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On the East Coast Main Line, twenty miles south of Doncaster, lies the small market town of Retford, which until the 1960s was an important rail junction.
The East Coast Main Line was crossed by a freight route linking Sheffield and the West Riding of Yorkshire to East Anglia and the port of Harwich.
Thrumpton (GC) and Retford (GN) engine sheds are featured together with the building of the Retford ‘diveunder’.
Other locations shown are Gainsborough, Doncaster depot and works plus a journey on a steam hauled stopping train from Retford to Sheffield, where the city’s Victoria station is viewed.
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