Marsden Rail .1 Dvd: York


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Enjoy the atmosphere of a busy regional railway centre in the 1960s, as it copes with both passenger and freight traffic, with over fifty steam-hauled and fifteen diesel-hauled trains, many of them with named engines.

The high level of freight traffic resulted in workings operating even at weekends and they had to be threaded through the heavy holiday and excursion passenger traffic, which was still heavy despite declining passenger number traffic.

York’s freight yards, built to handle the large volumes of freight that used the East Coast Mainline also appeared busy but in common with passenger services were  suffering with increasing competition from road transport.

This programme, filmed between 1959 and 1968, records the decline of steam traction and the emergence of diesel locomotive power, in addition to showing the complicated  track work and signalling systems that for many years were a major feature at York.

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 steams’ 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 a superb range of railway programmes detailing the last decade of British mainline steam operations.

Approx. 30 mins.

Region 0/Region free. NTSC versions are available on request.

This dvd is being sold on behalf and with full permission of the copyright holder – Marsden Rail 2004.