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Britain’s Railways at War

Synopsis
A comprehensive collection of original archive documentaries covering the wartime role of railways on the British Home Front, featuring a variety of period steam locomotives and dealing with a variety of subjects, ranging from recycling scrap metal, safety procedures, the work done by women on the railways, the importance of economising during wartime and the role played by British railways in the war effort, including the D-Day landings and the Dunkirk evacuation.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2012
Subjects
History
Keywords
Home Front; railways; transport; war; World War II; rail travel

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
201 minutes
Year
2012

Sections

Title
Newspaper Train
Synopsis
Even during the worst air-raids of the Blitz, with the railways as a prime Luftwaffe target, the railways never failed to transport London printed newspapers to the provinces.
Duration
6 mins

Title
Shunter Black’s Night Off
Synopsis
Shunter Joe Black extinguishes a burning explosives truck through a meticulous and delicate manoeuvre across the points of a goods yard to the water tower.
Duration
7 mins

Title
Army Lays the Rails, The
Synopsis
Film about the tracklaying and railway maintenance operations of the Royal Engineers including footage of an armoured train and the firing of the railway mounted ‘Boche Buster’ gun.
Duration
9 mins

Title
Decontamination and Repairs to Damaged Track
Synopsis
The equipment, precautions and procedures followed by a Southern Railway anti-gas team during a simulated gas attack on railway lines near West Hoathly, Sussex
Duration
20 mins

Title
Salving Our Scrap
Synopsis
An anti-waste, pro-recycling film aimed at Southern Railway employees.
Duration
13 mins

Title
Bundles for Berlin
Synopsis
A celebration of the contribution of female employees across the Southern Railway; from locomotive cleaning and ticket collecting to light engineering and munitions manufacture in the railway workshops.
Duration
13 mins

Title
Burning Question, The
Synopsis
A Southern Railway film on importance of fuel economy across the company including in the efficient and economic use of coal in the firing of locomotives.
Duration
10 mins

Title
Gang Warily
Synopsis
A dramatised illustration of the importance of adhering to general working safety practices on the Southern Railway.
Duration
9 mins

Title
Carrying the Load
Synopsis
A retrospective celebration of the contribution made by Britain’s Railways to allied victory in the transportation of casualties, troops, evacuees, workers, raw materials and munitions
Duration
24 mins

Title
Service for the Services
Synopsis
The Southern Railway’s support of the armed services with reference to the Dunkirk evacuation, the manufacture of D-Day equipment and the transportation of locomotives post D-Day between Dover and Calais.
Duration
29 mins

Title
Women at War
Synopsis
A survey of the work of women on the Great Western Railway during the war including as train guards and shunter drivers and in rolling stock and permanent way maintenance.
Duration
32 mins

Title
Peep Behind the Scenes
Synopsis
A film about the special manufacturing work carried out by the railway workshops of the Southern Railway including mobile workshops, hospital trains, D-Day landing craft and gliders.
Duration
29 mins

Distributor

 

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Name

SfE Ltd

Email
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Phone
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Address
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