A selection of films here for your delectation, this is the first of three pages; mainly local history and documentary in content. Plenty of railways are covered if that's your thing, but really anywhere slightly unusual that has a story to tell and is not accessed easily by regular folk qualifies it for entry here.

New subjects for exploration and documentation are constantly being sought and considered to add to the list, any suggestions considered.

All titles can be bought through ebay if that is your preferred method (my ebay id is dumpman1), but you can just as easily email me direct on dumpman1@hotmail.co.uk and deal by cheque or paypal if you like.

Have a look at my Latest Film News/Blog section to see what projects I am currently working on.

This list runs chronologically, so the newer titles are added to the bottom; to see the very latest titles scroll down to the end of the third page (Film Catalogue Part 3).

West Pier Tour 1999/2001/2006


Have a look at the West Pier in Brighton before it burnt down and was battered to its knees by storms. I was lucky enough to go on a guided tour throughout the structure while many of its beautifully preserved features were still intact and I filmed them all from end to end.
Also included is footage from 2001 when storms had caused the collapse of the section midway along its length. Most recently added is footage shot during the exceptionally low tides of September 2006, allowing your cameraman to literally walk through the wreckage on the seabed while enjoying a fantastic sunset. Includes a few stills showing the complete structure in it's heyday, inside and out. A unique history piece.

 

Running time: 35 minutes. Price £6.

 

 

Brighton Sewer Tour and Patcham Floods 2001


A guided tour through a section of the Victorian sewer network under the streets of Brighton. See how the engineers of the day not only made their structures beautiful above ground, but kept their attention to detail intact underground too. Also includes footage of the severe floods that year (around the same time that Lewes flooded) that affected the north of Brighton. A river that hadn't run for over 400 years reappeared on the recreation ground just next to the A27/A23 junction with a spring shooting out from under the petrol station car park and then running straight down Patcham high street.

 

Running time: 17 minutes. Price £4.

 

 

Sussex Wartime Bunkers 2001


A nose around some of the many wartime bunkers in Sussex, including the huge batteries on Newhaven cliffs, an underground communications bunker at Cuckmere Haven, an observatory corps bunker near Billingshurst and a rare, two tier bunker in a  river bed in Slaugham. Sometimes risking asbestos inhalation and other times knee deep in water, all done for the sheer joy of being dangerously stupid so you don't have to !

 

Running time: 20 minutes. No longer for sale, ask for details.

 

 

Shoreham Cement Works Explored 2001/2006/2007


The hulking, asbestos-clad remains of the cement works just north of Shoreham make a pretty uninviting prospect and I wouldn't recommend that you go under the wire to have a look, especially as I have already done it and you can see the results here. A wander through the main stone crushing plant and some of the outbuildings and workshops show just how derelict and dangerous it had become. Added in September 2006 is additional footage of the main offices, views from the river including the wharf and a panoramic view of the quarry from on top of the Downs. Much of what is featured here has subsequently been demolished.


Also, newly in 2007 is footage from inside the perimeter fence on the south side on the structure. Views of the quarry from Truleigh hill and the Sompting bostal road have also been added to give a sense of scale to this huge site.


Running time: 37 minutes. Price £4.

 

 

Devil's Dyke Railway Tour 2007

This is a film showing the exact course of the Devil's Dyke railway as it appears today.

Based on the previously available film shot in 2005, this is a far more in depth look at the exact route that this line took. Some footage from 2005 is used, but the vast majority is new for 2007 and more detailed. Particular attention is paid to trying to ascertain the exact course of the line through the built up areas of Hove and Hangleton.

Starting at Aldrington halt (previously Dyke junction), you see the exact site of the junction where the Dyke railway peeled away to the north of the current Brighton to Worthing line. Shots are taken from next to the current railway line and also from a moving train to see this secluded area as clearly as possible. Talk about thorough !

From here, every possible effort is made to travel the course of the line, sometimes by bike, sometimes out of the sunroof of a car (with someone else driving !) and sometimes on foot.

Having closely examined the route through all the various urban areas, its up on to the Downs where the track bed becomes delightfully clear to see. As with the urban section, the entire route is filmed. The two stations that have any remains to see at Golf Club halt and Dyke station are filmed in some detail. The difficult, overgrown stretch between Golf Club halt and Dyke station is filmed where visible, often having to crawl through pokey undergrowth ! The deep cutting just short of Dyke station is travelled and the views that travellers would have seen from the platform down to the sea are included.

