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Author Topic: 1901 footage across Brunel's bridge and into Plymouth  (Read 5542 times)
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« on: November 12, 2015, 01:57:33 pm »

Apologies if this is too off-topic or in the wrong forum....

The link below leads to video footage shot from the front of a train as it leaves the Royal Albert Bridge (east-bound) and heads into the Plymouth suburbs, shot in 1901. It's a pretty fascinating if brief insight, with a few particular highlights such as the trams, construction of the Camel's Head bridge and the total lack of housing and other buildings!
Despite it's title the film does not start at St Germans nor finish at Millbay - if it did (presumably these sections were destroyed) it would include the original course of the GWR (Great Western Railway) between St Germans and Wearde and would be an absolute gem of a find!

Nevertheless it's still a great piece of historical footage:
http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-beautiful-panorama-of-railway-ride-from-st-germans-to-millbay-1901/
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2015, 04:10:48 pm »

Fantastic ! What a great piece of restoration!  I particularly liked  the tram crossing the bridge!
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2015, 04:14:41 pm »

Thanks Alex, I love looking at this kind of historical material. Even an electric tram is seen cross a bridge at one point.  We also have an insight as to how they built railways and viaducts in Victorian times.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2015, 11:44:21 pm »

Apologies if this is too off-topic or in the wrong forum....

Absolutely no need to apologise, alexross42 - your fascinating post is in exactly the right place here. Wink

I think that piece of historic film footage is brilliant: as you say, what is quite remarkable is the lack of any significant buildings along that route at that time.  Shocked
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