Train drivers abandon their engines and travel home by bus.
Title: "The GREAT RAIL STRIKE. All signals against - a picture that visualises the desolation at great railway stations all over the Country on the first day".
L/S of empty tracks coming out of a large station (probably in London). Panning shot of signals at the end of the platforms. Panning shot of steam engines parked in a siding in front of a large shed.
Intertitle: "The Empty cab".
High angled shot, from the coal bunker, of an empty driver's cab in one of the parked engines.
Intertitle: "The Lighter side. Mr. Bromley says good-bye to the drivers and firemen - who, after leaving their engines, had to go home to the provinces by char-a-bancs"!
M/S of a group of engine drivers in flat caps laughing. M/S of the drivers climbing aboard an old fashioned minibus (charabanc). M/S of Mr. Bromley, M.P., shaking hands with the men through the minibus window. C/U of Mr. B.
Note: a longer version of this story exists showing different aspects of the strike - THE GREAT RAIL STRIKE (longer version) - also in G 1053.