Marsden Rail 10 Dvd: Great Central, Part 1 – Sheffield to Nottingham


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The former Great Central Railway Main Line from Sheffield Victoria to London Marylebone closed to through traffic on the 3rd of September, 1966 and the views in this programme show some of the numerous lines and intensive traffic flows that are no more.

At Oughtibridge, 1500v DC electric services were filmed, transporting coal and iron ore over the Woodhead Route.

After views at Sheffield’s Victoria Station and Wards Scrap Yards at Woodhouse and Beighton, we leave on a Special Train travelling via Langwith Junction and take the ex-Great Northern Line to Nottingham Victoria Station.

Here, much of the traffic was handled by Class B1, O4, 8F, 9Fs and C15.

Joining another train from Sheffield, we travel round the Chesterfield Loop to Heath Junction and return to Nottingham Victoria via Annesley, Linby and Bulwell.

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. 55 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.