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Days of Steam
Originally produced for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, this award winning film tells the story of the decline of steam in New South Wales using stunning colour images shot by internationally acclaimed artist, Phil Belbin between 1949 and 1967. Professionally narrated by Paul Ricketts, it remains one of Australia's best selling rail videos. Using carefully dubbed contemporary sound, it has been fully remastered, using digital technology, to achieve the best possible result for transfer to DVD. Read More

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Days of Steam 2
In the late 1960s, a sudden increase in rail traffic on NSW Railways saw many ageing steam locos retained in service, most of them working on the scenic section between Gosford and Newcastle, known as 'The Short North'. As a result, an amazing variety of loco classes on the state's busiest main line provided photographers with an unprecedented display of steam action. Shot on 16mm film by Phil Belbin,with contemporary sound. Professionally narrated by David Capewell. Read More

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Pioneers of Film
Produced from rare footage, collected over a fifty year
period, this selection showcases the work of some of the earliest steam cinematographers. Despite the difficulties of working with cumbersome equipment and expensive film, some spectacular results were achieved by those with the foresight to put in the effort. Thanks to their dedication we can still enjoy such classics as the Lithgow triple-headers, Cowan Bank, W44 ore-train and even some first-generation diesels. This is a fitting tribute to these 'pioneers of film'.
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Film Night
One of the great pleasures of photography in the steam era was
getting the films back from processing; family & friends gathering around the projector to see the results of the last outing. Thanks to technology advances, we can now share the experience with much wider audiences. Enjoy a diverse selection of historic images from the great days of steam in NSW including a day out West, 1219's last run, 38s at speed on the Flyer, double-headed Garratts, the Geurie collision of 3817 & 6003 and, triple-headed 30s with 38 banking.
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3801
3801 is, without a doubt, our most famous preserved locomotive. Since its entry into service, in 1943, it has captured the imagination of enthusiasts and the general public. Not many are aware, however, that it almost missed preservation, having been withdrawn in 1962. Luckily, a last minute reprieve and financial input from enthusiasts, has seen this magnificent machine steaming into the 21st century. This DVD contains spectacular contemporary scenes of '01 in action as well as rare archival footage of more than two thirds of the 38 class in service, including all five streamliners.

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Diesel Revival
The new millenium brought changes to rail operations that no enthusiast could have foreseen. The introduction of private operators and an upsurge in rail traffic combined to produce an acute shortage of locomotives, a large number of preserved and stored vintage diesels being returned to service. This DVD contains an amazing variety of some of the most unusual and spectacular workings including quad GMs blasting up Cowan Bank, a huge train powered by seven locomotives, five CLs in the rain at night and even test loads with new locomotives. Documents an extraordinary period in rail history.

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Sight & Sound of Steam
This footage was shot in 1967/68 using a professional 16mm sound camera with a motor drive. The result is a collection of magnificent scenes on the 1 in 40 grades of Hawkmount and Fassifern Bank. The entire scene is captured as trains struggle up the grade and past. Abundant Garratt action and rare combinations like double headed 35 class, double standard goods and 38s roaring up the bank with the Newcastle Flyer. 30 class tanks passing on Fassifern bank, a 59 on a passenger and much more. The Newstan coalie with double Garratts struggling up the bank has to be seen to be believed. (black and white)

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Forgotten Films
This 16mm Kodachrome film was discovered in an abandoned garage by a fireman attending a housefire in western Sydney. The identity of the cinematographer remains a mystery but the footage is probably the most historically important ever shot. Mostly colour and in pristine condition, every state of Australia is covered with a predominance of NSW. Taken in the 1940s and 50s there are some absolute gems. Brand new green 38s, 57s and 58s, streamlined S on the "Spirit", maroon pacifics on the Midland in WA, ancient tanks in South Australia, the Emu Bay in Tasmania, the Morpeth line and much more. Over 80 classes of loco represented. The survival of this film is nothing short of miraculous.

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Highlights of Steam
Highlights of Steam has been produced to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of steam in Government service. It contains a variety of historic footage, collected over a sixty year period. Mastered from 8 and 16mm film it includes -
A.D. MacDonald's send off from Eveleigh depot, in 1955, after a career with NSWGR spanning more than 50 years.
Rare shots of 35 class around Sth Brisbane in 1956, 1308 working the "banana train" north from Coffs Harbour in 1960, 32 class on the Picton "Milk Pots",
36s and 38s on southern and western passengers, the Central West Express, 30Ts around Mudgee, W44 ore train, Garratts on the north and more.

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The Alex Grunbach Films
This is the result of a collaboration with the Australian Railway Historical Society and is the first in a series making available the films from their archives.
Alex Grunbach’s work has been respected by enthusiasts and historians for generations. His films cover a wide area of New South Wales from the North West, South, and Short North to the Sydney Metropolitan area including Sydney Terminal and Darling Harbour.
With a brilliant, profesional film transfer and meticulous sound dubbing, more than twenty locomotive classes are represented, from the tiny 10 class shunters to the magnificent 60 class Garratts, with a few early diesels and electrics thrown in.

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