• Short Summary

    Collection of stories about the Canberra jet bomber and new diesel electric train.

  • Description

    This is a collection of Pathe stories already featured in the newsreel about the Canberra jet bomber aircraft and Diesel Electric train built by the English Electric Company.

    First story shows Australian Prime Minister Menzies naming the Canberra.

    Second story shows mechanics in Northern Ireland working on a wing of the Canberra which has been damaged by a seagull.

    The Canberra is prepared for a transatlantic flight.

    The air crew tow the Canberra out of the hanger. She is headed for Newfoundland - they are aiming for record time.

    Diesel Electric train is seen on a trial run. She has been built by the English Electric Company for Egyptian State Railways. The trial run takes place in the Midlands. The train is lifted on to a cargo ship by large crane.

    Voiceover talks of the train being a moving tribute to British craftsmanship and skill.

    Diesel Electric locomotive is seen being moved from Manchester to London on the back of a Pickford's truck. We see the train being driven through Markyate (?). On its way from the Vulcan (?) foundry. It is so large that it is sometimes difficult to get it under bridges and round corners. Marble Arch. The locomotive is being delivered to the Festival of Britain site. We see it arriving beside the Dome of Discovery.

    New dam in Scotland. Name on soundtrack is difficult to make out. Somewhere in Perthshire. We see exterior and interior of the dam. Various shots of the dam including the opening of the project by the Queen Mother (Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon).

    Ends with more shots of the Canberra. It touches down in Newfoundland. Crowds are there to greet it. Narrator praises English Electric.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1950 - 1951
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:38:00 / 01:29:10:00

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