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steam trains 1960s UK - Pennine Steam Vol 1 part-2

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Published on Nov 26, 2010

Huddersfield to Marsden
Between 1964 and 1967 Geoffrey Whitwam systematically filmed the last days of steam in the Colne Valley - between Huddersfield and Marsden in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
His personal record of Black Fives. Jubilees, 8Fs, Britannias, Standard Fives, 9Fs, and Stanier and Fairburn Tanks has been collected together on a video for the first time.
What has more than 20 years done to the line? Using brief modern footage to contrast the archive film, Pennine Steam paints a unique picture not just of blackened workhorses, but of a stretch of line where progress will never erase the memory of pre-diesel Britain.

Comments • 32

Ping Pong
Dirty, smokey, sooty old things, I miss em! Seeing kids and grown ups watching recording photographing and luving them from track side, kids today must think us daft but its their loss. You know that corrupt bastard Beeching was best mate with Alfred McAlpine and Beeching's systematic destruction of the railways made his mate billions in road building contracts. Bent then bent now!
Hovermotion
very true. ..
Blame USA
we live in sad times
David Windle
I used to call the engines "Gas"trains when I was little. I was scared stiff of them as I thought they were going to blow up! Years later as a volunteer Trainee Fireman on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite I considered myself cured of the fear when I was virtually underneath the engine coupling or uncoupling without a thought that the thing would blow up. Steam engines were virtually a living thing that had the elements of Coal,Fire,Water,Steam and Oil not to mention the smell. They were dirty smelly and often dangerous things but I'm so glad that so many have been preserved.
pistonvalve
How disheartening it must have been for the fireman with all those steam leaks. The engines were well clapped out.
TheGreatBritishRailwayman
I watch this and well up if i'm honest, I was born too late for the steam era but watching this makes me yearn for it so much. The ending is especially heart wrenching with the poignant music and the fact that knowing this shot will never be recreated or any of the other of the grimy 8F hauling a mineral train along the Standedge line, or a Jubilee taking a passenger train through Nottingham Victoria on the Friargate line. These days are very much missed but it a pleasure watching the footage so vigorously recorded and saved by people like Geoffrey Whitwam so, in small part these days can be relived...
Justin Newhall
It seems like these freights are really struggling with these hills! Lovely old footage
Anthony Davies
Crosti boiler'ed 9f sure looks odd
Anthony Davies
Beeching died in march 1985...
new chapel junction
What a great video. We have the Marsen exhibition lay out at my loco pub in a room up stair it is such a shame not to be on the seen anymore it looks the splitting image on the video apart from the left hand bend towards the tunnel the layout has to go right. Cheers Ian
Evest Makk
Brilliant steam!
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