You have to wonder what strange bureaucratic process demanded that the original film be destroyed. Probably the same that stops NSWTM from even contemplating preserving CLP10.
Film Australia had run out of space at the facility at West Pymble, hence the need to get rid of anything that was deemed as not worth keeping. For legal reasons to do with preventing any potential breaches of copyright, the person in charge of the clean out had to adhere to a strict policy of destroying any material that was being disposed of. Accurate records were being created of each reel that was deemed surplus to requirements and the date on which the film was rendered unusable. Fortunately this person had an interest in railways and recognised the historical significance of what was shown in the out takes and thus contacted the then General Manager of the RTM, Arthur Tubby. Understandably, the employee was not prepared to risk the reel turning up somewhere in the future, but he also appreciated that in this case the breach of copyright policy was just a technicality and gave us the opportunity to make a copy of any of the content that we thought was historically significant. I ended up just copying the whole reel. There must have been other rail related film being edited around the time that "A Steam Train Passes" was being produced because the reel contains snippets of material from quite a few of them, but I could not work out what they were. The "A Steam Train Passes" out takes were jumbled incoherently with this other material.
Later on I had the idea that we could produce a fund raising DVD for the RTM containing the a high quality copy of the finished "A Steam Train Passes" film, and then a compilation of the out takes with narration from the surviving crew of 3801, fireman Harold Fowler and loco inspector Jack Sparkes describing what was going on at the time. However, the idea came to a grinding holt when we found out what the cost would be to obtain permission to use both the out takes and the finished production. It was big dollars per second, but body seemed to care that we had the out takes though.