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Conway Castle - panoramic view of Conway on the L.& N.W. Railway
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.
Non-Fiction 1898 2 mins Silent
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Phantom train ride film: no ghosts but no apparent sign of the train either, the camera being attached to the very front of the locomotive. This beautiful film, shot in February 1898, has a dream-like quality and is hand tinted (possibly stencilled). It is believed to have been coloured some time after it was first shown as no contemporary reviews or advertisements refer to what would surely have been a major selling/talking point, 1898 being very early for coloured films.
This film was made in response to the first American phantom train ride film (by the British Mutoscope and Biograph's parent company, the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company), 'The Haverstraw Tunnel', which showed the scenery around the Hudson river and a tunnel and so delighted the audience that the British operation decided to make their own version, which also proved very popular - it showed not only in London but also in Rochester, New York, and then travelled all over Europe, still being shown in cinemas as late as 1910. This film is preserved by the EYE Filmmuseum, Netherlands.
Wexford Railway Station (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent
A flurry of activity at Wexford Railway Station as passengers alight an Edwardian steam train.
Camwell Personal Film No. 40: Ribblehead
Amateur film 1959 4 mins Silent
A thinly disguised visit to the Stainmore Line, taking in the impressive tubular viaducts of Belah and Deepdale
Oxted, Bowaters & Hayling Island Railways
Amateur film 1961 14 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
Amateur film 1981 3 mins Silent 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
Amateur film 1985 7 mins Silent 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
News 1983 11 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.
The Song We Sing is About Freedom
Documentary 1975 17 mins Location: Trawsfynydd
Across the communist/capitalist divide of the Cold War, a choir from Hungary visits a choir in Blaenau Ffestiniog and both discover, despite differences, a shared humanity.
Amateur film 1937 15 mins Silent Location: Conwy Castle
Cauliflowers, chickens, cattle, and the Dairy Queen of Cheshire - if you enjoy country life, then this show is for you.
Cadwch Gymru'n Daclus (Keep Wales Tidy)
Public Information Filler 1970 1 mins Location: Conwy Castle
Keep Wales Tidy! That’s the message for everyone, not just the children who are seen here attacking the litter in a Conwy Castle picnic area.
Travelogue 1937 11 mins Location: Caernarfon
A timeless landscape steeped in history that is little changed today, but was surely made to be filmed!
Gems of Wales - Conway
Travelogue 1942 4 mins Silent Location: Conwy
Conwy, the ‘a’ no longer officially included in the name, has many a draw for the visitor including an Elizabeth mansion (‘Plas Mawr’) and the smallest house in Britain.
Conway Bridge Centenary Celebrations
Non-Fiction 1927 12 mins Silent Location: Conwy
Centenary for suspension bridge built by world famous engineer Thomas Telford, a man born the son of a Scottish shepherd. The bridge was first opened to the public on 1st June 1826.
Torture and Pleasure
Current affairs 1980 5 mins Location: Thurlestone
Gerald Haycock embarks on a torture and pleasure weekend and goes from reward-based hard exercise to eating and drinking.
Current affairs 1968 4 mins Location: Nettlecombe
Estate once owned by the father of King Harold, Godwin has never been bought or sold.
Charm Hostess and Mannequin School
Current affairs 1965 6 mins Location: Exeter
Women are put through their deportment paces and all in the name of etiquette.
Current affairs 1969 3 mins Location: Perranporth
Andy Price checks out how to make your own surfboard.
Hafod-y-Ddôl Grammar School, Nantyglo: sports, science and snow
Home movie 1960 8 mins Silent Location: Nantyglo
The sun shines on the school sports, ensuring good trade for the ice-cream vendor; in winter it makes the snow that halts train and car sparkle.
Whirlwinds at RAF St Mawgan
Current affairs 1962 3 mins Location: St Mawgan
RAF 22 Squadron provides air-sea rescue for the South West with new HAR 10 Whirlwind helicopters.
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