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Railways - Derelict and Preserved
Come and see Rocket 150, and visit a selection of railway locations, past and preserved.
Amateur film 1975 33 mins Silent
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A beautifully shot compilation of colour footage of British railway history. We visit the 1980 cavalcade of steam engines at Rainhill to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Manchester to Liverpool line, and take a look at engines in the sheds at the Steamtown railway museum in Carnforth. The film also records the remains of early railways as well as preserved lines in Shropshire and Devon.
Building a British Railway
Mining Review 19th Year No. 11
1966 11 mins Location: Castleford
Coal touched all our lives, as this issue of the cinemagazine demonstrates with items on a miner's wife turned mayor, a Coal Board chess team and more.
Great Yarmouth Dockside Railway
Amateur film 1930 3 mins Silent Location: Great Yarmouth
There’s an obliging pose for the camera by a brawny and tattooed docker as his fellow workers push the freight along Yarmouth’s Rail Line.
Mining Review 6th Year No. 3
Cinemagazine 1952 8 mins Location: Calverton
New colliery opens at Calverton in Nottinghamshire and a visit to Rugby Locomotive Testing Station
Hartlepool Sleeper Depot
Industry sponsored film 1957 13 mins Silent Location: Hartlepool
The life of a railway sleeper is not an easy one, and here they get prepared for the rain, the snow and ice, and the thousands of tons of steel hurtling over them, day in day out.
Documentary 1974 13 mins Location: Goathland
Desolate stations, abandoned locos and derelict tracks under grey skies become transformed by dedicated volunteers, unmotivated by money, into a marvellous steam railway.
Men on the Mend
Documentary 1956 12 mins Location: Swindon
Injured British Rail employees are put on the railroad to health at Swindon Works
Rainhill Trials Remembered
Non-Fiction 1980 11 mins Location: Rainhill
Rocket 150 was a celebration and re-enactment on 24th, 25th and 26th May 1980 on the 150th anniversary of the Rainhill Trials.
A Railway Miscellany
Amateur film 1970 11 mins Silent Location: Rainhill
Railways great and small, past, present and preserved - a snapshot of rail in Britain in the 1970s.
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
Liberty Foundations Commercial
Advert 1956 2 mins Location: Market Harborough
Liberté, égalité and fraternité in corsets, girdles and bras.
Local Trader's Gazette
Advert 1930 9 mins Silent Location: East Sussex
This amazing discovery shows how cinema advertising used to look in Bygone Britain - a truly nostalgic gem of a film for lovers of Britain's past
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