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An interesting and informative collection,
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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.