‘Railways Remembered – British Railways & Nationalised Transport’
7.30pm, Thursday 15th November at the Memorial Hall, Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 8AH.


Grimsby-born film archivist and railway enthusiast Rob Foxon has been touring with archive film screenings for over 40 years, but always looks forward to returning home, this time to present a specially prepared 11th anniversary Railways Remembered screening at the Cleethorpes Memorial Hall.

Transport in Britain was nationalised by the Labour Government of the day 70 years ago in 1948 with the formation of the British Transport Commission who’s task was to integrate all forms of transport and make it work together in harmony and not in competition with each other. Best remembered from those days is British Railways, mainly because it was by far the largest of all the transport executives, but older folk may remember British Road Services (BRS), British Waterways, the British Transport Docks & Harbour Board (which included the ports of Grimsby & Immingham), London Transport and even British Transport Hotels which included the Yarborough Hotel in Grimsby.

The new film programme explores this golden age of transport with rare post-war archive footage including steam on British Railways, together with a wider look at transport in Britain; bus services, road haulage, the broad waterways (River Trent) and the steam hauled Royal Scot express in 1955.

Highlights include rare archive footage of Cleethorpes promenade in 1949 (in colour!) and a special screening of a recently discovered long forgotten film about the work of the ports of Grimsby and Immingham in 1967. Grimsby has a very rich transport heritage!

Supporting the event will be the publicity stands of the Friends of the Barton Line, the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, the Grimsby Branch of the WEA, Classic Models and more.

Rob’s looking forward to presenting the show and reminiscing as much as his audience. It’s nostalgia all the way with genuine historic film footage screened using a vintage film projector, just like those of a certain age may remember from school (in Rob’s case, Harold Street Secondary Modern). There’s nothing digital about this event!

Advance tickets are £6.50 and will be available from Classic Models, 138 Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes from mid-October. Tickets will be £7.00 on the door.

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