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An excellent historical record
on 3 July 2010
For those with an interest in the subject matter, British Steam Railway Disasters is an excellent historical record of 55 of the major railway accidents which occurred between 1913 and 1967. It gathers together professionally shot, restored original black and white archive material, much of which has remained unseen since the events were first reported. Recovered from a variety of TV and cinema news-reel vaults, the programme features both line-side and aerial shots taken as each incident is first being reported, as the extent of the accident becomes known, and also later as the clearance crews deal with the clean-up operation. Some events are briefly covered, and some in greater depth depending upon the amount of archive material available, with some also accompanied by the original reported commentary and interviews with both observers and victims of the incidents recorded at the time. This is further complimented with a modern day commentary/synopsis of each incident to explain the known causes and facts of the accidents later discovered by the inquiries. The material is grouped into accidents caused through 9 main causes: Driver error, excessive speed, poor visibility in fog, signals passed at danger, signalling errors, road vehicle collisions, equipment failure, rolling stock instability, and track defects. Excellent picture and audio quality, thoughtfully compiled and produced - highly recommended.
Region 0. Running time 79 minutes. Picture aspect 1.33:1. Stereo Dolby Digital sound.