Memories of Lyme Regis Branch Dvd

The railway from Axminster to Lyme Regis with its light curves, steep gradients and beautiful scenery was probably the Southern Railways most memorable branch line.

To add to the route's unique charm the branch also played host to the elegant Adams Radial tanks for over forty years.

The line faithfully served the local people as well as the many thousands of holiday makers for just over sixty-two years and although closed in 1965 its memory remains strong amongst those whose life was touched by the Lyme Billy either through work or pleasure.

Our unique collection of cine film, over twenty minutes, starts with scenes taken at Lyme Regis in 1943.

During a family holiday Vic Mitchell (Middleton Press) persuaded his father to use their last reel of cine film on the elderly Radial tanks rather than the usual beach scenes.

The results give us a vivid impression of the station during its last years in Southern Railway hands.

From the collection of Stan Peerless we have a marvellous piece of colour film which shows the entire length of the branch in detail with the Ivatt 2MT tanks in charge.

To give the complete story of the branch we also have scenes of the Radial Tanks in their final days on the line before the story is concluded with footage of the DMUs working the route just before closure.

To complement this marvellous collection of cine film we have a wealth of photographs with many then and now views of Axminster, Combpyne and Lyme Regis along with well-known features along the line such as Cannington Viaduct and Trill Woods.

Old railwaymen recall their days working on the branch, whilst others fondly remember what it was like to use the line as part of everyday life or as part of a trip to the seaside.

The film is accompanied by a full commentary giving the detail and history of the branch and is sure to convey the charm and beauty of the line to the viewer.

Narrator: Greville Sockett.
All rights reserved: Branch Line Video 2007.

Approx. 50 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of Branch Line Video.

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