A fascinating compilation tracing the development of British trains throughout the 20th century. The video provides a record of the great days of steam; the magnificent express engines developed by the 'Big Four' - the GWR, SR, LNER and LMS; the many famous named trains like the Golden Arrow and the Brighton Belle; the War and Nationalisation; the amazing variety of elderly locos that survived into the 1950's; the rise of the electric train; the development of diesel traction; the end of steam; and the extraordinary mix of power still available today. Also included are lines closed before and after Dr. Beeching; views of long forgotten railway practices; fascinating industrial rail scenes with a collection of weird and wonderful locomotives; locomotive sheds - those great cathedrals of the steam age; and various intriguing railway byways.
Martin Jenkins, K. Attwood, C. J. Bernard, C. R. L. Coles, R. Cooper, R. Couch, G. Davies, R. Doust, B. Faragher, H. Luff, M. Jackson, B. Jenkins, J. Joyce, J. B. C. McCann, Mitchell and Kenyon, Morris, J. M. Ryan, T. Shuttleworth, R. Stevens, A. P. Tatt