BRITAIN’S RAILWAYS AT WAR, the home front documentary collection 1941-1946 - Railway History

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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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

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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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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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The Home Front Years 1939-1941
Railway posters during the Second World War enquired of civilian passengers "Is Your Journey Really Necessary?” - the Home Front Railways of Britain in their logistical role transporting the men, munitions, materials and machinery of combat, really were a weapon of war.
BRITAIN’S RAILWAYS : THE HOME FRONT WAR YEARS – 1939 to 1941 is the definitive archive led long-form documentary celebrating the railway’s vital role in the nation’s war effort. This 100% archive film programme is made from significant amounts of previously unseen film footage from the vaults of the Imperial War Museum in combination with genuine wartime newsreel footage. It evidences the great diversity of steam locomotive types brought to bear on the transportation of all kinds of wartime goods and passengers.
BRITAIN’S RAILWAYS : THE HOME FRONT WAR YEARS – 1939 to 1941 is the first part of the most comprehensive trilogy ever made on Britain’s railways during the war years; this first volume covers the events from the outbreak of war to the cessation of ‘The Blitz’ in May 1941, including :-

· The 1939 and 1940 evacuations of children from British cities.
· The transportation of B.E.F. troops and equipment to the South coast Southern Railway docks.
· Railway ‘blackout’ procedures, the removal of station signage, railway staff bomb shelters and A.R.P. exercises.
· The movement of interned German nationals and the reception of refugees from mainland Europe.
· Ambulance and hospital evacuation trains.
· The movement of B.E.F. troops evacuated back through Southern Railway ports following the retreat from Dunkirk.
· Extensive coverage of the Luftwaffe’s aerial Blitz bomb damage to the home front railways including at Redbridge, Bishopstone Beach Halt, Portsmouth Harbour Station, Clapham Carriage Sheds, Camden Goods Yard, Dalston Junction, Coventry, Manchester Exchange Station, Southampton Docks, Stonebridge Park Carriage Sheds, Fratton Loco Shed and the London termini – Euston, Waterloo, Charing Cross and Victoria.
· The relocation of the L.M.S. and S.R. Headquarters to The Grove at Watford and Deepdene House in Dorking respectively.
· Locomotive naming ceremonies.
· The reparation of air-raid damaged tracks, bridges, viaducts and signalling.

Release Date: 29/04/2013


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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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