The Bluebell Railway – Tom Martin Collection

Bluebell line 1976 - 77 This two volume DVD contains the programmes The Wonderful Adventure and Specials, Celebrities & Anniversaries. The DVD was produced by the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society in partnership with the Screen Archive South East (formerly South East Film & Video Archive). The DVD showcases extracts from the Tom Martin Collection – a series of 16mm films shot by a founder member of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society. His collection of films was passed to the Bluebell Railway, and now resides with the Screen Archive South East. Volume One shows scenes of Stepney just after arrival in May 1960 along with the Society’s first two coaches. Julian Pettifer interviews John Leroy, the Bluebell Railway’s first chairman. The volume finishes with the arrival of engine 9017, the ‘Dukedog’. We see the engine collected at Adison Road (Kensington Olympia), follow it to Sheffield Park and see its entry into Bluebell traffic. Volume two shows the era of the ‘through specials’ from London before the closure of the line via Ardingly. We see visitors of all types, be they engines, such as the Caledonian Single No.123, or celebrities such as Dr Beeching, Mr Pastry and Elsie and Doris Waters. This volume has commentary by Bob Symes and archive commentary by John Sutter.

Bluebell railway Tom Martin collectionThis DVD is available to purchase from the Bluebell Railway shop by mail order or at the shop at Sheffield Park Station