The Cam Camwell collection is an exciting and nostalgic series of archive films presented in dvd format from the camera of one of the best-known cine cameramen of the last century.
Cam Camwell’s work is well known in his home area of the Midlands, and extracts from his material have appeared regularly in ‘RAILSCENE’, the railway video magazine (now available on dvd). However, all the material in this programme has not previously appeared on dvd and covers virtually every part of the British Isles, including private railways, in the early 1950s.
During the 1950s Cam Camwell was the Secretary of the Midland Area of the Stephenson Locomotive Society and was instrumental in organising many railtours, and was thus in a unique position to film, on his 16mm cine camera, many long-vanished scenes.
There are over 150 different steam locomotives in this dvd – too many to list here! Some of these are:
SOUTHERN REGION - Including LCDR ‘R’ on main line – ’D’ at Dorking – ’E4s’ and ‘D3s’ in Sussex, ‘H’ at Ashurst, ‘M7s’ at Midhurst, West Meon, Borden and Medstead – ‘L’ at Romsey – T9 at Romsey – N15X at Winchester – H2 at Brighton – AIX at Hayling Island – R1 at Whitstable, etc.
SOMERSET AND DORSET - Ivatt 4, 2P and Black 5 at Masbury – 4F, 7F and WC at Shepton Mallet.
WESTERN REGION - 45XX, 90XX, Britannia at Bristol Temple Meads – 73XX at Wooferton – 48XX on Golden Valley – Much Wenlock, Cleobury Mortimore, Counties, Halls and a Castle at Stafford, etc.
LONDON MIDLAND REGION - Webb 2-4-2T around Birmingham – SMJ – Buxton, 40726 at Chinley – Skipton and Hellifield – Low Gill – Cauliflower at Penrith, etc.
SCOTTISH REGION - GSWR branch – Caley branches, Highland Main Line – Boat of Garten, Elgin, Thurso, Georgemas – ‘Ben Alder’ – K2s and K1s on the West Highland, etc.
PRIVATE RAILWAYS - North Staffs Mental Hospital – MSC Railway – Easingwold Railway.
NORTH EASTERN REGION - V1s, Q6s and A8s on the North East Coast, G5s at Blyth – D20, J21, A5s and 01s.
EASTERN REGION - BR Trams at Grimsby – C13s at Shotton – Doncaster – Stoke Bank with ‘Plant Centenarian’ and Pacifics – N1s and N7s on branches – E4s, D16s, B17, F6s and F5 on GE branches – Welwyn – Hertford – Framlingham and Epping on Ongar, etc.
This programme is made from the original black and white 16mm film of W.A. ‘CAM’ Camwell, who travelled Britain’s railways throughout the 1950s to record both everyday and special events. He made a special point of covering threatened branch lines and unique locomotives such as ‘Big Bertha’, so this series, on dvd, is a ‘must’ for those who remember the 1950s with affection as the ‘golden age’ of steam.
This is the second volume in the collection and covers all BR regions in order. Cam Camwell made a special point of covering threatened branch lines and unique locomotives such as ‘Big Bertha’, so this series is a must for those who remember the 50s with affection.
LONDON - C13 and L44 at Chesham – Rickmansworth electrics – L.T.S.R. centenary with ‘Thundersley’ at Shoeburyness.
EASTERN AND NORTH-EASTERN REGIONS - Cambridgeshire in the snow, with Classes E4, C12, J17, B17, G5 on a clerestory push-pull. Compound at York. Doncaster Works, York, C13 at Seaton, B16 at Bishops Auckland, A8s, Q6, L1, etc.
SCOTLAND - J69 with tender, Hawick, Wark, Pickersgill 4-4-0s, A3, V2, A2, Ladybank, Stirling, WDs, NB 4-4-2Ts, Throsk, Bo’ness, Kelso, etc.
LONDON MIDLAND REGION - Carlisle, Black 5, Scot, A2, Silloth, Drigg, Maryport, Furness 0-6-0s, Haverthwaite, 4Fs, 2-6-4Ts, Coniston, the ‘Ratty’, Lickey trials, and Big Bertha, etc.
WESTERN REGION - 46207 on WR, Welsh borders, 43XX, 7022, Severn Bridge stress test, Dean Goods and 2144, West Country branches, Devizes, Radstock, Langport, Chasewater, 55XX, 14XX, Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, Bridport, etc.
SOUTHERN REGION - King and Queen (N15s) at Yeovil Junction, Yeovil Town, M7, 35009, D1s, Hs, Britannia on ‘Golden Arrow’, L1, Schools, WCs Tonbridge, Goudhurst, Horsted Keynes, Isle of Wight, Ryde, Ventnor, etc.
Please note this programme was filmed in black and white.
All material was filmed on 16mm film telecined to 3/4′ BVU and edited to 1′.
Produced by - Kingfisher / Railway Recollections
Running time - 110 Minutes