Signal drops, crossing gates shut and as the train approaches the station, driver exchanges ‘tablets’ with stationmaster. Wagons are unloaded and loaded with goods and livestock, letters are posted. The mail bus is readied for day’s deliveries. (clip)

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Reference number: 0155

Date: 1939

Director: d. Stephen Durell

Sound: sound

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 9.25 mins

Description: The role of the steam train in the West Highlands of Scotland with shots of goods, livestock and parcels being loaded and unloaded. Crofters are seen ploughing fields and cutting peat.

Could be same film as listed in CEA Film Index files as being released in 1939?

This film is available to view on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYY8bDfHdug [last accessed 4/11/2013]

Credits: ph. Charles Heath
commentator McDonald Hobley
sd. Imperial Sound Studios

Shotlist: Credits (.21) West Highland scenery. Ruined blackhouses (.35) Newer croft houses and children on road (1.05) Ruined blackhouses (1.16) Herd of deer (1.21) A crofter ploughing his field with horse-drawn plough. Using a foot plough to turn virgin soil (2.25) Cutting peat (3.08) Shepherd and sheep on hillside (3.57) Golden eagles in the sky (4.14) Sheep (4.48) The Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh railway. Linesmen at work. Steam locomotive on route. Level crossing. LMS steam locomotive No 17953 arrives at Strathcarron station. Driver exchanges tablet. Gvs station as goods are loaded and unloaded, livestock is put on train, letters are posted in letter box, parcels are unloaded (6.45) Grocer's delivery van leaves. Postman leaves on bike (6.55) Van on remote road. Postman on foot delivery in the hills (7.33) Shepherd on hills. The mist comes down. Shots of sheep. Gvs landscape in the Highlands (9.16)