Steam At War: Complete Series

10/03/2003
  |  Buy to Own: 10/03/2003
  |  221 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

The entire series which profiles Britain's railways in the Second World War. 'The Home Front' covers everything from Luftwaffe raids, through troop carrying, evacuee trains, munitions hauling to rail-mounted anti-aircraft guns on the Romney, Hithe and Dymchurch narrow gauge railway and much more. It features rare archive footage and three wartime short films highlighting the work on the rails: 'Carrying the Load'; 'Necessary Journey'; and 'Southern on Service'. 'Steam Soldiers On' chronicles the RAF's attempts to destroy the German rail system, plus the damage wrought in England by the Luftwaffe. Targets included the Southampton Docks, Southwark Street Bridge, Blackfriars, the carriage sheds at Clapham Junction and the Waterloo General Offices. The efforts of Britain's railwaymen to keep services running is documented in short films 'Shunter Black's Night Off' and 'Newspaper Train'. Whilst 'Destination Victory' covers the damage the Germans did to the London railway stations, and the importance the steam railways had for the Nazis.

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