Film ID:
NEFA 21771

KESTREL RAG / 4472 YORK

1968

Visitor Tabs

Description

This film by railway enthusiast and filmmaker Chris Lawson concentrates on steam hauled traffic during the 1960's in the North East region. In particular one of the most famous engines running on the network at the time, the Flying Scotsman.

The film opens with a trackside view looking down the line as a steam engine approaches the camera. It passes under a signal box which is mounted on a gantry over the line. The engine is 4472 Flying Scotsman which is pulling a passenger train. At the trackside enthusiasts gather to capture photographs and film of this famous engine. Another view follows of the Scotsman as it travels slowly past enthusiasts who crowd around the engine, a DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) stands nearby.

The film then shows a static shot of a coat of arms, the motto of which is 'Forward'. A trackside shot follows of an oncoming steam train on a track which has a number of lines. Another view shows the 'Flying Scotsman' going down a single track line.

Another trackside view follows and another general view (blurred) of the 'Scotsman'. The next shot is rather dark as it appears to be taken in the evening or early morning.

A general view of a diesel engine pulling a train follows. The engine is HS4000, named Kestrel, a prototype high-powered mainline diesel locomotive built in 1967 by Brush Traction, Loughborough as a technology demonstrator for potential future British Rail and export orders. The train crosses the King Edward VII bridge at Newcastle.

The film cuts to a view of the Tyne Bridge taken near to the Newcastle entrance to the High Level bridge next to 'The Bridge Hotel'. The camera pans left to show the entrance to the bridge. A steam traction engine approaches the camera, the film then cuts to the same traction engine travelling down a suburban street. A board fixed to the front of the vehicle reads 'Newcastle Students Railway Society' it's registration plate reads SM 9983. This presumably part of a student's rag week in Newcastle. The film cuts back to the city centre as the old vehicle makes progress through the streets, including Neville Street where it passes the CentralĀ  Station(?) Then a tracking view follows from the engine itself as it takes part in a parade. Shoppers take time to watch the proceedings. A collection tin is handed through a bus drivers cab window so that a passenger can make a donation. The film ends with a cut to a tractor towing a trailer with large replica Friesan cow on board. A notice on the front of the tractor reads 'Agrics'.