Cambridge to Mildenhall Line

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  • This film, as interesting as it is, is not from 1959. The ex GER brake third coach is still in use so it’s no later than 1957. In any event, the regular passenger service was dieselised in 1958. The film appears to be several clips from different times spliced together and one of the trains is hauled by an Ivatt 2MT. Also, Barnwell Jct., in the film, still has GER running-in boards; by 1959 it had received BR ER blue signage. The bridge Andy Jones asked about is nowhere near Quy or Bottisham. It is either Lark Hall or Cockpen Road between Fordham and Isleham and filmed from an Up train, ie a train ex Mildenhall and heading for either Newmarket or Cambridge. Hope that helps.

    By Darren Kitson (18/08/2015)
  • Thanks for this. The film was originally shown on Anglia TV so may well have a been a clever mix of different clips from different years.

    By Coral Hatley (29/08/2015)
  • This is a brilliant film of the branch line, many thanks to all concerned. John

    By John Hutchinson (19/07/2015)
  • A question. IF this film is chronologically correct (and I have no reason to believe it isn’t), then where was the bridge between Quy and Bottisham & Lode featured from 05:01-5:14? Does anybody know?

    By Andy Jones (14/08/2014)
  • Precious and priceless: thank you so much!

    By Geoffrey Woollard (06/03/2014)
  • What a wonderful film showing all the places I know and love.

    By Vivienne Tucker-Whitehead (02/01/2014)
  • Thanks for this. We’re trying to get a film of Bob Harvey’s farm loaded which will show Lode in the late 50’s.

    By Coral Hatley (06/02/2014)
  • For anyone who wishes to know more, I can recommend Peter Turner’s highly informative ‘By Rail To Mildenhall : The Story of the Cambridge To Mildenhall Railway’. I picked up a copy from ebay for £1.99! Well worth a look.

    By Andy Jones (10/12/2013)
  • Fantastic footage! I have seen very brief snippets of this film in various places though never the complete version. Many thanks to Mr Pencheon for posting.

    By Andy (02/12/2013)
  • Thanks for this Andy. Hope you are enjoying our expanding site.

    By Coral Hatley (06/02/2014)

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