B&R 118 Dvd: Electric Traction Archive




For those interested in how electric traction developed in Britain over a period from the beginning of the last century to the 1960s.

From trams to main line at many locations.

Included are London Transport, Southern Suburban, Grimsby and Immingham, Swansea and Mumbles, Tyneside, Southport, Morecambe and Heysham, Bury, Altrincham, Great Eastern Suburban, Glasgow, Wirral, Woodhead, Isle of Man and the West Coast Main Line.

Even industrial electrics at Westoe.

So many different voltages on third rail and overhead systems.

The story of electric traction in the British Isles from the Volks Railway to the West Coast Main Line electrification over nearly eighty years.

In the beginning, trams took away trade from the railways who had to look to electric traction themselves in the towns and cities to retake that trade.

Electric services grew up around places like London, Manchester, Southport, Glasgow, Morecambe, Tyneside and Altrincham over the years.

Using archive film these systems can be seen, some still using early rolling stock into the 1960s.

Main line electrification followed with the Woodhead route in the 1950s and then the West Coast main line in stages with new AL electrics at Crewe.

Other systems examined are the Grimsby and Immingham, Swansea and Mumbles, Isle of Man and Blackpool.

An industrial line in the North East is also featured.

There are many different voltages and third rail and overhead systems shown.

Fascinating and rare views are in this film.

Filmed mainly in colour but with some black and white footage.

A detailed commentary and authentic soundtrack completes a nostalgic record of electric services throughout the British Isles, with something different to offer.

Approx. 60 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – B&R Video Productions.