British Transport Films

British Transport Films 14: The Road Ahead (2 Disc Set)

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The fourteenth volume in the long-running BTF series featuring 14 films including Speed the Payload, Railbus for the 80’s and Five in Millions.

Following the nationalisation of public transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1st May 1949, British Transport Films was led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey - a founding father of the British documentary movement - and became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain.

This 2-disc collection includes 14 films never before released on DVD including Contact with the Heart of England, Railbus for the 80's, Five in Millions and Speedlink: The Quiet Revolution. Also, included on this release is a new score for Safe on the Track? by composer Mordecai Smyth. Includes a fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by BFI curator and BTF expert Steven Foxon and post-war transport historian and enthusiast Stephen Edwards.

This digitally remastered collection is a must for the transport enthusiast and the documentary aficionado alike.

Disc 1
• Diesel Train Driver Driving the Train (1959, 19 mins)
• Railway Electrification at Industrial Frequency (1960, 26 mins)
• Contact with the Heart of England (1967, 8 mins)
• Speed the Payload (1967, 15 mins)
• Safe on the Track? (1969, 11 mins)
• Flashing Yellows (1976, 10 mins)
• Railbus for the 80s (1978, 6 mins)

Disc 2
• Through the Continent by Ferry Train (1978, 8 mins)
• Carriage Cleaning (1978, 28 mins)
• Great Britain: A Travel Guide (1978, 9 mins)
• Five in Millions (1978, 26 mins)
• Emergency Coupling Class 253/4 (1980, 14 mins)
• Safe at Work? (1980, 26 mins)
• Speedlink: The Quiet Revolution (1980, 9 mins)

Special features
• Newly commissioned score for Safe on the Track by composer Mordecai Smyth
• Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by BFI's Steven Foxon and post-war transport historian and enthusiast Stephen Edwards.


Produced by - British Transport Films
Running time - 215 mins (2 discs)
Format - Dolby, PAL
Region 2
DVD only
Release date - April 2020



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