Hi there, I bought your Meon Valley set a while back, which was very impressive. I would now like a copy of everything you have on the Isle of Wight railway network.
Thank you for the Lyme Regis to Axminster dvds received today and watched already ! I'm well pleased, thankyou. Have left you 5 star feedback. Watching it was for me quite emotional. I was on the platform on 27th Nov 1965 (aged 13) the day the Axminster & Lyme Regis branch line closed. I spent many happy years at school near the station and countless trips on the train between Lyme and Axminster. I have never been able to "walk the line" but your film is the nearest I will ever come to it. Looking back I wish I had the vision and encouragement to have measured and photographed every inch of the railway when it would have been so much easier to access all areas than it would be today (health & safety etc). I know that in the early 70s there was an attempt to keep the line running but by then some of the land had already been built upon thus stopping any chance of the line being opened from Axminster all the way to Lyme. I retired 18 months ago (66 now) and my ambition has been to build a oo gauge model of Lyme Regis station in the late 50s until closure. I have spent 4 years researching and collecting pictures, videos, books aswell as model locos that would have run on the branch in that period. Your film is an important part of my collection and I'm grateful for the quality of it and that you had the foresight to do it. I should have bought it when I first saw it on eBay a couple of years ago. Anyway I've got it now and I'm very pleased with it. Thankyou once again. Regards, Mike
Hi Chris, I've that many of your dvds it's hard to not double order off the list you send, but I've selected the 3 you've featured in your email. Absolutely love your dvds you have a calming persona, keep it up. Cheers.
Hi Dumpman, thanks for hours of excellent dvds.Have always had interest in disused railways as i drive over the old taunton to chard branch daily and also walked part of bridport branch in the early 80s when it had only been closed around 7 years so. The infrastructure was still present. Anyway keep up the good work and perhaps do a Somerset dvd sometime in future....cheers Steve
Hello Chris, Just finished looking at the three DVD set of the Princetown Branch and it is brilliant!
Hi Thanks for the DVD, swiftly and safely received. I am interested in the Hardham/Coldwaltham/Watersfield area close by. Think the DVD is brilliant, and thinking of trying to locate he scenes in the DVD. Although from what little experience I have, most of the areas are now much more overgrown than they were then. Keep up the good work. Where angels fear to tread, Dumpman goes â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.. !!!!!!!!
Hi ! Many thanks for another excellent trip down memory lane on the Meon Valley line, thoroughly enjoyed refreshing the threads in my memory!! Keep up the good work!!
Just a quickie to say how much I enjoyed your latest video. Having travelled on the line many times and walked the Stockbridge-Horsebridge-Mottisfont stretch, it is one of my favourite lines. I really felt as if I was walking/riding the line with you! I enjoy your humorous appearing/disappearing tricks which could irritate, but you have it just right! Very well done for producing another excellent video.
Thanks for all the hard (but hopefully enjoyable) work you put into making these films. I have watched the ones I have many times and always find them fascinating.
Just to say DVD received and thank you very much. Hope you have a good 2018:) (you have to get to Kent one day. the real winkle (crab and winkle) line you would love. The Elham valley line is even better! But i know you have to work. I do love your dvds. Its exactly what i did with my dad in Kent. and you share the same buzz we had when something is found. Keep up the great work!! and who needs ebay! 🙂
Just received your latest Sprat & Winkle film, thank you. The film is your usual quality "in depth" commentary and competent photography, a great record. I cannot wait for your next one! Thanks again.
Hey Chris me and my dad just want to say how amazing your films are, we have near on every railway film you've made. My best one has to be the Lyme Regis to Axminster. Are you doing any more down Somerset or near us anytime soon ? There is so much to explore round here, keep up the amazing work you do and thank you.
Hello Chris, Just been watching again, and am still watching, your Isle of Wight DVDs from 2012. Very good!
hi chris Just thought I would say I got trhough all the new ones you sent me and as always I enjoyed them all very much and found them all so interesting and finding old railway bits along the way and the station visits was great and good of the people living there now letting you wander a round I had walked many a old disused railways lines over the years but due to a couple of health problems I cant do it now so watching the ones you have done has sure brought back some good old memories when I have turned up at a station house where people now live it I always knock on the door and found that they are more then happy for me to wonder round taking some pictures well thanks again for doing all the walks and will look forward to ones you will be doing in the future
Hello Chris, I have just watched your DVD of the Ventnor West to Merstone line on the Isle of Wight. When we did the Iain Allan rail tour on 12th April 1950 we passed through Merstone and I can remember it as a Junction station of some size and by Island standards quite modern. I could see the Start of the Ventnor West branch leading enticingly away into the distance, immaculate as indeed were all the Island lines at this time and of course the trees and hedges were always keep in check unlike today's landscapes. I also visited with a friend while on holiday all the Island stations during the week 26th to 31st July 1958. At St Lawrence we stood on the bridge overlooking the station which had its original Isle of Weight Central Railway bridge registration plate in place despite several near misses from vehicles. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and appreciated the time and effort it must have taken to plan and make it. Just wish the technology and finance had been available to do the same 60 plus years ago! Nevertheless it was always with a sense of excitement and enjoyment that we set forth on our travels into unknown territory, plus the fact that in the past we had the bonus of seeing working steam around us. I knew Charlie Woodnutt who was I think a founder member of the RCTS and was born and later retired to the Island, he was very eccentric but very knowledgeable about the IOW railways and it's rolling stock. He always said that the Ventnor West line was the prettiest line on the Island and I think this comes across in your commentary.
I was down in the Christchurch area recently and did parts of the walk towards Ringwood that you did in your DVD. Well, just to say they were great and I have seen them both (the West Moors to Salibury one too) several times over. I really enjoyed them and have since also done parts of the walk around the Breamore area (I have driven over the bridge by the old station quite a few times but never knew until I saw your film that there was a public footpath there!) It's great that, thanks to your films, we can now travel again from Brockenhurst to West Moors and then from West Moors towards Salisbury. I have also enjoyed your recent film partnership with Richard Vobes, the bald explorer. Have you planned for 2018 yet? I think you said you may do the Test Valley line or the Basingstoke to Alton branch. Whatever, I will certainly look forward to them.
I have walked the Christchurch to Ringwood line in stages some years ago, starting in 1957, it would be nice to have an updated view of the route. I would therefore like to order a copy. Having been involved in travelling and walking all the disused lines of Southern England since 1937, I have found the results of your explorations most interesting.
Hi there, thank you for the brilliant Ventnor/Shanklin railway dvd ,really enjoyed watching it , Iâ€™ve walked most of it but not got to the northern side of Ventnor tunnel not for 40 years anyway will have a walk up there soon , my brother & I used to spend hours mucking about in the old Ventnor station & tunnel great fun . Keep up the good work thanks again Merry Christmas
I didn't think there'd be much left to film between Christchurch and the Ringwood connection. How wrong could I have been! Another magnificent film which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Great stuff, Chris!
I have watched your Brock-West Moors and West Moors to Alderbury Jct and am hooked! Fantastic filming, it is like strolling along the trackbed with a friend. I travelled on the Sal-Bournemouth line many times as a child/12 year old and I felt so sad seeing the dereliction. How can we have lost our railways to this degree? We have walked the Brock-Holmes-Burley trackbed many times and it was great to stroll along it in your company. I can't recommend these films enough. Truly superb.