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.

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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 this, the third page (Film Catalogue Part 3).

Brading to Bembridge Trackbed Tour 2012

 

This film starts with a tour around Brading station, showing vintage features of the part of the station that is still in use and also a tour along the disused platforms that used to serve the line to Bembridge. The entire station is grade 2 listed.

A brief tour of the signal box is included, showing its internal workings, the superb ongoing restoration work that has been accomplished in the last few years and views of the station from above. (A visit to Brading station visitors centre and signal box is highly recommended).

Then the disused line is followed as closely as possible by bicycle, passing first Cement Mills crossing and then Carpenters Siding, before leaving the track bed just short of St Helens station.

Access to St Helens station was sadly not granted for this film, but footage of the main building from the public road is included. The site of St Helens crossing is shown, where the branch line to the quays diverged from the line to Bembridge. The track bed is rejoined just past St Helens station and pursued through what is now a fabulous nature reserve towards the site of Bembridge station.

Various angles are seen of the site of Bembridge station, including a couple of remains from times when the station still existed. The film closes with views of visible railway remains on the North and South quays and a final shot across Bembridge harbour.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary throughout and reference to a vintage map. 

Running time: 35 minutes (1 disc)  Price: £6.

 

Newport to Cowes Trackbed Tour 2012

Starting at the site of Newport station, various views of the area are filmed on a gloriously sunny day. Then the camera is bolted to the roof of a car and the first section of track bed is traveled, along what is now a road through an industrial estate.

A few hundred yards north of Newport station, the track bed has been converted to an excellent cycle path, so filming continues by bike all the way into the southern end of Cowes.

En route see the Millpond viaduct, sites (and possibly remains) of halts at Cement Mills and Medina Wharf, a crumbling and rusting overbridge and numerous superb views across the River Medina as progress is made alongside the estuary.

Once into the built up area of Cowes, the site of Smithards crossing, Mill Hill station and tunnel (both ends) and the site of St Mary's road bridge are all taken in before arriving at the site of the terminus at Cowes. A variety of views are shown of the old station site at Cowes in the search for any remaining clues left from railway days. 

 Includes constant, well-informed commentary throughout and reference to a vintage map.  

 Running time: 37 minutes (1 disc)  Price: £6.

 

Newport to Wooton Trackbed Tour 2012 

A drive along the station site at Newport with the camera bolted to the top of the car starts this film, followed by a look at the site of the old lifting bridge crossing over the harbour.

The journey through Newport tunnel is then cycled before heading out on the track bed to the east.

The track is faithfully followed until it becomes impassable, rejoining it at a crumbling bridge over Belmont road. Thereafter, easy cycling is encountered (and a red squirrel) on the way to Whippingham station.

Whippingham was once Queen Victoria's private station and many of the original features have  been maintained. Happily, the owners generously allowed full access inside and out for this film and many shots are included here that cannot normally be seen by the passer by.

Further easy cycling east arrives at the old site of Wooton station, before the site of the new station is seen, as part of the preserved Isle of Wight steam railway.

Also included is a walk along the branch at Ashey station, which used to serve the racecourse and quarry, with a good look at the remaining tunnel portal that used to enter the quarry.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary throughout and reference to a vintage map. 

Running time: 52 mins (1 disc)  Price: £7.

 

Sandown to Newport Trackbed Tour 2012

Starting with views of Sandown station, particular attention is paid to the disused Newport platforms and course of the diverging disused track.

A short stretch of track just past Sandown is omitted, where houses have been built over the course of it. Thereafter, all accessible track bed is cycled along the delightful Yar river valley in the direction of Newport.

Access was kindly granted to film platforms and remains in the gardens of disused stations at Newchurch, Horringford and Blackwater. Good views of the platform remains are seen over the fence at Alverstone, the station site at Shide is also taken in as are the remaining platforms at Merstone.

Just short of Newport, the camera is bolted to the roof of a car and the remaining course of the track is driven, noting the site of Newport Pan Lane station, before approaching the site of Newport station. A view of remaining brick abutments that used to support the lifting bridge over the harbour are seen before the journey's end.

Also included is a brief inspection of Shide quarry spur and tunnel.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary and reference to a vintage map. 

Running time: 1 hour 27 minutes (1 disc)  Price: £7.

 

Shanklin to Ventnor Trackbed Tour 2012

A look at the features of Shanklin station starts off this film, with particular attention paid to the disused platforms.

