Title ID 3378Collection ID433
Title[Old Steam Railways]
Date[ca. 1938]
CollectionEric Sparks
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsRailway Stations Railways Trains Transport Travel
LocalFittleworth Midhurst Partridge Green Petersfield Pulborough
RegionalHampshire West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEric J. Sparks
CameraEric J. Sparks
DistributorSouthern Steam DVD (WSRO + SEFVA), 2004.
EditorEric J. Sparks
FormatStandard 8mm Black & White Silent
Duration19 min. 25 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Film showing the operation of the Midhurst Railways line between Pulborough and Midhurst. The film shows passengers and staff on platforms, level crossings, scenes of the Sussex landscape filmed from the moving trains, and the locomotives themselves. Station stops include Fittleworth, Midhurst, Petersfield, and Partridge Green.


A still from [Old Steam Railways] (ca.1938) showing a steam locomotive

Contextual information

This film features numerous M7s, D1s and D1Ms, Ivatt Class 2 tank engines, Wainwright H Class engines, Drummond Bulldogs, Billinton Large Radial tanks engines, British Rail Standard Class 4MT tanks, a lone Brighton Terrier and a number of the famous Brighton Atlantics speeding past on Southern lines. Many of the stations seen in the film have long since disappeared, though a number have been converted into domestic dwellings. The station at Fittleworth is one such example. Midhurst Station, however, has been completely erased and today the site it once occupied is covered by a housing estate.