 36.57 metre radius, through 102 tunnels climbing the 2094 metres from Kalka to Shimla on a ruling gradient of 1 in 33. The railway is an extraordinary feat of 19th century engineering skill. This film was made with the assistance of Indian Railways Northern Division and Indian Office of Railway He..

59 MIN

$39.95 Ex Tax: $36.32

National Tramway Museum 50th Anniversary 2009
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National Tramway Museum 50th Anniversary 2009

Crich Derbyshire. Britain's first tram museum was established in a disused quarry in Derbyshire in 1959. The collection now exceeds 60 cars, and a representative "Tramway Village" has been created to show a typical scene. Ian Walker was there in 2009 for the 50th Anniversary celebration. DVD includes the tram parade, and a top deck ride. ..

25 MIN

$34.95 Ex Tax: $31.77

Melbourne's Tramways
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Melbourne's Tramways

Melbourne is one of the world's great tram cities. Over 500 cars, some 70 years old and some brand new, work some 250 route km (160 route miles). In a clockwise progression around the system, many interesting features are picked out, as well as typical scenes. Captions are supplied for most locations. Melbourne's electric trams replaced an extensive cable network. The system expanded steadily in the 1920s and 1930s. After some stagnation, expansion resumed in the 1970s, when new cars also appeared. Two short railways were converted to "light rail" in 1987. A progressive engineering policy of widening clearances and easing sharp curves enabled the use of 9ft (2.743m) wide cars by the 1970s. The video includes footage of SW5/6/W7, Z1, Z3, A, and B classes as well as new Citadis and Siemens Combino cars in service. ..

110 MIN

$44.95 Ex Tax: $40.86

La Trochita
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La Trochita

Narrow Gauge in Southern Argentina. Nicknamed the "Old Patagonia Express" in Paul Theroux' 1979 travelogue, the 402km 75cm gauge line from Ingeniero Jacobacci to Esquel is no express. Nor is it old; it was completed in 1945 it is the largest component and only surviving remnant of a 1920s project to create an extensive narrow-gauge rail network to serve Patagonia. Sparsely settled, much of the area is semi-desert, the principal economic activities being pastoralism and mining. Traffic was sparse, and the line closed completely in 1993. Tourist services now run only on the southern section of the line, with occasional charters over the full length. Baldwin and Henschel 2-8-0s are the power. ..

115 MIN

$44.95 Ex Tax: $40.86

Indian Railways
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Indian Railways

4 Short Films This DVD shows the events on the Kalka Shimla narrow gauge railway during the UNESCO inspection on September 2007. The companion DVD “Never a Toy” shows the UNESCO inspection of the Kalka Shimla railway system in full. Steam from Kathleeghat to Kandaghat During the UNESCO inspection of the Kalka Shimla Railway in September 2007 KC 520, the restored steam loco, made a run from Kathleeghat to Kandaghat, crossing the two most famous stone bridges en route. Views are from lineside and on the train. Kathleeghat to Shoghi by Cab The UNESCO inspection lasted four days. Starting in Kalka, Dr Robert Lee, the team leader, inspected the narrow gauge diesel workshops. Three days later he took a cab ride in diesel number 186. Kalka Shimla Railmotor Since 1911, the KSR has offered premium express first class service by railcar, shaving more than two hours from the normal passenger train time. A trip from Kandaghat to Shimla in the front seat of rail moto..

60 MIN

$39.95 Ex Tax: $36.32

Calcutta's Trams
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Calcutta's Trams

India once had electric tramways in Delhi, Madras, Bombay and Kanpur. Only Bombay's system was ever significantly modernised, and was the last to close, in the 1960s. Calcutta's system, though quite inadequate, is still large and busy. Some 300 cars (the exact number varies) service about 67 route-miles intensively. Track is standard (4ft 8-1/2in) gauge. Nowadays the fleet consists entirely of bogie six-axle articulated cars, but at one time large numbers of single-truck vehicles were in use, most articulated into "streamlined train" and "utility" twinsets. Speeds are low due to antiquated technology and traffic congestion. Local colour. Filmed January 1997. VIEW VIDEO PREVIEW ..

