The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Taunton Train Yard
British Rail Class 35 no. 7017 Diesel Engine and the locomotive Vulcan await their fate at Taunton Train Yard
News 1975 Silent
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The lightweight diesel locomotives with hydraulic transmission known as Hymeks were the choice of their day in 1955 under the British Railways Modernisation Plan. The Hymeks were given a more elaborate livery than many of the contemporary British Railways diesel classes but between 1971 and 1975 they were withdrawn from service among fears some diesels had been hastily rushed into service. The diesel engine quietly awaits its fate alongside a steam engine named Vulcan.
The W.G. Bagnall Victor/Vulcan/Valliant locomotives are used in industrial service from 1951 to 1973 at the Port Talbot site, the names a reference to the RAF V bombers then entering service. Replaced by diesels Victor 2996 and Vulcan 2994 go to Austin Motors at Longbridge before being bought by the heritage West Somerset Railway (WSR) where they return to service in 1976-7. They gain the nickname of Camel Class as the locomotives have a short wheelbase with long overhangs ensuring a less than smooth ride. D7017 is now operational after being fully restored its Brunswick Green colour, Vulcan went to the Stephenson Railway Museum and Victor to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.
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
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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
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Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
Telling the story of four British Road Services drivers who lived and worked together for two years.
Current affairs 1962 4 mins Location: Taunton
Everything is going very well at El Matador Club where gambling forms part of a growing leisure activity.
Current affairs 1975 2 mins Silent Location: Taunton
Students at the College of Art in Taunton hold an end of year fashion show with eye-catching futuristic designs.
News 1986 52 mins Location: Plymouth
This documentary charts the progress and challenges of disabled people living in the community.
News 1975 2 mins Silent Location: Taunton
Wassail queens assemble at Taunton Castle before returning to their respective orchards.
News 1962 12 mins Location: Taunton
Notable interviews are with some of the greatest jazz talent as music lovers gather to celebrate jazz, trad and free.
News 1961 3 mins Silent Location: Taunton
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Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
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Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
Travelogue 1906 5 mins Silent
Be prepared to get drenched as you slip past dangerous rocks in this violent ride down the rapidly flowing Hozu River.
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