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Railways Today

Is nationalisation the answer to Britain's post-war railway problems? The Labour government thinks so.

Documentary 1947 16 mins


It's full steam ahead for the Transport Act of 1947. Wartime restrictions, cuts and damage left the railways of Britain with little chance of an immediate return to their pre-war golden age. The Labour government thinks nationalisation is the answer, but not everybody is in agreement. Here, the March of Time cinemagazine investigates if there's anything to learn from railways on the other side of the pond.