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
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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.
Non-Fiction 1968 7 mins Location: Keighley
The age of steam lingers on as the `Worth Valley Railway Re-Opening Special' pulls into Keighley station, and hardly an anorak in sight.
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
Amateur film 1970 32 mins Silent Location: Bluebell Railway
Twenty years of the Bluebell Railway are chronicled in this film - featuring open days, journeys on low-loaders, the Golden Arrow Pullman service and even Stephenson's Rocket
Non-Fiction 1973 4 mins Location: Pickering
No money incentives required for the dedicated volunteers bringing the defunct Whitby to Pickering up to speed for re-opening, and for the arrival of the iconic Flying Scotsman.
Non-Fiction 1974 9 mins Location: Grosmont
Rails are lifted, fishplates fitted and keys hammered into place, as another Sir Nigel Gresley, saved from the scrapyard, gets a second life on the North Yorkshire Moors.
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.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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