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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.
ABC in Sound
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1933 2 mins
Hand-drawn sound experiment by Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
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