Title ID 3375Collection ID433
Title[Trains & Transport]
Date[ca. 1930s - 1950s]
CollectionEric Sparks
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsAirports Railway Stations Railways Second World War (1939-1945) Trains Transport Wars
LocalBrighton Hove London Worthing Brookwood
RegionalBrighton and Hove East Sussex Greater London West Sussex Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom United States North and Central America
ProductionEric J. Sparks
CameraEric J. Sparks
DistributorSouthern Steam DVD (WSRO + SEFVA), 2004.
EditorEric J. Sparks
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of amateur material recording trains, locomotives and railway stations in England and the United States of America. The film also contains footage of a Battle of Britian dogfight in which one of the pilots is forced to parachute from his plane. Stations that feature include Hove, Brighton, Dyke branch, Worthing, London Victoria, Waterloo, and Brookwood.


This mixed black and white and colour transport compilation begins with a a title sequence for the Amateur Cinema League over a montage of newsreel style professional footage. Following the titles The Hove Station platform sign opens the film featuring The Durbarry Perfumery Co. Ltd building in the background, as a Southern locomtive "2566" passes through the station hauling a single carriage, before the film cuts to shots of the camera aboard a train on the the Dyke branch of the Brighton and Dyke railway, where the locomotive switches direction whilst the carriages stand at a single platform. A shot of the Southern "2491" locomotive hauling a series of closed freight carriages passes the camera.

A group of people on the ground spot three aircraft fly overhead, one points up to the spot in the sky. The shot then cuts to the aircraft passing over, one aircraft nose-diving to the ground with the pilot (?) evacuating from the aircraft and deploying a parachute. Further aircraft fly overhead. Smoke is seen billowing from another aircraft and leaving a trail.

A sequence in Dufaycolour film follows, showing a series of locomotives from the LB&SCR - Southern "2326", Southern "2073" and Southern "2072" in and around the works siding and Brighton Station area.

A black and white sequence follows showing a mixed series of United States locomotives hauling carriages into a tunnel at speed through a rocky landscape. Shots of a Union Pacific "3935" freight Locomotive, Southern Pacific Lines "1289" locomotive, "4124", "1288", "4312" all filmed track-side as the locomotives with and with out freight and passenger carriages pass the camera. Southern Pacific Lines "1243" locomotive passes through a station with arches on the platform supporting the roof cladding. A Southern Pacific "4416" Class GS3 loco approaches the camera. Southern Pacific "1289" passes the camera without freight or passenger carriages.

The film then returns to black and white scenes of UK steam services, showing a steam SPL I (Sir Martin Frobisher) locomotive in Worthing. Southern "2044" passing through a station. Passengers boarding a carriage at a station. Scenes move to on board a moving train, captured through a window as it passes at speed along the track headed towards London. In London scenes follow of the interior and exteriors of several London terminus stations including Victoria and Waterloo Stations. At Waterloo station Ticket inspectors stand at the gate line to platform number 5, as passengers enter and exit carriages on the platform, included several men dressed in military dress uniforms.

Continuing with engines and locomotives, now SPL 1 (No. 864) stands idol. Passengers board and disembark as it sits steaming at the platform before a group of women in long coats and headscarfs board the engine and the engine pulls away.

The station sign for “Brookwood” is seen underneath marked "For Bisley Camp" highlighting its proximity to the National Rifle Association site. Further shots of SPL 1 (No. 864) at stations along its route.

A series of shots of locomotives follow, passing the camera at a number of different stations and through the landscape at speed.

The film closes with shots in both black and white then colour images of a commercial vehicle parked on a road and a busy urban scene of traffic on a road next to a pedestrian zebra crossing with close up shots of car number plates as they pass the camera.


A black and white still image taken from TID 3375, showing a close up shot of the sky as three military aircraft fly overhead. A colour still image taken from TID 3375, a Doufaycolor film showing the side profile of a Southern steam locomotive with the number '2326' marked on the side, located in the sidings close to Brighton station.A black and white still image taken from TID 3375, showing the front and side profile of a steam SPL I (Sir Martin Frobisher) locomotive at stand, at a platform.A colour still image taken from TID 3375, showing a busy London street filled with cars and commercial vehicles, passing through a pedestrian Zebra crossing.