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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 11 January 2016
I haven’t quite watched all of these 125 films, but I have watched most of them. So this review is based on that majority viewing.

Big nationalised industries usually had film units whose job was to record and to produce PR, training and informational films about their work. The General Post Office, the National Coal Board and the British Transport Commission, for example, all had large scale film units. Roughly speaking, these are the equivalent of today’s corporate video industry. Most of the films for the general public were exhibited via 35mm film prints in cinemas as support for feature films, and also as 16mm prints for rental to church halls, schools and film societies. Much of their output was truly magnificent and one of them even won an Academy Award ('Wild Wings' 1965). The most famous of them all was probably ‘Night Mail’ which is not included here as it was made by the GPO Film Unit in the thirties. But there are many similarly fabulous films included.

Aside from the largely unsung heroes from the shadows of the British film industry who dedicated their lives to the production of this genre, many of these films were directed by mainstream film industry talent (eg John Schlesinger, 'Terminus', 1961) and were contributed to by talented actors and composers who would go on to become household names through their work on telly and in feature films.

Robert Shaw (‘Jaws’, ‘The Sting’) voiced ‘Holiday’ (1957), ‘North to the Dales’ (1962) & ‘Peak District’ (1954), Michael Aspel voiced ‘Cybernetica’ (1972), Derek Guyler voiced one of my favourites, ‘Snowdrift at Bleath Gill’ (1955), John Betjeman presents ‘John Betjeman Goes by Train’ (1962), and Stanley Holloway voiced ‘The Third Sam’ (1962).

Ralph Vaughn Williams composed the music for ‘The England of Elizabeth’ (1957), Johnny Dankworth and Ron Grainer did the music for ‘Terminus’ and Malcolm Arnold composed ‘Channel Islands’ (1952).

One of the things which strike me most about these generally unfussy pieces of film-making is their ability to capture a truth which news gatherers and feature film makers of those times rarely did. In other words, if you want to imagine what the world would actually be like if you jumped in a time machine and shot back to those times, then this collection of films is a good place to start! Back here in 2016 they are, quite simply, invaluable social documents. 5 stars.
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on 24 June 2013
Excellent films for their vivid descriptions and beautiful filming. Transport buffs may be disapointed, a number of the films are more about doing the journey and what you will see, than the transport itself, I would still recommend them to transport buffs, so as to get the whole picture of the means of travel and why it came into being and purpose.
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on 30 October 2015
Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! What a magnificent collection of British transport films of varying lengths which provide an amazing history of Britain's railways. A must for both railway and film enthusiasts.
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on 19 March 2016
Hours of classic vintage footage for the keen transport enthusiast, film enthusiast and those with a nostalgic interest in the 50s and 60s
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on 5 May 2015
These producers/film makers were not fully apperciated at the time but this is a fabulous history and not to be missed, amazing.
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on 18 August 2015
A truly brilliant look at our railways.
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on 5 November 2015
Husband loved it
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on 28 July 2015
really good set of films
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on 5 June 2015
very good for memories
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on 1 January 2015
Excellent value but a little routine in content
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