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Going Places

See Britain by train! There's no better way to explore your own country - as train companies have never been slow to remind us.

However self-serving they may have been, the promotional films made to entice the travelling public to buy tickets capture something comforting and beautiful about Britain. The railways sold dreams of travel for pleasure to beautiful places. But train journeys could be painful too, from teary everyday farewells to the heart-rending separation of families in wartime, with trains taking troops to the Front or evacuating children from the bomb-threatened cities. But later - hopefully - came the emotional reunions on station platforms.

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Wexford Railway Station (1902)
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Wexford Railway Station (1902)

Non-Fiction19022 minsSilent

A flurry of activity at Wexford Railway Station as passengers alight an Edwardian steam train.

Bicton Woodland Railway
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Bicton Woodland Railway

News19762 minsSilent Location: Bicton Park

Bicton Woodland Railway reopens to passengers for the summer season

Godfrey Davies: The Last Train from Peterchurch
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Godfrey Davies: The Last Train from Peterchurch

Amateur film19535 minsSilent Location: Peterchurch

Railway services on the Golden Valley line in Herefordshire slip into history.

Folkestone's Leas Lift Cliff Railway and the Crab & Winkle line.
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Folkestone's Leas Lift Cliff Railway and the Crab & Winkle line.

Amateur film195516 minsSilent

A triple treat for rail fans is featured here with signalbox action, a seaside cliff-railway and an eerie walk along the ghost of a line - plus a bonus for aviation enthusiasts

The Southern Railway Runs a Special! ...To Their Flower Show at Raynes Park
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The Southern Railway Runs a Special! ...To Their Flower Show at Raynes Park

Non-Fiction19291 minsSilent Location: Raynes Park

Pint-sized propulsion on a miniature steam railway delights the young and old

Train Ride to Devil's Bridge
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Train Ride to Devil's Bridge

Travelogue196411 mins Location: Aberystwyth

12 miles of magic as we journey on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, one of the Great Little Trains of Wales

Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June)
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Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June)

Amateur film196412 mins Location: Pontarddulais

“It would be difficult to find a more lovely train journey”, declares Swansea’s Librarian, the film-maker and narrator. Prepare to be beguiled, station by station.

Midland Montage: 08.01.1959: Last Train from Monmouth to Ross
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Midland Montage: 08.01.1959: Last Train from Monmouth to Ross

Non-Fiction19593 minsSilent Location: Monmouth/Trefynwy

Stopping for a glass of Champagne at Symonds Yat was probably against driver regulations but this is a special occasion: the last train to steam along the Wye Valley line.

Over the Tay Bridge on an Express Train (1901)
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Over the Tay Bridge on an Express Train (1901)

Non-Fiction19011 minsSilent Location: Tay Bridge

A journey across the well-known Scottish railway bridge, filmed from the engine front.

Ride from Blarney to Cork on Cork & Muskerry Light Railway (1902)
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Ride from Blarney to Cork on Cork & Muskerry Light Railway (1902)

Non-Fiction19022 minsSilent

Tranquil scenes of rural Edwardian Ireland, on a rail journey with views of Blarney Castle.

Phantom Ride on the Furness Railway (1901)
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Phantom Ride on the Furness Railway (1901)

Non-Fiction19001 minsSilent Location: Furness Abbey

A driver's view of the Furness Railway through Furness Abbey Tunnel and Station.

Cornwall's St Erth to St Ives Railway Branch Line
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Cornwall's St Erth to St Ives Railway Branch Line

News19756 mins Location: St Erth

Journey from the Centre of St Erth to St Ives

Conway Castle - panoramic view of Conway on the L.& N.W. Railway
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Conway Castle - panoramic view of Conway on the L.& N.W. Railway

Non-Fiction18982 minsSilent Location: Conwy Castle

Conwy's bridge, castle and station glide past, as if in a dream, in this beautiful phantom train ride film (no ghosts but apparently no train either) from 1898.

Truro to Falmouth on the Maritime Line
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Truro to Falmouth on the Maritime Line

News19768 mins Location: Truro

Journey on the Great Scenic Railway from Truro to Falmouth

Heart of Wales Line: Swansea - Shrewsbury
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Heart of Wales Line: Swansea - Shrewsbury

Amateur film197812 minsSilent Location: Bynea

A journey from Bynea to Knucklas, the sights to be seen including a sheep on the line, two viaducts (Cynghordy and Knucklas) and the Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Welshpool and Llanfair Railway
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Welshpool and Llanfair Railway

Amateur film19786 minsSilent Location: Llanfair Caereinion

The engines, staff, stations and passengers on this narrow gauge line opened in 1903, reduced to freight only in 1931, closed entirely in 1956 and reopened by volunteers in 1963.

Ely to Wymondham by Train
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Ely to Wymondham by Train

Amateur film196815 minsSilent Location: Ely

A train journey beginning at Ely with scenic views of the Cathedral City and passing through many of the smaller stations in rural East Anglia before arriving in Wymondham.

