• Short Summary

    Film about the smallest railway in the world which runs between Romney and Dungeness.

  • Description

    Romney, Kent.

    L/S of a lovely looking train locomotive. A man stands next to it and one realises how small the train is. It is one third of an ordinary train size - says voiceover. However, this is not a toy but a regular public railway, smallest in the world. It is officially known as the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, it runs between Romney and Dungeness and its passengers are children. This tiny railway must conform to the same Ministry of Transport regulations as any other trains. M/S of a driver Mr Bill Hart, checking the train. C/U shot of a plaque reading "Winston Churchill". This is the engine's name. Several shots of Mr Hart checking the train. Mr Hart enters his cabin and starts shovelling coal into a boiler. C/U shot of the coal being thrown in and a little door closed. This train takes one third of the coal needed for a regular size train. The train starts moving.

    L/S of the two men turning derailed locomotive on turntable to place it on rails. M/S of a woman cleaning windows along the train. Children arrive and station master, Reg Marsh, directs them to their coaches. M/S of the group of girls entering the train. M/S of the station master Mr Marsh blowing a whistle as a sign that train leaves the station. M/S of an elderly man looking at a huge pocket watch on a chain, and afterwards, in direction of the train. He is Captain Howey, a man responsible for having the line built. C/U shot of the watch - Roman numerals. M/S of Mr Howey as he puts the watch in his pocket. C/U shot of Mr Howey's face.

    M/S of the little train moving. C/U shot of its little chimney with a smoke coming out. M/S of the Rose family from Sanderstead, Surrey with their dog Trixie enjoying the ride C/U shot of driver's face with the smoke covering it up to the point it becomes invisible. Another little train passes it going in different direction. Several shots of the two little trains moving. A car stops to wait for the train to pass. L/S of the little train as it approaches the station.

    Note: Another driver appearing in the film is Peter Catt. Combined print for this story is missing.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:19:00 / 01:47:20:00
    CP 235

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    "locomotive on turntable" - that's the line's No. 8 locomotive, "Hurricane", built in 1927.

    "Captain Howey" is Captain J E P Howey.

    "A car stops to wait for the train" - it's a Morris Minor convertible.

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