Shot in glorious colour on sunny August days. Plenty of well researched commentary and a slide show of vintage shots appears at the end of the film.

Running time: 1 hour & 20 minutes. Price: £6.

 

Devil's Dyke Steep Grade Railway Tour 2006


The long-disused course of the funicular railway that used to run from the base of the north face of the Downs near Poynings, straight up the scarp slope to the Devil's Dyke is examined here. See the brick remains of the engine shed at the top and the base station at the bottom. See also the views that the Victorians would have had out of the back of the carriage as they rode up the hillside; I dragged my camera up the course of the line on a sledge to achieve the effect ! It was exhausting and delightfully treacherous. Some stills of this line in its heyday are also featured. Includes commentary.

 

Running time: 33 minutes. Price £5.

 

 

Doomed Ouse Valley Railway Explored 2006


One of the lesser known railways of Sussex, probably because it never actually ran. It was to have started at Skew Bridge, just south of the Balcombe viaduct on the London-Brighton mainline, and then in a south-easterly direction through Lindfield and on to Uckfield.

 

Numerous visible earthworks and brickworkings are still visible, including the site of what would have been Lindfield station. Spectacular earthworks on the outskirts of Uckfield including the site of a proposed tunnel and the one remaining bridge on the line that hasn't been demolished, but is looking a bit fragile. The conversion of a deep cutting into a beautiful garden lake near Lindfield is another highlight. A thorough walk along the entire length of the line gives an indepth view of all that remains with commentary included.

 

Running time: 1 hour & 20 minutes. Price £5.

 

 

Hayling Island Branch Line Track Bed Tour 2006


The entire length of this charming little branch line from Havant to the Hayling Island terminus is explored. Special attention is paid to the causeway crossing and the remains of the swing bridge across Langstone harbour. The station sites of Langstone and North Hayling are looked at and some great views across the water that travellers would have enjoyed are included. Includes running commentary.

 

Running time: 16 minutes. Price £4.

 

 

Brighton's Kemp Town Branch Line Explored 2006/2007


A detailed look at the course of this little branch line that ran from Brighton station to what is now Freshfields Industrial Estate. See where it left the current day Brighton to Lewes line, the site of Lewes Road station, where the brick viaduct crossed the Lewes Road (and some foundations still visible !), the site of Hartington Road halt, the cutting it went into before entering a tunnel under Elm Grove and where it emerged at the terminus.

 

Features footage taken inside the tunnel along the its whole length from the sealed off end at Elm Grove to the open south portal using a 5,000,000 candle power torch for extra illumination, gripping stuff ! Especially when I cornered four foxes at the sealed off end ! Includes constant running commentary. 


Additional footage shot in 2007 during a group guided tour shows improved and detailed shots of the inside of the sealed northern tunnel mouth. Also visible is a small shrine in the chalk cliffs next to the southern portal that I missed on the first occasion.


Running time: 38 minutes. Price £6.

 

 

Offham Chalkpit Tunnels and Steep Grade Railway 2006/2007


The first line in Sussex this one. It was built to move stone from the quarries behind the Chalk Pit Inn in Offham, down to the river to be moved away by barge. The spectacularly engineered tunnels under the road are impressive (and very difficult to get to without risking injury, don't try it, just watch it here), but the brick remains of the base station also make interesting viewing too. Includes constant running commentary.

 

Newly added in 2007 is some panoramic footage from the top of the quarry, showing the start of the line and the wide sweep of the Ouse flood plain below.

 

Running time: 10 minutes. Price £4.

 

 

Volk's Seagoing Tramway (Daddy Long Legs) Explored 2006/2007


Everyone knows about Volk's Railway that runs along Brighton seafront, but far less well known is the extraordinary tramway that ran through the sea from Banjo groyne, just west of Brighton Marina to Rottingdean. Completed in 1897 and closed in 1902, it was a shortlived piece of genius that was beset by bad luck and a terrible storm. The footings of the track and the bases of the telegraph poles that ran alongside on the seabed can only be discerned at very low tide.

