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 Great Britain Travel Videos, DVD

  1. $159.95 set of 5 VHS NTSC + $10.50 p&h or $28.50 foreign delivery

    Item Code : GHIL1229

    Great Britain's Express Steam Locomotives - Travel Video.
    VHS. 5 Volume Boxed Gift Set. Goldhil Home Media. Many believe that the zenith of worldwide railroading occurred in Great Britain during the "golden age" of steam locomotives between 1930 and 1960. The railways developed an astonishing variety of engines and they pulled the fastest and most powerful trains of the time. These great passenger "Express" trains remain among the most famous in history and they continue to be a favorite memory of British railroading. This remarkable video series chronicles the amazing variety, speed and power of the passenger express steam locomotives of Great Britain. Their story is told with archival footage and with recent film of their increasingly popular special excursions. Along the way, viewers will experience the wonderful history of Great Britain's four major railways both before and after they were nationalized into British Railways in 1948. British Railways When nationalized in 1948, the four great British railways became British Railways. The new organization inherited a substantial stock of locomotives, however, it was still necessary to replace many worn-out and obsolete machines before the change-over to diesels could take place. BR developed a range of "standard" locomotives the first of which "Britannia" rolled out in 1951. These were the last of the great British Express steam locomotives. Although they were state-of-the-art, they would soon be replaced by the more efficient diesels. Nevertheless, they live on with their restored brethren as reminders of the Golden Age of British and world railroading. Great Western Railway The G.W.R. ran many popular Expresses, none more so tan the "Cornish Riviera Express," which carried vacationers to the resorts in Devon and Cornwall. This and other trains were powered by a wide variety of locomotives. Each engine class bore special names, from the legendary "City of Truro," the first 100 mph steam locomotive, to the "Castles," "Halls" and "Manors." But to this day, the most popular locomotives of British railroading remain the magnificent "King" class. Many of these great locomotives still operate to the delight of railroad enthusiasts from around the world. London and North Eastern Railway The L.N.E.R. ran some of the most famous trains in the world, and the locomotives which hauled them became railroad legends in their own right. The "Flying Scotsman" was perhaps the most famous of all and was powered by the giant engines favored by the railway. The streamlined "A4" Pacifics developed by Sit Nigel Gresley were incredibly popular and one, the "Mallard," was the fastest steam locomotive ever, reaching 126 mph. Luckily, many of the best engines remain in operating condition thanks to the National Railway Museum. London, Midland and Scottish Railway The L.M.S. was the largest of Britain's railways and served cities from the South Coast to the top of Scotland. It ran many famous expresses, including the "Royal Scot," "The Caledonian" and the "Pines Express." To haul these trains the L.M.S. built some of the most powerful locomotives of all. The Pacific style engines of the "Duchess," "Princess Royals," "Jubilees" and "Black 5" classes were incredible machines and were very popular with the traveling public. The last steam locomotives were out of service by 1968, but many of these powerful engines are still enjoyed today on special trips. Southern Railway The Southern Railway ran many famous Express trains such as the "Golden Arrow," "Atlantic Coast Express" and "Bournemouth Belle." Their locomotives were equally popular and are noted for their unusual design features, such as slab-side "air-smoothed" casings. The names of the engines gave them a romantic air, since many bore names associated with Britain's history, like the Knights of the Round Table class. As with locomotives from the other great British railways, many are lovingly maintained to the delight of rail and history fans from all over. 275 minutes ( 4 Hours, 35 minutes )
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  2. $29.95 All Regions

    Item Code : RICK1221

    Rick Steves' Great Britain - Travel Video.
    5 Shows. DVD. Five Shows: This DVD contains five complete "Rick Steves' Europe" TV shows on Britain, first broadcast from 2000-2005 -- plus bonus behind-the-scenes footage. Running Time: 2?+ hours. Closed Captioned. NTSC format, all region compatible. Join host Rick Steves on a lively 2?-hour romp through Britain in five half-hour "Rick Steves' Europe" TV shows. You'll spend an hour in London, covering the greatest of the old sights (St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower), and some exciting new ones (the British Library and Millennium Bridge). Then you'll cover England's salty south coast from Dover to Land's End -- and the hilly southwest, from the charming Cotswold villages to the rugged beauty of Wales. Up north in Scotland we'll toss a log, sip some whisky and sail to a sacred island. As a bonus, Rick reveals behind-the-scenes footage and stories about his TV series. London: Royal and Rambunctious: We whisper secrets across the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral and eat our way through Soho. Then we check out the treasures of the new British Library, roll with the drums at the Changing of the Guard, and cruise the Thames to Kew Gardens. London: Mod and Trad: We check out the new -- the Millennium Bridge and the British Museum's Great Court, and admire the old -- well-wrapped mummies and a rare Leonardo. After bantering with Beefeaters at the Tower of London, we do some riverside beach-combing along the Thames, from the Tate Modern to the dizzying London Eye. South England: Dover to Lands' End: From the white cliffs of Dover to Land's End, we ponder Roman, Norman, and threatened Nazi invasions. After exploring Admiral Nelson's flagship, we chase wild ponies and discover an ancient stone circle. For refreshment, it's cream tea and Cornish pasties. Heart of England and South Wales: After King Arthur country at Glastonbury, we go back in time to prehistoric Stonehenge. We sample hard apple cider in Wells, meet an eccentric lord in the Cotswolds, and visit an evocative ruined abbey in South Wales. Scotland's Islands and Highlands: In Scotland, legends of Bonnie Prince Charlie swirl with pipers and kilts around crumbling castles. After tossing a caber (log) at a Scottish clan gathering, we remember Highland massacres. We play hide-and-seek with the Loch Ness Monster, tour a whisky distillery, and take a ferry to sacred Iona. Behind the Scenes: Rick reveals behind-the-scenes footage and stories about his TV series.
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  3. $24.95 DVD or VHS NTSC

