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The George Bennie Railplane System of Transport
High-speed luxury travel up to 150mph: the future of rail travel is in the air and it's going to be great for British steel
1930 23 mins Silent
High-speed luxury travel above the slower freight and commuter services was the selling point of George Bennie's Railplane system. Driven by an airscrew, the luxurious cars were intended to attain speeds up to 150mph. This wonderful study of the construction and testing of this prototype train provides a valuable insight into a much lamented railway experiment. Though the project proved successful in testing, the proposals to construct main lines failed to find adequate financial backing. George Bennie, who had funded the majority of the experiment himself, eventually succumbed to bankruptcy in 1937.
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 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.
Sale of Railway Fittings
Non-Fiction 1964 5 mins Location: Derby
A sentimental sale or simply for profit? British Railways sells off the history that doesn't fit with the swinging sixties.
One of the Family
Children's 1964 mins
The Story of Minnie Clarke
Documentary 1980 17 mins Location: Crossmaglen
Experience life in Crossmaglen by spending the day with Minnie Clarke.
Documentary 1974 7 mins Location: Dunmurry
Artist William Campbell introduces the tools of his trade as he paints for Ulster Television’s cameras
Occupation and Training of the Mentally Handicapped
1951 mins Location: Leeds
Campaigning film 1978 17 mins
A brief encounter between film director David Lean and Leonard Cheshire, who speaks about his work in India for disabled people
One Per Cent of Us - One in a Hundred
News 1986 52 mins Location: Plymouth
This documentary charts the progress and challenges of disabled people living in the community.