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Situated 14 miles north of York, on the East Coast Main Line, Pilmoor station closed in 1950 and its platforms demolished.
This allowed the laying of a new southbound slow line, quadrupling the mainline from York to Northallerton.
This programme records the passage of over 100 trains including 65 named locomotives, the largest weight-carrying truck ever built in this country, a permanent way crane at work and a Class A4 engine hauling three condemned Class A3 locomotives, demonstrating the change from steam to diesel power on the East Coast Main Line in the 1960s.
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 – 50 Minutes