11th December 2019 · Amberley Industrial Museum Railway

Presenter: Geoff Boote

Our December meeting was held two weeks earlier than our normal monthly meetings to avoid the Christmas period. The Branch AGM comprised the first part of the evening.

Following the AGM and a short break, the audience was entertained by member Geoff Boote who showed a series of short films (from 8 to 32 minutes) that he has made/edited covering aspects of the Industrial type line that is incorporated with the Amberley Museum. Each film had its own commentary voiced by Geoff.

The films were titled :-

  • Introduction
  • Preparation
  • Industrial Day
  • In the Beginning
  • Gala 1992
  • Footplate Course

The films provided the audience with plenty of information about the task of running a railway, including preparing engines for work and checking the operation of safety equipment to working out timetables and marshalling stock to meet the traffic requirements.

The Museum holds a large collection of industrial engines including steam, internal combustions and battery electrics; images of each type were seen working the lines. Starring roles were performed by two steam Bagnalls, Peter and Polar Bear!

The films were of excellent quality and the audience very much appreciated the work done by Geoff in creating these films.