• Short Summary

    A new method for turning trains on a turntable using the engine's own steam.

  • Description

    Titles read: 'Self help!'

    Location of events unknown - somewhere in Britain.

    Shots of a man shifting a huge steam engine on a railway turntable.

    We then see a new method where the Flying Scotsman is driven onto a turntable and her vacuum pipe coupled to a small engine. The steam from the train works the turntable as it would normally work the brakes on her carriages. Great shots of the train turning round on the turntable then being driven off.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:17:00 / 01:35:32:00
    PSP 872

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    The shots list for this clip wrongly identifies the locomotive in it as "Flying Scotsman".

    That identification has been made as a result of the nameplate reading "The Flying Scotsman" on the front of the loco. However that nameplate actually refers to the Flying Scotsman express passenger train service that ran between London and Edinburgh.

    The loco is, in fact, LNER Gresley Class A3 locomotive No. 2750, named "Papyrus".

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  2. Unknown user says

    The location is clearly King's Cross loco' shed (otherwise known as "Top Shed") in Camden, London. The viaduct visible behind the loco' as it turns carried York Way over the entrance to the shed yard (now demolished and York Way re-routed as part of the development work to bring HS1 into St.Pancras station close by) and the coaling plant seen in the background as Papyrus leaves the turntable was known widely as "The Cenotaph".

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