Back Along North Devon's Lines
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DVD - Colour - 60 minutes
Exempt from classification
The two main journeys, Exeter to Barnstaple (1978) and Ilfracombe to Braunton (1970), were produced after a meeting with six steam 'veterans', drivers all, who poured out memories and anecdotes. An overall cabside run from Exeter used three films with frantic re-loadings. All was done again from the passengers point of view. Then again for the trackside shots.
A year after, the drivers gave it their approval as did the rail clubs from Taunton & Yeovil, Exeter to Plymouth & Launceston, plus a hundred more from the W.I.s to schools. Archive film from 1898 and vintage steam clips tell the story with stills of the 'silence' that fell on the Ilfracombe branch, providing an ending which no buff will resist without a tissue.
A book of the film, 'Back Along the Line', has been available since 1983, authored by Victor Thompson, who taught film-making and cine history through the lecture panel of the BFI in the 1960s. At 77, he is still happy to be of service to the screen.
An Aarchive Film Production
Archive footage: Victor Thompson
Camera: Roger Underwood
Editing & Sound: Phil Lilley
Additional Cine Footage: Norman Taylor
Produced and Directed by Roger Lilley