Film ID:
YFA 3645



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This film documents the closure of two railway lines out of Whitby in 1965 as a result of the Beeching Axe of the 1960s.  Throughout the film, the narrator provides information about the history of the lines.  The film shows the last journey ever over the Scarboro’ to Whitby line and the beginnings of the line being dismantled.

Title and credits:
Country films:  ‘A Sentimental Journey‘
Picture and sound by Frank Dean

During the opening title sequence, the narrator informs of the local reaction to the announcement made by the Minister of Transport, Mr Marples, to close two local railway lines, although the line to Middlesbrough has been reprieved.

The film begins with a poster notifying the withdrawal of railway passenger services between Whitby and Scarborough, from 8th March 1965.  This is followed by a rusting single line track which runs under two old bridges.  A semaphore signal pulls off, and the railway station signs for Robin Hood’s Bay, Fyling Hall and Ravenscar can be seen.  Then, on the last day of the line being open, a passenger diesel train approaches Ravenscar Station, followed by a closed West Cliff Station.  Next onto Whitby Station and its surroundings including the signal box at Bog Hall.  Some permanent way workers are working on a line, and there is a rusty line going under the Larpool Viaduct.  This is followed by general views of Whitby and its surroundings.  As a train pulls into the station, someone on the platform is reading the Whitby Gazette with the headlines, ‘Farewell to two lines, Beeching axe on Whitby railways.’  A group of schoolboys walk along the platform and past the office of the Station Master H W Wise.

As a train leaves Whitby for Scarborough, it slows to receive the single line tablet and permission to use the steep gradient.  The film then shows parts of the line, including the Larpool Viaduct, Westcliffe and the signal box at Prospect Hill, where the train runs into the spur.  The train continues under Larpool Viaduct and along the coast to Robin Hood’s Bay.  Here milk churns are loaded onto the train.  The train goes on its journey to Scarborough passing through the 260 yard tunnel, on to Londesborough Station and Central Station.

Title – A brake van journey over part of the Scarboro’ to Whitby Railway which closed in March 1965’  ’31 October 1967 

A shunting engine (D2051) leaves Gallows Close for Robin Hood’s Bay pulling a couple of brake vans, from which the film is being taken.  This is the last time journey as the line has been disused for several years.  The brake vans carry demolition contractors looking to see which parts of the closed line they might buy.  At Cloughton various prospective buyers take notes of the Station, whilst others take photos.  The train pulls out of the station and the level crossing is opened behind them.

Then on to Hayburn Wyke Station, which the narrator informs us was demolished in 1968. Again the contractors disembark and make notes. They carry on to Stanton Dale and do the same. The train continues to a derelict Ravenscar Station (renamed from Peak in 1897), where a couple of lads are leaning against a gate. The engine continues along the line which is now overgrown with weeds and grass, through a tunnel and overlooking the sea and coast.  They pass another derelict station and then Robin’s Hood Bay Station, where a resident was completely surprised to see a train, writing to the local Gazette. They pass another station with two lines, and the narrator explains the process of locking the lines with a key.  The train then makes its way slowly up the steep incline to Ravenscar, past another station and a tunnel.

They pass through another derelict station and on to a point where the track has been taken up.  At Ravenscar Station a group of men lift and cut up sleepers with an electric saw.  Further along other sections of the track are being prepared for removal with keys being knocked out and screws taken out of the chairs which hold the rails in place.  The film ends showing the physical removal of railway track as a result of the line closure.