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British Film Institute

Postby RichardHC » Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:21 pm

Simon Jones (WRRC member 471) has drawn my attention to the British Film Institute Archive at http://www.bfi.org.uk/. With a bit of effort one can find quite a few films of railway interest. One of particular interest to Welsh railway enthusiasts is: http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-owen-humberstone-prosser-ebbw-vale-1959/
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Re: British Film Institute

Postby wokmad » Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:52 am

There is a recent thread on this topic under the heading "A gem from the BFI Archive."
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Re: British Film Institute

Postby RichardHC » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:35 pm

My attention has been drawn to another gem from the BFI archive including scenes of a miner's train disgorging its load apparently at Aberaman. Not enough of the station or signalbox is visible to confirm the location but it seems likely.
http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-welsh-coal-strike-scenes-at-aberaman-1910/
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Re: British Film Institute

Postby dwrathan » Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:02 am

I found this film very interesting. The station is not Aberaman, which was on the TVR and on a double line. The station in the film has a GWR signalbox on a single line. Also the engine is GWR. May I suggest Black Lion Crossing Halt? The miners are obviously not on strike. Men on strike don't have dirty faces. Is this a film of an end of shift after a return to work? Is the sequence in the town of a meeting to end a strike? A lot of questions, but a good film.
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