Southern Steam Volume 2 1923-1970

Railways (1960s)In this second in a series of three railway compilation DVDs of steam operation in Southern England. The lines of Sussex and Hampshire are again featured with goods traffic on the Midhurst Branch, including the very last passenger train in 1964 and the Terrier Tanks at work on the Hayling Island Line and Bluebell Railway.

The county of Kent is represented with early footage of Margate Station in 1923 and film of the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway – the latter includes early footage taken in the opening year showing intensive operations at Hythe Station in 1927. Pre-electrification of the line to Bognor is featured with film of the motor train service at West Worthing together with freight traffic at Worthing and Romney Marsh.

Southern steam volume 2 coverWork of the railwaymen is also included with scenes of Brighton Shed in 1937, and Nine Elms and Norwood motive power depots in the 1960s. An important social aspect is also featured with footage of the Southern Railway Orphanage at Woking. Other footage includes: Southern Railway Footplate Rides (1939), Shoreham – Horsham Line, Ashford Works (1947), and the Sussex Downsman Rail Tour of 1964.

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.