REB 49 Railways in aspect by Various

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Catalogue numberREB 49
TitleRailways in aspect
Cover conditionVery Good Plus
Record conditionVery Good Plus
BBC records label codeB
Item deleted?Yes
Distributed / printed byE. J. Day Group, London and Bedford
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreDocumentaries
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesRE + 49 + 1 BBC
RE + 49 + 2 BBC
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1Introduction with sounds of train leaving Kings Cross and G. W. train passing at speed
A2How it all started - Tal-y-llyn supported tells the story, followed by Tal-y-llyn locomotive no. 1 starting from Dolgood, departure from Wharf station and journey to Pendre.
A3Festiniog Railway - A member of the Festiniog Railway Company talks about his life. A journey with locomotive ''Prince'' on the train and an interview at Boston Lodge.
A4The Flying Scotsman - Retired railwayman awaits the preserved ''Flying Scotsman'' on its fortieth anniversary non-stop run to Edinburgh. Recorded at Barnby Moor, Yorkshire on 1.5.68.
A5Welshpool and Llanfair Railway - The story of the Welshpool - works train arriving - a member talks about the difference between his normal and spare time work.
B1The Bluebell Railway - ''Terrrier'' tank engine running light introduces BBC TV News coverage of the early sixties read by Robert Dougall, followed by ''Bluebell'' train.
B2The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway - Two leading supporters talk about the railway followed by sounds of the U. S. A. 0-6-0 tank locomotive.
B3Dart Valley Light Railway - A kaleidoscope of sound recorded on the living G. W. Museum.
B4The ''virus'' spreads abroad - A sound picture-postcard of the Blonay-Chamby mallet locomotive No. 5 ''Todtnau'' on the first Swiss preserved railway.
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Preserved Railways as chronicled by the BBC.

The idea of owning and running a railway has always been the cherished dream of lovers of the iron horse, but that's all it seemed to be until just 20 years ago when a letter published in the Birmingham Post in September 1949 gave the first indication that this particular dream was going to become solid fact. Contained in the letter were the following words: ''... a small group of enthusiasts who for the past 2 years have been considering ways and means whereby the survival of the Tal-y-llyn railway can be assured ... We have now, we believe, evolved a scheme which may prove practical ...'' Practical indeed the idea saved by a small group of en who, immediately on the death of the railway's owner, took over and proved to believers and doubters alike that with sweat, hard work and donations of money derelict railways could be privately worked and enjoyed. This is how the ''virus'' of railway preservation mania started. Just like its predecessor, the Railway Mania proper, it took some time to get hold of the imagination but once it established itself in the birthplace of railways - Britain - it spread with epidemic-like rapidly.

Aftger the Tal-y-llyn Railway came the Festiniog Railway: here the enthusiasts learned from the Tal-y-llyn and formed a different type of society, more of a supporters club than the totally democratic pioneer line. Not much later a member of the British Railways Eastern Region administration managed to acquire Gresley's ''Flying Scotsman'' for scrap price. He set about reconditioning this famous engine and proved for the first time that it was possible for a private owner to manage a standard gauge locomotive. When the Welshpool and Llanfair started operations in 1963 the preserved mania had swallowed all that was available in Wales.

On the standard gauge side, a more whimsical note was stuck when, after public pressure had failed to rescue a branch line, a society was formed to run the railway between Horsted Keynes and Sheffield Park in Sussex. With neither know-how nor money it might have seemed a crackpot idea. Despite this handicap they soon gained ground and now provide a delightful ride even for those who are not railway enthusiasts.

While this was going on, different sort of line was born in the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. This line was devised with the idea that, instead of operating solely for pleasure of its members, it would also try and fill a local transport need. In doing this it has succeeded beyond its wildest dreams.

The slowest of all the starters was the pretty little Dart Valley line. Conceived as a running Museum of the ''Great Western'' it has successfully recreated a minute corner of early 20th century England in the hurly-burly of the space age.

This record traces the development of these lines as recorded for BBC television and radio. It brings the sounds of the engines; it brings the voices of the anonymous railway fanatics who have fulfilled their dearest wish - keeping steam trains alive.

The ''virus'' of the preservation mania has claimed many more victims. Some condemned to failure from the very outset, some dying slowly and some yet to blossom forth into new and successful life. But like all viruses it has spread abroad: Australia, the United States and Europe have been ''infected''. Even Switzerland now has a small preserved narrow gauge line high above Vevey called Chemin de Fer Touristique, ''Blonay-Chamby''. As with all viruses, though, over-exposure can lead to immunity and this is the ''danger''. But there is hope that as long as steam engines are to be seen puffing along their little lines preserved, as it were, in aspic, the infection will continue to rage and, who knows, spread further.

Record compiled and introduced by R. A. Symes-Schutzmann.
Record co-ordinated by John Priest.
Photo by Peter Hughes.
Sleeve design by Roy Curtis-Bramwell.

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