see also Somerset Steam Loco Driver Colin Forse Memories RIP ASLEF - Yatton, Strawberry line
Work In Progress (1951)
25 minutes - and available to buy here
If you enjoyed this do please see this highly recommended page analysing the powers behind the Beeching Cuts - IMO it was the Oil Industry and Tory Transport minister Ernest Marples, as well as an orchestrated rail strike in the run up to the 1955 general election that destroyed Britain's top notch transport system.
We have to bite the bullet, grasp the nettle and get Britain back to its pre 1955 Socialist/Capitalist balanced state. To do that we need to nationalise the banks & clean up the Treasury but that's another story.
Film from the era of true Public Service before the cancer of privatisation had taken hold. These British Transport Films (BTF) were made available, from the British Transport Commission's offices at 25 Savile Row, London W1. for free loan to anyone who wanted to show them.
At Woodhead, a century-old tunnel is replaced by a new one. Farther north, Argyllshire is the scene of an experiment in co-ordinated road haulage service. At Whitemoor, Cambridgeshire, marshalling of goods wagons is being speeded by radio. In Bristol, bus operators are analysing the problems of congestion that apply to most modern cities. Between Calais and Dover, the Golden Arrow steamer, running into mid-Channel fog, is brought safely into harbour by radar.
Photographed by: Ronald Craigen
Additional Photography: James Ritchie
Assistant Director: James Garrett
Assistant Cameraman: Cyril Moorhead
Assistant Editor: Margot Fleischner
Music by: Temple Abady
Conducted by: Frederick Lewis
Written and Directed by: Michael Clarke
Produced by: Edgar Anstey
Followed by other films including:
2. Service For Southend
We witness the gradual electrification of the Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria line and the subsequent end of steam.
3. Wash And Brush Up
A steam engine spends a day at the depot where it gets its fortnightly maintenance service.
4. A Place In The Team
Film about those that work in Rail, Road, Canals, Docks and Ships
5. Let's Go To Birmingham (colour)
A speeded up trip from Padington Station to Birmingham.