This is a record of repaired (mainly steam) locomotives emerging from Swindon Works toward the end of the steam era, when such operations were still commonplace.
This film records one of the first British main line steam locomotives to be purchased privately (by the late Captain Bill Smith) directly from British Railways in the late 1950s. The engine was ex-Great Northern Railway 0-6-0 saddle tank (GNR No.1247) originally built in 1899.
This records the debut of a newly restored locomotive for National Collection, former Great Central Railway 4-4-0 No.506 Butler Henderson, near Manchester in September, 1960.
This short film shows the routine shed operations involving Adams ex-London & South Western Railway Class O2 0-4-4 tank engines on the Isle of Wight in 1960.
This is a record of a day in 1958 in York, then the headquarters of the North Eastern Region of British Railways. York, being situated on the East Coast Main Line approximately half way between London (King's Cross) and Edinburgh, with branches to Scarborough and to Leeds via Harrogate, had been a major railway centre for more than a century.
The Cambrian Coast Express (CCE) ran between London Paddington and Aberystwyth via Shrewsbury. Here the heavy ex-Great Western Railway four-cylinder 'Castle' and 'King' class 4-6-0s were detached and replaced by light two-cylinder 'Manor' class 4-6-0s, which had been designed c.1937 specifically for service over the former Cambrian Railways main line. The film was made during the last summer of steam working throughout (1962), although Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth continued to be steam worked for two more years.
This film features locomotives at various places including Southampton and Brighton.
Made by Betty and Cyril Ramsden, this film contains footage from a trip to Drigg on the west Cumbrian coast, the Muncaster Horticultural Show, a miniature train ride in Eskdale, Cumbria, and footage of men blowing up unexploded shells from World War Two. The couple were semi-professional filmmakers filming both for pleasure and taking on commissions from companies such as the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Set in Wales, this film concentrates on the running of a small steam train railway line in Tal-y-Llyn. The film is part of the Ramsden collection. Betty and Cyril Ramsden were semi-professional filmmakers filming both for pleasure and taking on commissions from companies such as the Yorkshire Evening Post.
This is a film which documents a number of events in the Halifax area during 1986 including skiing at the Skye Slope, rugby final, scouts, Civil war re-enactment, and a high school marching band contest.
Made by members of the sixth form of Kelvin Hall High School in Hull, this film presents a day in the life of Cottingham Railway Station. The film shows commuters who pass through the station as well as the railway staff at work.
Part of the Gillot collection, this film captures a many of the beautiful seaside destinations down the Yorkshire Coast including Bridlington, Filey, and Staithes.
Made by Alan Sidi of the Mercury Movie Makers, this is a comical film that uses speeded up movement to show a train journey between Leeds and Bradford that takes less than ten minutes.
Made by filmmaker Lucy Fairbank, this film is part one of a travelogue of a journey around pre-war Europe.
This is a short amateur film which shows the filmmaker in the grounds of the family's farm and snippets of the Flying Scotsman locomotive.
This film captures some of the narrow gauge railways in Wales in summer, 1966. The film includes footage of the railway lines as well as the engines which run on them.
This film was taken during a Sheffield climbing group’s trip to Zermat, Switzerland. It includes scenic footage of the mountains as well as those taking part in the climb.
This film traces the development of the North York Moors Railway Society from 1967 to 1972. Each short section is preceded by an intertitle.
This film contains a number of shorter films focusing on the re-opening of the North York Moors Railway and events relating to the NYMR.
This film features developments and events on the North York Moors Railway between 1976 and 1979 with short sections preceded by intertitles.
A film made by Keith Snowden featuring several local events in Pickering during 1977 and 1978. Each film is preceded by an intertitle.
This is a series of films made by R.K. Snowden documenting some local events in Pickering between 1983 and 1989, with a commentary by Snowden (unfortunately often drowned out by traffic, and other noise). Each film is preceded by an intertitle.
This film documents the Whitby to Pickering railway line in 1965 soon after its closure under the Beeching proposals. The film falls into two halves. The first half gives a historical overview of the railway from its beginnings using illustrations. The second half follows two young members of the Pickering Railway Society as they do a walking tour of the railway line.
This film is part two of a documentary which follows two boys on their journey from Pickering to Whitby on the old railway line.
The epitome of the particularly British amalgam of railways, poetry and social document, this extraordinary short was produced by the GPO to show the overnight journey of a post train from London to Glasgow.