16mm film, original master 'The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway'

1960 in Cumbria
Patrick Bruce Whitehouse
John H L Adams

Filmed in 1960 on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, in Cumbria, England. Footage of miniature locomotive 'River Esk', driver oiling engine, locomotive coupled to another, shunting locomotive out of shed, locomotive 'River Esk' coupled to carriage, passengers (children and adults) in open carriages, train departing, various shots of the journey filmed from the lineside, stop at Irton road station, shots of journey filmed from the coal tank and from the open carriages, shots of journey from the lineside, stop for water tank refill, journey continues, Dalegarth station, ‘River Esk’ locomotive shunt on turntable, children talking with driver. A film made for Railway Roundabout BBC TV, by John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse. This is the original master film reel, colour, silent. Duration: 5 minutes 30 seconds

This film is part of the Railway Roundabout collection donated by the makers of the programme, John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse. They produced films on contemporary British and foreign railways for the BBC Children's programme 'Railway Roundabout, broadcast monthly between 1958 and 1962 on BBC Television. The commentary was created and broadcast live, so the original films in the collection are silent. The Railway Roundabout collection includes the original masters, prints, some offcuts and working material for Railway Roundabout programmes as well as other films (non-Railway Roundabout) made by the John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse and a small number of films made by others. The collection also includes the original un-edited audio recordings made between 1960 and 1965 by John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse for the BBC radio programme Railway Roundup. Additionally, John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse were both photographers, their respective photographic collections are held by the National Railway Museum. This film is titled 'The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway' on title frame on film and on Railway Roundabout 16mm masters list, 'The Ravenglass and Eskdale Miniature Railway' on BBC Programme Index. First broadcast on 6 June 1961 on BBC Television.


Moving Images
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cellulose acetate, plastic (unidentified) and metal (unknown)
16 mm film
Adams & Whitehouse