Screen Archive South East is a public sector moving image archive serving the South East of England. The archive's collections of magic lantern slides, films, videos and associated materials capture the many varied aspects of life, work and creativity from the early days of screen history to the present day and serve as a rich and invaluable historical resource.
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Oxted, Bowaters & Hayling Island Railways
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
Amateur film 1961 14 mins
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This film, with its quirky commentary, journeys along East Surrey's Oxted line, before showing the February 1962's Kentish Venturer Railtour commemorating the end of steam running in Kent. This is followed by a visit to the Bowaters Paper Railway, where all the narrow gauge locomotives have spark-arrestor chimneys - for obvious reasons when working in a paper mill. Finally, we see Marsh's A1X Terriers at work on the Hayling Island branch line prior to its closure in 1963.
Though much that is seen in this quadruple bill has long disappeared from the modern railway - particularly when speaking of atmosphere and character - many of the locomotives featured have since been preserved and are running on numerous heritage railways across the country - to this very day.
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent
A flurry of activity at Wexford Railway Station as passengers alight an Edwardian steam train.
Non-Fiction 1914 mins Silent
Leaving the station becomes a right royal affair when the King and Queen travel by train
All Aboard: Shane's Castle Railway and the Enterprise leaves Belfast 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.
Amateur film 1985 7 mins Silent Location: Gateshead
A train spotter takes us on a thrilling high speed ride on the Tyne Valley Line.
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.
Amateur film 1988 11 mins Location: Brighton
There's no smoke or steam on Brighton's Victorian electric beach railway - one of the world's oldest - though you might need to watch out for the occasional nudist
Amateur film 1937 12 mins Silent Location: Surrey
The wackier side of Eltham appears in this beserk double-bill complete with guns, gods, car chases, soggy picnics, loads of booze and snogging
Amateur film 1971 5 mins Location: Surrey
From the decade that style forgot comes this bonkers comedy which shows the qualities ladies must look for in any prospective husband
Amateur film 1959 8 mins Location: Surrey
There are echoes of Fritz Lang in this short film about a shadowy figure following a child through woodland - but what is his true purpose?
Documentary 1972 27 mins Silent Location: Stratford
Slicing ham by day, gliding across a dance floor by night - introducing Mr and Mrs Rainbird, proud owners of a grocery shop on Romford Rd, Newham.
Amateur film 1949 2 mins Silent Location: Surrey
There as much going on off the pitch as there is on in this remarkable film which features summer fashions, stripey blazers and pipes aplenty
Amateur film 1952 7 mins Silent Location: West Sussex
The changing rhythm of the seasons are captured in this award-winning short film – which also features skipping, lambs, picnics and bikinis
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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