This DVD contains two films that both look at different aspects of the Settle to Carlisle railway line. The first film is ‘Steam on the Settle to Carlisle Railway’ which looks at the most scenic and spectacular railway line in England which was opened in 1876. The second film ‘Railway City’ looks at Carlisle and the massive influence that the city has had in the history of the railways in Britain, and in the construction of the Newcastle and Carlisle railway line. It also looks at the opening of Citidel station and charts Carlisle’s rail history from the Victorian golden age through to the sad post-war decline. Two great documentaries on one disc (running time: 52 minutes). The DVD is available from Amazon.co.uk. More info on the films below:
Steam on the Settle and Carlisle Railway:
This film was broadcast in 1983 and tells the history of this great line. The film opens with LMS Coronation Class 46229 Duchess of Hamilton crossing the Ribblehead Viaduct. From it’s the beginnings to the present day a wide range of motive power including class 31′s, 45′s and 47′s. 47463 is seen arriving at Settle with a north bound express. The Cumbrian Mountain Express with LNER 4498 Sir Nigel Gresley is seen at Carlisle backing down onto her train before departing. Two class 86 and a class 40 can also be seen in Carlisle as she departs. 4498 is then filmed along the route from the footplate and helicopter as the narrator talks about the construction of the Settle and Carlisle railway. The signalman in the signal box at Culgaith clears the road as Sir Nigel Gresley storms out of the tunnel and over the level crossing before being interviewed about his time on the line. 4498 then pulls into Appleby station before departing and exiting Birkett tunnel to the south.
The video Railway City is the fascinating story of the railways in Carlisle from the construction of the Newcastle and Carlisle line in the 1830s and the opening of Citadel Station in 1847, on through the golden age to the decline of the post war period. The video is available, coupled with Steam on the Settle Carlisle,