 

The very low tides of September 2006 and exceptionally fair weather offered the ideal opportunity to film this. Includes shots from the clifftops and detailed close ups down on the seabed and a slideshow of stills from when the line was still in operation. 

Newly added in 2007 is additional low tide footage showing views of the remaining architecture on the seabed close to the Marina. Shots are taken from east side of the Marina, but also from the west side where there are visible remains looking towards the site of the terminus at Banjo groyne. The course of the line between the Marina and Banjo is clear to see.  A more detailed look at the remains of the base of Ovingdean intermediate station are included too and further footage of the pier base at Rottingdean features too.
Includes constant running commentary.

 

Running time: 61 minutes. Price £6.

 

 

Selsey Tramway Tour 2006/2009


Just next to Chichester station on the south side, used to be the northern terminus for this unique little line that ran right the way down to the beach at Selsey. You often read that there's not much left to see, but having walked nearly all of the track I beg to differ; plenty of clues remain, including the occasional hidden platform ! Dense undergrowth tackled and no stone unturned in attempts to find all visible remains in 2006. 

Additional footage taken in 2009 shows the newly cleared lifting bridge over the old Chichester canal at Hunston and the cleared platform and station building base at Chalder.

Includes constant running commentary and some stills from when the line was in operation.

 

Running time: 58 minutes. Price £6.

 

 

The Disused Railway Tunnels of Sussex Explored 2006


Enjoy the spooky sensation of looking down the length of an old railway tunnel deep under a hillside ? Maybe you wonder at the extraordinary amount of labour that went into the construction of a Victorian railway tunnel.

 

All of the disused railway tunnels in Sussex in all their glory are to be seen in this film and even an old canal tunnel is thrown in for good measure. All are filmed from both ends and within wherever possible. Tunnels featured are Midhurst, Cocking (+ 2001 footage before it was fenced off), West Dean, Singleton, Baynards, Lywood, Sharpethorne, Cinder Hill, Tunbridge Wells West, Argos Hill, Heathfield, Kemp Town, Offham and the canal tunnel that runs under Hardham junction. 

 

Includes constant running commentary. Dark, damp, atmospheric, dangerous ? I wouldn't have it any other way.

 

Running time: 72 minutes. Price £6.

 

 

Abandoned Railways of Sussex Explored 2006 (8 x DVD set)


This is the mammoth project of the series. The entire abandoned network of East and West Sussex is looked at in some detail. Over 50 stations are looked at and countless interesting brick and earthworkings of particular engineering interest. From Rogate in the west to Rye in the east, East Grinstead in the north to Brighton in the south, no area is left untouched.

 

Fenced-off tunnels are walked through, abandoned viaducts, treacherously deep cuttings, any remaining brick structures recorded and any other point of interest found was recorded from as many angles as possible. A detailed look at what remains of the abandoned network and how it looked in 2006. Includes constant running commentary. A treasure trove for the railway enthusiast or historian who doesn't want to spend weeks travelling around or a fortune in petrol ! 

 

Running time: 8 hours. Price £25.

 

 

Devil's Dyke Aerial Cableway 2007


The aerial cableway that used to run over the Devil's Dyke was a fantastic Victorian folly, in keeping with building a railway line up from Hove and a steep grade railway up from Poynings. The hair rising ride was 1100 feet long and 230 feet above ground at the deepest part of the ravine.

 

Built in 1894, closed in 1909 and used for target practice by the military not long after, you might imagine that there's nothing left to see, but this film shows clear remains of both support towers. Views are taken from every concievable direction and both sides of the ravine focusing closely on the remains.

 

A few ancient stills showing the cableway in use in the early part of last century are also included with some commentary. 

 

Running time: 13 minutes. No longer for sale, ask for details.

 

 

"Tangmere" Battle of Britain Class Pacific 34067 steam special 17th February 2007


Wonderful footage of a very rare sight these days; seeing steam on the mainline ! This short film shows this special train running down the long straight under Copyhold Lane bridge just north of Haywards Heath. Thereafter, the departure from Haywards Heath and arrival into Hove station. Final shot is of the train leaving Hove station, amid the pandemonium of excited railway photographers scurrying around the platform endangering themselves and vexing the station staff, marvellous ! A very memorable day for steam lovers.

 

Running time:  8 minutes. No longer for sale, ask for details.

