Strike Force Entertainment

Britain's Railways - From Victory to Nationalisation 1945 to 1948

Code: SE041
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This is the original release, available again exclusively from Videoscene.

A detailed overview of the state of the British railways in the aftermath of Victory. Suddenly, the railways were no longer a weapon of war and the worn out rolling stock and permanent way were relieved somewhat of the heavy burden of the transportation of the men and munitions of war. Holiday traffic resumed and railway catering services re-opened. It was also to be the swan song of the 'Big Four' railway companies in the lead up to the Nationalisation of 1948, and the inevitable standardisation of locomotive classes  under the British Railways brand that would stem from that.

Topics Include: 

  • Holiday traffic to Weston-Super-Mare, Devon, Lyme Regis and Kent (for hop-picking).
  • The LMS engine driver.
  • GWR locomotive shots and LNER locomotives at Liverpool Street and Stratford.
  • Reports on the London station fires at King's Cross and Victoria; The SR 'West Country' Class leaving the workshop for the first time.
  • The announcement of nationalisation and 1948 locomotive naming ceremonies of 'Sir Eustace Missenden' and 'Highland Light Infantry'.
  • The British Railways locomotive testing facility in Rugby Reports featuring the Royal Family using the railways.
  • Reports about the London Underground including the Central Line extension to Stratford and new rolling stock on the Metropolitan.

DVD Extra - "Scottish Express" (1946, 30 mins)
This classic documentary is a 'day in the life' style film on the preparation and operation of the immediate post-war LNER 'Scottish Express - a daily service departing London King's Cross at 10am drawn by A3 class steam locomotive 4489. The film also visits the LNER's famous Doncaster works and their carriage works at York.


Produced by - Strike Force Entertainment
Running time - 101 Minutes plus 30 Minutes of Extras
Region 0 - Pal
DVD only
Released - September 2014 & 2018

 


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