    Item Code : RICK1223

    Rick Steves' Best of Travels In Europe: British Isles - Travel DVD or Video.
    Join popular PBS personality Rick Steves on a grand tour of the British Isles, and get a real feel for the people he meets. Find a true understanding of treasured local customs in North Wales; Edinburgh, Scotland; Dublin and Belfast; Western Ireland; London; Cotswold Villages; and legendary Bath. Rick Steves, is the #1 TV Travel Personality in the U.S. and Canada. He has become the acknowledged expert on independent, lower cost travel that purposely wanders off the beaten path. He's hosted 50 episodes of the popular PBS TV series Travels in Europe, and has written 12 best-selling travel guides, including Europe Through the Back Door. 3? hours DVD, 80 minutes VHS.
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  4. $49.95 set VHS NTSC

    Item Code : QUES1222

    The British Isles Collection.
    3-Video Slipcase Set. VHS. The most complete video set on England, Ireland and Scotland. Witness the history, pageantry, music, art and scenery of Great Britain: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Stonehenge, Bath and more. Discover Ireland's Gaelic soul at the Blarney Stone, the Aran Islands, the Misty Mountains, ancient cities and legendary golf courses of Scotland. Visit Glasgow, Ayr, Edinburgh, Dumfries and search for "Nessie." 3 Hours Individual videos sold separately at $24.95 each, or save $24.90 when ordering the 3-Video Slipcase Set at $49.95.
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  5. $24.95 VHS NTSC

    Item Code : QUES1228

    Amazing Wonders: Wondrous Kingdom: England, Scotland, and Ireland - Travel Video.
    VHS. Questar Video. Get set to unearth the mysteries and surprises that greet modern visitors to the British Isles. Begin with a close-up look at the enigmatic Stonehenge, an unexplainable relic dating back even before the invention of the wheel. Nearby, see the equally mysterious Stone Rings of Avebury, a prehistoric complex of ceremonial sites that surrounds an entire town. At your next stop, London, visit legendary places at the center of English history: Tower of London, London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and Hampton Court. Then lose yourself in one of the mazes that adorn many of the nation's castles. Travel north to Scotland, where you'll first hear the legends of the witches and ghosts who haunt Edinburgh's streets. Then sail out into Loch Ness and keep a lookout for its fabled monster. Finally, cross the sea into Ireland and visit two of the Emerald Isle's most famous relics: the Book of Kells, quite possibly the oldest book in the world, and the Blarney Stone, from which you'll acquire the "gift of gab". 60 minutes.
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  6. $29.95 DVD All Regions Worldwide

