Memories of Seaton Branch & Seaton Junction Dvd
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Also featuring the Seaton & District Tramway.
The Southern Region branch line from Seaton Junction to Seaton is perhaps best remembered for the thousands of holidaymakers who used the branch to reach the pretty seaside resort up until the line’s closure in 1966.
However the branch had much to offer the discerning traveller.
The line clung to the slopes of the surrounding hills with only the occasional farmhouse for company, before entering the valley of the River Coly at Colyton.
The beautiful rolling hills give way to Colyford as the valley broadens out and joins forces with the River Axe.
With over twenty-five minutes of archive film we take a look at this pretty line and the people and places it served.
The main action, from the familiar camera of Stan Peerless, captures the M7s, M7 0-4-4Ts working the branch in 1962 and takes us on a journey from Seaton to Seaton Junction.
Here we see a dazzling array of Southern Region express motive power on the London Waterloo to Exeter Main Line both at the station and on Honiton Bank.
There are also scenes of ex-GWR Pannier tanks at work on the branch as well as the DMUs in the final year of the line.
When the branch closed in 1966 much of the trackbed was subsequently rescued and today plays host to the marvellous Seaton & District Tramway.
Through some wonderful vintage cine film taken by Gordon Langford, we can trace the fascinating history of the tramway from its earliest days at Eastbourne and its subsequent removal to Seaton in 1970.
Modern views of the line enable us to see how far the tramway has progressed including its new ‘Victorian Terminus’ at Seaton, whilst a wealth of black and white photographs helps to create many poignant then and now views.
The programme is accompanied by memories of those who worked on or travelled over this fascinating little branch.
Narrated by Greville Sockett.
All rights reserved: Branch Line Video 2007.
Approx. 60 minutes.
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