View from an Engine Front: Barnstaple (1898)

1898 | UK | Cecil Hepworth | ★★★★

Elegantly documenting a rail journey through the titular North Devon town, Cecil Hepworth's View from an Engine Front: Barnstaple is an exciting, historically fascinating 'phantom ride' film.


"Take a lost railway journey into Victorian Devon. As the cameraman clung to the front of a train in 1898, cranking the film by hand, things were looking up for Devon railways. In May the new Barnstaple Town station had opened to share a home with the narrow gauge Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. In the film you can see the older, empty Barnstaple Quay station after crossing the distinctive iron bridge over the River Taw." BFI