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The British Transport Films Collection Volume 3 - Running a Railway [DVD]

A.G. Street , Frank Duncan , Bill Mason , C. David Lochner    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: A.G. Street, Frank Duncan, Stanley Holloway, William Norburn, Arthur Bush
  • Directors: Bill Mason, C. David Lochner, Charles Delautour, David Washbourne, James Ritchie
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 29 May 2006
  • Run Time: 237 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FAOB46
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,714 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Following the nationalisation of transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1st May, 1949, and led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey OBE a founding father of the British documentary movement it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain.

All these films are now preserved in the bfi National Film and Television Archive. This selection has been digitally remastered for this two-disc set, which is a must not for the documentary aficionado who will recognise traits and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking.

Disc one

  • Operation London Bridge (1975)
  • Wires Over the Border (1974)
  • Groundwork for Progress (1959)
  • Making Tracks (1956)
  • E for Experiment (1975)
  • Modelling for the Future (1961)
  • Britannia A Bridge (1973)

Disc two

  • Terminus (1961)
  • Fully Fitted Freight (1957)
  • Farmer Moving South (1952)
  • I am a Litter Basket (1959)
  • The Third Sam
  • People Like Us (1962)
  • A Future on Rail (1957)

UK / 1952-1975 / black and white, and colour / 237 minutes / Ratio 1.33:1

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British Transport Films Collection Vol.3 - Running A Railway

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent issue 8 Jun 2006
By Mr. N. Morgan VINE VOICE
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Volume 3 of the "British Transport Films" series is also a must for any railway buff. I received my set yesterday and only had time to watch "Fully Fitted Freight" last night. This film alone made the purchase worthwhile for me! The way the film captures the "busy-ness" of Britain's railways at the time and the general optimism of life in Britain in the 1950s is just amazing! A refreshing change from life today! And "Terminus" (a day in the life of Waterloo Station) which I have seen before is just wonderful!

Picture quality was good considering the age of the source material. There is the occasional bit of fluff/film dirt etc, but it's pretty unobtrusive and the overall sharpness and cleanness of the picture is good - in fact very good. Sound quality does vary a bit, but it's as good as you'll get from the source and isn't really bad at the worst of times; but there is the odd bit of audio distortion which was quite common in films from that era and earlier.

One film I was pleased to see in this collection is "The Third Sam" narrated by Stanley Holloway which I saw for the first time at the 2004 York Railfest.

Having purchased the first two volumes in this series, I can be pretty certain this volume won't disappoint those who are undecided on buying it.

Sadly, this volume (like the other two) doesn't contain my all-time favourite of these railway films namely "Night Mail" but I guess that one will come with (I hope) a future release in the series.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Railways Operations 15 Feb 2011
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The third release by BFI in the British Transport Films (BTF) collection concentrates on the mechanics of operating stations, rail maintenance, running goods trains, train driving and passengers. The films include:

Operation London Bridge about the rationalisation and reorganisation of the tracks around London Bridge station around 1972.

Wires Over the Border is the subject of the extension of the West Coast mainline electrification to Glasgow in the ealy 1970s. (Colour)

Groundwork for Progress on British Railways civil engineering department in the late 1950s (Black & White)

Making Tracks covers a Sunday track replacement operation in mid 1950s (Black & White)

E for Experimental is about the Advanced Passenger Train (APT-E)that pioneered tilting train technolgy to allow 155 mph running. The APT was eventually cancelled without ever been put into service. (Colour)

Modelling for the Future shows a scale model of the channnel tunnel terminus as envisaged in 1961 nearly 30 years before it actually opened. (Colour)

Britannia - A Bridge describes the reconstruction of the Stephenson rail bridge across the Menai Strait to Anglesey after the 1970 fire. (Colour)

Terminus - Shows one day at Waterloo Station with passengers and behind the scenes. Directed by John Schlesinger. (1961 Black & White)

Fully Fitted Freight - Follows the creation, route and end point of a long distance goods train. All wagons are fitted with vacuum brakes to enable high speed running.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't seen it.... 8 Oct 2006
...but for the benefit of Green Knight, the film 'Night Mail' is available on the DVD entitled 'Night Mail/West Highland'. It's unlikely to be relesed in this series since it was made by the Post Office film unit, not British Transport. I'd welcome a release of short Post Office films, though, especially Len Lye's fantastic animations.
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