Following the nationalisation of public transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1 May 1949, British Transport Films was led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey – a founding father of the British documentary movement – and became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain.

This 2-disc collection includes 14 films never before released on DVD including Contact with the Heart of England, Railbus for the 80’s, Five in Millions and Speedlink: The Quiet Revolution. Also included on this release is a new score for Safe on the Track? by
composer Mordecai Smyth. Includes a fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by BFI curator and BTF expert Steven Foxon and post-war transport historian and enthusiast Stephen Edwards.

This digitally remastered collection is a must for the transport enthusiast and the documentary aficionado alike.

Extras/Episodes:

Disc 1

  • Diesel Train Driver: Driving the Train (1959, 19 mins)
  • Railway Electrification at Industrial Frequency (1960, 26 mins)
  • Contact with the Heart of England (1967, 8 mins)
  • Speed the Payload (1967, 15 mins)
  • Safe on the Track? (1969, 11 mins)
  • Flashing Yellows (1976, 10 mins)
  • Railbus for the 80's (1978, 6 mins)

Disc 2

  • Through to the Continent by Ferry Train (1978, 8 mins)
  • Carriage Cleaning (1978, 28 mins)
  • Great Britain: A Travel Guide (1978, 9 mins)
  • Five in Millions (1978, 26 mins)
  • Emergency Coupling Class 253/4 (1980, 14 mins)
  • Safe at Work? (1980, 26 mins)
  • Speedlink: The Quiet Revolution (1980, 9 mins)
studio:
BFI
Run Time:
215 mins approx
Certificate:
E
Theatrical Release Year:
2020
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
2

British Transport Films Vol.14: The Road Ahead

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Following the nationalisation of public transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1 May 1949, British Transport Films was led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey – a founding father of the British documentary movement – and became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain.

This 2-disc collection includes 14 films never before released on DVD including Contact with the Heart of England, Railbus for the 80’s, Five in Millions and Speedlink: The Quiet Revolution. Also included on this release is a new score for Safe on the Track? by
composer Mordecai Smyth. Includes a fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by BFI curator and BTF expert Steven Foxon and post-war transport historian and enthusiast Stephen Edwards.

This digitally remastered collection is a must for the transport enthusiast and the documentary aficionado alike.

Extras/Episodes:

Disc 1

  • Diesel Train Driver: Driving the Train (1959, 19 mins)
  • Railway Electrification at Industrial Frequency (1960, 26 mins)
  • Contact with the Heart of England (1967, 8 mins)
  • Speed the Payload (1967, 15 mins)
  • Safe on the Track? (1969, 11 mins)
  • Flashing Yellows (1976, 10 mins)
  • Railbus for the 80's (1978, 6 mins)

Disc 2

  • Through to the Continent by Ferry Train (1978, 8 mins)
  • Carriage Cleaning (1978, 28 mins)
  • Great Britain: A Travel Guide (1978, 9 mins)
  • Five in Millions (1978, 26 mins)
  • Emergency Coupling Class 253/4 (1980, 14 mins)
  • Safe at Work? (1980, 26 mins)
  • Speedlink: The Quiet Revolution (1980, 9 mins)
studio:
BFI
Run Time:
215 mins approx
Certificate:
E
Theatrical Release Year:
2020
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
2
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