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Enjoy the atmosphere of a busy railway centre in the 1960s, with over 50 steam-hauled and 15 diesel-hauled trains shown and freight workings threading through the heavy holiday traffic.
Dwindling freight traffic and ‘Block’ trains brought about the demise of York’s shunting yards, built originally built to re-marshall the large volumes of freight using the East Coast Main line.
Recorded between 1959 and 1968 this video reflectes the decline of the steam locomotive and the emergence of diesel traction.
Between 1959 and 1968, railway enthusiast and cine-cameraman, Michael Marsden, recorded views and sounds of the rapidly changing face of Britain’s rail network.
For over twenty-five years after steam ended, he captivated audiences throughout the country with his unique film collection that captured steam’s last decade and the full emergence of the diesel locomotive.
The blending of this film and that of other cameramen with true sounds of the era, plus an informative narrative, has resulted in the creation of this superb range of railway videos detailing the last decade of British mainline steam operations.
Produced by – Marsden Rail
Running time – 30 Minutes