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 second volume in a series of 6-disc box sets contains such classics as Journey into Spring, Let’s Go to Birmingham and The Land of Robert Burns, as well as rare gems, including A Place in the Team, An Artist Looks at Churches and The Travolators 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: Work in Progress Under the River | Wash and Brush Up | A Place in the Team | Service for Southend | Diesel Trainride | Let’s Go To Birmingham | Reshaping British Railways.
Disc Two: Forward to First Principles | Freight and a city | Second Nature | The New Tradition | Plumb-Loco | This Year by Rail | Overture: One-Two-Five.
Disc Three: Ocean Terminal | Dodging the Column | Link Span | Every Valley | Journey into Spring | Between the Tides | Giant Load.
Disc Four: They Take the High Road | Wild Highlands | Wild Wings | An Artist Looks at Churches | Railways For Ever! | The Scene from Melbury House | Age of Invention | Seaspeed Express.
Disc Five: North to the Dales | Yorkshire Sands | Down to Sussex | The Land of Robert Burns | Journey into History | Midland Country | The Travolators.
Disc Six: Journey to the Sea | London for a Day | The Beacons and Beyond | A Desperate Case | Lancashire Coast | Golfers in a Scottish Landscape.
Note: Previously released in individual volumes.
Produced by - British Transport Films
Running time - 763 mins (6 discs)
Format - Region 2 PAL Black & White, and Colour
Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1
Release date - 25th August 2014