• Short Summary

    After use by army during war Hythe's mini train goes back to carrying holiday makers.

  • Description

    Title reads: "WORLD'S SMALLEST TRAIN DEMOBBED".

    Kent.

    Panning shot of miniature railway carrying holiday makers between Romney, Dymchurch and Hythe before the war. It goes into a tunnel.

    Various shots of same train coming out of a tunnel during war. It has been given armour plating and is used by British army for anti-invasion patrols.

    Various shots of women cleaning the miniature steam engine, now restored back to its pre-war image. C/U of locomotive name plate "Hurricane". C/U of driver's cabin. M/S of people on platform getting into small carriages. Comedy sequence of "Pathe's largest cameraman" Ken Gordon trying to squeeze into tiny carriage door laden with camera equipment.

    C/U of driver stoking with kitchen shovel coal in engine. M/S of steam coming out of funnel and whistle sounding. C/U of station mistress signalling with flag to driver. Various shots of train pulling out of station and steaming along track. C/U of driver.

    Train comes into Hythe station. Mayors of Hythe and Romney cut tape at Hythe station to inaugurate the post war passenger service.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1376.09
    Media URN:
    45037
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1946
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:14:26:00 / 01:16:25:00
    Canister:
    46/19

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    The railway featured here is the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (RH&DR;).

    The railway is still going strong today. Here's a link to their website......

    www.rhdr.org.uk/

    Seen under the opening titles is their No. 8 locomotive, named "Hurricane", built in 1927.

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