Alexander Seal

BFI

The British Transport Films Collection

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

All these films are now preserved in the BFI National Archive. This selection has been digitally remastered for this two-disc set, which is must not just for the transport enthusiast, but also for the documentary aficionado who will recognise trains and innovations in British non-fiction filmmaking.

Ratio: 1.33:1

Correct as of: 14/03/19

No. Title Disc Contents Time Collection
One On And Of The Rails 1 Blue Pullman (1960) 25 Mins 261 Mins Yes
Elizabethan Express (1954) 20 Mins
Train Time (1952) 30 Mins
Rail 150 (1975) 13 Mins
Diesel Train Driver (Part 1- An Introduction) (1959) 7 Mins
On Track For The 80's (1980) 20 Min
Cybernetica (1972) 20 Min
2 Under The River (1959) 22 Min
Snowdrift At Bleath Gill (1955) 10 Min
This Year - London (1951) 25 Min
This Is York (1953) 20 Min
The Great Highway (1966) 21 Min
A Day Of One's Own (1955) 20 Min
John Betjeman Goes By Train (1962) 10 Min
Two See Britain By Train 1 West Country Journey (1953) 26 Min 249 Mins Yes
Letter For Wales (1960) 25 Min
Cyclists Special (1955) 16 Min
Holiday (1957) 18 Min
Heart Is Highland (1952) 20 Min
Any Mans Kingdom (1953) 20 Min
2 Glasgow Belongs To Me (1966) 17 Min
The England Of Elizabeth (1957) 27 Min
Capital Visit (1955) 20 Min
The Heart Of England (1954) 20 Min
East Anglian Holiday (1954) 20 Min
The Coasts Of Clyde (1959) 20 Min
Three Running A Railway 1 Operation London Bridge (1975) 18 Min   Yes
Wires Over The Border (1974) 18 Min
Groundwork For Progress (1959) 30 Min
Making Tracks (1956) 17 Min
E For Experimental (1975) 20 Min
Modelling For The Future (1961) 8 Min
Britannia - A Bridge (1973) 19 Min
2 Terminus (1961) 33 Min
Fully Fitted Freight (1957) 21 Min
Farmer Moving South (1952) 17 Min
I'm A Litter Basket (1959) 7 Min
The Third Sam (1962) 10 Min
People Like Us (1962) 9 Min
A Future On Rail (1957) 10 Min
Four Reshaping British Railways 1 Work In Progress (1951) 25 Mins ??? Yes
Wash And Brush Up (1953) 26 Mins
A Place In The Team (1953) 23 Mins
Service For Southend (1957) 10 Mins
Diesel Trainride (1959) 11 Mins
Let's Go To Birmingham (1962) 5 Mins
Reshaping British Railways (1963) 23 Mins
2 Forward To First Principles (1966) 30 Mins
Freight And A City (1966) 21 Mins
Second Nature (1967) 23 Mins
Rail Report 8 - The New Tradition (1968) 13 Mins
Plumb-Loco (1971) 10 Mins
Rail Report 12 - This Year By Rail (1972) 18 Mins
Overture: One-Two-Five (1978) 7 Mins
Five Off The Beaten Track 1 Ocean Terminal (1952) 30 Mins 304 Mins Yes
Dodging The Column (1952) 10 Mins
Link Span (1956) 23 Mins
Every Valley (1957) 20 Mins
Journey Into Spring (1957) 30 Mins
Between The Tides (1958) 22 Mins
Giant Load (1958) 10 Mins
2 They Take The High Road (1960) 25 Mins
Wild Highlands (1961) 21 Mins
Wild Wings (1965) 35 Mins
An Artist Looks At Churches (1959) 13 Mins
Railways For Ever! (1970) 7 Mins
The Scene From Melbury House (1972) 15 Mins
Age Of Invention (1975) 25 Mins
The Seaspeed Express (1980) 16 Mins
Six The Art Of Travel 1 North To The Dales (1962) 19 Mins 212 Mins Yes
Yorkshire Sands (1955) 15 Mins
Down To Sussex (1964) 17 Mins
The Land Of Robert Burns (1956) 21 Mins
Journey Into History (1952) 10 Mins
Midland Country (1974) 19 Mins
The Travolators (1961) 8 Mins
2 Journey To The Sea (1952) 17 Mins
London For A Day (1962) 15 Mins
The Beacons And Beyond (1979) 28 Mins
