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Fred Dibnah's Backyard

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Fred Dibnah's Backyard

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Fred’s back garden was his pride and joy. It was his playground, a place where he breathed life back into rusty old machinery and steam engines.

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This unique collection features footage shot with Fred in the garden over seven years of filming for the BBC.



Fred always described himself as a ‘back street mechanic’ and the workshop in his garden where he did his ‘mechanicing’ was a one-off. It was all assembled from scrap and the cast offs from old mills and factories but it was probably the finest working example of a steam powered engineering workshop in the country. Fred takes us on a tour of the garden, shows us how everything works and demonstrates some of the jobs he can do in it.



Fred will always be associated with his two most famous engines, his steam roller Betsy and his Aveling and Porter convertible tractor. Here for the first time we hear from Fred the full story of his restoration of these two engines, see some of the work that went into the rebuild of the tractor and hear about some of his adventures on them including his famous Last Drop story when the roller ran out of control and crashed on a hill in Bolton.



It’s not everybody who has a coal mine in their back garden, but not everybody had a garden like Fred’s. In the last years of his life building a fully working replica mine complete with a 100 foot mineshaft, fully working pit head gear and an inclined plane railway became one of Fred’s great passions. Here Fred tells us about his plans in full, about his reasons for creating the mine and about his battles with the planners and we see the most comprehensive footage in existence of work on the mine.

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Sub Name No
Duration (mins) 462
Certificate E
No. of Discs 3
Format DVD Region 2 (Europe)
Genre No
Author No
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