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173 of 174 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally available on DVD, 18 July 2005
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This review is from: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 1 - On and Off the Rails [DVD] (DVD)
A wonderful collection of some nostalgic films of British life, mostly in the 1950s. It's not just train lovers will enjoy this but anybody who enjoys watching films of real life in that era. It's worth it just for "Elizabethan Express" and "Snowdrift at Bleath Gill". Finally available on DVD after years of waiting this DVD contains great looking picture quality with hardly any MPEG artifacts from beautifully restored films. Obviously this has been carefully and lovingly put together.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 14 Jan 2009
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Mr. G. M. Mackley "Gordon" (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 1 - On and Off the Rails [DVD] (DVD)
This dvd set is worth it for the scenes of snow being cast aside by the steam operated snow ploughs alone! All the films are not only very well produced (as was always the case with BTF productions) but also show an historical view of a railway system now long gone in terms of steam traction and all other aspects of operation. They also serve as great sociological documents indicating a society which again has changed out of all recognition (as well as the more obvious, little nauances such as the comment 'a bit like eating landlady's cake' come to mind).

If you are inetrested in railway, engineering or social history or just want to be inspired by large amounts of snow being thrown to the side of the track or enormous steam beam engines at work, you will not be disappointed with this set.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars transport films at their best, 25 Jun 2007
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R. Pearce "Bob Pearce" (Londinium) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 1 - On and Off the Rails [DVD] (DVD)
A wonderfully nostalgic look at britains railways in their heyday. Good quality recordings throughout. The commentaries are worth listening to in their own right. Look out , or rather listen out for such voices as Derek Guyler and MacDonald Hobley.

This is pure Britain in a time that we were proud to be english .........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful..!!, 23 Nov 2012
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SeaWasp (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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"The Elizabethan Express" is worth the price of admission alone. Here is a glimpse of a world long gone. I especially love the shot near the end of this segment which has children at play while the elevated train passes behind them... can't help thinking that those little tykes would be approaching 70 years of age as I write this. This segment is narrated in verse by Alan Wheatley (from the old Adventures Of Robin Hood TV series) so it was an added pleasure for me to hear the voice of the Sheriff of Nottingham reciting the often humorous poetry.

These 14 short films span the years 1951 ("This Year- London") to 1980 ("On Track for the Eighties) and all are a joy to watch. It's hard to imagine that times were ever this innocent... By the time you finish watching the last film ("John Betjemin Goes By Train") I'm betting that you will be ordering Volume 2.

Great nostalgia, and The Elizabethan: What a BEAST! Magnificent.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ON AND OFF THE RAILS, 14 Jan 2010
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S. SMITH - See all my reviews
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What an absolute delight watching these british transport films on this dvd going back to the early 1950s,I`ve gathered acouple of these collections in the past,although shot over fifty years ago,(Most of them)they are digitally remastered.My favorites have to be the Elizabethan Express,and The snow drift at Bleath Gill.Finishing off with the late Sir John Betjemans goes by train.And under the the river.The construction of the the severn tunnel under the Bristol Channel,what an eye opener of Engineering. British of course at it`s very best.This is`nt just for the Train buff,This should be shown at History lessons across the country.Wish i brought the complete collection now from Amazon at there great discounted price.Buy it you won`t be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bel hommage !, 2 Mar 2012
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Guyard (Lille, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 1 - On and Off the Rails [DVD] (DVD)
Ces deux DVD, fidèles reflets de leur époque, des machines et des hommes, rendent un bel hommage à British Rail. Les films en N&B sont montés comme des reportages... A recommander pour les amateurs des chemins de fers britanniques !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars on and off the rails, 11 Feb 2009
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interesting look at 1950's.classic footage like train time & a day of ones own.Typically British commentry for that time and really good collection of films.Well worth viewing of a past time as it was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 20 Oct 2013
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An excellent collection thoughtfully restored. If you are interested in period documentaries this is for you. Nicely presented and packaged too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvellous Blast From the Past, 15 May 2013
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Some great films from the British Transport Film archive. Perhaps they wouldn't satisfy a diehard railway enthusiast, as not all the films concentrate on locos, but having said that, most will be very pleased with these films. It's a vanished world in terms of railway operations, and how we all were decades ago.
Quite varied films as well; such as John Betjeman on branch lines in Norfolk, and a works outing from Leicester.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turning The Clock Back., 25 Jun 2011
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Mr. James T. Egan (Carnoustie Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 1 - On and Off the Rails [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD is well worth purchasing especially due to the 1954 filming of "The Elizabethan Express" being included in the package. A pure classic by BTF. This is a great insight into what the the railways were like in the Good Old Days compared to what we have nowadays. Glorified Buses on rails I'm afraid. A must for anyone connected with the railways or those interested enthusiasts. Pure nostalgia even for those non interested railway personnel.
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