To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the steam locomotive, West Sussex Record Office in conjunction with Screen Archive South East (formerly South East Film & Video Film Archive) produced its first railway DVD dedicated to the age of steam in Southern England. With the cooperation of the film makers and the Archive, the films were digitised and then transposed to enable production of the first Record Office DVD entitled Southern Steam.
The film extracts included on the DVD include both professional and amateur footage; the earliest dating back to 1897 with the work of film pioneer George Albert Smith. The DVD also includes footage of the Pulborough to Midhurst Line showing the operation of a typical country branch line in the days of steam.
There is footage of the Horsham to Guildford line and steam on the Hayling Island Branch. Sussex footage includes the arrival in Chichester of The Great Marquess locomotive, with an enthusiasts’ special in 1967 and steam operation taken from Brighton Kemp Town and Preston Park signal boxes. The last days of steam are also represented with with steam passenger trains leaving Waterloo for the South West and the tank engines on the railways of the Isle of Wight. Where appropriate, a commentary for the silent film has been added by archivists of the West Sussex Record Office.
The DVD is available for purchase, on its own or as part of a box set of all three in the series, from the West Sussex Record Office, and from all major libraries in West Sussex.