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.

- 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

- 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.

- 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
- The 1955 'Modernisation Plan'
- 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...

- 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

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BRITAIN’S RAILWAYS AT WAR, the home front documentary collection 1941-1946
BRITAIN'S RAILWAYS AT WAR : The Home Front Documentary Collection 1941 - 1946
A comprehensive collection of original archive documentaries covering the wartime role of railways on the British home front and featuring a wonderful variety of period steam locomotives.

NEWSPAPER TRAIN (1941, 6 mins) Even during the worst air-raids of the Blitz, with the railways as a prime Luftwaffe target, the railways never failed to transport London printed newspapers to the provinces!
SHUNTER BLACK'S NIGHT OFF (1941, 7 mins) Shunter, Joe Black, heroically extinguishes a burning explosives truck through a meticulous and delicate manoeuvre across the points of a goods yard to the water tower.
THE ARMY LAYS THE RAILS (1941, 9 mins) Dedicated to the tracklaying and railway maintenance operations of the Royal Engineers including an armoured train and the firing of the railway mounted 'Boche Buster' gun!
DECONTAMINATION AND REPAIRS TO DAMAGED TRACK (1942, 20 mins) The equipment, precautions and procedures adhered to by a Southern Railway anti-gas team during a simulated gas attack on railway lines near West Hoathly, Sussex.
SALVING OUR SCRAP (1942, 13 mins) An anti-waste, pro-recycling film directed at Southern Railway employees.
BUNDLES FOR BERLIN (1943, 13 mins) A celebration of the contribution of female employees across the Southern Railway; from locomotive cleaning and ticket collecting to light engineering and munitions manufacture in the railway workshops.
THE BURNING QUESTION (1943, 10 mins) A Southern Railway film on importance of fuel economy across the company including in the efficient and economic use of coal in the firing of locomotives.
GANG WARILY (1944, 9 mins) A dramatised illustration of the importance of adhering to general working safety practices on the Southern Railway.
CARRYING THE LOAD (1945, 24 mins) A retrospective celebration of the contribution made by Britain's Railways to Allied Victory in the transportation of casualties, troops, evacuees, workers, raw materials and munitions.
SERVICE FOR THE SERVICES (1945, 29 mins) The Southern Railway's support of the armed services with reference to the Dunkirk evacuation, the manufacture of D-Day equipment and the transportation of locomotives post D-Day between Dover and Calais.
WOMEN AT WAR (1946, 32 mins) A survey of the work of women on the Great Western Railway during the war including as train guards and shunter drivers and in rolling stock and permanent way maintenance.
PEEP BEHIND THE SCENES (1946, 29 mins) A film about the special manufacturing work carried out by the railway workshops of the Southern Railway including mobile workshops, hospital trains, D-Day landing craft and gliders.

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British Train Disasters 1914-1975
This compilation of newsreel reports from the British Movietone News archive is a companion release to the best selling SFE DVD release BRITISH STEAM RAILWAY DISASTERS - 1913 to 1967 that previously collected together the news reports of the other two main newsreel companies, Reuters and British Pathé.
GREAT BRITISH TRAIN DISASTERS is a comprehensive round up of no less than 76 disasters, mostly from the era of steam locomotion. Railway accidents happen for a variety of reasons from passing red signals, driver error, poor visibility, infrastructure and equipment failures, road vehicle collisions or sabotage. The locations reports included are :-