A Desperate Case (1958) 10 Mins
Lancashire Coast (1957) 18 Mins
Golfers In A Scottish Landscape (1971) 22 Mins
Seven The Age Of The Train 1 North Eastern Goes Forward (1962) 20 Mins 250 Mins Yes
The Pain Train (1969) 23 Mins
Motorsport Tries Motorail (1969) 9 Mins
Discovering Railways (1977) 14 Mins
Current Affairs On The Midland (1980) 16 Mins
Railways Conserve The Environment (1970) 17 Mins
Discover Britain By Train (1978) 6 Mins
Old Sam The Signalman (1982) 8 Mins
2 Journey Inter-City (1972) 10 Mins
Power To Stop (1979) 11 Mins
Inter-City 125 (1976) 23 Mins
New Age For Railways (1979) 25 Mins
The Stone Carriers (1982) 19 Mins
The Finishing Line (1976) 21 Mins
Robbie (1979) 13 Mins
Centenary Express (1980) 6 Mins
Sir Peter Parker Talks To Jimmy Saville (1982) 9 Mins
Eight Points And Aspects 1 Single Line Working (1957) 30 Min   Yes
Day To Day Track Maintenance Part 1 (1951) 32 Min
Day To Day Track Maintenance Part 2 (1951) 20 Min
The Signal Engineers (1962) 26 Min
Mishap (1958) 20 Min
Spick And Span (1962) 18 Min
2 The Long Night Haul (1956) 19 Min
Care Of St Christopher (1959) 13 Min
Measured For Transport (1962) 13 Min
Channel Islands (1952) 15 Min
Under The Wires (1965) 28 Min
Points And Aspects (1974) 30 Min
Scotland For Sport (1958) 25 Min
Nine Just The Ticket 1 Berth 24 (1950) 40 Min   Yes
Peak District (1954) 20 Min
Train Driver (1966) 10 Min
Give Your Car A Holiday (1967) 18 Min
Just The Ticket (1967) 08 Min
England's North Country (1978) 23 Min
2 Away For The Day (1952) 19 Min
They Had An Idea (1953) 14 Min
Manhandling (1962) 10 Min
Lost, Stolen, Damaged (1964) 30 Min
Go As You Please In Britain (1975) 18 Min
It Takes All Sorts (1978) 20 Min
Just Like The Rest of Us (1983) 24 Min
Ten London On The Move 1 All That Mighty Heart (1963) 24 Min   Wanted
Our Canteens (1951) 12 Min
One For One (1964) 24 Min
The Nine Road (1976) 20 Min
Cine Gazette No.14: Do You Remember? (1955) 9 Min
London On The Move (COI) (1970) 14 Min
2 Under Night Streets (1958) 19 Min
Power Signal Lineman (1953) 15 Min
Omnibus 150 (1979) 16 Min
Cine Gazette No.10 (1951) 10 Min
Moving London (1983) 17 Min
AFC: Automatic Fare Collection And You (1969) 4 Min
Overhaul (1957) 17 Min
Eleven Experiment Under London 1 Experiment Under London (1961) 23 Min   Wanted
Victoria Line Report No.1 - Over And Under (1964) 28 Min
Victoria Line Report No.2 - Down And Along (1965) 25 Min
Victoria Line Report No.3 - Problems And Progress (1967) 27 Min
2 Victoria Line Report No.4 - Equip And Complete (1968) 23 Min
Victoria Line Report No.5 - London's Victoria Line (1969) 45 Min
A Hundred Years Underground (1964) 39 Min
The Queen Opening The Victoria Line (Mute Rushes) (1969) 5 Min
Twelve The Driving Force 1 Bridge Of Song (1955) 15 Min   Wanted
Joe Brown At Clapham (1965) 15 Min
Diesel Power On British Railways (1965) 8 Min
The Driving Force (1966) 24 Min
Speedrail To The South (1967) 11 Min
Contact With The Heart Of England (1967) 9 Min
2 Freight Flow (1969) 21 Min
The Future Works (1969) 21 Min
Going Places Fast (1974) 15 Min
Creating A Diversion (1980) 10 Min
Partners In Prosperity (1980) 18 Min
Intercity 125 (1982) 4 Min
Belief In The Future (1976) 15 Min
- Night Mail 1 Night Mail (1936)   Yes
Spotlight On The Night Mail (1948)
Thirty Million Letters (1963)
Night Mail 2 (1986)
The Way To The Sea (1939)

Yes Collection
Wanted Wanted
For Sale For Sale