Title ID 8414Collection ID1190
Title[Train Entering Watford Station] or [Railway Traffic on the L.N.W.R.]
CollectionEarly Films
ThemeEarly film in the South East Transport
KeywordsTravel Trains Transport Railway Stations Railways Children Workers Clothing
RegionalBrighton and Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCharles Goodwin Norton
DirectorCharles Goodwin Norton
CastCharles Goodwin Norton
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Passengers alight a train at a railway station, shot from a fixed position by Charles Goodwin Norton.


The stationmaster [?] is seen walking along the platform. A father with his two daughters walk along too, one waves a hanky at a passing train. A goods train passes on the opposite platform. A station hand with a trolley walks past. A train draws up to the platform. Passengers alight and others head towards the open doors to get on. People walk towards the camera. Many stare and some point at the camera. The stationmaster hops off the back of the train onto the platform. Norton also used the titles "L.N.W.R. Express", "A Goods Train", and "A Passenger Train Stops, Passengers Alight, Train Moves Off" during presentations.

Related resources


Barnes, John. The Beginnings of the Cinema in England 1894-1901. Five Volumes, n.p. University of Exeter Press

Date: 1996-1998 John Barnes’s archaeological study of early cinema charts its development between 1894 and 1901. Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography, now at Hove Museum, with his brother William in the 1960s. The collection provided primary material for Barnes’s study of early cinema.

Low, Rachael. The History of the British Film 1896-1906 n.p. George Allen & Unwin

Date: 1949


The Barnes Collection

Location: Hove Museum and Art Gallery Twins John and William Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography in the 1960s. After the closure, the early part of the collection moved to Hove. The collection includes cameras, projectors and material relating to the Brighton School of film pioneers.


Location: BFI National Archive, British Film Institute, London Holds films made by Goodwin Norton.

Further Information on File at Screen Archive South East

BFI National Archive, copies kept on file SASE 950000.


Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema: Charles Goodwin Norton

Biographical overview and further reading.