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  • Berwickshire
  • East Lothian
  • Edinburgh
  • Stirlingshire


  • Construction and engineering
  • Transport


  • Amateur


  • 1980s

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Reference number: 8253

Date: 1935 - 1987

Director: [filmed by Rev. John Jackson]

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bwcol

Fiction: Non-Fiction

Running time: 15.46 mins

Description: An amateur compilation, mostly of concerning railway trains. Includes still images of vintage steam trains, train stations at Melrose, Dunbar, Portobello, Blackford Hill, Eskbank & Dalkeith and the construction work at Falrkirk Grahamston station that resulted in a new station in 1986. Also includes footage of a museum of mining at Prestongrange.

Original can handwritten notes:- title and graphics. Caley Tank 419, Swedish 1313. Reminiscing on present and past. Old trains and stations. Melrose '38 and 1987. Dunbar. Coronation G.W.R. Prestongrange Industrial Railway. Old coal stock. Colliery NCB Tanks. Falkirk Grahamston as it was 1848 - 1985. New in process of construction. Naming of Scotrail goods diesel Sir John de Graltsse ?) Union of South Africa. Double header Maude & George Stephenson Black Five. 1935 - 1987 ''35 / '37 / '38 / '47 / '95 / '86 / '87. 400' Col and BW re-edit and title 1994."

See also refs. 8288 and 8495 for other steam train related footage from this collection.

Credits: JJ Films present in cine 16mm film

Shotlist: [shotlisted from VHS, manual timecode]

[COL] title (0.18) various stills trains and stations (0.40) shots of trains, focus on steam train 419 and steam train 1313 (3.24) [BW&COL] c/u painting of a stationmaster sitting in his office 'looking' at pictures of trains on his wall, these change frequently different models (3.56) [COL] Vintage Trains (4.03) [BW] footage steam train and tracking shot from moving train - gvs stations including Melrose (5.22) [COL] modern day footage Melrose Station. Banner reads 'Melrose Station Crafts Centre' (5.50) exts building, Melrose Station (?) (5.58) [BW] steam train station at Dunbar floral display reads 'Dunbar' (7.20) [BW] Portobello Station steam train and tracking shots from same (7.52) [BW] c/u sign "Blackford Hill", c/u sign "Eskbank & Dalkeith" then view of station (8.00) tracking shot from moving train (8.17) [COL] poster 'Prestongrange Eight Centuries of Mining" coal shaft various machinery, train line with trucks that carried the coal, NCB locos etc (9.33) All Change A New Station at Grahamstown exts Falkirk Grahamston railway station gvs around station (11.22) gvs construction work at Falkirk Grahamston station, men digging etc (11.45) We're Getting There Grahamston 1986 (11.49) gvs Grahamston Station in 1986 with visible progress made to building works, new overhead bridge, new rood on station etc press and bagpipes some sort of event speech. unveiling of plaque on side of carriage [can't make it out!] (13.24) c/u sign '1849 Edinburgh' Falkirk Grahamston at night-time (14.10) [COL] steam train puffing along (15.41) The End (15.46)