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Miscellaneous

Video and Film Clips

It is our intention to ultimately make the video and film section exclusively from within the county. The following film clips have been obtained frombecause we cannot 'go back to have another go', we have decided to include them. We trust you agree.

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Film clips of railways within Warwickshire

Steam and Diesel at Birmingham Snow Hill in the 1960s - Part One
A look at Birmingham Snow Hill in the 1960s. (13 minutes 15 seconds)

Steam and Diesel at Birmingham Snow Hill in the 1960s - Part Two
A look at Birmingham Snow Hill in the 1960s. (10 minutes 6 seconds)

The Sutton Coldfield Railway Disaster 1955
Its 23rd January 1955. A steam train has derailed in Sutton Coldfield station killing seventeen people and badly injuring a further twenty-five persons. (1 minute 34 seconds ©British Pathe)

Trent Valley Rail Crash
Various shots of wrecked carriages piled high on rail track with men clearing away debris. The Fleetwood to London fish train smashed into a local passenger train standing in Lichfield Trent Valley station. (0 minutes 44 seconds ©British Pathe)

Aftermath Of Trent Valley Rail Crash & Air Camera Footage 1946
Various shots of the people walking around rubble at scene of Trent Valley rail crash. Men working on clearing rubble, twisted metal, wood, broken wagons, seats etc. More shots of the destruction and people at work. (3 minutes 57 seconds ©British Pathe)

Lets Go To Birmingham: By British Railway's new Diesel Luxury Blue Train
A 1962 BTF film of the journey by 'Blue Train' from Paddington station to Snow Hill which has been speeded up in the manner of the noted 'London to Brighton in 5 minutes' film. The film shows the route from the driver's perspective recording all the station's enroute. Musical background with no narration. (5 minutes 36 seconds)

Lets Go To Birmingham: Unused Film
Snippets of footage that never made it into BTF's film "Let's Go To Birmingham" 1962. It covers the GW/GC line from Greenford - Banbury. The stations include Ilmer Halt, Haddenham, Ardley, Aynho Park Platform, Aynho Junction flyover, Banbury, Northolt, Perivale, Greenford, Northolt Junction, South Ruislip, West Ruislip, Denham, Denham Golf Club, Wycombe West, Saunderton and High Wycombe. (3 minutes 22 seconds)

Railway Roundabout 1959: 'Saltley Shed 1959'
Pat Whitehouse's and John Adam's S.L.S final shed bash of 1959 was a visit to Saltley shed on Midland Railway territory in Birmingham. (3 minutes 57 seconds)

Railway Roundabout 1959: 'Barnt Green to Evesham'
Featuring one of the Midland Railway's compounds of the early 1900s travelling on the Gloucester Loop Line to Evesham and onwards to Ashchurch. (4 minutes 37 seconds)

Railway Roundabout 1959: 'The S.L.S Special To Harborne'
A S.L.S special from Birmingham New Street to Harborne along the now closed Harbourne branch. (5 minutes 15 seconds)

Building a flyover at Rugby station
Film of British Railways building the Birmingham to Trent Valley flyover at Rugby station. (1 minute 23 seconds)

Last Days of Steam: Part Three - The LMS' lines
Midland main line around Leicester, the Lickey Incline, Rugby Midland and various West Coast lineside shots in 1963. (3 minutes 16 seconds)

Last Days of Steam: Part Four - The GWR' lines
Lineside shots West Country 1960, Birmingham Snow Hill station 1962 and Western meets Southern at Oxford 1964 (4 minutes 25 seconds)

 

General Railways Films

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British Railways in WW2: Part One
The role of British railways told through the memories of the railwaymen who served on them from 1939 to 1945.

British Railways in WW2: Part Two
The role of British railways told through the memories of the railwaymen who served on them from 1939 to 1945.

British Railways in WW2: Part Three
The role of British railways told through the memories of the railwaymen who served on them from 1939 to 1945.

British Railways in WW2: Part Four
The role of British railways told through the memories of the railwaymen who served on them from 1939 to 1945.

