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History of Britain's Railways

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Product Code: GUDVD6057 , Release Date: 12 March 2008, 60 minutes
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History of Britain's Railways - Description

Product features:

· Archive footage dating back to the 1930s.
· Featuring the railways of Scotland and Wales.
· Narration by Ken Morgan.
· A one hour film.

Archive footage of the 1930s shows the Scottish Railway variety with features on both Edinburgh's Waverley Station and Glasgow's St Enoch as well as the locomotive sheds at Inverness.

The many rare views include a North British Atlantic and a GSWR 'Baltic' tank, as well as the many 4-4-0s which were so characteristic of the country. 1950s and 1960s footage extends the areas covered and all the major companies' stories are told; the Caledonian, North British, Glasgow and South Western, the Highland and the Great North of Scotland. Today's ScotRail brings the story up to date.

In Wales the story is that of the LNWR in North Wales, the Cambrian in Central Wales, the narrow gauge lines of the mountains and the myriad small companies serving the famous coal valleys in the South.

Again, 1930s footage is supplemented by 1950s archive including, as the opener to our story, the last days of the earliest of all, the Swansea & Mumbles Railway.

The coal story takes us from the heyday through the 1950s and 1960s to the end in the early 1990s.

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