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  • Short Summary

    Lots of clips featuring fast boats, cars, trains, greyhounds, rowing teams etc. c. 1925

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    Reel 2.

    People in Edwardian dress sit on top of stagecoach-like carriages which are pulled along the track by a locomotive. High angle shot of the party who are very dressed up. M/S of the front of a steam locomotive standing on a station platform. C/U of its nameplate - Flying Scotsman. Intertitle reads: "Compared with the proverbial snail, he is fast. But, should this monster cross his path -" Camera follows the Flying Scotsman (presumably) as it speeds along. Shot of the engine of another steam locomotive as it travels along. Driver leans out of the cab. Very low angle shot from point of view of a worm on the train tracks. The train approaches. C/U of the wheels turning, shot from a point very close to them on the side of the train.

    01:14:22 - M/S of the train travelling through the countryside. Shot of a railwayman's cottage or a control box (short shot). C/U of the train driver (or signal man?) M/S of train speeding through countryside. M/S of train moving off from a stationary position. Southern 454 painted on the wagon. M/S of train approaching camera in a station. Carriages pass the camera. L/S of tracks coming into a railway station - man picks his way across the tracks. Train approaches.

    01:15:50 - Unedited material. View of train tracks stretching out into the distance. Train approaches from a long way away. It approaches then travels underneath the camera. Similar shot repeated twice. High angle shot of railway tracks at the approach to a station. Steam train travels away from the camera into the distance. We see whole length of train (it is long!) Travelling shot from another train (presumably) of a passenger steam train travelling along. Good M/S of man stoking the boiler. Camera rocks around as the train does. Closer shot of the engine of the train. M/S of another train travelling at speed - number on side reads 5979. Water pours onto the tracks. C/U engine driver at work. Train passes under a bridge. C/U of name plate - Lord Nelson.

    01:19:15 - M/S of train stationary at a station. Number on side is 850. M/S of train pulling into the station. Stationary train as before. Low angle shot of train passing close to the camera - carriages and wheels seen. People wave from windows. Shot repeated. M/S of train travelling past. Aerial shots following the train as it travels through the countryside Location not recognised by this cataloguer. Long trails of steam follow this and another train. C/U of trains wheels moving as it travels away from a station - camera is mounted on the side of the train. Pistons and wheel movement in C/U. Tracks and steam also. Train speeds up then slows down.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:13:30:00 / 01:22:47:00

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