Film ID:
YFA 3644



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This is a film, part of the Frank Dean Collection, of the last official goods train to run between Malton and Pickering, on July 1st 1966. It shows a collection at New Bridge Quarry, a collection of coal wagons, and many of the abandoned stations on the route. It is narrated by K. Ford, of the BBC.

Titles - Country films present
Pick up to Pickering
Camera Frank Dean

The film begins showing the 2066 diesel shunter engine, about to take the last official goods train to run between Malton and Pickering. The narrator announces that the driver is Len Blades, of Malton. It is July 1st 1966. As the train makes its way it passes Rillington Junction, where the driver collects the key token for the single track to Grosmont. It approaches the closed station of Low Marishes, where there is a closed level crossing. As a red postal van crosses the gatekeeper pushes open the crossing. It passes Marishes Road with its hand operated boom gates and semaphore signals. Another level crossing is opened at Black Bull and the Black Bull signal box. Then on to Mill Lane Junction, with another level crossing and signal box. Altogether it passes five crossings, with New Bridge Quarry at the end. Here it collects just one wagon of limestone, which is free-wheeled, pushed by the guard, onto the shunting engine.

At the mill the empty wagons are marshalled onto the engine for the return run to Malton. As it passes a desolate station the level crossing opens. At Bridge Street the crew of engine driver and guards line up in front of the loco for the camera. On past Hungate for the final call to pick up some coal wagons. The guard, Tom Redman from Kirby Moorside, couples up and releases the hand brake using a shunting pole. It's his last day with British Rail. The train makes its way back passing the abandoned Marishes Road Station

Title - The End

Notes from Film Spool Case:
"Pick Up To Pickering" was filmed on 1st July 1966 (not as stated on film title). This goods ran Malton to Pickering when required. No signalling. Last run: 1st July 1965.
Driver: The late Len Blades.
Narrated: Late K. Ford B.B.C.
The Rillington - Grosmont Section of The Whitby Branch closed Monday March 8th 1965. A Goods service ran when required to July 1st 1965 (Malton - Pickering).