Film: 5672

Railways | 1990 | Sound | Colour

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This is tour of seventeen railway preservation societies in Great Britain 1990's

Starting with footage of a large London railway terminus in the days of steam trains. A steam locomotive number 61553 leaves the station. Then follows a map of the steam era railway network in England and Wales. Samples of steam trains crossing viaducts and bridges

Samples of steam hauled express trains. Two boys in school uniform collecting train numbers on a platform. A double headed steam drawn passenger train passes at speed. A Diesel drawn passenger train crossing a viaduct. Change over from steam completed by August 1968. A locomotive named the West Riding. Shots of abandoned single line railway beds, bridges, tunnels etc. Also some abandoned former main-line routes.

A railway in the Wye (Wales-English borders) valley has now become a walkway and cycle path. Pictures of former railway buildings now converted as homes, business premises and other uses. People walking on the 'Nickyway' . A single line railway track - SR loco number 34105 hauling five coaches approaches. It is part of a preserved railway line.

Views of Didcot Railway Centre. Great Western Society. Views of the museum, posters, relics and models of locomotives. Sightseers climbing over locomotives with steam up. Change to Buckinghamshire steam railway centre at Quainton. Formerly part of the Metropolitan railway. Trains pass up and down. Visitors enjoy short trips and looking at preserved railway equipment. Change to the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley, near Ripley in Derbyshire. Steam Locomotives pass the camera - this place concentrates on the old Midland Railway. Views of restored railways in scenic areas. A saddle-tank engine hauls a passenger train. View of Kent and East Sussex railway depot at Tenterden, Kent. The remainder of the film is devoted to visiting a large number of the railway preservation societies in Britain including the Isle of Wight. There are views of scenic journeys along the coast and through mountains and valleys. Views of old locomotives, rolling stock and buildings being restored. Visitors visiting and children enjoying trips. Footage of inside signal boxes and level crossings etc.

Railways featured include the Dean Forest Railway, The Bluebell Line, West Yorkshire Line, Keighley and Worth Valley (used in the film of the Railway Children.) The Severn Valley Railway. In the Highlands the Strathspey Railway originally opened in 1863.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, The Lllangollen Railway, The Paignton and Dartmouth Railway, South Devon Railway, the West Somerset Railway is the longest preserved railway, stretching for 20 miles, The North Norfolk Railway the Mid-Hants Line (the 'Watercress Line') The Isle of Wight Railway (Haven Street Line) And narrow gauge railways in Wales. An appeal for funds to keep the good work going. Locomotives seen:- LMS Stainier No.5025,
Southern Railway 7607 & LNER 4-6-0- locomotive No. 3442. Also a 4-4-0 tank engine.


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