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Wessex Film and Sound Archive

Wessex by Rail

This film compilation is available to borrow from various Hampshire Libraries. Search the library catalogue to see which Hampshire libraries hold this film. It is also available for reference only at Hampshire Record Office. You can also search our online catalogue to find other archive films and sound recordings we hold relating to this topic.

1. Eastleigh Railworks

Professional silent footage depicting the Railworks in about 1925.
Southern Railway Film Unit; c1925; B/W; silent

2. The Way to the Sea

Extract from a Southern Railway documentary, celebrating the electrification of the London to Portsmouth line, including music by Benjamin Britten.
Southern Railway Film Unit; 1937; B/W; sound

3. London to Portsmouth Rail Electrification

Amateur footage of the ceremony at Portsmouth, greeting the first electric train from Waterloo in 1937.
Clifford Worley; 1937; B/W; silent

4. D-Day Preparations in Hampshire

Extracts from official unedited footage of Wartime diversification at Eastleigh Railworks, featuring women workers.
Southern Railway Film Unit; 1944; B/W; silent

5. Scenes from Village Life

Extracts from a film about Burghclere, showing the former Newbury to Winchester line, which ran through nearby Highclere.
John Legard; 1948; B/W; sound

6. South Africas Fruit via Southampton for Speed

Professional silent film containing scenes of freight services from Southampton Docks to Covent Garden.
Southern Railway Film Unit; c1947; B/W; silent

7. The Hayling Island Branch

Extracts from an amateur film showing the fondly remembered Hayling Billy, just before the branch line closed in 1963.
Edward Griffith; 1963; Colour; silent

8. The Last Run

This amateur film records the final day of services on the Adderbury Junction to West Moors line, 4 May 1964. The line passed through Fordingbridge, where most of the filming takes place. Commentary by Jack Hood.
Jack Hood; 1964; Colour; sound

9. Keeping Railway

The outdoor model railway at Keeping, on the Beaulieu Estate, the home of Captain J A Holder, in 1936.
W J Bassett-Lowke; 1936; B/W; silent


Still of steam train

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