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Ribblehead Viaduct - A Celebration


Ribblehead Viaduct - A Celebration

Ref: KF209D


A celebration of this structure spanning the area known as Batty Green in the stunning area of Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales.

The story of Ribblehead viaduct's construction in the mid 1800s and renovation in the 1990s, including footage of the re-building techniques. We hear from the resident engineer who masterminded the re-building and from the archeologist who studied the navvy camps of Batty Green where the men and women who built the viaduct lived.

A remarkable event was held in July 2007 which saw over 2000 members of the public arrive at Ribblehead station and then walk over the viaduct. Footage of this momentous day forms much of this DVD with stunning

views of the walkers and the surrounding area from the top of the mighty structure.

We hear from Mike Harding, who opened the walk, and from TV weatherman John Mitchell. They tell how their personal interest in the Settle­Carlisle Railway brought them out to join the walk.

The whole event was organised by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line, whose co-ordinator Ruth Evans reflects on the day's event.

A superb programme to commemorate this historic occasion.





First published on DVD: 2007
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 40 mins (0hr 40mins)

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Secrets of Blea Moor & Ribblehead (55-mins)


Secrets of Blea Moor & Ribblehead (55-mins)

Ref: KF114D


There is more fascination about the great viaduct at Ribblehead than any other facet on the wonderful Settle-Carlisle Railway; thousands of visitors a year park-up or ride the train to Ribblehead just to view the awe inspiring structure.

This DVD documentary explores the incredible achievement by the engineers and navvies of the mid Victorian period who designed and built the structure at Ribblehead and the legendary tunnel at Blea Moor.

We hear from men who work the desolate signalbox at Blea Moor and from families who lived in the railway houses nearby. We also talk to the 20th century engineers who had the task of renovating the viaduct in the early 1990s which actually resulted in the saving of the whole line. We investigate the remains of the navvy camps and brick works at nearby Batty Green and the spoils of the engineering works on the site.





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The Last Steam Train - The Story of the Fifteen Guinea Special  (??-mins)


The Last Steam Train - The Story of the Fifteen Guinea Special (??-mins)

Ref: KF230D


An in-depth look at the last scheduled steam train operated by British Railways in 1968. Archive films from the day of 11th August and the run-up to the final day. Interviews with some of the crews involved and passengers on the train from Liverpool to Carlisle and return. Published 1st August 2013 to co-incide with the 45th anniversary of the end of BR steam.





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The Settle-Carlisle Railway - The Line that refused to die


The Settle-Carlisle Railway - The Line that refused to die

Ref: KF101D


Britain’s most best-loved railway, with its route over the ‘roof’ of England, the spectacular Settle-Carlisle railway (called ‘the line that should never have been built’) runs through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Britain and also takes in the architecture of the bridges and viaducts en-route.

From its very beginnings in the early 1870s, through to its heyday in the early 20th century, we look at this famous line in detail.

Enjoy a journey along the line and see its most magnificent structures, including a detailed look at Ribblehead viaduct with its restoration to enable continued traffic in the early 1990s.

We talk to railwaymen about their experiences in steam days and hear from historians about the many accidents on the route in the 1900s.

Much of this combined volume (from The Line that Refused to Die and Ten Years of Progress) uses archive film to show the techniques of signalling and the last through passenger services in the early 1980s.

The huge success of the Settle-Carlisle in recent times has been spurred on by the massive investment in the track and by the renovation of many station buildings. We have footage of repairs to stations and track renewals taking place.

The railway is now an important diversionary route and has many specials too – we see steam excursions in this dvd, including a very special freight train run in 2000 using the LMS 8F No. 48151.

The ultimate Settle-Carlisle programme!





Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Running Time: 90mins (1hr 30mins)

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The Story of the Settle & Carlisle (90-mins)


The Story of the Settle & Carlisle (90-mins)

Ref: KF214D


A new documentary telling the whole story of England’s most famous railway.

This 90-minute DVD covers the building of the line in the 1870s, the operation of the railway through the years to near closure in the 1980s. A unique survey of the line includes the stations and structures throughout the 72-mile long railway. Interviews with the key people involved with the rescue of the railway in the 1980s and those who have overseen the virtual complete renovation of the track and stations in the 21st century which has allowed passenger and freight traffic to boom.

Full of archive film from the Settle-Carlisle line’s past





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The Long Drag (48-mins)


The Long Drag (48-mins)

Ref: KF122D


An award-winning documentary made in 1963 about the Settle-Carlisle Railway. Filmed between 1960 and 1963 by Peter Boocock, a keen film maker from West Yorkshire, the film portrays an era on the line when titled trains were still evident and hauled by Peak Class diesels with freight still handled by steam. We see the line before its final run-down and view the stations and the structures with all their fittings. The filming period also includes the severe winter of 1962/3 and brings to reality the harshness of a snow covered Pennine route.





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