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A Letter for Wales
Cinema star Donald Houston recalls his memories of railways and the romance of the Welsh landscape.
Drama 1960 22 mins
Watching the Night Mail train leave Paddington Station, Welshman Donald Houston recalls the engine he wanted to drive as a boy: the one that climbs Snowdon! He describes other memories: of bridges, boats and dolphins, of first love, and of slate quarries. Then, with the launching of the lifeboat at Tenby, the spray dissolves to steam, his visions fade, the echoing London terminus comes into view and our Welshman is back at Paddington.
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent
A flurry of activity at Wexford Railway Station as passengers alight an Edwardian steam train.
News 1976 2 mins Silent Location: Bicton Park
Bicton Woodland Railway reopens to passengers for the summer season
Amateur film 1953 5 mins Silent Location: Peterchurch
Railway services on the Golden Valley line in Herefordshire slip into history.
Travelogue 1964 11 mins Location: Aberystwyth
12 miles of magic as we journey on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, one of the Great Little Trains of Wales
Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June) Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June)
Amateur film 1964 12 mins Location: Pontarddulais
“It would be difficult to find a more lovely train journey”, declares Swansea’s Librarian, the film-maker and narrator. Prepare to be beguiled, station by station.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
1926 40 mins Silent
Compelling travel feature edited from footage of the 1925-26 Worsley Algarsson Arctic expedition.
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