Monday, March 30, 2015

Steam in the Colne Valley 1964-7

Between 1964 and 1967 Geoffrey Whitwam systematically filmed the last days of steam in the Colne Valley - between Huddersfield and Marsden in the West Riding of Yorkshire. 
His personal record of Black Fives. Jubilees, 8Fs, Britannias, Standard Fives, 9Fs, and Stanier and Fairburn Tanks has been collected together on a video for the first time. What has more than 20 years done to the line? Using brief modern footage to contrast the archive film, Pennine Steam paints a unique picture not just of blackened workhorses, but of a stretch of line where progress will never erase the memory of pre-diesel Britain.

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