Witham to Maldon East
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Witham to Maldon East

Amateur film195713 minsSilent Location: Witham

Dusty the dog enjoys scenic views of the Essex countryside from the carriage of a passenger train, journeying with amateur filmmaker Chib Thorp.

The Tal-Y-Llyn Railway
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The Tal-Y-Llyn Railway

Amateur film194910 minsSilent Location: Talyllyn Railway

The engine ‘Dolgoch’ bumps and bounces its coaches – and two teapots - along the line from Tywyn Wharf Station to Abergynolwyn, before its closure in 1950.

River Ride
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River Ride

Amateur film196317 mins Location: Wivenhoe

On the Essex line from Wivenhoe to Brightingsea, Guard Proctor checks for tickets as passengers share the wonderful view of yacht racing on the River Colne from their carriage.

Our Holiday
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Our Holiday

Home movie193411 minsSilent Location: Sheringham

Mum, Dad, Toddler, and Nanny travel by train to holiday at the north Norfolk seaside in this 1934 home movie.

Menai Strait Regatta, Amlwch Station, Irish Trawler, Slate Train Port Dinorwic
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Menai Strait Regatta, Amlwch Station, Irish Trawler, Slate Train Port Dinorwic

Non-Fiction196015 minsSilent Location: Menai Strait/Afon Menai

Sail (regatta, and Irish trawler hauling in whiting), rail (children and piglets at Amlwch Station) and slate (last slate train at Port Dinorwic).

Great Orme Railway
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Great Orme Railway

Non-Fiction19573 minsSilent Location: Llandudno

Not for the faint-hearted: a high-speed version of the descent of the Great Orme, Llandudno, on the only cable-hauled, public road tramway in Britain.

Twilight Time
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Twilight Time

Amateur film196811 minsSilent Location: Norwich

Amateur filmmaker Chib Thorp captures scenic views of the Norfolk countryside as his train zips along on the Norwich to Sheringham rail route.

Cambrian Coast
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Cambrian Coast

Promotional194010 mins Location: Paddington Sta

“Dear Old Wales” awaits the holiday-makers boarding a train at Paddington Station, offering all that London lacks: “smooth sands, sparkling seas, sunshine and good clean air”.

The Dart Valley Railway
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The Dart Valley Railway

News19771 minsSilent Location: Buckfastleigh

The Dart Valley Railway operates a quaint steam service on the Primrose Line

Snowy Journey from Washford to Williton
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Snowy Journey from Washford to Williton

News19791 minsSilent Location: West Somerset Railway

Snowy Journey from Washford to Williton on the West Somerset Railway

The Devon Belle on the Dart Valley Railway
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The Devon Belle on the Dart Valley Railway

News19801 minsSilent Location: Staverton

The 1638 Devon Belle steams through Staverton Bridge Station

High Waves break over the Dawlish Mainline Railway
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High Waves break over the Dawlish Mainline Railway

News19802 minsSilent Location: Dawlish

Brunel’s Railway Line takes a battering

Worth Valley Railway
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Worth Valley Railway

Non-Fiction19822 minsSilent Location: Keighley

Be transported back in time through Brontë country, looking out from the footplate as passengers hang their heads out of the windows with the steam blowing through their hair.

Dalriada and Harbour Rail Tours
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Dalriada and Harbour Rail Tours

Amateur film196711 minsSilent Location: Belfast

Swarms of train enthusiasts steal the show as we steam round Northern Ireland.

Full Steam Ahead to Dublin
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Full Steam Ahead to Dublin

Amateur film196611 minsSilent Location: Belfast

Take a stroll through a forgotten Belfast on your way to catch the steam train to Dublin. Experience the city centre before it is reshaped by violence and regeneration.

Oxted, Bowaters & Hayling Island Railways
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Oxted, Bowaters & Hayling Island Railways

Amateur film196114 mins Location: Surrey

There's plenty of steam action in this amazing quadruple bill featuring Kent's farewell to steam, a railway with combustion issues and rides on the late lamented Hayling Billy

All Aboard: Shane's Castle Railway and the Enterprise leaves Belfast
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All Aboard: Shane's Castle Railway and the Enterprise leaves Belfast

Amateur film19813 minsSilent Location: Randalstown

Relive your memories of the Shane’s Castle railway. Inspired by the Blitz and built in the family castle ruins, Lord O’Neill’s private passion becomes a tourist attraction.

Train Journey from Gateshead to Hexham
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Train Journey from Gateshead to Hexham

Amateur film19857 minsSilent Location: Gateshead

A train spotter takes us on a thrilling high speed ride on the Tyne Valley Line.

North Norfolk Holiday Towns Lose Train Service
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North Norfolk Holiday Towns Lose Train Service

News198311 mins Location: Hunstanton

“I wouldn’t travel by bus. I’d go to bed instead I think!” Local News TV speak to Mrs Smith and Mrs Stebbens, passengers who find the Norwich to Sheringham train service essential.