Shunter Joe Black's night off - 1941
Trains & Railways during World War Two. Southern Railway worker Joe Black is enjoying an evening at home that is interrupted by a Luftwaffe raid on the marshalling yards. A train catches fire and it is up to Joe and his co-workers to save the day. (7 minutes 1 second)

 

London Midland Scottish Railway Fims

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1930's LMS Absolute Block Semaphore Signalling- Part 1
LMS instructional Railway video "Sentinels of Safety" outlining the Absolute Block Signalling principle. Recorded some time in the 1930's. Features lots of LMS signal boxes and the staff that used to work them.

1930's LMS Absolute Block Semaphore Signalling- Part 2
LMS instructional Railway video "Sentinels of Safety" outlining the Absolute Block Signalling principle. Recorded some time in the 1930's. Features lots of LNWR signal boxes and the staff that used to work them. (7 minutes 32 seconds)

1930's LMS Absolute Block Semaphore Signalling- Part 3
LMS instructional Railway video "Sentinels of Safety" outlining the Absolute Block Signalling principle. Recorded some time in the 1930's. Features lots of LMS signal boxes and the staff that used to work them including Atherstone. (7 minutes 33 seconds)

LMS On the Shed - Part One of Two
Various shots of an engine being prepared and serviced ready for its next trip. Includes actions and responsibilities of crew. (9 minutes 44 seconds)

LMS On the Shed - Part Two of Two
Various shots of an engine being prepared and serviced ready for its next trip. Includes actions and responsibilities of crew. (9 minutes 31 seconds)

"Wash and Brush Up" 1953
Shows the procedures that a steam engine goes through as part of its regular maintenance cycle. The locomotive being featured in the film is a British Railways Standard Class 5MT 4-6-0 No 73020 at 6D Chester (Midland shed. (25 minutes 19 seconds)

LMS General Repair - Part One of Two
First part of an LMS film showing how a steam locomotive goes through a full overhaul in under 2 weeks in the 1930's. (15 minutes 0 seconds)

LMS General Repair - Part Two of Two
Second part of an LMS film showing how a steam locomotive goes through a full overhaul in under 2 weeks in the 1930's.

Night Mail 1936
Night Mail is a 1936 documentary film about a LMS mail train from London to Scotland, produced by the GPO Film Unit. A poem by English poet WH Auden was specially written for it, used in the closing few minutes, as was music by Benjamin Britten. (22 minutes 39 seconds)

The 1937 Coronation Scot record run
A film of the 1937 Coronation Scot Record Run by 6220 Coronation including shots of when she leaves the fitting shops. (3 minutes 2 seconds)

Railway Roundabout 1958 'Trains on the Lickey incline'
We now come to the Lickey incline, for the next 2 clips, on the main line from Bristol to Birmingham, well known for the workplace of the Midland 0-10-0 'Big Bertha' (sadly scrapped by the time of the clip). (5 minutes 16 seconds)

Fowler 0-10-0 `Big Bertha` LMS Bromsgrove
Rare footage of the Lickey Incline banker. (0 minutes 34 seconds)

Lickey Incline - A 9F 2-10-0
being banked by FOUR pannier tanks. (1 minute 43 seconds)

LMS diesels 10000 and 10001 newsreel film
English Electric newsreel style film promotion of the LMS twins 10000 and 10001 prototype diesels. ( 5 minutes 8 seconds)

Mainline Diesel - LMS 10000
Rare BTF film of the production and roll out of the first UK mainline diesel electric prototype from which all others followed. Designed by HG Ivatt and constructed at Derby works by the London Midland & Scottish Railway in 1947. (13 minutes 42 seconds)

Building a Princess Royal Class Locomotives -
A 1930s Trains & Railways Educational Film of the building of a Princess Royal class steam locomotive at Crewe locomotive works during the mid 1930's . (16 minutes 58 seconds)

Building the Coronation Scot Locomotive
Vintage Steam Locomotive film showing the building of the original LMS Coronation Scot in 1938. 5 minutes 52 seconds)

 

British Railways Films

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DMU Diesel Train Driver - Part One
Part One, an Introduction To The Diesel Train. A training film made in the 1950s to teach train drivers about the then new diesel multiple unit railcar trains being introduced to replace steam trains. A class 114 Derby DMU when new at Lincoln shed. (7 minutes 20 seconds).

