This amateur film by Stephen Gray includes part two of a record of a trip on the Weardale Railway Steam Special from Darlington to Eastgate and Stanhope through the North Pennines on Sunday, 28 March 1993, the start of a campaign to keep the line open with the formation of the Weardale Railway Preservation Society. Footage also includes a record of a NENTA Train Tour: Weardale Valley Ghost.
This is an amateur 'trainspotting' film made between 1978 and 1979 by Stephen Gray that records various British Rail diesel locomotives arriving and leaving Newcastle Central Station and York Station, plus footage of Gateshead Motive Power Depot in the snow and Boldon Colliery Station.
This amateur film footage by an environmental health officer at Gateshead Council, Stephen Gray, documents the streets and parks of South Shields, Gateshead, and Durham. It also includes footage of diesel locomotives at Durham, Carlisle, Newcastle upon Tyne and Boldon Colliery railway stations, a visit to Whitby and a school fete, probably in Gateshead.
A short amateur film that features views of a number of steam locomotives crossing the Durham Viaduct into Durham railway station, including the A4 class locomotive ‘Falcon’. The film also features a de-railed steam train being removed from an embankment.
Amateur footage of steam trains travelling along various branch lines around Durham. Trains are filmed passing though stations and through urban and rural landscapes.
An amateur film made and narrated by David Williams of an educational visit by a delegation from Durham University to the country of Lesotho in southern Africa in 1968. The film begins in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, with student teachers and members of the delegation waiting to go inside a large building to attend the official opening of the course by Lesotho’s Permanent Secretary of Education. The film then changes to a show a group of local schoolchildren visiting Maseru railway station as part of an environmental study into the effects of the railway on that area designed by some of the student teachers. Back at the school, pupils build their own railway from mud, stones and twigs. The school holds it’s own opening ceremony attended by all the pupils and teachers. The final section of the film is a special excursion arranged for the children by train from Maseru to Marseilles in the Free State. For many of the children, this would be their first experience of travelling by train.
An amateur film made by David Williams of the naming ceremony for a new British Rail Class 91 locomotive "Durham Cathedral" on the platform at Durham Station on the 4th May 1993. The film begins with the choir of Durham Cathedral performing on the platform followed by speeches being made by Brian Birdstall(?), Director of Intercity east coast route and John Arnold, Dean of Durham Cathedral. The name plate is revealed by John Arnold and the film ends on the choir performing again intercut with views of the locomotive.
The film begins with a large banner showing the British Rail Intercity logo.
An amateur film by David Williams that uses maps, plans, engravings, archive photographs as well as moving images to tell the story of how during the during the 19th century Durham City was connected to the railway via a series of branch lines.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar begins with them beside a lake in the Lake District. The film then shows various views of the family together at home or with relatives that focus on their youngest child who starts the film as a baby, and grows into a toddler. The family are also seen visiting Albert Park in Middlesbrough where the father and toddler take a ride on a miniature railway. The final part of the film features dancers performing country and western routines as well as one individual performing various native American dances. The film ends with views of some of the exotic animal at Twycross Zoo.
A short amateur film by John Martin Jackson that shows a number of trains coming into and out of Durham railway station. The film changes to show engineers working on a section of railway replacing the sleepers and track. The film ends on a diesel train parked over a bridge pulling a number of large wagons containing replacement sleepers and track.
This amateur film made by John Percival Staddon records the assembly of a model railway in the family garden and features a narrative where Staddon's young daughter falls asleep and dreams of full size trains. Sequences of steam and diesel trains on a line to Middlesbrough are then shown.
This amateur film by R. J. Purves records a journey on the Alnwick and Coldstream line of the North Eastern Railway and work taking place on the tracks, probably outside York station. The filmmaker’s father is pictured with railway workers and engineers so may have worked for British Rail.
A compilation of short narrative-based home movies featuring family vignettes, including his sister Ann and Mrs Dobing, and a day trip to Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast by steam train, produced by Peter Dobing.
An amateur documentary made by Peter Dobing and George Theaker in 1990 following the closure of the Shildon Wagon Works. The film includes footage shot as part of the 150th anniversary of the wagon works on the 24th September 1983 as well as film of the ‘cavalcade of steam’ taking place in Shildon in August 1975 as part of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton and Darlington railway.
An amateur travelogue by Peter Dobing and George Theaker takes us on the trail of British explorer Captain James Cook's early life and career in Yorkshire, taking in Marton, Easby Moor in the Cleveland Hills, Staithes, Wheeldale Moor, and Whitby.
This amateur film by Stephen Fairbrother looks at the Ryhope Engine Museum near Sunderland, based at the Ryhope Pumping Station, which was built in 1868 to supply water to the Sunderland area. The station ceased operation in 1967 only a few years before this film was made and after 100 years of continuous use.
This amateur film looks at locations associated with the history of Stockton and Darlington railway, filmed in 1973. A last sequence records Darlington's restored North Road station in 1975. The film was produced by Stephen Fairbrother and his father, William Mercer Fairbrother.
This amateur film shows the cavalcade of locomotives on show at Shildon in County Durham to celebrate 150 years of railway history in Britain. The film was produced by Stephen Fairbrother and his father, William Mercer Fairbrother.
This amateur film looks at the Bowes railway near Gateshead, originally a colliery railway built to carry coal mainly from pits in north west Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow.