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This second programme in the Marsden Rail series to feature the Southern Region of British Railways complements Volume 25, Southern Region Steam Part One.
London’s Waterloo Station is followed by views at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction and Nine Elms Depot, together with the last scheduled steam service from Clapham Junction to Kensington Olympia.
Also included are fascinating 1947 views at Clapham Junction and 1931 views at Kensington Olympia.
West of the capital are scenes at Woking and Guildford, with a wide variety of steam classes at work.
From Guildford’s Peasmarsh Junction, the lines to Horsham, Christ’s Hospital and Shoreham are traced, with almost every station on this now-closed route featured, plus views at Brighton.
Scenes at Basingstoke, Worting Junction, Eastleigh and Southampton are followed by a detailed look at the Isle of Wight, where until 1966 the island’s rail system was operated almost entirely by steam.
The Isle of Wight’s rail services were handled primarily by ex-LSWR Class ’02’ 0-4-4 tank locomotives which, with their pre-grouping stock, are shown between 1961 and 1966 at a wide variety of locations on the island.
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 – 65 Minutes