Marsden Rail .2 Dvd: Pilmoor


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Situated fourteen miles north of York, on the East Coast Main Line, Pilmoor witnessed a constant procession of freight and passenger trains in the steam era.

The station was closed in 1950 and its platforms and signal box demolished later in the same decade to allow the track between Northallerton and York to be quadrupled, with a new  signal box built a mile further south.

In this programme enjoy over a hundred workings including sixty-five named locomotives, the largest weight carrying truck ever built in this country, a permanent way crane at work and a Class A4 engine hauling three condemned Class A3 engines.

Steam locomotives on express passenger workings and on slow freights contrast sharply with ‘brand new’ high-speed ‘Deltic’ diesel locomotives, all of which were captured on audio tape and colour cinefilm between 1961-1968,  highlighting the change from steam to diesel power on the East Coast Main Line.

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.