Thereafter, the track bed is cycled, taking in all the remaining features, all the way to Wroxall.

On reaching Wroxall, a branch of Travis Perkins is found to be occupying the station site. Having made friends with the storemen there and allowed them to have a go on the bike, access is gained to their warehouse, in which there are platform remains to be seen. A building which used to be the station hotel (unusually built on the platform) is also taken in, as is the site of the old goods yard with its decaying industrial buildings still standing.

South of Wroxall, the track bed is walked as far as possible, with a short detour around a private nature reserve. A hop over the fence at Manor road bridge sees a short walk along the final few yards to the northern portal of Ventnor tunnel.

An energetic scramble up St Boniface down shows where the two tunnel ventilation shafts were sited (only one now remaining). A view of Ventnor station is also seen from high on the hill with the help of a zoom lens. The film closes with the camera bolted to the roof of a car, travelling the length of Ventnor station site until reaching the southern portal of the tunnel.

From 20/5/12, the addition of a filmed walk through Ventnor tunnel is included. This footage was shot in 2002 by Mr Philip Lindhurst and kindly donated to complete this film. The spectacular length of the tunnel is appreciated along with a rare view up the ventilation shaft, the top of which was seen earlier in the film. The workings in use by the water company are also seen along the way before the walkers emerge into the daylight at the northern end of the tunnel.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary throughout and reference to a vintage map. 

Running time: 59 minutes  (1 disc) Price: £7.

 

Ventnor West to Merstone Trackbed Tour 2012

Starting at the old Ventnor West station on a gloriously sunny day, the course of this line is followed as closely as possible, initially with a camera bolted to the top of a car where roads have been built over the course of the track. Thereafter, all of the accessible track bed is explored on foot all the way to Merstone, taking in the stations of St Lawrence, Whitwell and Godshill along the way.

Where sections are impassable, footpaths that cross the line are used to full effect with a zoom lens taking in much of the untraveled sections. 

Permission was granted to access and film the stations of St Lawrence, Whitwell and Godshill. The platform remaining at Merstone is now a public area so this presented no problem.

Access was also gained to the 619 yard long St Lawrence tunnel with a 5,000,000 candle power torch to illuminate the architecture and see the remains of the mushroom farm.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary throughout and reference to a vintage map. 

Running time: 70 minutes  (1 disc) Price: £7.

 

Freshwater to Newport Trackbed Tour 2012

Starting at the site of Freshwater station, the station sign supports and platform remains are sought out in the store of a garden centre, alongside the well named "End Of The Line" cafe.

The track bed is then cycled alongside the stunning River Yar estuary, past the attractive causeway crossing, before reaching the largely intact station at Yarmouth.

Shortly after Yarmouth, the journey becomes a mixture of walking and cycling all the track bed that is accessible, depending on the terrain. Some overgrown, ploughed over and private sections are not travelled, but zoom lens footage manages to include most of these and all footpaths that cross the line are taken full advantage of. Numerous sites of industrial history are spotted along the way.

Access was granted at the stations of Ningwood, Calbourne & Shalfleet and Watchingwell, including some views inside station buildings. The site of Calbourne viaduct is thoroughly explored showing the remaining concrete footings and brick abutments. Bridges either side of Watchingwell are sought out and filmed as is the site of Gunville bridge. Access to the site of Carisbrooke station was gained and also to Petticoat Lane crossing keeper's cottage to include footage from within the garden showing where the track used to run.

The site of the brick and trestle Towngate viaduct in Newport is explored showing sculptures harking back to the days of the railway that have been left there. The film closes showing the site of the terminus in Newport.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary and reference to a vintage map. 

Running time: 1 hour 45 mins (2 discs) Price: £9.

 

The abandoned Blackgang to Niton road explored 2012

The original road between Blackgang and Niton used to travel along an area known as The Undercliff, one of the most picturesque areas of the Isle of Wight and notoriously prone to landslip. The route was permanently severed  in 1928, when a huge cliff fall at the south-eastern end sent a 150 yard section of it plunging towards the sea. Numerous other landslips have occurred since then, including one in 1994 that severely affected the north-eastern end at the site of Blackgang Chine, the well-know amusement park.

This film starts at the south-eastern end in Niton, following the remaining driveable section with a camera bolted to the top of a car until reaching the site of the 1928 landslip, near the site of what used to be Windy Corner.

