Carnforth was once a very important "shed" on the west coast London Scottish main line. I lived next to that shed as a teenager and on the 40th Anniversary of the last British Rail steam train leaving Carnforth I was invited to go back to film a very special weekend organised as a joint venture between Railway Magazine and the current owners of the shed, West Coast Railways. Being there on the Friday as the steam trains and deisels arrived was quite an experience for me, an ex railwayman's son.
This is an excerpt from that unique film which is included in my double dvd "The Lune Valley Our Heritage. Also in "Bittern Country Our Heritage"
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Award winning heritage film director Chris Abram has made a series of high definition films about the Lune Valley and Morecambe Bay area in which he lives.
His highly accaimed "Our Heritage" series has recently been added to with Morecambe Bay Our Heritage Parts 1, 2 and 3.
Part 1 covers from Fleetwood, through Glasson Dock and historic Sunderland Point. Heysham, with its stone cut graves, harbour, historic church and village. Morecambe and its heritage as shown in Victorian photographs and vintage film from every decade since 1901 as well as up to date filming in high definition. The coastline of beautiful, and treacherous, Morecambe Bay including the railway town of Carnforth, Silverdale & Arnside, until we reach Levens Hall. Here Chris Abram talks to its owners Susie and Hal Bagot before taking a video tour of the house and the oldest surviving topiary gardens in the UK.
Morecambe Bay Our Heritage Part 2 “The Real Lancashire Coast North of the Sands” covers Edwardian seaside resort Grange over Sands. A personal interview with The Queens’ Guide to the Sands Cedric Robinson and a crossing of the bay. Flookburgh and the award winning short film “Six Miles Into the Bay” featuring a day out on the sands tractor shrimping with Michael Wilson. The Cumbria Steam Gathering. Cartmel, its Priory, races and Holker Hall. Also the Cartmel Valley with its Dolly Blue works, gunpowder works and historic Backbarrow Iron Works. The story of the Furness Railway. The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway. Lakeland Motor Museum. Also Stott Park Bobbin mill. It ends with the story of Greenodd as a once major port and its links with Arthur Ransome, of Swallows and Amazons fame.
Morecambe Bay Our Heritage Part 3 “The Real Lancashire Coast North of the Sands” covers historic Ulverston as the once “Capital of Furness.” The Ulverstone to Lancaster Railway. Sir John Barrow, renovation of the Hoad Monument. Ulverston Canal, Chapel Island, Plumtons’ mysterious magic lantern and unique film of the disappearing Collins Weir. Newlands historic iron furnace. Inside Cumbria Crystal. Unique historic film of High Carling Sanatorium. Ulverston as a festival town and cameras were at the annual Dickensian Christmas Festival and the Furness Tradition Folk Festival. Our cameras were also at the unveiling of the prestigious Laurel & Hardy statue and the film includes an interview with the sculptor Graham Ibbeson. The Ulverston sequence ends with the story of Swarthmoor Hall and its importance to Quakers.
The film carries on telling the story of the iron ore of Lindal, Marton and candles. The South Lakes Animal Park is featured before we cover the story of Furness Abbey. It is then on to Urswick with its thousands of years of history and the Tunwinni Cross. Then it is via Birkrigg Common to the story of Conishead Priory, Aldingham, Gleaston Water Mill and the coast to Barrow in Furness and Dalton. The development and growth of Barrow is covered, with its iron and steel works, shipbuilding, docks and Vickers, featuring unique footage of the famous “Vickers Rush”. The excellent Dock Museum and Barrow as a major submarine builder with unique footage of one of the earliest submarines to be launched, as well as the launching of an oil tanker. Included is a stop frame motion film of the dismantling of Barrows’ famous landmark, the big yellow crane. Finally it is on to the story of Roa Island, Piel Island and Walney Island
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