The last years of steam on
British Railways have been well documented, particularly in photographs. During
that time moving picture recordings were rare, with only the most dedicated
enthusiasts being able to afford the use of cine film.
Geoff Holyoake was among that
number, and this DVD features some of the most evocative sequences he captured.
Geoff’s home was near the South Western Main Line of the Southern Region in the
1960s and he recorded the last days of steam on what was to become the last
steam main line of all, filming the King Arthurs, Charlies and Bulleid Pacifics
as well as some of the final examples of the pre-grouping engines that worked
This is his record of his own
favourite railway in the Sixties - the South Western lines.
Geoff Holyoake is a legend
among railway enthusiasts. He was one of the small elite who used 16mm film
rather than 8mm, producing films for commercial sale under the Meteor Films
banner. His passion, skill and determination to capture the age of steam on
film before it was too late ensured that, today, we have an incredible archive
of footage showing the great locomotives, the historic lines and the beginning
of the preservation movement.