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Thirty-six miles north of Leeds on the former Midland Railway route to Carlisle, the junction station of Hellifield was a very busy location in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Anglo-Scottish services, Heysham boat trains, local passenger services plus an endless procession of freights kept station and engine shed staff fully occupied!
In addition to film at Hellifield, scenes at Gargrave and Bell Busk stations are also viewed as we travel on a Jubilee-hauled service from Skipton to Hellifield in 1963.
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 – 55 Minutes