Railways

  • 175 Years of the Great Western

    A celebration of the Great Western Railway with men who actually worked for the GWR from the 1930s through to the 1960s. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • A Celebration of the Steam Engine

    This film is for all those who love the sight and sound of the steam railway and is a tribute to the dedicated bands of people who ensure that the most living of man’s machines, the steam engine, continues to bring hours of pleasure to hundreds of thousands of people everywhere. No stuffed museum...

  • A Day in the Life of a Bulleid Pacific

    In this programme, we feature heavy metal in action as the unrebuilt Pacific 34567 "Tangmere" heads a heavily-loaded mainline rail tour on the Torbay Express service to Kingswear. Everything is against her; there's rain in the air, she's running late and the engine is not steaming particularly well.

  • A Highland Railway Journey

    An archive film journey along the Highland main line in 1965 from Perth to Inverness, Wick and Thurso, with a trip from Kyle of Lochalsh in an observation car. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • A Sentimental Journey

    Geoff Silcock’s recordings of memorable railway events from the 1990s to the early 2000s. Recreating a journey through the years of steam, this film features a wide variety of locations and engines. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Best of the Class 50s

    Built by English Electric at their Vulcan Foundry in Newton-Le-Willows, Class 50 represents the last mixed traffic diesel type to be built for British Rail and, at the end of its career, it was one of only three classes of diesel capable of 100mph duties. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Blue Peter

    This superb locomotive was saved from scrapping in 1966. After a chequered preservation career, she was restored to main line condition. This programme covers her return – her first runs over the scenic Settle-Carlisle and a foray back on her native metals in Scotland, as well as use on the Great...

  • Britannia & the Duke

    This is a film about two locomotives – the first and last "Pacific" locomotives built for the nationalised British Railways – 70000 Britannia and 71000 Duke of Gloucester. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • British Rail in 1990

    A reflection on British Rail just 5 years before privatisation. The film examines Network South East two years after its inception; Scotrail with Class 37s and 47s very much in charge; Intercity services; Railfreight and the many loco-hauled services at the time using Class 20s, 31s, 45s, 56s in ...

  • Bulleid Pacifics

    30 Bulleid Pacific locomotives survive today, with 28 of them coming from Dai Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry. This 100-minute programme captures the sights and sounds of these popular locomotives. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Canadian Pacific – 35005

    Ever since its main line return in 1998, "Merchant Navy" Pacific No. 35005 Canadian Pacific has caused a mini sensation wherever it has gone. We delve into its preservation days since lying in the scrapyard. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Classic Steam Train Collection - Taw Valley: Part 1

    Part 1 of the documentary series looking at classic steam train history. This programme takes a look at the journey of the Taw Valley engine, joining the crew for live action commentary and featuring aerial sequences and line-side locations.

  • Classic Steam Train Collection - Taw Valley: Part 2

    Part 2 of the documentary series looking at classic steam train history. This programme takes a look at the journey of the Taw Valley engine, joining the crew for live action commentary and featuring aerial sequences and line-side locations.

  • Derbyshire Main Line

    Closed in 1968 and almost forgotten along with the trains that ran over it, the Derbyshire Main Line is now splendidly re-created in this film. For the first time, this programme portrays one of Britain’s most scenic railway lines at work, that of the former Midland Main Line through the Peak Dis...

  • Diesel Galas of 2013

    A review of the diesel galas held at the Mid-Hants Railway and Swanage Railway in the spring of 2013. Includes considerable footage of all the locomotives at work and also the convoys of engines being positioned from Network Rail. Features footage of the Mid-Norfolk Gala and the unique one held a...

  • Driving & Firing: The Art of Driving

    Every aspect of driving a steam locomotive is covered in this practical programme. From observing and obeying signals to understanding the dangers of letting speed run away with you, Clive Groome's easy manner and vast experience makes this definitive footplate guide a must-watch for anyone inter...

  • Driving & Firing: The Art of Firing

    Our cameras follow Clive Groome, one of the most experienced enginemen in the country, as he demonstrates how to fire four very different steam locomotives from lighting up in the morning and oiling the machine right through to the disposal of the engine at night.

  • Duchess of Hamilton

    One of 38 Coronation Class 4-6-2s built in Crewe by the LMS, Duchess of Hamilton is part of the National Collection now and was brought back into main line use in the 1980s. In this programme, we look at her main line runs starting with her test runs in 1990 following her second major overhaul. F...

  • Duke of Gloucester - 71000

    The very last Pacific locomotive to be built in Britain, Duke of Gloucester is literally a one-off locomotive. Constructed at Crewe Works in 1954, it was the last Pacific locomotive built for the nationalised British Railways. The sole standard Class 8P, the engine was the prototype of a three-cy...

  • Flying Scotsman – The Ultimate Profile

    The full story of Britain’s best-loved steam locomotive, with historic Movietone footage, coverage of foreign tours, the BNFL Sellafield run, and exclusive interviews with her owners. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Geoff Holyoake's South Western Lines

    A selection of archive films from the camera of Geoff Holyoake. His material covers a wealth of steam locomotive types from the South Western, including the oldest-surviving member of the LSWR, to the last Bulleids running on the Main Line in 1967. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Great Western Railway Special

    This programme was made as a souvenir of the 1985 events which commemorated the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Great Western Railway in 1835. It covers the many steam specials run to commemorate the 150 years which ran all over the old GWR system, mostly to the South West. From British ...

  • Green Arrow

    This programme tells the story of one of Britain’s most impressive main line entertainers – Gresley “V2” No. 60800 Green Arrow. It first appeared in 1936 and was destined for heavy mixed traffic work throughout the London & North Eastern Railway system. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • GWR 150

    This unique footage was shot by Terry Nicholls during 1985. 76 minutes of his footage are reproduced with the original soundtracks and show rare lineside locations. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.