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Anglia Reports - Railways Transport Special
1982 was a particularly bad year for rail commuters, with five weeks of rail strikes to contend with. Anglia Television asks, “What shall we do with the railways system?”
Documentary 1982 24 mins
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A special report by Anglia Television on the subject of the railway system which in 1982 is in serious decline. Daniel Britten reporting in the region, asks “How do you provide a good service to rural communities”, “Is the social value of the line worth the government subsidy?”, “Should rail lines be turned into roads?”, and “Whose responsible for the decline in the railways service? Unions, management, or the government?”
Train to the Future
Documentary 1972 8 mins
A musical illustration of life where road traffic chaos breeds anger and frustration, but the rail network is fast, smooth and relaxing
Southern Electric Brighton Belle Pullman
Amateur film 1967 9 mins Silent
Sit back and watch the world's only all Pullman, electric train service make its luxurious way up and down the Brighton line in this film from the mid-sixties
Non-Fiction 1979 6 mins
Trying (but failing) to avoid the jokes about curled up sandwiches, John Swallow finds out if the food's really as bad on the West Coast Main Line as people say it is.
Non-Fiction 1965 5 mins Location: Consallforge
With the railway line gone the only access to Consall Forge is via a private toll road. Will the tiny Staffordshire hamlet survive?
Kineton Signal Box
Non-Fiction 1965 4 mins Location: Kineton
Dr Beeching has ensured that the last train has now departed from Kineton so what is there to do but drink tea and enjoy the quiet life?
To Build an Island's Future
Promotional 1954 7 mins Location: Loughborough
Through blazing sun and monsoon rain new British built diesel locomotives keep communications open on the far off island of Ceylon.
1974 5 mins Silent Location: Norwich
Alan Partridge would have plenty to say on this look at conservation and redevelopment in Norwich city centre
Come with Me to Norwich
Travelogue 1953 20 mins Silent Location: Norwich
Norwich opens its gates to the amiable presence of Richard Dimbleby in this cinema travelogue
Tennis and Bowls at The Barclays
Home movie 1934 4 mins Silent Location: Norwich
1930s home movie of a tennis party with the Salter and Bird families at a country house in Norfolk.
Linda Mottram Interview
News 1975 4 mins Location: Norwich
Tennis pro Linda Mottram at the Robinson's International Tournament in Norwich in 1975 speaking about equal pay for women competitors.
Intercounties Hardcourt Singles Championship
Sport 1977 4 mins Location: Norwich
Norfolk is doing well in the top group at the Intercounties Hardcourt Singles Tennis Championships in Norwich. Anglia TV reports in 1977.
Short Tennis for Children
Sport 1979 8 mins Location: Norwich
Anglia TV report by Steve Rider in Norwich on 'short tennis', a new type of tennis to encourage children into the game.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.