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Carmarthen Railway Activities
A young boy, fascinated by town life after being brought up in a mining village, captures on film the comings-and-goings at Carmarthen Railway Station.
Amateur film 1950 1 mins Silent
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Footage shot at Carmarthen Railway station by John Walters using the 9.5mm camera he was given in 1949, aged 12. John’s father was a miner, becoming manager of the local Godre’r Graig Working Men’s Club and then moving to become proprietor of the Nelson Hotel, Red Street, Carmarthen. The change from mining village to major town was marked and young John was fascinated by the life of the livestock mart, quayside, railway, markets, shops and pubs.
Watching the Trains Go By
Amateur film 1952 12 mins Location: Welshpool/Y Trallwng
Jim Fraser of Bristol, with great affection for his subject, introduces the viewer to the “quaint little railways and tramways” of Wales.
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.
Home movie 1974 4 mins Silent Location: Carmarthen/Caerfyrddin
Standing room only when the Gorsedd members process through the eisteddfod crowd in Carmarthen but there are seats for those festival-ed out!
Amateur film 1927 1 mins Silent Location: Carmarthen/Caerfyrddin
Members of the Old Girls' Association of Carmarthen's Queen Elizabeth Grammar School for Girls meet on the school courts with some gentlemen.
Amateur film 1933 11 mins Silent Location: Swansea/Abertawe
The Vetch Field stadium in Swansea is occupied by Urdd Gobaith Cymru – The Welsh League of Hope – for 2 days of mass gymnastics in June 1933.
Kidwelly Poison Trial: Scenes and Incidents at Carmarthen Assizes Kidwelly Poison Trial: Scenes and Incidents at Carmarthen Assizes
Non-Fiction 1920 4 mins Silent Location: Carmarthen/Caerfyrddin
Suspicion falls upon Harold Greenwood after the untimely death of his first wife and his indecent haste in marrying a second, leading to a sensational murder trial in Carmarthen.
Amateur film 1935 38 mins Silent Location: Penarth
George and Maurice Holley, Cardiff pharmacists and pianists, go on a tour, witnessing the crowds at Barry and the seaweed drying near Castlemartin for the making of laver bread.
Non-Fiction 1921 9 mins Silent Location: Llangynog
Nesta Donne Philipps (aged 17) takes the Hon. George William Reginald Victor Coventry (aged 21) to be her lawful wedded husband at St Peter’s Church, Carmarthen on 17/9/1921.
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.
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.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
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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