Film ID:
YFA 2896

BUTTER TRAIN DERAILMENT

c.1943

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Description

This is an amateur film that shows a train that was transporting butter having been derailed during the Second World War in the village of Clayton, West Yorkshire.

The film opens with a long shot of a train track and a derailed wagon that is stuck on the railway banking.  Close-ups then show metal and wood shards debris from the derailment. Then men are seen slowly clearing away the rubbish from the track and surrounding bank using a crane. Later a group of men stand on the tracks two men pose together as they start to use a leaver to lift the wreckage. The film closes showing an upturned wagon lying to the side of the track as a goods train passes.