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Michael Clemens: 

DVD / Video         “The Withered Arm” - Atlantic Coast Express

A Jim Clemens video, which captures the bygone days of steam and is a unique record of travel in the early 60’s. This is a one-hour DVD / video about “memories” as well as a must for the railway enthusiast. 

A classic journey on the “ATLANTIC COAST EXPRESS” from London Waterloo to the extremities of the Southern Railway, to that part of the rail system west of Exeter, known as the “Withered Arm”. This has to be the definitive video recording the magnificent days of steam in Devon and Cornwall, superbly colour filmed on sunny days in the early 1960’s. Only archive film has been used and is supported by an informative commentary with sound track.

We join this celebrated train at Waterloo and travel via Basingstoke, Salisbury and Sidmouth Junction to EXETER CENTRAL, viewing the line from the train and track-side.  Then deep into the West Country to BARNSTAPLE JUNCTION, ILFRACOMBE, INSTOW, BIDEFORD and TORRINGTON. Forward to busy HALWILL JUNCTION, before an in depth visit to the BUDE branch and the Bude Canal Wharf. Further west on the North Cornwall Line via LAUNCESTON to WADEBRIDGE and PADSTOW. Bodmin is visited, returning via Bere Alston, Gunnislake and Okehampton to Exeter Central.

Book          “The Withered Arm”

The Withered Arm - Comprehensive coverage of the old Southern Railway lines in Devon and Cornwall inc. Lyme Regis, Exmouth, Barnstaple, Torrington, Halwill Junction, Bude, Launceston, Callington, Padstow & the Wenford Bridge branch.


Details of where to obtain “The Withered Arm” DVD, Video, and Book are listed on the

Michael Clemens web site at www.michaelclemensrailways.co.uk


 When ordering please confirm that you have viewed the “Atlantic Coast Express” web site


Sources of information for the Atlantic Coast Express web site

Acknowledgement and thanks to:

Michael Clemens and in memory of the late Bryan Dudley Stamp and  John Statham

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