British Railways - The Early Years: 1948 to 1961 (DVD)

British Railways - The Early Years: 1948 to 1961 (DVD)
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A definitive archive film led history of the early years of Britain's nationalised rail network.

Among the locomotives featured are the A4 Pacific Class, the First diesel-electric loco no. 10000, the BR standard Britannia class, 9F class 'Evening Star', the Deltic prototype, the Peak D1, D.M.U's, Warships, Westerns, the Blue Pullman and the Glasgow Blue Electrics.


• The formation of the British Transport Commission

• A review of post-nationalisation motive power and the locomotive trials

• An overview of the resulting BR Standard Class steam locomotives

• The 1955 'Modernisation Plan'

• First generation diesel-electric locomotives

• The Western Region diesel-hydraulics

• The relative merits of steam and diesel traction

• Various suburban electrification schemes

• Freight, marshalling yards, goods depots, mail trains, cars by rail and many more...

Interviews with:

• Alan Pegler OBE – railway preservation pioneer and saviour of the Flying Scotsman

• Jim Rees of the National Railway Museum

• Engine drivers of the mainline steam era John Fletcher and Ted Abear

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