Film: 3483

Railways | 1960 | Sound | B/W

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A light-hearted history of railways which uses old prints, rare pieces of film as well as 1965 material to tell the story from Stephenson’s Rocket to the new diesel and electric expresses. Pop singer Joe Brown, an ex-railwayman himself, comperes the film from the Railway Museum at Clapham as it then was. The story takes in the Stockton and Darlington Railway of 1825, The Liverpool and Manchester of 1829-30, Brunel and the GWR, the London to Birmingham in 1838, the 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition and the GWR conversion from broad to standard gauge in 1892.
Locomotives on display in the Museum include LNER Gresley’A4@ 4-6-2 No. 4468 Mallard (just moved to the museum), LBSCR Stroudley 0-4-2 No 214 Gladstone and LBSCR ‘A1X’ 0-6-0T No. 380S Boxhill.
There is archive of Hyde Park Corner in 1896, crossing the Tay Bridge in 1897, Henley-on-Thames station in 1898, Liverpool Overhead Unit No. 19, ‘Castle’-hauled ‘Cheltenham Flyer’ in 1932, GWR diesel railcar - 1933 streamlined version, LNER ‘N2’ 0-6-0T No. 4743, LNER ‘A4’ 4-6-2 No 2509 Silver Link with Silver Jubilee train in 1935, LMS Princess Coronation 4-6-2 No. 6220 Coronation, LNER ‘V2’ 2-6-2 No. 60961 as well as English Electric diesel D208, a ‘Deltic’, the ‘Midland Pullman’ and electric locomotive E3079.
Marvellous footage of a railway dining car in the 1930's

Really good shots of soldiers going off to World war One by train, kissing women on the platform, band playing and soldiers waving from the the carriage windows.
There are also shots of St Pancras and Paddington, bombed or blitzed in World War Two and a scene of NER ‘B16’ 4-6-0 No. 61415 being broken up, probably at Doncaster. It all adds up to a kind of high-speed, light-hearted version of what later became Giants of Steam and a nice potted history of railways in Britain.


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