Film made about the Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea Railway

A short film made in 1963

Added by Pat Marsden

The junction for the Brightlinsea line just outside Wivenhoe
Taken from the BFI film recorded by 'Chib' Thorp in 1963

A wonderful short film (circa 18 mins) about the journey on the old Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea Railway line made in 1963. As described by the British Film Instutute (BFI) the film was made by Edward Thorp, known as ‘Chib’, an undertaker from Leigh on Sea, who spent his weekends throughout the year visiting the rural railway lines in East Anglia with wife Edna and their dog Micky. Chib always took along his 8mm camera, a good supply of Kodachrome film, and a tape recorder, to document their trips. Chib would edit the film himself at home, have a magnetic stripe added to the film, and on his Kodak projector, which had a recording facility, he would record a commentary. The film is included in the BFI collection on rail travel and can be viewed at:


This page was added on 19/03/2016.

Comments about this page

  • Lovely little film. I’m a railwayman and my father was a railwayman. I remember travelling with my father as a boy on the Clacton branch and although I don’t remember ever riding on the Brightlingsea branch I do remember that we’d often encounter and chat to Conductor Charlie Proctor who was obviously a mate of my father’s. Great memories.

    By Jon Wiseman (09/01/2022)
  • Sadly, the page wouldn’t open

    By Alain Skelding (10/06/2021)
  • Thank you for spotting this. Link now restored.

    By Pat Marsden (24/06/2021)
  • A lovely look at the area where one of my ancestors grew up. Thank you for posting it on the net.

    By Linda Dart (10/04/2018)

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