The label on the reel simply said “steam engines” When the reel was screened in front of a knowledgeable audience it turned out to comprise three black and white steam railway films. How we all wished the films had sound as well!
This fragment was a compilation of just over 5 minutes but is crammed with interesting locomotives . As the scenes appear in no logical order it may even comprise outtakes from a commercially made film. . No doubt in time researcher will be able to amplify these preliminary notes.
First came a compilation featuring many of the locomotives small boys used to read about. A round nosed streamline engine at full speed. Gaxelle being handed over by the Army for preservation. 1975 Exhibits moving by rail from the old Clapham Museum to York. The formal opening of York Railway Museum by the Duke of Edinburgh by the featured many well known railway engines. Replica of “Locomotion” in steam at Shildon excepts from a parade of 1925 4498 Evening Star naming ceremony , To pack all this into 8 minutes means some of the shots were pretty brief. ( Note many of the engines seen still survive in York Railway Museum.)
Engines seen include Gazelle from Longmoor Military Railway on Scammell transporter at one time claimed to be the oldest t operational loco.
Rake of old locos at Kensington Olympia Thought to be Clapham Museum exhibits being moved to York Museum . Some Sheeted on wellbase wagons but many on their own wheels marshalled into a train..
Loco numbers quoted are those carried and visible on the film.
A loco rondhouse presumably York Museum
Prince Philip Opening Museum at York
A line up of steam locos on a siding is tgis the reserve collection or locos awaiting scrapping?
Cutting up a locomotive inside a big shed.
Atlantic Coast Express 3502 cutaway sectioned
Display of Engine Name Plates
Green Arrow 4771 in steam Duke of Edinburgh on footplate for short movement Duke at controls?
Locomotion (replica?) in steam. Possibly these are exhibits in steam for the opening .
No 54 Preceded by rider on horseback with warning flag.
Unidentified very early loco with inclined rear cylinders
Unidentified single wheeler
2395big articulated Beyer Garrett LNER
GWR 0-6-0 Tank ?752
4771 Green Arrow non streamlined Pacific
4772 ?NR No 1 Single wheeler
4774 4498 LNER streamlined but with a previous show of a streamliner at speed.
4775 Evening Star being named.
4776 Prototype 125 set
4777 4472 at speed
Schools Film on Steam Railway Opens with 4493 explains principle of early condensing steam engine
Show Watts modification on to very early locomotive layouts and how eventually this led to the powerful locomotives of the 1930s the powerful A4s.