162 entries.
Ken Brett Ken Brett from The Internet wrote on 10 August 2015 at 11:20 am
Your travels over the old lines in the Isle of Wight bring back many memories of these trains. It was in April 1957 that I was on a ten day school journey to Sandown when I was an eleven year old school boy. We had to keep a diary, which at the time seemed a bit of a bind, but I still have it. Over that period we travelled on the lines daily. The Freshwater and Ventnor West lines had closed and I am not sure about the line from Ryde to Newport. I see from my notes that we used the line from Sandown to Newport, Shanklin, Ventnor and Cowes. My memory that stands out during that period is when we visited Carisbrooke Castle. We travelled from Sandown to Shide and then from Shide to Newport. I can still see the train coming into Shide station and the token being exchanged before it stopped. We must have been some of the last visitors to use the Sandown Newport line as it appears to have been closed later in the year. Thanks for the memory.
Mike Izzard Mike Izzard from The Internet wrote on 10 March 2015 at 8:42 pm
Hi!!!Just watched your brilliant coverage of the Clayton Railway Tunnel and Cottage. I must say I enjoyed it greatly...amazed at how much access you gained not only of the cottage but the secret tunnel behind the cottage and down at trackside too. The story of the tunnel being haunted after the 1861 train crash was very interesting...and your footage looking down the 2266 yard tunnel was great. How I'd love to live in that cottage with the trains rumberling by underneath...great stuff!! The views across the area were great too, with the ventilator shafts etc...great viewing!!! Top work Chris, off to check out your other films now. All the very best, Mike
F F from The Internet wrote on 24 January 2015 at 9:59 pm
Hi, I would like to see your video of the dyke railway, as a child it was my playground, we walked out of our back garden in Rowan Avenue, onto the track which was a cutting at that point, walked down to the farm by the trees in knoll park before the park was there, the line came up the back of the houses in lower Elm Drive & Acacia, crossed the road by Harringtons Coach works, where our father worked for 24 years. Out of our back garden and walking north we crossed Hangleton road, the waste ground where they had occasional fairs, car sales lots, Billy Grahams tent when he came to convert us, across West Way & climbed up the chalk mountain onto the track and from there stayed on the track right up to Dyke station which we walked often, it was a shame when the council started filling up the cutting behind our house with rubbish, digging out the mountain & ruining our playground, later on I worked for Hall & Co and we carried chalk from the track up behind the Downsman Pub when the council was using that bit as a dump as well. When I looked at this I hoped you had old film actually from the trains, but I’ve probably seen more of the track than most still alive.
Shaun Underhill Shaun Underhill from The Internet wrote on 27 October 2014 at 4:36 pm
Hi, Just bought your Freshwater - Newport railway walk DVD off ebay. I thought it was very good, quirky yet intersting and informative. I'd love to have seen a couple of archive shots just to show what some of these places did look like. Carisbrooke Station site would have been a good example as it's totally vanished. On my honeymoon back in 1982 we visited this location and I later did an oil painting of the station based on old photos - once a member of the Guild of Railway Artists. I'll look forward to seeing some more of these films, keep up the great work. Cheers Shaun
P P from The Internet wrote on 14 August 2014 at 11:58 am
Many thanks for swift delivery of your excellent dvd. I remember Hellingly hospital. So sad to see it in such a state Anyway, keep exploring.
Mike Mike from The Internet wrote on 29 May 2014 at 12:08 pm
Hi Chris, trust you are well. Just ordered the remaining Isle of Wight films that you had done. I must tell you that I think they are fantastic! I had no idea about the Ventnor West tunnel! Thanks to you I managed to find it !!!! I was also brave enough to take the chance to walk the full length of it too! Fantastic to still feel the ghostly rumble of steam trains roaring through it! Managed also thanks to you to find the old north side entrance to the Shanklin / Ventnor tunnel. Such a great shame the trains stop at Shanklin now and don't carry on to Ventnor which has so much to offer now. Anyway thank you again Chris for doing so many brilliant videos. Your hard work has made many many people very happy. My very best wishes to you Sir! kind regards Mike
Anonymous Anonymous from The Internet wrote on 30 April 2014 at 1:01 pm
Hi, just a quick note,excellent DVD, my son and me watched it tonight and both thought it was a cracking watch cheers for that and top marks cheers g
Maria Maria from The Internet wrote on 30 January 2014 at 9:16 pm
Hi Chris I previously bought your collection of Sussex disused railways which I love and at Christmas, my husband bought me the A23 DVD which is FAB. I loved watching it and didn't want it to end and will be buying a copy for my Dad as it was with him that I used to traverse up and down it as a child in the car. I especially loved the old map section at the end. One final memory was that when my eldest daughter was about 2/3 years old, the old (and no more) Little Chef at Hickstead was the first place I ever took her to eat out! It was also interesting to see the Kings Head Pub at Albourne. I noticed a Gorilla's head was shown as the pub sign but do you remember in the film 'Carry on at your Convenience', on the pub crawl on the way back from Brighton, they stopped at the Kings Head, Albourne and the sign was actually a more regal head (perhaps Henry VIII from memory). Anyway, I've waffled anough here but if I could put my one 'wish' forward, it would be for the same DVD but of the A29, Ockley to Bognor Regis. This road ahs seen many changes both in layout and surroundings / shops etc over the years and there are still some remnants of old placed along the route. Thanks Chris. I love the films. All the best Maria (ex London & Sussex - now up North)!
