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The Lost Railways [DVD]

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  • Actors: Peter Fairhead
  • Directors: Steve Le Cheminant
  • Writers: Paul Shannon
  • Producers: Steve Le Cheminant
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun. 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009VJY52
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,745 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

A nostalgic documentary look around some of Britain's abandoned railway lines, closed down during the 1950s. Featured lines are the Great Central Railway from London to Nottingham, the Somerset and Dorset route from Bath to Bournemouth, and The Waverley Route between Edinburgh and Carlisle.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Davis on 4 Nov. 2009
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This product is pretty much 'run of the mill' stuff so far as railway dvds go. It yo-yos at times between catering for the enthusiastic novice as an introductory guide whilst at others it assumes prior knowledge of railway practices. Overall it's well scripted by Paul Shannon (think Past and Present Collection Books) and tells a story rather than just a series of unlinked commentaries.

There's a reasonable selection of archive footage - but nothing that cannot be found in detail elsewhere - Woodhead, S&D, S&C etc... and a bit a of modern footage thrown in.

But overall I'd recommend this product because it does well in two key areas:

1) NARRATION: The narrator makes or breaks railway dvds; so often great material is ruined by at best an unenthusiastic drone or at worst by mumbled and poorly articulated description. The Lost Railways is clearly narrated by PETER FAIRHEAD and is all the better for it.

2) PRICE: At the price you'd pretty much accept anything so the fact it is actually pretty decent makes it a very safe buy.
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152 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Peter Rees on 22 July 2009
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This is a very good nostalgic compilation of past railways and lost lines. It has been edited carefully and the voice over is well presented, clear and informative. The film has been edited arefully and past has been compared to present. Good qulaity enhancement of previously unseen film characterises this DVD. It also relates key decisions in the history of the decline of the steam railway and the reasons for the closure of certain lines. A very good bargain with accurate and interesting narrative.
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92 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. H. Earl on 13 Mar. 2009
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The Lost Railways [DVD]
Excellent value for money, and very good quality editing and voiceover.
For lovers of the last days of steam, this is a very watchable DVD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Firefox on 20 July 2011
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I found this to be a vey informative and enjoyable DVD, which gives a good account of the railways during 50's and 60's. The footage is very good and as good a quality as you can get for the era portrayed. I would say this is a "must" for the serious railway enthusiast.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Fuchsiadoll on 28 May 2010
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The commentary on this DVD is the best I've encountered on a railway DVD. Sadly, the visual content is below par. I can allow for the poor quality of the early 8mm movie clips, but the later video content is generally disappointing, shot one presumes by amateurs who liked to zoom in and out on almost every sequence! Recommended only for diehard fans of British rail history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. Bray on 17 Mar. 2012
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If watching Steam locomotives chugging past is your 'thing', you will enjoy this DVD. All that is missing is the evocative smell of the steam, hot oil, and coal-smoke, which typifies a railway locomotive.
The footage is well done, and of high quality, not hand-held, wobbly 8mm copied to DVD at a later date. The commentary, and background musical noise, are not intrusive, and serve to inform, rather than deafen.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Gorton on 30 July 2009
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tremendous footage of a byegone era which should make those of us who sneered at duffle coated railway enthusiasts ashamed,but for them much would have been lost to posterity
lovely dialogue which melded with the images beautifully and for those like myself who are ex pats fond memories of the past
even if youre not an ex pat well worth the money
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Rorys Mum on 29 May 2009
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My little boy is mad about trains and chooses this DVD over Thomas! The clips have some stunning scenery and the music is very theraputic. Its not too bland and dry. I'm amazed I'm still happy to hear it after hearing ot played daily over the last few months.
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