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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.
Romance of Rail
The Kiss in the Tunnel
Comedy 1899 2 mins Silent
A snatched kiss in a railway tunnel, played by real-life married couple GA Smith and Laura Bayley
A4s at Haymarket
Amateur film 1963 17 mins Silent Location: Haymarket Sta
Watch these once mighty streamliners still hard at work in steam's twilight years
Death Was a Passenger
War 1958 18 mins
A chance meeting on a train brings back memories of a wartime escape.
1955 17 mins Location: Brighton
Kids face the closure of their Brighton playground but fight back to reclaim it, with a little help from the iconic Volks Railway
The Gold Express
Crime 1955 58 mins
Claustrophobic train-set comedy-thriller with a gang of crooks intent on stealing a gold shipment on a Scotland to London express.
Kate Plus Ten
Crime 1938 80 mins
Laughs and thrills come thick and fast in this Edgar Wallace comedy-thriller with a hair-raising car versus train chase.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
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