Thereafter, having scrambled up the remains of an old footpath that crosses the landslip debris from sea level, the section of road the other side of the landslip area is located and followed on foot, all the way in to Blackgang Chine.

A variety of interesting views are seen, including the remains of the fabled Shakespeare memorial and fountain, which used to grace the roadside was once a listed structure. See also the ruins of the largest remaining house in the condemned area, until recently being restored, now sadly ruined by vandals. Thought to be part of Southview, the estate of Charles Letts the famous diarist, fantastic views across the Channel can be seen here. Bizarre sights, such as exotic trees that adorned the gardens of properties that have long descended the cliff into the sea are not unusual.

The course of the road passes a couple of sheer drops where landslips have left only a thin strip of path in its place, before it arrives in Blackgang. Various views showing the course of the road through Blackgang are included, along with shots of the landslip areas of 1994 that edged ever closer to the amusement park. Finally, views from the top of the cliffs above the old route are seen to show the scale of the landscape and aerial views of the terrain that has been traveled in the film.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary, reference to vintage maps and old photos and short slide show of up to date stills.

 

Running time: 55 minutes (1 disc) Price: £6.

 

 

Brockenhurst to West Moors Disused Railway Line Tour 2013 

Opened in 1847, closed in 1964, explored by Dumpman in 2013.

A recreation of the train journey that used to be possible between Brockenhurst and West Moors, following very nearly all the remaining track bed. 

Starting at Brockenhurst before taking in a view of Lymington junction and then swiftly moving  on to disused track bed through the delightful New Forest. Numerous crossing keeper's cottages are seen along the way as is the station building and platform at Holmsley. Every effort is made to access even the most awkward and overgrown areas. Travel is mostly by bike, sometimes on foot and even by car where a road has been built on the track bed east of Holmsley.

Filming in early April afforded stunning, unfettered views across the New Forest before the summer growth took hold, showing the views that railway travellers would have enjoyed.

The site of Ringwood station is seen, followed by impressive bridge crossings across the River Avon. Over the border into Dorset and the platform remains and station site are seen at Ashley Heath followed by a dead straight section heading into West Moors past a vast M.O.D. fuel dump. The site of West Moors station is pointed out, using the remaining crossing keeper's cottage and railway hotel building as reference points. Also mentioned is the line joining this one from Fordingbridge.

Reference to a vintage map at the end of the film shows the course of the line in relation to the film.

Includes constant, well researched commentary.

Running time: 2 hours (2 discs). Price £10

 

 

Meon Valley Line (Fareham to Alton) Disused Railway Tour 2013 

A detailed film spread over 5 dvd discs, showing an exploration of the vast majority of the track bed, earthworks, tunnels, stations, bridges and other features that remain on this stretch of disused line.

Opened in 1903, closed to passengers in 1955, explored by Dumpman Films in 2013.

This film recreates the journey along the 22 mile track bed of the Meon Valley Line, mostly by bike, partly on foot and briefly by car.

Starting at Fareham and travelling north along the tunnel deviation line, the site of the junctions with the Eastleigh line are shown, as is the remaining platform at Knowle Halt. Thereafter, the line is travelled northwards passing through station areas at Wickham, Mislingford, Droxford, West Meon, Privett, Tisted, Farringdon and finally Alton.

Every effort is made to include as much remaining detail as possible, marvelling at the scale of the earthworks and beauty of the brick structures. The remains visible at both ends of the West Meon viaduct are seen as is the goods yard at Mislingford. The often ignored remaining earthworks at the northern end near Alton are also included and so is the site of missing bridge and embankments over the A32 at Hedge Corner. 

Views of Droxford station are only those from the public way, but the inclusion of landowner agreed visits to stations at Privett and Tisted and exclusive entry to the 1056 yard Privett tunnel with a 5,000,000 candle power torch more than compensate.

Impressive views that train travellers would have enjoyed on both sides of the line are also taken in, including a sunrise over the giant earthworks that straddle the A272.

Reference to a vintage map at the end of the film shows the course of the line in relation to the film.

Probably the most thorough look at this line that has ever been undertaken...

Includes constant, well researched commentary.

Running time: 4 hours and 12 minutes (5 discs). Price £15.

