Film: 8316

Railways | 1950 | Sound | B/W


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A behind-the-scenes film on British Railways 1950's containing spectacular shots of the 'Royal Scot', which has maintained a daily service from London to Scotland for over a century. Various little-known aspects of railway technique, such as the speed testing of locomotives on a stationary fast bed, and the utilisation of an engine's own power to swing it on a turntable, are illustrated. Locomotives seen include LMS 'Princess' 4-6-2 Nos 46247 City of Liverpool, 46220 Coronation and 46239 City of Chester, LMS '3P' 2-6-2T Nos 40051 and 40054; LMS 'O1' 2-8-0 No 63760 and, on the test bed at Rugby, BR '9F' 2-10-0 No 92013. There are good scenes at Crewe Works the old Euston and Shap Summit.

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Royal Scot train from Euston, London to Glasgow, Scotland.
Nameboard 'Royal Scot' attached 46247. Getting locomotive ready for trip, oil and coal. On the turntable. Old Euston Station. Ticket office. Platform 13, 'Royal Scot'. Passengers. Loco backs on. Signal box. Station master in top hat. Signal to go. Departure of train. Dog with collecting box. 10 AM departure. Up bank to Camden. Through Kensal Rise, POV out front of train. POV alont side of train forwards. Banker engine 40054. Primrose Hill tunnel. Suburbs. Harrow and Wealdstone. (at 12 mins) side view of Watford. Passing a goods train. Picking up water. Kilsby tunnel. Martello Towers. Wigan, station master and watch. Preston. Lancaster Gate. Shap Summit, climb up and down the other side. Carlisle, locomotives 46220 and 46320. Into Scotland, crossing the border at Gretna Green. Glasgow Station. Montage of old 'Big Four' trains.

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