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LMS Class 5 at Darwen

LMS Class 5 at Darwen 1968

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Films of Steam in Britain

These films show life in the days of steam in Britain between 1967 and 1972 - not only on the railways but also in a pumping station. The films feature the last steam operations on British Railways (BR) 1967/68, especially the main line freight services operated by steam in the north west. All these films are featured on the DVD "Britain in the Days of Steam".

Some films feature steam operations on non-BR lines, including colliery lines of the National Coal Board (NCB), the limestone quarry lines of the steel industry and the permanent way trains of London Transport (LT).

All these early movies were shot using amateur Standard 8 mm cameras.

  Title Summary Places Date of Film Minutes
LMS 8F at Dent Tracing Steam* Some of the last mainline steam railways in Europe in the late 1960's and early 1970's Britain, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Yugoslavia 1972 19
LMS Class 5 at Darwen North-Western Freight under Steam Steam-hauled freight on British Railways, mainly in 1967 Settle-Carlisle, Manchester, Wigan, Liverpool, Burnley, Bolton, Shap 1994 13
LMS Class 5 at Bolton End of Steam Blues Steam ends on British Railways in 1967/68 as the preservation movement develops Chinley, Bolton, Warrington, Manchester, Tebay, Liverpool, Burnley, Blackburn, Todmorden, Bluebell Line, London 1969 16
LT0-6-0PT at Croxley Metropolitan The last steam workings in 1968-70 on permanent way trains of the LT Underground Between Harrow-on-the-Hill, Croxley Green and Watford in London 1989 9
NCB 0-6-0ST at Backworth Colliery Steam in the North East NCB railways in the North East between 1967 and 1970 Backworth and Ashington in Northumberland; and Wearmouth, Birtley and Winlaton in Co. Durham 1995 16
Loading Ironore Ironstone Railways Loading and hauling iron ore from quarries to the steel works or BR sidings in 1967/68 Quarries at Storefield, Cranford, Gayton Wood Farm and the Corby Steelworks railway network in Nottinghamshire. 1994 11
Lubricating Engine Watt à Bolero An antique stationary rotative beam engine pumping water into the public water supply in 1967 Papplewick Pumping Station, near Nottingham 1967 6

* This film of steam on European railways also includes scenes from the north west of Britain and London

LMS 8F doubleheading at Ribblehead

Class 8Fs doubleheading at Ribblehead 1967

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8F in Liverpool

Class 8F in Liverpool 1968

NCB 0-6-0ST at Backworth

NCB 0-6-0ST at Backworth 1970

LMS Class 5 at Bolton

Class 5 at Bolton 1968