 

A visit to Cannington disused railway viaduct near Lyme Regis 2013

 

This line was a latecomer, opening in 1903 and running from Axminster to Lyme Regis. The viaduct was the most significant engineering feature on the line, being one of the earliest examples of using concrete to build this sort of structure in the South of England. Unfortunately, the western end of it subsided just before the line opened as the sandy soil couldn't bear the weight. Not to be outdone by nature, the engineers built a "jack arch" to support the troublesome end of the viaduct and it still stands to this day. A well known book on the subject published in 1987 claimed that no movement had been detected in the last 80 years. Looking closely at it in 2013, one would conclude that there has been no significant movement for over 105 years, clearly a successful repair then.

The line closed in 1965.

The dip at the western end of the viaduct gave the track the appearance of a switchback or rollercoaster and trains were limited to 25mph as they crossed.

This short film looks closely at the structure as a whole, with distant views from the north and south and close ups from various directions. Particular attention is paid to seeing the inside views of the jack arch and looking along what should have been straight horizontal lines at track bed level to emphasize the subsidence as clearly as possible. Views along the track bed are seen from both ends of the viaduct as are the track bed areas leading up to it.  

A stunning testament to the engineering of the day which shows little sign of deterioration is yours to see up close here.

Includes some commentary, when the windy conditions would allow

Running time: 13 minutes (1 disc). Price £4.

 

Bishops Waltham to Botley Trackbed Tour 2013

Opened in 1863, closed to passengers in 1933, this line soldiered on with goods traffic until 1962 when final closure came.  

Starting at site of Bishops Waltham station, the orientation of the station is speculated upon before hopping on the bike and travelling the first kilometre or so of cyclable track bed. Thereafter, a brief section is bypassed (but admired across a field from a distance) before access to the track is regained on foot close to Bishops Waltham water treatment works.

A delightful stretch of track is then followed close to the Botley road finding a variety of relics along the way until a private section forces a diversion. Next up, a bridge in Calcot Lane is  examined and views along a very overgrown track bed in both directions are taken in. Another short hop finds us at a level crossing near Durley Mill, where the site of Durley Mill Halt is speculated upon, before following the track bed towards Wangfield. Another short section is omitted due to heavy growth before encountering another bridge at Wangfield Lane. Shortly after this the track bed is rejoined running on embankment throught a delightful wooded area. As the approach to Botley is made, the track bed becomes far more heavily ballasted and concrete sleepers are seen before the buffers of a siding are found which runs in to Botley station.

Use of a vintage map shows the course of the track in detail.

Running time: 45 minutes (1 disc). Price: £6.

 

Lyme Regis to Axminster Trackbed Tour 2014

Starting at the site of Lyme Regis station on a gloriously sunny day, the course of this line is followed as closely as possible as it heads north through Uplyme. The majority of the track bed is explored on foot all the way to Axminster, taking in the extraordinary Cannington viaduct and the only intermediate station of Combpyne along the way. Effort was put in to featuring as many of the remaining brick and concrete structures as possible.

Permission was granted to access and film the station area at Combpyne and a section of the track bed leading north from there. The property owner at Combpyne station had an original invitation to an "opening of the line celebration" which he kindly allowed to be featured here. Various other sections were obtained permission for, giving a good flavour of what most of the remaining track bed looks like so many years after closure. Plenty of stunning views across the Devon and Dorset countryside were taken, showing what would have been visible to the rail traveller of days gone by and a few relics or pieces of "treasure" are found along the way and featured.

Close attention to detail is paid at the Cannington viaduct, showing the subsidence that occurred just before the opening of the line and the peculiar looking "jack arch" that was constructed to halt any further movement at the western end. Numerous views at different times of day are included.

The building of the current day A35 cut across the course of the track near Axminster and this exact point is shown. As the line curves towards the current day Axminster station, the embankment and missing bridge are highlighted. A struggle through the undergrowth at Axminster station brings the viewer right up to the platform where the passengers from Lyme Regis would have alighted. Views from the footbridge show the passenger platform on the north side of the station and the goods yard on the south side.   

Includes constant, well-informed commentary and reference to a vintage map.

Running time: 1 hours and 50 mins (2 discs). Price £9.

 

West Bay to Maiden Newton Trackbed Tour 2014

Following an unusual stay of execution, most of this line stayed open until 1975, despite efforts to close it beforehand.

Starting at the delightful remaining station building at West Bay, the first stretch of the line is cycled (on a vintage Raleigh Chopper). A short distance to the north, where roads have been built over the track bed, a roof-mounted camera is bolted to the top of a car and the journey continues past the site of Bridport East Street station to the site of Bridport (Bradpole Road) station.

