British Transport Films Vol.14: The Road Ahead

Release Date: 20 April 2020 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
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British Transport Films Vol. 14: The Road Ahead (2 x DVD)

Following the nationalisation of public transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1st 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.

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 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)

Special features

  • Newly commissioned score for Safe on the Track by composer Mordecai Smyth
  • Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by BFI's Steven Foxon and post-war transport historian and enthusiast Stephen Edwards
  • Release Date: 20 April 2020
    Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
    SKU: BFIV2127