Film: 5088

Railways | 1970 | Sound | Colour


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A superb film made for the ARPS. 1970's

It is based around a BR steam railtour in 1977, one of those memorable and now unrepeatable trips when four different locomotives worked stages of a run from Newport to Chester. This lovely professional film includes some fine shots of steam on the move, a sequence on the footplate of No. 4498 and other gems such as an interview with the late John Bellwood, suggesting that King George V would have been a good engine if it had been built at Doncaster! (Chris Leigh) The locomotives seen are SR 'MN' 4-6-2 No. 35028 Clan Line, LMS 'Princess' 4-6-2 No.6201 Princess Elizabeth, GWR 'King' 4-6-0 No. 6000 King George V and LNER 'A4' 4-6-2 No. 4498 Sir Nigel Gresley.

Interviews with George Hinchcliffe, John Bellwood and the chairman of the A4 Society, Julian Riddick. The strange title is a reference to an old loco man who says at the beginning of the film: "When they took the steam away from us, we were like cavalrymen without horses".

King George V locomotive in train yard. Stoking the fire. Oiling the wheels and cleaning the tank. Princess Elizabeth locomotive L.M.S. does short run up and down the track. Is couple to George and they move off. Train driver in the cab. Carriages pass by at speed. Interior of carriages, middle aged men chat. Train progresses along the tracks slowly towards the camera and gives off lots of steam. Locomotive staming along seen from a moving car and from the train itself. Through hilly countryside. Passengers talk. Arrives at station.

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