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Itn Roving Report: Railways of the World

Synopsis
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, ITN filmed a series of news items abroad called ‘Roving Report’; most remain unseen since their initial broadcast. This collection brings together a number of reports on rail travel from around the world at a time of great change for the rail industry.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1958 - 1965
Subjects
History; Media studies
Keywords
journalism; television news; rail travel

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£11.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
91 minutes
Year
2012

Sections

Title
Other People’s Railways
Synopsis
With the Beeching Report, Britain was faced with the question of modernisation and rationalisation of its extensive railway network. Roving Report made a comparative analysis of how different countries rail networks coped with the changes in technology and in demand for their services. In France, we board the Mistral Express and, in Japan, the ‘Dream Train’. An in depth look at Holland, where over two-thirds of its stations were shut, concludes the overview.

Title
French Railways
Synopsis
An in depth study of the French Railways, following the journey of the fastest electric train of the day, Le Mistral, on its journey from Paris to Dijon. With interviews with staff and English passengers, we are treated to a fascinating comparison with British Rail.

Title
Tyrol - With a Twist
Synopsis
Michael Barsley journeys from Victoria Station to the Austrian ski slopes via the unusual and quirky Snow Sing train service which features loud music piped into the compartments and a dance carriage where passengers do the twist on board all day and night.

Title
Railway to the Moon
Synopsis
A fascinating study of the astonishing railway in Peru that climbs the Andes mountains, built in the late 19th Century. At its peak the railway is 3.5 miles above sea level, leading to a doctor on board having to give oxygen to its passengers. With amazing scenery from Lima and the mountains, we follow the whole extraordinary journey.

Production Company

Name

ITN

Distributor

Name

Cherry Red Records

Web
http://cherryred.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7371 5844
Fax
020 7384 1854
Address
Unit 17
First Floor
Eysium Gate West
126-128 New King’s Road
London
SW6 4LZ

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