Behind the Scenes – Volume 3 – Civil Engineering



DVD Runtime: 60 Minutes

£30.00 .



This is the third volume in a brand new series of programmes featuring original films from the exciting Fastline collection. While the steam trains naturally tend to take the spotlight, this unusual new series gives you the chance to see exactly what the permanent way engineers did behind the scenes.

Thanks to the foresight of Andrew Dow the wonderful collection of original films and photographs of the LNER are now available for the delight of Railfans. Today’s Fastline Collection is a unique reference source of both stills and films created originally by the Photographic Unit of the Chief Civil Engineer of the LNER in York, and his successors on British Railways.

The Unit was the last railway-owned photographic team and became part of Fastline Track Renewals at Privatisation, within Andrew Dow’s responsibilities. The Unit was sold to Andrew Dow and Richard Hall by Jarvis in 2000. Today, Fastline Films Limited is the nation’s only specialist infrastructure film company. This brand new programme features unique footage of some of the more spectacular jobs undertaken over the years by the LNER civil engineering department.

Volume 3 includes:-

– Unique archive films highlighting bridge removal and renewal, including contrasting views of demolition and bridge construction from as long ago as 1935.

– Other topics include the construction of a new subway at York in 1936 and the remodelling of Church Fenton North Junction in 1948.

– There’s also a detailed look at preparing and replacing the famous diamond crossings at Newcastle in 1949.

– This is a fascinating look into our industrial railway heritage, highlighting the jobs of both the men and the machines that worked ‘Behind the Scenes’ to keep the railway operational.


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