    Item Code : WRLD1224

    Britain's Gentle Highway - Travel Video.
    DVD. Worldwide Travel Films. 86 Minutes. Started in the mid-1700s, they served as the internal transportation system for Great Britain's "Industrial Revolution". By the early 19th Century, they crisscrossed Britain covering more than 5,000 miles through major cities and rural hamlets. "They", in this case, are the canals of England, Scotland and Wales. Abandoned by industry today, the canals have become a playground for holiday boaters as well as "home" for many retirees who live year round on their floating homes. In re-visiting and re-filming this unusual and colorful part of Britain, film producers Fran and Brooke Reidelberger hire an old-fashioned canal boat to travel in the wake of history, discover modern engineering marvels, and enjoy the timeless British countryside. ? Start at Beeston Castle Wharf in Northwest England at a canal boatyard built in 1775, a year before the birth of the United States. Charles Hardern and family run a small fleet of rental boats and a substantial boat repair facility, both highly regarded. ? Climb a flight of four locks at Hurlston -- operating the locks yourself -- and learn about a major water supply for the canal system. ? Meet Robert Brown, a retired school teacher who spends his retirement years painting canal scenes. ? Visit the Cadbury Company in the Welsh town of Chirk to watch cocoa beans turned into chocolate delicacies. ? Cross the Pontcysllte Aqueduct, 1,000 feet long and 126 feet above the Welsh River Dee. ? Travel under lift bridges and through a one-lane tunnel -- with no lights! ? Attend the International Music Festival in Lllangollen, Wales. ? Tour the ancient walled city of Chester with classic half-timbered buildings, Roman history, and modern shops. ? Enjoy wildlife and wild flowers during a misty morning along the Shropshire Union Canal. ? Ride and learn about the Anderton Lift, a mechanical monster first built by the Victorians to move boats 50 feet up and down between the Weaver River and the Trent and Mersey Canal. The lift was altered over time, abandoned in the late 20th Century, and only recently rebuilt and re-opened as an aide for recreational boaters. ? Watch talented, modern day craftsmen at Stoke-on-Trent as they use Josiah Wedgwood's priceless formulas to produce elegant pieces of pottery that we call "Wedgwood" today. ? Discover a "secret" bunker near Nantwich. The 35,000 square foot underground facility was designed as a center for regional government in case of nuclear attack in the 1950s. It was recently declassified and opened to the public for tours. ? Dine at the "Shroppie Fly", a popular canal side pub at Audlem. ? Ride the Falkirk Wheel, the world's only rotating boatlift. Designed to replace 11 manually operated locks lifting and lowering boats 100 feet, the modern engineering marvel was opened in 2002. More than 5 million travelers have come to see "The Wheel" each year, making it one of Scotland's most popular tourist attractions. ? Travel the rebuilt and recently re-opened Union Canal from Falkirk to Edinburgh, 35 miles without a lock! ? Take a whirlwind tour of beautiful Edinburgh including the ancient castle, the shops of Princes Street, watching the Penguin Parade, sampling haggis, strolling the Royal Mile, visiting Holyrood House, and attending the world famous Military Tattoo. ? Sail the entire length of Scotland's Caledonian Canal, right through the heart of the ruggedly beautiful Great Glen. You will travel only 60 miles -- 22 miles of manmade canal plus Loch Oich, Loch Lochy, and Loch Ness. ? Climb "Neptune's Staircase", a flight of eight locks near Ft. William, to begin the cruise. ? Meet Ian Cameron, the hardest working bridge tender in Scotland, and watch as he opens and closes the canal's only swing bridge -- by hand! ? Visit the Great Glen Waterpark with activities ranging from fishing to skiing. ? Tour a hydroelectric plant to hear and see how the harnessing of abundant water brought electricity to the Scottish Highlands. ? Marvel at the amazing rope catching abilities of Tally, a Golden Retriever who "helps" boaters transit the locks near Ft. Augustus. ? Learn the real story of the Loch Ness Monster at the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Center. ? Attend a county fair to see the Highland Cattle and other livestock as well as meeting and admiring many different breeds of Scottish dogs at an informal dog show. ? Tour Inverness, the northernmost town on the Caledonian Canal, home for whisky, games and Highland history. ? Enjoy "Britain's Gentle Highway" at its pictorial best -- cruising in a soft, late evening afterglow, a light the poets call heaven.
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  7. $19.95 DVD All Regions Worldwide

    Item Code : QUES1225

    Amazing Planet Earth - Wondrous Kingdom, the British Isles - Travel Video.
    DVD. 50 Minutes. If you love history and mystery, there is no better place to explore than the British Isles. This fascinating program begins with a tour of a wonder for the ages, Stonehenge. Computer graphics reveal what this enduring puzzle looked like when it was first constructed. Nearby, see the equally mysterious Stone Rings of Avebury, a prehistoric complex of ceremonial sites. In London, viewers will follow a path through history and grandeur found nowhere else on Earth. Your itinerary includes visits to the Tower of London, London Bridge, Big Ben, the House of Parliament, Westminster Abby, St. Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. Navigate the Hever Castle Maze and learn about the spirits that haunt Warwick Castle. In Scotland, you will visit lively Edinburgh at the height of festival season. On one of Scotland's most popular walking tours, you will come face-to-face with the odd and twisted characters that haunt Edinburgh Castle. In Loch Ness, keep a lookout for its fabled monster. In Ireland, learn the story behind one of the Emerald Isle's most famous relics, the dazzling Book of Kells, a written wonder of the world. One hundred thousand welcomes mark your arrival in Blarney, where the Blarney Stone offers those who bend over backwards to kiss it the "gift of gab."
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  8. $19.95 VHS

    Item Code : BRIT1227

    VHS. British Tourist Authority.
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 Great Britain Travel Videos, DVD