Thereafter, numerous remaining clues are sought out on accessible sections of the track, which is explored on foot as far as the village of Loders. From there, the bike is adopted once again to travel as far as Powerstock Common, taking in Powerstock station along the way.

Back on foot, a further section is travelled through to the village of Toller Porcorum, showing the platform remains, before travelling east towards Tollerford. A short, overgrown and awkward to access section is omitted before regaining the track bed just outside Maiden Newton. The final stretch is walked into Maiden Newton station.

The residents of Powerstock station have owned and lived in their property since 1968, which is odd considering the line then continued to run for a further seven years ! They very kindly allowed unrestricted filming access to their property, the fruits of which you can see here.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary and reference to a vintage map.

Running time: 2 hours and 9 mins (2 discs). Price £10.


Easton to Weymouth (Portland Railway) Trackbed Tour 2014

Starting at the station site at Easton, remaining clues were sought out before tracing the track bed out on to the cliffs and along the east coast of the island.

The bike was used to travel the coast path as far as the forbidding fence around the ex-Admiralty property, now a private port. Permission was kindly granted to access the port and some accompanied filming was allowed, showing some sections of the largely overgrown route travelling through where the Navy were based until the year 2000. At the time of filming, significant landslides had obliterated the track bed where it ran close to sea level through the port property, but a well preserved and listed viaduct made the visit very worthwhile.

The route through Castletown and the site of Portland Hospital Halt was speculated on and partly filmed, before moving round to the site of both the first and second Portland stations. A short section was filmed with the camera bolted to the roof of the car, before reverting to the bike for the remainder of the journey.

This consisted of crossing the Fleet and travelling the Rodwell trail, taking in Wyke Regis Halt, Sandsfoot Castle Halt, Rodwell, Westham Halt, Melcombe Regis and finally Weymouth.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary and reference to a vintage map.

Running time: 1 hours and 19 mins (1 disc). Price £8.

 

Abbotsbury to Upwey Junction Tracked Tour 2014 

 

Starting at Abbotsbury, permission to film was obtained from the owner of the house that now occupies the station site. A number of interesting relics were seen in the back garden of the property that would not normally be visible to users of the nearby right of way along the track bed, including a siding and a remaining wall of the original station building. Also looked at in some detail was the perfectly preserved goods shed and the derelict engine shed.

The bike was then used to travel the track bed in the direction of Portesham, taking in views of a well preserved track side hut along the way and some superb views of the surrounding countryside.

Portesham station is now a delightful holiday cottage and the owners again kindly allowed filming around the site, where in addition to the station building, there is a goods shed and loading gauge remaining.

East of Portesham, your cameraman was on foot walking accessible sections and occasionally walking around heavily overgrown sections. Large stretches of track bed remain open on the way to Coryates Halt and onwards towards the site of Friar Waddon Halt. A similar mix of walkable and overgrown track bed continue right the way up to Upwey station, where permission was once again granted to roam and film at will.

The 600 yard section between Upwey and Upwey Junction is party built on, but the final, notoriously steep embankment running into the terminus was located and walked. Various shots around Upwey Junction were filmed, indicating the steep approach and marked difference in height between that of the incoming Abbotsbury branch and the still used track that runs south towards Weymouth.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary, reference to a vintage map and a slide show of stills.

Running time: 1 hours and 29 mins (1 disc). Price: £8.


Weymouth Quay Line travelled 2014

 

Starting at Weymouth Quay Ferry Terminal, some shots are taken before travelling the line. Then, with the camera bolted to the top of a car, the line is driven in the early morning (so as to be less cluttered by traffic) as faithfully as possible towards Weymouth station. Sights along the way include the remaining platform at Custom House Quay, Town Bridge and the additional loop that the GWR built in the 1930s to ease the steepness of one of the original curves.

Near Weymouth station, your cameraman roams on foot to obtain a couple of shots of the line travelling through "green lanes" through the town as it makes its way towards what used to be a huge siding area. 

Includes constant, well-informed commentary, reference to a vintage map and a slide show of stills.

Running time:  13 mins (1 disc). Price: £4.

