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A treasure trove - and not just for railway buffs.,
This review is from: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 2 - See Britain By Train [DVD] (DVD)
I've bought 5 of the series so far, as well as Night Mail and Black Five (also by BFI), and they are equally delightful to watch again and again.
If you're old enough to remember the the earlier periods captured here you'll be thrilled to relive those magical days of steam and early diesel and electrics when there still appeared to be much enthusiasm for our railways from both govt and public alike. If you were too young, as I was, then these clever, well-made films are about as close as you can get to travelling back in time and witnessing it for yourself.
Although the films are primarily about railways, they're not really 'train-spotter' films, they capture mant everyday elements of a much broader social history of Britain in the mid-20th century, and feature everything from ladies' solo shopping trips to London, factory works' outings, holidays all round Britain, to the transportation of cattle from farms to the city restaurants.
They don't make films like these any more, and much is the pity. The BFI should be commended for releasing them. A real treasure trove.