‘All kids want to be train drivers when they are younger right?’ - Rail enthusiast releases new film about Norwich to Sheringham train journey

David Alligan has filmed his latest train DVD, which is on sale at North Norfolk Railway. Picture: S

David Alligan has filmed his latest train DVD, which is on sale at North Norfolk Railway. Picture: STAFF - Credit: Archant

A film maker has turned his childhood dream into a reality with the release of his latest DVD.

David Alligan has filmed his latest train DVD, which is on sale at North Norfolk Railway. The train

David Alligan has filmed his latest train DVD, which is on sale at North Norfolk Railway. The train near Sheringham. Picture: David Alligan - Credit: Archant

A Driver's Eye View is the latest offering from audio-visual transfer specialist David Alligan, and captures the train journey from Norwich to Sheringham from the hot seat itself.

The married 53-year-old, of Felixstowe, Suffolk, is passionate about heritage railways and said it was a unique concept to film from the cab of a train.

'In this film it's as if you are sitting in the driver's cab, right next to the driver,' he said. 'Really, this is the dream of being a train driver coming out in me. All kids want to be train drivers when they are younger right?'

Mr Alligan runs Angels Media and Craft Studios, incorporating Golden Memories Sound and Designs, and specialises in transferring vinyl records and cassettes to CD, video and cine film to DVD, and slides to CD, DVD or video.

David Alligan has filmed his latest train DVD, which is on sale at North Norfolk Railway. The train

David Alligan has filmed his latest train DVD, which is on sale at North Norfolk Railway. The train at Norwich. Picture: David Alligan - Credit: Archant


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His latest DVD shows a class 156 diesel engine, departing from Norwich train station, calling at Hoveton and Wroxham, Worstead, North Walsham, Cromer, then reversing to West Runton before arriving at Sheringham.

The film lasts about 49 minutes and sees top speeds of 75 mph.

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Mr Alligan was inspired after reproducing A Study in Steam - a 1935 film made by the London Midland and Scottish Railway - on to DVD.

He said: 'My bread and butter is that I do audio-visual transfer but I also like making local interest DVDs of around the area. I happened to come across the steam film and found it so fascinating that I thought it would be good to bring it out to share with everyone.

'I'm also a great supporter of the North Norfolk Railway and when I can get up to Norfolk I make a beeline for Sheringham.'

Both DVDs are available to buy from the heritage railway.

He added: 'It's lovely. They have been so supportive and I'm so grateful to them for giving my film a go. It's just something different for people to enjoy.'

A Driver's Eye View and A Study in Steam are £9.99 each. They are available from North Norfolk Railway on 01263 820800 or can be purchased from www.amcs12sales.co.uk or by ringing 01394 470112.

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