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  • 1940s

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Reference number: 4497

Date: 1940 - 1941

Director: [filmed by Alex Lowe]

Sound: silent

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 4.20 mins

Description: Amateur footage of war-time events connected with Musselburgh, including a train crash at Musselburgh station, the Musselburgh fishing fleet returning to port and a parade for War Weapons Week.

Sections only retained for preservation.

Alex Lowe was keen amateur cameraman and active in the life of his home town Musselburgh. See Addit Info Paper archive 11/1/347.

Engine crash on 1/1/1940. Train couldn't stop due to icy tracks and crashed out into the station area, killing one girl in the bookstall.

Shotlist: [shot-listed from VHS - manual control track]

gvs of garden with snow-covered trees - 'Jan 1st 1941' written in snow - shot of girls in garden throwing snowballs (0.21) gvs of crowd gathered at Musselburgh Station in aftermath of crash, steam train crashed through station wall, pile of rubble in foreground, man with hand-cart - gvs from different angle of train and building wreckage, shot of damaged roof of station (1.05) shots on board fishing boat at sea, fishermen sitting on deck and exhibiting large fish for the camera - c/u of cod? - brief shot of film-maker Alex Lowe looking out of wheelhouse - shot of young woman talking to camera from wheelhouse - shots of fishermen on board boat preparing nets and throwing fish into water for gulls - shots in hold of boat, fishermen filling wicker baskets with fish - shots at quayside, fisherman operating winch to transfer baskets of fish to pier - shots of fish being boxed and salted for sale (3.38) shots in Musselburgh street, girls gathered around window with posters for War Weapons Week - shots of parade marching past, including pipe band, Women's Land Army and their tractor, another pipe band, fire engines and fire-fighting trucks, Midlothian WVS mobile canteen - group shot of Women's Land Army members giving the 'thumbs up' sign to camera (4.51)