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
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
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
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
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.