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This DVD looks at the area south of the River Tyne, the programme starting with a trip on the East Coast Main Line in the cab of a Class V2, hauling freight from York to Newcastle’s Tyne Yard.
At Gateshead, freight trains to and from Dunston cross the King Edward Bridge en route to Tyne Dock and Sunderland, followed by scenes at Felling Station, Bolden Station and Colliery, Pontop Crossing and Tyne Dock shed with views of numerous freight workings.
The famous iron ore workings to Consett are shown in detail plus unique film taken in 1957 of a Class T1 4-8-0 tank loco rescuing a stalled freight!
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