December 14, 2013

BBC timelapses captures a train ride in ’53, ’83, ’13

It’s intriguing to see what changes over time & what doesn’t.

Posted by John Nack at 8:42 AM on December 14, 2013


  • John Stevenson — 10:00 AM on December 14, 2013

    John, you have no idea how emotional I became watching this. In 1953, as a child, I lived right across the street from one of the stations on this line (Haywards Heath, East Sussex). The Brighton Belle would whoosh through every hour. My father was a policeman and the old Victorian-age police station there housed my family for several years. It was – altogether – a remarkable, constabulary experience.
    And, sometimes when I go to sleep in some different place than normal, I can still hear the Southern Region announcer from circa 1953 in my head – ” ..’aywerds ‘eaf, this is ‘aywerds ‘eaf – this train’sfer East Croydon and London Victoria only”.

  • Richard Broom — 3:16 AM on December 15, 2013

    Ah the whuff, puff, hiss and toot of those old steam trains. I do remember them with such fond affection.

    This all goes to prove, nostalgia just isn’t what it was!


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