 

 

"Lord Nelson" steam special 23rd June 2007


As above, but a different loco on a different day.

 

Running time: 8 minutes. No longer for sale, ask for details.
 

 

Rye & Camber Tramway and Rye Harbour Branch Line Explored 2007


A lively look at what is left in 2007 of the Rye and Camber Tramway and the Rye Harbour Branch Line.

Starting at the site of the Rye terminus of the tramway and working down all the available remaining track, every remaining clue is sought out and recorded. See tracks that are still in situe and the largely complete Golf Links station. Both the pre 1938 and post 1938 station sites at Camber Sands are included as are the very visible remaining embankments crossing the duned golf course.

The Rye Harbour Branch Line is traced from its departure from the main line, behind some houses, over the river and off into open fields heading south. After becoming partly obscured in an industrial area close to the harbour, it re-emerges to arrive at the harbour mouth.

Includes almost constant, well researched commentary. Recorded on a well lit day in March 2007.

Running time: 55 minutes. Price £5. 

 

Billingshurst Royal Observer Corps Nuclear Bunker Tour 2007

This is a short film showing the old Royal Observer Corps on the outskirts of Billingshurst as it appeared in July 2007.

A lunatic plunge down a 3 or 4 metre square vertical shaft into a flooded underground bunker with a video camera and a 5,000,000 candle power torch. It is a surprise that in these health and safety conscious times that this place has not been locked up or filled in. Happily, at this point in time, it was still accessible, so your humble cameraman could dive in and have a look.

See the cramped conditions that people would have had to exist in, should the bomb have been dropped. This particular bunker, that was designed to sleep two people, still has their beds in place ! See the holes where the probes to measure blast and radioactivity in the outside world were housed. See the original timber doors remarkably intact despite all the moisture over the years. 

Originally opened in June 1958 at the height of the Cold War, it was decommissioned in October 1968.

A really claustrophobic, underground experience. We get dirty so you don't have to ! Feel the fear.

Running time: 12 minutes. Price £4


Three Bridges to East Grinstead Track Bed Tour 2007

An exploration of all accessible track bed between these two destinations, mainly by bike, sometimes on foot and very briefly by car.

See where this line left the London to Brighton mainline, where it was rudely cut by the M23 motorway and from then on, its entire progress through the leafy Weald to East Grinstead via Rowfant and Grange Road (Crawley Down).

Any evidence of old stations along the way is sought out. Particular attention is paid to East Grinstead, including the loop to St Margaret's junction, the old station building and views across the top of the viaduct that approaches from the south. Includes some footage shot in 2006.

Includes constant, well researched commentary.

Running time: 60 minutes. Price £6.

 

East Grinstead to Groombridge Track Bed Tour 2007

An exploration of all accessible track bed between these two destinations, mainly by bike, sometimes on foot and very briefly by car.

See where this line left East Grinstead before passing through fantastic Wealden countryside and encountering Forest Row, Hartfield and Withyham stations. Its entire progress through to the junction near Groombridge is covered. Also features footage of Groombridge station and the disused link line between it and the line running south from Edenbridge.

Any evidence of old stations along the way is sought out. Includes some footage shot in 2006.

Includes constant well researched commentary.

Running time: 74 minutes. Price £6.



Heathfield to Polegate Track Bed Tour 2007

An exploration of accessible track bed between these two destinations, mainly by bike and sometimes on foot.

Starting just north of Heathfield at the northernmost accessible point on the line, this film covers the entire route south down to Polegate. Features a ride through the Heathfield tunnel, a look at the branch line that served Hellingly Asylum and a host of other points of interest along the way.

Stations include Heathfield, Horam, Hellingly, Hailsham and Polegate. Also included is a look at what is left of the course of the disused link that ran to the east of Polegate to Stone Cross junction.

Any evidence of old stations along the way is sought out. Includes some footage shot in 2006.

Includes constant, well researched commentary.

Running time: 83 minutes. Price £6.


Guildford to Christ's Hospital Track Bed Tour 2007

An exploration of all accessible track bed between these two destinations, mainly by bike and sometimes on foot.

Starting just to the west of Shalford on the loop that was to have linked Shalford to Peasmarsh junction, the entire line is filmed as progress is made south. Cranleigh, Bramley & Wonersh, Baynards, Rugdwick, Slinfold and Christ's Hospital are all included as are the numerous points of interest along the way, including the two tier bridge south of Rudgwick.

