B&R 110 Dvd: Coals to Newcastle




Industrial Steam in the North-East.

From the Jon Marsh Collection.

For all industrial fans this is the story of steam in the North East coalfields with particular accent on the Philadelphia system.

Collieries visited are Derwentaugh, Backworth, Seaham, Amble, Morriston Busty.

Rising Sun and others rarely seen on film.

This is a product of cameraman Jon Marsh whose photographic skills are superb in capturing the mood of the steam engine at its best.

Occasional BR steam puts in an appearance as well, such as Ryehope.

An in depth look at the industrial railway scene in the North East of England in the 1960s when steam predominated at most collieries and other locations.

Jon Marsh visited and filmed in the area at this time with much attention to detail and excellent cine-photography in all weathers.

The area was the birthplace of industrial railways and much of the infrastructure was still extant one hundred and forty years later, even one engine was one hundred years old and still working at Seaham Harbour.

Railways to the coast for the transport of coal are seen with associated rope-hauled inclines.

The railways originated as privately owned lines linking colliery and harbour.

The Lambton, Hetton & Joicey system around Philadelphia is well covered especially during the last steam winter of 1969 when heavy snowfall led to spectacular photography.

Other lines visited include Ashington, Derwentaugh, Amble, Backworth, Morrison Busty, Blacburn Park Drift, Team Valley and Shotton.

Scenes at Doxfords Shipyards and Seaham Harbour.

British Railways steam linked the collieries with views of J27, Q6 and WD 2-8-0 types.

This is a fine record of the days before coal mines and their associated industries were no more in the North East of England.

Approx. 60 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – B&R Video Productions.