The Man in Seat Sixty-One: Railways on Film

Mark Smith, 'The Man in Seat Sixty-One' ( with the invaluable website for travelling anywhere by train, selects his favourite films from the Railways on Film collection.

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Inter-city MagicInter-city Magic

Documentary19771 minsSilent

Not-so-special special effects add the magic touch to this kitsch British Rail commercial.

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Documentary196135 mins Location: Waterloo Sta

The daily rhythms and dramas of Waterloo station are captured in John Schlesinger’s influential early film.

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Pathways of PerfectionPathways of Perfection

Travelogue193717 minsSilent

The Royal Scot, the Flying Scotsman, the Cornish Riviera and the Golden Arrow: famous trains considered to be upholders of a great British tradition

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Night MailNight Mail

Documentary193624 mins Location: Euston Sta

The flagship of the GPO Film Unit's output and a cornerstone of British documentary, featuring music by Benjamin Britten and the verse of W.H. Auden.