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Desolate stations, abandoned locos and derelict tracks under grey skies become transformed by dedicated volunteers, unmotivated by money, into a marvellous steam railway.
Documentary 1974 13 mins
This exceptionally lyrical film of the resurrection of the North York Moors Railway was made a year after it re-opened in 1973. Teams of enthusiastic volunteers, some quite young, repair the track and clean out steam loco boilers, all to the tune of “I’d like to be a lengthman” by former railwayman Dave Goulder. With the work done, we travel along one of the first steam train outings over the newly renovated and inspiring North York Moors line.
This film was one of several made by the Teesside College of Art in the 1970s under the name of Cumulus Films. This was started by a student at Teesside College of Art, David Eadington and two lecturers there, Murray Martin and Graham Denman, who went on to found Amber Films. The films document working class life in the north east. The Whitby to Pickering line was one of the lines closed by Beeching: the last passenger train ran in March 1965 and the last freight train in July 1966. In 1967, the NYMR Preservation Society was formed, and they eventually purchased the line, raising money through open weekends and steam galas, becoming a charitable trust to ensure it wasn’t run for personal profit.
Building a British Railway
Documentary 1959 17 mins
This poetic Free Cinema documentary, filmed near Manchester, reflects on the changing world of the engineman.
Non-Fiction 1976 7 mins Location: Bridgnorth
Is Chris Tarrant up to shovelling a ton and a half of coal to keep the fire burning and the steam up between Bridgnorth and Bewdley?
Industry sponsored film 1939 45 mins Silent Location: Northampton
With the horrific effects of gas warfare still fresh in the memory, rubberised men – like extras from a 1950s British sci fi movie – prepare for more, with 1940s attention to detail.
Amateur film 1975 33 mins Silent Location: Rainhill
Come and see Rocket 150, and visit a selection of railway locations, past and preserved.
Documentary 1955 10 mins Location: Bleathgill
Snowploughs are readied to rescue a snowbound train - in one of the most popular of all British Transport Films.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
Telling the story of four British Road Services drivers who lived and worked together for two years.
Home movie 1965 6 mins Silent Location: Goathland
Come and join a gentle wander through Heartbeat country with our seasoned troop of strolling players, stopping off for a train at Goathland station, a couple of months too late.
Non-Fiction 1972 27 mins Silent Location: Goathland
All aboard for the ‘Scarborough Spa Express’ as it joins the many refurbished steam locos ferrying railway enthusiasts back and forth over Heartbeat country.
Non-Fiction 1974 9 mins Location: Grosmont
Rails are lifted, fishplates fitted and keys hammered into place, as another Sir Nigel Gresley, saved from the scrapyard, gets a second life on the North Yorkshire Moors.
Drama 2019 26 mins
Arkita believes herself to be be modern, liberal and independent. An unprecedented encounter with a transgender sex worker questions her beliefs.
National Blood Service: Chief Executive's up-date, November 2001 National Blood Service: Chief Executive's up-date, November 2001
Sponsored film 2001 19 mins
Martin Gorham presents a video update to his staff, outlining some of his department's past achievements and upcoming challenges.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2020 10 mins
In a madcap musical, a 'cat'-stronaut travels the galaxy looking for the meaning of life and encounters a space pup eager to help.
2003 1 mins
A longer version of the famously icky anti-smoking promo in which cigarettes ooze fat.
Public Information Filler 2003 1 mins
“If you care, show it” - is the message to encourage voting in the Scottish elections, long before the galvanising independence referendum of 2014.
Short documentary 2021 4 mins
A South Asian gaze on representation, inequality and discrimination in UK film and TV, set against the backdrop of the casting room.