The ‘Cam’ Camwell Collection W.A. ‘Cam’ Camwell was one of the most active members of the railway enthusiast community during the 1950s and 1960s – the period during which British Railways moved from steam to diesel and electric traction and many railway lines and branches passed into history.
His membership of the Stephenson Locomotive Society led him to organising many tours of threatened or interesting railway lines and he enthusiastically recorded as much of the railway network as possible, both in photographs and on 16mm cine film. The latter forms the basis of this series of programmes, as ‘Cam’ filmed many remote and obscure lines as well as interesting developments on the main lines.
The ‘Cam’ Camwell Collection Volume 2 Wales and the North West of England
‘Cam’s’ activities spread all across the British Railways network – and beyond. In Wales the many cross-country lines served rural communities and in South Wales the lines built to take coal out of the Valleys also provided vital passenger services. Of course, main lines feature too, including the South Wales Main Line, and the Settle and Carlisle. But for many the highlights will be the lost lines – such as the ‘Little North Western’, the Silloth branch, Afon Wen to Caernarfon, Three Cocks Junction to Moat Lane Junction, Bala to Ffestiniog and many more. Locomotives seen include LNWR ‘Super Ds’, ‘Dukedogs’, L&Y Barton Wright Saddle Tanks, and Furness 0-6-0s. These are just some of the locomotives and lines covered in this programme! DVD Extras: ‘Cam’s’ British Narrow Gauge, including the Dinorwic Quarries and Padarn Railway, and Isle of Man Railways.