Film ID:
YFA 5866

RAILWAY CENTENARY 1976

1976

Visitor Tabs

Description

This film, made by Eddie Percy of Settle, is a record of the celebrations for the centenary of the Settle Carlisle Railway. 

The film begins showing a poster advertising the Settle Carlisle Railway Anniversary, 1876 – 1976.  Two diesel pulled passenger trains are passing in opposite directions over the Ribblehead Viaduct.  This is followed by people making their way to Settle Railway Station, which has a banner for the anniversary.  Outside the station a man is playing a small hand wound organ.  Both platforms are packed with people, in both directions, many dressed in Victorian and Edwardian costumes.  A diesel pulled train arrives pulling Great Western carriages from a previous era.  

At the Settle Market Square on a rainy, there are several stalls, including ones for the grocers of J R Batty and ‘Boltons, High Steet’.  A Gavioli organ has posters advertising forthcoming events.  Some of the stallholders pose for the camera, with shoppers milling around.  There are close ups of some of the shops and stalls.

Back at the railway station, there is a train arriving, and then people in Victorian clothing are arriving at a marquee where a formal dinner is being held.  They sit at long tables and listen to speeches, and take a toast before eating.  The marquee is shown again, laid out for diner before the guests have arrived.  The film finishes showing a man with walking sticks inspecting the new flower beds on the station’s platform, with a new sign for “Settle.”