DMU Diesel Train Driver - Part Two
Part Two, Training the driver. A 'blow by blow' guide on the procedures drivers must follow when starting up the DMU and leaving the depot. Locations include Wickenby level crossing box on the Lincoln to Market Rasen line with the train arriving at Skegness. (18 minutes 33 seconds)

DMU Diesel Train Driver - Part Three
Part Two, Dealing With Faults. An insight into the job of a driver of the early DMUs. It has the irony of the DMU being rescued by an old GER 'Claud' steam loco. Wymondham and County School Stations are seen in their 1950s glory with some immaculate uniforms about too! (35 minutes 51 seconds)

DMU Diesel Train Driver - Part Four
Part Four, Operating Requirements. The final training film dealing with the operational requirements of driving the DMU and the everyday jobs required of the driver. Coupling cars together is just one of the many procedures dealt with. (17 minutes 12 seconds)

 

Great Western Railway Films

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Swindon Locomotive Works GWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales 1913
The building of Great Western Railway 4-6-0 no.4041 'Prince of Wales' at Swindon Locomotive Works circa 1913. (5 minutes 32 seconds)

History of the Great Western Railway
Huntley Film Archives. The story of the Great Western Railway from its foundation in 1835, with it's planning, construction and locomotives. Wonderful Swindon works heavy industry. The first 100 years of the G.W.R. in historical reconstruction. (31 minutes 47 seconds)

Of Coppersmiths And Kings Swindon Works
In 1985 the BBC broadcast a series of three programmes about Swindon Locomotive Works. The first was called Of Coppersmiths And Kings, the second was A Job For Life?, and the final episode was called Off The Rails. In this the first episode it was announced that the works were to close in 1986, a sad day for everyone at Swindon Works, all those jobs and skills lost. (29 minutes 6 seconds)

A Job For Life Swindon Works
This is the second episode of three BBC documentaries about Swindon Works and some of the men that worked there. Broadcast by the BBC in 1985. (29 minutes 36 seconds)

Off The Rails Swindon Works
This is the final episode of the three BBC documentaries I recorded on to video tape at the time of broadcast, filmed by the BBC in 1985 about Swindon Works and some of the men that worked there up until closure in 1986. Broadcast by the BBC in 1985. (29 minutes 30 seconds)

Castle Class locomotive construction in Swindon
Huntley Film Archives. The building of No 7033 'Hartlebury Castle' at Swindon Works for British Railway's Western Region, in the 1950s. (4 minutes 28 seconds)

How to coal and oil a steam locomotive for a long run
Interesting Vintage Steam Locomotive Film period piece showing how things were on the railways in the UK many years ago. (5 minutes 44 seconds)

Great Western Locomotives, 1960s
Huntley Film Archives. Birmingham Snow Hill Station and GWR locomotives filmed in and around Swindon. (12 minutes 40 seconds)

Great Western Railway railway sleepers
Huntley Film Archives. Great Western Railway Wooden sleepers for railway lines. Arrival of wood by canal. Treatment in the factory, cutting the wood to shape, chipping and sawdusting the waste, treatment with creosote in sealed chamber, movement by steam crane to factory, trimming, arrival of the chairs, bolting the chairs to the sleepers, by women workers, despatch to all GWR system. (10 minutes 0 seconds)

Paddington Steam
Colour film of steam at Paddington. (10 minutes 50 seconds)

Western Region Steam in the 1960s
On the Western Region in the 60's featuring many ex-GWR steam locomotives including Kings, Castles, Halls and Manors. (7 minutes 57 seconds)