Cat no. 1107

Cambridge to Mildenhall Railway

Running time11:06 Colour Sound 1959 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Scenes shot from a train travelling from Cambridge to Mildenhall station.


AmateurTravel / Travelogue

Opening shots show a steam train at Cambridge station and shots of the station seen from the train as it approaches. There are other trains and people standing on the platform. The train departs to call at another halt. Throughout the film there are shots of the line from the train and of the station as the train approaches. These are followed by shots of the train approaching the station. There are interior scenes of a signal box before the train continues to Barnwell Junction. There are views of houses and fields taken from the train as it passes. It stops at Quy and Bottisham and Lode. There are shots of the interior of the cab showing the fire and the driver. The train continues to Burwell where there are high angle shots of the station and of the train as it leaves. From the train, there are shots of cows as it continues onto Fordham. Passengers alight at Fordham and the train continues to Mildenhall. There are shots of workmen on the line and of the trains' coupling. The engine is filmed on the turntable. This is turned by two men. There are further shots of the station, including two young men loading a motorbike onto the train. The guard poses with his flag before rejoining the train. The train departs.

Background Information:

The Cambridge to Mildenhall railway was 20 3/4 miles long. It opened in two parts. That from Cambridge to Fordham on 2nd June, 1884 and to Mildenhall on 1st April, 1885. There was always a problem with lack of passenger traffic on the line. In 1913 a 'push and pull' service was introduced to replace the slow turn round at Mildenhall. However, this turn round can be seen in this film. diesels took over the line in 1958. This steam train must have been one of the last to use the line. The railway had intermediate stations at Barnwell Junction, Fen Ditton, Quy, Bottisham and Lode, Swaffham Prior, Burwell, Exning Road, Fordham, Isleham and Worlington Golf Links Halt. Passenger services were halted on 18th June, 1962. Goods traffic ceased on 19th April, 1965.Michael Gates worked at Pye

Featured Organisations:

British Railways

Featured Buildings:

Barnwell Junction Station; Fordham Station; Bottisham and Lode Station; Mildenhall Station; Burwell Station Quy Station; Cambridge Station

Michael Gates

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