Among the rare gems are:
A Future in Rail (1957) - The career opportunities that British Railways offered to the school-leaver following the Modernisation Plan, and the effects of the introduction of modern equipment and methods on BR personnel.
Farmer Moving South (1952) - The true story of a Yorkshire farmer who decided to sell his land and move his entire stock - cattle, pigs and poultry, machinery, ploughs and tractors - south to Sussex by rail in December on what was the coldest night of the year.
I am a Litter Basket (1959) - Every day, the people who use railway stations drop hundreds of tons of litter all over the place, while me and my mates have to stand by, empty and starving. Until, one day, we get so desperate, we go foraging for ourselves. And what happens? Take a look at this film. It makes me weep to think of it. I nearly gave up all hope, until - but wait and see!
Modelling for the Future (1961) - Visions of an earlier Channel Tunnel scheme and a model of the proposed terminal. This film demonstrates a range of facilities and shows the possibilities of an age-old dream - a dry land crossing between England and France.
The Third Sam (1962) - Sam Smith is taught to drive an electric locomotive. He learns the new job without difficulty but one day his train breaks down and Sam summons up three sides of his character to deal with the emergency. With narration, in typical rhyming monologue, by Stanley Holloway, this is an original and amusing approach to instructional filmmaking.
E for Experimental (1975) - An account of the development of British Rail's experimental Advanced Passenger Train (APT) The film explains in simple terms some of the many novel design features of the APT, including the tilt mechanism and the hydro-kinetic brake, and shows the train in action during its trials.
* Not previously released in the BTF series
All these films are now preserved in the BFI National Archive. The DVDs are a 'must', not only for the transport enthusiast, but also for anyone who enjoys historical documentary films.
Running a Railway is just under 4 hours long. A booklet containing an introduction and film notes by BTF historian Steven Foxon accompanies the discs.
Produced by - British Transport Films
Running time - 237 Minutes
Black and white, and colour
1952 - 1975