Anonymous Anonymous from The Internet wrote on 13 January 2014 at 10:20 pm
Hello Chris, thank you so much for the two films covering the Meon Valley & the Bishops waltham line. Both are superb, the Meon Vally particually so! I have orderd further of your works. Have you considerd filming the remains of The Basingstoke to Alton Light railway? there are a few bits left but they are going fast.Your films will become an important historical document in years to come. All the Best, Roger...
S S from The Internet wrote on 3 January 2014 at 9:15 pm
Thank you for the Dvds. We have had an enjoyable time watching them. I used to live near Brockenhurst in New Milton. I also spent a few childhood years in Bexhill.
CT CT from The Internet wrote on 14 November 2013 at 4:57 pm
Our fave films are Isle of Wight - loved to bits the old road by Blackgang - we never plucked up the courage to go down there and now we dont need to as you did it for us! Think we have all your Island films. Whenever we think we miss the Isle we watch your films and we are back again! thanks for doing all this stuff , it is almost as good as being there.
H H from The Internet wrote on 10 October 2013 at 4:58 pm
I think that you are wonderful. I bought several dvds for my Husband's presents this year but I have enjoyed and watched them all myself. I love your work. I came from the Isle of Wight and my parents ran the cafe at the Toll Gate at Bembridge Harbour until Dr. Beeching closed the railway! We then moved to Lake and all the drivers used to wave at us when they passed the end of our garden. Many of the drivers became personal family friends so it was not surprising that I eventually married a man who is very keen on both model railways and steam railways! Sincere thanks for your excellent work.
Heather Wilson Heather Wilson from The Internet wrote on 10 October 2013 at 4:20 pm
Brilliant films! Bought them for my Husband's Christmas present and have enjoyed "checking" them all.
Anonymous Anonymous from The Internet wrote on 16 September 2013 at 12:34 pm
Thanks so much , the West Pier dvd was fantastic and brought back memories of my visit on the old lady but wasn't allowed to visit the main pavilion as they said it was too dangerous and your so lucky to have been allowed and actually walk on the actual floor and go upstairs on the balcony , many thanks , Michael
Dave Dave from The Internet wrote on 13 September 2013 at 12:00 pm
Chris, just finished watching Shanklin to Ventnor. Excellent! Loved the bit when you went into that building in Wroxall and found bits of platform on the floor! I also loved seeing the North portal and the bit where you're above the tunnel on the Downs. Always wanted to do that since I was a kid on holiday there! The tunnel walk video at the end is also great -- well done for getting hold of it.
Anonymous Anonymous from The Internet wrote on 30 August 2013 at 2:09 pm
An add on was a mention of the colourful man Dave Milham who kicked Isfield off. A very funny,dodgy articulate, charasmatic 'geezer'who I thoroughly liked unlike some others!! His version, one of many stories I could relay,of the day of the auction of the derelict Isfield stn, he'd gone along with his wife just to have a day out, and no purpose to buy.He said to her, what price would you pay for it?and she said whimsically £50000? When the bidding reached that figure, he said, 'well, go on then', she put her hand up in a reactionary way, and to her relief was outbid for £50500, 'one more' he said, and one very run down stn, and a mile of track was owned. Dave and his family sat in the 'Fish' pub next door, and with glazed expressions they all said 'what the f*^~*"g hell are we going to do now? Build houses? Wait and sell it as an investment? Live there? His son said turn it into a preserved railway? Even though Dave knew nothing about railways local history was born. A locomotive from Turkey , and a pullman coach were bought amongst other artefacts.Unfortunately not with us anymore, I miss his character. Regards again Rich
Anonymous Anonymous from The Internet wrote on 30 August 2013 at 1:48 pm
Thoroughly enjoyed your treks on Uckfield&Sheffield Park lines to Lewes. How you managed to commentate on minimal points of viewpoints,and not annoy the viewer is incredibly hard, so 'amazingly' well done you.A couple of updates if you didnt know already. The BR enamel at Barcombe Mills I've looked at for over thirty years has now been 'taken' sadly. There was a signal box where you mentioned some sleepers with chairs at same station,and there was an auction in the early 90's of the land south of Isfield, and bought by residence to stop any extension £20,000, I believe was the price. Thanks again Chris for capturing moments in time and places, that will be precious in the future. Best regards Rich
Bill Bill from The Internet wrote on 3 July 2013 at 4:41 pm
I watched some of your Dvd's and loved them.I also you should come to Portsmouth and exlore wymering manor and the Hilsea lines.The hilsea lines are completely derelict and wymering manor is haunted although A trust owns it now I would recommend you ask there premison first,also we have sevral great Railway stations
Bill Bill from The Internet wrote on 1 July 2013 at 7:46 pm
I watched your west pier DVD brilliant I think you should go to the hilsea lines In portsmouth if you arrive at cosham station you will love it
Anonymous Anonymous from The Internet wrote on 6 June 2013 at 6:32 am
Thank you for the excellent DVD on the BW to Botley line. I just remember standing at the closed crossing gates waiting for the train to pass in the late 50's early 60's. My grandmother travelled to London as a passenger before 1933. You'll be pleased to know that the local Museum currently has a two week exhibition on the BW line and it's effect on BW. The crossing gates were removed for restoration and painting for the 150th anniversary but unfortunately have not been replaced yet. I will let others know about the DVD as I am sure there will be more people interested. Such a shame parts are now private and the line cannot be followed all the way to Botley, there is a local group hoping to do something about this.