Any evidence of old stations along the way is sought out. Includes some footage from 2006.

Includes constant, well researched commentary. This is part one of a two part set. Part two is Christ's Hospital to Shoreham tour dvd 2007.

Running time: 1 hour 55 minutes. Price £6.



Christ's Hospital to Shoreham Track Bed Tour 2007

An exploration of all accessible track bed between these two destinations, mainly by bike and sometimes on foot.

Starting on the road bridge just south of Christ's Hospital station then on to Itchingfield junction where the line peeled off from the Arundel bound stretch. Very nearly the entire line is filmed as progress is made south through stations at Southwater, West Grinstead, Partridge Green, Henfield, Steyning, Bramber and finally to Shoreham. Significant remains at Southwater and West Grinstead are covered with surprise remains uncovered at Bramber. The remains of the missing river bridge at Shoreham Cement Works are sought out on both sides of the river and some shots of the sidings and wharf that served it are included.  

The line is traced right the way down to the missing road bridge just next to where this line joined the Brighton to Worthing line. Also includes some footage from 2006.

Includes constant, well researched commentary. This is part two of a two part set. Part one is Guildford to Christ's Hospital tour dvd 2007.

Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes. Price £6
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Ardingly to Horsted Keynes Branch Line Explored 2007

Partly still in use by an aggregate company, but mostly disused, this delightful little line is looked at along its length.

Starting at Copyhold junction with a view from the bridge and then down to the track bed itself, along to Ardingly station, where plenty of remaining clues are still to be seen. See footage of one of the aggregate trains heading through a deep cutting on its way to Ardingly and great, detailed views of all that remains of Ardingly station, even down at platform level.

East of Ardingly station is part footpath and part struggling through years of growth. A wonderfully untouched farm crossing bridge which is falling apart, a treacherous missing bridge and a wonderfully complete one, until reaching the fabulous Lywood tunnel. From there on its a short hop to the site of the long dismantled Sheriff Mills viaduct before reaching Horsted Keynes station and the junction with the Bluebell railway.

Running time: 1 hour & 45 minutes. Price £6.


Views of Hellingly Mental Asylum 2007

In November 2007, the vast decaying remains of Hellingly Mental Asylum lie in ruin, awaiting re-development...

Undoubtedly, there will be a time when Victorian asylums such as this have all either been demolished or converted into flats. This film records the final moments of the asylum as it was before being converted into something else and also before numerous arson attacks. At the same time as seeing over a decade of vandalism, neglect, fire damage and decay, you will also see the fantastic architectural features of this striking red brick building. Ornate embellishments were the order of the day in 1903 when it was completed. 

This place even had its very own little railway system that linked up with the Cuckoo line station at Hellingly; see a separate film I made showing the course of it.

Apart from the imposing structure that faced south with a view to the Downs, the grounds were spectacular with well cultivated gardens containing a rich variety of trees and shrubs, all of which have been allowed to run wild creating a surreal selection of vegetation. A cricket pitch can still be discerned by its flat aspect, but the lawn has long been allowed to grow unchecked.

The majority of this footage is shot from outside the building looking in from every direction and taking in views of the surrounding grounds, but there are some views along ruined corridors to indicate the extent of the decay inside. Original light fittings hang drunkenly from ceilings while torn curtains flap in the breeze through broken windows. Gaping holes in the roof look like a head injury while missing windows look like empty eye sockets. Previously lawned areas have become a self-seeded oak tree forest.

Unlike most of my other films, this one carries no commentary, but it does have a haunting, classical music soundtrack that better complements it than my usual excited babbling. The sunny weather was unusually good for November giving fantastic light for many of the shots.

Running time: 22 minutes. Price £6.



Hellingly Hospital Branch Line in 2007

In November 2007, the vast decaying remains of Hellingly Mental Asylum lie in ruin, awaiting re-development...

Undoubtedly, there will be a time when Victorian asylums such as this have all either been demolished or converted into flats. This place even had its very own little railway system that linked up with the Cuckoo line station at Hellingly and that is what this film documents.

