This is an absolute peach of a documentary on a scale of epic proportions. Over six hours on 3 disks of wondrous footage that covers the history of British railways from the earliest steam examples right up to the introduction of the 125's on the Western Region.
A comforting commentary by Jeremy English compliments a continuous sequence of extraordinary images. What struck me was the scope and liberty in the film as the narration swoops over each chronological event in the history of Britain's railways, then dives down into fascinating detail on such captivating subjects as the potted history of locomotive design, the working life of an engine driver or the political context of decisions being taken at the time.
But it's the long languorous images of locomotion that will last with me for ever, especially those in astonishing colour that not only capture the railways in their splendour & but also, harrowingly, in the darkest days of the sixties. This is an extraordinary documentary of breadth and intelligence that educates, enlightens and fascinates in equal measure and encapsulates a Britain & an industry that has long since passed.