The fourth in our series of archive films showing the general scenes of the Southern Region in the 1960s with both service trains and enthusiast rail tours.
We start with a visit to Portsmouth in 1960 before travelling along the coast towards Havant and a detailed look at the Terrier tank engines on the Hayling Island branch. Onwards to Brighton for scenes in 1960 plus a visit by ex-LNER No.3442 'The Great Marquess' in 1967.
At the former Pullman Works, we see the stored locomotives belonging to National Collection before the site closed and they were sent to other locations. The Bluebell Line is featured during the early days of preservation in the 1960s, including visits of Caledonian Single No.123 and ex-LSWR T9 No.102 and footage of other early locos on the line. A visit to Tunbridge Wells West for Standard and H Class tank locomotives. South again to Southampton Docks in 1962 and the activities of USA 0-6-0 tanks and E Class 0-6-0s. A variety of engine types can be seen at Eastleigh shed.
Around Southampton and into the New Forest, there is extensive coverage of the many different locomotive types to be seen during last days of steam on the Southern, including Bulleid Pacifics, Standards and even some ex-GWR and ex-LMS locomotives on inter-regional workings.
Apart from a few scenes, all the material is in colour and the film has an extensively researched commentary with an authentic sound track.
Produced by - B & R Video Productions
Running time - 60 Minutes