Film: 5869

Railways | 1960 | Sound | Colour


Settle and Carlisle Railway via Ais Gil including the Ribblehead Viaduct 1960's

The full film covered the whole line from Settle, to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ribblehead, Dent, Garsdale, Kirkby Stephen West, Appleby, Appleby West, Culgaith, Armathwaite, Cotehill and Carlisle, in some cases with an examination of the station buildings and town itself. Motive power is at a magic moment when diesel traction was just beginning to appear, represented by what are now historical exhibits in the form of D153, D158 and D165. Steam abounds, with LNER 'A4' 4-6-2 No 60023 Golden Eagle, BR 'Britannia' 4-6-2 Nos 70023 Venus and 70048 The Territorial Regiment 1908-1958, LMS '3' 2-6-2T No 40075, LMS '4F' 0-6-0 Nos 44149 and 44554 and LMS '5' 4-6-0 No 45232 as well as an old Midland steam crane. The study of the camp that once served the building of Ribblehead Viaduct and scenes in the snow in the winter of 1962-63 are masterly.

(A superbly detailed account by three railway enthusiasts of the Settle to Carlisle line which is now so famous but was, perhaps, almost unknown to those outside the area until this film won a 'Ten Best Award' organised by the magazine Amateur Cine World in 1964. When the Awards show was presented at the National Film Theatre, it was decided that it was too long to show in full, so an 18 minute extract was prepared and screened to great acclaim.

Shot on 16mm Bolex camera)

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