Film ID:
NEFA 21761



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This film by railway enthusiast and film maker Chris Lawson looks at the steam engines which run on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, a heritage railway in West Yorkshire and also the engine works and shed at Philadelphia, Tyne & Wear [County Durham at the time of filming].

The film opens with a blurred shot of an urban railway and a steam engine negotiating a curve as it approaches the camera.  The engine is a saddle tank pulling a passenger train. A change of view as the train passes the camera in a trackside view filmed in the countryside.

The film cuts to the two arches of a stone bridge, taken from the platform of an urban station. In the distance a stationary diesel engine. The saddle tank engine with its train of two passenger coaches approaches the camera. The film cuts to a high angle shot probably taken from a bridge as the train steams away into the distance around a curve at the base of a hill in open country. [Indistinct footage follows of rough grass, probably the result of the camera belng operated accidentally.]

The camera shows the face of a young man briefly before cutting to a high angle view of a steam train approaching the camera from a distance. The train goes on over a bridge (image quite dark). A platform view followsof the train as it comes through a station (again image quite dark).

The film cuts to a small steam engine reversing pulling a train of coal trucks along an embankment. A closer trackside view follows of the engine, which has 'NCB 42 D Division. No 1 Area' written on the side of it. This is an engine belonging to the Lambton, Hetton and Joicey Colliery and number 42 was added to its stable of locomotives in 1920. The engine reverses into the distance. The engine appears again on its own in a trackside view, which ends the film.