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5.0 out of 5 stars Back on track
I was somewhat disappointed with Volumes 5 and 6 as they didn't have much railway content. Volume 7 is almost exclusively about the railways and the content is excellent.

This collection brings together a number of films roughly connected with the "new age" of railway travel in the UK in the 1970s and early 1980s. The first film "The North Eastern Goes Forward"...
Published on 17 Jun 2008 by Paul

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good.
Good but could have done without a couple of the films which seem to have been inserted as "fillers".
For rail buffs only.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on track, 17 Jun 2008
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I was somewhat disappointed with Volumes 5 and 6 as they didn't have much railway content. Volume 7 is almost exclusively about the railways and the content is excellent.

This collection brings together a number of films roughly connected with the "new age" of railway travel in the UK in the 1970s and early 1980s. The first film "The North Eastern Goes Forward" is from 1962 and one of the best, although sadly the enthusiasm shown in the film was to be short-lived with the pending Beeching Axe closures and loss of freight traffic to roads.

There are also some technical films covering such topics as brake blocks (quite interesting, honest!) electrification, and the construction of the HST power cars. Watching many of the movies you get the feeling that in the 1970s, BR were trying to make the best of a bad lot - permanently strapped for cash and depised by most of their users. This is most noticeable in the film "A New Age for Railways" which compares the railway renaissance in a number of countries: whilst Japan, France, Germany, Poland and Italy were pushing on with bold new schemes involving the construction of brand new high-speed electrified routes, the best the UK could bring to the table was the diesel HST (marvellous though it was, it seemed to be a poor relation).

There's also a number of safety films aimed at children and a final interview with Sir Peter Parker with well-known railway-nut Jimmy Saville. As usual the package is excellently presented and I hope there are more volumes from this series to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 3 Feb 2011
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B. Barlow "Defn28" (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) - See all my reviews
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A must for anybody interested in the railways in one way or another and with an eye and appreciation for nostalgia. I was fond of the very modern footage as there are far too many of these type's of DVD's on the market that show steam trains. I'm more interested in the advent of diesel and the 80's railways and this DVD doesn't dissappoint. I am slowly collecting other titles in this series and i think they'll make a great collection.

Hours of entertainment for a reasonable price - go on, treat yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the Age of the ..., 7 April 2013
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Forget the use of J Savile; this is a collection of good films from the history of our country and its transport system that led the world. Worthwhile watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the 70s......, 7 July 2008
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Completely agree with Paul's excellent review above. This is a really good new addition to the BFI's British Transport Films' collection.

If, like me, you grew up in the 1970s and first encountered trains then as a child, this will take you right back. Fabulous nostalgia and capped off with the great Sir Peter Parker and mad Sir Jimmy (pre-Sir days) at the end.

Well worth the money in my book. Roll on the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Age of the Train [DVD] vol. 7, 28 Jun 2014
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This DVD is not only interesting but informative too. Once this DVD has been viewed , one will wish to view many times , as
the subjects and filming are to a high standard and tells the viewer as things were .

John.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The age of the train, 24 Jan 2013
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Well up to standard of other DVDs in the series. A veritable mine of information for Railway Enthusiasts throughout UK.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Age of the Train, 30 Dec 2008
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Over the last year i have collected all of this series of DVDs and can honestly say they are all worth having.My favorite is the wonderful 1960s colour film episodes which takes you back to better age and reminds you of things long forgotten.
Proper spoken English, all interesting and absorbing subjects. Why can it not be done like this today?.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good., 29 Jun 2013
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Good but could have done without a couple of the films which seem to have been inserted as "fillers".
For rail buffs only.
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