GWR 150 Celebrations 1985

Posted on 11. Feb, 2012 by in History

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A Stroud Video Makers Production by Peter Asquith & Ray Keech Stroud of the Great Western Railway 150 Years Celebration in 1985. Just short of half an hour of film – great for railway enthusiasts and views of Stroud in 1985. The Great Western Railway 150 celebrations was one of the biggest celebration events held in the South West of England for many years. Steam returned on the mainline between Gloucester and Swindon. This video captures much of the action around the Stroud 5 Valleys , Stonehouse, Gloucester and Kemble.

Locos featured are:
GWR 4930 Hagley Hall, GWR 7819 Hinton Manor, GWR 6000 King George V, GWR 7029 Clun Castle, 5051 Dryslwyn Castle and 75069.

Video Production Notes:
This film was shot on Video 8 Handycams, a new consumer format launched in 1985. It was originally edited, using linear editing, with a Sony HF950 Pro Betamax via a homemade video and audio mixer. In its day this was state of the art for consumer video. Two Sony HF950 were used to mix music and commentary from the first Beta rushes, with the finished video being a third generation copy. It was re-mastered in 2003 from the original 8mm video tapes using non-linear editing. Note: not all original tapes could be found, so some sections are still third generation video. The original film content and soundtrack was left unaltered from 1986.

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