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Look at Lifes were released on a weekly basis and shown in Odeon cinemas up and down the country. Ultimately over 500 films were produced, all of them shot on 35mm film and in colour. In his last programme for Video 125, film historian John Huntley presents 5 films from the series, all of which feature the railways of the time - a time of great change, when steam was rapidly being replaced by diesel.

The five films featured are:

LETTING OFF STEAM (1959) Centenary London to Portsmouth line Evening Star New class 40 D202 Stratford class 31 D5522 Bristolian still steam hauled Woodhead Tunnel Route Wiring the Eastern Region Driver’s training school Prototype Deltic in action Long welded rails at Dover Marine Potters Bar Station

DRAW THE FIRES (1963) Production Deltics Class 25s under construction Bletchley Flyover Baby Deltic DP2 Tollerton Signal Box AWS Railway Museum York Westerham Kent closed station Carlisle withdrawn steam Newly preserved Bluebell Line The Palatine Express

HIGH WIDE AND FASTER (1964) Integrated transport system. Carlisle Kingmoor Yard London Termini On board Blue Pullman Coal Merry go Round Cliffe, Kent, Cement terminal

TURN OF THE WHEEL (1964) Scrapping old carriages New class 47 Middleton Railway preservation Newmarket old station London buses Trams at Crich, Derbyshire Traction Engines Pullmans

PLAYING TRAINS (1967) Keighley and Worth Valley Middleton Railway Trust Open day Taplow Clapham Transport Museum Flying Scotsman ‘Cathedrals Express’

DVD Info

Region: 2
Running Time: 48 mins

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