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Britain's Railways: The Home Front War Years 1941 to 1943

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This is the original release from 2013, available exclusively from Videoscene.

Britain's Railways: The Home Front War Years 1941 to 1943 is the definitive archive led long-form documentary celebrating the railway’s vital role in the nation’s war effort. This 100% archive film programme is made from significant amounts of previously unseen film footage from the vaults of the Imperial War Museum in combination with genuine wartime newsreel footage. It evidences the great diversity of steam locomotive types brought to bear on the transportation of all kinds of wartime goods and passengers.

Britain's Railways: The Home Front War Years 1941 to 1943 is the second part of the most comprehensive trilogy ever made on Britain’s railways during the war years; it covers the events from the cessation of ‘The Blitz’ in May 1941 to the end of 1943 when the armed forces were training and beginning to stockpile equipment for a future invasion of mainland Europe.

Subjects covered include:

  • Locomotive naming ceremonies of two S.R. ‘Merchant Navy’ Class at London Victoria and London Waterloo and an L.M.S. Streamlined ‘Coronation’ Class and ‘Jubilee’ Class at London Euston.
  • New locomotives the S.R. ‘CC1’ 3rd Rail Electric Loco, the War Department Austerity 2-8-0 and the USATC S160 2-6-0. Plus a feature on the LMS ‘V2’.
  • The transportation of Valentine, Churchill, Covenanter, American Sherman and Canadian Cruiser tanks by train.
  • Ambulance trains with repatriated prisoners.
  • Women rail workers in locomotive maintenance, signalling, station management, infrastructure maintenance and in the railway workshops.
  • Railway workshops aiding the war effort in the manufacture of wagons for Russia, motor boats, landing craft, pontoons, rocket launchers, gun barrels etc.
  • The manufacture and transportation of naval mines, naval guns, barbed wire, barrage balloon cylinders and bombs.
  • G.W.R. Christmas holiday train services in 1941 at London Paddington, Bristol Temple Meads, Reading, Cardiff General and Birmingham Snow Hill.
  • L.M.S. Gas Attack Exercises and S.R. Home Guard Anti-Aircraft Defences.
  • "Is Your Journey Really Necessary?” newsreel trailer.
  • Transporting troops for training in Prestatyn.
  • S.R. fire-fighting exercises at Nine Elms and Stewarts Lane.
  • Bomb damage repair at Waterloo and Southwark Street Bridge.· An exchange of German prisoners at Newhaven Harbour Station.

Produced by - Strike Force Entertainment
Running time - 142 Minutes
Region 0 - Pal
DVD only

Released: 2013 & 2017

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