The British Transport Film Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line


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The British Transport Film Collection Vol 15:
Life on the Line 2-DVD Box Set

Transport. Year: 1969 – 1986. Running time: 238 mins approx. Black & White and Colour.

Britain’s nationalised railway of the 1970s was shaping up to be a very different operation from that which it had started in the late 1940s. So too was the film unit of the railway – British Transport Films. Exciting times were ahead, the Channel Tunnel was back on the drawing board, Electrification would get the nation through an oil crisis and the futuristic tilting Advanced Passenger Train was coming to fruition.

As BTF moved away from theatrical cinema distribution their production values remained visually beautiful; a simple consignment from A to B or a promotion for hire cars could still be as visually exciting as the latest express passenger service. 16mm had taken over from 35mm production, its reduced costs and high quality remained the norm. Video production was arriving and throughout the 1970s, BTF had been pioneers in video production with their own dedicated video department. BTF, just like British Rail, was ready for the 1980s.


Disc One: Multiple Aspects (1969, 20 mins); Top Levels of Transport (1969, 15 mins); A Tale Out of School (1969, 25 mins); Our Business is Moving (1970, 15 mins); A Day with SELNEC (1972, 23 mins); Sea Road to Britain (1974, 20 mins); Keep Your Business Moving (1977, 7 mins).

Disc Two: The Kowloon Connection (1979, 17 mins); Life on the Line (1979, 16 mins); Who’s in Charge? (1980, 17 mins); TOPS for Industry (1981, 13 mins); Round Trip to Glasgow (1982, 14 mins); Robbie (Overhead Lines) (1986, 13 mins); Channel Tunnel: Tomorrow’s Way (1986, 23 mins).

Also included: King of the Road (1986, 11 mins) An illustrated booklet on all of the films by the BFI’s Steven Foxon and post-war transport historian and enthusiast Stephen Edwards. Each film is explored in depth, with accompanying images and full credits.

£20.00 with free UK postage.

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Weight .505 kg
Dimensions 29.7 × 21.0 × 3.0 cm