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To Build an Island's Future
Through blazing sun and monsoon rain new British built diesel locomotives keep communications open on the far off island of Ceylon.
Promotional 1954 7 mins
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Sri Lanka's rail network was built by the British in the second half of the 19th century. When this film was made in 1954 the island was still known as Ceylon and its railways were making the transition from steam to diesel. Brush Bagnall Traction Ltd of Loughborough made this promotional film to celebrate the delivery of the first main line diesel locomotives to the island. Designed for the testing monsoon conditions these locomotives ran on into the 1980s.
Train to the Future
Non-Fiction 1972 5 mins Location: Shrub Hill Sta
With eighty trains a day stopping at Shrub Hill station in Worcester the staff haven't become the fastest dispatchers in the West of England region for nothing.
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?
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?
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.
Amateur film 1938 11 mins Silent Location: Loughborough
A last gasp for the British Army's cavalry: the skilled horsemen of the Leicestershire Yeomanry perform for a local audience.
Workforce of Brush Electric Co. Falcon Works, Loughborough (1900) Workforce of Brush Electric Co. Falcon Works, Loughborough (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent Location: Loughborough
A well-staged exit of workers from a Leicestershire manufacturer for the transport industry.
Workforce Leaving Cartwright & Warner Hosiery Works, Loughborough (1900) Workforce Leaving Cartwright & Warner Hosiery Works, Loughborough (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Loughborough
Victorian women workers (and a few men) hasten through the gates of the hosiery works after their shift.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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