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Who Voted for This? - The Nationalisation of the Railways
Little lad Sam innocently sets the scene for some stern political pronouncements on rail nationalisation
Campaigning film 1948 1 mins
“What’s nationalisation, Daddy?” Bert’s young son, Sam, plays with his toy train and innocently opens the route for some sweeping political pronouncements on the failings of the nationalised rail industry. This is one of a series of Conservative Party films denouncing the nationalisation policy of the Labour government. “Nationalisation? National frustration” is a recurring line in the films, along with “Sack the Socialists! And set the people free.”
Britain's railways had been nationalised in 1948 and they were returned to private hands by John Major's Conservative government in 1993.
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
Amateur film 1937 40 mins Silent
This stunning film by Eric J. Sparks, features a variety of steam and electric action for fans of the Southern Railway - from luxury Pullmans to humble shunters at Brighton works
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.
Windsor Safari Park and a visit to Blackpool
Amateur film 1971 5 mins Silent Location: Windsor
Join the Lee family as they tour Windsor Safari Park and its famous Dolphinarium in this film from 1971. Then follow them to Blackpool Beach for pony trekking and donkey rides.
Building the new library in Hythe
Amateur film 1962 2 mins Silent Location: Hythe
Hythe is the location for this short film which features a new library under construction as well as other views of this attractive Kent coast town
St Barbara's Royal Garrison Church and Hilsea Barracks
Amateur film 1963 6 mins Silent Location: Hilsea
Witness that last years of Hilsea Barracks in this short and wintry film from F Howard - featuring a community of buildings that have vanished from the map
Netley Marsh Steam Engine Rally 1976
Amateur film 1976 4 mins Silent Location: Netley Marsh
The hot summer of '76 is made even hotter by a line-up of working steam traction engines in this nostalgic film from R H Collins
Building Chichester's new County Library
Amateur film 1965 15 mins Silent Location: Chichester
The ancient city of Chichester's new and very modern public library rises from its concrete foundations in this fascinating film from the mid 1960s
Brickmaking at Pycroft Brickworks
Amateur film 1974 11 mins Location: Hayling Island
You'll be up to your knees in clay when you meet the Pyecrofts in this delightful film about a family brick making business on Hayling Island -