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Film about the Weardale Railway and the Weardale Railway Preservation Society made in 1993.
This documentary, presented by botanist David Bellamy, takes a look at the Weardale Railway between Bishop Auckland and Stanhope and Eastgate in the North Pennines.
The documentary details the history of the railway, which originally ran from Bishop Auckland to Wearhead. Until the 1990s the railway transported cement out of the valley from the Blue Circle cement works at Eastgate.
The special trains that ran on the line prior to official closure are feaured, including the unlikely spectacle of an InterCity 125 snaking its way through the dale.
Also featured is footage of LNER K1 no. 2005 on a steam excursion train from Darlington to Eastgate on 28th March 1993, and the 'Three Dales Railtour', which ran on the line on May 20th 1967 long after regular passenger services on the line had ceased.
At the time the documentary was made the Weardale Railway Preservation Society was in its infancy
A BR inspection train powered by a class 31 is seen, laid on by BR in order that members of the society could inspect the railway that they later came to proudly operate.
Since this film was made The Weardale Railway have carried out a beautiful restoration of Stanhop station and the company operates a steam service throughout the summer months, as well as an all year round diesel service. A visit to this heritage railway is thoroughly recommended. At present services operate between Wolsingham and Stanhope, but eventually the service will run all the way from Bishop Auckland to Eastgate in Weardale.
airdate: not broadcast
production date: 1993
codec: DIV4 (DivX 3 Fast Motion)
frame rate: 25.000000
bitrate: 1059 kb/s
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