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British Transport Films Collection Three: Discovering Railways

British Transport Films Collection Three: Discovering Railways


Following the nationalisation of public transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1st May 1949, British Transport Films was led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey - a founding father of the British documentary movement - and became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain.

The third volume in a series of 6-disc box sets contains classics as The Finishing Line, Inter-City 125, and Just Like the Rest of Us, as well as rare gems like Centenary Express and Give Your Car a Holiday.

This digitally remastered collection is a must for the transport enthusiast and the documentary aficionado alike. It includes a fully illustrated booklet with extensive films notes by BFI curators, and full credits.


Disc One
The North Eastern Goes Forward | Right Time Means Right Time, aka The Pain Train | Motorsport Tries Motorail | Discovering Railways | Current Affairs of the Midland | Railways Conserve the Environment (Rail Report 11) | Discover Britain by Train | Old Sam the Signalman
Disc Two
Journey Inter-City | Power to Stop | Inter-City 125 | A New Age for Railways | The Stone Carriers | The Finishing Line | Robbie ('non electrified version') | Centenary Express | Sir Peter Parker Talks to Jimmy Savile
Disc Three
Single Line Working | Day to Day Track Maintenance Part 1: Plain Line | Day to Day Track Maintenance Part 2: Switches and Crossings | The Signal Engineers | Mishap | Spick and Span
Disc Four
The Long Night Haul | Care of St Christopher's | Measured for Transport | Channel Islands | Under the Wires | Points and Aspects | Scotland for Sport
Disc Five
Berth 24 | Peak District | Train Driver | Give Your Car a Holiday | Just the Ticket | England's North Country
Disc Six
Away for the Day | They Had an Idea | Manhandling | Lost, Stolen, Damaged | Go As You Please in Britain | It Takes All Sorts | Just Like the Rest of Us
Note: Previously released in individual volumes

UK | 1951 - 1983 | black & white, and colour | English language | 793 minutes | DVD9 x 6 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 PAL DVD | Cert: E