The Yorkshire Film Archive collects, preserves, and shows film made in, or about Yorkshire. Our collections are non-fiction, dating from the 1890s to the present day, and providing a rich and visually compelling record of all aspects of lives, cultures, landscape, industries, major events and everyday activities, many of which are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.
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Push and Pull
The age of steam lingers on as the `Worth Valley Railway Re-Opening Special' pulls into Keighley station, and hardly an anorak in sight.
Non-Fiction 1968 7 mins
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On the day that Hyde Park hosted its first free concert – with Pink Floyd and Tyrannosaurus Rex – those preferring the chuff chuff sound of a steam locomotive were looking backwards rather than forwards to the age of progressive rock. It’s the opening of one of the first heritage railways in Britain, the Worth Valley Railway, and scores of railway enthusiasts have flocked to Keighley to witness the historic re-opening of the line, with full brass band fanfare.
This film was made by Leeds Movie Makers member Gordon Riley, one of a collection made during the 1960s and ‘70s, including several other fine railway films. Although the Worth Valley Railway is only five miles long, it is a lovely scenic route through the heart of the Pennine Moors, stopping off at Haworth, and the location for filming the classic film ‘The Railway Children’. The line was closed to passengers in December 1961 and to goods in June 1962 by BR before the Beeching Report. Thankfully a preservation society was soon formed, and it has continued to be run by volunteers ever since. The preservation society is looking for sponsors to help put the 41241 Ivat tank loco, seen in the film, back into operation.
Watching the Trains Go By
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Amateur film 1959 16 mins Silent Location: Wilmslow
From diesel to electrification - a miscellany of railway footage in Cheshire.
Amateur film 1982 16 mins Location: Bluebell Railway
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Amateur film 1960 7 mins Location: Bluebell Railway
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Amateur film 1970 32 mins Silent Location: Bluebell Railway
Twenty years of the Bluebell Railway are chronicled in this film - featuring open days, journeys on low-loaders, the Golden Arrow Pullman service and even Stephenson's Rocket
Non-Fiction 1973 4 mins Location: Pickering
No money incentives required for the dedicated volunteers bringing the defunct Whitby to Pickering up to speed for re-opening, and for the arrival of the iconic Flying Scotsman.
Amateur film 1974 9 mins Location: Keighley
Keighley’s annual charity gala features weird and wonderful floats depicting icons from all eras including the Brontës and the Wombles.
Factual TV 1987 10 mins Location: Huddersfield
This film takes us on a tour of Yorkshire and offers a profoundly interesting and focused examination of many of the area’s regional dialects.
Non-Fiction 1965 7 mins Location: Keighley
Still haunted by the Cuban missile crisis, the folk of Keighley are reassured that local authorities are well prepared for any nuclear attack.
Home movie 1939 13 mins Silent Location: Keighley
Nobody would guess, watching the celebrations for this happy couple of newlyweds, that within a month Britain would be engaged in a world war.
Non-Fiction 1982 2 mins Silent Location: Keighley
Be transported back in time through Brontë country, looking out from the footplate as passengers hang their heads out of the windows with the steam blowing through their hair.
Non-Fiction 1902 4 mins Silent Location: Keighley
Their brass helmets gleaming, Edwardian firefighters in the West Yorkshire town demonstrate aspects of their job.
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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