Originally constructed to be used by the contractor who built the hospital, it was used to move building materials from the main line to the site. On completion of the building work in 1903, it was retained for use by the hospital for transporting goods and patients. A 500 volt DC supply generated by the hospital was distributed by overhead cable. The final year of use was 1959 and the track was lifted in 1960. 

Starting at the now disused Hellingly station, this charming little line is traced through the undergrowth until it diverges from the main line in a neatly fenced green corridor. After a couple of closely placed unguarded level crossings, it sweeps towards the the asylum before entering the grounds and ultimately entering the building.

No effort is spared looking for artefacts. The original crossing gates where it crossed the roads, the one remaining overhead cable pylon, a weighbridge and some track embedded in the roadway of the hospital grounds are just some of the sights encountered. A generous approach from the security chaps looking after the ruined building afforded me entry to see some of these views (thanks guys !)

The weather was fairly good for November giving fantastic light for many of the shots. See also my film showing the actual buildings themselves shot at the same time. Includes constant running commentary.

Running time: 30 minutes. Price: £6.


The Hamsey Loop Line in 2007

The Hamsey loop, near Lewes in Sussex is a short, but keenly discussed piece of disused railway line.

It used to link the current Lewes to Haywards Heath line with the Bluebell/Lewes to Uckfield stretch. Leaving the Haywards Heath line in an easterly direction, it sweeps round to the west of Hamsey island and then joins the Barcombe bound stretch just to the north of Hamsey.

Unlike many of the disused lines, the demise of this one long pre-dates Beeching, going back to the late 1800s when it was last used. What makes it a point of debate now is that, should the greatly campaigned for Uckfield to Lewes line re-open, this would be the most logical route back into Lewes, as three broken bridges and a missing viaduct over Cliffe high street prohibit using the original route.

In any case, this short film just serves to show how the track bed looks in November 2007. The vast majority of the trackbed is shown in some detail and any points of interest in the surrounding scenery are taken in too.

The sunny weather was unusually good for November giving fantastic light for many of the shots.  Includes constant running commentary.

Running time: 33 minutes. Price £5.

 

Sheffield Park to Lewes Old Track Bed Explored 2007

Everyone knows the course of the Bluebell Railway as it appears today, but much less in the way of current material exists showing the original course of the line to the south of Sheffield Park station.

Apart from the obvious fact that trains no longer run this way, it is also some of the most inhospitable and overgrown disused track bed left in Sussex. Whereas many disused track beds are cycletracks, footpaths or even just permissive routes used by a few locals, this route is largely overgrown with no sign of regular human traffic.

This film faithfully traces very nearly the entire track bed the whole way from Sheffield Park right in to Lewes station. Permission was sought from various landowners to gain exclusive access to some of the most hidden away sections of the line that have stayed out of sight for most of the last 40 to 50 years.

The camera was left rolling through nearly the whole trip, taking in as much detail as could be found on the track, including plenty of views taken from the track of the surrounding landscape. Great emphasis is placed on recording the change of the lie of the land from cutting to embankment and back as the journey progresses and as many brick structures as possible are included in some detail.

Even those who are familiar with the line are likely to find some surprises that are uncovered here, such as the giant, twin bore culvert that is big enough to walk through just south of Newick, to name but one. Of no surprise but nice to see is Cinder Hill tunnel.

Views that were popular with railway photographers of old are recreated as faithfully as possible, such as views from the bridge at Lane End Common, the various views at Culver Junction and the fabulous Barcombe Cross station. 

Of particular interest are the various structures on Hamsey Island which have been covered in great detail. The course of the line as it crossed Lewes has also been recreated as accurately as possible in relation to the modern day layout of the area. Views across Railway Land nature reserve are included.

Includes constant running commentary.

The most thorough video trip ever made along the line ? I like to think so...

Note: discs issued after 1st February 2008 include a detailed look at Barcombe Cross station as permission to film was granted after the initial release.

Running time: 5 hours & 5 minutes (3 x DVD) Price: £12

 

Uckfield to Lewes Old Track Bed Explored 2008

A look at very nearly all the old track bed left between Uckfield and Lewes in late 2007/early 2008.

Quite apart from the fact that filming old railway lines is my thing, I read in the press that the local council was pouring £140,000 into a feasibility study on the re-opening of this line, so I thought I'd better do one of my own before they decided to re-open it !

