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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Code: SN6714
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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
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INTERVIEWEES INCLUDE:
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- Jim Rees of the National Railway Museum
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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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Catalogue Number: SN6645
Time: 91 mins approx
Region: 0 / PAL
Subtitles: None
Sound: Mono / English
Picture: 1:33:1 / Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
Classification: Exempt
Barcode: 5027626664541

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An exclusive bonus feature, 'The Best of Post-War British Public Information Films 1946 - 1952', gives an insight into the concerns of the post-war world of reconstruction, including an emphasis on productivity for the export drive, the much-feared spectre of diphtheria, recruitment into the forces, the continuing importance of National Savings, and the huge danger of unexploded bombs left over from the war.

Catalogue Number: 9971015
Classification: E
Picture: 1:33:1 / Black and White
Subtitles: None
Time: 281
Barcode: 5027626101541
Number of Discs: 2
Sound: Mono / English
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A triple disc, 8 hour digest of newsreels reporting on war related activities and news events occurring on the British Home Front during the Second World War. With strong, instantly recognisable packaging design and the authenticity of the British Pathé newsreel content, this premium release is set to be the crossover special interest DVD gifting solution. Topics covered include the bombing of British Cities, the evacuation of children, gas attack and air raid precautions, land girls and rationing, the importance of salvage, the Home Guard, the King and Queen's Royal visits around the country, the changing job roles of women and the wartime manufacture of the munitions and aircraft of war. All aspects of home front life from the instigation of National Service in 1939 to the V.E. Day celebrations of 1945 are covered in this ultimate celebration of the dogged resolve of the British to "Keep Calm And Carry On!"

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Britain at War In Colour
Released on 31/10/11. This previously unreleased and digitally restored 1946 colour documentary is one of the crown jewels of the Imperial War Museum's Film Archive. Shot during the Second World War and edited by the enigmatic socialite Rosie Newman with her then unprecedented civilian access to the training exercises of the armed forces and her unrivalled footage of aspects of life on Britain's home front, "Britain At War" offers a unique and personal insight into the conflict in stunning colour. Highlights include :- The Blitz and its aftermath in London's West End - Life carrying on amidst the debris. A.R.P. rescue parties The formation and training of the Home Guard / Evacuees and auxiliary hospitals in the British countryside Valentine Tank manoeuvres at Bordon Camp Aircraft Manufacture and A.T.A. Ferry Pilots A Visit to an operational RAF Spitfire Fighter Squadron Scenes onboard Royal Navy Hunt Class Escort Destroyer, HMS Berkeley including an 'Action Stations' training sequence protecting a convoy with guns firing and laying a defensive smoke screen. A section dedicated to D-Day detailing the extensive transport and logistics operation involved in the mass movement of men and munitions to the Continent (including on LSTs - 'Landing Ship Tanks') and the return of German prisoners of war from the front to British prisons.

This DVD release offers a choice of two audio soundtracks. The first is a musical-soundtrack using the same pieces of music that Rosie Newman herself played on a pair of gramophones during her own showings of the films. The second is a commentary by Jane Fish, Senior Curator at the Imperial War Museum Film And Video Archive. Jane Fish is also interviewed in a DVD Bonus Feature where she explains who Rosie Newman was and why she made 'Britain At War'.

This edition includes a reproduction of Rosie Newman's 1948 self-published book 'Britain At War' which provides an overview of the wartime subject matter she filmed.
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