Marsden Rail 15 Dvd: Hellifield


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Hellifield Station and Junction, thirty-six miles from Leeds on the Midland Route north to Carlisle, was still a very busy place in the late 1950’s with Anglo-Scottish expresses using the Settle and Carlisle route.

Boat trains ran to and from Heysham and passenger services departed to and terminated from Carlisle, Skipton and Blackburn.

Departing from Skipton behind a Holbeck ‘Jubilee’ we travel to Hellifield, pausing to look at traffic at Gargrave and Bell Busk stations where both passenger and freight trains were numerous and varied, as was the motive power.

From Class A3, ‘Duchess’ Class and ‘Britannia’ Pacifics to lowly 2P 4-4-0 passenger engines, ex-Midland 4F 0-6-0’s to  BR Standard 9F 2-10-0’s and Class 4 tank locomotives; there was always something different to be seen.

Class 45 ‘Peaks’, 25’s, 40’s and 50’s are seen which together with  some of the seventy-five daily passenger workings and numerous movements to and from the shed combine to make this a programme of non-stop action.

Filmed and recorded between 1959  and 1968.

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.