A Steam Train Returns to the Rails

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Details

Location

Newtownabbey

Year

1988

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

Super 8

colour

Length

03min 11sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

A.H. Martin, British Film Institute

Rights Holder

A.H. Martin

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Description

Plumes of smoke join the clouds again as a steam train races across Northern Ireland. If steam trains retired in 1970 is this one eighteen years late?

Join amateur film maker A.H. Martin as a vibrant blue steam train makes a rare return to the Northern Irish landscape. The use of steam for passenger railways ended eighteen years before this film. However the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland tours have been keeping steam alive in Ireland since 1964. The passengers on board indulge in a nostalgic trip as they speed alongside the glittering waters of Belfast Lough. 

 

 

Notes

The Digital Film Archive features several of A.H. Martin’s personal films which capture the lost gems of public transport in Northern Ireland. You can see more steam tours by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland in his 1970 film 'The Swansong of Steam'.

Credits

Filmed by A.H. Martin. 

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project.

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