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    High angle shot of an engine of 'self-propelled' railway vehicle called track recording trolley. The trolley is used for detecting and recording all physical track faults. Unusually, this Swiss made railway vehicle has a 65 horsepower petrol engine and has just been introduced by British Railways as a new safety device.

    Several M/S of two men getting the vehicle ready. L/S of the vehicle starting to move. Front and back of the vehicle are fitted with a strange wired construction which gathers all the information about the track. A series of ball-point pens creates a continuous record of track measurements which enables the experts in the Civil Engineers' office to analyse the track and keep railway service safe. Voiceover talks about how useful the vehicle is.

    Several shots of the track recording trolley from the front and from the back so that track measurement construction can be observed properly. M/S of the two men operating the vehicle. C/U shot of one of the men looking at the track. C/U shot of the wired construction in front of the vehicle. M/S of the line of ball-point pens recording the information. Several shots of the vehicle gathering information and ball-point pens drawing a diagram.

    Long, point of view shot from the vehicle. Zoom on data recording mechanism at the front. Vehicle slows down at the signal box.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:07:00 / 01:34:44:00
    CP 226
    Sort Number:
    CP 226
  • Appears in...

    Science & Technology Trade & Industry
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    "Vehicle slows down at a little junction in front of the house (probably station)" - it's a signal box.

  2. WickhamofWare says

    I am really pleased to have found this film. Our Group will be taking ownership of one of these soon for preservation. Having seen this film, it would be nice to restore it at least cosmetically to how it appears in this film. For & On behalf of The Rail Trolley Trust

  3. British Pathé says


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