Keswick Railway oral history video

Illustrated oral history of Keswick to Penrith railway Cumberland, now Cumbria

In 1944 when this 16 years old applied to work on the Keswick to Penrith railway.  The train was the main delivery service with parcels, mail and even live chickens – what a racket!  

2:12 minutes


Oral history of Penrith to Keswick to Cockermouth railway.  The recording was made in 1999 as part of the Voices of Cumbria Millennium project in which 177 oral history cassette tapes were illustrated by Peter Nicholson for display on one computer that was moved between libraries and community centres.  In 2000 the Internet was not capable of displaying this multimedia!  I was allowed to use 1700 images to illustrate the 177 oral histories.  Now, in 2019, you can help by putting an oral histories onto a video making program (many are free) and adding appropriate photos from the collection. 


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