The railway from Axminster to Lyme Regis with its tight curves, steep gradients and beautiful scenery was probably the Southern Railway's most memorable branch line.
To add to the route's unique charm the branch also played host to the elegant Adams Radial Tanks for over 40 years.
The line faithfully served the local people as well as many thousands of holiday makers for just over 62 years and although closed in 1965 its memory remains strong amongst those whose lives were touched by the Lyme Billy either through work or pleasure.
Our unique collection of cine film, over 20 minutes, starts with scenes taken at Lyme Regis in 1934.
During a family holiday Vic Mitchell persuaded his father to use their last reel of cine film on the elderly Radial Tanks rather than the usual beach scenes.
The result gives us a vivd impression of the station during its last years in Southern Railway hands.
From the collection of S.A. Peerless we have a marvellous piece of colour film which shows the entire length of the branch in detail with the Ivatt 2MT tanks in charge.
To give the complete story of the branch we also have scenes of the Radial Tanks in their final days on the line before the story is concluded with footage of the DMUs working the route before closure.
To complement this marvellous collection of cine film we have a wealth of photographs with many then and now views of Axminster, Combpyne and Lyme Regis along with well known features such as Cannington Viaduct and Trill Woods.
Old railwaymen recall their days working the branch whilst others fondly remember what it was like to use the line as part of everyday life or as part of a trip to the seaside.
The film is accompanied by a full commentary giving detail and history of the branch and is sure to convey the charm and beauty of the line to the viewer.The railways of the Isle of Wight have always had a special charm, with memories of long hot summer days, golden beaches and deep blue skies.
Produced by - Branch Line Video
Running time - 50 Minutes