Marsden Rail 18 Dvd: Retford


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Retford is a small market town in North East Nottinghamshire and was also a very important railway junction until the 1960s.

Situated some twenty miles south of Doncaster on the East Coast Main Line from London to Edinburgh, Retford had one of the busiest crossings on the level in the country.

The E.C.M.L was bisected by the heavily used freight route built by the Great Central Railway from Grimsby and Immingham to Sheffield.

Enormous amounts of coal for power stations and export crossed the main line and traffic from Sheffield, the West Riding and the north also used the complicated junctions on its way to East Anglia and the railway port of Harwich.

Pacific Class A1s,  A2s, A3s and A4s are seen together with B1s, O1s, O2s, O4s, WDs and 9Fs.

Moving north to Doncaster and its Works, locomotives for preservation are seen and at Gainsborough, a B1 Class loco shunts the yard.

We travel in the cab of a steam hauled stopping train from Retford to Sheffield Victoria, where we see electric locomotives and the short-lived Sheffield Pullman.

We also travel in a loco cab over the engine line flyover to Darnall shed.

Both Retford G.C. and G.N. loco sheds and the building of the ‘dive-under’ is shown, together with other local railway sights, many long since disappeared.

Filmed and recorded between 1962 and 1966.

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.