|The third and fourth collection of steam action taken from top quality motion picture out-takes.
The third selection features out-takes from Brief Encounter. Filmed at night in 1945, these shots never made it into the finished production but nonetheless retain all the atmosphere of the original film. There are various takes of the classic LMS local services arriving at Carnforth as well as half a dozen express runbys including Coronation Scots. Director David Lean told the crews to go full steam! The results are fantastic.
Out-takes from The 39 Steps are also featured. The first version (filmed in black and white) shows LNER arrivals and departures at Edinburgh Waverley in 1935. The second version (in colour) also features action at Waverley as well as on the Forth Bridge in 1958. Additionally there are sequences taken for back-projection, i.e. a 35mm camera was placed at the rear of a train filming the complete departure from Waverley later to be projected on a screen behind the actors - not a Driver's eye view but a guard's eye view!
Other highlights include: GWR Paddington (1937, 1954) Golant Halt, the Looe branch, runbys on the Oban line in Scotland (1948) plus the Southern at Charing Cross (cc 1935) and much more. There are even some magnificent shots taken on the Longmoor Military Railway (1960).
80% black & white 20% colour.
In the fourth selection you will see and hear is the golden age of steam. Single shots and entire sequences from the GWR, LMS, LNER and Southern from 1935 to 1948 and British Railways up until the end of steam at Waterloo in 1967. There are 110 clips in total.
- A series of GWR runbys in 1943 at Heyford in Oxfordshire (black & white)
- various shots from Paddington, both inside and outside the station, from 1930's (black & white) up to 1963 (colour),
- runbys on the Midland main line and departures from St Pancras circa 1938 (including whole trains with bankers at the rear!) (black & white).
- LNER arrivals Leicester Central 1940's
- a wide variety of steam arrivals and departures from both Waterloo and Victoria taken from the mid 1930's to the late 1940's (many also including tank engines at the rear) (black & white)
- A4 Sir Nigel Gresley in LNER blue livery at Nine Elms Shed and heading a subsequent railtour from Waterloo in June 1967 (colour)
- Merchant Navy and West Country pacifics at Waterloo and Raynes Park on their last day of steam.
Presented by John Huntley
Duration 120 minutes