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Full Steam Ahead to Dublin
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.
Amateur film 1966 11 mins Silent
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Return to 1966 with Peter, filmed by his father A. H. Martin. Green UTA buses jostle for position with electric trolleybuses led by their antenna. Travel up York St past the Conor Hall. Look up from the altered shops and Belfast is still recognisable. Turn into a radically changed Great Victoria St, only the Grand Opera House remains. Board a steam train and speed across the border to Dublin. Familiar landmarks flit by until the Boyne viaduct signals this journey is near an end.
Introduced in 1947 the Enterprise connected Belfast and Dublin with a non-stop service. The last 'official' steam train travelled between the two capital cities on 29th October 1966. In this same year UTA split into three state-owned companies. The Belfast trolleybus system was the second largest in the UK and the only one in Ireland, ending two years after this film. Built on the site of a former linen mill in 1848, Great Victoria Street was Belfast’s first railway terminus. Two years after this film it was demolished and the Europa Hotel took its place. In April 1976 the final rails were removed. There would be no railway services from here for nearly 20 years, until the present station opened in 1995.
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent
A flurry of activity at Wexford Railway Station as passengers alight an Edwardian steam train.
News 1976 2 mins Silent Location: Bicton Park
Bicton Woodland Railway reopens to passengers for the summer season
Amateur film 1953 5 mins Silent Location: Peterchurch
Railway services on the Golden Valley line in Herefordshire slip into history.
Travelogue 1964 11 mins Location: Aberystwyth
12 miles of magic as we journey on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, one of the Great Little Trains of Wales
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Drama 1960 22 mins
Cinema star Donald Houston recalls his memories of railways and the romance of the Welsh landscape.
Advert 6 mins Location: Belfast
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Advert 1960 0 mins Location: Belfast
This family favourite is guaranteed to have you singing all the way to the bread bin
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Location: Belfast
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Non-Fiction 1898 2 mins Silent Location: Belfast
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News 1981 20 mins Location: Belfast
Join Belfast’s first female Lord Mayor and reconsider how disabled people navigate the streets of Belfast.
News 1976 7 mins Location: Belfast
Witness Northern Ireland’s first telecommunications device for Deaf people
Documentary 2019 6 mins
A short documentary about a young girl who leaves home to join a travelling Fun Park in hopes of finding a new family.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2018 4 mins
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Drama 2019 4 mins
A female police officer sees more than she bargained for on her first tough day in the force.
Drama 2019 8 mins
Two old friends take a walk on a summer's afternoon and discover they have less in common than they thought.
Documentary 2020 4 mins
Three young women live in a society which has ingrained gender roles as law. They face the difficulties of being queer women in a close-knit religious society.
Drama 2019 10 mins
Vojta and Rami roam around Prague, witnessing the damage caused by mass tourism.
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