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Covering primarily the 1930s, 60s and 70s, the programme starts at Newcastle Central Station in 1931, with a wide variety of ex-North Eastern Railway locos. Tyneside’s industrial lines are represented at Backworth Colliery. A brakevan trip from Morpeth and Widdrington complement film taken in 1965 of the branches to Hepscott and Alnwick.
After Berwick and Tweedmouth, the Scottish Border is crossed and unique, mainly colour sequences, shot between 1938 and 1956 feature fully streamlined A4s, NER Atlantics, V2s, a steam railcar and others. Post-war footage of D49s, plus an A3 in experimental blue livery is complemented by film of diesel Class 26s and 40s shortly after their introduction. A comprehensive view of St. Margaret’s Depot is followed by scenes in Edinburgh Waverley, between 1929 and the 1990s.