 

The Westerham Branch Line travelled 2016 

This little branch line was destined to become another preservation success story in the early 1960s, until the powers that be decided to build the M25 motorway along a sizable section of it. Much energy and private finance went into the Westerham Valley Association in an attempt to keep it open with a mixture of commuter and tourist traffic. Sadly, this was not to be and the sections of track bed that escaped being buried under the motorway now remain in short, truncated sections.

The aim of this film was to travel the track bed as faithfully as possible on foot, starting at the eastern end at Dunton Green station. Trains still stop at Dunton Green on the line between Sevenoaks and Orpington, but the branch heading west from here to Westerham has been disused since 1961. 

Views around Dunton Green station are taken in, showing the course of travel of the branch line and descending through the subway that still runs under it. Further west, a railway bridge is travelled under, carrying the main road through Dunton Green, before emerging into countryside where an overgrown track bed is followed. Various relics of the railway are seen on the way to Chevening Halt, as are far reaching views of the North Downs that would have been enjoyed by rail travellers in times gone by.

The cutting which was willfully filled in by Kent County Council, containing Chevening Halt is viewed and the positions of the station entry steps and missing bridge are pointed out. 

Moving west again, the track bed is regained right next to junction 5 of the motorway and travelled a short distance before it is covered by the road. Views from two motorway bridges are used to show the course of the track along the motorway before reaching Brasted station (changed to Brasted Halt from 1955).

The motorway covers the track bed at Brasted station, but the site remains accessible, albeit without the station building. A view from Station Road shows the access road to the station and entrance to the station master's house, which still exists as a private residence. Right next to an incredibly noisy westbound hard shoulder, the site of the station building is shown as is the goods and coal yard.

Another move west shows the track bed diverging south of the M25 and an overgrown, tree-lined embankment is followed as far as Beggar's Lane. Crossing Beggar's Lane, the course of the track is followed across a field, before being covered by back garden extensions on the outskirts of Westerham.

Arriving at Westerham, the slim remaining evidence of the terminus is taken in, including the site of the station building and drop off area, the position of The Crown hotel and the base of the five tonne yard crane.

Thereafter, a lunatic journey is made on the westbound M25 with a camera attached to the roof of a car to the show the course of the track from a motorist's viewpoint, showing the site of Brasted station among others. 

Includes constant, well-informed commentary, reference to a vintage map and a slide show of stills taken during filming.

Running time: 1 hour & 6 minutes (1 disc). Price: £7.

 

 

Hawkhurst Branch Line Explored 2016

Starting at Hawkhurst station site, remaining clues are sought out, including a look inside the remaining engine shed. Thereafter, the course of the track is filmed from public roads until Badger's Oak tunnel, where the track is travelled to Cranbrook station. The owners of the delightful Cranbrook station were very kind in allowing access, as was the owner of the goods shed. The track bed is followed north of Cranbrook most of the way to Goudhurst. The site of Pattenden siding is seen and the owner of Risebridge Farm kindly allowed access to include views along the track bed running there. 

 

Goudhurst station site was not accessed, but the site of the level crossing is shown and the position of the station buildings are pointed out using public ways. Track bed between Goudhurst and Smallbridge was not accessed, but is seen through a long lens from surrounding public footpaths and the site of the level crossing at Smallbridge is shown. Track bed north of Smallbridge as far as Horsmonden was not accessed, with the exception of some views from Brick Kiln Lane.

Horsmonden station site was not accessed, but views of the station building and station master's house are seen from the public road, before visiting Horsmonden tunnel. Track bed north of Horsmonden tunnel was only seen from the footpath at Swigs Hole valley and include the splendid bridge and huge embankment there. From Yew Tree Green Lane the alignment of the track bed running north is shown and accessed by two footpaths before reaching Churn Lane, where the site of the level crossing is shown. Thereafter, the track is accessed at Willow Lane, where the site of the level crossing is shown, followed by Queen Street, where the site of the demolished bridge is shown and the alignment indicated.

The final point of access was a footpath crossing the line near the junction with the main line at Paddock Wood, showing a concrete stile believed to date back to railway days. The course of the track is then followed to a point just short of the junction with the main line. Paddock Wood is reached and views are taken from the footbridge just east of the station, showing where the branch line would have joined the main line. Further views are taken from the footbridge actually at the station and from the Hawkhurst platform.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary. Reference to a vintage map is made at the end of the film, followed by a slide show of stills taken en route.


Running time: 2 hours and 27 mins (3 discs). Price: £12.

