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East Anglian By Ways

An exploration of the railways of Eat Anglia in the 1960's

The age of the East Anglian branch and cross country lines in the 1960's.

The St Ives branch, and the Norwich to Cromer and Sheringham branch in the late 1960's with passenger and freight, the Sudbury to Marks Tey branch in 1968, scenes on the Sudbury to Haverhill and Shelford cross country branch after closure in 1967, the cross country line through Newmarket travelling behind a Type 3 diesel in the late 1960's.

East Anglian freight in the 1960's including the Stoke Ferry branch.

East Anglia's Steam Years

Take a journey back in time to experiance the nostalgia of the heyday of steam.

Using a collection of documentary footage and amateur film, East Anglia's Steam years looks back at our region's railway lines.

See the story of the M&GN Railway from its foiundation through to its closure, told by the men who worked the line, Watch the last days of the Cambridge to Mildenhall branch come back to life in stunning period colourfilm.

Relive the elegant magic of the Scottish Express which rumbled through East Anglia en route from London.

Eastern Region Journey

A Journey through the Eastern Region of British Railways from the 1960's to the 1980's

In the late 1960's, 1970's and 1980's the Eastern Region of British Railways was characterised by a number of branch and secondary lines that had changed little since the days of working steam.

In this programme we'll explore the network, travelling from the suburbs of London to Norfolk from where we'll head across country to Lincoln, on the way we'll explore the motive power and stations from a bygone era or railway travel.

Felixstowe Branch In 1989

Filmed during 1989, the line still has signal boxes at Trimley and Derby Road with tokens being handed to the driver to proceed down the line, level crossing gates are manualy operated and the line has semaphore signals.

 

Class 101 DMU's take care of the passengers and class 37 locomotives handle the freight trains

Great British Steam Trains

Commemorating 40 Years Since The End Of British Steam

From the very early beginnings to the last standard engine, this programme celebrates the proud heritage of innovation and development of British steam locomotives.

Just like the horses that the early locos were designed to replace, it soon became apparent that different types were needed for different tasks, the slow heavy freights needed to be strong steady engines, while the fast express trains needed something more akin to a racehorse.

The need for specialisation quickly developed and primitive locomotives were replaced with everything from freight and tank engines to narrow gauge as well as mixed traffic types and , of course express passenger trains.

Each classification of main loco type is carefully indexed so you'll quickly be able to find any particular scene or your favourite engine from the Rocket to the Mallard and The Flying Scotsman.

The steam engine was invented in Britain over 200 years ago and many people still consider it to be the romantic form of transport, so sit back and enjoy this nostalgic journey.

 

Intercity Norwich

Norwich to London a drivers eye view

Filmed from the driving cab of a class 86 electric loco, hauling a rake of predominantly MK2 coaches still in BR Intercity colours.

In 1997 Intercity Anglia was the last of the former sectors to retain the distinctive livery in privatisation.

With a top speed of 100 mph, the hourly service trains normally covered the 115 miles between the capitol of East Anglia and Londons Liverpool Street Station in well under 2 hours giving us the opportunity of seeing this interesting route almost in entirety.

Ipswich To Cambridge: A Drivers Eye View

Take a trip from Ipswich to Cambridge seen from the Drivers View.

Running Time: 75 minutes

Ipswich to Felixstowe: A Drivers Eye View

All aboard as we take a train ride to Felixstowe as seen from the cab of a class 156 diesel multiple unit.

Stopping at Westerfield, Derby Road, Trimley before arriving at Felixstowe

Ipswich to Lowestoft: A Drivers Eye View

All aboard as we take a train ride to Lowestoft as seen from the drivers cab of a class 170 diels multiple unit.

Stoping at Westerfield, Woodbridge, Melton, Wickham Market, Saxmundham, Darsham, Halesworth, Barmpton, Beccles, Oulton Broad South before arriving at Lowestoft.

