Marsden Rail

Marsden Rail 8: Birmingham One

Code: MR008
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The railway map of Birmingham and the West Midlands was extremely complicated with the Midland, London North Western and Great Western railways competing for traffic.

This title looks at the area's disappearing rail network of the 1960s, from the Lickey Incline in the south to the Trent Valley line in the north and from Hatton in the east to Oxley in the west.

The main line diesel had not invaded these areas in 1963, so ex-LMS and GWR locos were hard at work handling the wide variety of trains for which they had been designed, from long distance freights to branch line pick-up goods.

Between 1959 and 1968, railway enthusiast and cine-cameraman, Michael Marsden, recorded views and sounds of the rapidly changing face of Britain's rail network.

For over twenty-five years after steam ended, he captivated audiences throughout the country with his unique film collection that captured steam's last decade and the full emergence of the diesel locomotive.

The blending of this film and that of other cameramen with true sounds of the era, plus an informative narrative, has resulted in the creation of this superb range of railway videos detailing the last decade of British mainline steam operations.

Produced by - Marsden Rail
Running time - 55 Minutes
DVD only

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