Brighton's Volks Electric Railway
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Brighton's Volks Electric Railway

Amateur film198811 mins Location: Brighton

There's no smoke or steam on Brighton's Victorian electric beach railway - one of the world's oldest - though you might need to watch out for the occasional nudist

Mid Hants Railway: Alresford to Ropley
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Mid Hants Railway: Alresford to Ropley

Amateur film19804 minsSilent Location: Watercress Line

West Country Pacific 'Bodmin' is the star of this short film made at Hampshire's Watercress Line in 1980

Mid Hants Railway: Ropley to Alton
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Mid Hants Railway: Ropley to Alton

Amateur film19852 minsSilent Location: Watercress Line

West Country Pacific 'Bodmin' hauls a summer service from Ropley to Alton much to the delight of visitors to the heritage railway

488 Was Here - The Kent Coast and Bluebell Railways
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488 Was Here - The Kent Coast and Bluebell Railways

Amateur film197221 mins

A railway double-bill is presented here as we visit a locomotive's previous stomping ground before dropping in on its new home - the famous Bluebell Railway

Somerset & Dorset Railway
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Somerset & Dorset Railway

Amateur film196219 minsSilent

Memories of smoke and steam fill this superb film about the Somerset & Dorset during its final years of operation - and watch out for some guest stars

Isle of Wight: Calbourne Locomotive at Haven Street
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Isle of Wight: Calbourne Locomotive at Haven Street

Amateur film19816 minsSilent Location: Isle of Wight Steam Rly

The last remaining O2, number 24 'Calbourne', delights holiday makers at Haven Street Station - headquarters of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Summer Travelling
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Summer Travelling

Animation & Artists Moving Image19451 mins

Delayed trains, crowded carriages, and standing room only: Blitz spirit makes a parent's nightmare commute a walk in the park

Camwell Personal Film No. 40: Ribblehead
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Camwell Personal Film No. 40: Ribblehead

Amateur film19594 minsSilent

A thinly disguised visit to the Stainmore Line, taking in the impressive tubular viaducts of Belah and Deepdale

Camwell Personal Film No. 53: Last Passenger Train Blaenau Ffestiniog - Bala
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Camwell Personal Film No. 53: Last Passenger Train Blaenau Ffestiniog - Bala

Amateur film19614 minsSilent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog

Heavy clouds as the last passenger train makes its way to Blaenau Ffestiniog, with double headed panniers make light work of a heavy train

King George V and Queen Mary at a Railway Station
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King George V and Queen Mary at a Railway Station

Non-Fiction1914 minsSilent

Leaving the station becomes a right royal affair when the King and Queen travel by train

Let's Go to Birmingham
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Let's Go to Birmingham

Documentary19625 mins

Paddington to Birmingham in five and a half minutes! A sped up journey filmed from the front of the train.

Midhurst Railway
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Midhurst Railway

Amateur film19555 minsSilent

Journey along the once delightful rural line between Petersfield and Midhurst in this nostalgic film from the mid-fifties

Talyllyn Holiday
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Talyllyn Holiday

Documentary196917 mins

A fun-filled day trip on the "historic little Welsh railway" of Talyllyn

Great Western Approaches
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Great Western Approaches

Travelogue193614 mins

All aboard for a coastal trip - by glorious rail - from Dorset to all points west.

The Arlberg Railway
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The Arlberg Railway

Travelogue19066 minsSilent

If you suffer from altitude sickness look away now - if not, take the scenic route over the Arlberg Pass in Austria

View from an Engine Front - Barnstaple
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View from an Engine Front - Barnstaple

Non-Fiction18982 minsSilent Location: Barnstaple

A 'phantom ride' along a fondly remembered Devon railway, crossing the distinctive Taw Bridge into Barnstaple on the way to Ilfracombe

Preston and District Roll of Honour, 10th Series
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Preston and District Roll of Honour, 10th Series

Roll of Honour film19152 minsSilent Location: Preston

Moving record of relatives waving a fond farewell to departing loved ones during WWI.

Cyclists Special
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Cyclists Special

Travelogue195615 mins Location: Rugby

A wonderful short film, produced by British Transport Films, about travelling around Britain by bicycle - with the help of the odd train.

The Bodmin and Wadebridge Branch Railway Line
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The Bodmin and Wadebridge Branch Railway Line

News19783 minsSilent Location: St Winnow

The last train to Wadebridge before the station closes to passenger trains

Camwell Personal Film No. 28: Sls City of Truro Swindon Works Special
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Camwell Personal Film No. 28: Sls City of Truro Swindon Works Special

Amateur film195713 minsSilent Location: Slaggyford

It's full steam ahead for the Swindon-bound City of Truro, seen through the lens of 'Cam' Camwell.

Loco Number One
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Loco Number One

Travelogue194835 mins

Accompany John, a retired train driver turned model railway enthusiast, on one of his most memorable runs.