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    Nice footage of the Romney to Hythe light railway.

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    "Not a toy one this time, but a new light "feeder" railway, using a 15" gauge track." M/S of men at work laying a railway track. C/U of man using a tape measure to measure the distance between the tracks. High angle shot of the railway in action. A scale version of a real locomotive pulls cargo carriages behind it. Men sit on top of the carriages, as does a large dog. "They call it a light railway, but the engines weigh over 8 tons each. (Perfect miniatures of their big brothers.)" M/S of the miniature steam train. By use of a dissolve a man magically appears beside the locomotive. C/U of man with grubby hands operating the train controls. "All aboard!" Nice shot of group of smartly dressed people getting onto the train. L/S of the train at the station. Sign reads "New Romney".

    The train moves off. High angle shot of it passing the camera. People wave from the carriages. Point of view shot from the front of the train looking backwards as it moves through the countryside. We can see the engine driver. A couple of men stand on the tracks chatting and wave as the train passes. "Fully loaded these powerful engines can easily exceed 30 miles an hour." The train emerges from a tunnel in clouds of steam. Shot from the front of the train, again looking towards the back. "There are special bridges, too, in this railway's eight miles' route. M/S of the train passing over a small bridge which crosses a river. Point of view shot from the front of the train looking towards the back - lots of steam. The train route is New Romney to Hythe in Kent.

    Was an item in Pathe Pictorial - issue number unknown.

    No stock marks so date unknown.

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    Film ID:
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    Eve pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:18:03:00 / 01:20:24:00
    EP 293

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  1. Unknown user says

    The railway featured here is the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (RH&DR;). It's still going strong today.

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  2. peterem says

    The gentleman in the trilby who appears next to the loco and is then seen driving it is Captain John Howey, the line's creator and first owner.

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