53 MIN

$39.95 Ex Tax: $36.32

Adelaide Tram Revival
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Adelaide Tram Revival

Adelaide’s Glenelg tramway uses the route of a 5ft 3in gauge steam line from the city to the popular resort of Glenelg. Converted to electric traction at 600V DC in 1929, the gauge was modified to 4ft 8½ins, for compatibility with the tramway system. When the tram system closed in 1958, the Glenelg line survived, becoming one of the last few places in the world where traditional interurban equipment could be seen in service. In 2004, it was completely refurbished, and eleven new European low-floor trams acquired. The line was extended up King William St. to North Terrace, and further extension is under way. ..

60 MIN

$39.95 Ex Tax: $36.32

The Ooty Rack
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The Ooty Rack

The World Heritage listed metre gauge Nilgiri Railway in Southern India was built in 1899. It is India's only rack railway. It is relatively long for a rack line, and runs through very difficult country.  The 21km (12.2 mile) Abt rack section, graded at 1 in 12?, climbs through the rugged 'Blue Hills' of Southern India, through tea and coffee plantations, to the hill stations of Coonoor and Ootacamund or Ooty. There are 208 bridges, 16 tunnels and an unusual 'half-tunnel'. The massive 'X' class 0-8-2RT locomotives, built by Swiss Locomotive Works (SLM) between 1914 and 1952, have special small low-pressure compound cylinders for the rack drive, working simple on adhesion sections. The rack pistons work at twice the speed of the adhesion ones. This production shows trains operating over the full length of the line. There are sequqnces from lineside, showing the spectacular scenery, from on the train (including the front platform) and on the footpla..

95 MIN

$44.95 Ex Tax: $40.86

Sydney Trams Today
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Sydney Trams Today

Sydney’s tramway system was once the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. From a short-lived horse tram line in 1861, it developed into an extensive steam tram system. Electrification came early, and in 1899 conversion and expansion began in earnest. But from the mid-1930s, transport policy favoured buses, and the last tram ran In 1961. The Sydney Light Rail line opened in 1997, using the abandoned goods line from Pyrmont to Lilyfield, reaching Central Station via the Collonade. Extensions have been proposed but have not materialised. Modern ABB cars with hub-mounted motors are used. After the closure of the Sydney tramways, a dedicated band of enthusiasts assembled a representative collection of Sydney trams. Now housed at Loftus, near Sutherland, trams operate regularly. ..

50 MIN

$39.95 Ex Tax: $36.32

Swiss Rack Steam
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Swiss Rack Steam

Switzerland has two rack lines which are predominantly steam operated. The Brienz Rothorn Bahn, 800mm gauge, opened in 1892, is a commercial enterprise operating the world's most modern steam locomotives. The Furka Bergstrecke (Furka Mountain Section) AG is a preservation society running steam trains over the most mountainous section of the metre gauge Furka Oberalp Bahn, closed after completion of the 15.4km Furka Basis tunnel in 1992. Both lines use the double Abt rack and traverse spectacular countryside. The 7.596km (4 3/4 miles) of the BRB are graded at 1 in 4, climbing 1678 (5505 feet) to the summit of the Rothorn, the tallest mountain in the vicinity, at 2350 metres (7710 feet). The Furka line, route of the famous Glacier Express, has a ruling grade of 1 in 8, and some adhesion sections. Of the 17.7km between Oberwald and Realp, 12.9km, from Realp to Gletsch, have been reopened. The 2-6-0 locomotives, repatriated from Vietnam, cross the famous Steffenback bridge, which is..

