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.
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.
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.
procedures, the removal of station signage, railway staff bomb shelters and
The movement of
interned German nationals and the reception of refugees from mainland Europe.
Ambulance and hospital
The movement of B.E.F.
troops evacuated back through Southern Railway ports following the retreat from
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
The relocation of the
L.M.S. and S.R. Headquarters to The Grove at Watford and Deepdene House in
The reparation of
air-raid damaged tracks, bridges, viaducts and signalling.
Release Date: 29/04/2013
Our Price: £17.99