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Heywood, Lancs. and Chesterfield Celebrations
A centenary commemoration of George Stephenson - the father of the railway.
Non-Fiction 1948 1 mins
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In this brief film, we visit Chesterfield Market Place station to commemorate the centenary of George Stephenson's death. Rail enthusiasts and excited schoolboys take a close look at the veteran engines on display, including the Lion, which "once roared on the Liverpool to Manchester run". Before this, we see muddy scenes from a Yorkshire v. Lancashire cross-country motor cycle race at Heywood.
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