Following the nationalisation of transport in 1948 the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1 May 1949, and led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey – a foundling father of the British documentary movement – it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain.
The first volume in a series of 6-disc box sets contains classics as Terminus, Blue Pullman and John Betjeman Goes by Train, as well as lesser-known gems, including Under the River, Cyclists Special and E for Experimental.
This digitally remastered collection is a must for the transport enthusiast and the documentary aficionado alike. It includes a fully illustrated booklet with extensive films notes by BFI curators, and full credits.
Disc One: Blue Pullman | Elizabethan Express | Train Time | Rail 150 | The Diesel Train Driver (Part 1 - An Introduction) | On Track for the Eighties (Rail report 13) | Cybernetica.
Disc Two: Under the River | Snowdrift at Bleath Gill | This Year - London | This is York | The Great Highway | A Day of One’s Own | John Betjeman Goes by Train.
Disc Three: West Country Journey | A Letter for Wales | Cyclists Special | Holiday | Heart is Highland | Any Man’s Kingdom.
Disc Four: Glasgow Belongs To Me | England of Elizabeth | Capital Visit | The Heart of England | East Anglian Holiday | The Coasts of Clyde.
Disc Five: Operation London Bridge | Wires Over the Border | Groundwork for Progress | Making Tracks | E for Experimental | Modelling for the Future | Britannia – A Bridge.
Disc Six: Terminus | Fully Fitted Freight | Farmer Moving South (A Winter Journey) | I am a Litter Basket | The Third Sam | People Like Us | A Future On Rail.
Note: Previously released in individual volumes.
Produced by - British Transport Films
Running time - 747 mins (6 discs)
Format - Region 2 PAL Black & White, and Colour
Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1
Release date - 25th August 2014