Britain’s Railways : The Golden Age Of The Big Four 1920-1939 - Railway History

Britain’s Railways : The Golden Age Of The Big Four 1920-1939

Britain's Railways : The Golden Age Of The Big Four 1923 - 1939. The definitive archive film led history of the interwar grouping of Britain's extensive railway network into "The Big Four of the New Railway Era" - The Great Western Railway, the Southern Railway, the London Midland & Scottish Railway and the London & North Eastern Railway.The Railway Act of 1921 was conceived to stem the losses being made by many of the country's 120 railway companies through unnecessary competition and to retain some of the benefits which the country had derived from a government-controlled railway during the First World War.The story of this 'golden age' is told through the original archive cinema newsreel reports of the time and evidence the diversity of locomotive types across the companies : LMSRoyal Scot Class, LNER B17 Class, LMS Patriot Class, LMS Black 5 Class and the 'Streamlined' Locomotives of the GWR, LNER and LMS among many, many more!!

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A survey of the main locomotive types including naming ceremonies and testing experimental locos / Locomotive streamlining - the Kings Class, A4 Class and Princess Coronation Class / Express Steam Locomotive Speed Records : The Cheltenham Flyer, Princess Elizabeth Class and PrincessCoronation Class / Named Express Trains on the 'Race To The North - the Flying Scotsman and the Silver Jubilee / Suburban Electrification on the SR and LNER / Freight trains with heavy and unusual loads / Passenger trains : mainline, branches and backwaters / The closure of the Brill and Devil's Dyke branches / Early Diesel Railcar trials on the GWR, LMSand LNER / The impact of Industrial Action in the 1924 Railway Strike and the 1926 General Strike / The permanent way, itsmaintenance and bridges / Advances in signalling technologies / Royal Trains carrying the Duke Of Gloucester and King George VITOTAL RUNNING TIME - 110 Mins REGION 0 PAL
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British Railways - Beeching and Beyond 1962 - 1984
The definitive archive-film led history of the modernisation and rationalistion of Britain's nationalised rail network.

With Colin Divall - Professor of Railway Studies and Head of the Institute Of Railway Studies And Transport History at York University and the National Railway Museum.

The watershed year for Britain's railways came in 1963 with the appointment of Dr. Richard Beeching to the British Railways Board and the publication of his controversial 'Beeching Plan'; its impact and his legacy on the railways is investigated in detail here. Beeching famously brought about widespread railway line closures and the end of steam locomotion but was also responsible for pioneering and revenue-generating initiatives like the formation of the Inter-City network, West Coast Mainline Electrification, 'Merry-Go-Round' coal trains and the 'Freightliner' system.

The story of this controversial period is told in defi nitive detail with archive film, newsreels and testimony and interviews with both railwaymen and historians. Locomotives featured include Gresley 'A4' Pacifi cs, 4472 Flying Scotsman, Deltics, Class 47 and 50 Diesel - Electrics, E3001 - Electric Loco, the HS4000 Kestrel experimental loco, Class 87 electrics, APT, HST and the Railbus.

TOPICS INCLUDE:
- The Deltic diesel-electric locomotive
- Dr. Beeching and his 'Beeching Plan'
- The last years of Steam, including the End Of Steam on the Western Region, the Southern Region and on the Somerset & Dorset Line
- Railways In Scotland - the Forth Bridge, Edinburgh Waverley and the A4's
- Freight - Motorail, Freightliner, Parcels and Mail By Rail
- West Coast Main Line Electrification
- BR Shipping Services - Sealink Car Ferries and Seaspeed Hovercraft.
- APT - The Advanced Passenger Train and HST - The High Speed Train

INTERVIEWEES INCLUDE:
- Alan Pegler OBE - railway preservation pioneer and saviour of the Flying Scotsman
- Jim Rees of the National Railway Museum
- Steam-era engine drivers John Fletcher, Fred Andrews and Ted Abear
- Chris Green, Managing Director of B.R. Inter-City.

Catalogue Number: SN6625
Classification: Exempt
Picture: 1:33:1 / Black and White / Colour
Subtitles: None
Time: 169 mins approx
Barcode: 5027626662547
Number of Discs: 1
Sound: Mono / English
Region: 0 / PAL

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British Railways - The Early Years 1948 - 1961
The definitive archive-film led history of the early years of Britain's nationalised rail network.

With Colin Divall - Professor of Railway Studies and Head of the Institute Of Railway Studies And Transport History at York University and the National Railway Museum.

Post-War, the 'Big Four' Railway companies struggled with a backlog of maintenance of permanent way, engines and rolling stock borne of the under-investment and acute demands made on them during the Second World War. Nationalisation as 'British Railways' came in 1948 and brought with it steam locomotive standardisation and the beginnings of the wholesale transition to diesel and electric traction as outlined in the 1955 Modernisation Plan. The story of this time of intense and controversial change is told in definitive detail with archive fi lm, period newsreels and testimony and interviews with both railwaymen and railway historians.

Among the locomotives featured are the A4 Pacifi c Class, the First diesel-electric loco no. 10000, the BR standard Britannia class, 9F class 'Evening Star', the Deltic prototype, the Peak D1, D.M.U's, Warships, Westerns, the Blue Pullman and the Glasgow Blue Electrics.

TOPICS INCLUDE:
- The formation of the British Transport Commission
- A review of post-nationalisation motive power and the locomotive trials
- An overview of the resulting BR Standard Class steam locomotives
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- First generation diesel-electric locomotives.
- The Western Region diesel-hydraulics
- The relative merits of Steam and Diesel traction
- Various suburban electrification schemes
- Freight, marshalling yards, good depots, mail trains, cars by rail and many more...

INTERVIEWEES INCLUDE:
- Alan Pegler OBE - railway preservation pioneer and saviour of the Flying Scotsman
- Jim Rees of the National Railway Museum
- Engine drivers of the mainline steam era John Fletcher and Ted Abear.

Catalogue Number: SN6610
Time: 163 mins approx
Region: 0 / PAL
Subtitles: None
Sound: Mono / English
Picture: 1:33:1 / Black and White / Colour
Number of Discs: 1
Classification: E
Barcode: 5027626661045

Our Price: £13.99

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