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Training Diesel Drivers
Farewell to the faithful steam war-horse as modernisation brings diesel power to the railways of Britain.
Non-Fiction 1962 6 mins
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At Derby in 1962 the modernisation of British Railways is in full swing. The old days of the driver and fireman conjuring life out of their monsters of smoke, steam and flame is fading into memory with one-man-operation and efficient new diesels taking over. Lionel Hampden finds out how the training is progressing, including a look at the new safety measure of the 'dead man's handle'; vital for drivers who will now have to work alone.
Train to the Future
Amateur film 1966 3 mins Silent Location: Hampshire
A film maker's attempt to record the last steam-hauled passenger and freight trains running along the West of England mainline from Waterloo
1976 8 mins Silent
Testing times as we make a journey on board British Rail's High Speed Track Recording Coach.
Documentary 1977 1 mins Silent
Not-so-special special effects add the magic touch to this kitsch British Rail commercial.
Travelogue 1982 5 mins
King's Cross to Peterborough at 1250 miles per hour on board the Intercity 125
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.
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.
Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Sports Day and Outings 1936 Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Sports Day and Outings 1936
Amateur film 1936 10 mins Silent Location: Skegness
From donkey rides to sports day: a year in the life of the hearing impaired of Derby.
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.
News 1968 4 mins Location: Derby
"The way we're playing I don't want to see an awful lot of them". Typically blunt words from Brian Clough as his team prepare for a visit by Leeds United.
Amateur film 1939 2 mins Silent Location: Derby
Derby County take on Leicester City at the Baseball ground in April 1939 - the last full season of football before the outbreak of war.
Amateur film 1934 3 mins Silent Location: Derby
In October 1934 a high-flying Grimsby Town team put four past Derby County at the Baseball Ground.
Amateur film 1947 37 mins Silent Location: Derby
From sport and country dancing to theatre and woodwork. There are a hundred ways of self improvement and therefore no time to sit and stare for the youth of Derby.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
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