Ever since closure in 1969, the Uckfield to Lewes line has been a hotly debated topic, with strong campaigning from the Wealden Group for re-opening. Anyone who has studied the subject in any detail will know that it probably is the most likely line in Sussex to be re-opened, despite the various complications involved, as the original route into Lewes is no longer an option.

On the other side of the coin, despite the obvious and strong arguments for re-opening, you have the now quiet, beautiful, rural communities along the route that could be once again subject to industrial invasion. In particular, questions about the Lavender Line and Hamsey are not satisfactorily answered when re-opening is talked about with local residents.

The vast majority of the line is walked or cycled to give the viewer as thorough a view as is possible of where the line used to run and what the track bed looks like now. All brick structures are looked at in detail and any remaining clues to show that a railway used to run this way are sought out and included. Unlike many dismantled lines, this one has a surprising amount of furniture left in place, like level crossing gates, ballast, sleepers, railchairs and even track in some places.

Views that were popular with railway photographers of old are recreated as faithfully as possible, such as various views at Culver Junction.

 

Of particular interest are sites at Uckfield (old) station, the beginning of the Doomed Ouse Valley line, numerous bridges over the flood plains of the Ouse near Barcombe and the various structures on Hamsey Island which have been covered in great detail. The course of the line as it crossed Lewes has also been recreated as accurately as possible in relation to the modern day layout of the area. Views around the old siding area in Lewes are included.

 

Please note: The footage south of Culver Junction is exactly the same as the footage on the Sheffield Park to Lewes film. As both lines share the track bed I could see no reason to shoot the same stretch twice just for the sake of it.

 

Includes constant, well informed running commentary. 

 

Running time: 4 hours and 50 minutes (3 x DVD)

Price: £12.

 

The Disused Mainline Railway at Littlehampton (Lyminster), Sussex 2008

A thorough look at the short stretch of South Coast Mainline that was abandoned in 1883 when a diversion was made to accommodate the new triangular junction just east of the River Arun.

Starting at the east end, near the site of the old Lyminster station, the course of the track bed is followed in a westerly direction. The site of the old farm access bridge is reached and at this point some vintage footage from January 1975 is included, showing the demolition of the bridge and filling in of the cutting. Progressing further west sees the course of the line entering the "triangle" and a considerable struggle ensues to navigate this heavily overgrown stretch of embankment. Further vintage clips are included showing trains travelling the junction in 1975. 

All the vintage footage was provided by the landowner from his personal collection and it has never been seen publicly before, making for a unique take on this quiet, rarely mentioned stretch of disused railway.

Includes constant, well informed commentary.

Running time: 63 minutes. Price £6.

 

Midhurst to Chichester Old Trackbed Explored 2008

A thorough trek along very nearly all of the remaining track bed between Midhurst and Chichester. The emphasis was on recording the whole journey and spotting all remaining bridges, distance markers, gradient markers and any others points of interest along the way. Every effort is made (as usual !) to access even the most awkward and overgrown areas. Due to the fact that this line ran through the Downs,  there are some of the most spectacular cuttings, tunnels and embankments to be seen on any of the disused lines in  Sussex.

Permission to access Cocking station was sadly not gained for this film, but a warm welcome awaited me at Singleton station where full roaming rights were given and there was plenty to see. The current owner has been there since 1955 and has done little to change it, other than making a huge bonfire out of the platform canopies some time in the 1960s.

Contents include:

  • The burst culvert which severed the line at Midhurst in 1951.
  • All three tunnels filmed from both ends.
  • Numerous bridge crossings, some complete, some demolished.
  • Singleton station layout in detail including subways, goods shed, crane and water tower.
  • Lavant station. 

Running time: 2 hours and 50 minutes (2 x dvd). Price £11.

 

Midhurst to Pulborough Old Trackbed Explored 2008

A thorough trek along very nearly all the remaining track bed between Midhurst and Pulborough (Hardham Junction), partly on foot and partly by bike. The emphasis was on recording the whole journey and spotting all remaining bridges, distance markers, gradient markers and any others points of interest along the way. Every effort is made (as usual !) to access even the most awkward and overgrown areas.

