The Southern Region of
British Railways was one of the last parts of the national railway network to
use steam locomotives from the days of the pre-grouping companies.
These helped maintain the
atmosphere of each of the main constituent parts of the old Southern Railway
well into the 1960s. In this DVD, Geoff Holyoake’s professional 16mm colour
cine films bring the Southern Region of the 1960s back to life - from the
Eastern Division through the Central and the Western Divisions.
Here we can see once again
push-pull Hs and M7s, Brighton “Terriers” and Radial tanks, as well as the
Pacifics, Moguls and BR Standard classes that all went to make up the most
varied selection of steam motive power on British Railways in the 1960s.
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.