W.A. “Cam” Camwell was one of the most active railway enthusiasts during the 1950s & 60s, the period during which British Rail ways 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 organise many tours of threatened or interesting railway lines and he recorded as much of the network as possible both in photographs and on 16mm cine film. The latter forms the basis of this series as Cam filmed many remote and obscure lines, as well as interesting developments, on the main lines.
‘Cam’ takes in the south, starting at Chasewater and Fowey as well as the Beattie Well Tanks at Wadebridge. We visit the Forest of Dean lines, Bristol, Witney and Lamborne beforeSouthern action around Brockenhurst, Winchester and Eastleigh. Locomotives include MNs, WCs, M7s, N15s and N15x. At Romsey an L class mixes with M7s and GWR locomotives. In Sussex Brighton tanks a-plenty and C2Xs, and the Bluebell’s ‘Sulky Service’ are included. We go to King’s Cross shed to see A4s and A1s then watch them climb through Copenhagen Fields..