Film ID: YFA 5622 Video of YFA_5622 Buffer Stop Tests at Bradford BUFFER STOP TESTS AT BRADFORD 1945 Visitor TabsDescription This is one of a large collection of British Rail, and some pre- British Rail, films inherited by the track renewals company Fastline in 1996, and passed on to Fastline Photography when they folded in 2010. This one has condemned wagons being used to test various types of buffers by being propelled into them at different speeds, probably taking place in the railway yard at Great Horton in Bradford. Title – LNER Chief Engineer’s Department. Intertitle – Edinburgh light type no back struts. A train of empty wagons is shown being propelled into a buffer which easily gives way, resulting in damage to the wagons. Intertitle – London and York light type. 1st test 4 ¼ mph no movement. The test is shown. Intertitle – London and York light type. 2nd test 14 ¼ mph 5’ 7 ½” movement. This test shows the buffer being pushed back. Intertitle – London Heavy type. 13 mph 4 ½” movement (average) This shows the test being carried out with a wagon full of cradles, many of which spill onto the ground upon impact. The wagons are damaged and derailed. Intertitle – Edinburgh Heavy type. 16 ¾ mph 9’ 1” movement This too is shown. Intertitle – York straight rail type test. 7 ¾ mph 1 ¼” movement This test is shown viewed from the other side, with hardly any movement to the buffer. On the other side of the sidings there is a sign for “Isaac Sowden & Sons” on the side of a factory. Intertitle – York straight rail type 2nd test. 10 ½ mph 4’ 1” movement This shows the buffer being pushed back, taking the track with it and causing the wagon to derail, breaking a fishplate in doing so. A group of men then stand discussing the test. Intertitle – Further shots showing extent of movement of buffer stops. There are two derailed and badly damaged wagons with a man bent over inspecting them. Then we see the broken wagon which has shed part of its load of cradles and the damaging results to the buffers of the tests. Title – The End. Context As if the war hadn’t caused enough damage to the railway, here we have the LNER tearing up track and smashing wagons (no wonder they were nationalised). The permanent way workers here in Bradford in 1945 must have really enjoyed watching this wanton destruction, even if all in the interests of safety. It looks as if it is a close call between the London Heavy type and the York straight rail type of buffer stops; although the scientific methodology of the tests seems a bit dubious. This is one of a large collection of British Rail, and some pre- British Rail, films inherited by the track renewals company Fastline in 1996, and passed on to Fastline Photography when they folded in 2010. The information which came with the film just states that this was taken in Bradford. The sign near the sidings for Isaac Sowden and Sons, manufacturers of worsted based at Cannon Mills, suggests that this is the large goods yard at Great Horton, Bradford. This was part of the Queensbury to Bradford line, part of the LNER, which passed through Horton. This closed to passengers in 1955 and goods in 1965, after which the track, yard and station was dismantled. Cannon Mills remains as a Grade II listed building.