Wrecker, The - Railway History

Wrecker, The
A demented crook organises a series of deliberate train crashes to discredit the railways in favour of a rival bus company. Filmed in 1928 on the soon to be abandoned Basingstoke to Alton branch line and making extensive use of many other Southern Railway locations, The Wrecker contains the most spectacular staged steam locomotive crash in the history of British Film recorded by no fewer than 22 cameras. This newly restored version features an all-new score composed by world renowned silent film composer Neil Brand.

BONUS FEATURES:
THE WRECKER - Abridged 9.5mm Gauge Vintage Home-Movie Version With Piano Accompaniment by Neil Brand. 14 mins

VINTAGE CINE KODAK SERVICES TRAILER featuring 'THE WRECKER' With Piano Accompaniment by Neil Brand. 1 min

FEATURETTE - SHOOTING 'THE WRECKER'
Presented by Martin Dean at the present day site of the staged crash. 5 mins

FEATURETTE - WALKING THE LINE
An exploration of the remains of Basingstoke And Alton Light Railway track formations with Martin Dean. 16 mins

FEATURETTE - COMPOSING FOR THE WRECKER
A richly illustrated interview with composer Neil Brand. 20 mins

DERAILMENT - 1944
An archive U.S. Army training exercise filmed on the Claiborne - Polk Military Railroad in 1944. In wartime the sabotage of enemy trains that transported the men and munitions of war was of utmost tactical urgency. 8 mins

IOWA STATE FAIR STAGED RAIL CRASH - 1932 With Piano Accompaniment By Neil Brand. 1 min

MID-HANTS RAILWAY : A LINE PRESERVED - 5 mins

iMPRESSIONS OF A TRAIN WRECK : KOREA 1952 - 4 mins.

Catalogue Number: 9971017
Time: 90 mins
Region: 0 / PAL
Subtitles: None
Sound: Mono / English
Picture: 4:3 / Black and white
Number of Discs: 1
Classification: U
Barcode: 5027626101749

Our Price: £15.99
Code: 9971017
Weight: 200
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Railways At War - The First World War
RAILWAYS AT WAR: THE FIRST WORLD WAR

§ For the first time ever, a comprehensive presentation of nearly 2 1/2 hours of archive film footage evidencing the central role played by the railways in meeting the logistical challenges of supplying the battlefronts of the First World War with the requisite troops, munitions, machinery and stores.

Celebrated military historian Major Tonie Holt provides a commentary throughout on sequences of railway footage from the Somme, Mesopotamia, the Palestinian Front and Siberia.

In many ways tactical success in the First World War depended on the defence of the railheads and the narrow gauge railway supply routes, from them to the battlefronts.

The railhead was where the warehouses, loco maintenance depots and signal and control centres were based; they were also often the point of interchange between the standard gauge national system and the light and narrow gauge railways that led to the battlefield. Railways were the supply line of choice and we see the rapid construction, maintenance and running of the lines by the American Transportation Corps, the American Engineering Corps, the Railway Operating Division of the Royal Engineers, the Indian Sappers, the Australian Engineers and the Canadian Engineers.

We see the speed of the construction of railway lines by the prefabricated ‘Decauville’ track system and the huge variety of locomotive power brought to bear, not only steam, but early diesel, petrol and petrol-electric motive power.

There are views of the enormous BEF locomotive works at St. Etienne-du-Rouvry and a fascinating sequence on the preparation and firing of British and American railway artillery armoured trains witnessed by Roosevelt himself. The assembly of locomotives, flat wagons and rolling stock at St.Nazaire.

By the armistice, railways were often the only functioning entity in areas of widespread devastation, for example at Aix-Noulette, Ypres and Verdun. We also see the mass exodus, by steam locomotion, of troops from the battlefields at the end of the war back to the French ports and early scenes of the Dunkirk ‘roll - on, roll - off’ train ferry.

RUNNING TIME – 144 MINS REGION 0 - PAL

Release Date: 25/03/2013

Our Price: £13.95

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