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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and informative collection, 18 Sep 2012
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Colin Smith "keep on running" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: British Transport Films Collection Vol. 10 - London on the Move (2-DVD set) (DVD)
This varied collection has a more focused approach than the previous nine volumes which make up the excellent British Transport Films Collection [DVD] with London transport under the historical spotlight here. But there's much more than just the sight of drivers and conductors in trains & buses going about their business in this collection. The films also offer an interesting insight into the varied work carried out behind the scenes, with the work of the likes of maintenance & catering staff also in the spotlight.

These British Transport (BTF) Films cover the timeline running from 1951 to 1983, and follow the often complex task of keeping the capital's various forms of transport on the move. Some films provide an insightful look at the organisation & co-ordination behind the scenes, shedding light on what is often taken for granted, yet is far more complicated than a ignorant layman like myself ever imagined. Some films do possess a colourful, travelogue feel & are often a charming but informative way to unwind.

The remastered picture quality on the fourteen films (including the bonus feature) is generally good, there are no subtitles. Also included is an illustrated 12-page booklet with an introduction from Patrick Russell, along with full details of the films and credits. When including the bonus film, the collection has a running time of over three-and-a-half hours. The two discs & booklet are stored in a single-size DVD case. I have included a list of the titles along with a few details below....

*ALL THAT MIGHTY HEART (1963/colour/24 mins)....A dawn through to dusk look at the various passengers using the capital's rail & bus services, including a visit to the zoo, along with an evening visit to the theatre.

*OUR CANTEENS (1951,B/W,12 mins)....In this staff training film we also see the canteen ladies preparing & serving up hearty nosh for the transport staff.

*ONE FOR ONE (1964,B/W,24 mins)....A detailed account of the meticulous overhaul & inspection of London Transport's bus engines carried out by the workforce at Chiswick Works.

*THE NINE ROAD (1976/colour/20 mins)....A look at bus number 9 on one of the busiest bus routes in the capital, following the bus crews, organisation & maintenance teams through the long working day, as the bus travels along it's route between Liverpool Street and Mortlake.

*CINE GAZETTE No.14: DO YOU REMEMBER? (1955,B/W,9 mins)....A look at the sorting & returning of lost property on the capital's transport system.

*LONDON ON THE MOVE (1970/colour/14 mins)....A look at the increasingly complicated task of keeping London's transport system running efficiently in 1970, and the increased investment in automation & CCTV.

*UNDER NIGHT STREETS (1958,B/W,19 mins)....The nocturnal maintenance work carried out by the 1100-strong workforce on London's underground lines.

*POWER SIGNAL LINESMAN (1953,B/W,15 mins)....A training film for Power Signal Linesmen, showing routine maintenance while also providing an emergency response to various faults.

*OMNIBUS 150 (1979/colour/16 mins)....An history of the London Omnibus, from the 3-horse omnibus introduced in 1829, through to the hi-tech Daimler Fleet Lines.

*CINE GAZETTE No.10 (1951,B/W,10 mins)....Three short films in one: "Chiswick on The Skid Patch" - a visit to the bus drivers training area to see the cars from the 1951 London Motor Show at Earls Court. Then "Overhaul at Acton" - the stripping down, cleaning & renovation of London Transport's tube trains, followed by "Food Production Centre" - a blink-and-you'll-miss-it account of the preparation for the feeding of 100,000 transport staff for 1 week.

*MOVING LONDON (1983/colour/17 mins)....A retrospective look at the modernisation & expansion of London transport over the previous 50 years.

*AFC: AUTOMATIC FARE COLLECTION AND YOU (1969/colour/4 mins)....Part-animated film showing passengers being guided through the automated fare collection systems in Hammersmith station.

*OVERHAUL (1957/colour/17 mins)....London's fleet of 8,000 buses are put through an advanced overhaul at Aldenham. Dismantled & refurbished before returning to serve the public.

*BONUS FILM - MOVING MILLIONS (1947,B/W,16 mins)....A Central Office of Information (COI) film, aimed at an overseas audience. A simple account of the work of London Transport.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to see a return of BTF films, 19 Sep 2012
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R T "RT of Keighley" (Keighley) - See all my reviews
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I have already bought all previous nine volumes of the BTF films produced by BFI, as well as some other documentaries from 1930s onwards.

I had wondered whether the transport series had finished but then this was announced and I ordered it as soon as I could and has been delivered today.

A varied selection of films, covering the period from 1951 - 1983 and including some behind the scenes stuff as well as films aimed at the general public of the time (the automatic tickets short, for example). As well as the subject matter of London buses and tube there are a few shots of trolleybuses in action: but for me one of the really fascinating features are the people. Smoking while working, brylcreemed hair and most with a uniform including a peaked hat, apart from the occasional Inspector on the underground in a bowler hat.

I think parts of it will mainly interest those keen on transport but there is a lot of sociological and historical material for the non specialist top enjoy. Although centred around London Transport there were some shots which included the green buses from the outer area which extended as far south as Crawley and as far north as Luton.

I recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trip down memory lane, 25 Jan 2013
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I like all these little films they remind me of what it was like in my childhood growing up in the 1960's. The films are well made and it is a shame that railway companies do not celebrate anything like this for the future.

I would recommend these DVDs especially with a nice roaring fire, cup of tea and some cake.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars .One more for the collection, 1 Nov 2012
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A must if you already have the previous nine volumes. Despite being only about London, for any historical researcher these short films are a must. Though they only give a flavour of the periods covered, still essential for two reasons. One,the style of films made at that time and second, London as it was.
Davie Easton
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia city!, 25 Oct 2012
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A must have for people interested in the history of public transport in London, or even people wishing to see how London worked in the dim and distant past.
This made me nostalgic for the times portrayed in these films - everything seemed to have a sense of purpose and "properness" in all that was undertaken, much unlike the present age where everything seems made up as it goes along and all for the biggest profit at that.
Very enjoyable indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will buy again, 3 July 2014
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Great seller great item just what I wanted
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another video in the grand British Film railway series, 26 May 2014
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I am collecting the whole of this series of videos which I think is a superior film collection for all British railway enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars British transport Films Vol 10- london on the move, 11 Mar 2014
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Great DVD for all London Transport and London Underground Railways , Great job by BFI Please Note If buyer outside the United Kingdom you mind Have DVD player trouble due It's Being Zone 2 only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great view of an integrated, publicly owned and run transport system, 4 Feb 2014
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This wonderful series of short films gives us an insight into a capital city's intagrated transport system which was the envy of the world. Clean, well maintained buses and trains run by a central authority which put passengers first, created countless skilled, secure jobs and provided top class apprenticeships for young people which gave them the means to earn a good living for life.

The sad part of it is looking at what we had and seeing how far we have regressed since then thanks to the governments of Britain post 1979 whose dogmatic belief in fragmentation and privatisation has wrecked a transport system which was the envy of the world, and has deprived two generations so far of young people of the opportunities to acquire skills and career opportunities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Title., 11 Sep 2013
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As with all other DVDs in this series, this new release is no different. Full of unseen parts of London above and below ground.
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