The 35 DVDs in the Marsden Rail collection are available from Haworth Shop. Here is just a selection of local interest
Marsden Rail 35 – On Yorkshire Lines
The programme features Yorkshire in the 1960s, beginning with views of the East Coast Main Line in and around York, with scenes at the city’s busy motive power depot and station. From York, we move to Church Fenton, the junction for routes to Leeds and Sheffield, with a focus on the now vanished Church Fenton North signal box and the traffic under its control.
Enjoy the atmosphere of a busy railway centre in the 1960s, with over 50 steam-hauled and 15 diesel-hauled trains shown and freight workings threading through the heavy holiday traffic. Dwindling freight traffic and block trains brought about the demise of York’s shunting yards, built originally to re-marshall the large volumes of freight using the East Coast Mainline. Recorded between 1959 and 1968 this video reflects the decline of the steam locomotive and the emergence of diesel traction.
Marsden Rail 9 – Leeds
The video starts with views of Leeds City and Wellington Station, together with nearby Neville Hill MPD before heading north to Shipley, Keighley and Skipton, using the former Midland Railway main line and en route, Bradford’s Manningham shed and Forster Square station are seen. The Grassington branch, plus Bolton abbey and Ilkley stations are featured, complemented by a trip from Ilkley to Bradford in 1965. Together with film of Skipton’s extensive yards and depot, this video is a vivid reminder of the immense traffic that used the Midland Railway’s route to Carlisle.
Marsden Rail 15 – Hellifield
Thirty-six miles north of Leeds on the former Midland railway route to Carlisle, the junction station of Hellifield was a very busy location in the late 1950s and early 60s. Anglo-Scottish services, Heysham boat trains, local passenger services plus an endless procession of freights kept station and engine shed staff fully occupied! In addition to film at Hellifiled, scenes at Gargrave and Bell Busk stations are also viewed as we travel on a Jubilee-hauled service from Skipton to Hellifield in 1963.
Most titles in the Cine Rail range are available in the shop including the 3 volumes depicting steam in the West Riding
Archive Series Volume 2 – West Riding 1
Compiled from archive film taken mainly in the 1960s, this video covers parts of the once extensive rail network of the industrial West Riding of Yorkshire. Leeds Central and City stations, the depots of Copley Hill and Holbeck, together with the route to Doncaster via Ardsley and Wakefield are featured plus Doncaster Works scrap line and Ardsley MPD. Travelling from Leeds, Bradford (Exchange and Forster Square) Low Moor, Huddersfield and the once important rail centres of Mirfield and nearby Heaton Lodge Junction are shown. With additional film of Batley, Cleckheaton and Shipley, this video displays a wide variety of steam power.
Archive Series Volume 5 – West Riding 2
Starting at Mirfield depot, the programme heads west to Heaton Lodge Jct. following the Colne Valley route through Huddersfield to the Standedge tunnels, plus views of the Penistone line. From Heaton Lodge the Calder Valley line is traced through Elland to Todmorden with its steep climb to Copy Pit. From Leeds, the Aire Valley is followed to Shipley and Bradford where the Queensbury route is featured through to the Worth Valley and Keighley. On the Midland mainline, Skipton and Hellifield are viewed together with Settle Junction, where the line from Clapham Jct. to Low Gill is featured before returning to the mainline and the Settle & Carlisle route is followed to Ais Gill where the programme ends.
Archive Series Volume 10 – West Riding 3
Starting at Castleford’s Central Station, this programme journeys through parts of the former West Riding of Yorkshire during the 1960s, when, despite the increasing presence of diesel traction, the steam locomotive was still an everyday sight. Featuring shots from Castleford, Normanton, Wakefield, Arsdley, Dewsbury and Osset, then passing through Brighouse towards Sowerby Bridge and the Pennines. Also featuring footage from Church Fenton to Tadcaster including the branch’s final freight service.