Britain's Railways: The Home Front War Years 1941 to 1943 (DVD)
Stunning archive footage documentary celebrating the railway’s vital role in the nation's war effort.
This 100% archive film is made from significant amounts of previously unseen film footage from the vaults of the Imperial War Museum in combination with genuine wartime newsreel footage.
• Locomotive naming ceremonies of two S.R. ‘Merchant Navy’ Class at London Victoria and London Waterloo and an L.M.S. Streamlined ‘Coronation’ Class and ‘Jubilee’ Class at London Euston.
• New locomotives the S.R. ‘CC1’ 3rd Rail Electric Loco, the War Department Austerity 2-8-0 and the USATC S160 2-6-0. Plus a feature on the LMS ‘V2’.
• The transportation of Valentine, Churchill, Covenanter, American Sherman and Canadian Cruiser tanks by train.
• Ambulance trains with repatriated prisoners.
• Women rail workers in locomotive maintenance, signalling, station management, infrastructure maintenance and in the railway workshops.
• Railway workshops aiding the war effort in the manufacture of wagons for Russia, motor boats, landing craft, pontoons, rocket launchers, gun barrels etc.
• The manufacture and transportation of naval mines, naval guns, barbed wire, barrage balloon cylinders and bombs.
• G.W.R. Christmas holiday train services in 1941 at London Paddington, Bristol Temple Meads, Reading, Cardiff General and Birmingham Snow Hill.
• L.M.S. Gas Attack Exercises and S.R. Home Guard Anti-Aircraft Defences.
• "Is Your Journey Really Necessary?” newsreel trailer.
• Transporting troops for training in Prestatyn.
• S.R. fire-fighting exercises at Nine Elms and Stewarts Lane.
• Bomb damage repair at Waterloo and Southwark Street Bridge.· An exchange of German prisoners at Newhaven Harbour Station.