Carr Bridge, Near Aviemore (18.6.1914) / Leighton Buzzard (22.3.1931) / Dagenham Dock (18.12.1931) /
Great Bridgeford, Near Stafford (17.6.1932) / Eaglescliffe, Stockton-On-Tees (6.5.1933) / West Hampstead (13.3.1934) / Welwyn Garden City (15.6.1934) / Winwick Junction, Near Warrington (28.8.1934) / Port Eglinton Junction, Glasgow (6.9.1934) / Kings Langley, Near Hemel Hampstead (13.3.1935) / Potbridge, Hampshire (17.11.1935) / Shrivenham, Near Swindon (15.1.1936) / Sleaford North Junction (15.2.1937) / Langley (1.3.1937) / Battersea Park (2.4.1937) / Swanley (27.6.1937) / Castlecary, Scotland (10.12.1937) / Oakley Junction, Bedfordshire (21.1.1938) / Charing Cross Underground (10.1.1938) / Hatfield (26.1.1939) / Hillgay, Norfolk (1.6.1939) / Bletchley (13.10.1939) / Watford (5.2.1940) / Wembley (12.10.1940) / Sun Bank Halt, Llangollen (7.9.1945) / Bourne End (30.9.1945) / Northwood (21.12.1945) / Lichfield (1.1.1946) / Cadley, Near Marlborough (2.1.1946) / South Croydon (24.10.1947) / Goswick (26.10.1947) / Winsford (17.4.1948) / Stockport (30.11.1948) / Penmaenmawr (27.8.1950) / Ford, Near Arundel (5.8.1951) / Weedon (21.9.1951) / Harrow And Wealdstone (8.10.1952) / Stratford Underground (9.4.1953) / Irk Valley Junction, Manchester (15.8.1953) / Sutton Coldfield (23.1.1955) / Barby, Near Rugby (7.8.1955) / Milton, Near Didcot (20.11.1955) / Luton (22.12.1955) / Welwyn Garden City (7.1.1957) / Chapel-En-Le-Frith (9.2.1957) / Horsham (3.6.1957) / Uddingston, Near Glasgow (17.6.1957) / Lewisham (4.12.1957) / Dagenham East (30.1.1958) / Eastbourne (25.8.1958) / Highworth Junction, Near Swindon (12.11.1958) / Hitchin (19.11.1958) / East Ham (12.11.1959) / Borough Market Junction, London (28.1.1960) / Royton, Lancashire (8.2.1961) / Winsford (26.12.1962) / The Big Freeze Of 1963 / Elm Park, Near Romford (29.3.1965) / Kentish Town (23.12.1966) / Hither Green (5.11.1967) / Tattenhall Junction, Near Chester (2.7.1971) / Eltham Well Hall, London (11.6.1972) / King’s Cross And Euston Bomb Blasts (10.9.1973) / West Ealing (19.12.1973) / Moorgate Underground (28.2.1975) / Nuneaton (6.6.1975) / BONUS FEATURE : Royal Engineers Blow Up L.M.S. Viaduct near Matlock (28.9.33)

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Britain's Railways from Victory to Nationalisation 1945-1948
BRITAIN'S RAILWAYS - From Victory To Nationalisation 1945 - 1948: The definitive archive film led history of the railway's immediate post-war years.

A detailed overview of the state of the British railways in the aftermath of Victory. Suddenly, the railways were no longer a weapon of war and the worn out rolling stock and permanent way were relieved somewhat of the heavy burden of the transportation of the men and munitions of war. Holiday traffic resumed and railway catering services re-opened. It was also to be the swan song of the 'Big Four' railway companies in the lead up to the Nationalisation of 1948, and the inevitable standardisation of locomotive classes  under the British Railways brand that would stem from that.

  • Holiday traffic to Weston-Super-Mare, Devon, Lyme Regis and Kent (for hop-picking).
  • The LMS engine driver.
  • GWR locomotive shots and LNER locomotives at Liverpool Street and Stratford.
  • Reports on the London station fires at King's Cross and Victoria; The SR 'West Country' Class leaving the workshop for the first time.
  • The announcement of nationalisation and 1948 locomotive naming ceremonies of 'Sir Eustace Missenden' and 'Highland Light Infantry'.
  • The British Railways locomotive testing facility in Rugby Reports featuring the Royal Family using the railways.
  • Reports about the London Underground including the Central Line extension to Stratford and new rolling stock on the Metropolitan.

DVD EXTRA - "SCOTTISH EXPRESS" (1946, 30 mins) This classic documentary is a 'day in the life' style film on the preparation and operation of the immediate post-war LNER 'Scottish Express  - a daily service departing London King's Cross at 10am drawn by A3 class steam locomotive 4489. The film also visits the LNER's famous Doncaster works and their carriage works at York.


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