175 Years of Great Western Railway DVD




A celebration of the Great Western Railway with men who actually worked for the GWR from the 1930s through to the 1960s.

We delve into the history of the company and its foundations starting with Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

The STEAM museum of the GWR at Swindon is the backdrop to our look at four men who worked for the company.

Several in their 90s now, they describe their working lives on the railway.

We hear from David Maidment of his days as a career railwayman starting at Old Oak Common depot, moving to the various regions of the West Country and Wales.

Full of archive films from the 1930s onwards, this documentary also includes interviews with railwaymen who actually worked in GWR times and have fascinating stories to tell.

See the Great Western in action in every form and the way the legend continues in the preservation movement of today.

The programme surveys the locomotives and railway lines that survive in more modern times and look at the effect on Barry engines that made it all possible.

Full of archive film from every corner of the Great Western.

We see how the GWR lives on in the preservation movement of the 21st century starting with the Great Western Society and its base at Didcot.

* 1930s in Devon.

* Laira Depot in the 1950s.

* Castles at Paddington in the 1950s.

* GWR promotional films.

* Survey of GWS at Didcot.

* Indepth look at STEAM, Swindon.

* Extensive archive film from the 1930s through to the 1965 period.

* Memories from enginemen and other workers who worked for the Great Western and Western Region.

* The story of how preservation of the GWR moved into gear in the 1960s and 70s, including the early people involved and the effect of engines from Woodhams yard at Barry.

* A survey of the preservation sites and railways in the 21st century who continue the magic of the GWR.

Approx. 75 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Kingfisher Productions.