A bittersweet portrait of the last seven months of steam in Britain, as captured by the very best amateur film-makers, providing a unique film record. All remaining steam sheds are visited along with last workings of the Chequerbent and Padiham branch freights, Windermere banch, steam in Liverpool and Blackpool, the last Copy Pit banker and the derailment at Rose Grove.
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Full description from the producer:
Cine film of the steam railway was well into its stride by 1968 when hundreds of photographers were recording the dying days of steam traction on British Railways.
We were fortunate that we had access to thousands of feet of film taken of these events, and needed only to use the best from cameramen who had already been filming for years and had therefore got the ‘hang’ of it by 1968, thereby producing some excellent footage.
This is a definitive look at the happenings and events of these last seven months from January 1st.
All remaining steam sheds are visited at least once, surrounded by normal steam workings of the time as they come to an end, culminating in the 4th and 11th of August specials.
Highlights of the last workings are:
Chequerbent and Padiham branch freights
The last steam workings to Liverpool and Blackpool
The last steam derailment (48666 at Rose Grove!)
The last Copy Pit banker disposed
All the notable specials of the the year.
All in all a balanced look at the last days of steam in glorious colour and sound.