110 MIN

$44.95 Ex Tax: $40.86

Ritz Rail - On Tour
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Ritz Rail - On Tour

Ritz Rail operated luxury tourist trains on the Casino-Murwillumbah branch in northern NSW from 1999 to 2002. Ex-NSWGR 421 class diesels hauled  ex-SAR and ex-NSWGR stock. Trains ran from Murwillumbah to Byron Bay and Bangalow- Lismore, with occasional extended excusrionsto Brisbane. In October 2002, a Brisbane excursion combined with trips to Sydney and Canberra. The last Ritz Rail train ran in December the same year. This DVD video production shows the run from Murwillumbah to Brisbane, and Brisbane to Loadstone and return, on 5th and 6th October 2002, including the passage of the famous Border Spiral. ..

30 MIN

$19.95 Ex Tax: $18.14

Rio Trams
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Rio Trams

Rio once had the largest and most innovative tram system in South America. It was standard gauge (1435mm) and used toastrack cars with bow collectors. The whole system was scrapped in the 1960s. Two lines were retained for tourist service. Only one, the famous Santa Teresa line, still survives. Built as a mule tramway in 1877, it was regauged and electrified in 1895. It gains access to the centre of Rio over a spectacular viaduct, originally an aqueduct. Ten-bench toastrack cars are mounted on archaic Peckham trucks. Services run daily from Centro to Dois Irmäos, and on the short Paula Matos branch. From Dois Irmäos the main line extends to Sylvestre, where it meets the Corcovado rack line. Services on this section are rare and infrequent. The short Muratori branch closed in 1966. VIEW VIDEO PREVIEW ..

54 MIN

$39.95 Ex Tax: $36.32

QR Lineside 3 - Brisbane to Bundaberg
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QR Lineside 3 - Brisbane to Bundaberg

This DVD video production shows trains at work on the North Coast line between Brisbane and North Bundaberg. A line from Maryborough to the rich gold-mining town of Gympie opened in 1881. Brisbane was linked to Maryborough, and on to Bundaberg in 1891. The whole North Coast line to Cairns was not completed until 1924. It was electrified to Rockhampton in 1988-9. Nowadays, the North Coast line is a major artery. It sees the Rockhampton and Cairns Tilt Train services, the Sunlander, Queenslander and Inlander locomotive-hauled passenger services, plus outer suburban workings as far as Gympie. Freight traffic is heavy, consisting predominantly of containers. Most of it moves by night, but there are some express services during the day. ..

37 MIN

$19.95 Ex Tax: $18.14

QR Lineside 2 - Brisbane Suburban
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QR Lineside 2 - Brisbane Suburban

This DVD video production shows Brisbane’s suburban electric trains at work between 1996 and the present time. It does not show interurban workings, nor steam and diesel traction. Until 1978, Brisbane’s suburban railways were divided between a southern system terminating at South Brisbane, and a northern system focussed on Roma St. The opening of the Merivale Bridge across the Brisbane River enabled the through running of train services from north to south. Electrification, at 25 kV AC, followed between 1982 and 1988. For suburban service, an initial batch of 88 three-car sets was delivered between 1979 and 1987. Twelve more followed in1994-5, and a further thirty units in 1999-2001, both with changes in design. Twenty more sets commenced delivery early in 2007. Filmed 1996-2007. ..

37 MIN

$19.95 Ex Tax: $18.14

QR Lineside 1 - Rockhampton
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QR Lineside 1 - Rockhampton

Rockhampton is located on the Queensland coast 639km from Brisbane. The Queensland railway system was unusal. Whereas Other states systematically developed lines radiating from the capital cities, Queensland's extreme decentralisation dictated a different pattern. The first railways ran inland from important coastal ports along the coastline, to mining and pastoral centres. The earliest railway in the Rockhampton area was opened in 1867; but the East Coast line, connecting Rockhampton north to Cairns and south to Brisbane, was not completed until 1924. It rapidly developed into a major artery for both freight and passenger service, and remains extremely busy. Progressive upgrading has transformed a slow and rickety railway; major realignments have taken place, and some sections are suitable for 160 k.p.h (100 m.p.h.) Rockhampton itself sees heavy traffic daily. The 686km branch to Longreach supports electrified coal haulage from the Blackwater mine complex. The North Coast ..

