Film: 628

Railways | 1950 | Silent | B/W


Amateur home movie of Train spotters 1950's

A record of the activities of trainspotters at King's Cross and Euston stations in 1957 and 1958. At King's Cross, they record in their Ian Allan books LNER 'A4' 4-6-2 No 60030 Golden Leece, 'A1' 4-6-2 No 60113 Great Northern, 'V2' 2-6-2 No 60832 and 'L1' 2-6-4T No 67774. At Euston, they list LMS '4F' 0-6-0 No 44352, 'Jubilee' 4-6-0 No 45669 Fisher, 'Royal Scot' 4-6-0 No 46115 Scots Guardsman, and 'Princess' 4-6-2 No 46210 Lady Patricia. There is a useful record of the old Euston and a rare look at the youngsters of 35 to 40 years ago, still with a wide variety of steam to tick off in the little booklets that began life in 1942.
Eleven year old boy and younger brother make their way to King's Cross railway station in London. They both wear shorts. They walk past advertising hoardings advertising the railway. The older brother puts a protective arm round the shoulder of the younger brother as they walk. People walking along platform. Several carry luggage and suitcases - they are tourists, or people visiting London. Vendor pushing large trolley along. From this he can sell teas. Balding man wearing spectacles points out a feature in the cab of the steam locomotive at the platform to the woman at his side. They have their arms round each other. It is engine 60832. The two boys scribbling in their notepads. Close up of younger train spotter. Elderly railway worker walks on track past engine 60113. He carries a cane and limps. Engine is reversed to carriages. Train with several carriages entering station. Boy sits on platform and writes down train numbers. Ten or more boys train spotting. Several steam locomotives pass. Boy and girl appear to play a game of 'Dare' and lean very close to passing train carriages. A boy makes a point of touching every carriage. Boy sitting looking through binoculars. A train leaving station. Boys, some late teenagers study their train spotters books. Boy squats on ground and pours out a fizzy drink into a white cup. The boys are rationed, because he pours this small cup into a larger cup and hands it to his brother. He then pours himself another small cup. Elder boy drinks.
Slow pan down from the Euston Arch. Sign reading 'Euston Station. Departure Platforms.' At end of platform are three boys. Several carriages of train pass in background. Man sits on trolley train spotting. Little boy is very excited and jumps up and down as train enters Euston station. He writes something in his notebook. A shot from above and behind the boys as they scan a reference book. A diesel (?) train enters station. On side of cariage of another passing train is 'Merseyside Express'. Little boy races carriage of train. A railway station porter pushes a trolley with luggage on it. Boy runs along and jumps onto big flatbed trolley on which two older boys sit. He hits them both on their backs. Tender is shunted back to carriage. Small engines shunt trains. Boy rummages in pocket of his corduroy shorts for notebook and pencil. More excitable jumping up and down fom the little boy. Boy puts fingers in ears because there is a loud noise (an engine's whistle?). A stationary carriage of the London to Manchester train. People sit inside. Boys study fireman adjusting something on the front of the locomotive and hitting something with a pickaxe. Younger boy (7 years old) copies man and pretends to hit something. He waits for man to jump down and then marches after him in a disrespectful way, mimicking his stride. Older boy shows younger brother something to do with the trains wheels. London to Liverpool train leaves Euston station.

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