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.
This film is part of Free
Woman Train Driver
Amy enters traditional male preserve of train driving
News 1980 3 mins
From the collection of:
Westward TV reporter John Doyle joins Amy for a ride on the West Somerset Railway from Williton to Minehead and showcases her skills but also quizzes her on how it is she left household and children to become a train driver. He concludes that traditional male preserves are in decline as women enter the last male-dominated workplaces.
Karen Harrison is the first woman to be appointed as a train driver in the UK having applied as a teenager in 1977 to be a Secondman and having to refuse secretarial duties when her employer realised she was a woman. She went on to join the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Fireman or ASLEF. Interestingly, in this film, Amy stops short of driving steam trains although she would like to because you have to train as a fireman, at the time another great male preserve!
Train to the Future
Amateur film 1966 3 mins Silent Location: Hampshire
A film maker's attempt to record the last steam-hauled passenger and freight trains running along the West of England mainline from Waterloo
1976 8 mins Silent
Testing times as we make a journey on board British Rail's High Speed Track Recording Coach.
Non-Fiction 1962 6 mins Location: Derby
Farewell to the faithful steam war-horse as modernisation brings diesel power to the railways of Britain.
Documentary 1977 1 mins Silent
Not-so-special special effects add the magic touch to this kitsch British Rail commercial.
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.
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.
West Somerset Railway
News 1976 6 mins Location: West Somerset Railway
West Somerset Railway in reshuffle
News 1976 4 mins Location: West Somerset Railway
The West Somerset Railway Company attempts to revive the line
News 1979 1 mins Silent Location: West Somerset Railway
Snowy Journey from Washford to Williton on the West Somerset Railway
Inside Film 2021 47 mins
Writer and activist So Mayer joins filmmaker and critic Alexandra Hidalgo to discuss the work of acclaimed French director and artist Agnès Varda.
Detective drama 1944 19 mins
You too can solve the case of the stolen boy, courtesy of this film from 1944.
Public Information Filler 1946 3 mins Location: Woodford
Sorry kids – your parents might never let you out of the house again after watching this bleak 1940s road safety film
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
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.