ON AND OFF THE RAILS - The British Transport Films Collection

Directed by (various)

Year: 1951
Running Time: 247
Color Type: B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: U.K.
Language: English [audio]
Genres: Documentary
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ON AND OFF THE RAILS - The British Transport Films Collection

Directed by (various)

Featuring 14 Classic British Railroading Films

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

This Kino DVD collection presents some of the classics produced by the BTF, including Blue Pullman, Elizabethan Express, Snowdrift at Bleath Gill, and John Betjeman Goes By Train, as well as lesser known gems, such as Under the River, This Is York, and This Year London.

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

1951 1980
United Kingdom
247 min.
B&W / Color
Original Aspect Ratio (1.33:1)

Disc 1 - "On the Rails"

  • Blue Pullman (1960)
    UK / color / 23 min.
  • Elizabethan Express (1954)
    UK / b&w / 20 min.
  • Train Time (1952)
    UK / b&w / 28 min.
  • Rail 150 (1975)
    UK / color / 13 min.
  • The Diesel Train Driver (1959)
    UK / b&w / 7 min.
  • On Track for the Eighties (1980)
    UK / color / 12 min.
  • Cybernetica (1972)
    UK / color / 19 min.

Disc 2 - "Off the Rails"

  • Under the River (1959)
    UK / b&w / 21 min.
  • Snowdrift at Bleath Gill (1955)
    UK / b&w / 10 min.
  • This Year London (1951)
    UK / b&w / 24 min.
  • This Is York (1953)
    UK / b&w / 20 min.
  • The Great Highway (1966)
    UK / color / 20 min.
  • A Day of One's Own (1956)
    UK / b&w / 20 min.
  • John Betjeman Goes By Train (1962)
    UK / b&w / 10 min.


But no one - not even the most sincere optimist - can do anything but smile with surprised delight at finding something like On and Off The Rails: The British Transport Film Collection ($29.95; Kino). Fourteen British railroading shorts, including gems like "John Betjeman Goes By Train," "Blue Pullman" and what the liner notes describe with a straight face as "lesser known gems" like This Is York? If anything does, surely this counts as a hidden treasure. And guess what? They're delightful."- Michael Giltz, Huffington Post DVD column

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