The Branch Lines Of Britain [DVD]
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At its peak, the British railway network consisted of a massive 20,000 miles of track on which ran 23,000 locomotives pulling a total of 73,000 carriages and 1.4 million goods wagons. This huge transport network was managed and operated by 130 individual companies. Like the small capillaries at the end of the main arteries, Britain s Branch Lines were essential links to villages, small towns and many industrial sites such as collieries, factories and power stations.With the demise of heavy industry and development of cheap motor cars, many Branch Lines have closed.This DVD film is part of a nationwide tour of many of these lines, some long since closed, some still in limited operation. Lines featured in this box set include: Flixborough Leicester-Burton Bates Staithes Frodsham-Runcorn Hendon Jn Bishopbriggs Croxley Green Trawsfyndd Calverton Colliery Silverdale Colliery Methil Westfield Branch Killoch Colliery Tanhouse Burn Naze High Marnham Branch Silverwood Colliery Hays Chemicals St Helens Pontycymer Cheetham Hill Monk Bretton Wisbeach Anglesea Sidings Birch Coppice Haydock Glazebrook Northampton Bridge Street Hays Chemicals Sandbach Grain Thameshaven Chalmerston Fawley Ebbw Branch Hamworthy Bentinck Colliery Shelton Steel Works Manchester Airport Sizewell Power Station Branch Nuneaton Avoiding Line Lavant Branch Greaves Sidings Birkenhead Rugby Redland Baddesley Colliery Branch Meldon Quarry Stirling Sidings Hull Analby Curve Waterloo Branch Dee Marsh Branch Coventry Colliery Kings Lynn Docks Branch Bloxwich Branch Middlewich Eastgate Redmire Swannington Ravenscraig Maxwelltown Grangemouth Engine Shed Asfordby Newton-Le-Willows Colliery Frodsham Rossington & Frickley Colliery Padiham Power Station Bescot-Stourbridge Dover Western Docks Machen Quarry Castle Gresley Newton Longville Vic Berrys Scrapyard Long Marston Denton Corby Liverpool Alexander Docks Ribble Branch Deepdale Grassington Tondu Westerleigh Cadoxton Fifoots Power Station Huntly Ludgershall Morningside Ford, Bridgend Barry Docks Aberthaw Prologis Park Logistic Park (Coventry) Ebbw Victoria Sidings Cross Keys Cwm Heathfiled Tyherington Hendy Curve, Swansea Kingsbury Folly Lane Clipstone Colliery Southminster Power Station - Denby
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The quality is high, the commentary informative and these are professionally pressed CDs, NOT burnt CDs as are so many specialized railway videos. At this price it is great value.
The problems are the artwork of the covers - very pretty, and redolent of those pictures that use to grace carriage interiors until about the 1950s, so you might expect things like the St. Ives branch in steam days or the Somerset & Dorset - which are as far from this as you can get! BUT if you read the descriptions on the box, all is clear.
Also, there is no logical sequence - we leap about all over the place. And there are no chapters - just one hour long feature on each DVD, like a video.
Overall, a good value record of recently lost routes.
Not only is the box description misleading with no mention of the long drawn out low quality footage from the 1980's and 1990's showing diesel drawn trains with wagon after wagon from a single fixed view point, for what seemed ages, but the boxes show 'nostalgic' images of 'Enid Blyton' scenery with even a steam train on one box. There is not one steam train in any of the three DVD's unless I fell asleep with boredom and then I stand to be corrected.
As i said if you are into later industrial train and railway heritage then I have probably pointed you in the direction of a great set of DVD's, that you would have probably passed over after looking at the sleeve and reading the information. But if you want steam, quaint stations and country lines of a long gone era then I advise you to look elsewhere.
If more detail had been put into the commentary and video content for each location chosen then these DVDs would have been more interesting.As they stand they are a reasonable record of lines that were still in use before privatisation.A good section in Volume 2 shows Oakhampton station in a delapidated condition in 1990 which is now in complete contrast to the superbly restored station in Southern colours as it stands now.Pleased I bought the sets and helped the charity.
I wanted to award this 0 out of 5 but the system won't let me! Is this the worst ever transport DVD made? Please don't waste your money.
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