National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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Among the Rails of Wales
Jim Fraser of Bristol, with great affection for his subject, introduces the viewer to the “quaint little railways and tramways” of Wales.
Amateur film 1952 12 mins
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Among the narrow-gauge rails, J T Fraser finds desolation and despair where lines have fallen into disuse, but one track's dereliction (Corris) is providing the materials for the restoration of another (Talyllyn). Other “quaint little railways and tramways” featured are Welshpool-Llanfair, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Electric, Great Orme, Snowdon Mountain, Padarn (for Dinorwic Quarry), Ffestiniog and Vale of Rheidol.
Watching the Trains Go By
Amateur film 1966 37 mins Location: Maldon
Shy and testy retired signalman Wally Trigg chats to amateur filmmaker and railway enthusiast Chib Thorp, as Micky the Collie happily ambles along the overgrown railway line.
Non-Fiction 1968 7 mins Location: Keighley
The age of steam lingers on as the `Worth Valley Railway Re-Opening Special' pulls into Keighley station, and hardly an anorak in sight.
Amateur film 1960 7 mins Location: Bluebell Railway
Enjoy this charming film from Trevor White which charts the birth of the Bluebell Railway - from the germ of an idea into a fully functioning steam railway
Amateur film 1970 32 mins Silent Location: Bluebell Railway
Twenty years of the Bluebell Railway are chronicled in this film - featuring open days, journeys on low-loaders, the Golden Arrow Pullman service and even Stephenson's Rocket
Non-Fiction 1973 4 mins Location: Pickering
No money incentives required for the dedicated volunteers bringing the defunct Whitby to Pickering up to speed for re-opening, and for the arrival of the iconic Flying Scotsman.
Non-Fiction 1974 9 mins Location: Grosmont
Rails are lifted, fishplates fitted and keys hammered into place, as another Sir Nigel Gresley, saved from the scrapyard, gets a second life on the North Yorkshire Moors.
Teulu Owain Owain: Tywyn, Castell Powys, Morfa Bychan Teulu Owain Owain: Tywyn, Castell Powys, Morfa Bychan
Home movie 1967 9 mins Silent Location: Tywyn
The summer holiday starts with a traffic jam – in the rain - but things improve!
Amateur film 1967 14 mins Silent Location: Meifod
The attractive village of Meifod, in the Vyrnwy valley, is the holiday destination of the Cone family who arrive with baggage and cameras.
School programme and Educational film 1961 4 mins Silent Location: Welshpool/Y Trallwng
The hills are alive with the sound of shearing. At the end of a hard day, the team of hand shearers gather to be filmed, before the dipping.
School programme and Educational film 1956 6 mins Silent Location: Welshpool/Y Trallwng
The band plays and the livestock parade, the hefty bulls and enormous work horses weighty on the ground. Above, acrobats balance in the air.
School programme and Educational film 1956 2 mins Silent Location: Welshpool/Y Trallwng
The viewer’s first sight of a piglet in this short film is as bemusing as it is to the calves in the yard!
School programme and Educational film 1955 5 mins Silent Location: Welshpool/Y Trallwng
The cider pressing produces barrels of juice, and sacks of apple mash for animal feed; the chopped tree's logs become planks at the saw mill.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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