Original 16mm amateur film 'Railways'


800 feet metal canister, Colour, Silent footage. First shots taken at a railway station, shots from platform, locomotive approaching, fiited with 'SLS Special' plate ; 4079 Pendennis Castle (GWR) ; also locomotives 4555 and 3690 filmed ; shots taken on board moving steam train, passing by a signal box, on bridge, trainspotters seen on the lineside and on pantographs ;passing H--field station (?) , Talyllyn station (?)

Cut, film not splices - Filming on board steam ride ; at a station locomotive 4079 fitted with plates Z48 Ian Allan Rail Tour, further shots taken on board, passing through unidentified station, along the coast ; Various landscapes ; locomotive 46251 City of Nottingham passing pulling maroon livery coaches ; then locomotive 44255 ; more on board train footage

Leader - On board moving train footage, passing Adlestrop station (closed to passenger traffic in 1966) ; locomotive 7029 departing from a station, without carriages, fitted with plates 'X20' Ian Allan Rail Tour ; footage on board moving train window view ;

Cut, film not spliced - On board moving train footage ; 7029 Glen Castle stationary at station, fitted with X20 Ian Allan Rail Tour ; (splice) shots taken at sunset, train passing shot from lineside

These reels of original amateur filmed footage were shot by William Herbert Glyn Thomas who was a Travel Agent, born in 1916, who passed away in May 1992. The films relate mainly to two topics: railways and travel abroad and were taken between mid-1960s and early 1970s, though not all railway footage, they document travel in all its forms and demonsrate the link between railways and leisure travel.


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acetate, cardboard, metal (unknown) and plastic (unidentified)
16 mm film
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • photographic material
  • film
Mr Glyn Thomas