This film by railway enthusiast and filmmaker Chris Lawson looks at railway traffic in the North East region in the early 1970s. Features in the film are two famous and familiar sights if the steam age, the Green Arrow locomotive and the distinctive streamlined shape of a class A4 Pacific locomotive. The latter part of the film looks at working colliery locomotives followed by a test run of a new high speed train.
This film made by railway enthusiast and filmmaker Chris Lawson concentrates on a particular class of locomotive. The Black Stanier class was familiar on the LMS (London Midland & Scottish) lines. The latter part of the film shows street views of Newcastle.
This film made by filmmaker and railway enthusiast Chris Lawson looks some of the local service trains in Newcastle then moving further afield to film railway activity in Germany.
In this film railway enthusiast and filmmaker Chris Lawson looks at contemporary rail traffic in Germany.
Filmmaker and railway enthusiast Chris Lawson captures an important moment in one of the country's oldest heritage railways, as it is officially opened for passenger services, on the 1st May 1973.
Filmmaker and railway enthusiast captures an important event in railway history, the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton to Darlington railway taking place at Shildon in 1975. Many surviving engines from the steam era converge at Shildon in County Durham for a celebration of an enduring form of transport thanks to important innovations developed in the north east of England.
Film insert of an empty Grosmont Station and railway tracks on the closed Grosmont to Pickering line for an item on the attempt to preserve and re-open this part of the original Whitby and Pickering railway, broadcast on the Tyne Tees Television Six Five news programme on 16 January 1968.
Tyne Tees Television reporter Bill Hamilton interviews Alan Francis Pegler, owner of the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive, on the platform of Newcastle Central Station. They discuss the current running of the locomotive on the London to Edinburgh route, and the romance of steam over diesel. They also talk about the current British Rail modernisation programme and the cost of running the engine.
Brian Shallcross report on the British Rail proposed closure of the Haltwhistle to Alston passenger branch line for the Tyne Tees Television news programme Today at Six broadcast on 24 September 1970.
A commercial travelogue presented by Royal Sutcliffe in which a couple travel by train to Yorkshire to explore the county. They begin their journey in York before visiting Harrogate, Fountains Abbey, Ripley, Byland and Rievaulx abbeys and Helmseley where they watch a woman weave on a loom. They travel onto the coast visiting Staithes, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough before visiting Lord Derwent's Estate on the outskirts of Hackness. The final part shows views of Filey, Bempton Cliffs where men collect eggs, Flamborough and Bridlington where the film ends.
An amateur film made by Stockton-on-Tees shop owner Leslie Brown of the 84-mile round trip by train from Fort William to Mallaig in the West Highlands of Scotland. Filmed from the trains observation car the film records the mountainous countryside passed along the route as well as some of the sites including the Glenfinnan viaduct. From the railway journey, the film changes to shows a number of bagpipe marching band performing in a fields watched by a crowd. The final part of the film is at a zoo where a monkey in a cage eating a packet of cigarettes and a number of bears play and perform for the crowds in their enclosure.
An amateur film made by Cyril Hall begins with views of people riding a miniature railway around a small track. This is followed by two men being interviewed for the media about a number of miniature steam engines and carousels on display in front of them. The film changes to show displays of traction engines and other events taking place as part of the Masham Steam Rally taking place in North Yorkshire on the 17th July 1983. Views of waterfalls, including High Force, are followed by the Middlesbrough Newport Bridge being lifted and lowered again to allow a ship or barge to pass underneath. The film ends with Cyril himself playing one of his street organs outside the Station House Visitors Centre at Castle Eden Walkway Country Park at Christmas.
This short amateur film by Stephen Gray documents a trip to Tanfield Railway (the world's oldest railway and a former colliery waggonway). This standard gauge heritage railway opened up to passengers in 1982. The line runs from a southern terminus at East Tanfield, Durham, to Sunniside, Gateshead, with the main station at Andrews House, near Marley Hill engine shed.
This amateur film by Gateshead film-maker Stephen Gray records a trip on the Weardale Railway Steam Special from Darlington to Eastgate and Stanhope on Sunday, 28 March 1993, the start of a campaign to keep the line open with the formation of the Weardale Railway Preservation Society.
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.