Sunday, September 04, 2016

The last days of the Colne Valley and Halstead Railway

Another precious film by Edward "Chib" Thorp, the railway-loving undertaker of Leigh on Sea. Click on the image above to view it on the BFI site.

Complete with annoyingly intermittent commentary, this one shows some of the last trains on the Colne Valley and Halstead line in 1961 and the lifting of the line the following year.

It then goes back to show us the line in 1959, when it was still operated by steam.

The Wikipedia page for this line says it remained open for goods traffic until 1965, but that is obviously not true for at least part of it. As the film shows, at least one bridge was taken down in 1962.

A stretch of the line was relaid in the 1970s and now operates as a heritage line - the Colne Valley Railway.

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