Starting at the site of the LBSCR station in Midhurst, having a crafty look in the tunnel from both ends, then working across delightful countryside to the east. The stunning views across Ambersham common are followed by views of the earthworks and access road at the site of the never completed Ambersham station. Views across the polo field near Selham and then a crafty look at Selham station itself. Further east saw nice, open, cyclable track before reaching Petworth station, where a warm welcome awaited and a nice cream tea !

Full permission to film the delightful Petworth station was granted and views from every angle obtained. Moving east via Shopham bridge with lovely views across the Rother valley towards Fittleworth, the track was very overgrown in places, but numerous great views were found.

Fittleworth station was not filmed in detail as permission was not forthcoming, but track bed views very close by including the road bridge are included. The final stretch to Hardham Junction was part overgrown then gloriously open for about the final mile. A detailed final shot of the junction with the current Pulborough to Arundel line closes the film.

Running time: 2 hours (2 x dvd). Price £9.

 

Baystone Bridge to Christ's Hospital Track bed Explored 2008

Only recently opened as part of the Downs Link, after lengthy legal wrangles, this fascinating little stretch of line has plenty to offer. Having stayed closed to the public since closure in the late 60s, it has remained the missing link of this stretch of line. Delightful walking towards Christ's Hospital shows a charming overbridge and even a piece of track, some LBSCR railchairs (they won't be there for long !) and some signal rodding.

The station itself was still very overgrown at the time of filming, but some superb views of the old platforms were to be seen and were filmed from numerous angles.

Also included is a trip along the old spur that was taken up in the late 1800s, which allowed trains travelling from Guildford to bypass Christ's Hosptal station and join the current line to Arundel.

Running time: 57 minutes. Price £6.

 

Hardham Canal Tunnel Illuminated 2008

This short film focuses on Hardham canal tunnel and celebrates the plethora of other transport remnants in the immediate area: road, two railways, a roman road and station and the canal. 

As well as showing both entrances to the canal tunnel, a monstrously bright 5,000,000 candle power torch is used to illuminate the startling sights therein ! Stalagtites abound at the southern end and evidence of bricks migrating their way out of the ceiling make interesting viewing at the northern end. Also visible is the large blockage dumped in the tunnel by the railways when they were built over the top.

The old bridge used by canal horses to cross the current Pulborough to Arundel railway (now a footpath) was being rebuilt at the time of filming so it seemed right to film it. The site of the brick underpass used by the same horses to cross the Pulborough to Midhurst railway is also speculated upon.

Running time: 23 minutes. Price £5

 

Demolition of the Pullman Works at Brighton 2008 

The Pullman Works at Brighton sat derelict for many years before the decision was finally made to demolish it. Years of vandalism and neglect had left it in a bad way.

Occupying a curious triangular plot of land at the junction of the main London to Brighton line and the westbound coast line, it was hoped by some that this building would one day be used as a railway museum. Being accessed almost exclusively by rail, this was sadly never likely to happen.

Numerous interesting artefacts were salvaged from the building before demolition started, including some wagons, which went off to preserved lines including the Bluebell.

This film shows a variety of views of the building while demolition was actually in progress from three main vantage points south, west and north of the site. Footage was also taken from a couple of moving trains to get a trackside perspective. The photo in this listing is an actual still from the film; rest assurred it appears far more clearly in the finished product, I only use screen shots for listing purposes.

Initial shots include seeing demolition crews using cutting gear to burn through the steel roof joists, followed by the awesome sight of seeing two huge roof sections brought crashing down, seen in slow motion. See diggers loading the rubble on designated goods trains and see the relatively empty site towards the end of the process.

Running time: 20 minutes. Price £5.

  

"Bittern" steam special 6th December 2008

Wonderful footage of a very rare sight these days; seeing steam on the mainline ! This short film shows this special train running down the long straight under Copyhold Lane bridge just north of Haywards Heath. Thereafter, the departure from Haywards Heath, watched by numerous excited enthusiasts. Final shot is of the train leaving Hove station, amid the pandemonium of excited railway photographers scurrying around the platform endangering themselves and vexing the station staff, marvellous ! A very memorable day for steam lovers.

Running time:  10 minutes. No longer for sale, ask for details.

 

Now continue to the page entitled Film Catalogue Part 2 to see the rest of the available titles and the latest additions.

 

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Recorded in full moving colour and wonderful stereo sound.

All titles on dvd, vhs only available on special request.

No cover art included, just an information slip included with each film. 


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