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TITLE
Caley Bogies from Perth to Aviemore
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_FILM_001
DATE OF RECORDING
1960
PERIOD
1960s
CREATOR
John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
2489
KEYWORDS
railways
railway engines
locomotives
trains

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This film is from the John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse Collection which is in the care of the National Railway Museum in York. Further details of the collection can be found at the end of this description. This is a silent film; there is no audio.

The film shows two Caledonian Railway "72" Class 4-4-0 locomotives, BR 54485 and 54486, on a train from Perth to Aviemore. Designed by William Pickersgill, they were the last express passenger locomotives built for the Caledonian and were known as "Caley Bogies". Both were built in Glasgow in 1920 and were withdrawn from service in 1961 and 1962 respectively.

The train they are pulling was the nightly Mails and Sleeper from London Euston to Inverness. It arrived at Perth in the early hours of the morning so the engines were filmed reversing onto a different train at Perth during the previous day, purely for the benefit of the cameras. The early departure from Perth is also the reason that the first stop shown on the run up to Inverness is Blair Atholl as it was only by this time that it was light enough to film.

John Adams drove a car in order to get ahead of the train and shoot some lineside footage.

Adams & Whitehouse:
In 1980 the National Railway Museum purchased from John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse a collection of some 100 short films which document British Railways in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They were originally broadcast on BBC Children's Television under the title "Railway Roundabout".

The first "Railway Roundabout" was broadcast on the BBC Television's Children's Hour on 22 April 1958. Each programme was broadcast live from a studio in Birmingham with John and Pat providing the accompanying voiceovers to the films. The programmes were broadcast at 5.30pm and soon gained a significant number of adult viewers.

The series ran for just over four years with the final programme being transmitted on the 12 September 1962. Filming usually took place in July and August of each year and there were no broadcasts during these months.

"Railway Roundabout" was broadcast during one of the most interesting periods of British Railways. The first series began just three years after the British Rail Modernisation Plan of 1955 and ended a year before the infamous Beeching Report.

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Caley Bogies from Perth to Aviemore

1960s

railways; railway engines; locomotives; trains

National Railway Museum, York

Adams & Whitehouse films for Railway Roundabout

This film is from the John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse Collection which is in the care of the National Railway Museum in York. Further details of the collection can be found at the end of this description. This is a silent film; there is no audio.<br /> <br /> The film shows two Caledonian Railway "72" Class 4-4-0 locomotives, BR 54485 and 54486, on a train from Perth to Aviemore. Designed by William Pickersgill, they were the last express passenger locomotives built for the Caledonian and were known as "Caley Bogies". Both were built in Glasgow in 1920 and were withdrawn from service in 1961 and 1962 respectively.<br /> <br /> The train they are pulling was the nightly Mails and Sleeper from London Euston to Inverness. It arrived at Perth in the early hours of the morning so the engines were filmed reversing onto a different train at Perth during the previous day, purely for the benefit of the cameras. The early departure from Perth is also the reason that the first stop shown on the run up to Inverness is Blair Atholl as it was only by this time that it was light enough to film.<br /> <br /> John Adams drove a car in order to get ahead of the train and shoot some lineside footage.<br /> <br /> Adams & Whitehouse:<br /> In 1980 the National Railway Museum purchased from John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse a collection of some 100 short films which document British Railways in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They were originally broadcast on BBC Children's Television under the title "Railway Roundabout".<br /> <br /> The first "Railway Roundabout" was broadcast on the BBC Television's Children's Hour on 22 April 1958. Each programme was broadcast live from a studio in Birmingham with John and Pat providing the accompanying voiceovers to the films. The programmes were broadcast at 5.30pm and soon gained a significant number of adult viewers.<br /> <br /> The series ran for just over four years with the final programme being transmitted on the 12 September 1962. Filming usually took place in July and August of each year and there were no broadcasts during these months.<br /> <br /> "Railway Roundabout" was broadcast during one of the most interesting periods of British Railways. The first series began just three years after the British Rail Modernisation Plan of 1955 and ended a year before the infamous Beeching Report.