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Severn Valley Railway
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?
Non-Fiction 1976 7 mins
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Train services on the preserved Severn Valley Railway had begun in 1970 and four years later they were extended to operate on the picturesque former main line between Bridgnorth in Worcestershire and Bewdley in Shropshire. Chris Tarrant travels on the line the hard way: as a locomotive fireman with over a ton of coal to shovel and a fire to maintain at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It's hot, back breaking work and, as he finds out, harder than it looks.
The Severn Valley Railway was extended to Kidderminster in 1984.
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
Photographic Treasure Hunt 1960
Home movie 1960 8 mins Silent Location: Bridgnorth
With cameras and light meters at the ready the Bridgnorth Camera Club takes to the lanes of Shropshire.
Old Moore and his Almanac
Non-Fiction 1967 4 mins Location: Bridgnorth
Francis Moore, known as Old Moore, has been publishing his almanack since 1697 but who in his home town of Bridgnorth has ever heard of him?
Cliff Railway at Bridgnorth
Non-Fiction 1972 5 mins Location: Bridgnorth
A train driver is needed for Britain's only inland cliff railway. It's a feat of Victorian engineering at Bridgnorth in Shropshire.
Home movie 1954 10 mins Location: Atherstone
With cameras at the ready the photographic club hit Shropshire - try not to get left behind Bill!
Railways - Derelict and Preserved
Amateur film 1975 33 mins Silent Location: Rainhill
Come and see Rocket 150, and visit a selection of railway locations, past and preserved.
Takes a Pig To Market
Documentary 1974 26 mins Location: Bridgnorth
From a nod and a wink to a discrete touch of the collar - the secrets of the livestock auction revealed at Bridgnorth in Shropshire.
Torture and Pleasure
Current affairs 1980 5 mins Location: Thurlestone
Gerald Haycock embarks on a torture and pleasure weekend and goes from reward-based hard exercise to eating and drinking.
Current affairs 1968 4 mins Location: Nettlecombe
Estate once owned by the father of King Harold, Godwin has never been bought or sold.
Charm Hostess and Mannequin School
Current affairs 1965 6 mins Location: Exeter
Women are put through their deportment paces and all in the name of etiquette.
Current affairs 1969 3 mins Location: Perranporth
Andy Price checks out how to make your own surfboard.
Hafod-y-Ddôl Grammar School, Nantyglo: sports, science and snow
Home movie 1960 8 mins Silent Location: Nantyglo
The sun shines on the school sports, ensuring good trade for the ice-cream vendor; in winter it makes the snow that halts train and car sparkle.
Whirlwinds at RAF St Mawgan
Current affairs 1962 3 mins Location: St Mawgan
RAF 22 Squadron provides air-sea rescue for the South West with new HAR 10 Whirlwind helicopters.
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