LINE FOR ALL SEASONS, a

The West Highland Railway Line as it passes through beautiful countryside in both summer and winter, and stations such as Morar. (clip - full length available onsite)

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Places:

  • Glasgow
  • Highlands, the

Subjects:

  • Birds
  • Landscapes and seascapes
  • Transport

Genres:

  • Documentary

People/organisations:

  • IFA Scotland

Decade:

  • 1970s

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Title: LINE FOR ALL SEASONS, a

Reference number: 4364

Date: 1970c

Director: d. Eddie McConnell

Production company: IFA Scotland Ltd.

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 26.35 mins

Description: The story of the West Highland Railway Line. Life on the railway line is shown throughout the seasons, the film consisting mainly of scenic shots.

See also ref. 2650.

Credits: ph. Eddie McConnell on 'Eastman' Colour Negative Film
assisted by Mike Coulter, Iain Smith, John Schorstein
p. Laurence Henson
research John Thomas
library sounds Transacord Ltd.
made by IFA Scotland Ltd. in association with Viscom
grateful thanks are due to the following for their assistance in the making of this film: British Aluminium Company, British Rail Scotland, British Tourist Authority, Earl of Elgin, Highlands and Islands Development Board, Kodak Limited, Scottish Tourist Board, Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons

Shotlist: shot of Queen Street Station noticeboard (0.22) gvs scenery on the West Highland Line (1.14) view from train as it passes through Morar station in the summer and the winter (1.37) gvs trains of varying length travelling on the line in various seasons (2.13) ints people in carriages (2.18) shot of train leaving Glasgow and gvs Rannoch moor (2.34) train arrives at Rannoch station (2.44) shot of Mallaig (3.05) [title] A Line For All Seasons (3.19) gvs autumnal landscapes as seen from the West Highland Line, featuring Ranooch Moor, Loch Eilt (?) (5.47) as seasons turn to winter, shot of heron at Ben Nevis and herds of stags (7.29) l/s train travelling with backdrop of mountain behind (7.55) gvs stags (8.15) winter scenes, including an icy loch (10.36) shot of stationmaster on the telephone (10.47) shot of signals and arrival of train in station (11.46) ints station master stamping the post (11.53) winter scenes by night on the railway line (12.38) still of steam engines 'The Glens' in museum (13.50) photographic stills and re-enactment of Victorian railway planners walking on Rannoch Moor, getting into danger due to bad weather conditions and opening of line (17.03) shot of areas on Loch Rannoch where layer upon layer of brushwood rafts ballasted with rocks were sunk to make a 'causeway' for track to lie; shot of Bridge of Orchy and Loch Rannoch stations (18.33) shot of Loch Traig (?) (18.45) Fort William at foot of Ben Nevis (19.10) gvs concrete Glenfinnan Viaduct, built by Robert McAlpine (20.01) train travelling along through autumnal landscapes (20.52) winter scenes and shot of dam (22.28) Loch Lomond at dawn, with boats moored (23.11) train passing along, shot of rainbow (23.59) gvs West coast as seen from railway (24.25) people coming off train, chatting etc (24.33) more gvs train en route, shot of bay (24.59) shots of Mallaig and views of Skye (25.28) Information Board at Queen Street Station (25.45) ecs (26.35)