Film ID:
NEFA 21757



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This film by filmmaker and railway enthusiast Chris Lawson looks at the early days of two main heritage railways, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

The opening view is in an urban setting as a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) moves off into the distance around a gentle curve. The film cuts to another view of an approaching DMU. 

A different type of railway follows where trucks carrying a white material travel down an incline railway using gravity. These are high angle views taken from a bridge as the trucks are parked at a station.

The next view is of a saddle tank engine pulling a brake van and some small flatbed wagons. Travelling between stone walls on a rural line, the engine is no. 68006 a class J94 Riddles 0-6-0 saddle tank.

The film cuts to a trackside view showing a small train of good wagons. In a cloud of steam an engine pulls trucks along the track.

Another view shows engine no. 68006 reversing pulling wagons. Then the engine crosses a small bridge, moving off into open country. A long view shows the saddle tank crossing open country, which is partially covered by snow, pulling a train of wagons.

The film cuts to a water carrier 'Cromford' which was built to act as a water tanker for the Cromford and High Peak Railway [now the High Peak Trail] and to service small and remote settlements, where there was no mains water, along the line. It is thought to have been built around 1894 using a former LNWR Webb tender.

A long view shows the saddle tank seen earlier on an embankment, in the middle of a train of empty wagons. The camera pans round to show snow on the landscape. The next view shows the saddle tank reversing along a stone viaduct or embankment, pulling a brake van. The film ends as camera follows its progress across the landscape.