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Farmer Moving South (1952)


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Stokeley station, Yorkshire. A farmer has sold his land and prepares to move his entire stock south to Sussex, by rail. The farm, cattle and farmhouse are cleared and the farmer takes one last look at the scene that greeted him each day.

The frost that arrived the previous evening has taken hold of the hen house and the wheels are stuck fast. A crude but effective solution is found and, for a moment, it looks like it might be roast chicken for dinner.

Cattle are loaded on to the train and with night setting in the train departs for Hartfield. Eighteen and a half hours later, it arrives at Hartfield, the load being divided so as not to choke the yard, with less urgent items following later. The unloading begins and as it is getting dark there is no time to lose in getting the cattle into the warm and dry.

By next morning the cattle are settled and a new story is beginning. Inspector Barr of British Railways has completed his part of the move, and all that remains is for the Yorkshire lads to see what Sussex soil can do for them.