International cooperation and the inspiration of one man have brought a novel exhibition to England's Whipsnade Zoo.
TV & SV Tourist train travelling through Whipsnade Zoo (2 shots)
SV TRAVELLING SHOT FROM TRAIN Rhinos
SV Flamingoes and giraffes in enclosures (2 shots)
SV Sign "Mulobezi Halt"
SV African elephant in enclosure
SV Sign "Zambezi Saw Mills Engine Display"
SV PAN FROM Passengers on tourist train TO Zambezi steam locomotive standing alongside with Zambian High Commissioner speaking from footplate
SV PAN ALONG Loco-motive TO Hig Commissioner declaring exhibition open and cutting ribbon with scissors handed to him by David Shepherd
SV Sign on tender "ZSR"
SV Inscription on carriage "Rhodesia Railways"
SV PAN FROM Locomotive TO replica of original Ford car used for track inspection work and replica being christened with champagne (2 shots)
SV & CU Ford car moving up and down railway line (2 shots)
SV PAN TRAVEL SHOT FROM Tourist train of locomotive
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Background: International cooperation and the inspiration of one man have brought a novel exhibition to England's Whipsnade Zoo.
SYNOPSIS: It all began in Zambia when the British Broadcasting Corporation was filming their television story, "Last Train to Mulobezi" which told of the closing of the Zambezi Sawmills Railway and Sawmills. Taking part in the filming was David Shepherd, the internationally famous wildlife artist who is also a railway enthusiast.
David Shepherd's enthusiasm could not let him stand by and see the beautiful old engines dumped in the bush so he asked whether he could have one. The government of Zambia gave him not only one -- but two -- with a sleeping car thrown in. On Friday (6 August), the Zambian High Commissioner in London, His Excellency Mr. L.H. Shamoya, inaugurated the exhibit, accompanied by David Shepherd.
One of the features of the story was a 1938 Ford Eight, which had been modified for use as an inspection vehicle. Ford of Great Britain has donated a replica which has been fitted with railway wheels by Army engineers.
David Shepherd has own East Somerset Railway and didn't have room for this exhibit, so now its temporary home is at Whipsnade. Mr. Shepherd hopes to also bring the second engine to Whipsnade. The first one was built in Glasgow in 1896, and has come a long way since then.