Part of the Fastline Collection, this film was made in the mid-1940s at Hulands Quarry near Bowes and Barnard Castle in County Durham. The film shows the various stages of work at the limestone quarry and ballast production from iron furnace slag at Lackenby used on railway tracks.
An early Tyne Tees Television documentary on railway workers at the Darlington locomotive shed in North Road, commissioned by Tyne Tees Television, with music and songs by folk musicians Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger. Influenced by the acclaimed radio series The Radio Ballads, this is a portrait of the last days of steam haulage and the progress to diesel and electric trains. The North Road works closed in 1965, a victim of the Beeching axe, with the loss of 2,150 jobs.