Title ID 5008Collection ID640
Title488 Was Here; [Bluebell Railway in the 1970s]
Date17th September 1972
CollectionCooper Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsRailways Steam Locomotives Trades Workers Roads Motor Vehicles Men Dance Fairgrounds Rural Areas Villages
LocalHorsted Keynes Shepherds Well Eythorne: Eastry Ash Dover Wingham
RegionalEast Sussex Kent
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionH. Chris Cooper
CameraH. Chris Cooper
FormatColour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An edited two film compilation. The first film: "488 was here" shows the 488 engine on the Bluebell Railway, followed by views of the East Kent Light Railway line at "Shepherds Well" Station and track at "Eythorne" in Kent. Film 2: "A Line for All Seasons" shows several locomotives on the Bluebell Line and an open day at Horsted Keynes station.


The first film entitled: "488 was here" shows shots of the locomotive at the Bluebell Railway being shunted about on the track, plus views of the EKLR "Shepherds Well" Station and track at "Eythorne" in Kent. The second part of this film shows several rural Kent parishes including Eastry, Ash (Dover) with St Nicholas Church, Ash Village and the rural landscape; returning to the 488 engine at Horsted Keynes station.

Intertitle: "A Line for all Seasons". Part 2 shows several steam engines passing over a railway bridge that includes engine "75227" and a close up of a poster advertising a vintage transport day on the Bluebell Railway, followed by a compilation of scenes from the open day at Horsted Keynes station. Highlights include a Carousel, a steam locomotive passing behind a Babcock & Wilcox Road Roller "YB 5088" named "Monarch" sign written: "W.J. Hedges, Orpington"; Steam engine "3217 - The Earl of Berkeley" with carriages passing along the line; followed by shots of the engine stopped at Horsted Keynes station. On the platform, a side of Morris Dancers perform for the gathered visitors.

Later aboard a carriage tethered to the "75027" engine, views show the landscape from a moving train. The film-maker steps off to capture the engine and carriages passing his position on the track along its journey. The film returns to shots of the "Earl of Berkeley" on the track and closes with shots of an engine being repaired and conserved in one of the coach works sheds on the Bluebell Line (dark shots).


a still from '488 Was Here'; [Bluebell Railway in the 1970s] (1972)