National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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Trains, the Deep Dyffryn Diddler and the East Moors Works Demolition
Enthusiasts take their places in coal wagons for a tour of the NCB's internal rail network between Newport and Cardiff, the wagons hauled by both diesel and steam engines.
Home movie 1979 17 mins Silent
From the collection of:
All aboard the ‘Deep Duffryn Diddler' Special on 20/10/1979 for a trip on the National Coal Board's internal railway system between Newport and Cardiff, in the year that the Deep Duffryn Colliery in Mountain Ash was closed and the East Moors Steelworks was in the process of being demolished. The trip was organised by the Monmouthshire Railway Society and those with a ticket were conveyed in open coal wagons hauled by both diesel and steam engines (e.g. NCB No. 8).
This reel also features shots of St Fagan's level crossing and castle, and diesel trains on the Cardiff - Newport line, with shots of the Cardiff docks.
Watching the Trains Go By
Amateur film 1952 12 mins Location: Welshpool/Y Trallwng
Jim Fraser of Bristol, with great affection for his subject, introduces the viewer to the “quaint little railways and tramways” of Wales.
Amateur film 1966 37 mins Location: Maldon
Shy and testy retired signalman Wally Trigg chats to amateur filmmaker and railway enthusiast Chib Thorp, as Micky the Collie happily ambles along the overgrown railway line.
Amateur film 1929 4 mins Silent Location: Darlington
A full size replica of Robert Stephenson’s world famous locomotive, The Rocket, steams up a 1920s crowd at the North Road Works in Darlington.
Documentary 1965 15 mins Location: Talyllyn Railway
At the heart of the Talyllyn Railway are the volunteers – e.g. schoolboys, bus drivers, actors – whose commitment ensures the line’s continuance, despite the odd derailment.
Amateur film 1958 2 mins Silent
The West Sussex Downsman railtour visits Midhurst, eminent Victorians appear in Petersfield and part of the town's railway fabric is demolished just before its centenary
Non-Fiction 1978 7 mins Location: Royal Leamington Spa
Church bells, organs and choirs are all sounds you'd expect to hear at a church - but what about the sound of a steam locomotive at full tilt?
Promotional 1937 11 mins Silent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Nothing but Langdon's Grade A Milk, from cows “milked by machinery” at Pentrebane Farm, St Fagan's, is given to patients at the CRI.
Cine Wanderings (Southerndown, Elan Valley dams, St Fagans Castle) Cine Wanderings (Southerndown, Elan Valley dams, St Fagans Castle)
Amateur film 1948 9 mins Silent Location: Southerndown
Wanderings amongst the rocks of Southerndown beach, around the dams of the Elan Valley and through the gardens of an Elizabethan mansion.
Documentary 2020 11 mins
Searching for one of the last people to speak Gayle - a secret language the gay community were forced to invent during Apartheid.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 4 mins
A comedy-drama animation about two best friends growing up in the same world but experiencing it completely differently.
Drama 2019 14 mins
An African Pentecostal Pastor questions everything she believes after a life-changing event.
Drama 2018 8 mins
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
Drama 2017 16 mins
Compelling story of a complex relationship between an imperious father and his son.
Documentary 2020 28 mins
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
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