Film: 6434

Railways | 1960 | Sound | Colour


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Railways in Britain 1960's

Film with footage of old system of railways with steam and smoke and generally dirty. Compared to new diesel and clean electric traction then coming in. No commentary but a musical score all throught the film. Starts with very large railway station possibly Temple Meads in Bristol. GWR steam traction views of the impressive roof structure. A passenger train hauled by GWR lcomotive Aldersey Hall pulls ut of station.

We journey with the train sometimes in the carriages sometimes in the cab as it goes on its way. A train crosses a 20 arch viaduct. Views of other trains including tank engines and other powerful locomotives. A close up of the nameplate of the steam locomotive Hunter Hall. A 4-6-0 locomotive pulls a goods train. Live cattle in cattle trucks. Pullman carriages pass by. Views of inside the carriages and dining car etc. A large locomotive No.34104. Views of speeding locomotives hauling trains. A 4-6-2 locomotive number 34091 and 4-6-0 No. 73155. Views of an industrial city. Signals, signal boxes close up of levers. A steam train crosses a viaduct in the distance. Change to a diesel engine passing through a station at speed. A railway man in new smart British Rail cap. Views of electrical overhead gantrys etc. A new age has arrived. Henceforth all will be clean and quick. (Implied message,) Electriciy drives goods and passenger trains. Credits, End. British rail looks forward to a new cleaner era.

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