i love your films very intresting , i have walked and explored alot of these places too , and there si loads mor ei want to see pls keep up teh good work
If you want to branch out onto the water then how about the Ouse navigation which ends right under the Ouse Valley Viaduct at 1 end and Newhaven harbour at the other. The navigation has never been officially abandoned and there are plenty of interesting things to see. The navigation passes right by Sheffield Park station and through the area known as Barcombe mills. You get a whole new perspective filming from the river. Keep the filming up. Redshirt
HI I have recently moved to the uk from Austraila, I am a keen Tunnel investigator in my Home province of Queensland, I am very interested in getting you involved in my latest tunneling project, I could really use your expert local advice. please contact me on my email address, I am also interested in setting up a uk website detailing all my Aus exploits. Could you help me with this???. Tunnel on Dude. Ed.
We came across Chris' films as we were once lucky enough to live in the house where Magnus Volk lived and although we had read a book about his life, we were really interested to learn more about his invention, the "Daddy Long Legs". The film gave a really fascinating insight into his work and what a brilliant inventor he was. The footage is amazing and the commentary superb. We have since become addicted to these films and Chris really makes you feel you are right there next to him on his many journeys. The brilliant thing is, we're not getting covered in mud, stung by nettles, chased off land by angry farmers, etc. etc. Long may you continue to produce such interesting films and thank you for keeping a record of our local history, especially all those places which fall victim to the bulldozer.
Well what can I say!! These films are bloomin marvellous. I was not sure what to expect, but these are professional quality and with such informative and funny commentry all along the way. I have found myself now using terms like "Let's see what we can see" at work!!! A wonderful gift for anyone, these really are worht the money and I am going to order more!. Thanks for being the "Schoolboy" for all of us and not getting bitten by dogs too much
hey chris how are you can you please come to the shop TIMESLIP DVDS BRIGHTONas ive sold all those films you left and have another order so call me on 07909847097 to arrange times etc nice one mick timeslip
What a great site! Any chance of any Hampshire films please? I'm glad I'm not the only one who drives miles out of their way to trace old railway lines!
Hi Chris - another triumph with the Midhurst-Chichester DVD, lots of memories there. The fire in the C2X that fell in the river in 1951 burned for longer than it might have because two of us went up there each night to ensure the gravity feed from the upset tender and first wagon continued to function. Eventually got caught and thrown off the site. I consider you were very badly treated by the Cocking station owners. If they really didn't want you there, a polite no would have been enough. To ignore letters like that only displays very poor breeding. I am not usually so bold but somewhere in the mid 1970s I just drove up to the front door of the station and asked if I could take some photographs. The owners, possibly the same ones as now, possibly not, were out but their son, then about 10, took me round and I have nice ones of the front and rear elevations when the conversion was just about finished. He then took me INSIDE but with warnings that his folks might not want it photographed. I should have sneaked a few but at the time I had an old SLR with a shutter release that sounded like working the bolt on a 303. I can remember a beautiful galleried lounge, some serious money spent there. Just the pinprick of all those missed opportunities with the camera. Looking forward to the Petersfield DVD. Keep it up and don't let the NIMBYs get you down. Best wishes, Alan.
WE HAVE ACTUALLY STAYED AT DOUSLAND STATION WHEN IT WAS A HOLIDAY LET AND THOUGHT THE AMOUNT OF DETAIL THAT THE OWNERS PUT IN TO RETAIN THE STATIONS UNIQUE HISTORY WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC.WE DO NOT KNOW IF THEY ARE STILL LETTING IT OUT AS A HOLIDAY LET BUT WE HAD A FANTASTIC TIME AND THEY MUST BE CONGRATULATED.
What a great piece of work the Midhurst-Pulborough DVD is. I was a boarder at Midhurst school 1949-56 and spent most of my pocket money travelling in both directions on the line, also walking a good bit of it while it was still open. In Feb. 1955 I travelled in the last compartment of the last coach of the last regular passenger train to leave Midhurst. Memories are still fresh , I only regret not taking more photographs at the time. Now going to buy the Chichester DVD and looking forward to the Petersfield one. I hope you enjoy making them as much as we enjoy looking at them.
Just finished the Rye and Camber Tramway DVD. Can't really describe just how good this film is. I visited Rye last week and wasn't able to walk the entire tramway, so this more than compensates. A +++++
A pleasure to do buisness with,trust worty,value for money,yet done in a light hearted way with plenty of info,highly recommend
Dear Chris, I am extremely thrilled with your presentation of the (Guildford to Christ's Hospital)journey and it is a great help to me to be able to see the route in its entirety at the present time. Apart from the railway interest aspect it is a delightful record scenically and my wife and I enjoyed it immensely. Let me know when you intend to start on the Midhurst to Petersfield branch. All the best Vic Dr J C V Mitchell Middleton Press
Hi there, I have been enjoying your webstie for the past hour and thought I would congratulate you, it is unique. You seem to be the man to talk to about disused railway tunnels. I am looking for info on any old tunnels you can still walk through, apart from Lywood, and any other places with a similar ambience in Sussex/Surrey for a project I am working on. Any info would be helpful. Thanks Guy
Being a big enthusiast on the Selsey Tram, I thought it best to buy the DVD on this route a little while back. What fantastic footage! This really was well worth every penny. Loving the humour also! Me and a fellow enthusiast have actually cleared all of the undergrowth off the concrete platform and base of the waiting shelter at Chalder, this being completley obscured by vegitation in your DVD. Maybe a return visit is in order when you are fit! Feel free to contact me, if you want any pictures of Chalder after clearance. All the best Matt
Dear Dumpman, Hiya.. I've just purchased the dvd on the stations from Christ's Hospital to Shoreham. I with another chap pulled the line up from Christ's Hospital to Partridge Green when I was 21 and I am now 64. We removed all the chairs and loaded them onto artics which use to bog down in the granite shingle at 16 tons a time. We removed the chairs and loaded 7 artics a day who took the chairs up north to be smelted. I did find a very old chair which was dated 18?? I threw that chair to one side and it rolled down the bank and is probably still there very near West Grinstead station. Thats it regards Stan
Hi just seen the Lyminster DVD - what an enjoyable bit of film, much enhanced by historical footage albeit destruction! Well done Dumpman, another marvellous tour!
Just got the 8 disc set "Abandoned Railways of Sussex" - really great watching. All done with humour and very interesting commentary. This is real history and is well worth the viewing! Thanks Dumpman.
Thanks for the Clayton Tunnel film, good work appreciated by the whole family!
Thank you for filming the wonderful lines of Midhurst to Pulborough and Midhurst to Chichester absolutely fascinating, i walk up the bit between Chichester and Lavant regalarly with my Dog and look out for the railway furniture and have recently spotted an old farm crossing that is covered over by bushes opposite the bridge that is the next entrance off by Bishop Luffa. You are an absolute Star!