30 MIN

$19.95 Ex Tax: $18.14

Preserved Steam in Queensland
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Preserved Steam in Queensland

Same great steam footage as the VHS version with an extra 60 minutes of additional video. Queensland adopted the 3ft 6ins gauge at a time when it was barely out of the experimental stage. Debate about the best gauge, and about the suitability of narrow gauge for main lines, was still raging. Whether a narrow gauge line could ascend the Dividing Range west of Brisbane and still haul useful loads was also an open question. But, short of capital, the Queensland Government saw it as a practical way to increase railway mileage cheaply. The first line opened in 1865. By 1867 it has been extended across the Little Liverpool Range and up the Main Range to Toowoomba. But the full system was not complete until the 1920s. A 'small engine' policy was dictated by light rails and a 9 ton maximum axle load. In recent times, modernisation has brought diesel and electric traction, but some steam engines remain for excursion service. The video shows PB15 class 4-6-0, C17 4-8-0, DD17 4-6..

120 MIN

$44.95 Ex Tax: $40.86

Pichi Richi
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Pichi Richi

The Pichi Richi Railway has a dramatic past. It is all that now remains of South Australia's never-completed North-South Transcontinental railway. After completion of the 1800 mile Overland Telegraph from Adelaide to Darwin, Adelaide's politicians turned their attention to a narrow (3ft 6in) gauge line to Darwin. But the project was overambitious, underfunded, and was captured by parochial concerns. Diverted to serve newly settled marginal lands near Quorn, the line became an expensive white elephant after crops failed and cultivation was abandoned in the 1880s and 1890s. It never extended beyond Alice Springs and has now been totally bypassed by new lines. The Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society preserves the last remnant of the old Central Australia Railway and keeps alive the memory of South Australia's northern narrow gauge lines and their connection with Commonwealth Railways. Our video shows ex-WAGR and Silverton Tramway "W" 4-8-2s, ex-SAR "T&qu..

120 MIN

$44.95 Ex Tax: $40.86

Pakistan Steam
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Pakistan Steam

Edwardian BESA steam locomotives survived on active service in Pakistan until the 1990s. Lacking the modern post-Independence Indian designs, Pakistan continued to use locos from as far back as 1905. It also had 1925 IRS designs and the wartime 2-8-2s of North American build. Early diesels abounded. This production tours Pakistan Railways, visiting the Bolan (in deep snow and bitter cold)and Khyber Passes , and sees the surviving BESA 4-4-0s and 0-6-0s at work on the plains. XAs, HGS, AWD/CWD 2-8-2s, and diesels are also seen in action. The footage was captured before motorcading of railways of the Indian subcontinent was generally feasible. As a result, most is on-train or near stations; there is less lineside coverage than in most RAILSTUFF videos. We trust that the intrinsic interest of these rare views will more than compensate. All sound used in this video was recorded on location. Voice-overs are confined to stills and diagrams. Any music was recorded on site, as background..

56 MIN

$39.95 Ex Tax: $36.32

Maldon Gold
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Maldon Gold

Central Victoria was honeycombed with small goldmines during the last half of the nineteenth century. As the trunk lines to Ballaarat and Bendigo were completed, a network of branch line was consructed, serving the smaller centres. The line from Castlemaine to Maldon opened in 1884 and closed in 1976. It was acquired by the Castlemaine and Maldon Railway Preservation Society, and is now marketed as the Victorian Goldfields Railway. The initial 1 km run on re-opening in 1986 was gradually extended, reaching Muckleford in 1996; the final 8 km into Castlemaine opened in 2004. It is a nearperfect example of a Victorian branch line of the late twentieth century, with steam and diesel locomotives and a selection of typical VR rollingstock. All sound used in this DVD was recorded on location, using professional-quality microphones. Sound on the final production is Dolby 2.0 (AC-3). Voice-overs are confined to stills and diagrams. There is no dubbed-in music. The voice-over commentary ca..

108 MIN

$44.95 Ex Tax: $40.86

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