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Civil Engineering

Synopsis
A compilation of 5 films from the British Transport Films collection. Volume 7 in the series.
Series
British Transport Films Collection, The: Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2001
Year of production
1956-1975
Subjects
Engineering; History; Media studies
Keywords
bridges; British Transport Films; civil engineering

Distribution Formats

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£15.99 inclusive
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
98 min
Year
2002

Sections

Title
Under the river
Synopsis
(1959) The dramatic story of the outstanding Victorian engineering feat of Thomas Andrew Walker which made possible the construction of the Severn Tunnel - the longest underwater tunnel in the world at that time. The film pays tribute to the six magnificent Cornish beam engines which kept the tunnel free of water for over seventy years.
Duration
27 mins

Title
Making tracks
Synopsis
(1956) Of the 51,000 miles of railway lines then in operation, over 1,800 miles were renewed every year. Mobile cranes remove the old track, complete with sleepers, and replace it with prefabricated lengths. This made the work less arduous, and the period of line closure was considerably shortened.
Duration
17 mins

Title
Operation London Bridge
Synopsis
(1975) London Bridge is the oldest of London’s railway stations and the focal point for a great complex of suburban and coastal services covering the South East. The film shows the reconstruction of the station and its approaches to provide easier, more reliable services for the thousands of people who travel into London Bridge.
Duration
18 mins
Technical information

Title
Britannia - a bridge
Synopsis
(1973) Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1970. The reconstruction of the bridge, with steel arches supporting and eventually replacing Stephenson’s wrought iron tubes, is the subject of this film.
Duration
19 mins
Technical information

Title
Railways conserve the environment
Synopsis
(1970) Report No. 11 in a series of 13 films documenting the modernisation and re-equipment of British Railways. In European Conservation Year this report covered the contribution made by railways to the conservation and improvement of the environment. The conversion of former railway property - including London’s Round House - is shown, and other imaginative schemes for the re-use of railway land.
Duration
17 mins

Production Company

Name

British Transport Films

Notes
Some BTF films are distributed by Beulah.

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
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