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Updated 02/05/2019  


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The Class 40s celebrated their 60th anniversary last year. That prompted a number of requests for us to produce a programme on the Whistlers, so at long last we have finally got round to it. Some of you may recall that way back in 1993 we released ‘The Class 40 Story’ on good old fashioned VHS. However, that is now hopelessly out of date and so we have therefore taken the best material from it, digitally remastered it, added a whole lot of new archive BR and post-BR footage – and the result is a brand new programme called ‘Roaring Forties’. It is subtitled ‘the fall and rise of the English Electric Type 4’ which perfectly sums it up.

The 100-minute programme will feature more than 50 different locos while charting the demise of the Class from 1979 right through to the withdrawal of D200 in April 1988. It will include plenty of passenger, freight and railtours as well as the last operational 40s working during their last weeks of service in the bitterly cold January of 1985. The departmental Class 97s will also be featured, and there will be extensive coverage of D200 on various passenger and freight turns, plus its final run from Liverpool Street to Norwich and York.

British Railway’s Board’s former Freight Engineer David Russell will also explain how the D200 restoration project came about. The BR era amounts to approximately 75 minutes and the rest of the programme will cover the fascinating preservation era which began way back in 1984 with 40106 at the Great Central Railway. With the exception of 40 118, all of the preserved Forties will be featured working on various heritage railways – and in a variety of liveries. Also included will be coverage of 40 145’s remarkable return to the main line in November 2002 (plus some of its subsequent railtours) as well as the equally-remarkable sight of D213 returning to the big railway in August 2018. The programme will conclude with last year’s epic ‘40s @ 60’ gala at the East Lancs Railway, which saw the long-awaited return to traffic of 40012. David Maxey will be providing the narration. The release date for this programme is June 8th to coincide with the Crewe open day.


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Some of our older DVDs are now priced at £14.95. The individual programme pages with the revised prices have been updated accordingly on our website. Also, some of the older Traction programmes – those from T2003 Part 1 to T2010 Part 2 – are now available at £9.95. Postage & packing is still free.


From 4th-6th October 2018, the Severn Valley Railway staged an ambitious and hugely successful diesel gala to celebrate fifty years of the English Electric Class 50. The SVR is now the spiritual home of the Fifties and at sixteen miles long it was the perfect location to stage this landmark event. This 110-minute DVD not only includes lineside footage of all ten locos in action, but also features the sold-out evening of talks covering the history of these iconic locos, from their introduction on the London Midland Region in 1967 to the current preservation era. The talks were given by three noted Class 50 experts - David Clough, Geoff Hudson and Jonathan Dunster.

Here’s the link to the Fifty Fund website where you can order the DVD…: Fifties at Fifty


In March 2013, we filmed and produced a cab ride for the Bluebell Railway on board the first through train from London Victoria to Sheffield Park since 1963. This was made possible by the re-opening of the line between East Grinstead and Kingscote. It was filmed from the cab of GB Railfreight’s 66739 and is narrated by David Maxey. The 110-minute DVD of this historic journey from London can be purchased directly from the Bluebell Railway by clicking the link below…


This is the quickest way to order our programmes and allows for DVDs to be ordered by credit card, debit card or Paypal without the need for having to send payment by post - or even having to phone us! You will receive an email once your DVD has been dispatched, which is usually on the same day for UK orders placed before 4pm. Overseas orders are dispatched twice a week.


For those of you that prefer to pay by cheque or postal order, you can do so by sending either means of payment to us at FREEPOST RTJS-JLHR-CSLA, LOCOMASTER PROFILES, LANGLEY, BERKS, SL3 7DQ. This is a Freepost service so there’s no need to put a stamp on the envelope.


Postage and packing to Uk addresses is free of charge irrespective of teh number of DVDs  ordered.


For overseas orders we charge a flat rate of £2 postage per DVD, irrespective of their destination. However, overseas orders are sent post free, if they are ordered online from our website via Paypal.


Please note that we no longer supply any of our programmes on VHS as most of our older titles are now available on DVD. Please also note that the early years of the TRACTION series (1995 to 2002) which are not available on DVD are covered in our TRACTION DECADE DVD. Old Locomaster VHS titles which are not available on DVD can sometimes be found for sale on Ebay.


Although our website contains details on our current range of programmes you may prefer to browse through a ‘hard copy’ of our catalogue. You can request a copy by e-mailing us your details at and we will send a copy out to you in the post. PLEASE NOTE – THIS ONLY APPLIES TO UK ADDRESSES.

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