Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
First Pasture Price: £13.95
Status: In Stock
With a stunning collection of over 45 minutes of rare archive cine film, this programme chronicles the life of one of Britain's most famous local lines from its inception through its early years, passing at first 'illegally' to the L&SWR, then to the Southern Railway in 1923 and finally with British Railways through the post-war years to eventual closure in 1983.
Major highlights include cine film featuring the famous Beattie Well Tanks working goods trains on the Wenford Bridge Branch, shunting clay wagons at the 'Dries', plus sequences at Boscarne Junction and Wadebridge. Passenger services, steam and diesel, are captured between Bodmin North and Padstow, including the Boscarne Exchange Platform to Bodmin North railbus link introduced in 1964. Finally, special Brake Van excursion trains between Wadebridge and Wenford Bridge are seen winding their way up the densely wooded and beautiful Camel Valley.
With an indepth history of the railway, station survey, including the halts and 'wharves', plus some wonderful memories caught through the fond reminiscences of former railway staff and a 'then and now' sequence, the programme offers the definitive story of this railway line.