An item about the soldiers trained to work on the army railway at Camp Longmoor.
Top shot of a steam engine reversing down the track. Tilt up to show converging lines running towards a goods yard; more trains and wagons are being shunted into sidings and sheds. M/S of an engine next to a water pump. M/S of a soldier turning a wheel to operate the water pump. C/U of the soldier's face - he is one of the Royal Engineers who operate the Army railway at Longmoor camp. M/S of a soldier walking beside a slow moving steam engine - the soldier signals to the driver with his arm. Low angle M/S of the driver leaning out of the cabin window as the engine rolls slowly past. M/S of a soldier using a metal pole to link the chain which couples the engine to the the goods wagons. The army line is about eight miles in length and operates a passenger service which links up with the Southern region stations at Liss and Bordon - it is essential to train soldiers in transportation "when an army is operating over wide areas". M/S of three soldiers doing maintenance work on a black steam engine. C/U of a soldier working on the engine, above him is the engine's name plate that reads "Kitchener" - the engines are named after famous Royal Engineer officers.
Interior. M/S of a soldier changing the signals in a signal box - "the actual training for a driver takes a basic nine weeks, but he is given eight weeks training as a fireman first". Exterior. M/S of a signal changing. M/S of a soldier leaning out of a coach window waving a green flag to the engine driver. Interior. C/U of the engine driver inside his cabin pulling levers. M/S of the engine pulling away from the platform. The engine's whistle blows and the passengers wave from the carriages - the carriages were obtained from British Rail and were used as ambulance coaches in this country and on the continent during the Second World War. Low angle M/S of the engine and carriages as it drives away from the camera.