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Sale of Railway Fittings
A sentimental sale or simply for profit? British Railways sells off the history that doesn't fit with the swinging sixties.
Non-Fiction 1964 5 mins
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With items dating back to the 1840s being ripped out of railway stations across the network British Railways realised that there were collectors willing to pay for what they considered to be outdated junk. Lionel Hampden reports from Derby in 1964 and views some of the relics that will not survive the era of Beeching and modernisation. From gas lamps to iconic name plates - a train enthusiast's ultimate dream: to own a piece of railway Victoriana.
Considering the sheer number of now collectable artefacts on display here it is interesting to note that the sale was the result of the closure of only two lines: Burton to Leicester and Derby Friargate to Nottingham Victoria.
Railways on Film
Documentary 1970 7 mins
Sir John Betjeman reminisces about the phasing out of the mainline steam operation.
Conway Castle - panoramic view of Conway on the L.& N.W. Railway Conway Castle - panoramic view of Conway on the L.& N.W. Railway
Non-Fiction 1898 2 mins Silent Location: Conwy Castle
Conwy's bridge, castle and station glide past, as if in a dream, in this beautiful phantom train ride film (no ghosts but apparently no train either) from 1898.
Non-Fiction 1926 4 mins Silent Location: Welwyn Garden City
Empire News Bulletin record the Conservative Minister Neville Chamberlain at Welwyn Station's official opening ceremony.
Non-Fiction 1925 19 mins Silent Location: Darlington
A grand parade of locomotives to celebrate 100 years of railways and the world’s first passenger trains
Public Information Filler 1959 6 mins
A heartfelt cry on behalf of the world's litter-baskets.
Amateur film 1960 7 mins Location: Bluebell Railway
Enjoy this charming film from Trevor White which charts the birth of the Bluebell Railway - from the germ of an idea into a fully functioning steam railway
Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Sports Day and Outings 1936 Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Sports Day and Outings 1936
Amateur film 1936 10 mins Silent Location: Skegness
From donkey rides to sports day: a year in the life of the hearing impaired of Derby.
Non-Fiction 1962 6 mins Location: Derby
Farewell to the faithful steam war-horse as modernisation brings diesel power to the railways of Britain.
News 1968 4 mins Location: Derby
"The way we're playing I don't want to see an awful lot of them". Typically blunt words from Brian Clough as his team prepare for a visit by Leeds United.
Amateur film 1939 2 mins Silent Location: Derby
Derby County take on Leicester City at the Baseball ground in April 1939 - the last full season of football before the outbreak of war.
Amateur film 1934 3 mins Silent Location: Derby
In October 1934 a high-flying Grimsby Town team put four past Derby County at the Baseball Ground.
Amateur film 1947 37 mins Silent Location: Derby
From sport and country dancing to theatre and woodwork. There are a hundred ways of self improvement and therefore no time to sit and stare for the youth of Derby.
Comedy 1906 6 mins Silent
Chaos reigns as the removal men do their worst…
Science Fiction 1906 3 mins Silent
The lengths that some people will go to, just to avoid a speeding ticket… in this case to Saturn and back.
Aberdeen University Quarter Centenary Celebrations Aberdeen University Quarter Centenary Celebrations
Non-Fiction 1906 32 mins Silent Location: Aberdeen
Edward VII and Queen Alexandra open new buildings at Marischal College, Aberdeen
The Medium Exposed? Or, A Modern Spiritualistic Seance The Medium Exposed? Or, A Modern Spiritualistic Seance
Comedy 1906 7 mins Silent
Faking the ability to contact the dead proves to be a big mistake for one Edwardian charlatan.
Comedy 1902 1 mins Silent
Grandma sews a patch on her grandson’s trousers
1903 1 mins Silent
Four-year-old girl and boy dance a mean cakewalk
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