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Dalriada and Harbour Rail Tours
Swarms of train enthusiasts steal the show as we steam round Northern Ireland.
Amateur film 1967 11 mins Silent
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Clamber aboard this steam tour double bill by amateur film maker A. H. Martin. Share in his passion, hanging out the windows of moving trains or relishing the details of the steam locomotives. After your tour of the harbour hop aboard the 186 which starred alongside Sean Connery in ‘The First Great Train Robbery’. Enjoy watching swarms of train enthusiasts jostle for position each capturing their own version of events. The field of caravans announces our final destination.
The meeting between Connery and the 186 train was as dramatic as the script. During filming the crew misjudged the train’s speed, combined with blinding smoke causing him to slip and nearly tumble off the moving carriages. The BFI player features several of A.H. Martin’s personal films which capture the lost gems of public transport in Northern Ireland.
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.
Launch of the "Celtic"
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Location: Belfast
Seawards heads a great ship, the biggest of its day
Belfast Street Scenes 1890's
Non-Fiction 1898 2 mins Silent Location: Belfast
A view down the High Street featuring the Albert Clock, a shot of Queen's Bridge and the docks
Disabled Access in Belfast City Centre
News 1981 20 mins Location: Belfast
Join Belfast’s first female Lord Mayor and reconsider how disabled people navigate the streets of Belfast.
Talking Telephone for the Deaf
News 1976 7 mins Location: Belfast
Witness Northern Ireland’s first telecommunications device for Deaf people
See You Monday
News 1977 16 mins Location: Belfast
Members of the Deaf community share their experiences of working in Belfast factories.
Year of the Disabled
Documentary 1981 20 mins Location: Belfast
Counterpoint explores how government policy measures up to the reality of the country’s mobility needs.
Pall Mall and Hyde Park Corner
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent Location: London
Capital scenes thanks to Victorian filmmakers
Afternoon Tea in the Garden of Clarence House
Non-Fiction 1897 0 mins Silent
Members of Queen Victoria's extended family being natural for the cameras
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (Prince Edward)
1897 0 mins
Jubilee Procession: Leeds
Non-Fiction 1897 3 mins
Dogs in the Surf
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent
Victorian pooches at play
Royal Leinster Regiment Halifax
1900 1 mins Silent
A brisk drill on a cold winter's day
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