Ipswich To Peterborough: A Drivers Eye View

Take a trip from Ipswich to Peterborough as seen from the Drivers view,

Running Time: 95 minutes

Liverpool Lime Street To Blackpool North: A Drivers Eye View

All aboard as we take a train ride on a class 156 2 car unit belonging to Northern Rail from Liverpool Lime Street To Blackpool North  as seen from the drivers cab view

We depart Liverpool Lime Street and call at Huyton, St Helens Central, Wigan North Western, Euxton & Balshaw Lane, Leyland, Preston Kirkham & Wesham before arriving at Blackpool North .

Running Time: 85 minutes

Liverpool Street To Kings Lynn: A Drivers Eye View

Filmed in 1989 from the driving cab of a class 47 diesel locomotive belonging to British Railways with a top speed of 75mph

London Euston To Liverpool Lime Street: A Drivers Eye View

London Euston To Liverpool Lime Street

2 Disc Edition

All aboard as we take a trip on a British Rail class 86 locomotive as seen from the drivers eye filmed in 1985

Disc One

We depart London Euston calling at Watford Junction, Milton Keynes Central, passing through Rugby, Nuneaton before arriving at Tamworth.

Disc Two

Depart Tamworth passing through Lichfield, Stafford, Crewe stopping at Runcorn before arriving at Liverpool Lime Street

London To Glasgow (The Royal Scot) : A Drivers Eye View

London Euston To Glasgow (The Royal Scot)

2 Disc Version

London Euston to Glasgow : A Drivers Eye View

Part One

Depart London Euston to Preston behibne a class 87 electric loco, the route takes us via watford Junction, Milton Keynes, Rugby, Stafford, Crewe before arriving at Preston.

Part Two

Depart Preston on the 401 mile journey to Glasgow Central via Lancaster, Carnforth, Osenholme, Penrith, Carlisle, Lockerbie, Carstairs before arriving at Glasgow Central

London's Railways 1920's to 1970's

In the 1900's London's transport system relied on steam, within 60 years most of these locomatives had vanished as the capital switched to electric and diesel power.

Journey back to a time when London played host to the silver Jubilee and the Devon Belle, and when the Coronation Scot was the latest in steam power.

Highlights include -

A demonstration of a railcar in 1935

The underground GPO mail train

The trial of BR's Roadrailer in 1960

Narrated by Ross Cook

London's Railways In The 1960's

In the 1960's Londons Railway network was radically changed as British Railways carried out its modernisation programme.

The British Transport Films unit and the TV news captured this cahnging scene, but much of the footage was never released.

Now for the first time the unseen BFT archive has been compiled to tell the story of London's railways in fabulous colour including -

Southern steam at Waterloo.

All the major London stations

The Blue Pullman and early diesels

The Golden Arrow and night ferry service

Goods & Mail

Steam on the Metropolitan Railway

Building the Victoria Line

Main LInes Across East Anglia

The main lines and secondary routes across  East Anglia in the era of diesel traction.

After the end of steam, East Anglia entered a fascinating period of transition, with early diesel traction operating on a steam age railway.

This programme explores the main line from Liverpool Street to Kings Lynn in the 1960's, and from Liverpool Street to Ipswich and Norwich in the 1970's and 1980's.

In addition we travel along the former branch to Hunstanton, visit the branch to Harwich and travel the cross country lines via Thetford and Bury St Edmunds

Manx Trains & Trams

Trains & Trams of the Isle Of Man
The Isle of man can justifiably boast one of the most extraordinary railway systems in the world, It has the oldest electric railway, the longest running horse trams, two vintage steam railways, a unique mountain railway, and the remains of cable cars, funicular railways and cliff lifts

Memories Of The Hayling Island Branch

The Hayling Island Branch was one of the Southern Railways most famous due to the use of the LB&SCR Terriers as its motive power right through to its closure of the line in 1963.

The branch provided a life line to its residents and to the holidays makers that visited during the Summer months and is fondly remembered by all who were fortunate enough to travel on the line/

National Collection In Action

We explore some of the National Railway Museum fleet of Steam locomotives in action on main lines and preserved lines, with such locomotives as the Oliver Cromwell and The Evening Star plus others