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TITLE
The Skye Line (aka The Jones Goods from Kyle to Dingwall)
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_FILM_004
DATE OF RECORDING
1960-1961
PERIOD
1960s
CREATOR
John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
2495
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.

This film begins with Highland Railway Locomotive No. 103 at Kyle of Lochalsh in the summer of 1960 prior to taking the early morning mixed traffic train to Inverness.

The locomotive is significant as being the first in Britain with a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement. Fifteen were built for the Highland Railway in Glasgow in 1894 and all passed into the ownership of the London Midland and Scottish Railway. They were gradually withdrawn from service between 1929 and 1940 and all were scrapped with the exception of No. 103 which was set aside for preservation in 1934. It was restored to working order by British Railways in 1959.

The film actually took almost two years to complete because the locomotive broke down at Achnashellach on the first run and the filmmakers weren't able to wait for it to be repaired and so they returned the following year to complete the filming. The final cut was eventually broadcast on 25 April 1962.

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'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 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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The Skye Line (aka The Jones Goods from Kyle to Dingwall)

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 /> This film begins with Highland Railway Locomotive No. 103 at Kyle of Lochalsh in the summer of 1960 prior to taking the early morning mixed traffic train to Inverness. <br /> <br /> The locomotive is significant as being the first in Britain with a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement. Fifteen were built for the Highland Railway in Glasgow in 1894 and all passed into the ownership of the London Midland and Scottish Railway. They were gradually withdrawn from service between 1929 and 1940 and all were scrapped with the exception of No. 103 which was set aside for preservation in 1934. It was restored to working order by British Railways in 1959.<br /> <br /> The film actually took almost two years to complete because the locomotive broke down at Achnashellach on the first run and the filmmakers weren't able to wait for it to be repaired and so they returned the following year to complete the filming. The final cut was eventually broadcast on 25 April 1962.<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'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 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.