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on 23 November 2012
"The Elizabethan Express" is worth the price of admission alone. Here is a glimpse of a world long gone. I especially love the shot near the end of this segment which has children at play while the elevated train passes behind them... can't help thinking that those little tykes would be approaching 70 years of age as I write this. This segment is narrated in verse by Alan Wheatley (from the old Adventures Of Robin Hood TV series) so it was an added pleasure for me to hear the voice of the Sheriff of Nottingham reciting the often humorous poetry.

These 14 short films span the years 1951 ("This Year- London") to 1980 ("On Track for the Eighties) and all are a joy to watch. It's hard to imagine that times were ever this innocent... By the time you finish watching the last film ("John Betjemin Goes By Train") I'm betting that you will be ordering Volume 2.

Great nostalgia, and The Elizabethan: What a BEAST! Magnificent.
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on 14 January 2009
This dvd set is worth it for the scenes of snow being cast aside by the steam operated snow ploughs alone! All the films are not only very well produced (as was always the case with BTF productions) but also show an historical view of a railway system now long gone in terms of steam traction and all other aspects of operation. They also serve as great sociological documents indicating a society which again has changed out of all recognition (as well as the more obvious, little nauances such as the comment 'a bit like eating landlady's cake' come to mind).

If you are inetrested in railway, engineering or social history or just want to be inspired by large amounts of snow being thrown to the side of the track or enormous steam beam engines at work, you will not be disappointed with this set.
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on 15 May 2013
Some great films from the British Transport Film archive. Perhaps they wouldn't satisfy a diehard railway enthusiast, as not all the films concentrate on locos, but having said that, most will be very pleased with these films. It's a vanished world in terms of railway operations, and how we all were decades ago.
Quite varied films as well; such as John Betjeman on branch lines in Norfolk, and a works outing from Leicester.
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on 26 October 2017
Perfect gift. Birthday boy was so pleased with the DVD. Lost count how many times he's watched it!!
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on 26 June 2016
this dvd was exactly as described arrived on time and was a superb programme. the supplier was a hospice so i obtained something i wanted whilst helping a worthwhile charity
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on 15 January 2017
Brilliant get it if you can, this is a great DVD in every sense of the word!!
You will watch it over and over again!!
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on 3 January 2016
I bought this for my husband as a christmas present, he really enjoyed watching this, it was different from the other steam video, nice one for his collection.
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on 24 October 2017
if you are into railways and early rail travel this is for you
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on 5 October 2014
i had forgotten how good these films were. The one about York brought back fond memories as I was in Harrogate about the time this film was shot and used to visit York
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on 13 October 2015
Nostalgia might be a thing of the past, but this DVD brings back some fond memories, and I loved the last clip of the Hunstanton Line which regretably is no longer open
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