 

 

Moretonhampstead to Bovey Tracey Explored 2016


Starting at Moretonhampstead, various remains were seen including the goods shed, listed engine shed and a stretch of platform. This was followed by a short stretch of the Wray Trail, giving way to farm track after a short diversion.

Spectacular granite bridges, towering embankments and deep, rocky cuttings are seen en route to Lustleigh.

The owners of Lustleigh station kindly allowed access to film and extensive views of this picture postcard location are seen.

Various picturesque bridges in the village of Lustleigh are seen before moving off in another deep cutting towards the site of Lustleigh Mill, where a spectacular granite two-arch viaduct is seen.

A stretch of inaccessible track bed follows, which includes the equally spectacular, three-arch Knowle viaduct. Although the track bed was not followed at this point, maximum use is made of views from the public way before the summer leaves obscured the view.

The site of Pullabrook (Hawkmoor) Halt is shown from the road that served it, while not walking the track as it was being used as a cow feeding station.

The bike was then used to travel the track bed in the direction of Bovey Tracey, taking in the superb views of the surrounding countryside and any other railway related relics along the way. Numerous views around the station at Bovey close the film.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary, reference to a vintage map and a slide show of stills.


Running time: 1 hours and 59 mins (2 discs). Price: £11.

 

West Moors to Salisbury (Alderbury Junction) 2017

 

An early victim of Beeching's cuts; this line is followed as faithfully as possible on foot, searching out all visible remains, including numerous crossing keepers' cottages and the station sites at West Moors, Verwood, Daggons Road, Fordingbridge, Breamore, Downton and Alderbury Junction.

Starting at West Moors, the position of the original station and M.O.D. fuel siding is shown, as is the still remaining crossing keeper's cottage.

Various sections of track bed are travelled towards Verwood station, taking in crossing keepers' cottages at Neville Lane, Revel's Crossing and Horton Common Crossing. Past Verwood, a couple of bridges are used as vantage points before travelling the track bed across Cranborne Common, showing an assortment of bridges and crossings before arriving at Daggons Road station, where remaining clues are captured.

Significant sections of track bed are then travelled on the way to Fordingbridge, taking in the huge embankment and river crossing at the approach to the station. John Loader, the industry now occupying Fordingbridge station site, kindly allowed free access to film the station area. 

More track bed was accessed north of Fordingbridge, until the public path was joined at Upper Burgate, leading to the one remaining station building at Breamore. Continuing north, two further crossing keepers cottages are spotted before the missing bridge over the River Avon and the approach to Downton. After showing Downton station site, the site of Downton tunnel is shown and then a variety of sections of track bed are again followed, taking in various hidden bridges and heading into Alderbury. Remaining sections of track bed are explored on the north side of Alderbury (near the abandoned canal) before searching for clues in the undergrowth on the north side of the A36. The site of Alderbury Junction platforms is shown. The film ends with reference to a vintage map and a slideshow of stills taken along the way.

Contains constant informed, running commentary throughout.

 

 

 

Running time: 3 hours and 45 mins (4 discs). Price: £13.

 

  Christchurch to Ringwood 2017

 

A recreation of the railway journey that used to be possible between Christchurch and Ringwood up until closure in 1935; following very nearly all the remaining track bed and searching out all visible remains.

Starting at Christchurch, the position of the original station is shown, before taking in views of where the track ran, through the eastern edge of the town next to the River Avon. 

The track bed is then joined at Dudmoor Lane and travelled by bike to Hurn station, taking in the views that travellers would have enjoyed.

Hurn station area and building is shown in some detail, including the positions of now removed platforms, crossings and structures. The final section of track bed leaving the station area to the north is followed right up to where it joins the A338. Attaching a very home-made camera mount to the sunroof opening of a car (Polocam), the section of track covered by the A338 is travelled as far as Leybrook Common, where it diverges east on to Wattens Lane and then in to the forest.

Remaining track bed is then followed on foot until just north of the access road to Kittens Farm where private gardens of the Avon Castle estate restrict access. The owners of the private station at Avon Lodge allowed access and this is shown is in detail. Some short sections of track are then shown on foot before the track joins Castleman's Corkscrew on the outskirts of Ringwood, where the remaining journey is carried out by bike and car. The film ends with reference to a vintage map and a slideshow of stills taken along the way.

Contains constant informed, running commentary throughout.

 

 

Running time: 1 hour and 40 mins (2 discs). Price: £10.